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Cologne's English Shop is located right behind Marks & Spencer, just off of the Schildergasse. They sell English food, magazines, books and videos. Marks & Spencer only sell their own brand, St. Michael, but here you can find things like Heinz baked beans, Marmite, Strongbow cider, Cadbury's chocolate or Tetley's tea. The magazines are ones that you'd find at any British newsagent, though for around twice the price. They have a good selection of English language videos for rent and for sale, as well as Viz and Wallace & Gromit merchandise. It's a useful place for Anglophiles and the many British natives living in and around Cologne.
Manufactum is a departmental store, but don't be fooled by that, as this store is quite unlike any other. One will find a range of organic foods of the highest quality here, with their sourdough bread being a must try. Actually, you can expect to find anything and everything in this store, from old fashioned shirts, to cleaning brushes, ceramic pots and cozy slippers, to kitchenware, games, toys and a lot more. The in-store cafe is a good place to enjoy some coffee along with a light snack or slice of cake.
Karstadt is one of the largest department stores in Cologne. No matter what you're looking for, you'll find it here. With six floors you'll be able to shop for designer wear, find amazing cosmetics, discover the newest electronics, read amazing books, and buy household wear. Make sure you stop by the basement to browse the gourmet supermarket. The department store also holds great events.
The Neumarkt Galerie whose passageways reach up to the Olivandenhof and Karstadt, make shopping in all weathers possible. Shops from the Scherzkiste, health food shops, tobacconists and magazine stalls to Holland Blumen are all assembled together under its roof. The possibilities for shopping are furthered by culinary shopping opportunities provided by shops like Sivas which offers Libyan and Turkish delicacies. If your appetite veers more towards the sweet, then you can order fresh pancakes in the Pfannkuchenhaus, rounded off with a coffee at Tchibo. Discerning gourmet fans can be found in the Feinkost Montagnani. If you need a break from the stress of shopping, you can sit on one of the covered tables outside various pubs and restaurants and order pizza, chop suey, Cologne beer or co la to refresh you for the next round of shopping. To get everything concerning clothes, go to the top floors here you can get shoes from Salamander, towels from Pagoni and brands such as Kookai or Mexx can be found in Sinn Leffers. If you go a bit further, past Gant and Eins Zwei Drei, you'll come closer to the entrance to the Karstadt, if you go left, you'll find more shopping opportunities in the indoor Olivandenhof.
Olivandenhof, whose passages connect with the Neumarkt-Galerie and Karstadt, has 4 floors containing 40 shops. Fashion highlights include Milanese Tentazione, international designers in Balay and Camera, clothes for the young at Benetton, and for those over size 44: rundum chic. For natural products try Spinnrad and the Body Shop; for mobile phones, the best place is Talkaway, and for knitting and crochet, Casa Lana. Small decorative and homeware products can be found in Saffarian. An ideal place to take a break is the open square with many benches on the lower floor. If hunger calls, Shalimar, with its Indian specialities, is a good bet. For sweet teeth, try the ice cream cafe Venezia on the second floor.
Aldi Sud is a world-renowned supermarket chain that offers discounted merchandise. For all your grocery and daily needs, you can certainly bank on this store. Packaged food, ready-to-eat meals to cereals everything is available under one roof. For a detailed product list and other information, check website.
Kaufland is your one stop shop for everything possible. The Frankfurter Strasse 87 a location stores anything that you would possibly need from shoes to cook books and from electronic gadgets to items of home decor on its shelves. There are discounts on the varied articles available and you can choose whatever you want at liesure. Also, the Kaufland Parkplatz plays host to the popular market called Trödelmarkt. Check the website or call ahead for more details.
Located in the centre of one of the two main shopping streets, the Mediamarkt is often busy, particularly on Saturdays. It's like a little supermarket in which you can buy all sorts of things from flashlights to dishwashers. The prices are somewhat cheaper than in other shops, particularly when certain products are on sale. The three floors of the department store will make your search easier: on the first floor you will find large household goods (dishwashers etc.), in the basement you'll find photography equipment, mobile phones, TVs and stereo systems and on the top floor you'll come across a well organised computer section with an extensive range of hard and software. If you want to buy CDs here, you'll only find a limited range.