Hello and welcome! As you may know, I live in the best city in Germany (and no it is not Berlin, Munich, Hamburg. And definitely not Cologne!!) and therefore I want to introduce you to my food guide to Düsseldorf!
A lot of people visit Berlin and more of Eastern Germany but in my opinion, Düsseldorf is an amazing destination in Germany for travelers from all over the world. It ranks among the top ten most livable cities in the world and once you have been there, you understand this. So in other words: It is way too underrated.
There is a lot to see in this favorite city of mine and it has so much to offer that even if you live there for years you won’t get bored. And now I want to talk more about the foodie aspect of these offerings. In this Food Guide to Düsseldorf, I will tell you more about my favorite restaurants here. It will keep on growing as I will go to some places sooner or later. Just as in my guide to the Cafés in Kuala Lumpur you should stay tuned! To be the most useful I will list the best restaurants of Düsseldorf within the area they are at.
Due to the corona pandemic visiting restaurants is not possible right now. However, you can still order your food or do a pick up at most of the places I mention. To make sure this Food Guide to Düsseldorf helps you out, I will also list the information about how to still get their food underneath each restaurant!
Unterbilk / Hafen
As it is one of the coolest areas in Düsseldorf, working in Unterbilk is truly amazing. Around the Lorettostraße are tons of fancy restaurants, cute cafés, and nice shops. If you visit Düsseldorf, this is definitely one of the things you really have to see. Especially as you have to visit me there.
If you are looking for incredibly stylish places, the Bernstein & Inbar is the perfect place for a delicious lunch. I just love their sandwiches and their whole interior. When you are there, go for one of their stuffed bread, they are simply delicious! My favorite option is with parmesan and serrano ham, sided with a cold lemonade!
Covid Info: the Bernstein & Inbar is still open and you can place orders for pick up. They are open every day from 12:00 to 16:00.
If I have to name one thing I am obsessed with during summer it is salads with goat cheese. It is my favorite dish during the hot months and one of my favorite places to have one is the Frida. The goat cheese there is delicious and I really love the price-performance ratio. For me, Frida is the perfect place to have an amazing lunch in Unterbilk. Besides the salad they also have a great range of tapas, so make sure to visit it with a bunch of friends to mix and share all the tapas
K in Unterbilk
One of the places that I just recently discovered is the K in Unterbilk. As I just started to work near to it, it was clear that I had to try it. We kept it short and simple there with just having a drink and a dinner but it was very delicious and super easy going. The dinner we had was ravioli with a spinach cheese filling with a creamy mushroom sauce in case you were wondering. But while sitting there I also had a glance at a salad with goat cheese which looked as fantastic as our ravioli.
If you are looking for a good pizza that comes with a nice atmosphere in Unterbilk I recommend the Menta. But you have to ask for a place in the backyard. It is a very relaxing place and we like to have our lunch there from time to time. They also offer more than pizza, they serve amazing pasta and salads too! And they have daily changing specials, so be sure to have a look at their chalkboard too!
Bob & Mary
Bob & Mary is a burger restaurant with an eye for the detail. Their mascots Bob a bear and Mary a bird are everywhere. On the menu, on the walls, on paper straws, and so on. So their interior and decoration are already super appealing.
But if you then get your menu you can be even more overwhelmed. They have a range of some of the most exciting burgers I ever read. Especially as they don’t only serve the classic ham- and cheeseburger but also burgers with a little twist like the Senfrostburger which is an all-time favorite of mine! So basically you can say that Bob & Mary will serve you one of the best burger experiences you can find in Düsseldorf
Poke bowls are now everywhere and therefore shouldn’t miss in this Food Guide to Düsseldorf! You could easily call it a new trend in food. And that’s totally reasonable! It is just delicious and an amazing way to enjoy personalized food. My favorite place to have a nice poke bowl in Düsseldorf is the Kyodaina in Unterbilk. They also serve heavenly sushi with fresh ingredients.
My favorite pokebowl is filled with: Sushi rice as a base, mango, ginger, avocado, cucumber as toppings, salmon or fried tofu as meat / veggie alternative, their teriyaki sauce and cashew and sesame as an extra!
Fancy a fancy lunch? If you are in Unterbilk, Café Buur is the latest place to be. They have a delicious menu filled with so much deliciousness! When I was there, I chose to go for one of their weekly specials, which happens to be a Sushi Burger. It was so so so good, I simply couldn’t stop eating!
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Let’s be honest. We all can’t have enough Poke. Poke Bowl is just life. So besides the Kyodaina, I also love to have Poke Bowl at Aloha Poke in Unterbilk. What I like here is that you can split the Protein in as many variations as you like. So you can have tuna, salmon and tofu without it getting more expensive! And their interior is just incredible pretty!
Covid Info: You can order your poke bowl by Aloha Poke via the app Lieferando.
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When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Germany and looking for good pizza, do as the Italian residents do. And in Düsseldorf, they go to the Nine O Five. It is just a place that you can’t skip in a Food Guide to Düsseldorf. I have been there three times now and every time I go for the Bufalina pizza which you can also see in the picture! It just has the perfect thin crust and the toppings are on point. I could eat at least 10 of them. Daily. That’s how good it is! Especially when paired with their own apple lemonade. Furthermore, Nine O Five won some awards for being so great especially for their wines. I just drink lemonade because I like the taste better!
Carlsplatz / Zentrum
The Carlsplatz is something you definitely shouldn’t miss when visiting Düsseldorf. It is not only a farmers market but also a meeting point for all kinds of foodies! There are stalls with food, kitchen supplies & small restaurants, and is for sure one of the top places in Düsseldorf!
One of our favorite food stalls at the Carlsplatz and more suitable for vegetarians or vegans! Basically it is all about having your own customized stuffed bread. You can choose from two different types of bread and choose what types of fillings you like best. They have sauces and creams, salads and antipasti, and a lot of other tasty options! And in the end, you will have the perfect spicy stuffed bread. Furthermore, they also offer all types of culinary highlights like special olive oils, truffle, or sea salt. This makes it perfect for souvenirs for your loved ones. For more detailed information, check them out on the Carlsplatz’ offical website!
The declared goal of the Café de Bretagne is to make you feel as if you just spent a day in the area that gave the café its name. This area is especially important for the fishing industry and that’s exactly what you will get in the Café de Bretagne: a great selection of extraordinary seafood! Especially the mussels in white wine and cream were to die for. You can also buy all the fresh seafood there but prepare it at home, so if you are looking for a supplier of fresh seafood in Düsseldorf, check out their offerings!
I mean I couldn’t decide if I would have to, but sushi would for sure be among my three favorite dishes. Therefore, I am always quite excited if I find a new place to spoil myself with more sushi. Baba Sushi is an amazing place with great sushi for an affordable price!
What to have: my absolute favorite was their baked spicy tuna roll alongside their spring special. I love to test new tastes and styles and am therefore in love with specials. This one was with asparagus as it was in season during my visit there. Can’t wait to go back for more specials too!
I am a German and every now and then I really love to have some hearty German food. This usually includes some giant piece of meat with potatoes and Sauerkraut. Ok ok, not always Sauerkraut, we like some variations too! Some of the best traditional German dishes can be found in the Hirschchen and therefore it just had to be on this list!
What to Have
I have been there quite often and my favorite dishes are the Haxe and the rib eye steak. But the lamb you see in this picture was exquisite too! If you are more on the vegetarian side of food check out some of the best vegetarian German dishes such as Käsespätzle and asparagus in spring! These are things you can get at the Hirschchen too!
I love Asian Cuisine! My time in Malaysia was my favorite experience food wise. That’s why I am always on the hunt for the best, most authentic Asian food in Düsseldorf and I can proudly say I found some amazing places for sushi and ramen and ever since I tried the Hanoi September, I am pretty sure I also found my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Düsseldorf. Hanoi September creates Vietnamese street food with a European twist and excellent wines. However with the corona pandemic I could only order their food, so I passed on the wine. However I went for their Bun Dau Chay with the most exquisite lemon grass tofu I ever had! Furthermore I also liked their Goi Cuon Chay and my friend Ines had an amazing Noodle Soup!
Stadtmitte / Japanese Quarter
Lately, a friend of mine and I decided to have some ramen. And we went to the best place to have ramen in town. And this happens to be Takumi. It is that good that we had to wait a solid 35 minutes to be seated. Luckily they have heaters in front of their entrance. When we finally got a seat we couldn’t wait to finally order and to have our ramen but luckily it didn’t take to long. Needless to say, the food was delicious and it worth waiting for it!
I have been talking about German food, Japanese Food, and some Italian food in this Food Guide to Düsseldorf but it has more to offer! Here we go with my favorite Korean restaurant there is! The Gusan is not that popular but it has a wonderful place and it didn’t fail to make me fall in love with Korean cuisine. The only question that is left for me now: is there even a case where you can have too much kimchi?
Na Ni Wa
I was talking about Ramen and Noodles before and I usually love to go to one place over and over again. But this one day a friend of mine broke my habit for me and took me to another noodle house in Düsseldorf. And what can I say? I should be more open-minded in the first place. The Na Ni Wa serves amazing ramen and I can’t praise it enough! At the Na Ni Wa, I love to experiment and order different dishes almost every time I go there. So far my favorite ones are the Vegetarian options on a Miso base or the one that has meat and the won tons!
Covid Info: You can have your ramen as a take away and you are also able to preorder.
So, this is my Food Guide to Düsseldorf for now. As already mentioned, this list will continue to grow, as I get to visit more restaurants one by one. Maybe some restaurants will even open and I get to test them. So no matter what, stay tuned guys!
If you want to read more about the food of Düsseldorf, check out my post about the Gourmet Festival!
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