Jättefint is a specialist children’s store stocking a well-edited range of childrenswear, toys and home accessories from across Scandinavia (Jättefint means ‘very nice’ in Swedish). The colourful designs and range of motifs featured on the childrenswear are particularly impressive, including poppies, deer, ladybirds and squirrels, as well as the selection of items from Finnish brand Marimekko.
Jättefint, Zülpicher Strasse 296, 50937 Cologne, +49 (0)221 1695 5611
Desiary provides a platform for Germany’s finest interior designers. The pieces on display are chosen for their attention to detail and high-quality of design but can range from decorative objects for the home to more unusual gifts and leather goods. Its eclectic range includes the work of famed international designers including Frank Gehry, Anne-Marie Herckes, Harry Allen and Ineke Hans.
Desiary, Goltsteinstrasse 71, 50968 Cologne, +49 (0)221 8014 7888
Simon und Renoldi
Simon und Renoldi is known for its expertly selected range; the store’s buyers travel the world to bring back pieces that are individual and possess plenty of personality. The range is broad but only features items that immediately stand out from the crowd, including designer fashion, cosmetics, books, works of art and furniture.
Simon und Renoldi, Maastrichter Strasse 17, 50672 Cologne, +49 (0)221 9458 7031
Located slightly off the beaten track, Loud is an insider’s secret that is well worth seeking out. This boutique has an unusual approach to retail, as everything on view is available for sale, from the display cases to the sound system. The more conventional product selection includes clothing, homeware and gadgets. Expect to find the latest collections by Marc by Marc Jacobs, M Missoni and Paul & Joe Sister alongside creative home furnishings, often exclusively available at Loud.
Loud, Mittelstrasse 38, 50672 Cologne, +49 (0)221 7599 3618
Taku’s head chef Mirko Gaul elicits exquisite flavours from even the most basic Asian recipes and his menu at this Michelin-starred restaurant is influenced by a range of East Asian cuisines. Each dish is beautifully presented and many make use of seasonal ingredients: typical options include club steak with shiitake mushrooms, tamarind and coriander, and Beijing duck served six ways.
Taku, Excelsior Hotel Ernst, Trankgasse 1-5, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 270 3991
Parfümerie P Möltgen
Located in downtown Cologne, Peter Möltgen’s extensive fragrance boutique is often described as one of the world’s finest perfumeries. The independent store has four floors filled with fine fragrances and luxury cosmetics from a selection of the world’s leading brands. If looking to refresh your application skills, book an appointment at the nearby academy where expert make-up artists will guide you through how to recreate the latest catwalk looks.
Parfümerie P Möltgen, Ehrenstrasse 55, 50672 Cologne, +49 (0)221 7599 3618