Best Ice Cream Shops in Düsseldorf

 

March has many reasons to get us excited. Spring is around the corner, days are longer, we get our first sunny days back to enjoy the city and ice-cream shops start opening again!

In Düsseldorf, ice cream shops are the most beloved places during spring and summer days. And let’s be honest, not only kids, but also grown-ups queue outside these shops to enjoy a tasty ice cream. Since Düsseldorfers are huge ice-cream fans, you can find a shop in every corner.

To make it easier for you, I made a pre-selection of the best ice-creams shops in the city. Ready to try all of them? 😉

 

Pia Eis

A classic: Pia Eis.

This shop, located in the Altstadt, is managed by a north-italian family. Their ice-creams will transport you to Italy with its unique flavor.

Due to its popularity, it is normal to find long queues outside the shop – mostly during hot summer days and weekends.

In winter the place reminds open offering italian coffee, waffles and hot chocolate. And to be honest, it is always crowded!

Website: Pia Eis

I am love

The first shop opened in Bochum some years ago. According to legend, the couple who started this business was in love – hence the name – and decided to open their first shop as a way to offer a new, exotic ice-cream selection by using bio products.

Nowaday they also have a shop in Essen, Witten and Düsseldorf, more specifically in Düsseltal. During summer time, you can also find them in different parks of the city. They have their own ice-creams carts, which are always there for us during hot summer days.

To make their ice-creams the owners use bio and regional products. If you are a vegan or you follow a dairy-free diet, I am love is the best place for you. A part of traditional sorbets, here you will find interesting, exotic toppings such as macadamia, hazelnus or white chocolate. All of them are incredible tasty!

In winter time only the shops in Bochum and Essen are open. There you can find waffles, crêpes and tasty coffee. They also offer brunchs during the weekends.

Website: I am love 

Nordmanns

This shop is known in Düsseldorf for making 16 different flavors of ice cream in the Italian style.

Although Nordmanns can be found in various parts of the city, the best known is the one located in Flingern Nord. There they have a huge terrace where you can enjoy a good ice-cream under the sun.

In case you are following a diary-free diet or you are a vegan, in Nordmanns you will find options for you. Here you can find traditional strawberry, lemon or kiwi sorbets, among others.

Website: Nordmanns

Gelateria La Romana

This chain arrived in Düsseldorf a few years ago and it became immediately in a success.

If you wanna try an ice-cream which taste like a real italian ice-cream – or at least this is what my italian friends say – cross to the other side of the river and pay a visit to Oberkassel. Here is where you can find this shop.

The owners – two italian brothers – started this chain in 1947 to show the world real italian ice-creams. To make them, they use sugar, cream and bio milk. A part from ice-creams you can also find cakes and pralinés.

No recommended for vegans or people under a diary-free diet.

Website: Gelateria la Romana

TATI

Let’s come back to the other side of the river. This time we go to Pempelfort, more specifically to the area of Toulouser Alle.

Close to the most modern buildings of the city, we can find a small ice-cream shop which offers different toppings almost every day. It is normal to see a huge queue outside the shop during summer days since there are many business and playgrounds in this area.

Tati’s ice-creams are make with regional products and apart from traditional flavours such as strawberry and chocolate, they also offer exotic toppings such as mango lassi.

Website: Tati

Yomaro

If you thought Frozen Yogurt was already something from the past, you do not live in Düssledorf.

No matter which season of the year, Düsseldorfers love eating frozen yogurt. This is the reason why Yomaro, located in the Altstadt, is always crowded.

To be honest, Yomaro’s frozen yogurts are really tasty by their own. However, you can add your favorite toppings and make them more special. In the shop you will find everything: From Kinder chocolate to seasonal fruits.

By the way, the also offer vegan frozen yogurts. Ideal for those following a dairy-free diet.

Website: Yomaro

Your turn

Did you know these ice-cream shops? Which is your favorite? Do you want to recommend any other shop?

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Best Coffee Shops in Düsseldorf

After several hours of negotiations, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of the federal states have agreed to once again extend lockdown restrictions in Germany, this time until at least March 7.

Which means that supporting local businesses is still necessary. On previous posts in this series, I showed you some awesome local restaurant, as well as different ways to help those who need it the most these days.

Today I want to talk once again about food. Buying some coffee to go is one of the easiest ways to support local cafeterias – and a good excuse to discover new places.

In order to help you with the search for the perfect coffee (and cake), here are some awesome cafés that are offering coffee to go at the moment – and which are delicious:

 

PYC Cheesecake

Best cheesecakes ever and tasty coffee, all in one place 😊

Where?:

  • Düsseltal: Weseler Str. 65, 40239
  • Oberkassel: Belsenstrassen 18, 40545

Website: PYC Cheesecake

Cafe Nikan

For coffee lovers who want to try coffee from different parts of the world.

Where?: Rethelstraße 98-100, 40237

Website: Cafe Nikan

Birdie & Co

Good coffee, great cakes (try the carrot cake) and more.

Where?:

  • Pempelfort: Marc-Chagall-Straße 108, 40477
  • Pempelfort: Bagelstraße 130, 40479
  • Altstadt: Mittelstraße 6, 40213

Website: Birdie & Co

Roasted Kaffebar

Intense coffee from different parts of the world and some good cakes.

Where?: Moltkestraße 75, 40479

Website: Roasted Kaffebar

KYTO Coffee & Deli

A good place for a breakfast to go. They offer good coffee and croissants.

Where?: Am Wehrhahn 42, 40211

Website: KYTO

Tenten coffe

A nice place with a variety of coffee and sandwiches.

Where?: Oststraße 57, 40210

Website: Tenten Coffee

Tomo Café

A hidden gem in Düsseldorf: Great coffee and cakes.

Where?: Klosterstraße 67, 40211

Website: Tomo Café

Woyton

A nice coffee place. I used to go a lot! Lately they only offer regular or oat milk, which I cannot drink. However, if you like and/or can drink these type of milk products, I highly recommend you to try a capuccino or a latte macchiato. In the Altsadt café, you can also buy salad to go.

Where?:

  • Stadtmitte: Schadowplatz 16, 40212
  • Altstadt:  Hunsrückenstraße 40, 40213

Website: Woyton

Coffee Fellows

Good coffee and cakes (the brownie is really tasty).

Where?:

  • Stadtmitte: Königsallee 92, 40212
  • Stadtmitte: Berliner Allee 4, 40212

Website: Coffee Fellows

Espresso Perfetto

They offer good italian coffee.

Where?:

  • Friedrichstadt: Bilker Allee 228, 40215
  • Grafenberg: Grafenberger Allee 400, 4235

Website: Espresso Perfetto

Aux Merveilleux de Fred

French pastry + tasty coffe: Best combination ever!

Where?: Kasernenstraße 15, 40213

Website: Aux marveilleux de fred

Cøffe

Small coffee shop with coffee beans from all around the world.

Where?: Benrather Str. 6B, 40213

Website: Cøffe

Kaffepiraten

Good coffee and cakes (try the lemon one).

Where?: Neusser Str. 121, 40219

Website: Kaffepiraten

Café Hüftgold

Best cakes ever and tasty coffee to go.

Where?: Ackerstraße 113, 40233

Website: Café Hüftgold

 

Do you know any other café you would like to recommend? Then leave a comment below. We are always happy to discover new places 😊

 

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How to support local business & organizations in Düsseldorf

As we turn to online coffee dates, virtual dinners and strategically plan our grocery shopping to spend few time in a closed space, it can be easy to forget that a local community existed once in those same streets that are almost empty today.

Local stores, which are still the main drivers of a healthy economy in our neighborhoods, are the most vulnerable in times like these. The drop in customer demand and the payment of usual business overheads such as salaries and bills, can lead local business to a disaster for those which are not prepare to face the storm.

However, to keep our communities alive we do not need to move from the sofa.  Yes, we can support these businesses from home, without any effort and just by using our phone or laptop.

We can help not only small businesses, but we can also help our own neighbors.

Whether your soul is bound to your favorite clothes store or you miss the noise of your neighbors when organizing a barbecue in the park, here are my 5 best tips on how you can support local businesses and communities in Düsseldorf:

Locals for locals

With this initiative you can buy coupons for bars, restaurants and stores in Düsseldorf. This should help your favorite places to keep receiving some necessary income. The vouchers can be redeemed as soon as the stores are open again.

One last thing, this support service has no fees, so 100% of the money goes to the store or bar you chose.

Website: Locals for locals

Nebenan

What about helping your neighbors with simple tasks such as going to the supermarket or taking care of their pets? People at risk should not be exposed to potentially infected people, therefore we can always offer our help for daily tasks thanks to this web. While you are going to the supermarket anyway, why not offer your elder neighbor to buy some products for her?. It is also a good excuse to know how they are doing these days.

You have to register – for free – to use the portal.

Wesbite: Nebenan

Hilfelokal

A German-wide portal powered by Optiopay and Metro to helps restaurants and local stores. You can buy a voucher online and help local businesses with some liquidity and sales. The vouchers can be redeemed as soon as the stores open again.

You have to register to use the portal. Registration is free and only takes a couple of minutes.

Website: Hilfelokal

Fifty Fifty

Probably you have seen many homeless people on the streets these days. The reason why this is happening is because due to the new restrictions, the places where they sleep at night cannot host so many people as they used to do.

Another reason is that these people are struggling more than ever to sell the well-known fifty-fifty magazine which usually allows them to make a bit of money for food and accommodation.

Any donation on the website or any purchase of the magazine will be really welcome.

Website: Fifty Fifty

Support Your City

On the website #SupportYourCity you can donate to associations, to restaurants and to charitable organizations which are lacking money in this times. Here you can support the city of Düsseldorf quickly and easily.

Website: #SupportYourCity

 

Do you know any other website or organization to support the city of Düsseldorf? Any idea or recommendation is welcome!

If you want people to learn new ways to help during these time, leave a comment below or in any of our social network channels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Please, note that I am not an English native speaker. Therefore, you may find some spelling mistakes in this post. Feel free to let me know it and help me improve my English skills.

Best places to takeout in Düsseldorf

Every day I am more convinced that supporting local businesses is good for the community. Can you imagine your neighborhood empty of stores and restaurants? I think we are all on board by now that we should increase the amount of money we spend on local business in comparison to the amount we spend on large corporations. But, how can we do that? How can we help local businesses without leaving our houses?

Good question.

At the moment most of these places are not open for daily business. However, many of them offer vouchers or are still open for pickup o delivery.

Today I want to talk about food. Ordering food for pickup or delivery is one of the easiest ways to support local restaurants – and a good way to discover new places. Sure there are other business that need our support right now, but we will talk about them in a later post.

How can I find local restaurants?

Many local restaurants have pickup and delivery menu-options on their websites directly. You can also use the German-wide web called Local Gastro, or the well-known Lieferando.

Local gastro was built during the first semester of 2020 as a way to support local restaurants, and thanks to it I was able to discover new tasty places.

In order to help you with the search, here are some awesome local restaurants that are offering pickup/take away at the moment – and which are delicious 😊:

Delivery

Aloha Poke

Fresh bowls with the best ingredients. If you want a rice or salad bowl with veggies and fruits, this is the place to order.

Address: Friedenstraße 65, 40219 Düsseldorf

Website: Aloha Poke

Cala D’Or

Traditional Spanish food: Tapas, fish, meat… They also offer a wide range of Spanish wine.

Address: Dorotheenstraße 6, 40235 Düsseldorf

Website: Cala D’Or

Em Brass

This restaurant offers fresh food: From the market to the kitchen.

And you can feel it when you taste any of their main dishes.

Address: Moltkestraße 122, 40479 Düsseldorf

Website: Em Brass

Naniwa

The soup & noodles restaurant par excellence in Düsseldorf. Usually there is a huge queue in front of the door.

Address: Oststraße 55, 40211 Düsseldorf

Website: Naniwa

Pizzeria Romantica

It is not me talking, it is my Italian friends: It is real Italian pizza!

Address: Düsselthaler Str. 48, 40211 Düsseldorf

Website: Pizzeria Romantica

Rhodos Taverne

Authentic Greek food, for Greek food lovers.

Address: Bismarckstraße 67, 40210 Düsseldorf

Website: Rhodos Taverne

Pickup

Casita Mexicana

Choose among different kind of tacos, burritos, nachos and bowls. Tasty Mexican food to feel like in Mexico while you are at home.

Address: All around the city. Just check their website.

Website: Casita Mexicana

La Copita

If you like Spanish tapas I suggest you try this restaurant. Good food, good quality and fast service.

Address: Nordstraße 52, 40477 Düsseldorf

Website: La Copita

Sattgrün

A vegan restaurant with delicious food – also for not vegans. Do not forget to try a piece of one of their cakes 🙂

Address: All around the city

Website: Sattgürn

Sumi

High quality Japanese food. Rediscover Japanese food with this restaurant.

Address: Schinkelstraße 28, 40211 Düsseldorf

Website: Sumi

Tamam

High quality traditional Turkish food to take away.

Address: Moltkestraße 115, 40479 Düsseldorf

Website: Tamam

Delivery & Pickup

Askitis

Are you a Greek food lover? Then I advice you to try Askitis. Fresh, natural, delicious food.

Address: Herderstraße 73, 40237 Düsseldorf

Website: Askitis

Bánh mì

Ready to eat unique Vietnamese food? Pho, Bahn Mi sandwiches… Here you will find these delicatessen and more.

Address: Ackerstraße 161, 40233 Düsseldorf

Address: Friedenstraße 65, 40219 Düsseldorf

Website: Bahn Mi

Bistro Erminig

Oh la la! The best place to eat traditional French Galette in Düsseldorf. They also offer French charcuterie and delicious desserts.

Address: Gegenüber, Mutter-Ey-Straße 5, Neustraße 10, 40213 Düsseldorf

Website: Bistro Erminig

Kamikaze Sushi

A huge variety of sushi and pokes.

Address: Grafenberger Allee 51 – 55, 40237 Düsseldorf

Website: Kamikaze Sushi

Kirti’s Dhaba

It is not me talking, it is my Indian friends: Authentic Indian food!

Address: Düsselthaler Str. 1 a, 40211 Düsseldorf

Website: Kirti’s Dhaba

Laura’s Deli

Health, fresh meals. In the menu you can also find fresh juices and smoothies.

Address: Carlspl. 1, 40213 Düsseldorf

Website: Laura’s Deli

Les Halles St. Honoré

A French restaurant with traditional French food. They also have a bakery with baguettes and French sweets.

Address: Nordstraße 31, 40477 Düsseldorf

Website: Les Halles 

Lunitas Düsseldorf

Best Colombian empandas in the city! Also vegetarian options.

Address: Ulmenstraße 18, 40476 Düsseldorf

Website: Lunitas

Massi

A mix of western and Arab cuisine. Delicious, fresh – they buy only fresh products in the market – and surprising.

Address: Moltkestraße 110, 40479 Düsseldorf

Website: Massi

Restaurant Herr Knillmann

High quality German food. Try the cheesecake 😉

Address: Alter Markt 1a, 40625 Düsseldorf

Website: Herr Knillmann

Takumi

If you are a Ramen fan, this is the right place for you.

Address: Immermannstraße 28, 40210 Düsseldorf

Website: Takumi

 

Do you know any other tasty place you would like to recommend? Then leave a comment below. We are always happy to discover new restaurants 😊

 

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6 places to swim in Düsseldorf

Let’s face it, it is cold out there! 

Winter is coming and indoor activities are really appreciated by all of us living in Germany. Mostly during gray, rainy days when it is not so pleasant to walk down the street. 

One of the things that shocked me the most about winter activities in this country is that Germans love to spend time in swimming pools.

I – with my Spanish mindset – had always associated swimming pools to both summer and sports. Now that the holiday season is gone, I can only think of visiting a swimming pool to strength my muscles. However, Germans like not only to do some sports, but also to bring the whole family to spend some time in the pool. No matter whether it is 10 o’clock in the morning, or 7 o’clock in the afternoon. Swimming pools are fully book every day of the week.

What about you? Are you more a sport or a leisure person?

Anyway, no matter which kind of person you are. If you live in Düsseldorf and you are looking for the best swimming pool to enjoy your free time, this post is for you.

Ready to learn more about the best pools in the city? Let’s go:

Schwimm’ in Bilk

Here you can find a 25 meter pool with different lanes and springboards. Lanes are divided in “Power lane”, for those who want to swim fast, and “Relax lane”, for those more relaxed.

This pool has the perfect length for swimming without being an athlete 😉

Website

Hallenbad Allwetterbad Flingern

Also a place with a 25 meter pool divided in “Power” and “Relax”.

Here you can find different type of courses: Swimming for beginners, Aqua Fitness, Baby courses…

Another ideal place for not professionals who want to get rid of the daily stress by training their muscles. 

Website

50-meter Schwimmhalle Rheinbad

As its name suggests, this places has an Olympic-size swimming pool for those braves enough to swim as professionals. As you can imagine, many semi-professionals and professionals use this place to train.

Here you can also find a variety of courses such as Aqua Fitness and swimming for beginners. 

In case you’d rather swim in a shorter pool, here there is also a 33 meter pool whose temperature (28°) is perfect for these winter days.

Furthermore, both pools are also divided in “Power lane” and “Relax lane”. 

However, you have to choose in advance in which of them you want to swim. It is not allowed to visit both pools during the same time slot. 

Website

Freizeitbad Düsselstrand

This one is the favorite place for families with children in Düsseldorf. 

Why?

This place has a 25 meter pool divided in “Power lane” and “Relax lane” perfect to strength the muscles.

At the same time, this place counts with three more pools. Two of them are thought for children, since the water depth is limited to 1.35 meters. The third one is a perfect combination for both adults and children, since there is a small wellness area and a pool slide. 

A part from that, there are three jacuzzis, a second huge pool slide and they also offer swimming and Aqua Fitness courses.

Wesbite

Münster Terme

This place is not just a swimming pool but a health center with different facilities. Among them you can find a 25 meter swimming pool, a sauna, a fitness studio, a physiotherapy center and a salt grotto.

This is the right place if you are looking to escape the cold, windy days to enjoy a moment for yourself.

Website

Family Bath Niederheid

This is another family oriented swimming pool.

Here you can find a special area for children, a non-swimmers pool -the water depth is limited to 1.35 meter- and a 25 meters pool also divided in “Power lane” and “Relax lane”.

Website

 

This year, due to COVID-19, the entrance to the pools is limited. If you want to buy a ticket just choose a swimming pool, visit its website and check the availability in the different time slots.

Take into account that online reservations can be made up to three days in advance. A new day is always online at 21:00 pm.

 

 

*Please, note that I am not an English native speaker. Therefore, you may find some spelling mistakes in this post. Feel free to let me know it and help me improve my English skills.

Upcoming events – Summer in Düsseldorf

Looking for something to do in Düsseldorf this summer? Whether you’re a local, new in town or just cruising through I have loads of great ideas for you.

Ready to find the upcoming summer events in Düsseldorf?

June

European Fencing Championships

Did you know that fencing was one of the first sports to be played in the Olympic games? In fact, competitive fencing is one of the five activities which have been featured in EVERY modern Olympics.

This month of June Düsseldorf will be the house of all fencing athletes competing for their qualification for the Olympics Games 2020.

To experience fencing on the highest level with all possible emotions just come to Düsseldorf 😉

When: From the 17th to the 22nd of June 2019

Where: Messe Düsseldorf

More information: https://www.madeofsteel2019.de/en/

T3 Triathlon

Once again the awaited T3 Triathlon is coming to Düsseldorf. Around 2,000 participants register each year for this important event, where both professional and non-professional athletes swim, run and cycle around the city. As usual, “Mediahafen” is the starting point of this intense competition.

During two days, the meadow in front of the NRW state parliament will be the meeting point. Around 40,000 people come every year to enjoy the triathlon, support all the athletes and spend some time surrounded by friends and family.

When: The 23rd of June 2019

Where: The meadow in front of the NRW state parliament (registration point).

More information: https://www.t3-duesseldorf.de/

Nacht die Metropole Ruhr

50 venues, 24 cities, 300,000 visitors, one night: Die Nacht die Metropole Ruhr.

Since 2001 the Night of the Industrial Culture or “Nacht die Metropole Ruhr” became a unique cultural event where the industrial part of NRW (Ruhrgebiet) opens its doors, so that visitors can discover its impressive industrial heritage. Therefore, around 500 events, from classical music to stand up comedies and fireworks, take part among the different cities of this area.

Dortmund, Duisburg, Dorsten and Essen, among other cities, welcome around 300,000 visitors who easily switch between locations and cities thanks to a free shuttle bus.

If you are interested in discovering more about the industrial heritage of the NRW, do not miss the chance to take part in this event. For only 17€ you have access to all venues and the already mentioned shuttle bus.

When: The 29th of June 2019

Where: Find here all the cities taking part in this annual event – https://bit.ly/2Kija3Q

More information: https://www.extraschicht.de/home/

July

Düsseldorf Frankreichfest

The event of the year is coming to Düsseldorf.

As every year since 1989, the Frankreichfest is a great opportunity to keep cultivating Franco-German relations.

During three days, visitors can experience delicious French wine, local specialties from places such as Alsace and Bretagne and live french music.

In the year of the 30th anniversary LEJ, one of the most successful music band in France today, will be playing in the courtyard of the town hall. At the same time, another anniversary will be celebrated this year during the Frankreichfest: Citroen celebrates its 100th anniversary!. Ready to enjoy one of the biggest gatherings of Citroen cars in Germany?

When: From the 5th to the 7th of July 2019

Where: Rheinpromenade and Düsseldorf town hall

More information: https://www.duesseldorfer-frankreich-fest.de/

23. Open MIC Comedy-Show Punchline

The 23rd open mic comedy show is a nice opportunity to discover new comedians and to experience a crazy show guaranteed to make you laugh.

When: The 9th of July 2019

Where: Biergarten VierLinden, Düsseldorf

More information: https://bit.ly/2wS1t2a

Lichterfest

The festival of lights or “Lichterfest” is the most popular open-air event in Benrath. Here you will find classical music of the highest standard, breathtaking water features and colourful fireworks.

Every year around 11,000 people experience this unique event. Ready for a unique experience?

When: The 13th of July 2019

Where: Palace of Benrath, Düsseldorf

More information: http://schloss-benrath-lichterfest.de/

Open Source Festival

THE music festival of the summer season in Düsseldorf for the last 15 years.

If you like to discover new artists and new music styles do not miss the chance to experience this unique festival.

When: The 13th of July 2019

Where: Galopprennbahn Düsseldorf

More information: https://www.open-source-festival.de/

Kirmes am Rhein

The Rheinkirmes is the largest temporary amusement park in NRW with around 4,000,000 visitors per year. This event lasts 10 days and it takes place every year between the second and third week of the month of July.

The 19th of July do not forget to enjoy the impressive fireworks performance 😉

When: From the 12th to the 21st of July 2019

Where: Oberkassel, Düsseldorf

More information: http://rheinkirmes.com/

August

Open Air Kino

Are you a cinephile? In this case I suggest you to experience the largest open air movie theater in Germany.

Open Air Kino is the best chance to watch the latest movies during warm summer nights. This yearly event takes place in different spots of Düsseldorf during one month.

Ready to eat pop corns under the stars?

When: From the 25th of July until the 25th of August 2019

Where: Düsseldorf (different spots)

More information: https://alltours-kino.de/

Gourmet Festival

Do you enjoy trying different kinds of food? Are you a foodie? Are you willing to discover new tastes? Then the annual Gourmet Festival is the right place for you!

Here you will find high quality restaurateurs, special producers and wine from all around the world.

When: From the 23rd to the 25th of August 2019

Where: Königsalle, Düsseldorf

More information: https://gourmetfestival-duesseldorf.de/

 

Your turn

Do you know any other interesting summer event in Düsseldorf? Are you planning to attend to any of the above mentioned events?

Since I love to try new things and to discover new places, I would be really happy if you leave a comment below to share any other summer event that you love and you want to recommend to all of us! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Please, note that I am not an English native speaker. Therefore, you may find some spelling mistakes in this post. Feel free to let me know it and help me improve my English level.

The 5 best cafés in Düsseldorf

Cakes, among other sweet treats, are a hugely important part of German culture. Germans would rather get together for cake and coffee on a weekend afternoon, than at home for cocktails and ham, like in France, or for dinner, like in other countries. Across the country you can find many coffee places which bake their own delicious, homemade cakes every day.

But an afternoon coffee and cake break isn´t just for the weekend. Germans love to enjoy a nice piece of cake accompanied with a cup of coffee also during the week.

Also, when it comes to birthday celebrations tradition dictates that the birthday person has to bake or buy a cake to share with other people. Each year on my birthday I buy some homemade cakes – sorry, I do not know how to cook- for my friends and for my colleagues. In fact, every time it is someone´s birthday at the office, the main table is full of cake and cookies.

Of course, our modern times mean that people living in germany have less time for recreational breaks – people should work- but with such strong traditions like socializing around a piece of cake, also known as Kaffee und Kuchen or Kaffeezeit, german bakers need to have a sizable repertoire of cakes.

Since german baking is something traditional, you might think that traditional cafés are the only places where you can enjoy a Kaffe und Kuchen. Not at all! German bakery is all around!

Now, let me share with you the 5 best cafés in Düsseldorf to taste delicious cakes and good coffee.

Sulis Cafe

If you follow the blog since some time ago, Sulis Cafe shouldn´t sound new to you. This cozy cafeteria was mentioned in my old post about the best places to have brunch in Düsseldorf , however, this place is more than a mere place to brunch. Sulis´ cakes are known due to their high quality ingredients and their delicious taste

Sulis – the owner of the cafeteria – prepares a vast repertoire of cakes based on traditional recipes every day, so that their customers can feel like at home when they visit his café.

One thing I like a lot about this place is that in winter it is a cozy café where you can enjoy one of the offered tea specialities while eating a cake and in summer you can enjoy the sun sitting outdoor, in the spacious terrace.

Take a look at the website to find out more: Sulis Cafe (if you have a diary allergy or intolerance don´t worry Sulis is well prepared 😉 you can find soy milk here).

Nikan Café

Do you like croissants? What about fresh milled coffee? And pralinés and cakes?

Yes, Nikan Café offers a wide variety of patisserie and bakery, from german cakes to unique french pralinés, all of them accompanied with fresh milled coffee brought from exotic places such as Ecuador, Colombia or Kenya. In fact, if you are a coffee lover I highly recommend you to buy here your next package of coffee.

Does it sound interesting? Check Nikan´s website to learn more: Nikan Café (oat and soy milk are available in this café).

Cafe Hüftgold

This little coffee place has a very comfy atmosphere, making it easy to conduct any kind of conversations for hours on end. Its homemade cakes are pieces of heaven brought to earth. The staff is always nice and coffee and teas are made with love.

This cafeteria is the perfect place to enjoy a unique Kaffee und Kuchen moment in winter and in summer also – they have a spacious terrace decorated with wooden tables.

You can find more information in the website: Cafe Hüftgold  (I´m sure that they have soy milk, and they might also have oat milk).

Espresso Perfetto

Located in  Friedrichstadt, this rosa, cute place serves one of the best coffees in town. In fact, they are also known for offering barista trainings for those interested in learning how to prepare nice coffee.

Among its bakery you can find delicious cakes such as the hazelnut or the apple-almond one. Furthermore, if you enter this cozy coffee place during lunch time, you can always try one of their tasty ciabattas.

Find more information about this place in its website: Espresso Perfetto Düsseldorf.

Cafe Knülle

And last but not least, a small bar/café that I discovered some weeks ago: Cafe Knülle.

Gilbert Knülle opened this establishment in 1988 and since then the charm of this place remains intact. Legendary is not only its breakfast offer – try the delicious croissants – but also its coffee specialities, made with an ancient espresso machine, its varieties of tea and its homemade cakes.

Of course you can always combine a cake with a glass of French or Italian wine, or even with a cold alt beer 😉

Cafe Knülle does not have a website, therefore, if you are curious enough to visit it you can find it in Oberbilker Allee 24. (This place is also ready to serve you a good coffee with soy milk 🙂 ).

A present for vegans…

Carrot Cake

If you are a vegan living or visiting Düsseldorf, this place should be in your bucket list. This lovely, cozy cafeteria is the ideal place to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while eating one of its incredible homemade vegan cakes, such as the chocolate one, the nougat cake or the berry one. Some of them are even gluten-free!

The place is closed on Monday and Tuesday, however, they offer delicious vegan brunches during weekends.

Check the website for more information: Carrot Cake

 

Your turn

What about you? Did you already know these coffee places? Do you have any favourite café in Düsseldorf?

The above mentioned coffee places where chosen based on my personal opinion. Since I love to try new things and to discover new places, I would be really happy if you leave a comment below sharing any other café that you love and you want to recommend us! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

*Please, note that I am not an English native speaker. Therefore, you may find some spelling mistakes in this post. Feel free to let me know it and help me improve my English level.

New brunch places in Düsseldorf

One of the things I love the most about Düsseldorf is the possibility to enjoy a delicious brunch during the weekend. Almost every restaurant or coffeehouse in the city is ready to offer different kind of brunches to their clients.

If you already follow me on Twitter this post won´t be a surprise for you, since you probably already know that I am a brunch lover and that one of my favorite hobbies is to discover different brunch places around the city.

Some time ago I wrote a post talking about some of the nicest places to have brunch in Düsseldorf

Today I want to show you new coffeehouses and restaurants that I have discovered since then (and which I would love to recommend you).

Ready for a culinary visit through Düsseldorf? Let´s go!

Stadtmitte

Rosie´s

If you like international meals, Rosie´s is your place to be!

In the menu you can find a worldwide variety: American brunch, Monaco breakfast, Spanish brunch… All of them are well prepared, with high quality ingredients, and quite fast served.

Food is not the only positive thing about this restaurant. The crew is always really nice and attentive, in fact, if you want to modify your dish (let´s say you are a Nutella lover and you would rather eat more Nutella than strawberry jam) you won´t have any problem. They are quite open to adapt the ingredients for you.

Food alert: They have gluten free bread, different kinds of milk and vegan dishes.

Address:

Adersstraße 21, 40215 Düsseldorf

Alex

Do you want to go for brunch but you are not sure what to eat? Then come to Alex Düsseldorf.

Every Sunday they offer a buffet with a huge variety of food, such as salmon, german style fries, soups, cold meat and different kind of desserts. They also offer nice coffee and fresh orange juice.

Food alert: They have soja milk

Address:

Kasernenstraße 48, 40213 Düsseldorf

Pempelfort

Sulis

A nice, cozy place where to enjoy tasty classic brunch recipes and delicious cakes.

Sulis is a cozy coffeehouse where you can easily feel at home. They even have a special computer friendly area in case people need to use their laptop while enjoying a nice meal.

Hint: Make a reservation if you plan to go on Sunday, it is always crowded.

Address:

Tußmannstraße 5, 40477 Düsseldorf

Carrot Cake

This is the perfect place to enjoy a vegan meal even if you are not vegan.

During the weekends Carrot Cake offers a nice breakfast, which includes fruits, yogurt and jam. Coffees and teas are prepared with love, as well as their amazing, tasty cakes. If I should choose one, I would go for the brownie… But to be honest, it is really hard to decide, all of them are tasty!

I highly recommend this place! Some friends of mine, which are not vegan, and which had a misconception about vegan meals, went to Carrot Cake and they were highly surprised!

Address:

Moltkerstraße 75, 40479 Düsseldorf

Derendorf

Mangold

American Pancakes, Avocado Brunch, Eggs Benedict, Canadian Breakfast… I mean… Here you can find whatever you want to eat! Just imagine something and order it 😉

It can be really crowded during the weekends, so do not hesitate to make a reservation to avoid problems finding a free table.

Food alert: They do not offer alternatives to regular milk but they are really friendly if you have any allergy or intolerance and you need to order some additional ingredients.

Address:

Glockenstraße 20, 40476 Düsseldorf

Kwadrat

Right now, Kwadrat is the place to be if you want to have a cool brunch.

In the menu you can find traditional breakfasts (croissants with nutella and butter), different kind of scramble eggs and some extras such as yogurt, muesli and toasts.

Food alert: Depending on your food allergies or intolerances I wouldn´t recommend you this place since they don´t offer many alternatives

Address:

Blücherstraße 51, 40477 Düsseldorf

Spoerl Fabrik

During the weekend, at brunch time, you can choose between their variety of breakfasts or the lunch menu. They are quite classical in terms of weekend-breakfast, however, the place is really nice both in winter and summer time (they have a huge terrace).

Many people love this place and I wanted to recommend it to you, although I did not have a good experience (here comes a “Food alert”).

Due to my food intolerances I asked for alternatives (gluten free bread and soja milk), which they didn´t have. Usually it is not a problem for me. What I usually do is to order something and to change some ingredients (more fries instead of eggs for example).

In this case, the waitress told me that they couldn´t not adapt the dishes for me and that I had to order what I saw in the menu.

The moral of this story is: If you have food allergies or intolerances…. Maybe this is not a place for you… 😦

Address:

Tußmannstraße 70, 40477 Düsseldorf

#YourSundayBrunch

I hope you like these recommendations and that you have time to try some of these places. In that case, feel free to share your brunch with me via Twitter or IG.

If you feel like recommending any other place to have brunch in Düsseldorf leave a comment below 😉

6 Things to do in summer in Düsseldorf

Good weather has finally come to stay!  (At least it seems so).

Since one week we are enjoying high temperatures as well as a splendid shiny sun that stands up in the sky and which makes all of us feel happier and excited than usual.

As you might know, Düsseldorf is a living city plenty of interesting events and exhibitions, therefore you can imagine how cool can be to enjoy all those events in good weather together with your friends and family.

This year, furthermore, Düsseldorf hosts one of the biggest sporting event of the world and the whole city is ready to celebrate this special occasion.

Before keep talking about this international huge event, I would like to talk you about other annual summer activities and events which usually take place in the lovely city of Düsseldorf.

So, if you are thinking of having a break or if you are already planning your next trip I highly recommend you to keep reading this post and find out all the possibilities that Düsseldorf can offer you in the upcoming months. Are you ready?

2017 Düsseldorf ETU Sprint Triathlon European Championships

Each month of June takes place the awaited T3 Triathlon in Düsseldorf . Around 2000 participants register each year at this important event where professional, and not so professional, athletes swim, run and pedal all around the city.

However, this year not only the annual T3 Triathlon will be taking place in the city, but also the Triathlon European Championships. More than 2000 are called to participate in this international event which will take place at Mediahafen.

When

24th of June: Triathlon European Championships

25th of June: Annual T3 Triathlon Championship

Where

In Düsseldorf, in particular at the Mediahafen, where the start and finish lines are located.

What are you going to find

Different kind of stands, good music, interesting people and tasty food.

More information

http://www.triathlon-duesseldorf2017.de/

Mittelaltermarkt

The same day as the Triathlon, but some kilometers away from Düsseldorf, the annual medieval market will take place. This occasion will allow you to find beautiful craft products and also to learn about the daily life in the Middle Ages.

When

From 24th to 25th of June

Where

Burg Castle, a beautiful monument located in Solingen.

What are you going to find

If you are curious about the Middle Ages lifestyle, here you can discover and learn more about those times and, at the same time, you can buy some craft products and try tasty food.

More information 

http://www.schlossburg.de/termine-news/terminkalender/

 

Düsseldorf is a an amazing city full of activities all year around.

Light festival and picnic at Benrath Schloss

The Schloss Benrath light festival is known to be home to one of the most astonishing classical music concert in Germany.

Each year around 10.000 people meet at the gardens of Benrath Castle to enjoy the music, to taste different groceries and to enjoy its impressive fireworks spectacle.

When

Friday the 30th of June from 18.00h

Where

At Schloss Benrath (click here to discover more information about this beautiful castle)

What are you going to find

If you love classical music this summer concert is a must.

More information

http://schloss-benrath-lichterfest.de/

Kirmes am Rhein

How can I introduce you the Kirmes?

Let´s say the truth. The Kirmes is without a doubt the event of the year par excellence in Düsseldorf.

Yes, among all the events that take place in the city during the 360 days of the year, the Rheinkirmes is the most popular one for the citizens of this german city. I am still not sure about the reason why this festival is so important but every time I talk with my german friends they explain me that the Kirmes is a huge party to celebrate life, friendship and, at the same time, to have fun.

No wonder, many companies organize a “Kirmes Tag” (a day at the Kirmes) for their employees as well as for their clients.

When

From the 14th to the 23th of July

Where

In Oberkassel, the Rhein side in front of the Altstadt

What are you going to find

Hundreds of rides, raffle stands, huge brewery stands and tons of fun.

More information

http://www.rheinkirmes.com/

Full Moon Pic-nic am Rheinstrand

An outdoor picnic in Germany?

Everything is possible in Düsseldorf! In fact, this picnic is one of the most famous outdoor events in the region. You just need a sweater (we are in Germany… 😉 ), some food and be ready to have fun.

When

Friday the 7th of August from 20.00h

Where

Düsseldorf Rheinstrand, nearby the Altstadt

What are you going to find

A nice atmosphere and people from all around the world.

More information

https://www.facebook.com/events/275499582912710/

 

And last, but not least, the event of the year in Düssledorf:

Grand Départ der Tour de France

 

As you probably already know the Gran Départ of the most famous bike race in the world takes place in a different city every year.

If two years ago the neighboring city of Utrech had the honor to hold the first stage of the Tour de France, this year this sporting event will start in the cozy city of Düsseldorf.

When

From 29th of June to 2nd of July

Where

In Düsseldorf (the whole city will be a huge party!)

What are you going to find

I am sure you will enjoy from a huge and international party, in fact, there are a lot of events and small parties already organized for the previous days to the Grand Départ.

More information

https://www.duesseldorf.de/letour

 

 

Art in Düsseldorf: Tomas Saraceno In Orbit

Hey guys! How are you? Long time no see. It is more than one month since I posted something new.

Last month was a busy time for me but I am back and ready to tell you more about our expat adventures here in Düsseldorf.

A couple of weekends ago I had a really special visit. Some old friends came here to celebrate the bachelorette of one of them. I was so excited!! We wanted to prepare a perfect weekend for her and, at the same time, I wanted them to discover this incredible part of Germany.

Therefore I organized a beer taste evening at the Beer Craft Festival in Düsseldorf, a tour around Cologne (the sun shined the whole day :)) and another beer taste afternoon, but this time in Düsseldorf.

However, I was not satisfied enough. I wanted to offer my friends the possibility to enjoy something different, something unique. But what could I do?

Suddenly I realized about something; there is still one thing you can do in Düsseldorf that you can´t do at any other place (and it is not beer related 😉 ).

To carry out my plan I convinced my friends to spend some time in a museum. Although that weather was perfect, I mean, we had more than 20 degrees and a splendid sun shinning above us, they accepted to make some indoor activity.

The exhibition

The museum chosen to experience something unique was the impressive, well known K21 Museum.

One of the main exhibitions of this awesome museum is called In Orbit, an enormous installation suspended at a high of more than 25 meters, created by the argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno.

The physically accessible work is constructed of steel mesh that interlaces three levels. Five air filled spheres are located within the net structure.

Visitors are welcomed to enter the installation, during 10 minutes, and explore it by climbing it from the inside. Those brave enough to venture into this unique piece of art will experience a mix of feelings up there.

If you suffer from vertigo I would sadly not recommend you to enjoy this “floating in the sky” adventure, unless you feel brave enough to walk 25 meters above the floor.

Inside the installation

As previously mentioned, the installation is a construction of steel mesh that interlaces three levels. To access this art work you will be provided with a special suit to prevent personal things falling down to the museum visitors down below. Furthermore, the museum staff will also provide you with a special pair of shoes so that you can walk safety inside the net.

The entrance to the structure is located at the third level in order that the visitor can decide the path he wants to follow during his visit.

Usually I like to start at the third level to come down calmly until the first one. Personally, I think this is the best way to avoid the initial shock of being 25 meters high protected only by some steel cables.

I must admit that, although I have already visited this exhibition more than 3 times, I am still impressed by the height once I reach the first level of the net.

Price, opening hours & more

The museum opening hours are the following:

  • Tuesday to Friday from 10.00 am until 18.00 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday & holiday from 11.00 am until 18.00 pm

The admission price is 12,00€ (9,00€ for children)

Here you can find more information about the museum.

I hope you are brave enough to enjoy this unique experience! 🙂