Germany has many options when it comes to a spur of the moment weekend getaway. Jump into your car and you’re just a couple of hours away from that holiday feeling without getting too tired of traveling. This time my weekend trip took me to Düsseldorf. The city along the Rhine River, the place to shop til you drop, but most definitely a cool location to roam around the city, visit one of many traditional brewery cafes or bakeries (Konditorei) with their delicious (and generous servings of) cakes and pastries.
Downtime at Me & All Hotels
I love, love, love a comfortable hotel and Me and All Hotels by Lindner is for sure a great hotel to stay when visiting Düsseldorf. Right in the middle of the Japanese borough, this modern hotel gives you quick access to the best Japanese restaurants and bakeries in town and it was just a 10-minute walk to the city center. The style of the hotel can be described as urban, with that minimalistic Japanese style. The room is very efficient, with a comfortably sized bed and crisp white sheets and let’s not forget a rain shower, including a view of the city. There is no better way to start a day, oh wait, there is, because they serve a great breakfast on rooftop level, giving you an even better view. By the way, at night the rooftop floor turns into a restaurant/bar where they serve delicious cocktails and (finger)food. Did I mention the excellent view?
We arrived in the city a bit after lunchtime which meant heading for a bowl of the famous ramen of Naniwa right after we checked in at our hotel. It was only a short stroll to the restaurant and as we approached we immediately saw a bunch of people queuing up. The 20-minute wait was so worth it though because I had a delicious (and huge!) bowl of ramen. The broth had this rich flavor and the dense ramen noodle was perfect. Noodle cravings in check and ready to explore the city!
Naniwa Noodles & Soups
Oststraβe 55, Düsseldorf
Take a break….have coffee and cake
Düsseldorf is a great city to shop. From malls to high-end department stores, all the well-known brands are available and if you are really set on splurging on designer brands, Königsallee is the place to be. Tired of shopping? Do as many Düsseldorfers do in the afternoon, treat yourself to a nice cup of coffee and a delicious slice of cake at Konditorei Heinemann or Leysieffer Chocolaterie. The ground floor consists of a beautiful chocolaterie, but upstairs is a cozy room with an extensive range of pastries and view of the über-chique Königsallee.
Königsallee 44, Düsseldorf
Altbier at Hausbrauerei Zum Schlussel
When you think of Germany, a pint of beer comes to mind pretty quickly and they certainly know how to have a good time. As every region has its own special beer, Altbier is Düsseldorf’s finest brew and should definitely be on your food to-do list. I tried it at one of the oldest breweries in town; Hausbrauerei Zum Schlussel. Packed on the weekends with people of all ages, all there to have dinner or just have a few pints together. Great atmosphere, and good authentic German cuisine.
Hausbrauerei Zum Schlussel
Kunstsammlung NRW: K20
Sunday is a perfect day to just explore the city or visit a museum. I bet there are a bunch of other sites and museums in the city, but we just walked around and in the afternoon decided to visit Kunstsammlung NRW: K20. It is one of three houses (K21 and F3) at Grabbeplatz with an elaborate selection of artworks by 20th and 21st-century artists. There is no better way to spend an afternoon wandering around the works of Warhol, Picasso, Kandinsky and less known artists. Check out their website for frequently changing expos by (German) artists.
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen
Grabbeplatz 5, Düsseldorf
Japanese cuisine at its best!
Since Düsseldorf inhabits the third largest Japanese community in Europe, needless to say, this is the city to experience the real authentic Japanese cuisine. Kikaku does no compromises on “western” taste pallets, this is the place to have the real thing as eaten in Japan. Live food prep by the chefs and when most customers are of Japanese origin, you know you are at the right place. One of the best sushi and sashimi I have ever had, great service and be adventurous!Order the daily specials on the board, they are amazing!
Klosterstraβe 38, Düsseldorf