Steiff, famous for teddy bears bearing the special Steiff token in one ear, has produced handmade stuffed animals since 1880 and the brand’s toys are collector’s items as well as tokens of affection. Steiff has branched into soft toys in the likeness of every creature from a frog to a unicorn and the Cologne store also offers children’s clothing of the highest quality.
Steiff Galerie, Neumarkt 18, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 2589 9100
Farina, the company responsible for bringing the term Eau de Cologne to the world and fame to the city of Cologne, is not only a shop but also a museum specialising in historical fragrances. The original Eau de Cologne is still available at Farina, alongside high-quality perfumes based on astrological signs, among other fragrant delights.
Farina Haus, Obenmarspforten 21, 50667 Cologne +49 (0)221 399 8994
Blutsgeschwister/La Kölsche Vita
Blutsgeschwister is a German brand known for its kitsch, traditional prints. Its Cologne store is found in the fashionable district known as the Belgische Viertel (Belgian Quarter) and offers clothing for women, men and children, alongside soft furnishings and accessories. Blutsgeschwister’s distinctively German charm is also available in its stores across Europe.
Blutsgeschwister/La Kölsche Vita, Brüsseler Strasse 82, 50672 Cologne +49 (0)221 2606 2662
Yves Rocher’s skincare products, fragrances, body washes and body scrubs, often inspired by nature, are known for quality and affordability – and always make welcome gifts. This beautifully scented, extremely popular store stocks a large range of items and a range of fruity to musky scents that offers something to please all tastes.
Yves Rocher, Hohe Strasse 134D, 50667 Cologne +49 (0)221 255498
The Apropos concept store is dedicated to everything luxurious and every detail here is carefully considered. This unisex store sells everything from scented candles to skincare products to handbags and strikes the perfect balance between fashion and indulgence.
Apropos, Mittelstrasse 12, 50672 Cologne +49 (0)221 272 5190