You can buy anything made with the famous Eau De Cologne - 4711 here.
You can buy most things in other shops in Cologne too, but for me there was just something special about buying it here in this shop where it originated with a 4711, Glockengass, Cologne stamp on it!
They have a barrel with running Eau De Cologne - you can dip your hand under it and get a free splash of 4711!
What to buy: You can buy bags, towels, t - shirts all with the 4711 logo on, you can also buy perfume, soap, room spray, from the 4711 range and other manufacturers perfumes are also sold here.
What to pay: From approximatley 2 euro upwards...2 euro will buy you a soap!
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Globetrotter: VT heaven!
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...
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The chocolate shop located in the Chocolate museum is pure heaven!! You can actually shop here without visiting the museum itself...but I would highly reccommend that you take the time to visit the museum as well.
What to buy: Ummm....Chocolate!! Lol
You can also purchase an alcoholic marzipan drink here!
The chocolate is sold in various varieties and forms including Truffles, Biscuits and bars.
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Cologne City Centre
The shops in Cologne are fabulous! There are so many shops selling almost everything that you could possibly imagine..the pedestrian areas in the main part of the city are even packed with window shoppers during the evening and even more crammed during the shopping hours.
It seems that hardly any shops if any are open on a Sunday, generally the hours are Monday to Saturday.
There is an huge area in the central part of Cologne, starting right immediate the cathedral, where most of the molls and retail shops are situated. Starting from late afternoon, it is the bussiest part of the city constantly flowed by the crowd. Great many of shops offers cloths and shoes, those cheap but also very expensive.
What to buy: I was in particularly interested to see the clothing shops because fashioned cloths is part of my job. I didn't like most of the glass windows, found them overloaded by the cloths or shoes, but there are also those in which I saw "Italian hand".
Many shops offers cheap cloths made of cheap fabrics and those articles cannot last long. Most probably one have to hrow it away after first chemical laundry. The law medium quality cloths is too expensive, in my opinion.
What to pay: The most important is that everybody should find cloths which is in accordance with own style and salary.
all of them!: Buy the world at Schildergasse and Hohe Strasse
It is not A shop but the whole shopping promenade. Its greatest convenience is in its being a pedestrian area. You can arrange a meeting with friends at Neumarkt which is a large traffic junction. And then, what a feeling to plunge into this sheer stream of people cast into the banks of stores!
What to buy: Clothes and shoes - Cologne has a large range of famous labels like Mexx, Benetton or Esprit which have separate stores in Schildergasse or Hohe Straße. On the other hand, various other labels account for a colourful variety in this stream of shoppingness ;-)
German largest department stores like Karstadt or Kaufhof can also be found there.
Most stores are open from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. on workdays. On Saturday some stores (the largest ones) are open till 8 p.m. as well.
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Black Diamond Records: My favorite 2nd hand Köln record shop
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.
Peek & Cloppenburg: Peek & Cloppenburg
Peek and Cloppenburg is big network of multi-brand department stores in Germany and Austria. This one is situated in the central part of Cologne just in front of Antoniterkirche Church. This shop is situated in beautiful building built in modern architectural style.
Working hours: daily from 10:00-20:00
Can't Remember: Typisch Deutsch Clothing in Koeln
I saw this lovely traditional costume shop in central Koeln. If anyone knows the name of it please let me know!!
What to buy: Traditional German outfits, dirndl skirts and lederhosen.
What to pay: A lot. This is a shop selling quality products. A tiny pair of Lederhosen to take home to a little nephew will set you back 87 Euro!
Sunday Market under Hohenzollern Bridge
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
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Schildergasse, Breite Straße, Hohe Straße etc: Shopping Paradise
Cologne is a shopping paradise. There are many pedestrianised shopping streets full of great shops here. I love shopping here because it's such a perfect area without traffics and because there's a huge variety of shops!
What to buy: Everything you need and not need!!
Hohe Straße - the shopping zone
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
“Ohh de Cologne”: “Ohh de Cologne”
What is the most famous souvenir you can bring home from Cologne? Of course this is Eau de Cologne! That’s no problem if you have too little time to visit house #4711 where cologne was produced since 1792. You can visit souvenir shop “Ohh de Cologne” situated near the cathedral. You will be able to buy any sort of famous Eau de Cologne in that shop in five minutes walking distance from main railway station (Hauptbanhoff).
Galeria Kaufhof: Christmas Window Display
Each year during the Christmas shopping period, Galeria Kaufhof has the most wonderful window displays of Steiff toy animals. There are hundreds and each of the giant windows has a different scene. Many of the animals are mechanised and doing things, and you have to look for a long time to appreciate the detail. They delight children but are fantastic for people of all ages... even those who don't like Christmas... Bah! Humbug!
Hohe Straße and Schildergasse: You've gotta really wanna shop....
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!
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