Hey, my Name is Pia (@piamllrs) and I am from Düsseldorf, Germany, where I grew up and currently intern in eCommerce for a fashion brand. This city has always held a special place in my heart. Not just because it is a very aesthetic city, but because of its incredible atmosphere. Sometimes it really feels like a village and yet you get all the advantages of a larger city.
What is a typical breakfast and where would you go?
A place I’ve been going to a lot in the past few months is BIRDIE & CO. It’s a café & deli and they offer great options for breakfast and although I’ve never had lunch there, it looks very promising as well. I can recommend their açaí bowl with homemade peanut butter and their choices of banana bread are great. However, if you want that truly Instagrammable breakfast, you need to check out Café Buur.
Where is your favourite place to grab lunch?
If you find yourself in the centre of Düsseldorf, I would recommend going to Laura’s Deli. They offer delicious and healthy meals right in the city centre. If you love Mexican food I cannot recommend Casita Mexicana enough for a delicious and affordable lunch.
What is the ideal afternoon activity in a city like Düsseldorf?
Düsseldorf has several really good museums and exhibition centres. There is always a great variety of art exhibitions at the Kunstpalast. Just across from it is the NRW-Forum, a quirky exhibition centre with a focus on photography, pop and digital culture.
Afterwards, I would recommend a walk past the Rhine, which is a river just a few meters away. The view is incredible and it will lead you to the old town of Düsseldorf. Some spots will make you feel like you just travelled in time. There are many beautiful buildings and also great shops. You will definitely find a cute café in no time to relax from your walk.
Where are the best places for dinner?
Düsseldorf is known for its big Japanese community, thus, there are tons of Japanese restaurants mostly around Immermannstrasse. Naniwa is probably one of the most popular ones. Often you have to wait in line for a few minutes but it is definitely worth the wait. The TV tower also has a great Japanese restaurant with a stunning view of Düsseldorf.
If you go to Unterbilk you’ll also find tons of great restaurants. A place I love to go to is the tapas bar Frida.
In the evening, what is the city like and where do you find yourself?
There are many young people out in the evening. Especially in the old town it gets really busy as there are many restaurants, bars and clubs. If you prefer a calmer evening, I would recommend going to the Medienhafen, the harbour, where you can go to a restaurant and end the day with a walk and a stunning view of the skyline at night. For everyone that loves a good rooftop bar I would recommend the Paris Club.
In a busy city like Düsseldorf, is there anywhere to chill?
The perfect place is anywhere by the Rhine. The Paradisstrand, which is right by the Medienhafen, is a small beach. You can get some drinks and some food and just enjoy the sun. There are also some cafés right by the Rhine. It’s especially nice when it’s warmer and you can sit outside and enjoy the view.
What is there to do for something fun and different?
There are several flea markets that are great. The most popular is probably the Trödel & Antikmarkt which is every saturday. Also, I would always recommend renting a bike and riding it around town.
Where is the best area to stay/sleep for young travellers?
The most trendy neighbourhoods in Düsseldorf is probably Unterbilk. There are many cute cafés, restaurants and boutiques. I personally always enjoy staying at an AirBnb, however, an hotel that looks very promising is the Me and All hotel. Supposedly it has a bar with a great view of the city.
What season would you recommend visiting?
Spring and Summer are definitely the best times to visit, since it gets really cold, dark and cloudy during Winter.
Is Düsseldorf best for a family holiday/friends holiday or couple holiday?
It can really be for either a family, friends or couples holiday. I would recommend to do a combined trip to Düsseldorf and Cologne. Since the two cities are only about half an hour away by train, you can just go here for a day. Since the Rhine also goes right through Cologne, you could also do a boat trip there.