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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Shopping in Bonn and Cologne

I didn't plan to do some shopping in Germany. I thought Singapore is perfect for shopping and I don't need to do much in Germany. I assume that German goods are more expensive.

But after strolling on the Bonn streets I am very surprise to find that almost everything is cheaper here comparing to Singapore. The food is cheaper, cloth is cheaper. Staying in Singapore for a long time, I didn't realize that Singapore's cost of living is climbing up so much now. It is not surprising to know that Singapore is the 8th most expensive city in the world and Bonn is not even among the top 50 most expensive cities according to a 2011 survey.

You can find many shops that are familiar to Singapreans such as Zara, H & M, Promod. I am so happy that there are so many nice clothes that I can buy. In Singapore, I normally end up with nothing after 1 or 2 hours shopping.

I didn't see any luxury shops such as Louis Vuitton or Gucci in Bonn. Bonn used to be the west German's capital. But the city is like a small town. Streets are small and friendly. I can walk from my apartment easily to the central of the city and many city attractions. If you need to go out to other cities, the trains and buses are easily accessible. There are so many cultural activies going on such as Beethoven festival and Klangwelle 2011 (Sound and Wave 2011). I just love the way of living in Bonn.
Apart from visiting the Wallraf Museum in Cologne, we were attracted to many nice shops as well. We bought several pairs of pretty and cheap made in China shoes.


Pili said...

It's quite funny for me to see how Zara has got everyone! It's a Spanish brand and you can find a shop now almost everywhere!

Lily Pang said...

Yes, I think it used to be very good in Singapore. But now I think it may face fiercer competition due to the newly opened H & M. I like Zara's style.