‘My favourite area of the city is called the Belgian Quarter. It’s the creative heart of Cologne and you can find lots of galleries, little cafés, alternative fashion stores and designers. We’re super familiar here – everybody knows each other and it’s like a fashionable little village right in the middle of the city.
‘When you visit, you must stop by Simon und Renoldi. It’s a really elegant designer concept store with brands such as Helmut Lang and Chloé. Afterwards, I’d recommend a delicious coffee at Kaffeeküche. I always go there as it’s next to my boutique, Super Store. I love the atmosphere and they have the best coffee in town.
‘If you’re planning on staying for lunch, you need to go to Noa, and for dinner I’d suggest Lütticher – I love that restaurant. It is, without a doubt, one of Cologne’s top hotspots. Also, I recently discovered the restaurant Ox & Klee on Richard-Wagner-Strasse. The food is delicious and very haute cuisine.
‘A really underrated attraction has to be the Brüsseler Platz. In the summer, it is the place to be at night.
‘Walking is the best way to explore the city. Just ask people where to go – everyone here is so friendly and open-minded. My favourite walk has to be in Römerpark, located in the south of Cologne. It’s an old historic park and there’s a super sweet café next to it called Café Römerpark. Handy hint: Sunday brunch there is the best!
‘On days off, I like to treat myself with a visit to the amazing spa at the Savoy Hotel. As I’m the mother of a two-year-old daughter, we’ll also visit the zoo or the Residenz Cinema, which is an old-style theatre.
‘Lastly, a useful tip: just sit down at Salon Schmitz, Aachener Strasse, and watch the people. It’s fantastic there. You can talk to everyone or just watch all kinds of people going by. I really do believe that Cologne has an inner beauty; the people living here are lovely. Sometimes, I’ll just sit on the rooftop of my loft and look out at Cologne cathedral. That has to be the best view ever.’