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Ehrenfeld has more to offer than a wild nightlife scene and cute cafés. The shopping experience in Cologne’s most vibrant quarter is as diverse as the local population. Trendy fashion boutiques mix with concept stores, interior design and shops that promote a sustainable lifestyle. Here’s our pick of the best.
This spot was borne of a group of Cologne illustrators and designers coming together a few years back and creating a treasure chest for artistic handicrafts. Their work embellishes postcards, calendars, porcelain, clothes, fabrics, stationery, posters and other pretty things and are available at their lovely studio MerkWürdig. Over the years, prints, products and accessories from international designers have been added to the selection.
Simrockstrasse 5, Cologne, Germany, +49 221 5128 10
If you’re looking for girly and playful fashion, you’ll strike it rich at Boutique KahrLa. The cute dresses, skirts, tops and accessories are handmade and often inspired by the 1950s and 1960s, with circle skirts and petticoats included. If you can’t find the colour or size you want, you can order it or even have a whole custom-designed outfit made for you.
Fashion designer Sabine Berndt’s passion is skirts. What started as a hobby has turned into a boutique known even outside of Cologne. Box-pleated, balloon, denim and wraparound skirts hand from the clothes racks at Rock-it-Baby cater for all tastes. The styles on offer range from feminine and elegant through to sporty and casual, but in all cases are handmade and of the best quality.
Rothehausstrasse 4, Cologne, Germany, +49 221 5103745