You want to find pretty and cute Hello Kitty items? You`re a real Hello Kitty Freak??? Then you have to visit this Hello Kitty Shop in the WDR Arcades directly in front of the WDR Visitors Centre. There you find a variety of Hello Kitty items such as dolls, bags, lunch boxes and lots of more.
Open from Monday to Saturday, 11:00 - 19:00
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Well what Macy's is for New Yorkers and Marks and Spencer is for Britishs, I guess Kaufhof is that for Germans. So Cologne has its own, located close to Hohe Strasse, alogn Bayardsgasse in Altstadt Sud (SOuthern Old Town).
Cologne's Schildergasse is the only place in the city where I felt a little claustrophobic but then I'm not a serious shopper and was just wandering.
This seems to be the city's main shopping street with its various designer-label places and chain store branches. According to the tourist office's website this is officially Germany's busiest shopping street with over 13,000 visiters per hour on an average Saturday afternoon.
Too busy for me!
What to buy: Pretty much everything!
What to pay: Euros, Euros, Euros!
This is a huge bookstore, part of a national chain, which has a good selection of foreign language books, not just in English. As well as the usual airport-style best-sellers they also have non-fiction titles and even textbooks.
What to pay: Expect to pay a bit more than you would back home, but not too much more.
The streets in the pedestrian city centre are full of shopping opportunities and you will find everything from reasonable priced clothes to designer wear.
Staff is generally very helpful and speaks good english. Be aware that some department stores do not accept Visa or Mastercards but they have distributors where you can withdraw money.
What to pay: Expect the same prices as everywhere else in western europe.
When I walked around the Cathedral, I found this Sunday market under the Hohenzollern Bridge
not many of them, but I found some interesting, like a German miniature house (used for aromatic candle -- and I have no idea what the name is) right under the bridge on the west bank of the river (I guess??)
What to buy: aromatic candle house (miniature)
What to pay: The offering price start from EUR 5 and bargain
This is one of those crazy, busy shopping areas where you can find all sorts of clothing stores (mainly trendy), fast food places and what seems like millions of people; the kind of place that'll make you watch your bag for fear of pick-pockets.
I don't generally enjoy spending a lot of time in places like this as I'm not into feeling like a rat and most of the clothing is too "young" for me. But hey, if it's your cup 'o tea....then go for it!
Just like all German cities, Cologne has a pedestrian zone in which you can shop until you drop. In Hohe Straße and the surrounding streets you can find more or less everything you can think of - electronics, clothes, food, jewelries, and so on...
Just stroll around and take lots of money with you!
What to buy: whatever you need
What to pay: the same as everywhere in Germany, maybe slightly above
Nunk is a real junk shop. The shop is an extended room with a covered garage area at the "hof".
Half of the merchandise is still unpacked in boxes at the semi-outside part.
Records are all the place in all kind of cabinets/shelfs.
The main area is the cashier/coffee room with refreshments.
Music is at a loud setting and the speakers blasts next to the boxes with records.
Although there's many junk, the owner has a good financial judgement of his customers and asks prices well over the average value for such a junk shop.
Inspect your records before you buy. Sleeves could have been out in the wet.
What to buy: Alternative music and stuff from the 70s.
What to pay: Too much.
Black Diamond Records is a small shop, with many high quality records. The new owner tries to get a balanced mix of records in store, so there is a chance to get some of the surplus (Opera) cheap.
Furthermore this shop is selling record cleaning equipment and provides record cleaning service.
What to buy: Records.
What to pay: 45 RPM from Euro 1; average Euro 5.
Albums from Euro 12.
Parallel is a spacious shop with a great number of high quality 2nd hand records.
Prices are high, but that is obvious. You get good quality for your money.
What to buy: Records
What to pay: Albums from Euro 15
I have never visited the Christmas markets myself as I have always been too early, but the ones in Cologne are known all over Germany and this picture shows preparations in full swing in Neumarkt. This is just one place with a market as they are spread out all over the city centre here, with another famous one in the Old Town. The markets open in November and generally close around 23 December.
What to buy: Chrismas decorations, handicraft and nice German food.
What to pay: Anything.
Four floors of rain gear, travel support gadgets, polar clothes and sleeping bags, canoes, kids outdoor gear and books, tents, climbing stuff,,,there aint much you won't find here in Europe's largest outdoor shop. There is even a cafe to get you relaxed enough to make a decision :))) There is a rain test area and a climbing wall as well as a cold room with polar temperatures, and yes, in this picture you see the little water feature where you can test your canoe before purchasing...In nearby Bonn, they also have an outlet. Ask Win (rhineroll) for details about that one.
What to buy: Anything from a tent to a GPS to a travel pillow...
While you're staying in Cologne, if you start pining for Marmite, crave a cup of PG Tips or just want to buy a British magazine, help is on hand in the form of a shop, right in the city centre, that sells a wide range of British products. I came upon in by accident when I looked down a side street and saw a large Union Jack flag. Further investigation revealed a little shop which at first glance, looked as if it was just selling tacky British souvenirs but inside it is a small supermarket, rather like a corner store, and the range of products on offer is impressive... everything from Pot Noodles to jars of Petroleum Jelly.
What to buy:
Cologne is a fantastic place to shop for outdoor clothing. I needed a new winter jacket that was waterpoof and windproof but not too heavy and I hadn't been able to find anything suitable in the UK. So I went to Cologne to look for one and found exactly what I was looking for. Furthermore, the price for such top quality was very reasonable too.
A wide range can be found in all department stores, clothing shops and specialist outdoor gear shops.
What to pay: 99 euros - 400 euros
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