Dusseldorf Restaurants and Dining
(Dusseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)
You won't find it difficult to spot somewhere to eat in Dusseldorf, with dining opportunities ranging from gourmet restaurants drenched in history, to pavement cafes offering freshly baked pastries and mugs of coffee. Many of the cities best restaurants and bars lies within the Old Town quarter, where you will find more than 200 on offer, often being full of character.
For lunchtime snacks, plenty of deli-style cafes have cropped up all over central Dusseldorf, often featuring their own courtyards and serving freshly prepared sandwiches, soups, salads, quiches and an array of specials, usually written on a blackboard or similar. However, since many Germans treat lunchtime as the main meal of the day, if you are looking for something a little more filling, plenty of restaurants will be happy to oblige and you will never have far to look for a slap-up, three-course lunch and a nice glass of German Riesling wine or 'altbier', a type of German pale ale that first originated in Dusseldorf.
What to Eat
German meats, salamis, cheeses, pot-roasts, soups, freshwater fish and a variety of freshly made sandwiches all form a major part of the diet for locals within Dusseldorf. Many traditional German dishes are meat-based and popular choices include pork, beef, chicken, venison and rabbit, with veal bratwurst sausages being especially popular. While for the vegetarian, there is usually something to choose from on the menu, with sauerkraut (sour cabbage) often served on the side.
However, many international restaurants and oriental dining options are usually never far from hand, where you can expect a range of baked pies for desert, often filled with rice, apple, pear and apricot. Local specialities include:
- Blutwurst - fried slices of blood sausage / black pudding
- Eintopf - traditional German stew made with either pork, chicken or beef, together with many vegetables and garlic
- Grünkohl - green kohl brassica
- Halve Hahn - substantial cheese and onion sandwich
- Himmel un Ääd - a dish of mashed potatoes, apples and slices of blutwurst
- Mussels - usually accompanied by a rich sauce and freshly made bread
- Reibekuchen - fried slices of potato served with black bread and a sweet syrup
- Rheinischer Sauerbraten - spicy, baked chunks of either beef or horse meat
Where to Eat
Many pleasant eateries line the banks of the River Rhine, close to its various promenades and also Dusseldorf city centre, offering fine dining with great views. A number of popular beer gardens can also be found close to the Rhine, while there are even several pub boats on the river itself, nearby Oberkasseler Bridge.
Within the Old Town area you will discover innumerable traditional taverns, which are always full of character and serve some of the best local dishes. Some of the top restaurants within Old Town Dusseldorf can be found along Andreasstrasse, Bergerstrasse, Lambertusstrasse, Neustrasse and Ratingerstrasse, and also around both Burgplatz and Grabbeplatz. Further dining can be found all over the city centre, close to Dusseldorf's harbour, and within the Derendorf, Flingern, Friedrichstadt, Oberkassel and Pempelfort districts.