Düsseldorf, a Land of Cafés and Culinary Delights

In town for ProWein? Here's a guide for places to eat and drink in Düsseldorf. Take in Germany's fashion capitol and enjoy some Rhineland relaxation.
Sunset view over Media Harbor in Düsseldorf, Germany / Getty

Düsseldorf’s charms are not immediately obvious. You have to walk down the Königsallee, or Kö as the locals call it, to realize this is Germany’s fashion capitol. Düsseldorf is also where you can enjoy some Rhineland relaxation (and hopefully sunshine) along the Stadtgraben with its Triton fountain. But if you find yourself here in March for the wine-trade show ProWein, the city offers places to visit for every mood and occasion.

Königsallee (literally "King's Avenue"), the main thoroughfare of Düsseldorf's fashion scene / Getty
Königsallee (literally “King’s Avenue”), the main thoroughfare of Düsseldorf’s fashion scene / Getty

Whether you seek breakfast or have not yet been introduced to the German ritual of Kaffee und Kuchen—the traditional mid-afternoon caffeine and sugar break—head to much-loved Café Hüftgold. Famed for its house-made cakes, it also offers light lunches for mid-day refreshment.

Need to escape the buzz of the fair? Dr. Kosch awaits, offering a menu of modern German food. The recipient of a Michelin star, this small venue offers surprisingly good value. Sila Thai is a popular and beautiful destination for well-executed Thai dishes. If you’re with a crowd, the lively La Luce Due is a pizza and pasta joint that prides itself on super-fresh ingredients.

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With Germany’s largest Japanese community, Düsseldorf has some notable dining choices reflecting this culture: Yabase offers sushi, while Takumi is a ramen canteen.

Those who seek authentic German cuisine should head to one of the local Altbier breweries. These offer cosy, unpretentious surroundings and down-to-earth fare. Owned by the Schumacher brewing family since 1838, Im Goldenen Kessel offers typical beer-friendly fare like Flönz (black pudding), liver sausage and marinated cheese with caraway. Im Goldenen Ring is another historic venue.

Night owls who seek fun can enjoy classic cocktails at the 1920s-inspired Bar Alexander. Rum aficionados should check out Mojito’s for signature cocktails and an impressive list of aged rums. At LiQ, you might have to ring a doorbell to get in, but classy drinks await. Tiny, old-town stalwart Et Kabüffke (Flinger Straße 1, 40213 Düsseldorf, open till midnight daily) serves Killepitsch, an off-sweet herbal digestif that has been brewed in the Rhineland since 1858. For whiskey and beer, stop by Engel, where live bands regularly turn up the volume.

Published on February 23, 2017
Topics: Destinations
About the Author
Anne Krebiehl MW
Contributing Editor

Reviews wines from Austria, Alsace and England

German-born but London-based, Anne Krebiehl MW is a freelance wine writer contributing to international wine publications. She also lectures, consults and translates and has helped to make wine in New Zealand, Germany and Italy. She adores acidity in wine and is thus perfectly suited to her Austria/Alsace/England beat. Her particular weaknesses are Pinot Noir, Riesling and traditional-method sparkling wines.

Email: akrebiehl@wineenthusiast.net.

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