Staff at the cosy Sandra Esser store graciously offer tea or coffee to parents as well as an introduction to a wide array of affordable, fashion-forward and practical clothes for infants, children and young adults. The desirable labels on offer include Babyface, Blue Rebel Jeans, Boumy, Converse, Döll, Eddie Pen, Paul Frank, Petit Bateau, Rosa, Scotch R’Belle, Scotch&Soda, Small Stuff, Tommy Hilfiger and Wildfox.
Sandra Esser, Wilhelm-von-Capitaine-Strasse 20, 50858 Cologne, +49 (0)221 355 6655
Alongside its namesake plush bears, Teddy has been supplying Cologne’s kids with toys, clothes and other necessities since 1986. The 240-square-metre store contains fashion for babies and expectant mothers, baby shoes, toys, strollers and the Teddy brand knitting yarn.
Teddy, Gürzenichstrasse 28, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 258 1514
Coco offers mothers and babies complementing colourful clothes, accessories and décor. Cheerful patterns and jolly designs lend a youthful touch to mothers’ wardrobes and precocious sophistication to children. Alongside nursery furnishing, Coco offers rompers, bodysuits, shirts, trousers, jackets, dresses and toddler shoes from high-end labels such as Pololo, Oilily and Petit Bateau.
Coco, Euskirchener Strasse 23, 50935 Cologne, +49 (0)221 869 1555
Cologne is rich in appealing cultural destinations, including a unique chocolate museum where parents and children can witness the making of Germany’s favourite treats. The museum’s steel and glass construction is modernist yet recalls a castle set on a small river island. The exhibitions are informative and enticing, with presentations about the farming and production of chocolate, the history of chocolate advertising and the future of chocolate. A golden chocolate fountain is a twinkling monument to chocolate’s special magic. The most appealing treat that parents can take home is their children’s awareness of chocolate’s complexity and its special status as a rare delight.
Schokoladenmuseum Köln, Am Schokoladenmuseum 1A, 50678 Cologne, +49 (0)221 931 8880
The charmingly named Dandelion store, one of Cologne’s favourite toy shops, introduces children to a wealth of goodies. Since 2009, this exciting shop has thrilled children with classic toys ranging from Lego, Playmobil and Barbie to French labels such as Janod.
Pusteblume, Regentenstrasse 1A, 51063 Cologne, +49 (0)221 2972 1445