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Düsseldorf CITY GUIDE

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If you’re visiting Düsseldorf, it goes without saying that we like your style. What’s not to love about The Dorf? Great gems exist within this underdog of a city. We’ve handpicked some of our favourites—we hope you like our style, too!

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ARTS & CULTURE

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K21

K21 is the sister museum of K20 and displays contemporary art is a stunning architectural space. The 5300-square-metre building was the seat of the North Rhine-Westpahia parliament until the late ’80s and opened as the museum in 2002. It’s our favourite museum in the city.

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BASEDONART

BASEDONART is an artist-run gallery based in Düsseldorf’s Flingern, the neighborhood with the highest density of galleries in the German region. It is the place to meet for students of the famous University of Arts, and they will always welcome you. The only gallery of its kind in Düsseldorf, BASEDONART, specializes in exhibiting international contemporary art in combination with pre-modern Asian art and ancient pottery.

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MANKO CAFÉ + WORKSPACE

It isn’t a normal café and workspace where you get one the best coffee’s while having a call in Düsseldorf town—you always sit, work and eat within an exhibition. The café supports young artists by showcasing their artwork.

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SAMMLUNG PHILARA

Gil Bronner’s impressive private museum, Philara Collection, is located in a former glass factory that the property developer bought and rebuilt extensively over the course of two years. It is hidden in the shabby backyard of Flingern’s Birkenstraße. A 550-square-metre sculpture terrace is as much a part of the building renovated by Sieber Architects as the restaurant and event space Glas Lennarz. The heart of the collection is, of course, the works of art on display in the 1700-square-metre exhibition space.

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LANGEN FOUNDATION

This contemporary art exhibition space, event space and architectural gem is located at the gates of Düsseldorf on the grounds of a former NATO rocket station. When you take a trip here, you should give yourself plenty of time to experience the special interaction between architecture, art and nature. It was designed by the self-taught Japanese star architect Tadao Ando, who was deeply impressed by the history of the land.

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VELVET

Over 12 years ago, petrol pumps stood in the middle of what is now Velvet’s dining room. Cornelius Ewest and his team have integrated the charm of a vintage gas station into their modern café. Whether you’re having a business meeting over lunch meeting a friend for a morning coffee, you’ll feel at home here. In addition to extremely good coffee, you should definitely try the homemade iced tea or the spicy ginger lemonade. After the drink, you can do some shopping in the concept store, Beyond, just next door, which is incidentally run by Ewest’s girlfriend.

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MARKT AM CARLSPLATZ

Never know what to order at a restaurant? You won’t have that problem at this food market. With its rich history, the market has now evolved into a food lover’s paradise. If you are looking for your local veggies, spices from far away countries, or a lovely snack to go, you can find them at Carlsplatz.

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K20 MUSEUM

Get seduced by the museum’s curved glazed granite façade. K20 is one of three properties that houses Nordrhein-Westfalen’s art collection. The museum started with the purchase of several Paul Klee pieces, but now, almost 50 years later, K20 Grabbeplatz has grown to be a popular museum for 20th-century art.

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NRW FORUM

Technology—we love it, we hate it. This playful, modern and diverse museum is especially critical of the Internet, and they investigate and educate on new cultural technologies. Even though their main focus lies on the modern, the museum is still fit for people of every age.

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DÜSSELDORF ON A DIME

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EAT TOKYO

Straight from Tokyo and London to Düsseldorf, Eat Tokyo has been serving authentic Japanese cuisine for over 40 years, including sushi, sashimi, bento boxes, ramen soups and more. Their dishes are super high-quality and priced super fairly.

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PICKUP VINTAGE

Looking for original Hawaiian shirts, ’50s dresses or vintage satin baseball jackets? This is your place. PickUp Vintage offers one of the best vintage selections in town.

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NEUREICH

Frank Thoelen and his family open their doors to their home every Friday and Saturday from 12:00 to 18:00 to present an eclectic selection of classics, from the Baroque to the present, with an emphasis on the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. Go early to get the best pieces before they’re gone.

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LAURA’S DELI

This is the most charming deli with the most delicious, healthy and affordable food. Trust us when we say you’ll be dreaming of the salad you ate there long after, and the coffees are to die for.

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NANIWA

There’s a high chance you’ll have to wait for a table, but it’s so worth it. This is by far the best ramen restaurant in town. They also serve sushi and Japanese snacks, which are just as delicious.

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LIEBLINGSSTÜCKE

This women’s vintage shop is one of the best in the city, and you’ll find great pieces for nice prices. The shop is located in the Flingern Area, where the wall says, “Take your time, shop offline.” We couldn’t agree more.

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INDULGENCES

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BEUYS BAR

A bar for everything—to go out with friends, have a date or invite your partner for very special longdrink. It’s open from Tuesday through Saturday and you can find every kind of drink, from classics to specials.

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ZWEIERLEI

Düsseldorf just got a new spot to enjoy delicious and extravagant food. The chefs are well-known in Düsseldorf and now have their own proper restaurant. Both chefs stand for creativity and firmly believe that this should be part of every meal. You can taste their passion for food and will have an unforgettable evening.

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BAR CHÉRIE

Set in the heart of Düsseldorf’s Altstadt, you can find the lovely Bar Chérie in between all the beer bars with traditional Düsseldorf beer. Besides a good glass of French wine, you can grab a quiche lorraine or mousse au chocolat to feel a little bit Parisian in Düsseldorf. The bartenders are always welcoming you and sometimes drink a glass with you. It is definitely a place to indulge in Düsseldorf.

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BABA GREEN

If you want to cheat on your diet, this place couldn’t be more perfect. This go-to for kebab and falafel always uses the freshest ingredients, and they give traditional dishes a modern twist.

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EISKELLER

This wine bar is perfect for nice cheese and wine with friends. Don’t worry about that extra glass or buttered slice of bread, it’s all worth it at this bar that feels like a private wine cellar.

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RICHIE ‘N ROSE BURGER NO.1

If you feel like sinking your teeth into a drippy, juicy burger, this is where you need to be. The ambiance is easy-going and light and the staff is very gracious, so trust us when we say nobody here will judge you for forgetting a manner or two as you’re enjoying your burger. You’re amongst friends.

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CONSCIOUS Düsseldorf

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ROBERTA

This fair and organic fashion shop in Düsseldorf isn’t comparable to other fair fashion shops—it is totally unique. The owner, Daniela, has an art background and decided to leave the art business to give the Düsseldorf’s luxury shopping area a new face. Here you can find some great, fairly produced pieces.

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ANMO

Just a quick 10-minute walk lies between Max Brown Midtown and ANMO, the tea lover’s paradise. Discover the lovingly curated selection of premium teas and forget the stress of everyday life in the warm and quiet atmosphere.

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UNVERPACKT DÜSSELDORF

For a sustainable start to the new year, we all should reduce our plastic use in our daily routine. The plastic-free supermarket Unverpackt Düsseldorf in Düsseldorf Stadtbezirk 2 allows us to shop 100% plastic-free and sustainable by providing glass boxes or paper bags. You also can bring your own boxes and bags and enjoy a seasonal dinner.

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GREEN GUERILLAS

In this shop, you won’t have worry about making good or bad choices—you’ll always make the right one. At Green Guerillas they only sell fair, sustainable and quality clothing. Happy shopping!

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GREENTREES THE JUICERY

This juicery’s motto is “#TYBLAT,” which means “treat your body like a temple.” We couldn’t agree more. From their immune-boosting fresh juices to their soul-nourishing bowls, it’s all executed with love.

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WALK ALONG THE RHINE RIVER PROMENADE

What’s greener than using your very own feet as transportation? This promenade will lead you along Old Town and Carlstadt. There are several little shops and cafés that welcome you to sit and enjoy the view.

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FANCY Düsseldorf

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WAYA KITCHEN

If you’re ever looking for something to do, Waya Kitchen in Düsseldorf’s Flingern is always a good place to find yourself. Check out the inventive mix of Asian/Latin American food made by the well-known Düsseldorfer Nicolas Wiedmann-Harland. You’ll always enjoy your evening in this down-to-earth atmosphere.

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LIVE LAB STUDIOS

This new concept store in Düsseldorf is opening mid-February 2020, and you don’t want to miss it. They will showcase new sustainable luxury goods and are committed to unique quality. As the founders want to take care of every single client personally, you have to book an appointment via their website.

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YAKI THE EMON

Best dish for weekend evenings: okonomiyaki! Just a few minutes away from Max Brown Midtown, you will find the delicious Japanese pancakes on your hot stone plate, (which you can get vegetarian/vegan as well). We recommend a good glass of Japanese wine with it as the selection of wine at Yaki the emon is just like in your local wine bar.

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YABASE

Some people claim this is the best Japanese restaurant in Germany, but we’ll let you decide for yourself. It is definitely worth the wait. From the menu to the staff, you’ll get the full, authentic Japanese experience.

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LiQ BAR

Feel like dressing up and having a cocktail in a sexy, dark atmosphere? LiQ Bar is just the place. The bar has an extremely extensive liquor menu, and their rotating seasonal cocktails will always keep you coming back for more.

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FRITZ’S FRAU FRANZI

This Michelin-starred restaurant serves you a night to remember. The menu is small but the dishes are grand, which they sum up as “a world cuisine with an experimental touch.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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