The 7 Best Thrift Stores in Cologne

Sorgenfri secondhand, Malmö
Sorgenfri secondhand, Malmö | Photo courtesy of Sorgenfri Secondhand
Evelyn Smallwood

Charity shops and thrift stores aren’t as popular in Germany as they are in the U.K. or U.S.A., but there are still plenty of little spots in the city to keep even the most experienced vintage shoppers interested. Mostly based in the center of the city, a bit of careful planning will get you to all seven of these vintage temples in less than a day.


A national second hand chain, like Goodwill or Oxfam, Humana sells quality second hand clothes to raise money for social causes. It’s not a place for high fashion bargains, but customers interested in quality vintage pieces and are willing to rifle through the racks to find it will be amply rewarded. With stores in Nippes, Ehrenfeld and Kalk, you’ll have to check the map to find the nearest to you.

Vintage clothes rack

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