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Breite Strasse to Ehrenstrasse: top womenswear

For those who like to shop in relaxed surroundings, Cologne’s Ehrenstrasse and Breite Strasse are the answer. Small but perfectly formed, they are home to a pleasing variety of international names, smaller cult labels and a few independent shops, too. Here’s our pick of their best womenswear stores

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Translating the latest trends into wearable everyday pieces, Sisley has been a European high-street favourite for decades. We’re particularly fond of the brand’s excellent workwear; its eyewear range is also worthy of note, offering a versatile assortment of high-quality optical frames and sunglasses.

Sisley, Ehrenstrasse 45-47, 50672 Cologne, +49 (0)221 2725651

American Apparel
Known for making brightly coloured Lycra cool again, American Apparel is the place to go when you’re in search of fashion-forward basics. The taste-making brand does an unparalleled line in zip-up hoodies, leggings and T-shirts in almost every conceivable colour and style; they’re invaluable staples and allow you to dip into different trends without much effort.

American Apparel, Ehrenstrasse 60-64, 50672 Cologne, +49 (0)221 420 7676

Creating minimalist designs out of fine natural leather, Bree has built up a reputation for stylish yet no-nonsense accessories. For frequent travellers, the extensive range of smart and efficient luggage is a lifesaver, while no sightseer should set off without the compact yet practical Lady Top handbag.

Bree, Opern Passagen, Breite Strasse 29, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 272 4350

Spanish fashion brand Zara is a firm fixture on high streets from Austria to Venezuela and everywhere in between. Its womenswear lines distil catwalk trends to make them high-street ready, with basic pieces stocked alongside standout garments. With everything from fantastic tailoring to off-duty denim and statement heels, Zara has every item a woman could need in her wardrobe.

Zara, Ehrenstrasse 14-16, 50672 Cologne, +49 (0)221 250 8899

The clean-lined and minimalistic older sister of H&M always offers a combination of timeless yet distinct trends. This brand, with its roots firmly in Swedish design, is perfect for quality clothing that will take you from work to party-time in chic and practical style.

Cos, Ehrenstrasse 33-35, 50672 Cologne, +49 (0)221 2589 9057



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