Having lived in Düsseldorf for almost 18 months now, I thought it was about time I wrote a little bit more about the city – so I decided to start with a passion of mine: food.
Düsseldorf is home to plenty of great restaurants – and we’re not just talking about Schnitzl. The city’s international character is reflected in the variety of cuisines you can find here – from sushi bars to burger bars. So having done some extensive research, here are the best restaurants in Düsseldorf.
If you’re looking for Vietnamese food in Düsseldorf, Quintooo is definitely your best bet. Though I’ve only been once, the restaurant left a lasting impression thanks to its nice and airy interior, friendly staff and excellent food.
There’s a wide selection of food on offer, which you select via circular cards with pictures on – this is pretty useful for people like me who have no idea what they are ordering.
A cosy restaurant in Oberbilk, DreiRaum bistro is literally formed of three different rooms each with its own feel and atmosphere. DreiRaum serves up an eclectic range of foods and dishes, with a constantly changing lunch menu and a detailed specials menu.
A personal favourite is the Chicken Caesar Salad burger, a tasty chicken burger with iceberg lettuce and parmesan, served with a generous portion of chips and a filling Caesar side salad.
4. Zur Uel
Meaning ‘The Owl’, Zur Uel is always my number one choice when visiting friends say they want to try some good German food. The restaurant is found on the lively Ratinger Strasse in the Altstadt and has a very traditional feel inside. When the sun is out, you can sit outside.
The best dish here is definitely the Wiener Schnitzl with roast potatoes and side salad. The serving is beyond generous (even the salad) but everything tastes fantastic (especially the salad). Definitely not one to miss.
3. Schnell Veg
Anyone looking for vegetarian restaurants in Düsseldorf (and anyone who isn’t, for that matter) needs to have Schnell Veg on their list. A cool new restaurant found around the corner from thriving Tussanstraße, Schnell Veg serves up a really inventive menu of really tasty wraps, burgers, salads and smoothies – all with a healthy, eco-friendly and meat-free vibe.
The staff are lovely, the interior is cosy, the furniture is home-made and you’ll even get a free appetiser thrown in as you wait. What more could you want?
2. Stier Royal
It’s no secret that I’m an amateur burger connoisseur, but the burgers at Stier Royal are another level entirely. Here you’ll find several irresistible burgers with cheese inserted directly into the meat for an extra cheesy filling, in addition to the ever-changing Burger of the Week.
The restaurant itself is cosy and intimate, with food made in front of your eyes. In summer, there’s a small seating area outside.
For a list of Düsseldorf’s best burgers, click here.
1. Casita Mexicana
If you are looking for the best place to eat in Düsseldorf, Casita Mexicana in Pempelfort is it. I’ve eaten here countless times in the last year and a half and each and every time, I’ve loved it. The interior of the restaurant is cosy and bright without being twee and the staff are friendly.
As for the food, you can dig into a Mixed Teller (a course of three dishes to be shared) or opt for any of their delicious Mexican meals, choosing your meats, seasoning and spice separately. Don’t forget to wash it down with La Sensual cocktail – a passionfruit margarita that’s worth the trip alone.
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Have a favourite that isn’t listed here?