In Cologne, almost every district has its own flea market. However, the most notorious are the Trödel an der Kölner Galopprennbahn (Cologne Racecourse Flea Market) which is held three times a week, and the weekly Kölner Stadtflohmarkt (Cologne City Flea Market).
The Kölner Stadtflohmarkt takes place on the Parkplatz des Unicenters (the parking of Cologne's University) once a week – except during holidays – rain or shine. From 6 clock until early afternoon, bargain hunters stroll down the many stalls composing the Kölner Stadtflohmarkt.
Flea market enthusiasts can always find great bargains there: Old furniture, vintage clothes, porcelain, crockery, silverware, trinkets, paintings, shoe boxes filled with old black & white pictures and postcards, memorabilia, and other traditional items. This is mainly linked to the fact that there are only a few professional antique dealers, but many private exhibitors that sell old stuff and junk from their cellar and their home.
The sale of new items is not permitted at the Kölner Stadtflohmarkt, which helps guarantee and preserve its overall quality, and as it is the case with any flea market in general, it is best to show up early in the morning.