The best of the bunch when it comes to young and edgy brands, Quartier 99 is a fresh take on the multibrand store. Located on bustling Hohe Strasse, Quartier 99 is filled with offerings from affordable designers and fashion-led high street brands such as Killah and Vero Moda, and is a great place to stock up on denim. The best-known brands can all be found here, from Replay to Dickies.
Quartier 99, Hohe Strasse 93-99, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 170 5090
Located on Breite Strasse in the heart of Cologne’s shopping district, the city’s branch of the Karstadt department store covers six floors and 27,000 square metres. Visitors can pick up items as varied as luxury glassware, fine fragrances, music and DVDs. Karstadt is the perfect place to shop for gifts and browse electronics, accessories, menswear and womenswear under one roof, stopping off at the specialist childrenswear and textiles departments on the way. After a hard day’s shopping, all sorts of delicious refreshments from fast food to Champagne are available to revitalise you on the store’s lower ground floor.
Karstadt, Breite Strasse 103-135, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 20390
Peek & Cloppenburg
Housed in a stunning glass building on Schildergasse designed by award-winning architect Renzo Piano, Cologne’s Peek & Cloppenburg store is as visually exciting as the items it holds. Fashion-forward curators have selected a mix of established brands such as Burberry and DKNY alongside younger brands such as Superdry and Paul & Shark. Ranges of womenswear, menswear, and also the best in childrenswear mean the store has something for everyone and its varied offerings will keep you occupied for hours.
Peek & Cloppenburg, Schildergasse 65-67, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 453900
One of the largest buildings on Hohe Strasse, the Cologne branch of German department store chain Galeria Kaufhof covers over 30,000 square metres. Its impressive size allows for one of the widest selections of goods in the city, with everything from international fashion and kitchen goods to sporting accessories and childrenswear. Browse the latest trends for men and women, head to the home department for interiors inspiration, and finish your trip with a visit to the enticing food halls to sample their gourmet goodies.
Galeria Kaufhof, Hohe Strasse 41-53, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 2230
Apropos is a concept store with a difference – more of a lifestyle shop than simply a boutique. As well as clothing, accessories and cosmetics, the store also offers homewares and literature, with the brand’s elegant and stylish aesthetic governing the selection process throughout. Take your pick from the carefully selected offerings from the season’s menswear and womenswear, before browsing the latest and most covetable beauty buys. Find the perfect bag in the accessories department and discover your new signature scent among the store’s expertly selected perfumes. Housed in a light and spacious store on Mittelstrasse, Apropos offers a captivating, relaxing shopping experience, which can be rounded off by a meal in the instore restaurant, Fischermann’s.
Apropos, Mittelstrasse 12, 50672 Cologne, +49 (0)221 272 5190