Düsseldorf – the international shopping metropolis

Düsseldorf – the international shopping metropolis

The metropolis on the banks of the Rhine is famously regarded as one of the hotspots of international fashion. So much fashion competence concentrated in one area means that the opportunities to shop in Düsseldorf are just endless – it’s where "shopping at its best" can be enjoyed!

Düsseldorf’s city centre is the ideal destination to savour the perfect shopping experience. From the Altstadt (Old Town) via Königsallee all the way to Schadowstraße, it is virtually one big connected shopping location. Individual districts such as Flingern or Unterbilk equally offer an innovative and unique range of small boutiques and designer stores, several of which can be found only in Düsseldorf. The city is a platform for the world’s major fashion designers to present the whole gamut of fashion alongside large flagship stores of well-known brands – but also budding fashion stars – to satisfy any taste.

Such major international designers as Armani, Bulgari, Gucci, Jil Sander and Prada have opened shops along the luxurious shopping mile – Königsallee – which is one of Europe’s top retail boulevards. It’s here that exclusive boutiques rub shoulders with major fashion houses, and where shopping malls with elegant street cafés can be found. It is a true catwalk for the latest trends – a great place to see what’s going on and to be seen! Düsseldorf caters to every budget, from upmarket to bargains. It is a popular place for a stroll along countless designer shops and jewellery stores.

 Königsallee, often called the "Kö", is easily the busiest luxury street in Germany. At peak times, there can be as many as 5,000 pedestrians strolling along the boulevard. In a European comparison, the Kö belongs to the shopping locations with the greatest density of high-end businesses. With the opening of Kö-Bogen in autumn 2013, Königsallee has actually been extended for keen fashion followers and, on the whole, received a burst of new inspiration.

Those who like curious and trendy things will just love taking a stroll through the Altstadt (Old Town). The narrow alleyways have become home to unconventional fashion shops and many avant-garde stores. A particularly idyllic flair may be enjoyed in the historic district of Carlstadt, with its many antique shops, galleries and art shops. Schadowstraße also has many attractive shopping opportunities to offer. And there are lots of shopping arcades in the city centre, to make shopping enjoyable even on rainy days. Schadow

Arkaden, Sevens, Kö Galerie and Stilwerk could not be more different from one another in style and appearance.

The legendary and exclusive Breidenbacher Hof hotel opened its doors again in Düsseldorf in the summer of 2008. As did, incidentally, several shops inside the building, too. Marco Polo, Hugo Boss, Strellson and Michael Kors are but four of the tenants, and Abercrombie & Fitch opened its first German flagship store in the direct vicinity. But that’s not all! Prada displays its haute couture directly opposite, close to Gucci and Louis Vuitton. If that alone hadn’t made Audrey Hepburn’s eyes sparkle, the branch of Tiffany & Co. would have made her fall in love with Düsseldorf. And already, style icons and fashion fans are always talking about Prange, Franzen and Jades. The most recent international addition to the Kö was made in autumn 2014 in the form of the large Versace store on the west side of the boulevard. It was joined in January 2015 by a big Hermès boutique opening its doors right beside it. French luxury brand Dior has drawn shoppers to its flagship House of Dior at Königsalle no. 30 since June 2015, whilst in September 2015 premium label Karl Lagerfeld launched a new store a few buildings down, in the Kö- Galerie.

But you don’t have to avoid Düsseldorf if you don’t want to shell out on luxury and chichi. The 120 shops at Düsseldorf Arcaden also attract many visitors to the down-to-earth district of Bilk. Shopping enthusiasts and trendsetters will find fashion away from the mainstream all around Lorettostraße, in close proximity to the MedienHafen, or in the trendy, up-and-coming district of Flingern.

Those who have trouble in Düsseldorf deciding between Ansons, Peek & Cloppenburg, Esprit, Zara, Mango, Primark, New Yorker or Karstadt and two Galeria Kaufhof outlets, can also seek inspiration for new furniture and the latest consumer electronics or browse through one of the many large book stores in the city.

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