Things to do in Cologne

Fashionistas browse for Jil Sander, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana pieces while expats pick up English-language magazines.

The biggest event of the year is the November art fair.

This Belgian Quarter arts venue is the latest of Cologne's cultural spaces, with art galleries, designer showrooms and restaurants.

A futuristic shrine to the cocoa bean; for a sweet treat, dip a waffle into a giant fountain filled with 440 pounds of milk chocolate

The second-floor space showcases international art.

The gallery, located within the Kreishaus' passageway, displays the work of Iranian sculptor and cartoonist S. A. Mojavari.

A one-stop shop for photography junkies.

This shop brims with funky, feminine togs by designer Fenja Ludwig.

Lebanese-born Perla Zayek's namesake boutique showcases her silk evening dresses.