Mayersche carries a large selection of travel and English language books over its two levels. Customers with Kindles or similar tablets can peruse the selection at the E-book Station and then instantly download their chosen titles. To add to the in-store experience, there is also Wi-Fi so visitors can browse the web while they shop
Mayersche, Neumarkt 2, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 203070
Given Germany’s variable climate, a stop at Schirm Bursch is a stylish way to be prepared. The store stocks every type of umbrella from parasols to designer pocket umbrellas, and there’s also a series of colourful designs for children. An umbrella from Schirm Bursch makes a thoroughly useful present.
Schirm Bursch, Breite Strasse 104, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 257 8057
TK Maxx is beloved by trend hunters looking for great value. A good place to snap up a bathing suit, a travel make-up bag or some durable luggage, TK Maxx is unrivalled in its selection and value.
TK Maxx, Neumarkt 8-10, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)221 270 4960
With its wide range of niche labels and helpful service, Goldkopf Parfümerie is an excellent place to buy the essential items for your holiday skincare regime. The range of fragrances is particularly intriguing, with names such Guerlain, Shiseido and Jil Sander, among others. Goldkopf also holds workshops on skincare, scent selection and brand showcases in the store.
Goldkopf Parfümerie, Hohenzollernring 2-10, 50672 Cologne, +49 (0)211 252 5791
Specialising in designer sunglasses, Eye Catcher caters to those looking for the most stylish versions of this essential holiday item. The many offerings from Prada, Gucci, Armani, Jill Sander and many other well respected brands are all available to try on, making finding the perfect shades uncomplicated.
Eye Catcher, Wallrafplatz 7, 50667 Cologne, +49 (0)211 257 2742