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is back! The last edition was released in May 2018, one and a half years ago — how time flies! Many of you have already wanted to know when the next edition will be out. So — drumroll — we present to you edition No. 3! We have intentionally chosen an autumn release date and will keep to this from now on. Just as before, the new edition of THE DORF · THE MAG will present the many faces of Düsseldorf, who are just as diverse as the city itself, characters from all walks of life with the most colourful stories. We hope to present to you a snapshot of this bright, exciting and open-minded city that we love so much. Come and join us on a journey through the Japanese quarter, discover a piece of Düsseldorf’s history of design, meet artists and creatives, who contribute daily to the diversity of the city. And, of course, you can THE DORF · THE MAG
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Flickerings of a Fiery Youth. The clashing patterns in the room blasted time out of sequence. Lulled by bad television programs, minutes stretched into hours. He rejected a call and decided to dream. But dreams don’t come when you call them. They do as they please. When this one finally drifted toward him, the present blended into a high-frequency version of some turbulent past. There were random anecdotes, a montage of messed-up, discordant rhythms; underscored with shreds of conversation he didn’t recognize or remember. Pictures, the kind
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you want to look at forever, or into which you might subtly slip – a guest at the party, a face in the crowd. His inner eye was blinded by the flashing of strobe lights, riotous colors. On the other side, nothing new was waiting; but here he felt alive, though this life wasn’t his. The space between, trying to hold onto a moment just out of reach; words meant to last, but the order broken. He awoke at dawn to an avalanche of messages, millions of neon bright moons turning back into screens.
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AN AFTERNOON WITH
Jan Albers TEXT MERIT ZIMMERMANN · PHOTOGRAPHY ROBIN HARTSCHEN · PHOTOGRAPHY ARTWORKS THE ARTIST
To an outside observer, the building on Lierenfelder Straße 39 might seem rather insignificant — like just another plain brick house in the commercial area of Düsseldorf. But looks are deceiving: Concealed behind the doors of this building is not just one of the city’s biggest artists’ studio space, but there are also hidden treasures like the VAN HORN Schaulager. Here, I’m catching a glimpse inside the mind of the fascinating artist Jan Albers.
taking a deconstructive-reconstructive approach. Breaking points become fuel to course correct, Jan Albers imposes order on the chaos. “For an artwork to become exceptional, disasters are sometimes useful.” Upon suggesting there’s a specific radical potential in disruptive forces, Jan Albers casually takes a sip of rhubarb spritzer. Laid-back and self-confident, he sits on top of a wooden table that adorns the VAN HORN Schaulager — above him, a Markus Karstieß mobile gently twirles in the breeze. With his mysterious demeanor, alert eyes, and gentle voice, it’s easy to see how Jan Albers captivates his audience. Flashing a sly smile, he goes on to say that his “artistic opportunities always arise in borderline situations”, when seeds of doubt begin to surface. To him, being stuck doesn’t give cause for despair, but rather provides an incentive to move forward: “I once jumped into a not-so-great work made from cardboard and then it started going places”. In his creative process, maintaining a level of flexibility and a willingness to take action provides Jan Albers with the space necessary to move beyond a normative artistic vision. By accumulating ideas progressively and
'Jan Albers doesn’t do anything halfway. The Wuppertal-born, Düsseldorf-based artist (*1971) has been known to experiment and challenge himself for over 20 years. His works, of an obviously conceptual nature, upend traditional norms in the fields of visual art to incite strong reactions in spectators. Through a free handling of formal disciplines, he seamlessly blends painting and sculpture into bold, arresting compositions that balance miraculously between geometric, minimal, and biomorphic abstraction as well as expressionism. In other words, it’s difficult to label the artist in any meaningful way: Jan Albers has no typical artistic style per se, but a high recognition factor nonetheless. In a moment of awe at the glory of what Jan Albers affectionately calls a “chainsaw massacre”, one of his large-scale wall works inside the VAN HORN Schaulager immediately leaves an overwhelming impression. Like many of the artist’s pieces, it’s composed of a mixed bag of materials: Polystrene, wood, and spray paint, complete with an acrylic glass box. “cuttingEdgEs” has an otherworldly appearance reminiscent of a lunar landscape, depicted in different shades of grey. Its compelling surface topography is the result of Jan Albers’s manual labour with one of his favourite sculpting tools: The chainsaw. In a typically expressionist gesture, he deliberately uses its destructive capability to provoke accidents and mistakes. Then, when other artists might be ready to throw in the towel, he chooses to conquer (self-induced) frustration by
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layering techniques upon one another, he breaks through thought patterns, gains fresh perspectives, and finds new approaches — even when the situation seems hopeless. A small anecdote goes to show how Jan Albers makes the most of whatever life throws at him. One time, he was working on an “apocalyptic landscape” in his studio, using a corrosive liquid to etch away polystyrene. When, hours later, he blew away of a piece of fluff, suddenly there was an explosion. The polystyrene, a highly combustible material, caught fire and produced dark smoke which quickly started to spread across the artist’s studio. Seized with panic, Jan Albers teared off his mask and ran into the bathroom, where he filled a bucket with water to put out the fire. In the (literal) heat of the moment, it slipped his mind that he had a fire extinguisher ready for usage. Two buckets of water later, Jan Albers was able to bring the fire under control — at this point, his studio was pitch-black. Then came the fire fighters: “Are you crazy?”, they asked the artist, trying to talk some sense into him. “You could have easily suffocated in the smoke”. After a night in the hospital with an oxygen mask, Jan Albers began to pick up the pieces by renovating his studio and reworking the damaged artwork with layers of spray paint. “heLLoheLL” was completed just a few days later. “I don’t even have this much misfortune up my sleeve, but somehow, turning the work around wasn’t a problem”, the artist remarks, adding that “a collector of mine bought it without even seeing it”. Needless to say, capitalizing on disaster is a de facto Jan Albers move.
“Humans can be assholes, but also quite exceptional.” There is something special about the way in which Jan Albers tames his works in a rigorously controlled manner. While at times, the interplay between ruggedness and tenderness only reveals itself at second glance, the “clash of opposites” is an inherent feature of each work that captures the eye one way or another. Jan Albers depicts harmony as a counterpart of disharmony, even if at the core of their association, there’s nothing but contradiction. More than a mere formal characteristic, this tension between fragility and strength also encapsulates the artist’s view of the world: “Humans can be assholes, but also quite exceptional”. Indeed, the duality of human nature — namely, that everyone is capable of right and wrong actions — is no secret. An attentive observer, Jan Albers channels this complex coexistence between goodness and evilness into his works. “Don’t get me wrong: I’m not an esoteric”, he says and laughs. “But, quite frankly, my works serve as a tool for selfanalysis and understanding the world”. As such, the art of Jan Albers illustrates, sometimes subtly and sometimes rebelliously, the essence of human nature. The son of missionaries, Jan Albers grew up in Namibia in the 1970s before returning to Germany. Experiences of the artist’s early childhood certainly extended into his adulthood: “When I’m working in the studio, I sometimes get flashbacks”, he says and describes a situation in which his
godfather, a member of the South West African People’s Organisation (SWAPO), was arrested in broad daylight. In reaction to such memories, Jan Albers created twisted steel pipe works like “Black Nelson bender”, which conjures up images of exclusion fences, and “Black magic”, a series of perforated crayon drawings depicting human rights badges. Namibia’s war of independence and South Africa’s epic landscapes are among the many biographical elements that the artist makes frequent reference to in his works. Intimate and revealing, the art of Jan Albers elicits feelings of unease and discomfort, but also overpowering joy. When reflecting on his early stages as an artist, Jan Albers emphasizes that working at the Gallery Fischer in Düsseldorf impacted on him just as much as his studies at the Kunstakademie: “It was an education on its own”. Seeing the confident precision with which artists like Bruce Nauman, Mario Merz, and Carl Andre handled their work was formative for him because it boosted his
self-esteem, helped with discipline, and showed that working hard leads to results. The stamina and tenacity Jan Albers appropriated allowed him to overcome one or two dry spells in his career. “Before the turn of the century, Düsseldorf was the eye of the storm”, the artist recalls, pointing out that people from all over world would come to the Rhineland when gallerists like Max Hetzler showed artists such as Christopher Wool. In the early 2000s, however, Berlin became the place to be. When more or less everyone left for the capital, Jan Albers felt like “a complete idiot — the last artist left in Düsseldorf ”. Faced with the naked truth that his work didn’t strike a significant chord with the peoples of Germany, he began exhibiting beyond national borders, where his art was well-received. While it’s really a truism to say that ‘nothing great comes easy’, an important lesson that the artist learned was to “just keep going”. The great thing is: Düsseldorf has become a household name in the international art scene again. What makes the city stand out? “Here, art is appreciated as part of everyday life, no matter if you’re a dentist or a lawyer”, Jan Albers says, quite sincerely. “This attitude has seeped through all social classes”.
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Donja Nasseri The artist Donja Nasseri has not only participated in an impressive amount of national and international group exhibitions, but she has also received several scholarships and prizes. Upon completing her studies in Dortmund, Istanbul, and Münster, Donja returned to her home town, where she currently studies under Gregor Schneider at the Kunstakademie. In her works, she deals with photography and its diversity, as well as with multimedia audio-visual installations. Subversively, she uses the respective medium to examine social issues such as morality, convention, and ideology. Her artistic language is characterised by symbolism and traditional forms of expression. Overwhelmed by the daily flood of information, we long for Donja’s work – a return to the essence.
When did you start taking pictures and how did it happen?
I remember feeling super cool and more secure with a camera when I was a child. What hasn’t changed is that I’m still interested in architecture and still life, whereas people are too humdrum for me.
How would you describe your artistic approach?
I would describe it as playful-concrete. On one hand, I'm experimental and try many things, on the other hand, I'm explicit in the sense that I deal with specific topics, for example: Marriage, communication, the human psyche, and so on ...
Besides art: What are your passions?
My friends call me ‘travel agency’ because I really like looking for travel deals. If I wasn’t doing art, I’d probably be working for Lufthansa. My uncle used to be a Lufthansa steward and he would in-line skate to work. I wanted to be this type of human. Other hobbies of mine include taking walks in supermarkets.
With which artist, dead or alive, would you most like to collaborate with?
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My artistic role model has been Francis Alÿs for a long time. From him, I know that one doesn’t require much to create profound art. The work “Making Something Leads to Nothing” from ’97, for example, means a lot to me. It’s comprised of an ice block, which Alÿs pushed through Mexico City for nine hours until it melted completely. Aspects like time, substance, and urban space often play a big role in his works. I’d love to create a piece with Alÿs from nothing. A few years ago, I met him at one of his exhibitions in Vienna, he seemed very down to earth and pleasant.
What impact has the Kunstakadamie Düsseldorf had on you as an artist?
The academy is today’s art world in a miniature format, meaning: Hierarchies are noticeable, the construct of a system is palpable, one experiences freedom and restriction. It’s thrilling, annoying, and confusing — just the thing!
Your three words to describe Düsseldorf are: Overly perfectionistic, creative, sleepy.
Düsseldorf as an artwork: What would it look like?
Already, there are “Rhein I” and “Rhein II” by Andreas Gursky. That’s Düsseldorf as an artwork.
What places in Düsseldorf inspire you as an artist? The central station and everything around it.
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NAME DONJA NASSERI AGE 28 JOB ARTIST PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION KUNSTAKADEMIE DÜSSELDORF DONJANASSERI.DE
WHERE TO … BE INSPIRED
You’ll be positively surprised by Düsseldorf ’s offer in terms of worldclass art and exhibitions. Next to the well-known museums and renowned art galleries, you’ll find some hidden treasures in less obvious places, too. The area around Carlsplatz is a good place to start. The surrounding streets are riddled with galleries, so be sure to get your daily art dose after lunch. If you have more time on your hands, take a trip to Insel Hombroich just outside of town. Its Alice-in-Wonderland-like playground consisting of art, sculptures, and buildings embedded in beautiful landscapes will leave no limits to your inspiration. MUSEUMS AKADEMIE-GALERIE – DIE NEUE SAMMLUNG Re-Opening Feb. 2020
Burgplatz 1 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt kunstakademie-duesseldorf.de/ galerie FILMMUSEUM DÜSSELDORF
Schulstraße 4 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt duesseldorf.de/filmmuseum
Ehrenhof 4-5 40479 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort kunstpalast.de
K20 AM GRABBEPLATZ
Grabbeplatz 5 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt kunstsammlung.de K21 IM STÄNDEHAUS
Ständehausstraße 1 40217 Düsseldorf ∙ Unterbilk kunstsammlung.de KIT – KUNST IM TUNNEL
Mannesmannufer 1 b 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt kunst-im-tunnel.de KUNSTHALLE DÜSSELDORF
Grabbeplatz 4 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt kunsthalle-düsseldorf.de
KUNSTVEREIN FÜR DIE RHEINLANDE UND WESTFALEN
Grabbeplatz 4 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt kunstverein-duesseldorf.de LANGEN FOUNDATION
Ehrenhof 2 40479 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort nrw-forum.de STADTMUSEUM DÜSSELDORF
Raketenstation Hombroich 1 41472 Neuss ∙ Holzheim langenfoundation.de
Berger Allee 2 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt duesseldorf.de/stadtmuseum
MAHN- UND GEDENKSTÄTTE DÜSSELDORF
STIFTUNG SCHLOSS UND PARK BENRATH
Mühlenstraße 29 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt gedenk-dus.de
Benrather Schloßallee 100-106 40597 Düsseldorf ∙ Benrath schloss-benrath.de
STIFTUNG INSEL HOMBROICH
Minkel 2 41472 Neuss ∙ Holzheim inselhombroich.de
Jägerhofstraße 1 40479 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort duesseldorf.de/theatermuseum
Ellerstraße 155 40227 Düsseldorf ∙ Oberbilk weare1900.com GALERIE CONRADS
Lindenstraße 167 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern galerieconrads.de GALERIE MAX MAYER
GALLERIES & ART SPACES ACHENBACH HAGEMEIER
Kennedydamm 1 40476 Düsseldorf ∙ Golzheim achenbachhagemeier.com ANNA LAUDEL
Mühlenstraße 1 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt annalaudel.gallery ANTICHAMBRE In the basement of Hotel Friends
Worringer Straße 94-96 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte facebook.com/ antichambre9496
BECK & EGGELING
Bilker Straße 5 & 4-6 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt beck-eggeling.de
Birkenstraße 47 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern filmwerkstatt-duesseldorf.de
KONRAD FISCHER GALERIE
Ackerstraße 26 40223 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte capri-raum.com COSAR HMT
Flurstraße 57 40235 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern cosarhmt.com
Platanenstraße 7 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern konradfischergalerie.de FONIS GALERIE
Lindenstraße 90 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern fonis-galerie.de
DAVID BEHNING GALLERY
Ackerstraße 199 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern davidbehning.com ERINNERUNGSORT ALTER SCHLACHTHOF
Münsterstraße 156 40476 Düsseldorf ∙ Derendorf erinnerungsort-duesseldorf.de
Worringer Straße 64 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte maxmayer.net GALERIE HANS MAYER
Grabbeplatz 2 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt galeriemayer.de
GALERIE RUPERT PFAB
Ackerstraße 71 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern galerie-pfab.com GALERIE CLARA MARIA SELS
Poststraße 3 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt galerie-claramariasels.de GALERIE SETAREH
Königsallee 27-31 40212 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte setareh-gallery.com Hohe Straße 53 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt setareh-x.com GALERIE LUDORFF
Königsallee 22 40212 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte ludorff.com
Birkenstraße 3 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern kadel-willborn.de KAI 10 • ARTHENA FOUNDATION
Kaistraße 10 40221 Düsseldorf ∙ Hafen kaistrasse10.de
KUNST & DENKER CONTEMPORARY
Florastraße 75 40217 Düsseldorf ∙ Unterbilk kunstunddenker.com KUNSTVEREIN WP8
Kölner Straße 73 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte wp8.org LINN LÜHN
Birkenstraße 43 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern linnluehn.com MARKUS LÜTTGEN GALERIE
Schwanenmarkt 1 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt markusluettgen.de NINA SAGT
Stresemannstraße 39 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte ninasagt.de PRETTY PORTAL
Brunnenstraße 12 40223 Düsseldorf ∙ Bilk prettyportal.de
Erkrather Straße 6 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte rooooom.de PETRA RINCK GALERIE
Birkenstraße 45 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern petrarinckgalerie.de FELIX RINGEL
Eiskellerberg 1 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt felixringel.com PRODUZENTENGALERIE PLAN D
Dorotheenstraße 59 40235 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern galerie-plan-d.de SAMMLUNG PHILARA
Birkenstraße 47 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern philara.de
Lindenstraße 182 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern schoenewaldfinearts.de SIES + HÖKE
Poststraße 2 + 3 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt sieshoeke.com JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION
Schanzenstraße 54 40549 Düsseldorf ∙ Oberkassel julia-stoschek-collection.net STUDIO FOR ARTISTIC RESEARCH
Ackerstraße 33 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte studioforartisticresearch.com
In memory of
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We shall not miss you greatly, for we found something better. We found a place where art is displayed in intriguing, controversial, exciting, unexpected ways. Where there are a variety of artistic genres and periods to be found. More sophistication. So farewell and never return.
Hoffeldstraße 42 40235 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern takeabutchers.gallery TÖCHTER & SÖHNE
Reisholzer Werftstraße 73 40589 Düsseldorf Holthausen toechter-soehne.de VAN HORN
Ackerstraße 99 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern van-horn.net WERKSTATT WERKSTATT
Jahnstraße 5 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt werkstattwerkstatt.de WILDPALMS
Gerresheimer Straße 33 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte wild-palms.com
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ART EVENTS YOU SHOULDN’T MISS FEBRUARY
RUNDGANG / GRADUATE SHOW at Kunstakademie/art academy
DÜSSELDORF PHOTO + BIENNALE
PHOTO POPUP FAIR
HEARTWORK CHARITY ART AUCTION
DÜSSELDORFER NACHT DER MUSEEN / MUSEUMS NIGHT nacht-der-museen.de/duesseldorf JUNE
DIE GROSSE ART EXHIBITION diegrosse.de
DC-OPEN GALLERIES WEEKEND
KUNSTPUNKTE / ARTISTS OPEN THEIR STUDIOS
ASPHALT FESTIVAL — SUMMER FESTIVAL OF ARTS
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Maribel Nicolás Cabello How did you end up in your current job?
Maribel Nicolás Cabello is someone, who is good at juggling multiple balls at once. As gallery and show manager of Art Düsseldorf, she makes sure that everything runs smoothly at one of the Rhineland’s biggest fairs for contemporary art. This year in November, for the third time around, the former steel factory complex Areal Böhler will turn into a highlight of the art calendar — an event you don’t want to miss. Gallerists, collectors, directors, dealers, curators, critics, artists and art lovers from all over the world come together here to admire emerging and established art of both regional and international significance. Maribel Nicolás tells us what lies behind Art Düsseldorf.
During my studies, there was this mandatory internship. With great interest, I read a job advertisement for an internship at the Art Fair Cologne and thereupon applied. Luckily, I was hired. After completing another internship there the following year, I was offered a permanent position as gallery manager. When my predecessor became self-employed with the bar ‘Kassette’ in Oberbilk, I took over show management as well. The two activities complement each other well because many tasks overlap.
What exactly does your job as gallery and show manager entail?
As gallery manager, I’m responsible for the exhibitors and everything related to their participation. Amongst other things, I take care of logistics, exhibition booths, accommodation, permits, procedures and security. As the main contact person, my role is basically to support the exhibitors in every respect. In terms of show management, I work on everything that fair visitors perceive consciously and subconsciously: Banners, information signs, cash points, cleaning services, and so on. For smooth workflow, everything needs to be timed perfectly.
Which part of gallery and show management do you enjoy most?
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For sure the interaction with exhibitors. You learn a lot through communication, planning, organizing, and assisting. By now, I know many of them well — the relationship is very sincere. New galleries always join in as well. That’s very exciting!
What are the fair’s highlights this year?
Once again, there’s an emphasis on sculpture that I’m particularly looking forward to. Unfortunately, I can’t reveal any details, but the guest lectures are bound to be a great success again. I’m also thrilled about the ‘rsvp’ section: On show will be very young positions, which were selected by a terrific group of curators, including Marianne Dobner from the mumok in Vienna, Devrim Bayar from WIELS in Brussels, as well as Elisa Linn and Lennart Wolff from KM Temporaer in Berlin.
Why buy art?
For me, it’s quite simple: You should buy art when it’s emotionally moving.
Düsseldorf as a picture: What would it look like? A photograph in black and white.
TEXT MERIT ZIMMERMANN · PHOTO SIMON GEHLEN
NAME MARIBEL NICOLÁS CABELLO AGE 36 JOB GALLERY- AND SHOW MANAGER PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ART HISTORY AND HISTORY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF COLOGNE & APPRENTICESHIP AS AN EVENT MANAGER @MARIBEL_NICOLAS.C ART-DUS.DE
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STREETS OF DÜSSELDORF
The street that was named after him is not love at first, but at second sight. It is not pretty in the conventional sense. The buildings were constructed after the Second World War and appear quite functional. Until a few years ago the traffic flowed in the direction of the main train station on the eastern part of an elevated road section, that was originally named after Jan Wellem, but that the Düsseldorfers quickly baptised the ‘Tausendfüßler’ (Centipede).
Tourists, international business people and cosplayers, wearing little blue dresses and yellow wigs, strolling across the wide boulevard. On a wooden bench in front of one of the little restaurants, a Japanese man has settled in the lotus position and he smokes. Sitting sheltered under garden parasols, people of all nationalities eat ramen or drink coffee here. Immermannstraße is the main artery of Düsseldorf ’s ‘Little Tokyo’ and it is the place where Germany’s Japanese heart beats the loudest. At least the business part of it – around 400 Japanese companies are located in the capital of the province NRW. Japanese nurseries, a school and temple are catering for about 8.400 Japanese nationals’ private needs in the Niederkassel area on the southern shores of the Rhine. The at times six-lane-wide Immermannstraße is lined by tall, shady plane trees. Broadly speaking, this avenue connects the Kö with the main train station. It was named after Carl Leberecht Immermann, who came to the Rhine area from Magdeburg. From 1827 onwards, he worked as judge at the Regional Court in Düsseldorf, but he also wrote drama, prose and critical pieces of work. In 1832, he founded the Düsseldorf Stadttheater, which he managed until 1837. He was friends with Heinrich Heine and had personal relationships with Goethe and Christian Dietrich Grabbe. He died in Düsseldorf in 1840, which surely must make him a true Rhinelander.
This elevated road, which made construction history in 1962, signified for many Düsseldorfers the arrival of a cultural asset. It was an exhilarating feeling to soar across the city, at eye level with high-rise buildings. The grey structure was decorated with bamboo, palm trees and shade loving staghorn shrubs, which the artist Tita Giese planted in 1980. They had to be moved in 2012, a year before the ‘Tausendfüßler’ was demolished, which was much to the annoyance of many locals. It did, however, benefit Immermannstraße. The traffic now disappears from sight through the Kö-Bogen-Tunnel. As part of the regeneration efforts, bicycle lanes as well as broad, bright pavements and an ornamental fountain with public seating have been created. Starting from this newly developed end of the Immermannstraße with the ‘King Fusion’ restaurant, on to the ‘Green Karma’, laced with the spirit of Bali that infuses the fresh salads, wraps and smoothies offered there, all the way down to the Immermannhof which houses the Taiwanese tea house ‘Teamate’, where kids meet for Bubble Tea or to dance, talk, online chat or sing – this is where Asia is at home.
STREETS OF DÜSSELDORF
Japanese school kids, Manga fans, people interested in or travelling to Japan can visit two book shops stocked with coursebooks, Manga comics, travel writing, fiction and glossy magazines from Japan. A special highlight is the exquisite gift shop ‘Kyoto’. Here you can find just about anything, ranging from glass or fine china Sake sets, valuable Japanese kitchen knives to furniture and home decor. Over the boulevard rises the ImmermannTower, which was built in 1955 by Wilhelm Dommel and was originally called ‘Dommelhaus’. In 2010, the ground floor walls were decorated with a mural by the artist Ingeborg Böll. Next to it you can find a branch of the Flingern-based gelateria Nordmanns. Destinations essential for Japanese business people are situated directly across the road: there are the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, the Japanese Embassy, high standard conference spaces and overnight accommodation at Hotel ‘Nikko’ and, last but not least, a string of karaoke bars. Since the seventies, this multiplex occupies a large part of the Immermannstraße. Its panoramic rooftop spa, which incorporates a swimming pool and a sauna, is also accessible to day visitors. At ‘Yin Yang Wellness’ around the corner on Oststraße, you can find high quality tea from Japan and China or, if you fancy, receive one of the best Asian massages Düsseldorf has to offer.
You can ponder the culinary delights of Japan in its supermarkets and the many little restaurants that are located towards the middle part of Immermannstraße; apart from sushi, Japanese fried or grilled specialties or ramen, the unsurpassable ‘Takumi’ also offers vegetarian dishes. Even the hamburger restaurant ‘What’s Beef ’ offers Wagyu beef burgers. ‘Takumi’ has most likely contributed to fuelling the current hype about ramen – since 2006 the flagship restaurant ‘Takumi 1’ represents Takumi on Immermannstraße, and has since been complemented by the opening of two other branches, one on Kloster- and one on Oststraße. From here Takumi has expanded internationally over the past couple of years, repeating its success in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Antwerpen and Barcelona – and there is no end in sight. Japanese haute cuisine is being served just meters away from Immermannstraße, for example along the Klosterstraße. An all time favourite is ‘Kikaku’, and fine dining can also be had at ‘Yabase’. Michelin-starred and French cuisine inspired Japanese delights are created at ‘Nagaya’. And if you are going to indulge in something exceptionally exquisite you have to visit Nagaya’s subsidiary ‘Yoshi’. This is where you find Japanese food and hospitality “Omotenashi” in its purest form.
STREETS OF DÜSSELDORF
STREETS OF DÜSSELDORF
STREETS OF DÜSSELDORF
KATJA AUTHOR THE DORF
KYOTO – JAPAN ART DECO Japanese decoration and interior
Immermannstraße 26 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte kyoto-japan.de TAKUMI DÜSSELDORF Takumi’s classic ramen No. 1
Immermannstraße 28 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte takumi-duesseldorf.de YOSHI Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant
Kreuzstraße 17 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte nagaya.de/willkommen/yoshi
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TAKAGI BOOKS & MORE Japanese books and mangas
Immermannstraße 31 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte takagi-books.de YIN YANG – WELLNESS Asian massage and wellness
Oststraße 89 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte yinyang-wellness.com DAVID CHIEF EDITOR THE DORF
BAKERY MY HEART Japanese bakery
Pictures: p. 27 Hotel Nikko p. 29 Vamps Bistro (top), Takagi Books (bottom) p. 30 Asia markets at Immermannstraße (top), Ramen restaurant Takumi (middle), Kyoto Japan Art Deco (bottom) p. 32 ANMO Tea (bottom) p. 33 Yuta Maruyama, magician p. 34 Mr. Yoshimatsu, owner of Kyoto Japan Art Deco p. 35 Pool at Hotel Nikko (top), me and all hotel (bottom) p. 36 Restaurant Tonkatsu Gonta (top), Ramen restaurant Takumi (bottom)
Marienstraße 26 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte facebook.com/bakerymyheart RÖSTEREI VIER CAFÉ @ ME AND ALL HOTEL Coffee roaster based in the me and all hotel lobby
Immermannstraße 23 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte duesseldorf. meandallhotels.com
Editor’s choice on Immermannstraße YABASE Japanese sushi restaurant
Klosterstraße 70 40211 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte yabase-ddf.com TEAMATE Taiwanese tea house
Immermannstraße 65c 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte teamate.eu KUSHI TEI OF TOKYO DÜSSELDORF Traditional Japanese kitchen and grill
Immermannstraße 38 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte kushitei-of-tokyo.de ANMO ART/CHA Tea house and art gallery
Bendemannstraße 18 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte anmo-art-cha.com TINA CHIEF EDITOR THE DORF
GREEN KARMA Fresh salads, bowls and juices
Immermannstraße 18 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte greenkarma.de
LOUISE 26 / SO BO RO Korean bakery
Oststraße 65 40211 Düsseldorf Stadtmitte TAKUMI CHICKEN & VEGGIE Takumi’s ramen and Co. on a chicken and veggie base
DARF AN DER LÄNGSTEN THEKE DER WELT NICHT FEHLEN.
Klosterstraße 72 40211 Düsseldorf Stadtmitte takumi-chicken-veggie.de POZANGMATCHA (FINANZÄMTCHE) Cult bar and restaurant serving Korean dishes until 3am
Oststraße 139 40211 Düsseldorf Stadtmitte facebook.com/ pozangmatcha NANIWA SOUPS Strictly ramen!
Oststraße 55 40211 Düsseldorf Stadtmitte naniwa.de YAKI THE EMON Sake and Japanese dishes from the Teppanyaki grill
Klosterstraße 72 40211 Düsseldorf Stadtmitte yaki-the-emon.de
Shari’s Kitchen TEXT MIRIAM BACKHAUS · PHOTOGRAPHY KRISTINA FENDESACK
We arrive on Friday 6pm at Collenbachstraße 41 to meet Shari Chopra in her charming restaurant, and she is just finishing off the preparations for a catering event taking place later this evening. Whilst we wait in Düsseldorf ’s perhaps most charming courtyard, we are getting into the weekend mood by enjoying the colourful lights and soaking up the incredibly good selection of music. THE DORF This is a great selection of music, everyone is feeling the good vibes. Is there a particular song that always puts you into a good mood? SHARI Yes, absolutely. ‘Inner Style’ by Texas. It’s also brilliant to sing to. (She takes her mobile, starts playing the song and we can only agree.) TD
How did this beautiful restaurant come into existence? S To be honest, it was just by chance. I wasn’t looking for a restaurant but a prep site for my catering business. I founded the business four years ago and initially used my mother’s kitchen to prepare the food. But with an increasing number of orders, I needed a larger kitchen. This used to be ‘Greenies’, a purely vegan restaurant. The previous owner was from Meerbusch too, and offered me the use of his kitchen, to cook for his restaurant during the day time and for my catering business in the evening. That was not what I had in mind though and shortly after he suggested that I take over the entire business. This is how I came to run an entire restaurant instead of just cooking in a larger kitchen.
That means you took over the entire premises? S In the courtyard, there was only one table and a bench. Yet, I fell in love with it the moment I had my first cappuccino here. We replanted the entire courtyard and refurbished the interior within two days. We wanted to keep all of the regulars, so we closed on Sunday and had our opening day on Tuesday. Within those two days we painted the entire space, cleaned, assembled the furniture and put a wooden board on top of the bar as I did not yet have enough money for a black board. However, on the morning of our opening day I realised that I had not factored in groceries as part of the refurbishment, which meant that I only had 30.57 Euros on my account. So, I went across the road to Edeka, did a major shop and told the lady at the till that I had forgotten my purse, but would be back in a bit as I was only across the road where I had just taken over the restaurant. It was so embarrassing. All day I cooked like a madwoman and in the evening I was able to pay for my first grocery shop. I had to do this about three times until one day even the bemused owner mentioned it. But I always paid everything in the end and thankfully I don’t have to do things like that anymore. (laughs)
And how did you get involved with cooking? S I grew up with everyone expressing their emotions through food. It is something quite peaceful. For example, if there was an argument or I made a mess of something, then we reconnected over food without the need for words. Eating is com-
“I grew up with everyone expressing their emotions through food.” munication without words. When I was still at school, I used to go to learn how to cook in the afternoons with people like Axel Herrenbrück of ‘Octopussy’ and Sam Keshvari of ‘Ratatouille’ (which has unfortunately closed down since). So I have learned everything I know from well-respected chefs from Düsseldorf. After A-levels I went travelling on and off for seven years and catered, for example, for guests staying in a lodge in Namibia for a couple of months, where I also learned how to hunt and bake. It was a very nice time in my life, but also a very educational one. Later, I worked in a little, exclusive, harbour-side restaurant in Egypt, and after that I ran my own gourmet-burger restaurant in the marina of El Gouna in Egypt. But I only really feel at home in the city I was born in: Düsseldorf. This is why I set up ‘Shari’s Kitchen’ here. Last month, I started renting the premises next door, ‘Shari’s Nebenan’. It will be used for events, however, we are still in the middle of refurbishing works. TD
Shari’s Kitchen has a personal sound to it — how representative is it? S I’m following a simple and clear concept. Every day I cook something different, always fresh and vegetarian. And only what I like eating myself. My cooking is characterised by my love of simple food. It’s food with no frills, nothing on the plate that could distract. It is all fresh and made by myself and when it’s gone, it’s gone. Every day there are three different dishes on offer and we never have any leftovers, nothing ever goes in the bin. Should anything be left at all, then the next day’s lunch would be based on that. Every Tuesday farmer Berrisch from Kaarst supplies me with fruit and vegetables and a surprise seasonal produce on top of that. This is great as you get to deal with a new seasonal produce over and over again. The vegetarian cuisine has a lot of scope. Over 80% of my customers are not actually vegetarian, but just don’t want to eat schnitzels in their lunch break anymore. We eat to refuel, to get our energy levels up, so that we can carry on. It is our fuel and it should taste great.
How do you know when food tastes great? S Personally, it is silence during a meal that matters to me. During an event, for example, there is a lot of noise, every one is talking over each other — and then the food arrives. Everyone starts at the same time and it all quiets down as people are enjoying the food — and it appears that I have met their expectations and captured the feel. Silence is the greatest compliment.
Where do you draw your inspiration from? S There are quite a number of different sources. I read a lot of cookbooks, but at times I can also be inspired by something on Pinterest. I decide every day afresh what I am going to cook and go where the daily mood takes me.
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Are there also dishes you are offering on a more regular basis? S Yes, for example ‘Shari’s Burger’. Everyone loves that, funnily enough it doesn’t even seem to matter how old the customers are. But there is also spaghetti with avocado-lime pesto, topped with caramelised tomatoes. And then there is a very classic meal, almost a standard German kitchen recipe: mashed peas with ratatouille and kohlrabi-schnitzel. It sounds simple, but it is actually totally yummy and my customers are always happy when it is on the menu.
Could you share with us one of your recipes? S So, let’s take for example the mashed pea and ratatouille and kohlrabi-schnitzel. (We accompany Shari into the kitchen and she starts to cut vegetables and begins to heat the pans). We start with the mashed peas. I cut onion and ginger, then fry them until they’re slightly brown. Then, I add the potatoes I prepared earlier and the peas. They have to be really tasty potatoes, I am pointing this out, as many potatoes you get from supermarkets can taste quite watery. I get mine from farmer Berrisch, they are bursting with taste. I prepare the ratatouille as I go along: a classic mix of courgette, aubergine and peppers — everything cut into chunks, then browned. Then, I add parsley and tomatoes. I have blanched kohlrabi for the schnitzel earlier and have tossed them in flour, egg and classic breading. I actually have added some lemon zest and sea salt to the breading, to add more taste. After that the schnitzels are fried in vegetable oil. Finally, I add some lemon rind and fresh pepper. Finished.
And how about your personal favourite dish? S My favourite is in fact very simple – fresh taglierini and tomato-sugo – ideally made from the tomatoes my auntie in Langenfeld plants herself — roasted sage and roasted garlic on top together with Parmesan. I actually eat anything, but this is my absolute favourite. When you cook a lot you don’t really feel like eating what you have cooked all day. So this is a dish I keep for myself, for moments like when I sit on my balcony.
So this is something special for the evening, like the perfect end to a good day? S The perfect evening after work is, in my opinion, when my friends drop by after I close up. Most of them I have known since primary school. We all sit together at the table, sometimes in the courtyard, I make some pasta, so we just sit together sharing a nice Pinot Blanc. It is like family. Sometimes we carry on to visit a local bar, for example to see David at the Squarebar, or we just pop over to the corner shop.
That all sounds fantastic. Is there anything left to dream of? S It would be amazing to do a boutique style hotel, no more than eight rooms. It would have to be by the sea. A house full of nooks and crannies just by the beach, every room different from the other, just the best breakfast ever, the kids playing outside… I have no idea yet where this could be — but I know for sure that there is going to be amazing food. But there is no rush. MANY THANKS.
WHERE TO … EAT
BCN BAR Enjoy a short break in “BCN” with authentic Spanish tapas, wine and vermouth
Take the Dorf, which means “village”, out of the word Düsseldorf, and you’ll find that our city isn’t that village-like as many (especially our neighbours from Cologne) claim it to be. At least not in terms of culinary treasures. On the contrary: the variety of excellent food hotspots goes way beyond the classic breweries in our well-known old town. Whether you’d like to try the newest sushi restaurants in the Japanese quarter or feel like discovering the latest creations of renowned avant-garde chefs — we won’t fail you.
INTERNATIONAL CUISINE 20GRAD RESTOBAR Original Majorcan tapas and specialties by the Spanish, Michelin-starred chef Macarena de Castro
Mutter-Ey-Platz 3 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt 20grad.com AGATAS International gourmet kitchen of undiscovered worlds of taste
Kirchfeldstraße 59 40217 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk agatas.de ALOHA POKE Fresh and healthy Hawaiian street food restaurant
Friedensstraße 65 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk aloha-poke.com
Fürstenplatz 5 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt bcn-dus.de
BOB & MARY Homemade burgers from all over the world
Hammer Straße 26 40219 Düsseldorf ∙ Hafen Berger Straße 35 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt bobmary.de
DR. KOSCH Formerly known as Bread & Roses, Dr. Kosch offers a cuisine full of finesse – brand new and it already has a Michelin star
Roßstraße 39 40476 Düsseldorf ∙ Derendorf dr-kosch.de EIN KLEINES GENUSSREICH Combination of Italian and French cuisine
Grunerstraße 38 40239 Düsseldorf · Düsseltal facebook.com/ einkleinesgenussreich
ALTE METZGEREI Delicious lunch in a former butcher’s shop
Hoffeldstraße 48 40235 Düsseldorf · Flingern altemetzgerei.de BAR OLIO Absolute favourite crossover cuisine featuring Italian, Asian, French and Mediterranean influences at the old freight depot
Schirmerstraße 54 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort
BENDERS MARIE One of the oldest traditional restaurants in town, mentioned 1622 for the first time. Fresh and homemade German food, famous for their delicious mussels Rhenish style and Schnitzel
BRICKS BAR & RESTAURANT Between mouth-watering cocktails and international cuisine
Belsenplatz 3 40545 Düsseldorf bricksbar.de
EM BRASS Modern mash-up cuisine
Moltkestraße 122 40479 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort
Andreasstraße 13 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt facebook.com/bendersmarie
CASITA MEXICANA Young Mexican cuisine based on mama’s recipes 3 restaurants, all addresses at
EL LAZO Located at “party mile” Bolker Straße, El Lazo offers one of the best steaks in town plus great Spanish wines and dishes!
Bolkerstraße 11 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt facebook.com/ellazoduesseldorf BRONX BAR International fusion cuisine
Ruhrtalstraße 5 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern facebook.com/ bronxbarduesseldorf
FINNS WINE & KITCHEN Playing with old, rediscovered vegetables, modern cooking techniques and complex aromas
Tannenstraße 23a 40476 Düsseldorf ∙ Derendorf finnswinebar.de FLECKENSTEIN Meat. Food. Deli. Wine
Schloßstraße 40 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort fleckensteins.de FLURKLINIK From breakfast to cocktails, feasting all day long
Flurstraße 14 40235 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern flurklinik.de FRANK’S From Oct. 19 on, Frank invites you to his restaurant, bistro and speakeasy bar and club
Ratinger Straße 9 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt atfranks.de
FRITZ FRAU FRANZI Fine, seasonal, experimental and surprising food in a perfect design interior
Adersstraße 8a 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt fritzs-frau-franzi.de
GILL’S Modern crossover cuisine
Flurstraße 74 40235 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern facebook.com/gillsflingern HAMMER BLICK A beer garden with a great view over the Rhine
Fährstraße 253a 40221 Düsseldorf ∙ Hamm hammerblick.de
HITCHCOQ Nashville hot chicken, biodynamic wine and craft beer
MASSI Creative mix of national and international cuisine
Nordstraße 30 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort hitchcoq.de
Moltkestraße 110 40479 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort massi-restaurant.de
K RESTAURANT Hip restaurant and bar with an industrial flair
MAYERS DAILY In the former rooms of an old steamroller factory, they serve daily changing dishes with market-fresh seasonal products
Wilhelm-Tell-Straße 1a 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk k-restaurant.de
Rethelstraße 47 40237 Düsseldorf ∙ Düsseltal mayersdaily.chayns.net
KARL’S Modern international cuisine
Schloßstraße 82 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort karls-restaurant.de LA COQUILLE Haute Poke – the world in one bowl
Königsallee 60 40212 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte la-coquille.de LIDO IM MALKASTEN Arty interior and sophisticated cuisine in a historical surrounding
MÜNSTERMANN KONTOR Iconic bistro, restaurant and wine-bar in the heart of Carlstadt
Hohe Straße 11 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt muenstermann-kontor.de NOA FOODBAR Stylish foodbar with a mix of sophisticated dishes
Martinstraße 11 40223 Düsseldorf ∙ Bilk noa-foodbar.de
Jacobistraße 6 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte lido1960.de LIMAS RESTOBAR Peruvian cuisine
Münsterstraße 24 40470 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort limasrestobar.de LUNITAS Latin American ambience and cuisine
Ulmenstraße 18 40476 Düsseldorf ∙ Derendorf lunitas.de MALINAS Polish cuisine with delicious pierogies
Tannenstraße 31 40476 Düsseldorf ∙ Derendorf malinas-restaurant.de
NOOIJ Dutch deli with delicious breakfast and chicken, bitterballen and more. Super cool design interior!
Erkrather Straße 30 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern nooij.de
OKTOPUSSY European gourmet cuisine and fine wines
Gneisenaustraße 69 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort oktopussy.de PARADISE NOW (OPENING MARCH 20) Crossover kitchen by renowned chefs accompanied by selected live music in the jazz club
Hammerstraße 27 40219 Düsseldorf ∙ Hafen
PARLIN The best from Paris and Berlin
Altestadt 12 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt parlin-weinbar.de PEPELLA Cool Georgian cuisine
Augustastraße 30 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort facebook.com/augustapepella PHOENIX Haute cuisine and arty interior at Dreischeibenhaus
August-Thyssen-Straße 1 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte phoenix-restaurant.de
FRENCH CUISINE & BISTRO FOOD
Lorettostraße 23 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk robs-kitchen.de
BISTRO ERMINIG Authentic Breton crêpes, galettes, cidre, croissants and lots more
Modern European cuisine in the heart of Unterbilk
Mutter-Ey-Straße 5 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt erminig.de
PRIMITIVO Seasonal cuisine with influences from all over the world
Mauerstraße 7 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort facebook.com/ restaurantprimitivo
BISTRO FATAL French cuisine de saison and natural organic wines
Hermannstraße 29 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern bistro-fatal.com
SASSAFRAS Bistro food with Asian-Mediterranean influences
Düsseldorfer Straße 90 40545 Düsseldorf ∙ Oberkassel facebook.com/ sassafrasbarkultur SHARI’S KITCHEN Fresh vegetarian and vegan menu
Collenbachstraße 41 40476 Düsseldorf ∙ Derendorf facebook.com/sharissoulfood STIER ROYAL BBQ specialties such as burgers, hot dogs and steaks
Zimmerstraße 28 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt facebook.com/stier.royal
TAFELSPITZ 1876 Gourmet restaurant serving creations of newly interpreted classic cuisine
Grunerstraße 42a 40239 Düsseldorf · Düsseltal tafelspitz1876.de THE BULL STEAK EXPERT Small, elegant and super delicious steakhouse
YATANA Eritrean-Ethiopian restaurant
UNS LÜÜ German seasonal cuisine with international influences and German wines
Worringer Straße 67 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte yatana.de
Kronprinzenstraße 52 40217 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk facebook.com/unslueue
ZUR SENNHÜTTE Trendy alpine cabin with sun terrace
WAYA KITCHEN North American soul food influenced by Asian and South American kitchen
Rethelstraße 96 40237 Düsseldorf ∙ Düsseltal zur-sennhuette.de
Platanenstraße 21 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern waya-kitchen.de
ZWEIGLEISIG Japanese and European fusion cuisine and bar
WHAT’S BEEF Street art, burgers and gigantic milkshakes
Marc-Chagall-Straße 2 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort zweigleisig.com
Immermannstraße 24 40210 Düsseldorf · Mitte whatsbeef.de WILLIAMS BAR & KITCHEN Old fashioned drinks meets new style food
Friedrichstraße 115 a 40217 Düsseldorf ∙ Bilk williams-bar.com
Taubenstraße 14 40479 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort thebullsteakexpert.de
BISTRO SOMMELIER Classic French brasserie and international wine bar
Mühlenstraße 34 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt bistrosommelier.com BRASSERIE HÜLSMANN Traditional French brasserie in the heart of Oberkassel
Belsenstraße 1 40545 Düsseldorf ∙ Oberkassel brasserie-huelsmann.de LE FLAIR Sophisticated Michelin-starred cuisine — good value for money
Marc-Chagall-Straße 108 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort restaurant-leflair.de LES HALLES/L'AUBERGE ST. HONORÉ Fine French delicacies, bread and charcuterie to go during the day, French bistro cuisine at night
Nordstraße 31 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort Alt Niederkassel 49 40547 Düsseldorf Niederkassel les-halles-st-honore.de
BABA SUSHI Sushi Fusion Kitchen
Münsterstraße 22 40477 Düsseldorf Derendorf baba-sushi.de
THE PARIS CLUB With a spectacular view over Düsseldorf on the 16th & 17th floor of the 25Hours Hotel
Louis-Pasteur-Platz 1 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort theparisclub.de PETIT ROUGE French micro-café and bistro
Bürgerstraße 4 40219 Düsseldorf ∙ Unterbilk ROCAILLE Charming bistro in the heart of Derendorf serving great wines, cheese and patisserie
Weißenburgstraße 19 40476 Düsseldorf ∙ Derendorf rocaille.de ROBERTS BISTRO Classic French bistro cuisine with arty and authentic interior. Le Bar du Bistro is right next door
BANH BOYO Pho soup and other Vietnamese street food, snacks and dishes
Grafenberger Allee 51 40237 Düsseldorf Stadtmitte banhboyo.com
BIBIMCUP Korean rice dishes served in bowls and mandus
Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 3 40210 Düsseldorf Stadtmitte bibimcup.de
r our e v o c s Di s sun terrace
BISTRO KOMBU Fancy Japanese snack bar – good value for money
Sophienstraße 2 40597 Düsseldorf ∙ Benrath facebook.com/bistrokombu
Wupperstraße 2 40219 Düsseldorf ∙ Hafen robertsbistro.de
ASIAN CUISINE AHUN Yakiniku – the technique of preparing meat on a grill in Japanese style
Hansaallee 246 40547 Düsseldorf · Lörrick ah-un.de ĂN BÁNH MÌ Delicious Vietnamese street food and sandwiches
Ackerstraße 161 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern Check all restaurants at anbanhmi.de
CHI BAY Authentic Vietnamese with the highly recommended pho soup
Oberbilker Allee 176 40227 Düsseldorf ∙ Oberbilk chi-bay.de CHIMAC PLUS Yummy Korean chicken restaurant
Oststraße 63 40210 Düsseldorf Stadtmitte chimacplus.com
RUBY LENI HOTEL & BAR Jahnstr. 3 RUBY COCO HOTEL & BAR Steinstr.13 ruby-hotels.com
CHO Fresh Vietnamese cuisine with a special view
Roßstraße 1a 40476 Düsseldorf Pempelfort cho-duesseldorf.de
MADAME CHO Vietnamese bistro
COMBO Creative Asian delicacies and sushi
Oststraße 158 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte instagram.com/ madamechobistro
Weseler Straße 35 40239 Düsseldorf · Düsseltal restaurant-combo.de COOKING DAD Modern Chinese restaurant with a fantastic Peking Duck
Birkenstraße 69 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern facebook.com/cookingdad DARUMA-YA No ramen, no life: Streetfood style ramen in Flingern
Birkenstraße 72 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern facebook.com/ darumayadusseldorf DONG WU Modern Chinese cuisine
MOHAE Coffee and Korean tapas bar
Gerresheimer Straße 12 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte mohae.metro.bar/de EAT TOKYO Japanese food straight from London to THE DORF
Nordstraße 28 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort Immermannstraße 40 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte eattokyo.co.uk
Oststraße 139 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte facebook.com/pozangmatcha
RESTAURANT DEN Fancy sushi, grill, wine and more
HASHI Traditional Chinese cuisine with a modern twist
Hohenzollernallee 8d 40235 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern den.eatbu.com
Ackerstraße 182 40235 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern hashi-mahlzeit.de
DONTAK Dontak’s “Yatai” (food truck) has settled down and serves delicious Japanese food on Thursdays, Fridays and Wednesdays in the brand new restaurant
KIKAKU Authentic Japanese interior and sushi
Klosterstraße 42 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte nagaya.de
KIM’S CORE Korean and Chinese fusion cuisine
NAGOMI Nagomi stands for inner peace and balance – that’s how you feel after the delicious authentic Japanese cuisine
Neusser Straße 84 40219 Düsseldorf ∙ Unterbilk kimscore.de KUSHI TEI OF TOKYO A classic: traditional Japanese grill restaurant
Immermannstraße 38 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte kushitei-of-tokyo.de KYODAINA Sushi and poke bowls
Klosterstraße 38 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte kikaku.de
NAGAYA Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant
Höherweg 313 40231 Düsseldorf ∙ Lierenfeld kimphiasiafood.de
FINANZÄMTCHE ∙ POZANGMATCHA Korean kimchi, bibimbap and chicken wings in a former pub
Kaiserstraße 29 40479 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort facebook.com/ dongwuchinarestaurant
Behrenstraße 3 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern dontak.jimdo.com
KIM PHI ASIAFOOD Asian wholesale hall with street food market in the back on Saturdays
Lorettostraße 60 40219 Düsseldorf kyodaina.de
LITTLE LAMB DÜSSELDORF Very authentic Chinese hot pot restaurant
Kölner Straße 14 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte littlelamb.de
Bismarckstraße 53 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte nagomi.de
NA NI WA Longest queue for the best ramen soups in town. Vis-a-vis: Na Ni Wa’s cool sushi restaurant
Oststraße 55 Klosterstraße 68a 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte naniwa.de RENYA A small but cosy place with authentic Japanese food
Collenbachstraße 1 40476 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort renya2015.com RIKA Ramen, teriyaki, gyoza and Co.
Gehrtsstraße 16 40235 Düsseldorf ∙ Grafenberg ROTE LATERNE Meat, fish and soups from the Chinese Lanzhou region – Kitchen until midnight
Kurfürstenstraße 29 40211 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte rotelaterne-duesseldorf.de
SUMI Sophisticated Japanese cuisine and BBQ in a cool interior
Schinkelstraße 28 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte sumi.chimzgmbh.com TAKUMI Homemade Japanese ramen soups and gyozas
Immermannstraße 28 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte takumi-duesseldorf.de Oststraße 51 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte takumi-tonkotsu.de TAKUMI CHICKEN & VEGGIE Delicious veggie and chicken ramen and dishes
Klosterstraße 72 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte takumi-chicken-veggie.de
SABI & GARI Truly special variations of Japanese sushi including delicious maki, inside-outrolls, sashimi and more
TAM TAM Vietnamese culinary cuisine offers healthy and exotic Southeast Asian specialties
Ackerstraße 88 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern tamtam-restaurant.de
TONKATSU GONTA Specialised in the fine art of preparing Japanese pork schnitzel – the Tonkatsu
Immermannstraße 28 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte tonkatsu-gonta.de UMAIMON It’s Japanese and means “tasty” – and that’s what the chicken ramen and dishes are
Hansaallee 244 40547 Düsseldorf ∙ Lörick daidokoro-umaimon.de VIVU Asian cuisine without flavour enhancers
Kanonierstraße 14 40476 Düsseldorf ∙ Derendorf facebook.com/vivuderasiate
Luegallee 13 40545 Düsseldorf · Oberkassel sabigari.de
YABASE Superior, chic and authentic Japanese cuisine – one of the very best
SCARAMANGA’S Diverse Vietnamese “tapas” and dishes
Oberbilker Allee 31 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt scaramangas.de
Klosterstraße 70 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte yabase-ddf.com YAKI THE EMON Japanese Teppan grill restaurant with a huge selection of sake and cocktails
SOBA AN Unique Japanese homemade buckwheat “soba” noodle dishes
Klosterstraße 72 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte yaki-the-emon.de
Klosterstraße 68 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte soba-an.de
HEALTHY FOOD BIRDIE & CO. Deli café and healthy food
Marc-Chagall-Straße 108 40477 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort Bagelstraße 130 40479 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort birdieco.de
YOGI Korean cuisine in a cool Asian atmosphere
CALI EATS The fresh taste of California with salads and grain bowls
Grupellostraße 5 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte YOSHI BY NAGAYA Japanese cuisine on the very highest level – Michelin-starred
Kreuzstraße 17 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte nagaya.de/willkommen/yoshi
ORIENTAL CUISINE ANTIOCHIA MEZE MANUFAKTUR Delicious homemade Turkish meze and starters served with oven-fresh bread
Duisburger Straße 16 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort antiochia-meze.de ARABESQ Oriental delicacies from 1001 Nights
Ludenberger Straße 1-1a 40629 Düsseldor ∙ Grafenberg arabesq.de BABA GREEN Oriental soul food in a cool design interior
Am Wehrhahn 23 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte babagreen.de BYBLOS Big traditional Lebanese restaurant – super delicious
DIE KURVE Israeli-Mediterranean specialties
Goebenstraße 18 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort die-kurve.com
BARRIL FADO & TANGO Portugal meets Argentina – codfish meets steak
Friedenstraße 2a 40219 Düsseldorf · Bilk facebook.com/ barrilfadoundtango
IZMIR KEBAP HAUS Food around the clock and always crowded: Turkish diner serving yummy food all night long
CAFÉ LUSO Fish and meat straight from Portugal
Worringer Platz 3 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte
An der Icklack 2 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern
LA GRILLADINE Insider tip: Moroccan BBQ kitchen and tajine – so good
CAVE TAPAS Typical Portuguese tapas bar
Dreieckstraße 26 40227 Düsseldorf ∙ Oberbilk
Erkrather Straße 218b 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern facebook.com/cave.tapas
LEZZET High quality Turkish cuisine
Seydlitzstraße 55 40476 Düsseldorf ∙ Golzheim restaurant-lezzet.de
CLUBE PORTUGUÊS A classic! One of the oldest traditional Portuguese restaurants in town with a cosy atmosphere
Erkrather Straße 197 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern clube-portugues.de
SANNIN Small but mighty: excellent Lebanese cuisine – one of our top favourites
Kölner Straße 61 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte
Markenstraße 9 40227 Düsseldorf ∙ Oberbilk byblosrestaurant.de
RESTAURANT FRANGO PORTOGUES Huge Portuguese restaurant with beautifully decorated interior and a big sun terrace
Erkrather Straße 224 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern frango-portugues.de
Kaiserswerther Straße 228 40474 Düsseldorf · Golzheim calieats.de CHEZ LA BELLE “The upper class” of healthy food” – bowls, salads, smoothies and Co.
Elisabethstraße 39-41 40217 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk facebook.com/ chezlabelleduesseldorf GREENKARMA Fresh salad and veggie bowl bar
Immermannstraße 18 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte greenkarma.de
GREENTREES THE JUICERY Australian way of life with delicious super food and smoothie bowls
Münsterstraße 149 40476 Düsseldorf · Derendorf Lorettostraße 54 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk greentreesthejuicery.de FRUCHT & GENUSS Delicacies, fruits and lunch
Stresemannstraße 29 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte fruchtundgenuss.de
BASIMO FOOD BAR Cosy, modern place serving pizza, pasta and salads
NINEOFIVE Fancy Neapolitan pizzas, excellent wines and craft beers KATE'S DELI Health food deli and café
Duisburger Straße 90 40479 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort instagram.com/katesdeli.de LAURA’S DELI Healthy and clean food in one of the coolest interiors
Carlsplatz 1 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt laurasdeli.com SATTGRÜN Vegan restaurant and café
3 x Düsseldorf, all addresses at sattgruen.com THE FUNKY DELI Super fresh salads, soups, juices and cakes
Brunnenstraße 22 40223 Düsseldorf · Bilk thefunkydeli.com
Hüttenstraße 83 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt
Ackerstraße 181 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern Carlsplatz 26 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt nineofive.de
DEVONA Beautifully decorated, tiny restaurant with a sophisticated Italian cuisine
ANTICHI SAPORI Very traditional Italian trattoria, next to Su Nuraghe
Schwerinstraße 13 40477 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort
Am Wehrhahn 71 40211 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte ALDO GENOVESE Traditional Italian restaurant offering fine pasta and wine
Schirmerstraße 17 40211 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte aldo-genovese.de A TAVOLA Cosy Italian restaurant with a sophisticated cuisine made from seasonal produce
Wallstraße 11 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt
La bella vita – in the heart of Pempelfort. Traditional trattoria with seasonal dishes and delicious pizza!
Derendorfer Straße 92 40479 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort L’ANIMA Italian street food restaurant with authentic Sicilian cuisine
Moltkestraße 108 40479 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort lanima-deli.de LETTINIS Italian wine and delicacies
Jahnstraße 36 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt lettinis.de
LUPO Old town classic, perfect for a late night pizza
Bolkerstraße 52 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt MENTA Plain and simple pizza, pasta and wines by Gino
Lorettostraße 25 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk menta-cucina.de
OSTERIA MOSSIMO MILANO Very special and ultra thin pizzas. Delicious!
Düsselthaler Straße 22 40211 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort osteria-mossimo.com SU NURAGHE An institution and one of the best Italian takeaways in town
Am Wehrhahn 69 40211 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte Schloßstrasse 2 40477 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort su-nuraghe-due.de PIZZARIA PESTO – DA FABIO There is more Italy only in Italy
Pionierstraße 54 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt
PIZZERIA PINOCCHIO One of our favourite authentic Italian restaurants on Ratinger Straße
Altestadt 14 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt
PIZZERIA ROMANTICA Rattoballi’s traditional family pizza from Palermo since 1921
Düsselthaler Straße 48 40211 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort romanticaduesseldorf.de
ATHOS GRILL Traditional Greek take away for over 30 years
Grafenberger Allee 43 40237 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte athosgrill.de POLIS Small upscale Greek restaurant
Dominikanerstraße 8 40545 Düsseldorf · Oberkassel polis-oberkassel.de TAVERNAKI Classic Greek cuisine
Tannenstraße 19 40476 Düsseldorf · Derendorf tavernaki.de
PONTE VECCHIO Old school and classic Italian restaurant
Wallstraße 5-7 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt ponte-vecchio.de PRINCIPALE PIZZABAR Bere – mangiare – parlare
Lindenstraße 66 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern facebook.com/ principale.pizzabar
SAN LEO A classic! No pizza, but excellent pasta, fish and meat dishes, one of the best Italian restaurants in town
Wallstraße 31 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt TRATTORIA EMILIANA Pizza, pasta and vino on traditional red and white checkered tablecloths. Like!
Adlerstraße 42 40211 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte trattoriaemiliana.de
TAVERNE PEGASOS Since 1979 an absolute classic serving traditional Greek dishes
TRATTORIA VIA APPIA Uncomplicated and light Italian cuisine in a pleasant atmosphere
FANCY FOOD, DELICACIES & WINE BÄCKEREI BULLE Young artisanry bakery – and already one of the very best in town
Birkenstraße 55 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern baeckerei-bulle.de BERNSTEIN & INBAR Lunch and breakfast bistro and international fine foods in beautiful surroundings
Kirchfeldstraße 50 40215 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk facebook.com/tavernepegasos
Lorettostraße 16 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk bernsteinundinbar.de
TAVERNE RHODOS Loud and bright, but with simple authentic Greek cuisine
BÄCKEREI HINKEL One of Düsseldorf ’s most traditional and delicious bakeries
TAVERNE SAVAS Trashy Greek atmosphere with authentic food until 3 am every day
CENTRO Italian delicacies
Flügelstraße 56 40227 Düsseldorf · Oberbilk trattoria-via-appia.de VITALE LA CUCINA Micro restaurant beautifully decorated with mirrors, crystal chandeliers and simple wooden furniture. Delicious Italian cuisine
Ackerstraße 168b 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern vitaleonline.de
GREEK CUISINE AKROPOLIS Legendary Greek take away in Oberkassel – always crowded
Dominikanerstraße 8 40545 Düsseldorf · Oberkassel ASKITIS GREEK CUISINE Sophisticated Greek restaurant with classy fish and meat dishes
Bismarckstraße 67 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte rhodos-taverne.de
Herderstraße 73 40237 Düsseldorf · Düsseltal askitis.com
Heresbachstraße 21 40223 Düsseldorf · Bilk taverne-savas.de
Mittelstraße 25 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt Hohe Straße 31 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt baeckerei-hinkel.de
Nordstraße 28 40477 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort centro-soriano.de
BISTRO PUBS & RUSTIC CUISINE
CARLSPLATZ Traditional market with more than 60 stalls and a huge selection of exotic fruits and regional vegetables, fresh fish, meat and poultry, oven-fresh bread and pastries, cheese and a diverse range of delicacies, sweets and coffee specialties as well as a grand selection of flowers and plants.
BEETHOVEN Bistro pub with nice sunny terrace
Ackerstraße 106 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern beethoven-flingern.de BISTRO ZICKE French bistro meets Berlin pub: Decorated entirely with movie posters. Perfect for a delicious breakfast, coffee and cake or a glass of wine
Carlsplatz 26 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt carlsplatz-markt.de DOLCINELLA Sweets, homemade cakes and fine food
Tannenstraße 35 40476 Düsseldorf · Derendorf dolcinella.de FRESH ASIA Asian food and grocery with own café
Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 20 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte freshasia.de FROMAGERIE Cheese from all over the world and French delicacies
Neusser Straße 131 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk facebook.com/ fromagerie.duesseldorf GEWÜRZHAUS It’s all about Düsseldorf mustard and spices!
Kapuzinergasse 16 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt gewuerzhaus-altstadt.de JASMINE Fromagerie, pâtisserie and vins
Luegallee 4 40545 Düsseldorf · Oberkassel
Bäckerstraße 5a 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt bistro-zicke.de
MANDELBRENNEREI GAGLIARDI Long-established Düsseldorf company offering roasted almonds
CAFÉ KNÜLLE Evergreen: bistro-pub serving delicious coffee during the day and drinks in the evening
Kapuzinergasse 2 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt
Bilker Straße 46 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt destille-duesseldorf.de FRIDA TAPASBAR Vibrant, colorful Mexican-style restaurant offering breakfast, Mediterranean food and tapas
Bilker Allee 4 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk tapasbar-frida.de
Oberbilker Allee 24 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt
PIPCO’S WEIN COMPILATION A playlist from a huge selection of various wines
Helmholtzstraße 28 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt
CAFÉ MODIGLIANI Cosy, arty bistro decorated with old posters and a nice sun terrace
Wissmannstraße 6 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk
SOMMELERIE Handcrafted wines from traditional producers or emerging young talents
Bürgerstraße 28 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk sommelerie.de
DESTILLE Old school jazzy pub with bistro cuisine
DAUSER Rhenish soups and stews
Ulmenstraße 118 40476 Düsseldorf · Derendorf dauser-online.de
TASTE GREECE Greek delicacies such as wine, olives and oil
Volmerswerther Straße 21 40221 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk tastegreece.com WEINFORCE May the force be with you: Super-cool wine dealer in a former gasoline station
Elisabethstraße 89-93 40217 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk weinforce.de
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KYTO CAFÉ Specialty coffee, unique sandwiches and delicious sweets
Whether you’re in for a quick coffee to go or feel like spending your Sunday afternoon at a local roastery – our hometown offers quite a few coffee hideaways. Watch the baristas perform sheer coffee art, savour the smell of freshly roasted beans, and don’t forget to indulge in heavenly sweet seductions like a buttery croissant or a piece of juicy banana bread. From traditional and cosy to hip and happening — these places make coffee aficionados come back for more … COFFEE ROASTERIES BAZZAR CAFFÉ Renowned café and coffee roastery in the heart of the Old Town, to see and to be seen
Heinrich-Heine-Allee 53 40235 Düsseldorf · Altstadt bazzar.de COPENHAGEN COFFEE LAB Scandinavian café with amazing coffee and sweets straight from Copenhagen
Carlsplatz 20-21 Benrather Straße 18-20 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt and more copenhagencoffeelab.com DIE KAFFEE Small coffee roasting house, also offering coffee workshops by Olga Sabristova
Schwerinstraße 23 40477 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort die-kaffee.de
Am Wehrhahn 42 40211 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte Immermannstraße 65d 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte facebook.com/kytocoffee ROASTED KAFFEEBAR Modern coffee creations as well as popular classics
Derendorfer Straße 3 40479 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort roasted-kaffeebar.de RÖSTEREI VIER Great crew, great music, great coffee!
Marktplatz 12 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt Wallstraße 10 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt Immermannstraße 23 (new spot located in the me and all hotel) 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte roesterei-vier.de
KAFFEEHANDWERK Cool café in the heart of Flingern offering self-roasted coffee, delicious sandwiches and cakes
Birkenstraße 127 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern kaffeehandwerk.com
RÖSTMEISTER Small cosy café decorated in an industrial style
Quirinstraße 1a 40545 Düsseldorf · Oberkassel roestmeister.com SCHVARZ Micro roastery with factory sale and homemade cakes on Saturdays and Sundays
Ronsdorfer Straße 74, Halle 31 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern schvarz.com WOYTON Small coffee chain and roastery with locations all over town serving delicious sandwiches and salads, also for take-away
Please find all outlets online at woyton.de
KAFFEEREICH Beans are roasted and sold in the middle of Düsseldorf ’s market Carlsplatz. The coffee specialities are absolutely yummy
Carlsplatz 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt kaffeereich.de KAFFEESCHMIEDE Coffee from the own roasting house – optionally with a fruity, chocolatey, nutty or floral taste
Belsenstraße 11 40545 Düsseldorf · Oberkassel kaffeeschmiede.de
CAFÉS & DELIS CAFÉ A.NNI Insider tip for breakfast lovers! Bright little family-run café
Platanenstraße 22 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern cafe-anni.de
BISTRO BULLE Young artisan bakery Bulle recently opened its first bistro – located in the beautiful café at Philara art collection
Birkenstraße 47 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern baeckerei-bulle.de CAFÉ BARRÉ Small, cosy and nice – French or rather Parisian style café with good coffee and great pastries
Birkenstraße 149 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern patisseriebarre.com
CARLSONS Delicious coffee, sweets, “Schlawiner” (sandwiches) and wine
Kasernenstraße 23 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt carlsons.de CØFFE Scandinavian inspired coffee specialties and a small selection of sweets in a former drugstore
DRITAN ALSELA COFFEE With more than 500k followers on Instagram, Dritan Alsela is the pop star amongst baristas. Meet him at his café with a huge breakfast and lunch menu and – of course – fantastic coffee.
Schlüterstraße 3a 40235 Düsseldorf · Flingern dritan-alsela.de
Benrather Straße 6b 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt facebook.com/dascoffe
CAFÉ CERISIER Combination of barber and cafe with Japanese treats
Immermannstraße 51 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte cafe-cerisier.com BIRDIE & CO. Specialty coffee bar and deli with great cakes and healthy food
Marc-Chagall-Straße 108 40477 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort Bagelstraße 130 40479 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort birdieco.de
FLORABAR Tiny coffee hut in the park
Kronenstraße 65 40217 Düsseldorf · Bilk facebook.com/florabar
COVENT GARDEN Great coffee, fresh homemade cakes, cookies and a selection of fresh paninis
Bilker Allee 126 40217 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk facebook.com/coventgardencoffeehouse CAFFE ENUMA A legend: Mario and his Caffe Enuma offer the best Italian coffee, cakes and fresh pasta. Different special events in the evenings such as concerts or readings
Brunnenstraße 44 40223 Düsseldorf · Bilk
GOLDSHEIM COFFEE From coffee specialties to fresh juices, brunch and desserts
Kaiserswerther Straße 239 40474 Düsseldorf · Golzheim goldsheim.coffee HOLOCAFÉ For the kids: Find a virtual world full of action, puzzles, imagination, fun – and coffee, not to forget.
Am Wehrhahn 41 40211 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte holocafe.de
MARNY’S Vegetarian-vegan lunch cuisine and coffee
Kruppstraße 28 40227 Düsseldorf · Oberbilk marnysgruenzeug.de
CAFÉ LEMONADE Coffee bar and lemonade
Bilker Allee 180 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt lemonade-cafe.com
LINAS COFFEE BREW BAR & DELI Brew bar and deli offering healthy and fresh breakfast and lunch
KONDITOREI HEINEMANN Not only the cakes and chocolate are legendary, but also the restaurant on the first floor is an institution
Martin-Luther-Platz 32 (entry via Königsallee or Blumenstraße) 40212 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte konditorei-heinemann.de HOMEMADE WE EAT FINE Beyoncé loves owner Sonja’s fancy cupcakes and sweets. Discover the freshly renovated allover pink interior!
Bilker Allee 209 40215 Düsseldorf · Bilk homemade-we-eat-fine.com CAFE HÜFTGOLD Yummy breakfast, sandwiches and a great selection of delicious cakes
Fürstenplatz 1 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt facebook.com/linas.coffee. brewbar.deli
KAUSAL Delicate coffee, fresh food and homemade coffee and cakes in an urban interior
MERCY COFFEE COMPANY Coffee, cakes and waffles in the heart of Flingern
Flurstraße 1 40235 Düsseldorf · Flingern facebook.com/kausal.cafe
Birkenstraße 73 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern www.mercycoffeecompany.de
CAFÉ KLEINOD Cosy cafe with a small selection of Italian delicacies and one of the best paninis in town
MISTER BEN Tiny container café in the heart of the city. In addition to very good coffee, Mr. Ben offers daily fresh made sandwiches, wraps and salads
Ackerstraße 75 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern KUCHENECK Tiny café in a former gasoline station offering fantastic homemade cakes
Schadowstraße 41 40211 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte mister-ben.com/cafe
Corneliusstraße 110 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt facebook.com/kucheneck
MANKO CAFÉ & WORKSPACE Space for great coffee and good ideas, united in one place. Daily breakfast, cakes and small dishes
Ackerstraße 113 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern cafehueftgold.de
Hüttenstraße 76 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt mankocafeworkspace.de
CAFÉ NIKAN High quality coffee plus cakes, bagels, paninis and focaccias
Rethelstraße 98-100 40237 Düsseldorf · Düsseltal cafe-nikan.de NAMU CAFE Cute Korean café with delicious Korean shaved ice, coffee and desserts
Oststraße 124 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte namucafe.de OMA ERIKA Authentic café with delicate homemade cakes and sandwiches
Hermannstraße 34b 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern oma-erika.com ORANGE – FINEST COFFEE Best coffee, homemade sodas, all-day brunch, craft sandwiches and Australian pastries in a super nice interior
Neusser Tor 17a 40625 Düsseldorf · Gerresheim orange.coffee CAFÉ REKORD Cool mix of vintage furniture and modern design
Ackerstraße 204 40235 Düsseldorf · Flingern facebook.com/caferekord
SCHICKE MÜTZE Düsseldorf ’s very first café for bike culture serving coffee and “schicke Schnitten”
Talstraße 22-24 40217 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt schickemuetze.de
SOBORO Korean and Japanese café with Asian cookies, cakes and bread
Oststraße 65 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte SULI’S Café, deli and bar
Tußmannstraße 5 40477 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort suliscafe.de SÜSSE ERINNERUNG “Sweet memories” are offered by this very tiny café right next door to Metropol art cinema
Brunnenstraße 20 40223 Düsseldorf · Bilk suesse-erinnerung.de
TOMO CAFÉ Tiny coffee bar offering coffee specialties and vegetarian, vegan and halal food
Klosterstraße 67 40211 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte mytomocafe.eatbu.com
UGLY DELUXE Lounge bar in a puristic atmosphere that offers breakfast, Mediterranean cuisine and cocktails
Karolingerstraße 80 40223 Düsseldorf · Bilk uglydeluxe.com
AUX MERVEILLEUX After Paris, Brussels, London, Geneva, NYC and Berlin, the French pâtisserie now also brings its original French meringue and brioche to town.
VELVET Daytime canteen, café and bar. Serving natural new school classics. Aperitivo Fridays until midnight!
ISABELLA PATISSERIE Gluten-free pâtisserie with Parisian bistro flair
Kasernenstraße 15 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt auxmerveilleux.com
Stresemannstraße 8 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte velvetcollective.com
Arnulfstraße 4 40545 Düsseldorf · Oberkassel Königsallee 60 (Kö-Galerie) 40212 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte isabella-patisserie.de LA PETITE BELLEROSE Love at first sight: French pâtisserie with delicious handmade macarons
PURE PASTRY BY TIM TEGTMEIER Handcrafted and super sophisticated fine pastry in the heart of Düsseldorf ’s Carlsplatz
40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt facebook.com/purepastry ROCAILLE Charming bistro in the heart of Derendorf serving great wines, cheese and a huge pâtisserie selection
Weißenburgstraße 19 40476 Düsseldorf · Derendorf rocaille.de
Geistenstraße 14a 40476 Düsseldorf · Derendorf lapetite-bellerose.com PÂTISSERIE TANGER The most delicious Arabian petit-four in Düsseldorf
Ellerstraße 89 40227 Düsseldorf · Oberbilk patisserie-tanger.de
TEAMATE The real taste of Taiwanese bubble tea
Immermannstraße 65c 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte Mutter-Ey-Straße 5 · Altstadt 40213 Düsseldorf teamate.eu
CAFÉ WIE IM HIMMEL Patisserie with home-baked cakes and sweet and salty crepes in an old-fashioned shop with a French air
Bilker Allee 35 40219 Düsseldorf · Bilk wie-im-himmel.cafe
PURE FREUDE Arty and colorful tarts and pastry plus a tiny and lovely terrace
Hohe Straße 19 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt purefreude.de
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– p U k Pic n o i t u t i t s n I n A Off the beaten track but still ver y close to the large shopping mile Flinger Sta ße lies a real Düsseldorf institution in the Ka puzinergasse. “Pick Up”, a shop with cult sta tus, has been located in this small, cosy alle y since 197 8. It is par t of Düsseldorf just as much as the Ratinger Hof, the band Die Tot en Hosen, and Altbier. Here, generation s have bought Dr. Martens shoes, second-ha nd clothes, buttons or studs. We met owner Ch ristian Werner to talk about more than 40 yea rs of Düsseldorf Rock’n’Roll history on 25 square meters.
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As such, the BBC made a significa nt impact on the fashionable taste and appearance of the emerging Ratinger street punk scene. What is considered a classic punk look today was then already available at the BBC. The way in which the goods reached the old town was adventurous at times. Heiner had the famous striped jeans fabrics printed in Germany. They were then sewn to pants in Belgium. Quite freq uently, customs officers were surprised at the unus ual freight in the R4 — of course, Heiner himself brou ght everything across the border. As regards Pick Up, there are countless anecdotes like this. They are stories about very different times, without internet and open borders, as well as with an old town that wou ld be scarcely recognizable today.
As one of the first people in Germany, the former shop owner Heiner Hoppe imported Dr. Martens shoes from England. Back in the day, he himself drove to Northamptonshire, the center of the English shoe industry, with an old Renault R4 to buy the hot goods. In the ’70s, the father of these classic shoes, Bill Griggs, helped to load the car before his company turned into a British icon. The sturdy shoes were especially popular with the Düsseldorf punks, just like they were with many other prior and previous subcultures. Therefore, it appeared obvious for Heiner to open Pick Up, his very own shoe shop solely for “Doc’s”.
Pick Up partly came about because Heiner had already gained some experience in the fashion industry. At the young age of 18, the Cologne native opened his first shop in Düsseldorf ’s old town –— at the time, under the name of Best British Clothing (BBC). He got hooked on the Rock-bacillus for the first time when accompanying a tour of the Rolling Stones for a local school newspaper. With BBC, Heiner hit the zeitgeist of the ’70s. The shop wasn’t just the only place in town to buy Doc’s, but also a one-off opportunity to buy leather jackets with rivets or skintight, striped jeans.
What the small shop also wrote histo ry with was pop music and television. There, in the narrow, dark warehouse, in front of countless shoe boxe s and packaging, a TV casting took place in 1993; and not just any, but one that would help a young wom an from Düsseldorf achieve a world career. Heike Mak atsch immediately convinced the makers of the then-em erging music channel Viva with the typical ’90s music chatter.
That’s how Pick Up has : c om e f u l l c i r c l e Once a Punk, always a Punk! Following the Pick Up and its tranquil surroundings, Makatsch took on roles in cinema blockbusters like “Resident Evil” and “Love Actually ” within just a few years.
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Whether you are interested in art, music, architecture or food, there is a New Urban Walk for everyone. Check out the local subway and marvel at its perfect symbiosis of art and modern architecture or wander around the Old Town and enjoy typical Düsseldorf specialties. You can also immerse yourself in the contemporary art scene by taking part in an exclusive street art tour. The vibrant local club and music scene is well worth exploring, too. The New Urban Walks are a great way to discover Düsseldorf ’s vibes, flavours and laid-back atmosphere. So just get out there and take a walk on the wild side! THE DORF introduces the four new guided tours.
DÜSSELDORF’S CULINARY SOUL
What does Düsseldorf taste like? Every city has its own culinary DNA. Mustard, Altbier (local dark beer) or Sol eier (pickled eggs) are just some of the typical specialties to be discovered in Düsseldorf ’s Old Town. It is one of the largest food markets in the world after all. The guided tour “Düsseldorf Food Tour — exploring local treasures” demonstrates the culinary diversity on the Carlsplatz, a former farmers market turned foodie heaven, and beyond. Twelve pubs and shops are explored and many samples are tasted on a three-hour tour. Yum! Every Saturday at 10 am, as well as every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at 3 pm
Musicians, artists and other creative minds have been gathering in Düsseldorf ’s Old Town for 50 years, founding bands and influencing each other. Where are the roots of Kraftwerk’s electronic pioneers, where did the Toten Hosen learn their punk ABC — and which DJs do now play in the world-famous Salon des Amateurs? The pop music tour “The Sound of Düsseldorf ” shows legendary places of pop-cultural significance, clubs and pubs. And along the way the most important songs “Made in Düsseldorf ” are played, of course. Every Saturday at 11 am
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WEHRHAHN-LINIE — ART MEETS ARCHITECTURE IN THE SUBWAY
“Art and 3-D Magic in a German Subway” — That’s how the New York Times described this spectacular subway line in the heart of the city. The design concept originated in an unusual collaboration between artists and engineers. Each of the six stations reflects the vision of an artist and has a distinctive character, whether picturesque, sculptural, interactive, aural or geometric. The metro tunnel was designed by netzwerkarchitekten and Heike Kluss mann, a former student at Düsseldorf ’s renowned Art Academy, and realised as a subterranean space continuum. All of the stations are a photographer’s dream and free of commercial advertising. Every Sunday at 11 am
URBAN ART WALK — STREET ART AND GRAFFITI IN DÜSSELDORF
Klaus Rosskothen, curator and director of Pretty Portal urban art gallery, invites you to see the city in a new light and discover new places during the Urban Art Walk. International as well as local artists have created many hidden art venues in the city beyond the white cube. They combine classical art movements with pop, punk, graffiti or street art, reflecting the thoughts and moods of today. Their works are shown in public spaces, with the city serving as their canvas. A great number of works, including murals, paste-ups and sticker art, can be admired on the two-hour walk. Every Saturday at 12 pm
ANMO ANMO are Anna Friedel and Motoko Dobashi. They met at university in Munich studying art and immediately connected through their shared love for tea. It is therefore not surprising that they opened their own tea shop with adjacent gallery spaces in ‘Little Tokyo’ in Düsseldorf in 2017 and have since been cordially inviting people to join them on their journey through the extraordinary world of specialty tea.
What is the characteristic of a good cup of tea for you?
Motoko When you can feel the power of the leaves, that for me is a sign of good tea.
What does a tea ceremony at ANMO entail?
Anna We try and maintain the established aspects of the traditional tea ceremony — as long as they optimise the taste experience — and give them a contemporary twist by always asking the question ‘What’s next?’.
What is your inspiration?
Anna In every field there is someone who knows more than you do yourself, I find that very inspiring. On top of that exchange we draw inspiration from research trips, art, books, food, literature and movies.
What are your favourite teas?
Motoko High quality Sencha from Japan, Yancha Rock tea from China. Anna Pu Erh tea — pressed tea cakes, which ferment over time, similar to wine.
With whom, dead or alive, would you like to go for a beer in Düsseldorf?
Anna Well, as I don’t drink alcohol ... I would say I would have a tea in one of the tiny pubs in the Old Town. What an outrageous sacrilege! In fact, let’s just grab a table and invite people like Xavier Dolan, Tony Leung, Liao Yiwu, Lu Yu, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Byung-Chul Han, Bruce Lee, Agnes Martin, Eva Hesse and Allen Ginsberg.
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Motoko I would take my grandchildren.
What would you talk about?
Motoko About how it all started with ANMO… Anna There would be loads of subjects to discuss, but probably it would be about beauty, truthfulness, democracy, values, courage and time.
Are there any places in Düsseldorf that inspire you in your work?
Motoko There are several places, which have been created by people who deliberately want to showcase their own style. I enjoy being in these kinds of shops, cafés and places as I can feel the character of the individual owner. Anna Oh, there are quite a lot. Düsseldorf is packed, from my favourite restaurants and cafés to the city’s museums, but also the open spaces near the Rhine and the scenery of the Grafenberger Wald.
TEXT MIRIAM BACKHAUS · PHOTO SABRINA WENIGER
NAME MOTOKO DOBASHI AGE 43 JOB ARTIST, TEA STORE OPERATOR PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ART ACADEMY MUNICH ANMO-ART-CHA.COM MOTOKODOBASHI.COM
NAME ANNA FRIEDEL AGE 39 JOB ARTIST, SHOP OWNER PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ART ACADEMY MUNICH (SCULPTURE) ANMO-ART-CHA.COM
GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHY ROBIN HARTSCHEN · TEXT KATJA HÜTTE
When visiting the Bonsai-Werkstatt in Düsseldorf-Hamm, visitors are greeted by a large lilac tree with white umbels that captivate the senses through their enticing scent. It’s far from a bonsai, but beautiful nevertheless. Those who wander through the open-air environment of the bonsai museum will, by all means, find bonsai-lilac, amongst many other things. It is peaceful here. Birds twitter and the leaves of trees flutter in the wind. Museum founder Werner M. Busch is a true original. Already his paternal grandmother has her roots in a farm located here. In this special place, Busch founded the Bonsai-Werkstatt 34 years ago to create a meeting point for bonsai enthusiasts. After reading an article about bonsais at the age of 18, the biologist immediately thought: “I have to try this”. He looked for small plants and trees, then got going. In Germany, there was little information available on the topic but as it is evident here, it all worked out well. 50 young plants made the start; some can still be admired in Hamm today. On the educational trail of the bonsai museum, visitors learn that bonsais originally come from China, where they flourished in miniature landscapes as early as 200 BC. It was not until 1200 AD that they made their way to Japan, where initially only princes and samurais cultivated them. At the beginning of the 20th century, bonsais finally arrived in Europe.
â€œAround 1000 animals live in a tree, whereas approximately 20 live in a bonsai.â€?
“You start with a Japanese tree”, explains Busch. For him, it was a Japanese maple. He soon realized that those who travel from Japan to the Rhine want to see Western species cultivated as bonsai, so he readjusted accordingly. Good for him, seeing that native trees are much easier to take care of after all. Today, a variety of local tree types can be found in the museum and its workshop, including beeches, oaks, junipers, as well as cherry and grabapple trees. Most grow on flat plates, others are planted directly in the ground. Importantly, a bonsai is much more than a small tree. “It should have the character and look of a very old plant — a veteran”, says Busch. This is why a good bonsai always looks much older than it actually is. To achieve this, the bonsai has to be cut back regularly, as the pruning will allow for stronger branching. If the branch of a tree holds five large leaves, for a bonsai it is 50. Nutrients have to be divided among these many leaves, which is why bonsais remain so small.
Even a wisteria has been turned into a bonsai by Busch. Rescued from a house demolition, it now stands on a gnarled tree trunk from which its typical paleviolet floral clusters hang down. Some may find it tempting to place a bonsai inside the living room, but even the brightest of all spaces is not bright enough. Indeed, the side of the bonsai which isn’t exposed to light will eventually become stunted. Not only will the leaves become very tender, but the tree will require extra water and be more susceptible to pests. “Trees want the sun”, Busch explains. Hence, bonsais belong outside.
Bonsais make it possible to look at a tree up close. The cycle of the seasons can be witnessed directly through them, which is precisely what fascinates Werner Busch. As a biologist, he is also interested in the animals that live in his small trees. “Around 1000 animals live in a tree, whereas approximately 20 live in a bonsai.” Birds to not dare to nest in the Bonsai-Werkstatt because there are simply too many people. However, a swarm of bees has settled down here once before. “I then re-accommodated the bees into a hive”, says the bonsai expert. “I’m a beekeper too”.
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Even climate change doesn’t stop at beeches, oaks, lindens or elms in miniature format. “They can’t handle the hot sun”. If the thermometer climbs above 40 degrees centigrade, Busch stretches shade nets over his green protégés to keep them from excessive sweating.
Finally, Werner Busch presents his favourite bonsai, a small pine with a filigreecurved trunk. It’s been his companion since 1988, pruned along Japanese lines with only a few branches. To him this pine bonsai is particularly endearing “because it exudes elegance and lightness”. Werner Busch has long been affected by the rhythm of his bonsais. By the tranquility they radiate. “You can relax here”, he says. “I don’t need anything else”.
Just a stone’s throw from Düsseldorf Central Station, in Little Tokyo, the me and all hotel düsseldorf welcomes you with its awesome R4-Café-Barberspot-CoworkingArea-And-Chill-Out-Lobby, where locals and visitors come together effortlessly in that vibrant city buzz. The incredibly beautiful view from the Event Lounge on the 11th floor, where you can celebrate a fabulous breakfast and enjoy the culinary art of Anthony’s kitchen in a loveable open house spirit, is literally your icing on the me and all hotel düsseldorf cake. Just a stroll from the city center, at the me and all hotel düsseldorf you will find everything you need: Snug cozy rooms, spaces to meet friends, space to work, and space to relax. A second me and all hotel in Düsseldorf-Oberkassel is set to open in early 2020 on the other side of the river Rhine. Great sparkling accents, goldish-crystal clarity, casual-pomp, colourful flowery, redefined luxury in homey-local atmosphere. Feeling at home is easy at me and all hotels.
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EKTKE STUDIO The accessory and jewellery brand EKTKE STUDIO consists of the sisters Elisa and Theresa Kudlek. The brand name combines the first names and surname of both sisters, completed by the letter “E”. This stylistic device illustrates the character and symmetry of the brand. After their A-levels the two sisters initially followed different career paths. But a similar understanding of aesthetics and a shared sensitivity with regards to materials was a solid foundation for working together. It is important to both of them that their products are contemporary, yet don’t merely follow fads. In 2017 Elisa and Theresa finally launched EKTKE STUDIO.
How do you divide the work between each other?
Each of us looks after different areas of the business. Theresa is responsible for the making of our products. Elisa looks after the business side of things. However, we are both involved in all creative decisions with regards to choice of materials and the visual feel and design of our products.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Frequently, the creative process starts with the actual material. We enjoy experimenting with different materials, combining visually different characteristics and textures and letting this be the inspiration for the design of our products. We do, however, also love the aesthetics and lifestyle of bygone decades, which is why we find inspiration at flea markets and in vintage pieces. This inspiration is then translated into our own language of form by reduction and abstraction.
What is it like to work together being sisters?
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We have had a special connection since early childhood and with EKTKE STUDIO we have made our dream of our own brand a reality. We understand each other without the need for words and share the same understanding of aesthetic. This means when one of us has an idea, the other one immediately understands what it is about. It also helps to share the same kind of humour, especially during stressful times. It is highly enjoyable to experiment together and to create, which takes us back to our childhood. We are very grateful that we have been able to share experiences and support each other. When you experience setbacks you bounce back much easier when it is the two of you and to share success makes it even sweeter.
Elisa, you yourself don’t work or live in Düsseldorf. How do you work together considering the distance and how do you maintain regular communication?
Elisa As we are very close to each other we talk almost every day any way, irrespective of business concerns. We keep each other up to date and discuss things related to running the business. Each of us has areas we work independently in, but we do try to get together as much as possible. It is especially important to meet in person and work together when it comes to the creative development, to choose materials and come up with new ideas.
With whom, dead or alive, would you like to go for an Altbier in Düsseldorf? Most definitely with our grandma Helga, who is not with us anymore.
What would you talk about?
About everything under the sun. She was a very creative person and she would have liked to see what we are doing nowadays.
TEXT OLE SPÖTTER · PHOTO KRISTINA FENDESACK
NAME THERESA KUDLEK AGE 30 JOB DESIGNER PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION GOLDSMITH, JEWELLERY AND PRODUCT DESIGNER NAME ELISA KUDLEK AGE 32 JOB DESIGNER PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION TAILOR, FASHION DESIGNER EKTKE-STUDIO.COM
WHERE TO … SHOP
When thinking of Düsseldorf ’s export hits, instantly Königsallee comes into mind. Being a renowned address for those seeking the pleasures of high-end shopping, its power of attraction keeps pulling an international crowd into its wellpolished boutiques. Fortunately, there’s more to Düsseldorf shopping than just the “Kö”. Dare to leave the beaten tracks of this city centre, and you'll soon find a surprising mix of charming local shops, unique concept stores, and cosy specialised stores. So why not catch some neighbourhood shopping vibes? FASHION & ACCESSORIES AEST. Katharina’s motto and hashtag #SUPERNICETHINGS says it all: Concept store for ladies with super nice fashion, accessories and interior decoration
Ackerstraße 127 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern aest-store.com AFEW — STORE Limited editions and the most exquisite sneaker selection in town
Oststraße 36 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte afew-store.com
BURLINGTON STORE DÜSSELDORF Discover the colourful world of socks in Burlington's first store.
Schadow Arkaden Schadowstraße 11 40212 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte burlington.de ELA SELECTED Avant-garde concept store for ladies and gents since 1977
Volmerswerther Straße 21 40221 Düsseldorf ∙ Unterbilk ela-selected.com
FORMIDABLE Wonderfully furnished lingerie and accessories store
Ackerstraße 203 40235 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern formidable.shop
HAMBURG MODE First-class cuts, colours and fabrics from unique labels
Luegallee 42 40545 Düsseldorf ∙ Oberkassel hamburg-mode.com HAMMERMANN Colourful concept store selling fashion, accessories and gagdets for ladies
Lorettostraße 15 40219 Düsseldorf ∙ Unterbilk facebook.com/ conceptstorehammermann
APROPOS THE CONCEPT STORE Luxury designer fashion, shoes and handbags plus a very special beauty department
Benrather Straße 15 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt apropos-store.com BEYOND STUDIOS Mostly Scandinavian brands, a huge selection of plants, jewellery, books and interior stuff
Stresemannstraße 8 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte beyondstudios.de BUTIK Feminine and progressive fashion, shoes and accessories for her
Ackerstraße 184 40235 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern facebook.com/butikduesseldorf
FREITAG STORE DÜSSELDORF BY SELEKTEUR R.I.P.s (Recycled Individual Products) from Zurich since 1993
Hohe Straße 4 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt freitag.ch
IAMYOURS Beautiful bridal concept store with dresses, shoes, jewellery and accessories
Stresemannstraße 3 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte iam-yours.de
MILIAN BY ANNETTE GÖRTZ Avant-garde fashion by German designer Annette Görtz and other brands such as Comme des Garçons, Yamamoto and Maison Margiela
Königsallee 33 40212 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte milian-duesseldorf.de MOMANIA Café, pâtisserie and concept store with carefully selected items
Drakestraße 2 40545 Düsseldorf ∙ Oberkassel momania-conceptstore.de
IDENTITA ITALIANA Premium fashion, shoes and accessories for him and her from brands such as Patrizia Pepe, Marni, Woolrich and many more
Carlsplatz 22 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt identita-italiana.de JADES Colourful, fancy, edgy, punky and cool luxury designer fashion and accessories
Heinrich-Heine-Allee 53 Breite Straße 1 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte jades24.com JIMMY & JO Fashion and accessories in a backyard
Schwerinstraße 21 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort Outlet in Stresemannstraße 27 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte jimmyandjo.de KAUF DICH GLÜCKLICH Scandinavian and French inspired fashion, accessories and shoes, plus a small book and interior selection
Carlsplatz 4 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt kaufdichgluecklich-shop.de
PICK UP Iconic store for punk rock fashion, shoes and accessories
Kapuzinergasse 15 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt facebook.com/pickup78
KLEIDSAM Selected pieces from different labels
PREGO Italian inspired, very puristic German clothing label for ladies. Plus: A beautiful selection of shoes, bags and accessories
Neusser Straße 123 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk kleidsam.eu LANGBRETT Clothing, art and energy for surfers, skaters and urban people
Grünstraße 4-6 40212 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte prego.de
Ackerstraße 113 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern langbrett.com LULULEMON “Sweat, Grow, Connect” – The athletic Canadian lifestyle brand opened its doors in Aug. 2019
ROBERTA THE STORE Organic fashion and fair-trade goods
Nordstraße 71 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Derendorf roberta-thestore.de STYLEALBUM Online shop with an excellent selection of German and Scandinavian designers plus accessories, interior, beauty products and gadgets
Grabenstraße 1 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt lululemon.de MA CABANE French concept store for clothing and home accessories
Schirmerstraße 23 (backyard) 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort stylealbum.com
Achenbachstraße 132 40237 Düsseldorf · Düsseltal facebook.com/macabanedus
TITUS Legendary skate and streetwear shop
Benrather Straße 7b 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt titus.de TUXEDO Fashion, accessories and beauty for her from carefully selected brands
Lorettostraße 35 40219 Düsseldorf ∙ Unterbilk Cheruskerstraße 67a 40545 Düsseldorf · Oberkassel tuxedo-style.com URBAN OUTFITTERS Cool fashion for her and him plus interior gadgets, books and vinyls
Schadowstraße 60 40212 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte urbanoutfitters.com WEYHE Düsseldorf-based fashion blogger and influencer Maja Wyh recently opened her own fashion boutique on Hohe Straße selling fashion and accessories
Hohe Straße 17 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt weyhe.website
EYEWEAR ACE & TATE Modern and stylish glasses from Amsterdam
Carlsplatz 3 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt aceandtate.com HESSE UND HOLLÄNDER Optician with modern styles from Cologne
Ackerstraße 158 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern hesseundhollaender.de OPTIK KITTEL Glasses and sunglasses from Germany and Europe
Nikolaus-Knopp-Platz 1 40549 Düsseldorf ∙ Heerdt optik-kittel.de VIU EYEWEAR Cool design glasses made in Switzerland, handmade in Italy and Japan
Benrather Straße 8 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt shopviu.de
MENSWEAR L’ATELIER MONSIEUR High-quality, affordable basics which stand out due to their quality and craftsmanship and not because of their brand name
Bilker Allee 14 40219 Düsseldorf ∙ Unterbilk lateliermonsieur.com THE BESPOKER Tailoring, interior and lifestyle for him
Wildenbruchstraße 41 40545 Düsseldorf ∙ Oberkassel thebespoker.de THE BLOKE Super-nice custom-made suits for him and her
CASUAL COUTURE DÜSSELDORF British streetwear brands presented in an English pub interior
Pfalzstraße 2 40477 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort the-bloke.de
Bahnstraße 48 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte casualcouture.de
CARHARTT Classy work- and urban streetwear and accessories
DEARSIRS SCHUHWERK Classy welted shoes for him
Mittelstraße 16 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte carhartt-wip.com
Ackerstraße 156 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern livefastdieyoung.de MADEIRA DRIVE Rockabilly clothing and chopperpunk garage
Ackerstraße 107 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern dearsirs24.de
Augustastraße 25 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort madeiradrive-düsseldorf.de
THE GENTLEMAN SIDE A nice selection of men’s clothing made in Italy
MANNS Store for water sports, cordage and accessories. Family business since 1845
Luegallee 130 40545 Düsseldorf ∙ Oberkassel thegentlemanside.com JOE MERINO Simple styles in highest quality
Kasernenstraße 14 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte joemerino.com
LFDY Live fast, die young: Düsseldorf-based streetwear brand
Benrather Straße 7b / entry Hohe Straße 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt manns-wassersport.de
MODLORD British concept store with fashion and accessories from the UK
Lorettostraße 6 40219 Düsseldorf ∙ Unterbilk modlord.net MORITZ WENZ STUDIO Traditional manufacturing and timeless design products
Ackerstraße 155 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern moritz-wenz.de
THE PLACE High-end streetwear and sneakers
Berger Straße 11 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt place-clothing.de
Ulenbergstraße 10 40223 Düsseldorf ∙ Bilk troedelmarkt-aachenerplatz.de
UWE VAN AFFERDEN Menswear store, “atelier for corporate and interior design” and headquarter of internationally renowned magazine “The Heritage Post”
Lorettostraße 35 40219 Düsseldorf ∙ Unterbilk van-afferden.com
LILA MODEN Second-hand hand designer fashion, shoes and accessories including a huge selection of bags
Oststraße 150 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte lilamoden.de PICK UP VINTAGE – SECOND HAND Former fashion store, now with a beautiful vintage selection for him and her mostly from US and England
Stockumer Kirchstraße 61 40474 Düsseldorf ∙ Stockum RADSCHLÄGER MARKT
Ulmenstraße 275 40468 Düsseldorf ∙ Derendorf radschlaegermarktduesseldorf.de WEIBERKRAM
Kapuzinergasse 15 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt facebook.com/pickupvintage STEWARDRESS VINTAGE COUTURE True vintage and designer clothing in a backyard
Lorettostraße 8 40219 Düsseldorf ∙ Unterbilk facebook.com/stewardress RED WING HERITAGE STORE In September 2019, the traditional heritage brand Red Wing opened its first store in Düsseldorf offering their legendary “Made in USA” boots
Hohe Straße 17 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt redwingheritage.eu STUF|F – FINE GOODS “Soul made” fine goods for him and vintage furniture
Birkenstraße 40 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern stuf-f.com
THE VINTAGE STORE Beautifully selected vintage 1950s fashion, accessories and furniture
Bilker Allee 62 40219 Düsseldorf ∙ Unterbilk vintagestore-düsseldorf.de
VINTAGE BROKE Second-hand streetwear
Tußmannstraße 5 40477 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort brokebutrich.de COUTURE 2ND Clothing, bags, shoes and accessories by Chanel and Hermès
VINTAGE PARADISE DÜSSELDORF Second-hand vintage fashion and accessories in a beautiful store interior
Wallstraße 27 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt vintage-paradise.info
Hohe Straße 20 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Carlstadt couture2nd.de
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MADE IN DÜSSELDORF: DÜSSELDORF BRANDS
KÖLT Kölsch & Alt = Költ! The first beer that made the impossible possible.
For some years now, there’s been an increasing interest in regional supply, local brands and sustainable sourcing of goods. Inarguably a continuing phenomenon, rather than just a volatile trend. According to the motto “support your hood” people are beginning to value regional stores and brands vs. global chains more and more. This new awareness is a clear win-win for both producers and consumers. After all, we’ve got some pretty fantastic brands and stores in Düsseldorf. So why not buy something that will remind you of our beautiful hometown? ACCESSORIES CANO SHOES Ethically and sustainably hand-made Huaraches from Mexico
FOOD ’N’ BEVERAGE 734 SPIRITUOSENMANUFAKTUR Liqueur from Volmerswerth / Rhine Kilometre 734
MAEMAE Vegan foods such as juices, juice cleanses and sweets, all free from industrially manufactured sugar, but raw and organic
ABB SENF Original Düsseldorf mustard, perfect souvenir
MADAME CHÊRI CHOCOLATE Chocolate manufactory
ÄHRENSACHE Premium Korn based in Düsseldorf, made in Herne
RAW HONEY Düsseldorf-based beekeeper producing finest raw honey!
BAAS WHISKEY Single malt whisky distilled at Uerige brewery in Düsseldorf
RACCOON Fair, vegan and sustainable protein chocolate
ESDE BAGS Avant-garde leather bags and accessories from Düsseldorf
DÜSSELDORFER ÖL-MANUFAKTUR Cold-pressed oils from fine organic seeds and carefully filtered by hand
ESPADRIJ L’ORIGINALE French inspired products such as the original espadrilles, palm baskets, beachplaids and homewear
GIN KLIPPENZIEGE Mate dry gin from Düsseldorf
HOSEN HELL Punk rock and beer? It’s a match! The first beer by Düsseldorf ’s band Die Toten Hosen
LAYDAY LAYDAY Fair trade and sustainable products such as clothing, cosmetics, prints and accessories
dietotenhosen.de KILLEPITSCH Herbal liqueur from Düsseldorf
SCHMITTMANN EDELBRENNEREI Original Düsseldorf distillery since 1818
schmittmann-korn.de SCHVARZ KAFFEE Local coffee roastery
SKEISAN TEA Finest high-quality tea
SOUL SODA Caffeine lemonade
WODQA Seven times distilled and zero-fold filtered
Luxury Merino Knits for Men
Meet Joe Merino. Joe is a rocking Dutch knitwear concept. Exclusively selling mens’ luxury Merino wool sweaters and T-shirts, Joe believes in quality and simplicity. Joe’s fine woolen sweaters and T-shirts are praised for their wearing comfort and extreme softness. The collection consists of a select number of carefully designed models, in a staggering range of colors. All in 100% extra fine Merino wool. For the man who chooses convenience, without making concessions to style. We would like to invite you to see and feel Joe for yourself in our store in the centre of Amsterdam’s antiques district. That way you know what to expect when ordering your Joe online, from anywhere in the world. Customers outside EU: 100% VAT refund.
DÜSSELDORF Kasernenstraße 14 +49 (0)211 569 40 758
MIAKI KOMURO Japanese design handmade in Düsseldorf
NORMAN ICKING Atelier and shop with beautiful dresses by Düsseldorf designer Norman Icking
facebook.com/norman.icking SUZUSAN Japanese fashion, home and living design including traditional Japanese textile finishing techniques
FASHION ALEKS KURKOWSKI High-end menswear and womenswear – inspired by simple geometry and the passion for the colour black
THE BLOKE Custome-made suits for him and her
BONA BUNI 'Slow fashion' with unique products from India
ELA SELECTED Concept-store for ladies and gents since 1977 with avant-garde fashion brands and store owner Gabriela Holscher’s very own collection
HUMANS FOR UP Upcycling collection made completely of clothes donations and sustainable materials
YODA Contemporary Japanese fashion brand based in Düsseldorf, the Japanese heritage is present in all pieces
EKTKE STUDIO German jewellery and accessories label. Contemporary design meets craftsmanship with a focus on materiality.
GOLPIRA — NO DIRTY GOLD Unique jewellery made of naturally formed gold nuggets. Golpira combines luxury, sustainability and unique handmade fine gold jewellery, mixing bohemian aesthetics with classic references
GALVAN LONDON Evening and party dresses worn by Hollywood stars and celebrities, made in Düsseldorf
JENNA BROMMER Jewellery with a mix of punk, elegance and irony
G-LAB Supreme weatherwear: sophisticated jackets for ladies and gents
IHEART Feminine clothing made from finest materials
ALESSA JOSTEN Young contemporary jewellery designer located in Düsseldorf
LFDY Live fast, die young: Düsseldorf based streetwear brand
ARIANE ERNST JEWELRY Supernice jewellery plus a small clothing line. Ariane’s store is located in the lovely district Unterbilk
MARION STREHLOW Fashion designer from Düsseldorf – exceptional, without being intrusive, special, without feeling disguised
BERU INOU Jewellery with a focus on glass and porcelain
KUCK JEWELLERY Playful handling of 24k pure gold in the form of fine, precisely crafted necklaces, pendants and bracelets with an outstanding design
MARYVONNE WELLEN Authentic limited edition jewellery. The designs of the Dutch-born, Düsseldorfbased designer are clean, pure and best defined by the combination of classic feminine shapes with historical references and a contemporary feel
MAREN DÜSEL Her works are characterised by a minimalist design language and clear colour accents, using classic goldsmithing techniques, as well as modern 3D printing techniques. She is part of the design collective “Atelier Hinter Indien”
MAYA LEWERENTZ JEWELRY Jewellery in silver and gold traditionally handcrafted in Düsseldorf
instagram.com/maya.lewerentz NYYUKIN Nyyukin is the special combination of two disciplines: graphic- and jewellery design that combines technology, design and emotion. For jewellery that fits every moment.
MICHIKO SHIDA Handmade ceramics and timeless everyday dishes made by Michiko Shida
MUTABEL Flexible DIY elements for your wall
RELATED BY OBJECTS Five female designers that work with precious metals and unconventional materials, colours and textiles – a focus on high-quality workmanship
PAULA ELLERT Designer from Düsseldorf with a focus on furniture, lighting and products
HCK INTERIOR HCK creates interior design for spaces, shops and homes
REDBEARD INTERIOR High quality furniture design by Max Grütering and Lennart Efsing
JASPER KONSTRUKTIONEN Creating modern and rustic looks from old to new kitchen designs
TONIES The Tonibox is a new fun audio system for kids — made in Düsseldorf !
VAUST A Berlin-based, Düsseldorfrooted experimental interior design studio focusing on the manufacture of furniture-inspired objects and the development of contemporary spatial concepts.
PRIVAT SCHMUCK & ACCESSOIRES Jewellery made in Düsseldorf, including beautiful rings, necklaces, bracelettes and earrings. The small store is based in Düsseldorf Flingern-North
WUUD Handcrafted furniture, design and interior objects, made of marble, wood and vintage wood
LUSENSA Room essentials — scented candles and room fragrances with natural ingredients
FÜHLICH New natural cosmetic line
NICOLA WEIDEMANN COSMETICS Düsseldorf-based make-up artist with her own beauty product line
Adersstraße 48 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt nicolaweidemann.de
LEVITY PARLOUR Natural soaps and beauty products
MELLOW NOIR Sustainable natural cosmetics made out of coffee grounds
VALLOLOKO Handmade soaps made out of natural high-quality oils and ingredients
LIFEST YLE DOLI BOTTLES Non-toxic, high quality and sustainable glass bottles
METRIPOLIST Design travel guide series combining the inspiring features of a coffee-table book with the practical features of a classic travel guide
MALIZEE Unique art, decorative objects & original paintings by the Düsseldorf artist Michèle Caspers
THE BOTANICAL BY R(H)EIN COSMETICS Botanical beauty products from Düsseldorf
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Laura Posdziech Originally starting out as a journalist with an interest in sustainable fashion and art, Laura soon switched from observational reporting to actively shaping it. After publishing a book with artists interviews, a major fashion company approached the 32-year-old and offered to take over public relations for them. As a next step, Laura founded her own communications agency called Atelier NAAU. Today, the agency predominantly works with environmentally friendly and ethically responsible brands. Last year, she developed HANDS-ON, an event series, in which creative people, entrepreneurs and strategists provide guests with a new perspective on various sustainable and social topics.
Was there an incisive experience that led you to create the HANDS-ON series?
I have been vegetarian for 17 years and vegan for about 6 years. At some point, I thought about the fact that I care about my diet so much, especially because of my health, but also for environmental and ethical reasons, but in other areas such as cosmetics or clothing I was less resolute. I decided to be much more aware of what I was buying, where it comes from and where it is produced. At that time, however, the topic was not as ubiquitous as it is today and it was rather difficult to find transparent brands and products. Tracking them down was an inspiration for me to focus my communications agency on those issues. And that’s also why I developed HANDS-ON: to promote and make us experience initiatives aiming for sustainability within fashion, design, food, … Sustainability is such a new and dynamic field. HANDS-ON shares both the questions as well as the answers.
How do you think communication works best these days?
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Through multiple channels. The new social channels are super important while selected print media or other classic established platforms can still be likewise relevant. It depends on the brand, the topic, the materials, such as video, sound, music the brand works with, the target group, … What is special nowadays is that you can communicate yourself independently from third parties. You don’t need to rely on the press. You can make use of your own power through the channels you choose to play yourself. And that’s what I definitely advise as a basis of communication: to be in regular, maybe even in everyday, direct contact with your target group to tell your story yourself in the best way you can on the platforms that are convenient for you.
Do you think there will be a collective rethink in our society at some point, or are we heading for disaster? I think and hope, there will be a collective rethink. One driving force for a rethink is money. Many companies still see no way to make sustainability financially attractive. I think as soon as this changes, the world could change radically.
With whom, dead or alive, would you like to go for an Altbier in Düsseldorf?
I would like to go for an Altbier with my boyfriend, because we have never done this before, since I don’t actually drink alcohol. So that would be something special indeed!
What would you talk about?
Because we don’t drink alcohol, it would certainly be a topic how alcohol is represented in our society, but also what kind of craft lies behind making beer or other alcoholic beverages.
TEXT LISA DAMBERG · PHOTO MAKU LÓPEZ
NAME LAURA POSDZIECH AGE 32 JOB OWNER ATELIER NAAU PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION FASHION JOURNALISM & MEDIA COMMUNICATION / FASHION STRATEGY ATELIER-NAAU.COM
WHERE TO … SHOP ECO-FRIENDLY
Düsseldorf is becoming increasingly aware of the importance of sustainability. Vegan cafes, organic markets and sustainable fashion brands are popping up everywhere. There is a wide selection ranging from fair trade coffee to ecological cosmetics. The sustainability expert Laura Posdziech shows us her favourite eco-friendly brands and shops in town. STYLEALBUM
StyleAlbum is a concept store in Düsseldorf-Pempelfort. Sue, the owner, has a great eye and brings together the nicest pieces of collections from various fashion labels, cosmetic and accessory brands. I especially like going to StyleAlbum for Nanushka, Blanche and Nuori. Nanushka and Blanche are sustainable fashion brands, Nuori is a natural skincare brand.
I discovered Düsseldorf-born and -based label LUSENSA more than 1.500 km away, when I was in Palma de Mallorca. Back in Düsseldorf, I got in touch with Zornitsa, the founder, straight away. She founded Lusensa in 2017, conscious about what we inhale when we use room spray and scented candles. Lusensa makes room spray and candles from soy wax and all-natural essential oils.
FLINSE Lindenstraße 165 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern flinse.co PURE NOTE Brunnenstraße 30 40223 Düsseldorf · Bilk purenote.de UNVERPACKT Rethelstraße 111 40237 Düsseldorf · Flingern
UNWRAPPED STORES I am super happy about the unwrapped stores in Düsseldorf. They all have a wide range of products. In my opinion, it also makes sense to shop at an unwrapped store spontaneously and without preparation. You can buy containers there, grab the ones that other customers donate and re-use them afterwards. All unwrapped stores also offer sth. fresh — from coffee to lunch and dinner. So, that’s another reason to visit an unwrapped store.
Schirmerstraße 23 · Pempelfort 40211 Düsseldorf stylealbum.com
MAEMAE is consistently good. MAEMAE is a food manufacturer doing cold-pressed juices, juice cleanses, nut milks, nut butter, breakfast and sweets. Everything is vegan, raw, sugarfree and organic. You can order at the MAEMAE online shop and deliver to your home or pick up at MAEMAE in Düsseldorf-Friedrichstadt. I love the beet root shot and the overnight oats in the morning, the green juice in the afternoon and a real joy is the cashew turmeric butter – that works all day long.
I love to go to Manufactum for everything around household, for example, for the scrub sponge made from sisal that is compostable. Further, you find traditional products made in traditional manufactories plus a fantastic café and bakery.
Steinstraße 4 40212 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte manufactum.de FASHION REVOLUTION
The fashion industry is one of the most polluting and destructive industries. Fashion Revolution is an international movement raising awareness for the fashion industry’s most pressing issues. Since April 2018, Fashion Revolution is also in Düsseldorf and organises events around sustainability and fashion. It’s most convenient to follow Fashion Revolution Düsseldorf on Instagram or join their Facebook group to stay up to date.
Schvarz literally is a hidden gem. It’s not a café you stumble across. If you go to café Schvarz, you are on a mission. And it’s one that is worth it. The café is located in a converted garage. Schvarz is not only a café but also a roastery with sustainable coffee.
Ronsdorfer Straße 74, Halle 31 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern schvarz.com LANGBRETT
Langbrett is a surfshop and brand. Everything they carry – their own label and all third-party labels – is sustainable. Alexander Nolte, the owner of the brand, is also the one who developed guppyfriend. Guppyfriend is a wash bag that gathers all the microplastic which comes off of clothing containing synthetic fibers during each wash cycle. I go to Langbrett for a men’s organic cotton t-shirts, hoodies, and the guppy bag.
Ackerstraße 113 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern langbrett.com
Levity Parlour does vegan soaps free of refined palm oil and plastic. Levity Parlour uses fair-traded and organic ingredients. The soaps are for hair, body and skin. While they are made by hand in Sauerland, the brand is based in Düsseldorf.
Eco spa offering hand, feet, face and body treatments for men and women only using natural products. Spatacular also has a great online shop offering natural beauty products.
Belsenstraße 19 40545 Düsseldorf · Oberkassel spatacular.de HUMANS FOR UP
HUMANS FOR UP is a new brand upcycling over production and sorted out textiles. Their first collection is informed by shirts and formality that is literally ripped out. To support the local retail industry, HUMANS FOR UP doesn’t have an online shop. Instead, the collection is available at Roberta Organic Fashion.
When a sophisticated sense of smell and the aspiration of being sustainable and all-natural come together, the result must be promising. And that’s what Valloloko proves. Valloloko offers liquid soaps, soap bars, shaving soaps, hair conditioner and shampoo.
R(H)EIN COSMETICS was founded in 2016 by the two friends Christoph and Christian. The name says it all: Head quartered in Düsseldorf, the company unites cosmetics and care brands, where the naturalness of the ingredients comes first. The products are always of high quality, from the components to the packaging.
Anatoli and Sarina traveled to Asia for several months after their studies. There, they did not only see dreamlike landscapes — far too often these landscapes were covered with plastic. That’s how the idea for non-toxic, high-quality and sustainable drinking bottles made of glass came about. They reduce plastic consumption and convince visually at the same time.
What makes the organic oils of the Düsseldorf oil factory so special? On the one hand, it is the selected raw materials – cores and seeds from certified organic cultivation of producers. On the other hand it is the pressing process. In the spirit of “slow food”, the oil factory has dedicated itself to the gentle “slow production”. Then, the oils are carefully filtered by hand. From now on, the fine organic oils and flours can be purchased every Tuesday at the manufactory in Derendorf.
Spichernstraße 55 40476 Düsseldorf · Derendorf duesseldorferoelmanufaktur.de
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Nadine Redlich This is a tough one. Trying to describe the subtle type of humour in Nadine Redlich’s illustrations almost seems like a useless effort because it is just not possible to fully grasp all the hidden visual layers or the jokes in between the lines. The cartoonist from Düsseldorf, who studied Communication Design, is a master in wordless communication. At most, she uses a minimal phrase structure to get her message across. Reduced to a small range of colours, contoured by a thin pen line, the illustrations are as simple and therefore as good as they can get. Renowned publications like Die Zeit, Süddeutsche Zeitung and The New York Times regularly let Nadine add some extra spice and inevitably smiles to their articles. In combination with the topics discussed, they unfold their full potential and function like a shortcut to their essence, without being any less meaningful. Please see, laugh, and enjoy for yourself!
Would you agree with the mantra “less is more” and why/why not?
Absolutely, I love working within self-set boundaries and the challenge to find a solution on how to communicate an idea the best way within that restriction. Besides, I have an obsessive tendency, so if I wouldn’t limit myself, I wouldn’t have finished any of my books.
What do you do if you lack inspiration/ideas get stuck? And how do you deal with working under pressure?
If there’s a lack of inspiration, I procrastinate until the pressure is unbearable and I have to produce results. So far this has always worked out for me, but every time I think: You’ve totally fucked it up this time, I’m not going to come up with anything.
Can it sometimes be hard to be funny?
No, not in my drawings. The more depressed I am, the funnier the characters get.
How important do you find (black) humour when communicating with people? What do you think is your genre’s “superpower”?
I find humour and colourful drawings are the best way for dealing with difficult topics, without depressing anyone. If you would cut out the jokes and colour in my drawings, they’d look like farewell letters.
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How did you experience the development of your own style?
I’ve always drawn lumpy characters but over time, they became more simple. I’ve also dropped detailed colouring as it was too time-consuming, but I’d never dismiss my Indian ink and quill, although it would save me at least three additional steps.
Have you ever dreamed in cartoon-style?
No, I don’t think so. My bigger problem is that I rather tend to abstract, while being wide awake.
Was it ever an option for you to leave Düsseldorf? Why did you stay? I’ve tried, but I can’t shit anywhere but home.
With whom, dead or alive, would you like to go for an Altbier in Düsseldorf?
Martin Kippenberger (“And what you have left over now, we’re also gonna drink!”)
What would you talk about?
About not being able to cut off an ear everyday
TEXT LISA DAMBERG · PHOTO SABRINA WENIGER
NAME NADINE REDLICH AGE 35 JOB CARTOONIST PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COMMUNICATION DESIGN NADINEREDLICH.DE
WHERE TO … BUY NICE THINGS
Shopping is known to be a cure for many things — at least when applied in healthy doses. After all: is there anything more satisfying than finally finding your long dreamed of musthave? That it-bag you’ve been flirting with for a while, that piece of furniture you’ve been scouting for in various interior mags or that original art print that will give your apartment its finishing touch. Luckily, Düsseldorf has quite some hidden gems in terms of shopping addresses, all ready to be noted in your little black book.
Colourful silkscreen art plus cool design and interior accessories
Berger Straße 18 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt schee.net
THE GOLDEN RABBIT
Unique gardening concept store with beautifully selected items
Ackerstraße 159 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern the-golden-rabbit.de
Hohe Straße 6 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt selekteur.com
HAB + GUT
Nice gifts, interior accessories and design products for both young and old
Neusser Straße 115a 40219 Düsseldorf habundgut.com KYOTO
BEAUTIFUL STUFF & DESIGN ITEMS
THE BIRD WHO TOLD
ANMO Japanese tea and art
Düsselstraße 52 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk thebirdwhotold.de
Bendemannstraße 18 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte anmo-art-cha.com CUCINA
Great selection of modern and traditional items for the kitchen
Carlsplatz 24 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt cucina-duesseldorf.de
Design and graphic concept store
Japanese interior accessories
Immermannstraße 26 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte kyoto-japan.de MANUFACTUM Traditional products made in traditional manufactories plus a fantastic café, bakery and fromagerie
Printer, graffiti and streetwear items
Ackerstraße 191 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern diedruckbar.de
Steinstraße 4 40212 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte manufactum.de RIKIKI. GRAFIK & PRODUKT.
Amazing graphic design and design concept store
Hermannstraße 36 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern shop-rikiki.de ROTHBILD
General store for design, illustration and beautiful things
Ackerstraße 215 40235 Düsseldorf · Flingern rothbild.de
SELEKTEUR Cool concept store for timeless classic products and papeterie from European manufacturers
Interior and kitchen accessories
Benrather Straße 18-20 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt torquato.de TUBE
Well assorted art supply store right next to the Kunstakademie
Mühlengasse 3 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt artservice-tube.de SCHICKE MÜTZE
Bike repair, café and shop
Talstraße 22-24 40217 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk schickemuetze.de UNTERHALTUNG LIEBLINGSSTÜCKE
Beautiful gifts, favourite pieces and fashion for the whole family
Ackerstraße 161 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern unterhaltung-lieblingsstuecke.de VASELINE Bizarre and colourful treasures, toys, accessories and interior stuff
Wallstraße 35 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt facebook.com/ vaseline.duesseldorf
MÜLLER & BÖHM
Bolkerstraße 53 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt literaturmueller.de
BLOOMBOX Lindenstraße 150 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern bloombox-duesseldorf.de
Book shop in the house of Heinrich Heine’s birth
SODA BOOKS Gift shop at the museum NRW-Forum with a great design book and magazine collection
BOOKS ANTIQUARIAT KAMAS Antiquarian bookseller for old Düsseldorf books
Leopoldstraße 35 40211 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte BOOKSTORE NIPPON Japanese bookseller
Immermannstraße 53 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte bookstorenippon.jis.de C.O.M. COMICS
Mangas, comic books and more
Oststraße 59 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte comcomics.de DER BÜCHER OBER
Great book selection and some second-hand or remaining stock copies
Ehrenhof 2 40479 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort sodabooks.com
Best selection of international magazines and books, located in the main station building
BLUMEN F.U.S.S. Oststraße 61 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte blumen-fuss.de BLUMENHAUS AM HOFGARTEN Kaiserstraße 36 40479 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte blumenhaus-am-hofgarten.de
Books and assorted goods
Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 14 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte
Schwerinstraße 6 40447 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort superschoen.de/varia-vardar
HEINRICH HEINE ANTIQUARIAT
Good sorted antiquarian bookseller in a historic building
Citadellstraße 9 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt heineantiquariat.de
WALTHER KÖNIG A great selection of design, art, photography, philosophy, architecture books In der Kunsthalle Grabbeplatz 5 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt buchhandlungwalther-koenig.de
HOLLMANN BUCH & PRESSE
Mags, books and tickets, several outlets e.g. at Kö-Galerie, Schadowarkaden, HeinrichHeine-Allee and Airport
Find ’em all at hollmann-duesseldorf.de
CARLSPLATZ One of the most beautiful and largest selection of flowers and plants — at various stalls carlsplatz-markt.de
DORNRÖSCHEN Schadowstraße 11 40212 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte dorn-roeschen.com GREEN NOTE Hermannstraße 64 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern greennote-plants.com FIORI Josephinenstraße 11 40212 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte fiori-blumenstylisten.de
Steinstraße 34 40210 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte buecher-ober.de MAYERSCHE
FLORAS TÖCHER Lindenstraße 214 40235 Düsseldorf · Flingern floras-toechter.de
Königsallee 18 40212 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte mayersche.de
LOVE YOUR PLANTS Brunnenstraße 7 40223 Düsseldorf · Bilk love-your-plants.com
Largest book store in town with books, magazines and gifts on five floors
MICHELS BLUMEN Bilker Allee 52 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk michels-blumen.de
Scandinavian design and interior brand
Breite Straße 7 40213 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte bolia.com PURE DÜSSELDORF Luegallee 104 Wilhelm Marx Haus 40545 Düsseldorf · Oberkassel pure-duesseldorf.de TANNENDIELE Tannenstraße 15 40476 Düsseldorf · Derendorf facebook.com/tannendiele VARDI FLOWERS Münsterstraße 9 40477 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort vardiflowers.de VICTOR BREUER Prinz-Georg-Straße 114 40479 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort victorbreuer.de WILD DAISY Kronprinzenstraße 106 40217 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk wilddaisy.de
FURNITURE & INTERIOR 69 M2
FARROW & BALL
Specialist for wallpapers and colour since 1946
Hohe Straße 37 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt eu.farrow-ball.com THE HOME STORY
Home accessories from Danish brands such as HAY, Menu oder OYOY
German brand for high quality home and interior accessories
Ackerstraße 209 40235 Düsseldorf · Flingern thehomestory.de
Hohe Straße 27 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt urbanara.de
NEUREICH Owner Frank has the best taste in choosing cool vintage furniture and design classics
Home of the legendary Swiss design furniture brand
Mendelssohnstraße 3 40233 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte neureich.net
Breite Straße 11 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt usm.com
Great design centre with many different stores for interior, furniture and design classics
Huge selection of Vitra design classics and more
Grünstraße 15 40212 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte stilwerk.de/duesseldorf
Speditionstraße 17 40221 Düsseldorf · Hafen vitrapoint-duesseldorf.de
On more than 1,300 sqm, you will find the most impressive collection of vintage furniture from nearly all decades you have ever seen
Friedenstraße 62 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk wandel-antik.de WOHNSALON
Home accessories, interiors, lifestyle, gifts and everything that makes life more beautiful
Sophienstraße 1 40597 Düsseldorf · Benrath meinwohnsalon.de YOOYAMA
Interior and lifestyle concept store
Bastionstraße 33 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt yooyama.de
Concept store for selected vintage furniture, gifts and design items, Scandinavian kidswear and records
Lindenstraße 186 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern 69m2.de BÄRWALDSON
Scandinavian design classics and interior accessories
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he concert poster on the roadside, the app for hotel bookings, the traffic sign on the motorway or even this magazine are just a few examples of millions and millions of designed things. They all belong to the field of graphic design, which has played a decisive role in shaping the look of our world for about 150 years. Although things were designed long before this period, it was the age of industrialisation that gave rise to modern graphic design. Even political and cultural movements soon became unimaginable without designed logos, packages or books.
In addition to the individual style of the designers, it is especially the spirit of the times that defines the appearance of graphic works, leading to constantly changing visual output. In this respect, historical works from the field of graphic design are always witnesses of days long gone. As a location for corporations and trade fairs as well as a centre of music, theatre and art, countless design works were created in and for Düsseldorf. After the Second World War, the city became the centre of the German advertising industry for several decades. Local agencies created famous campaigns for the VW Beetle or Afri Cola. Today, it is said, that there are around 1.000 creative businesses in the city, from small studios for visual communication to globally networked agencies. Whether digital or analogue, subculture or mainstream, the lively creative scene is what keeps Düsseldorf a visual city.
1 Catalogue for one of the first post-war art exhibitions (1947) — 2 Article of “Überblick”-magazine about the punk scene (1978) — 3 Advertising campaign for Afri Cola (Charles Wilp, 1968) — 4 A brochure titled “In and around Düsseldorf ” promoting the city as a tourist location outside of Germany (A.E. Wuttke/ Heinz Schwabe, 1950s) — 5 Tourist map of the city (1970s) — 6 Record with music from the annualy held amateur jazz festival (Wolf D. Zimmermann, 1958)
1 Poster for a theatre play about the Catholic Church in the Nazi-era. Designer Heinz Edelmann chose a combination of a cross and a swastika, which resulted in a protest march against the poster after it was released. (Heinz Edelmann, 1965) — 2 One of the many fantastic posters for trade fairs held in Düsseldorf with abstract graphics to promote industrial topics. (Wolf D. Zimmermann, 1962) — 3 Great design for great art: For many years, the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf worked with graphic designer Walter Breker on art exhibition announcements. (Walter Breker, 1971)
1 Pins for the election campaign of the then soon-to-be German chancellor Helmut Schmidt (ARE/Helmut Schmidt, 1974) — 2 Beer mat for Schlösser Alt (1970s) — 3 “Oetz” self-published magazine by design students (Helmut Schmidt-Rhen & Students, 1981) — 4 Brochure for the local arts and crafts school (Werner Brand, 1954) — 5 Corporate design manual for the University of Applied Sciences (Helmut Schmidt-Rhen & Students, 1978) — 6 Brochure for a cosmetic fair (1974) — 7 Logo designs for local art institutions (Walter Breker, 1960s) — 8 “Überblick” city magazine (1978/1985) — 9 “Düsseldorf for beginners” book (Heinz Edelmann, 1966) — 10 Scribbles for the first postwar logotype of Messe Düsseldorf (Walter Müller, 1947) — 11 Brochure announcing the new public transportation union VRR (1980)
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Ben Mathis Ben describes himself as a Düsseldorfer who never had any wanderlust. Perhaps he and the city entered into a fruitful interaction — the city becomes a canvas and when the cityscape changes, his art also changes and vice versa. The place to which he feels most connected is Kiefernstraße, where he has collaborated on three house facades. The talented sprayer, who now also works with multimedia, has thus become a real luminary in Düsseldorf and the surrounding area. For him, urban expression remains the best and unfiltered way of making art accessible to the public. After all, we don’t live in a museum, but in a city, so this is where art belongs.
What inspired you to start spray painting back then?
I discovered spray painting in the 8th or 9th grade, by having a few graffiti kids in class. We discovered graffiti as a medium together and took the school completely apart. At some point, the school was too small of course and then we tried it somewhere else. We went to the tracks by bike, painted the first bridges and were out all night. Thus, one thing led to another.
When did your spray painting developed more towards art?
You can find a lot in graffiti, some are looking for adventure, some want to express themselves creatively, other people just have a destructive streak and use paint for it. I was one of those people who wanted to be creative and in the long run, the time for such secret actions was a bit too limited for me to really unfold. Over time, I began to exhaust the technical possibilities of the spray can. Then, of course, I had the idea that you could do this legally, small orders came in, so I sprayed something on canvas that I was able to sell, and everything developed from there.
How political or purely visual is your work?
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I try to avoid taking a stand directly. I find very political art that points the finger rather clumsy. But I like to throw up certain questions by confronting things and using paradoxes. I work a lot with symbols and like it when things come together that otherwise don’t really belong together, that you encounter in everyday life and that exist side by side, almost excluding each other. I try to depict things that surround me, many of which I may not agree with, but I don’t think it would be my job to say what is good and what is bad at all. Rather, I want to sensitise people to what surrounds us.
What would you paint on the White House in the USA? A black spot.
With whom, dead or alive would you like to go for an Altbier in Düsseldorf?
With my friend Andi from the Hood Company, preferably in our garden or in the studio of my neighbours.
What would you talk about? About friends and graffiti.
Are there any places in the city that inspire your work?
All my surroundings inspire me. I look at art relatively little, but I like to be in the city and look around and observe, it gives me much more than what I could get out of any exhibition.
TEXT LISA DAMBERG · PHOTO MICHAEL ENGLERT
NAME BEN MATHIS AGE 42 JOB ARTIST PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION INDUSTRY DESIGN, REGISTERED PHARMACIST BENMATHIS.DE
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Candomblé TEXT LISA DAMBERG · PHOTOGRAPHY TONI BOTEVA
Candomblé has many faces being an electronic music collective consisting of six talented guys in their mid twenties, who create an exciting mix through their different backgrounds and formative influences. Essentialy ‘Candomblé’ is the name of a religious cult from Brazil and its characteristics can easily be transferred to the effect that music can have. Not the gods take possession of people as believed by cult members, but it is the music which takes over that role and magically causes people to dance frantically and get carried away. The music label consists of Arisona (Kashiel aka. Aresona), Jannes (Jay Hoenes aka. Coco Drummel), Aki (AKI AKI aka. 4Boom), Philipp (Insecurity), Gregor (Rasputin) and Timo (DJ Ungel) and has released a few carefully chosen records over the last three years, sparingly too at no more than just one per year. The very latest record was released in July 2019. It is a solo album by celebrity chef AKI AKI and is called Dishjockey. Essentially, Candomblé is many things at once and fits in at exactly that point, where local music legacy and fresh ideas meet and where the regional and international music scene intersect. In this interview, the collective explains how a relatively manageable city like Düsseldorf can increase productivity and they also provide ideas on how to make this city even more worth living in.
“I found out later through Aki and the others that Düsseldorf indeed has a real music culture — and a really amazing history of electronic music.”
THE DORF How did you get to make music and when did you start? How did you all meet? ARISONA Candomblé was formed out of circles of friends. You know each other and hang out — and then you start making music together. This is how this whole Candomblé thing happened. Personally, I believe this is the main thread running through a collective — you do stuff together and from this something totally new emerges. None of this was planned. We have been brought together by a shared interest and feeling about nightlife culture and its diverse music. TD Who are your role models and influences with regards to your music? How easy or difficult did you find it to develop your own style? ARISONA Personally, I feel there was a lot in the L.A. beat scene that was important to me, for example Flying Lotus, Free the Robots etc. I’ve never had any involvement with German music. I found out later through Aki and the others that Düsseldorf indeed has a real music culture — and a really amazing history of electronic music.
PHILIPP Naturally each of us has different musical influences. Although we are all from Düsseldorf and around, we are all informed differently by our environments. We quickly discovered a number of connections though, like things we all dig at the same time. Additionally, there is the time when you went to the Salon des Amateurs for the first time. It was the gateway to a different world in which you got totally rewired and started noticing that there are a lot more things out there, of which you had no idea they even existed. TD What do you like about Düsseldorf and how has the city worked to your advantage? AKI I think I am the most qualified to answer this question as I used to be a real big hater of Düsseldorf. I am originally from Krefeld and when I used to go out at the weekend I was more likely to go to Cologne or the Ruhr Valley area. I did not really want to stay here, I thought the people were awful, totally crap. But then I had to move here to the city centre for work and got to know new people, Jannes was one of the first I met. I then noticed that behind the bold facade of the stereotype of Düsseldorf there is actually quite a lot interesting stuff happening, a really great exchange that I had
not come across before. In Cologne and Berlin people worked more against each other, fiercly competitive, dog eat dog style. In Düsseldorf it is not so much about making a name for yourself. So, one day, I simply decided to stay. (Everyone laughs). I don’t really feel the urge to start from scratch somewhere else. TD Would you say that finding less competition here enables you to develop more freely or differently? ARISONA Everyone works with each other, absolutely and entirely. There are very few moments in which you think: ‘It’s been done before, so that means we can’t ever have a go.’ This way of thinking, based on competition, doesn’t really exist here. PHILIPP In my opinion it is also partly due to the concept of the ‘local international’. The spaces accessible for artists are small and there are not that many. Yet there are a lot of people, who are interested in finding these spaces and to give them a different future meaning. Everyone has their
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own circle of friends, yet somehow everyone knows each other. Everyone aims to make life here a bit more interesting. In a small city like Düsseldorf there is no space for competition. Everyone gets that, we are not fighting each other for something, everyone is trying to make the best of one’s time in a beautiful way. TD What are the benefits of working as a group or collective? JANNES It is a more of a platform that makes things easier. The urge to do something, in whichever way, is present in all of us — it takes, however, different forms. It makes things easier to be able to have a collective as a base or forum. From a financial point of view, too. You can finance projects with and for each other. And you can enrich each other musically. We frequently meet in different group configurations, have a good night out and something may come out of this as a result, without having been set upon or planned. I think if you insist on going lonely warrior style, then your only gauge is your own point of view.
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TD How do you rate the current development of the music industry and do you believe that the special relationship between listener and music and its individuality could be endangered by streaming services, the sheer overabundance and systematic accessibility? ARISONA The shape and form of music production has changed dramatically in the world of pop. There are hardly any albums being released, there are only ever some sort of singles featuring four or five people. It’s simply namedropping, helping the song to sell or be streamed. ARISONA It is a conscious decision to not publish our releases through streaming services or via a digital platform. You have to buy the record so you can listen to it at home. That way you get a totally different relationship to the music. And that is very important to us.
“The shape and form of music production has changed dramatically in the world of pop. There are hardly any albums being released, there are only ever some sort of singles featuring four or five people.”
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PHILIPP We are not romanticising vinyl and we don’t have a problem with the huge number of musicians who release their music digitally. We just do it differently and I believe that this is the way it works best in our scene, the DJ-cosmos. Nothing else would make sense to us. TD If you could make a suggestion to Düsseldorf or the people living here, what would it be? JANNES Generally the property market ... if anyone has a warehouse to rent, then you don’t need to rent it to the first garage owner who comes along, but you could bear in mind the needs of the subculture. AKI Lots of decisions are purely based on financial grounds. What yields the highest tax money? Where is the return on investment the highest? This is the reason why only luxury flats are being built. At first spaces like postPost are made available to be let on a temporary basis, then they are pulled down and something new is being built instead. No one places any value on constructing a building that could be interesting to the people of the subculture. Broadly speaking one could say that the cultural use of space could be better organised.
ARISONA Yes, because these ‘little things’ make up the character of a city, not things like, for example, how sublime the Kö appears. JANNES In general, club culture is discounted as being something trivial with no cultural aspirations.
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Christian Friedel Actor, singer, and director: Magdeburg-born Christian Friedel is a triple threat, who stops at nothing. On stage since the age of 10, he is best known for his atmospheric, neoteric theatre performances. With his striking stagings and scenographic Shakespeare concerts, he has been wowing audiences at the State Playhouse Dresden as well as the Düsseldorfer Schau spielhaus for years. As the village teacher in the Oscar-nominated film ‘The White Ribbon’, he achieved the international breakthrough in 2009. Last year, his band ‘Woods of Birnam’ made the leap from theatre productions to music charts and festival stages (e. g. 2019 Open Source Festival) with their indie-pop album ‘Grace’. By his own account, Christian leads a gypsy life in search of happiness — we are curious where the journey will take him.
You’re an actor, musician, and director. How do you juggle all of that?
First of all, it’s extremely fortunate that I can exercise these different activities and seeing them grow simultaneously makes me very happy. Generally speaking, I try to set priorities and to think in projects. Sometimes it’s impossible not to work on two things at once, but making compromises in terms of time usually stresses me out. If I do projects one by one, they tend to crossfertilize each other better.
By what criteria do you choose your roles?
I care about the figure’s character and whether there is a certain development throughout the story. From an actor’s point of view, in the best-case scenario, the role is a challenge. Does it suit my nature, or is it the complete opposite? Usually, the following applies: The more complex and mysterious a figure is, the more interesting the role gets. For me, other important factors are the director and my collaborators.
With which person, dead or alive, would you most like to be on stage with?
As regards music, I’d like to perform with Björk. When it comes to acting, there are many people whom I find great. For example, I’m a big fan of Meryl Streep — a true character actress!
In your opinion, what makes the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus so special?
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I think that thanks to Wilfried Schulz the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus has succeeded in getting a very wide and young audience enthusiastic about theatre. In addition to its comprehensive programme, the Schauspielhaus also has a very passionate and empathetic ensemble that characterises it.
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Sleeping in, drinking a good coffee at Woyton or TENTEN, eating a delicious salad at Green Karma and performing on stage in a sold-out Schauspielhaus at night.
What are your upcoming projects and plans for the future?
At the moment, I’m recording a new album with my band ‘Woods of Birnam’: ‘How To Hear A Painting’ takes priority over everything else until the release date on December 6th of this year. In parallel, I’m also working on the conception of ‘Macbeth’ because I’ll be staging Shakespeare’s famous tragedy as a play. My band will once again be responsible for the musical side of things and I’ll be on stage as well — perhaps because I have a small penchant for megalomania. I usually avoid acting and directing at the same time, but the idea for ‘Macbeth’ emerged during our Shakespearean evening ‘Searching for William’. In this context, the figure of Macbeth played a role that we wanted to flesh out — but that’s just by the by. The premiere is at the State Playhouse Dresden on the 21st of March 2020.
TEXT MERIT ZIMMERMANN · PHOTO JOACHIM GERN
NAME CHRISTIAN FRIEDEL AGE 40 JOB ACTOR, MUSICIAN & DIRECTOR PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION OTTO FALKENBERG SCHOOL OF THE PERFORMING ARTS CHRISTIANFRIEDEL.DE
WHERE TO … FIND VINYL
True to the motto “Back to the roots” there’s an ongoing vinyl renaissance these days. From a technological point of view, this might seem like an odd backward trend. But who cares, when it’s a feast for the ears, heart, and soul? After all, a classic record is more than just an artifact of former times. Just like a physical book, it provokes a sense of longing for days, when digital devices didn’t have a grip on us yet. So, sit back and put on your favourite tune. These are the places to go to if you’re keen on getting your hands on a great piece of music.
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Flockey Ocscor Creative expression is the lifeblood of Flockey Ocscor. The Friedrichshafen-born artist of Congolese descent is an internationally sought-after Hip-Hop dancer, as well as a musician, choreographer, videographer and spoken word performer. A true Locking legend, he is a two-time runner-up in Paris prestigious ‘Just Debout World Finals’ and has won numerous competitions. Besides his inherent sense of rhythm, what also makes Flockey unique is his poetic approach: By using spoken word in his performances, he establishes new artistic standards that don’t just concern stylistic rules, but rather possibilities and intentions. Dance, poetry and social commentary all wrapped up into one. The result is fantastic.
Was there a specific moment in your life that sparked your passion for dance?
Absolutely! Already as a child, I loved to watch my big brother dance. My biggest source of inspiration was definitely the culture of my homeland, the Congo. Within the community, I was always fascinated by how my family and friends move to music. Here in Germany, I try to show my roots and tell my story through dance.
What does Locking mean to you and how has your dance style evolved?
To me, Locking is ‘Happiness’. A feeling that is difficult to put into words. With Locking, you can express virtually any emotion because there is a lot of authenticity and sincerity involved in it. My dance crew ‘Bad Newz MP’ played a big role in the development of my style. We all dance very differently: Hip-Hop, House, Popping, Crumping — all of it inspired me.
Are there any highlights in your career so far?
It was a double highlight to become a two-time vice world champion of ‘Juste Debout’ together with my partner Sugar Rae. Apart from that, I still get excited when children and teenagers tell me that I’m an inspiration for them. In moments like these, I realize that I’m on the right track.
If you could give aspiring young dancers a piece of advice, what would it be?
It’s key to stay true to yourself. This might be easier said than done, but try to believe in yourself in moments of self-doubt — it pays off ! Another important tip is this: Never stop learning.
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Which artist, dead or alive, would you most like to be on stage with?
Most of all, James Brown. Next would be the inventor of Locking Don “Campbellock” Campbell and Ronaldinho because football was my first big passion. It would also be awesome to reunite my divorced parents on stage. Last week, my mother and I danced together at my cousin’s wedding — that was a lot of fun!
In your opinion, what makes the tanzhaus nrw so special?
Diversity. Without trying to advertise, I can honestly say: There is no other dance school in Germany that offers so many classes, especially urban style. Hip-Hop, Locking, Popping, Waacking, Voguing and much, much more. Besides, a lot of big and exciting events take place here. The wide range of activities is what characterises the tanzhaus nrw.
Düsseldorf as a dance: What would it look like?
A mix of house and electro music. Casual dancing, totally chilled out.
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NAME FLOCKEY OCSCOR AGE 26 JOB DANCER, MUSICIAN, CHOREOGRAPHER, VIDEOGRAPHER & SPOKEN WORD PERFORMER PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COMMUNICATION DESIGN, FH DÜSSELDORF @FLOCKEYOCSCOR FLOCKEY OCSCOR
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Sammy Amara TEXT TINA HUSEMANN · PHOTOGRAPHY ROBERT EIKELPOTH
Sammy Amara is a musician, the lead singer of the band Broilers — and a Düsseldorfer through and through. Born in Düsseldorf, Sammy grew up in the south of the city and is nowadays in good hands with the management company of Die Toten Hosen. With his band, he plays at big festivals such as Rock am Ring, Southside, or Hurricane. According to Sammy, the musical style of the Broilers can be described as follows: “Rooted in Punk, but by now as open as a good swingers club.”
Together with the Broilers, Sammy looks back on a 25-year-long band history this year. But instead of of having a big anniversary party, the Broilers allow themselves the luxury of not doing anything. No party, no festivals. There’s time for that in 2020. In other words, it’s a perfectly timed opportunity for THE DORF to meet the otherwise busy Sammy for a night out in Düsseldorf. Instead of touring summer festivals, he shows us some of his favourite places in town. After a beer or two at Uerige, we have dinner at the Destille in the Carlstadt. Then, our path takes us to Oaks bar and Engelchen in the Old Town — but not before a quick Killepitsch-stopover at Et Kabüffke.
While cruising through Düsseldorf together, something becomes clear quite quickly: Düsseldorf flows through Sammy’s veins. With charm and Rhenish candour, Sammy approaches all sorts of people without any airs and graces. Throughout the night, Sammy chats with senior ladies at the bar Destille, poses for a photo with Old Town punks in front of Pick Up store, and he talks about music to a Japanese punk rocker, whom we casually met at Engelchen. When a drunk Netherlander starts speaking to us on Bolkerstraße, Sammy counters quick-wittedly in a surprisingly correct-surrounding Dutch. During these numerous illustrious encounters, accompanied by plenty of food and even more drinks, we spoke with Sammy about music, gin, the city of Düsseldorf and life (by the Rhine). THE DORF What musicians continue to influence and inspire you? SAMMY AMARA For me, the most important musicians are those, who trigger a feeling of home. When I don’t know how to go on, or when I’m trying to create a sense of wellbeing through music, I listen to Bruce Springsteen and The Clash.
“Die Toten Hosen are certainly also included in my list of inspiring musicians because without them I wouldn’t have started with punk rock.” Die Toten Hosen are certainly also included in my list of inspiring musicians because without them I wouldn’t have started with punk rock. My taste in music is very broad and includes almost everything, except for what is considered R & B, Vocoder, or Autotune-hip-hop today — I don’t like these types of sound. Other than that: The first N.W.A album is just as amazing as Max Richter’s re-composition of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Those are two extremely important albums for me, but they came later on in my life.
TD This year the Broilers are celebrating their 25th anniversary. There must have been many highlights during this time — was there one that stood out for you? SA 25th anniversary — and the Broilers aren’t doing anything! Sick, right? In terms of highlights, it’s often the first times, for example, when we were super sceptical about overreaching ourselves for Philipshalle-gig. In the end, we performed there twice. It was a crazy feeling to arrive at the forecourt of the hall. Later came the first time at the ISS Dome. Naturally, all these special moments
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stay in my mind and, weirdly enough, they are often bound to Düsseldorf. Actually, it’s not that surprising after all: When taking the city train from the south of Düsseldorf to the Old Town as a child, I would pass the Philipshalle and its displayed advertisements — mostly Holiday on Ice, it seemed — and think to myself: One day, you’ll perform there yourself. That’s why our first show there was and continues to be so extraordinary for me.
“And just like that punks weren’t provocative enough anymore, so we cut our hairs and became skinheads.”
TD What was your first concert in Düsseldorf — who did you see? SA The first-ever concert was “Heiter bis Wolkig” at Düsseldorf ’s Zakk. It must have been around ’91 or ’92. I remember it being summer, outside, with my ex-girlfriend. We shared a can of beer and were totally drunk after. It was great. TD From the beginning, punk has been a disruptive (anti-)movement. What did you rebel against when you were young? SA When I started rebelling, it was against my parents — like almost every child. Relatively normal so to say. One wanted to be different from the parents, distinct from the Popper’s youth and all the nerds that walked around town. A little later came the third punk-explosion with Green Day and Offspring. And just like that punks weren’t provocative enough anymore, so we cut our hairs and became skinheads. In this way, we were able to trigger people on a whole new level. We knew what it meant to be a skinhead: Reggae music, anti-racism, smart and hard, well dressed, but still little pigs at heart. At the time, the attacks on the asylum camps in Mölln and Solingen were in the media. It was extremely confusing for our environment and there were
a lot of outraged reactions, which actually further spurred us on. People resorted to pigeonhole thinking and didn’t understand us: Are they Nazis? What’s happening here? But, of course, we thought it was great because, at last, our demeanor was provocative again. As I said, this wasn’t possible with punk anymore. Well, looking back on the nature of
things now: We were 12-year-olds, rather cute indeed. Not that as hardcore 14 or 15-year-old skinheads we wouldn’t have been cute. But we thought we were super tough — after all, bomber jackets came in all sizes. TD What is worthwhile protesting against today? SA I’m not sure if ‘protest’ is the right word, but it’s always worthwhile to make clear what kind of past Germany has. I’m talking about the Third Reich and that it must never happen again. Neither in Germany nor in Europe or the world as a whole. I think that it pays off to be explicitly for something. Namely, a togetherness, a looking-after-one-another, a positive and open self. And what’s also important is to not allow borders to be drawn up again, so past bullshit can’t repeat itself. We always thought: It will never happen! But for the generation after us, this mentality isn’t as present anymore. They don’t know what was going
“I try to enjoy cities when I get the chance to. Then, back in Düsseldorf, I’m a real couch potato.”
down in Solingen and Mölln at the beginning of the 90s. I think that it’s less protest than it is our responsibility to call attention to things and to lead by example. TD
Why did you stay in Düsseldorf? SA Regardless of the fact that I’m bound to my band in a certain way, Düsseldorf has everything that I need. Some other cities might want to projectile vomit when I say this, but for me, this city is the smallest metropolis of the world. A cute little form of metropolis because as a city we are cosmopolitan and have relatively much to offer. The great thing about the city’s size is that you can always reach a cool place by simply going somewhere and walking into any compass direction for ten minutes.
TD What do you miss when you are on tour? SA Being alone. Apart from that, not really anything because I’m aware
that touring doesn’t last forever. We only perform in German-speaking countries and cities so I know getting home doesn’t take long. I try to enjoy cities when I get the chance to. Then, back in Düsseldorf, I’m a real couch potato. TD Can you move around freely around the city or do people chat you up on the street? SA Over time, it’s been happening more and more often that people approach me — but always very pleasantly, never annoyingly. As time goes by, one develops an antenna for such things. But it’s all cool because it shows: The band is becoming better known. When people are polite, which they are 95% of the time, getting held up is totally okay and also inevitably part of my job. TD A restaurant that you’ve always wanted to go to, but never been to? SA For a long time now, my man-
Oh, and the band is also bringing its own gin on the market! All of us talked about gin very early on and we have drunken loads. Even though it feels like the bubble is about to burst, we thought: Screw it! Gin and Broilers belong together, so we’re making our own gin — but only if it’s a really good product. We talked with our friend at Uerige, Michael Schnitzler, and he was a fan of the idea. Together with him, we fleshed out everything over the course of circa a year and a half. Without giving away too much, I can say: It’s the first gin from Düsseldorf that is completely made in Düsseldorf.
ager has promised to take me to the gourmet restaurant Nagaya. I still haven’t been. Kind regards to Patrick by the way. (We usually communicate through interviews). TD Where and when do you feel like a “true Düsseldorfer”? SA I used to live in the south of Düsseldorf and there was this district-pub which was called Westside at the time. Detlev was at the bar at all times — he had a school-kiosk, very charming guy with a strong appearance and always well dressed. For me, Detlev is a real rustic Düsseldorfer and when I drank beer with him, he’d always drink a socalled “sun” — a beer mat with lines all around it, one for each beer. Great guy! Warm greetings! TD Describe the typical Düsseldorf-style in three words: SA When I’m angry and in a bad mood, I’d say: Take a pretty waxed jacket, put on a pink polo shirt, raise the collar and top your outfit off with some pretty boat shoes.
9.7. AT-VIENNA ARENA OPEN-AIR
11.7. ESSEN STADIUM
24.7. DRESDEN FILM NIGHTS AT THE BANKS OF THE ELBE
25.7. HAMBURG OPEN-AIR AT THE VOLKSPARK
1.8. LOSHEIM STRANDBAD
8.8. BERLIN WALDBÜHNE
ROSTOCK IGA PARK
15.8. KASSEL MESSE BROILERS.DE
Your all-time favourite song? SA Tonight: A New Error by Moderat.
TD Are there news, current information or any other things that our readers should know about? SA Since we are not celebrating our anniversary this year, we’ll be throwing one next year. That means we will be playing our own open air festivals next year. Planned is that we’re inviting bands, which we like and with whom we’ve always wanted to perform together. Our new album, which we have been working on diligently, will be released before the summer festival season. Our last one came out in 2017.
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WHERE TO … DRINK
Whether you’re a fan of Altbier or a passionate cocktail connoisseur hunting for one of those speakeasylike places — our city offers a great variety of bars, pubs, and breweries to have a drink or two. You can mingle with the crowds in the winding streets of the Old Town or pull back to the quieter and less obvious corners of town to enjoy a glass of wine in good company. Or even both in one day — the mostly short walking distances between locations make it possible. BARS BAR ALEXANDER
Classy wood-panelled bar with a huge selection of drinks and “cocktail flights”
Düsselstraße 71 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk bar-alexander.com BEUYS BAR
Stylish bar dedicated to Joseph Beuys
Neubrückstraße 2 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt beuys-bar.com
Fine wines, cocktails and tartes flambée in a shabby chic interior
Kurze Straße 2 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt BAR COLETTE
Cosy, simple and classic club bar
Oberkasseler Straße 79 40545 Düsseldorf · Oberkassel facebook.com/barcolette CHELSEA PIERS BAR
Finest cocktails prepared with dedication in a great atmosphere
Formerly located in the basement of Fridas Tapasbar, the bar has found a beautiful new home at Lorettostraße
Kaistraße 18 40221 Düsseldorf · Hafen facebook.com/chelseapiersbar
Lorettostraße 18 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk facebook.com/frtydrps
EISKELLERBAR Wine bar serving wine, snacks and coffee next to the Kunstakademie
GALERIE AM KARLPLATZ
BRASS BAR Great selection of craft beer from the barrel or the bottle
Ackerstraße 49 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern facebook.com/ brassbarduesseldorf
Eiskellerberg 1 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt eiskellerbar.de ELEPHANT BAR
Sixties interior and a beautiful marble bar, cool music and drinks
Classic bar, a tribute to American bartender William Thomas Boothby
Hüttenstraße 44 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt facebook.com/boothby.bar BOSTON BAR (Opening October 19) Hunsrückenstraße 20 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt
Benrather Straße 6b 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt galerie-am-karlplatz.de GRAND PU BAR
Perfect coffee, great wallpaper and delicious drinks
Kurze Straße 3 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt facebook.com/barelephant
Witzelstraße 12 40225 Düsseldorf · Bilk facebook.com/thegrandpubar
BAR ELLINGTON A classic: One of the best and classiest bars in town, near the main station
HERR NOIL WEINBAR
Scheurenstraße 5 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt
Modern sports bar
Delicious wines from all over the world and small dishes
Offers a selection of over 150 wines with a focus on German white wines
Wissmannstraße 1 40219 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk herr-noil-weinbar.metro.bar DIE BAR IN DER SPOERL FABRIK Cosy hidden bar in the backyard next to Restaurant Spoerl Fabrik
Tußmannstraße 70 40477 Düsseldorf · Derendorf restaurant-spoerl-fabrik.de
BAR STUDIO 1
This one is a bit different – cosy but slightly creepy interior, nice music and diverse people
An evergreen and true gem in the (often dirty) Old Town
Kurze Straße 12 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt facebook.com/melodybar MISS SOPHIE BAR
Small cosy cocktail bar
Flurstraße 41 40235 Düsseldorf · Flingern facebook.com/bakioski
Simply irresistible variety and surprising taste combinations of high-quality ingredients
Jülicher Straße 9 40477 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort facebook.com/petitpunch RHEINTON
Cosy wine bar with flair
Gartenstraße 28 40479 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort wein-rheinton.de
Jahnstraße 2a 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt barstudio1.com
Wielandstraße 16 40211 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte frankenheim-ausschank.com
Rhenish cuisine and homemade Altbier
Rustic, but elegant interior and hand-picked selection of international wines
Wielandstraße 54 40211 Düsseldorf · Pempelfort wyno-weinhandel.de
BREWERIES BRAUEREI SCHUMACHER Traditional beer culture and Rhenish cuisine in the really cosy original building of Düsseldorf ’s oldest Altbier brewery
Oststraße 123 40210 Düsseldorf ·Stadtmitte schumacher-alt.de UERIGE
Traditional brewery offering Rhenish dishes in the heart of the Old Town. Best place to enjoy a cold Altbier outside
THE PARIS CLUB BAR
Bar on the 17th floor of 25hours hotel with a spectacular view
25hours Hotel, Louis-Pasteur-Platz 1 40211 Düsseldorf · Stadtmitte theparisclub.de THE OAK’S BAR
Great chilled out atmosphere, fabulous cocktails and just a genuinely nice bar in the heart of the Old Town
Hunsrückenstraße 14 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt theoaksbar.de
Currently one of the most popular spots in town: Arty, cosmopolitan interior; during the week a classy bar, on the weekend a more clubby atmosphere – come early!
Heinrich-Heine-Allee 12 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt facebook.com/sirwalterbar SQUARE BAR Tiny bar with 1950s interior and great cocktail creations
Collenbachstraße 57 40476 Düsseldorf · Derendorf squarebar-duesseldorf.de
Frankenheim brewery’s original company building. Enjoy the delicious Rhenish and German cuisine
Berger Straße 1 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt uerige.de
Ratinger Straße 28 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt fuechschen.de KÜRZER
Düsseldorf ’s latest Altbier brewery
Kurze Straße 20 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt brauerei-kuerzer.de BRAUEREI ZUM SCHLÜSSEL
Traditional Altbier brewery since 1850 with a beautiful terrace in the heart of the Old Town
Bolkerstraße 43 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt zumschluessel.de
PUBS BILKER HÄZZ
Cosy Fortuna Düsseldorf pub and event location
Bilker Allee 208 40215 Düsseldorf · Friedrichstadt bilker-haezz.de EM PÖÖTZKE
Historic jazz pub with live music
Mertensgasse 6 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt em-poetzke-jazz.de ENGELCHEN
An institution in the old town — dirty, loud and rock ’n’ roll!
Kurze Straße 15 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt
KEPLER ECK Football, beer and schnaps — very traditional district pub until late night
Keplerstraße 18 40215 Düsseldorf · Friedrichstadt
KREUZHERRENECKE Legendary pub at Ratinger Straße and former home to many famous artists such as Beuys. Must-try: “Salmiaki”, their famous licorice Schnaps
Altestadt 14 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt kreuzherrenecke.info
“Rock ’n’ Roll Headquarter Düsseldorf ”: pub with weekly live concerts, poetry slams and many more events
Oberbilker Allee 29 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt pitcher29.com
SCHAUKELSTÜHLCHEN Cosy cult pup in the heart of the Old Town
Kurze Straße 18 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt schaukelstuehlchen.de SCHMALBAUCH
ET KABÜFFKE KILLEPITSCHSTUBE Tiny historic pub and home of the legendary Killepitsch schnaps
Flinger Straße 1 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt HOLY CRAFT BEER BAR
The first craft beer bar in Düsseldorf with more than 100 different beers from Germany and around the world
Liefergasse 11 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt facebook.com/ holycraftbeerbar
O’REILLY’S IRISH PUB
Our favourite pub for watching football games: Good food, nice and international people and karaoke nights on the weekend!
Pub with Greek food and Füchsen Altbier – perfect for watching F95 football games
Birkenstraße 46 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern schmalbauch.de
Mutter-Ey-Straße 1 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt oreillys.com
ZUM GOLDENEN EINHORN
Casual cult pub with a courtyard and a wooden bar serves breakfast, bistro dishes, cocktails and giant cakes!
Ratinger Straße 18 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt einhorn-duesseldorf.de ZUR UEL
The history of this brewery can be traced back to the 18th century
Ratinger Straße 16 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt zuruel.de
Classic pub in Oberkassel, tiny inside but with a beautiful leafy outdoor terrace
A true daydream (“Tagtraum”) – legendary bizarre neighbourhood and artist pub
Kronprinzenstraße 69 40217 Düsseldorf · Unterbilk
Düsseldorfer Straße 82 40545 Düsseldorf · Oberkassel
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WHERE TO … DANCE
Feel like dancing the night away? Alrighty, then this chapter is for you! Although Düsseldorf ’s nightlife couldn’t keep up with Berlin’s, we certainly have some legendary places in stock for you. For those who value high-quality spirits but also love great music, bars that offer a dance floor can be a great alternative to classic clubs. Here, both worlds are combined elegantly. Later on, switch to a cosy place and have a so-called Absacker on your way home. Cheers! CLUBS & VENUES AK47
Legendary stage venue for live punk rock music
Kiefernstraße 23 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern ak47-dusseldorf.com CUBE
Alternative club in the basement with indie, pop, 50s, 60s, funk and reggae on Fridays; house, trap and techno on Saturdays and sometimes live music
Mertensgasse 8 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt dascube.de FRANK’S
From Oct. 19 on, Frank invites you to his speak-easy club and bar with live music during the weekends
Ratinger Straße 9 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt atfranks.de
“Lucy’s Sky” is the new home base of the art and culture collective “Hippiesque” from Düsseldorf with a focus on downbeat tunes
Flinger Straße 10 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt facebook.com/lucyssky.club OH BABY ANNA
Tiny club for electronic music with outstanding light instal lation and sound quality
Andreasstraße 11 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt facebook.com/ohbabyanna R25 KULTUR SCHLACHTHOF
Venue for parties and concerts, e. g. the Ritus Underground Shows
Rather Straße 25 40476 Düsseldorf · Derendorf facebook.com/kulturschlachthof
Currently one of the most popular spots in town: Arty, cosmopolitan interior; during the week a classy bar, on the weekend a more clubby atmosphere – come early!
Heinrich-Heine-Allee 12 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt facebook.com/sirwalterbar STONE IM RATINGER HOF
Indie, rock, punk and alternative music at the legendary halls of famous Ratinger Hof
Ratinger Straße 10 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt facebook.com/ stoneimratingerhof
Electro, hip hop, dancehall nights in the club under the bridge
Uerdinger Straße 45 40474 Düsseldorf · Golzheim golzheim.is KASSETTE
Cosy bar with sophisticated live music by various international artists
Flügelstraße 58 40227 Düsseldorf · Oberbilk die-kassette.de KIT CAFÉ
During the day it is a café with the most beautiful view over the Rhine. In the evening various parties and live music by artists from all over the world take over.
SALON DES AMATEURS
Already a legend: The ultimate place for sophisticated music. Arty people and interior next to the Kunsthalle
Mannesmannufer 1b 40213 Düsseldorf · Carlstadt kit-cafe.com
Grabbeplatz 4 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt salondesamateurs.de SILQ
Pretty new club for house and techno with an international top line-up
Mertensgasse 2 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt silq-club.de
Punk rock, indie, alternative, brit pop, electro, hip hop, ska, rock’n’roll and live music in the heart of the Old Town
Kurze Straße 9 40213 Düsseldorf · Altstadt the-tube-club.com ZAKK
Alternative live music and event location with readings, concerts and parties
Fichtenstraße 40 40233 Düsseldorf · Flingern zakk.de
MUSIC & PARTIES
Legendary soul & funk label Unique Records is hosting random parties and live music events
Strictly house and deep house!
facebook.com/backroombasics BEWEGGRUND Electronic parties
Join a little Monday old school hip hop party at different locations
facebook.com/ boomboxblazinmondays BRIXTON INVITES
Irregular electronic parties at unusual places such as Carlsplatz or Fischmarkt
facebook.com/brixtoninv CALLSHOP RADIO
Callshop Radio is an online radio station based in Düsseldorf. Since 2017, it broadcasts live shows of all different kinds of music
Dance parties focusing on electronic diversity
WE LOVE THE BEAT
fem_pop is a concert series with female and non-binary acts. All genders welcome!
DJ Charly Murphy spinning old school grooves and beats
HAUT & KNOCHEN
Exciting open airs and wild nights at ever-changing locations with the focus on deep and tech house and techno
RITUS UNDERGROUND SHOWS
Psychedelia, kraut, wave, drone, ambient and avant-garde
JAZZ MEETS NILSSON
Mondays jazz concerts with changing young NRWbased artists, free entry!
House and techno events in Düsseldorf and its surroundings
When the “beach pirates” throw their legendary (outdoor) parties, nearly the whole Düsseldorf party crowd is coming
Electronic parties at different locations in town
Acoustic Festival takes place twice a year (January and August) and celebrates non-electronic music. Instead, you’ll find folk, pop and rock
It’s all about piano music — curated by Düsseldorf-based Oscar nominee Volker Bertelsmann aka Hauschka
Legendary afterwork party since 2003, every Thursday at Sir Walter Bar
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THEMES FOR GREAT CITIES
Düsseldorf-based record label throwing parties from time to time, not only at Salon des Amateurs
facebook.com/ themesforgreatcities SPAM’S PARTY
Festival marathon with theater, dance, concerts, art exhibitions and public performances during summertime
Huge electronic festival by the organisers of Awakenings and Time Warp festival
Electronic club nights
SCHORLE WARM UP
Festival for digital art and music
Party series with music and wine in different locations
Techno, deep and tech house events
DIE DIGITALE die-digitale.net
One of the biggest culture festivals in the area. Concerts, theatre and circus performances await the guests of this event
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Goldmucke presents open-air concerts, live music and different events at various venues during the whole year.
Live music, flea market and good vibes under the bridge: The name says it all. It’s a street party. In Golzheim. And it’s for free.
facebook.com/golzheimfest JAZZ RALLY
More than 25 years already! Jazz musicians and jazz lovers alike make the yearly pilgrimage to Düsseldorf for this institution of a festival
duesseldorfer-jazzrally.de LIEBLINGSPLATTE FESTIVAL
Annual festival presenting important albums of German pop history live on stage at Zakk
SMALL TALK, EVENTS & OTHER STUFF For the latest dates of the best events and parties in town, visit: thedorf.de/und-sonst-so BRAND NEW EVERY THURSDAY
lieblingsplatte-festival.de NEW FALL FESTIVAL
The annual 5-days festival stands for great artists, special places and extraordinary concerts
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MAG L AUNCH
T H E M AG — T H E R EL E A S E PA R T Y N O.2 The launch party for our first edition was already a grand affair, however, the one for the second edition was even ... grander! We started with a treat, thanks to Düsseldorf Tourismus and Tourismus NRW, by taking a tour around Düsseldorf on the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus. After a beer or two at Carlsplatz to get us in the mood, the red bus took our magazine partners and contributors to the NRW-Forum, where the big launch party was about to kick off. We want to give our thanks to all our guests for celebrating with us, our partners Warsteiner for the beer, SuckIt Eis
for alcoholic refreshments, Carlsplatz and Uerige for giving us a head start before the party, PONG and the NRWForum for the amazing setting, Tontaxi for the sound, DJ Kaspar van de Water (Callshop Radio) for the music and our magazine partners Düsseldorf Tourismus and NRW-Tourismus for all the support! And, last but not least, we want to thank our amazing team and Kristina Fendesack, who captured all the best moments of the evening. Big love! Enjoy the pictures — and see you at the release party No. 3!
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WHERE TO … SLEEP
With trendy and affordable boutique hotels seemingly popping up on every corner, pricey high-end accommodations are getting quite some competition lately. Great design doesn’t have to be unaffordable anymore, especially not if you can abstain from unnecessary extras often found in luxury hotels. With our list of must-visits, you have a wide range of accommo dations to choose from. Whether you’re a fan of cosy hotels with an informal character or fancier locations — be prepared to scout for your perfect hideout for the night.
Düsseldorf is the selected location for the new 25Hours hotel “Das Tour”. The stylish hotel combines French flair and the German art of engineering with a spectacular view over the city. Located right next to the river Rhine, it’s the perfect spot for a short trip to Düsseldorf. Visit the French rooftop bar and restaurant!
Louis-Pasteur-Platz 1 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte 25hours-hotels.com ASHLEYS GARDEN
The romantic, family-run boutique hotel owns a beautiful secret garden with swimming pool. The restaurant serves delicious Wiener Schnitzel and international dishes.
Karl-Kleppe-Straße 20 40474 Düsseldorf ∙ Golzheim ashleysgarden.de BREIDENBACHER HOF
For more than 200 years, the Breidenbacher Hof has been the contact point for luxury and hospitality in Düsseldorf. The brasserie “1806” pampers guests with European cuisine and all other wishes are taken care of with passion. Drink some crazy cocktails in the Capella Bar!
Königsallee 11 40212 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte capellahotels.com BURNS ART & CULTURE
BURNS Art hotel is located in a building from 1890. With its renovated stucco facade, it offers a great atmosphere among history, architecture, design and art.
Stephanienstraße 6 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte hotel-burns.de
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Comfort and design are the focus here: Whether it’s a turquoise elephant walking down the hall, giant peacock feathers on the wall or a koi carp swimming across the ceiling – visitors can discover all of that. No matter if you are here as a tourist or on a business trip.
Graf-Adolf-Straße 60 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte amanogroup.de/de/hotels/ duesseldorf-mitte INTERCONTINENTAL KÖNIGSALLEE
Indulgence and comfort are the focus in the elegant rooms and suites as well as in the fifty nine bar. The adjoining health center also offers massages to relax from the buzzing city right outside the hotel.
Königsallee 59 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt duesseldorf.intercontinental.com HENRI HOTEL
The new boutique hotel houses 79 studios in a 1960s former office building. With the “in-house kitchen” and the cosy lounge, a feel-good atmosphere is created, one that feels like staying at home with a friend.
Am Wehrhahn 86 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte henri-duesseldorf.com
RUBY LENI HOTEL
Welcome on stage: The second Ruby Design Hotel in Düsseldorf is located next to the FFT Theater in a former operetta house. Upon entering, you will immediately feel transported to the theatrical world of the 1950s, thanks to the multi-faceted decor with period-original antiquities. The most famous piece on this former stage was the Faust production under theater director Gustav Gründgens in the role of Mephisto. Therefore Faust’s Helena gave her name to the hotel. Plus: a cool bar, a cosy cafe and a nice outdoor terrace.
Dutch design competence: THE FRITZ is a super-cool boutique design hotel which is rare to find in Düsseldorf. The hotel-own restaurant “FRITZ’s FRAU FRANZI” combines casual elegance with Benjamin Kriegel’s and Robert J. K. Kranenborg’s superior level cuisine.
Adersstraße 8 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt thefritzhotel.de HYATT
If you want to meet some Hollywood stars or the German national football team, this is the place to be. The 5 star hotel offers a stunning view over the Rhine and Düsseldorf ’s skyline. The really huge and fantastic weekend brunch is not a bargain, but worth every cent! Plus: Enjoy a drink at Hyatt’s futuristic Pebbles bar.
Speditionstraße 19 40221 Düsseldorf ∙ Hafen dusseldorf.regency.hyatt.com
MAX BROWN MIDTOWN
Super cool design interior, record player in each room and a cute little bar. Max Brown Midtown is located in the heart of Düsseldorf ’s Japanese quarter and Düsseldorf ’s shopping streets.
Kreuzstraße 19a 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte maxbrownhotels.com ME AND ALL HOTEL
Think global, act local: me and all hotel involves local creatives and artists in its concept. That’s why the sky bar located on the 11th floor often offers readings, DJ or live music. The puristic, elegant rooms with a Japanese twist allow a fantastic view over the town and the Immermannstraße.
Immermannstraße 23 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte duesseldorf.meandallhotels.com
Jahnstraße 3 40215 Düsseldorf Friedrichstadt ruby-hotels.com
Fancy joining an authentic Japanese dinner and going for a karaoke session afterwards? Then this is your place. Located in the heart of Düsseldorf ’s Japanese quarter, it’s perfect for discovering the city. Plus: The indoor rooftop spa with swimming pool not only offers you a perfect skyline view, but also deepest relaxation.
STAGE 47 HOTEL
The hotel is located right next door to the Savoy theatre — maybe that’s why the 27 luxury suites and spacious rooms are named after famous artists.
Graf-Adolf-Straße 47 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte stage47.de
Immermannstraße 41 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte nikko-hotel.de RUBY COCO HOTEL
Yes, we know, Motel One Hotels look pretty similar in every city. But: The hotel is pretty new and you get good value for money with a cute bar and a central location right next to the main station and Düsseldorf ’s best Japanese restaurants and venues.
Immermannstraße 54 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte motel-one.com
Everything is in the name of fashion at Ruby Coco Hotel. The name is inspired by the iconic designer Coco Chanel. Located right next to the Königsallee, it’s perfect for a shopping trip. The interior of the hotel’s public areas is ‘Parisian chic’ with elements of the 1920s and 1930s.
Steinstraße 13 40212 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte ruby-hotels.com
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EVENTS & VENUES
KARNEVAL It’s kinda hard to explain. You’ve got to see it for yourself. Wear a costume, though. karneval-in-duesseldorf.de
Editor’s choice Small talk, events & other stuff
PROWEIN GOES CITY The B2B-trade fair ProWine spills over into the city. Perfect timing for wine tastings, trying special wine menus, cooking courses or vinophile parties. prowein.de SHOPPING
FRÜHLINGSERWACHEN Late night shopping in Unterbilk: Discover the shops and restaurants on and around Lorettostraße. Check out Lorettoviertel’s seasonal events at facebook.com/Lorettoviertel LITERATURE
BÜCHERMEILE Get carried away by an endless stream of books along the Rhine promenade. duesseldorf-altstadt.de
FISCHMARKT A beautiful location, right by the river. On eight Sundays per year (Apr – Nov), the Fischmarkt brings not only fish, but also food and wine from all over the world to (sun-)hungry Düsseldorfers. rheinlust.de/termine
STARTUP WEEK DÜSSELDORF Meet the most interesting startup companies in town at more than 100 events. Network, baby! startupwoche-dus.de PUBLIC FESTIVAL
DINER EN BLANC Wherever it will be held this year (the location is always revealed last minute for this civil-disobediencefoodie-event) – don’t you dare come dressed in any other (non-)colour than white!
JAPAN TAG A celebration of Japanese culture (and a lot of Cosplay) that ends with a grand finale of fireworks over the Rhine. japantag-duesseldorf-nrw.de
FLORAPARKFEST A treat for everyone, especially the kids. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the first summery days. facebook.com/floraparkfest
HOFGARTENKONZERTE Since 1964, musicians from different genres perform on Sundays between May and September in the Hofgarten, turning it into an open-air auditorium during. Thanks to the pavilion near Reitallee, the concerts take place in almost any weather.
PARKLIFE Have a little picnic in the park, meet some people and enjoy good music and food! Enjoy the summer in parks all over town. Sundays, May – September facebook.com/parklife.dus LITERATURE
07 FRANKREICHFEST Our neighbours to the west are famous for their “savoir vivre”. We Düsseldorfers steal that once a year and take it to the Rhine. duesseldorfer-frankreich-fest.de PUBLIC FESTIVAL
DÜSSELDORFER LITERATURTAGE & BÜCHERBUMMEL AUF DER KÖ Listen up, bookworms! It’s all about the written word at these two events. buecherbummel-auf-der-koe.de
GOURMET FESTIVAL On three days in the summer, the famous Königsallee turns into a huge foodie’s paradise. gourmetfestival-duesseldorf.de PUBLIC FESTIVAL
BÜDCHENTAG Day and night event celebrating Düsseldorf ’s “Büdchen/ Kiosk culture” with theatrical performances, readings, art, poetry slams, DJs, bands, or bingo – a wide-ranging program awaits you. duesseldorfer-buedchentag.de DANCE
MALKASTENFEST Annual summer party of the artist association “Künstlerverein Malkasten”. Take a walk in the beautiful park and enjoy music, art, food and drinks. malkasten.org
RHEINKIRMES Düsseldorf ’s Oktoberfest. Only in July. And better. Don’t miss the legendary “Pink Monday” to have a beer at “Schwarzwald Christel”, the big fireworks on Friday and a ride on the “Wilde Maus”! rheinkirmes.com
INTERNATIONALE TANZMESSE NRW The internationale tanzmesse nrw hosts the largest professional gathering dedicated exclusively to contemporary dance. It takes place every two years. tanzmesse.com FOOD
WEINSOMMER A wine tasting event that tours Germany every year. Düsseldorf ’s turn is in August, the location is the Marktplatz in front of City Hall. weinsommer.de
Since many of the dates for 2020 at the time of the magazine production were not finally confirmed, all dates are without guarantee. You will find all current dates, news and updates on thedorf.de
EVENTS & VENUES
LICHTERFEST BENRATH Enjoy the romantic and illuminated castle of Benrath with open-air concerts by the Düsseldorf symphony orchestra, stunning water games and firework. schloss-benrath-lichterfest.de
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KIEFERNSTRASSENFEST Food and flea market at Düsseldorf ’s legendary colourful Kiefernstraße kiefern.org PUBLIC FESTIVAL
ZAKK STRASSENFEST Music, culture, people, flea market, food and happiness! zakk.de SHOPPING
HOHE STRASSE FEST Here, the beautiful Carlstadt in the heart of the Old Town celebrates itself, its fashion, its art and its lifestyle. carlstadt.de FILM
FLINGERN LICHTSPIELE The “Flingern Lichtspiele” is a small and modest open-air cinema festival. Without advertisement, without food area. But with free admission and sophisticated movies. SHOPPING
FLINGERN IN LOVE Discover Flingern’s vibrant store and restaurant scene opening its doors from 11am – 10pm. facebook.com/flingerninlove
FILMFEST DÜSSELDORF A student-organized film festival that incorporates all genres. Only condition: entries have to be shorter than 30 minutes. filmfest-duesseldorf.de SHOPPING
FLINGERN NACHT Support your local dealer: Shopping, eating and enjoying a mulled wine in Flingern’s local shops, bars, restaurants and galleries until midnight. Instagram.com/flingern_nacht PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTO POPUP FAIR Photo exhibition for contemporary photography presenting national and international artists, photographers, galleries, young talents and side events at Königsallee. photopopupfair.de
BEYOND TELLERRAND An affordable event about web design, development, creativity, design and much more beyondtellerrand.com CREATIVE
CREATIVE HIVE “Creative Hive” is a platform for creative networking, inspiration and the inspiration for ideas, projects and businesses organizing various business events. CREATIVE
CREATIVEMORNINGSDUS Once a month, creative people talk to other creative people about different topics early in the morning. creativemornings.com/cities/dus SPORTS
FORTUNA DÜSSELDORF Support your local football team! No matter if it plays in the first, second or third league. Fortuna fans know what we are talking about. f95.de
EAT & STYLE “Germany’s biggest FoodFestival” tours Düsseldorf in Fall/Winter. Check out their 2020 date at duesseldorf.eat-and-style.de
TEDX KOENIGSALLEE Creative conference for spreading ideas, innovation and creativity tedxkoenigsallee.de
DÜSSELDORFER WEIHNACHTSMARKT There are several all over the town, but our favourite is the Christmas market at the Rathaus. Enjoy some traditional (white) mulled wine and sausage. weihnachtsmarkt-duesseldorf.com SHOPPING
NEW HERITAGE Festival for selected manufactured goods new-heritage.de
TANZHAUS NRW Erkrather Straße 30 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern tanzhaus-nrw.de MUSIC
TONHALLE Ehrenhof 1 40479 Düsseldorf ∙ Pempelfort tonhalle.de
MUSIC & ARTS
WELTKUNSTZIMMER Ronsdorfer Straße 77a 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern weltkunstzimmer.de OPERA & BALLET
DEUTSCHE OPER AM RHEIN Heinrich-Heine-Allee 16a 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte operamrhein.de THEATRE
APOLLO THEATER Apollo-Platz 1 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Unterbilk apollo-variete.com DÜSSELDORFER SCHAUSPIELHAUS Gustaf Gründgens Platz 1 40211 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte dhaus.de DÜSSELDORFER SCHAUSPIELHAUS @ CENTRAL Worringer Straße 140 40210 Düsseldorf ∙ Stadtmitte dhaus.de FFT FORUM FREIES THEATER Jahnstraße 3 40215 Düsseldorf ∙ Friedrichstadt forum-freies-theater.de KO(M)MÖDCHEN Kay-und-Lore-Lorentz-Platz 40213 Düsseldorf ∙ Altstadt kommoedchen.de THEATERFABRIK DÜSSELDORF Luisenstraße 120 40215 Düsseldorf ∙ Friedrichstadt theaterfabrik.org THEATERKANTINE Ronsdorfer Straße 74 40233 Düsseldorf ∙ Flingern theaterkantine.de
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