The German city of Dusseldorf might not immediately spring to mind when planning a foodie trip in Europe.
This remarkably under-the-radar city surprisingly boasts a diverse and delicious selection of restaurants, markets, cafes, coffee shops and cookery classes.
I’ve created a Foodies guide to Dusseldorf so that you can discover the top places for food travellers and the best places to eat in Dusseldorf!
Foodies Guide to Dusseldorf
The remarkable and under-the-radar city of Dusseldorf boasts a diverse and delicious selection of restaurants, markets, cafes, coffee shops and cookery classes
There are many traditional German dishes to be found in Dusseldorf, with many restaurants serving up the various specialities of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia.
Typical Dusseldorf dishes include ‘Himmel and Erde’. A dish made from black pudding, potatoes and applesauce and ‘Rheinischer Döbbekooche’, which is Dusseldorf’s take on a potato cake.
Disclaimer: Content created from a press trip with Visit Dusseldorf.
Dusseldorf food culture
Dusseldorf is so much more than traditional German fayre though, my foodies’ guide to Dusseldorf looks at what you can expect from the city beyond currywurst.
It also lists some of the best places to eat in Dusseldorf, so make sure you go hungry!
Disclaimer: Content created from press trip experience with Visit Dusseldorf.
Getting to Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf is also really convenient to get to with connections from many European airports.
You can use the Skyscanner app to search for the cheapest flight deals to Dusseldorf.
If you only have a weekend in Dusseldorf you should definitely consider booking a food tour of Dusseldorf.
The benefit of booking a food tour in advance is that you can experience the culinary delights of Düsseldorf’s Old Town with a professional guide.
Dusseldorf Japanese Quarter
The term ‘Japanese Quarter’ might well conjure up images of flashing neon signs, ostentatious manga shops and throngs of tourists.
The Japanese quarter of Düsseldorf could not be further from this stereotype. Dusseldorf’s Japanese quarter is located on “Immermannstraße”.
This nondescript main street has so many understated Asian influences.
There are sushi restaurants, Japanese bookshops, a Japanese hairdresser, a Japanese hotel as well as Korean owned supermarkets in this practical and reserved part of the city.
Best Japanese Food in Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf has the biggest Japanese community in Germany and one of the largest in Europe, so the quarter was borne out of necessity, rather than being a mere tourist attraction.
You can spend an entire afternoon seeking out Japanese gifts and groceries, having a drink in the Hotel Nikko bar or seeking out some seriously good sushi.
Sushi lovers should head to Takumi, located at Immermannstraße. 28. This is a very popular place for locals and noodle enthusiasts.
Expect to see all the seats and tables filled up by noon, with queues of ramen lovers waiting outside.
Another popular place is Naniwa, serving up ramen, sushi and Yaki Soba. There’s normally a large queue but it is totally worth the wait!
If you don’t fancy queuing up for your sushi, head to Natsu, to pick up a box of takeaway Sushi. These guys sell Sushi, salad and sandwiches inside luxury supermarket ‘Edeka-Zurheide’.
Natsu specialises in super fresh sushi creations, poké boxes and desserts. You can pick up a sushi platter to go or individually wrapped sushi such as maki and California rolls.
Wine tasting Dusseldorf
Sip a range of local wines at award-winning bar Eiskeller and watch those hours whizz by! It’s one of the best places for wine tasting in Dusseldorf.
There is a huge selection of wines in this cosy and stylishly decorated wine cellar.
Knowledgeable staff are on hand to guide you through your wine tasting experience as you feast upon cheese plates and cold cuts.
Eiskeller Wine Bar
Despite the expert knowledge and impressive wine list, there’s no snobbery here, just enthusiasm and passion for quality wine and producers.
It’s the sort of relaxed atmosphere where I felt bold enough to proclaim that my favourite wine is ‘whatever is on offer in Aldi’ without feeling judged. It’s a fabulous place to try German wine in Dusseldorf.
Upscale dining in Dusseldorf
There are lots of upscale restaurants in Dusseldorf including ‘L’Arte in Cucina’ and Brasserie 1806.
Whilst people might think there is only German food in Dusseldorf, there’s actually a range of cuisine available as well as fine dining in Dusseldorf.
Paris Club Restaurant
If you are wanting fine foods with a view then I would head to The Paris Club Restaurant located at the Dusseldorf 25hours hotel.
The Paris Club Restaurant is located on the 17th floor and offers fabulous views of Dusseldorf along with Modern French cuisine.
You’ll be totally convinced you are dining out in Paris [especially after a few French wines]. It also has the best views of Dusseldorf by far.
Typical menu offerings include ‘Boudin Noir’ – French blood sausage with apple, calvados and creamed potatoes, steak frites, tartare and escargots.
Almost all of the products on offer are sourced in France and waiting staff will advise you on menu choices and provide wine recommendations.
This is a truly wonderful dining space with huge glass windows, high ceilings and stylish decor.
Steak lovers should check out MASH in the Old Town, this newly opened restaurant is located inside the historic building ‘Andreas Quartier’.
MASH is an impressive, upmarket steakhouse that has a distinctive ‘New York steakhouse’ vibe.
There is modern furnishing, exquisite lighting and beautifully prepared steaks. It’s the best steak house in Dusseldorf for sure.
Their selection of steaks includes Australian, German and Uruguayan steaks.
They also have 90-day Danish dry-aged and Japanese Wagyu from Kobe on the menu.
There is also an award-winning wine list and a swanky bar serving superbly shaken old-fashioned cocktails.
It’s pricey here but well worth the cost, it’s a really lovely place for cocktails in Dusseldorf too.
Dusseldorf Tea Lounge
Why have a bog-standard brew when you can have one poured for you by a tea master? Manager and tea master of Shennong Lounge, Justus Hopmann, will demonstrate how to pour the perfect tea using Taiwan tea ceremony techniques that he learnt from Taiwan.
It’s the best teahouse in Dusseldorf and is a fab place to learn more about tea culture.
Shennong Lounge Dusseldorf
The ceremony has several stages, pot and cups are warmed first, then the tea leaves are washed and rinsed, water is then poured from a specific height and the tea is brewed for a specified period of time.
The tricky part is putting the tea into a small cup, and then quickly flipping it over into the drinking cup.
If you have ‘butterfingers’ like me, perhaps find a responsible adult to do it for you!
If you simply wish to relax with a tea, then why not kick back and sip through a huge range of herbal teas including black, green, white and fruit and herbal teas. Coffee fans can also order cappuccinos and matcha latte!
Culinary tour Dusseldorf’s old town
Experience the culinary diversity of the Düsseldorf Altstadt (Old Town) and eat your way around this historic part of the city with a food tour of Dusseldorf.
The benefit of booking a food tour in advance is that you can experience the foodie delights of Düsseldorf’s Old Town with a guide.
The old town is home to food markets, breweries, spice shops, bakeries, bars and restaurants.
Have a knowledgeable guide lead you around and discover the foodie delights of the city.
In the old town, you will find the iconic Uerige microbrewery that has been brewing since 1862. It’s one of the best traditional pubs in Dusseldorf.
Their ‘Uerige beer’ is made from several malts including barley malt, caramel malt, roasted malt and is served in dinky, 200ml glasses that are quickly refilled by eagle-eyed bar staff.
Dusseldorf has managed to retain four historic pub breweries that are popular with locals and with visitors.
Make sure to have a pickled egg with your beer and eat it ‘Dusseldorf style’ by removing the shell, cutting your egg in half and adding salt, pepper and vinegar before eating in one gulp.
Trust me, you’ll need some stodge after a morning of beer sampling.
Seek out the Carlsplatz market when in the old town for foodie finds, wine stalls, fresh fruit and vegetables.
You can sample olive oils, wines and cheese from all over the world and chat with friendly stallholders about their wares.
It’s one of the best markets in Dusseldorf and is a great place to go shopping, exploring or to relax with friends.
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