Second-hand shopping in Cologne

We’re spilling the beans on the best second-hand shops in Cologne

When it comes to shopping in Cologne, there’s a world of fashion waiting for you to discover it with the spotlight on second-hand shopping.  

In this complete guide, we’ll dive deep into the vibrant universe of second-hand boutiques, thrift stores, and vintage havens that make Cologne a true fashion destination. As we start this exciting journey, we’ll also explore the charming streets of Cologne, the allure of designer vintage clothing, and Germany’s thriving shopping scene. So, fasten your seat belts and join us for an exploration of the best second-hand stores in Cologne!

Here’s how to explore the thriving second-hand shopping scene in the heart of Germany!


🏙️ Navigating Cologne’s picturesque streets 

Cologne’s streets are more than just… streets; they’re the gateway to your next second-hand shopping adventure. As you wander through this historic city, you’ll find yourself irresistibly drawn to its bustling vintage boutiques and thrift stores. These streets are where the past seamlessly merges with the present through the lens of fashion. 

While exploring the vibrant second-hand shopping scene in Cologne, don’t forget to check out our article One Day in Cologne for more exciting insights into this captivating city.  

Cologne streets - Second hand Cologne
Cologne colorful streets

💎 Thrift store delights: affordable gems  

Thrift shopping is a true art form in Cologne. Dive into racks teeming with high-quality vintage gems, all available at budget-friendly prices. Whether you’re a student, a fashion-forward young adult, or someone who values sustainable style, Cologne is THE place to be.   

🛍️️ Humana Secondhand 

Humana Secondhand has multiple locations throughout Cologne, but the standout choice is their Hahnenstraße 55 store near Neumarkt. This 3-floor building offers affordable secondhand clothing for men, women, and kids, ranging from vintage to contemporary styles. Look out for the 1970s vintage section and occasional high-end finds. Prices are budget-friendly but remember to always check the quality as items aren’t thoroughly curated like in other stores.  

🛍️️ Südstadt Second Hand 

Nestled on Bonner Str. 29, Südstadt Second Hand might escape your eye at first glance, but it’s worth exploring! This cash-only store offers you unique fashion pieces, often with a funky twist, at great prices. They have a generous selection of shoes and cowboy boots, and it’s less crowded compared to other shops in Cologne. 

🛍️️ Twink Twice Vintage Second Hand 

Twink Twice, at Severinstraße 77 or Ehrenstraße 45, is a reliable secondhand store with a constantly changing inventory. They’re famous for their epic sales, including countdown events and capsule collections. Keep an eye on their social media for promotions and announcements. 

girl browsing clothing in a vintage shop - Second hand Cologne
Vintage vibes, endless finds

🛍️️ Kleiderei Köln 

Located at Venloer Str. 459, Kleiderei Köln gives you both secondhand and upcycled clothing at fantastic prices. Their cheerful and approachable staff creates a trendy selection. Kleiderei also hosts special events, like clothing swaps, and actively promotes their community spirit online. 

🛍️ Intothevibes  

Intothevibes at Severinskirchpl. 2 is guaranteed to put a smile on your face! The owner’s friendly attitude and curated selection of on-trend items make it a standout choice. While prices may be slightly higher, the quality and service make it worth your time. 

🛍️ Mooii 

Mooii, at Wilhelmstraße 54, is part plant shop, part vintage clothing curator. The best combo, right? This trendy, female-owned shop offers a smaller vintage selection, but is perfect for specific items like 1980s sportswear and cozy fleece pullovers. They also collaborate with other local businesses, hosting pop-up shops and events, all announced on Instagram. 

clothing rack and sofa in a vintage shop - second hand Cologne
Cologne’s Vintage Treasure Trove

🛍️ Pick Weight-Vintage store kilo  

Pick Weight, at Ehrenstraße 60, is the go-to spot if you’re a true vintage enthusiast. This store offers treasures from the 60s-2000s with prices determined by weight. The merchandise can be overwhelming due to its density, so be prepared for a treasure hunt! Prices can vary, so choose wisely. 

And as you explore Cologne’s vibrant second-hand shopping scene, remember to also take a moment to dive into our article Fun Facts Cologne to get more fascinating insights into this captivating city. 

🏷️ Designer vintage: a touch of elegance 

If you’re a fashion enthusiast with an eye for luxury, but still want to stay on the budget, Cologne has something special in store for you.  

The Vintage Revivals boutique curates a stunning collection of designer vintage clothing. Here, you can uncover iconic pieces from fashion giants like Chanel and Dior which will make sure that you radiate style and sophistication. 

Vintage & Rags, located at Hohenzollernring 47, is a spacious secondhand shop with a top-quality selection, especially for men’s clothing. While it’s often busy, visiting during off-hours can make your shopping experience smoother. Prices may be higher, but they specialize in vintage sports jerseys and streetwear. 

For luxury and designer labels, Coco + Chloe on Goltsteinstraße 91 is the place to go. You’ll find exceptional pieces from Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, and Hermés. While prices are higher, they offer quality and contemporary styles at a fraction of the cost of new items. The shop is conveniently located in the same shopping center as a grocery store. 

👛 Shop with purpose: Oxfam Cologne 

Elevate your second-hand shopping experience by supporting a meaningful cause. Oxfam Cologne is far from your average thrift store; it’s a charity shop with a mission. When you shop here, you’re adding pieces to your wardrobe while actively contributing to global initiatives; a truly fulfilling experience. 

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Shopping with a purpose at Oxfam

🗺️️ Beyond Cologne: shopping across Germany  

While Cologne is undoubtedly a treasure trove of second-hand gems, Germany, in general, offers you even more to explore. Travel beyond Cologne’s borders to cities like Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg, where you’ll find vintage shops, mirroring the unique personalities of these urban centers, as well as popular German clothing stores offering you a glimpse into contemporary German fashion. 

✨ Summing up… 

Cologne’s second-hand boutiques are a captivating blend of history, local vibes and contemporary style. Whether you’re hunting for designer treasures, sustainable fashion, or garments that whisper tales of the past, Cologne has it all. Your trip will be more than a shopping excursion, it’ll be a fashion adventure. Happy treasure hunting! 

Second-hand shopping in Cologne: FAQs

Is Cologne known for its fashion scene?

Certainly! This article delves into Cologne's dynamic fashion scene, highlighting the growing popularity of second-hand shopping among fashion enthusiasts.

Where can I discover stylish vintage clothing in Cologne?

There are many boutiques with stylish vintage pieces in Cologne. One of the most popular ones is Vintage Revivals specializes in curating exquisite collections of designer vintage clothing, including iconic pieces from fashion giants like Chanel and Dior.

What sets Cologne's streets apart for second-hand shopping?

Cologne's streets are like gateways to an exciting second-hand shopping adventure. Vintage boutiques and thrift stores seamlessly blend the past with the present, creating a unique fashion experience.

Are there budget-friendly options for vintage shopping in Cologne?

Absolutely. Thrift shopping in Cologne means high-quality vintage gems at affordable prices in places like Humana Cologne, and more.

Tell me more about Oxfam.

Oxfam is close to our heart because it's not your typical thrift store; it's a charity shop with a noble mission. When you shop there, you're not only enhancing your wardrobe, but also making a positive impact.

Any tips before I dive into second-hand shopping in Cologne?

Before you start your vintage journey, check out the opening hours and keep an eye out for any special promotions at the places you plan to visit.

How does second-hand shopping contribute to sustainability?

Second-hand shopping is all about sustainability. It breathes new life into previously-owned fashion items, reducing waste and lessening the environmental impact of clothing production. It's a win-win for fashion and the planet.

🛎️ Where to stay in Cologne?  

Discover the perfect blend of style and affordability at MEININGER Hotel Köln West – your ultimate destination for vintage shopping in Cologne. Book your stay today and unlock the treasures of the past! 

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