Cologne’s Schildergasse is the most-visited shopping street in Germany. Small, exclusive designer boutiques and studios with offbeat clothing and accessoires you' ll find in the "Belgian Quarter" and in the city’s Ehrenfeld district.
Cologne is one of the most popular shopping venues in Germany. The city’s Schildergasse pedestrian zone attracts 15,000 people an hour at peak shopping times, making it the most popular high street in Germany. Just like the neighbouring Hohe Strasse, it accommodates large department stores and branches of familiar brands.
Exclusive designer shops on the other hand have opened on Mittelstraße and Pfeilstraße. At the end of Schildergasse on the north side of Neumarkt are the covered and linked Olivandenhof and Neumarktpassage shopping centres. Other shopping arcades in the city centre and suburbs make shopping here a pleasure, even when it's raining.
Looking for something individual, the one gift with the special touch? Then head out for Ehrenstraße, where you will find lots of little uniqe shops of designers and other creative people selling everything from embroidered pillowcases to artful jewellery. In recent years, the Belgian quarter has developed into one of the most creative parts of the cathedral city. Numerous young fashion designers busy themselves in and around the Belgian quarter boutiques and bring the latest fashion trends to Cologne.
One of Cologne’s centres of young design is the Ehrenfeld district. Here, in converted factory buildings and private homes of a bygone era, you will find up and coming designers drawn by the former working class neighbourhood’s affordable rent costs and multicultural flair.
Sunday openings in the city centre in 2013 are on 24th March, 10th November and on 1st December.