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I visited two very different bookstores in Cologne. Located in the Belgian Quarter (Belgisches Viertel), see our earlier post about the area here.

Siebter Himmel means Seventh Heaven.

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It was quite a surprising discovery since I had no idea of what it was supposed to be when I first walked in.

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Is it a bookstore, a gift shop or … ? Well, a bookstore and lifestyle/design store.

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According to their web site here :

 Our book and Design Shop “Seventh Heaven” was born from the belief that book and design can be connected to a special shopping experience. In a total of seven themed worlds, we satisfy your curiosity about unusual products, your right to quality and your desire for personal recommendations. … Expect the unexpected. Let yourself be inspired. Welcome to the “Seventh Heaven”.

 

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It is a small shop with a deep and narrow footprint but they have managed to create several distinctive spaces within it. Quite a feat.

7heaven-9Mannequin on a swing !

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Most of the books are in German.

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They further subdivided into thrillers into political, nordic and regional.

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Siebter Himmel is one of the best lifestyle-themed bookstore I have seen.

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Glad that they did not have a coffee bar inside, just because every other bookstore already has one.

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They sell clothings and music as well as design objects.

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Every city should at least have one such bookstore !  See my earlier posts on some bookstores in Sao Paulo here  and here.

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My next post is on a more traditional bookstore, also in Köln.


 

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