Popular with discerning locals for its stock of niche brands and friendly, personal service, Goldkopf has three stores dotted around the city. Stock up here on your favourite scent from names such as Annick Goutal, Acqua di Parma and Penhaligon’s, and try out the careful edit of cosmetics and skincare from brands including Chanel, Crème de la Mer and Bobbi Brown.
Goldkopf Parfümerie, Breite Strasse 23, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 420 7663
This sleek store has everything covered when it comes to perfume and beauty products. Its vast selection includes classic scents from some of the world’s most respected names, such as Hermès and Guerlain, as well as the latest seasonal releases and several harder-to-find brands, too.
Douglas, Hohe Strasse 148-150, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 257 5964
The Body Shop
With its emphasis on ethically sourced, naturally inspired products, the Body Shop will leave you smelling sweet and with a clear conscience. Choose from an array of body mists, eaux de toilette and eaux de parfum, all inspired by natural scents from around the world. We’re particularly fond of the best-selling Love Etc, which features a heady mix of jasmine, vanilla and sandalwood.
The Body Shop, Hohe Strasse 134, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 257 5889
Just Nature offers a holistic approach to beauty that stresses the importance of taking care of the inside as well as the outside. Expect an extensive selection of natural beauty brands including Dr Hauschka, Snowberry and the Organic Pharmacy. You can also book one of the pampering in-store hair and skincare treatments.
Just Nature, Ehrenstrasse 40, 50672 Cologne, +49 (0)221 277 4647
Karstadt has everything you’d expect from a classic department store. The Cologne store has an impressive beauty floor, which stocks a wide range of international brands, including fragrances by Lancôme, Gucci and Saint Laurent.
Karstadt, Breite Strasse 103-135, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 20390