The best tips for a perfect day in Düsseldorf
24 hours in the most beautiful city on the Rhine
We love Düsseldorf. The most beautiful city on the Rhine really has something to offer for everyone, sometimes chic, sometimes hip but always very casual – from the renowned art museum to the magnificent Königsallee. The gorgeous Rhine promenade, Little Tokyo and freshly tapped Altbier from the traditional breweries – all this can only be experienced here. We show you our favorite spots for a perfect day in Düsseldorf and top addresses from the best breakfast over sightseeing tips to fancy drinks at the best rooftop bars.
Last Update: May 2022.
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10 am – Best Breakfast in town!
A perfect day in Düsseldorf naturally starts with a delicious breakfast. We recommend starting right in the heart of Düsseldorf and recharge your batteries with coffee, croissants or a delicious bowl as the city slowly awakens. The nice neighborhood Carlstadt attracts with the romantic bistro Zicke, a healthy breakfast selection at Lauras Deli or the modern breakfast creations at Birdie & Co – even more great places for breakfast and brunch in Düsseldorf can also be found in our top list.
Bistro Zicke | Bäckerstraße 5A | 40213 Düsseldorf
Lauras Deli | Carlsplatz 1 | 40213 Düsseldorf
Birdie & Co | Mittelstraße 6 | 40213 Düsseldorf
11 am – First Art
Düsseldorf is an exciting art metropolis. Not only is it home to the world-famous Kunstakademie, where artists such as Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke have studied and taught, but a wide range of galleries, collections and renowned museums make Düsseldorf a top destination for art lovers. Among our favorite museums are the Kunstpalast and the NRW Forum in the Ehrenhof. But you can also regularly marvel at the K20 and K21 for top exhibitions by world-class artists from Picasso to Ai Weiwei.
Kunstpalast | Ehrenhof 4-5 | 40479 Düsseldorf
NRW-Forum | Ehrenhof 2 | 40479 Düsseldorf
K20 | Grabbeplatz 5 | 40213 Düsseldorf
K21 | Ständehausstraße 1 | 40217 Düsseldorf
1 pm – Lunch in Little Tokyo
Perfect destination for a lunch in Düsseldorf: Little Tokyo, the culinary quarter No. 1. Around Immermanstraße , Klosterstaße and Bismarkstraße stretches an Eldorado for Asia fans. A stroll past Bubble Teas stores, Asian supermarkets and Manga stores reveals some of the best Japanese restaurants in Germany. We eat ramen at Takumi, sushi at Yabase a top Japanese menu at Nagaya. In the side streets there are Asian specialties from Pho to Bibimbap, from Taiwanese to Uyghur. Foodie Paradise! For more japanese restaurants, check out our top list.
Takumi 1st | Immermannstraße 28 | 40211 Düsseldorf
Yabase | Klosterstraße 70 | 40211 Düsseldorf
Nagaya | Klosterstraße 42 | 40211 Düsseldorf
2 pm – Shopping on Königsallee & Co.
Besides art, Düsseldorf is also known for shopping! Where better to do that than on Düsseldorf’s boulevard, the Königsallee. At Franzen you can get cool furnishing objects, in the luxury boutiques international fashion. But there are also great shopping streets to discover beyond the city center: Around the hip Ackerstrasse in Flingern and Lorettostrasse in Unterbilk you’ll find small boutiques, cool concept stores and casual cafés.
Königsallee | City Center | Düsseldorf
Ackerstraße | Flingern | Düsseldorf
Lorettostraße I Unterbilk | Düsseldorf
4 pm – Chilling at Carlsplatz
For many Düsseldorfers, the market at Carlsplatz is the first port of call for fresh fruit and vegetables and the vibrant culinary heart of the city. The aisles are lined with top gastronomy and some of Düsseldorf’s best delicatessen stands. Our tip: First try delicatessen at Fladi, then Pure Pastry’s fantastic tartlets and macarons, and finally enjoy the unique market atmosphere for a glass of German wine at Concept Riesling. One of our absolute favorite places in Düsseldorf.
Carlsplatz | 40213 Düsseldorf
5 pm – Walk along the Rhine
An absolute must in Düsseldorf: an atmospheric evening stroll along the Rhine promenade – and the best way to do it is from the Tonhalle along the Old Town to the Media Harbor with its breathtaking architecture and stylish Gehry buildings. The adjacent Rhine Tower is not only the tallest building in Düsseldorf, it also houses Qomo, a fusion restaurant with a bar and a breathtaking 360-degree view over the city.
Rheinuferpromenade | Düsseldorf
Gehrybauten | Neuer Zollhof 3 | 40221 Düsseldorf
Qomo | Stromstraße 20 | 40221 Düsseldorf
7 pm – Fancy Dinner
Düsseldorf offers a super selection of first-class restaurants for discerning foodies – from breweries to fine French brasseries, from the freshest sushi to top Italian restaurants. Indulgence is inseparable from this city. One of the hottest restaurants, bars and clubs in the city is Paradise Now. But you should also have visited the Bar Olio or Brasserie Hülsmann. Whether it’s a snack bar or star cuisine – discover an overview of the 15 best restaurants in Düsseldorf.
The Paradise Now | Hammer Straße 27 | 40219 Düsseldorf
Bar Olio | Schirmerstraße 54 | 40211 Düsseldorf
Brasserie Hülsmann | Belsenstraße 1 | 40545 Düsseldorf
9 pm – For a drink
To top off a perfect day in Düsseldorf, make yourself comfortable in one of the rooftop bars. At the Paris Club in the 25hours Hotel or the bar of the Ruby Luna Hotel, you can toast the city with a perfectly mixed drink high above the rooftops of Düsseldorf. You can experience Düsseldorf in a Nutshell at the stylish Sir Walter. Discover the best bars and the most beautiful rooftop bars in the city here!
The Paris Club | Louis-Pasteur-Platz 1 | 40211 Düsseldorf
Ruby Luna | Kasernenstraße 39 | 40213 Düsseldorf
Sir Walter | Heinrich-Heine-Allee 12 | 40213 Düsseldorf
10 pm – Off to the old town!
The classic for Düsseldorfers as well as tourists: Have a drink in the old town. Even if the so-called longest bar in the world used to be a bit nicer, Düsseldorf’s pub and brewery culture is not to be missed. Ratinger Straße is still the nicest address. The Kürzer brewery is young and hip, the Uerige is a cult brewery where tradition is alive and well. Our tip for late hours: Go for a salmiaki schnapps in the scraggly Kreuzherrenecke.
Kürzer | Kurze Straße 20 | 40213 Düsseldorf
Uerige | Berger Straße 1 | 40213 Düsseldorf
Kreuzherrenecke | Altestadt 14 | 40213 Düsseldorf
Last Update: May 2022. This toplist was created in cooperation with Karolina Landowski. This way to all Düsseldorf toplists.
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