Small but exquisite – Dusseldorf’s smallest borough is located right on the beautiful banks of the River Rhine. With a more elegant and relaxed atmosphere than the old town, Carlstadt is also home to the city’s most charming old buildings. This little borough, measuring just half a square kilometer, makes up for its limited size with a rich variety of cultural events and attractions – this is where Heinrich Heine used to live, after all. Alongside its theaters, art galleries and antique stores, Dusseldorf-Carlstadt also boasts a range of cozy cafés, cool bars and chic fashion boutiques. We’ve put together this list of unmissable hotspots for anybody wishing to explore this less touristy part of Dusseldorf:
The best cafés in Dusseldorf-Carlstadt
You can spot the bright red facade of Carlsons, located at Kasernenstrasse 23, from miles away. Ingo, the owner of this Dusseldorf café, has truly become part of the furniture here in Carlstadt, serving delicious, homemade food to business professionals, locals and tourists alike. Drop by in the mornings for some sweet treats and aromatic coffee – a blend created especially for Carlsons by the A. Joerges coffee roasting house. Enjoy hearty quiches, wraps and salads at lunchtime, or even treat yourself to a refreshing post-work cocktail in the evening.
Carlsplatz market may not be a café, but it’s definitely a Dusseldorf highlight. There are around 70 food stalls to explore, full of delicacies from all over the world. Whether you fancy sweets, falafel, coffee, smoothies or wine – you’ll find whatever your heart desires right here from Monday to Friday and every Sunday. And best of all, Carlsplatz market is covered, so you can enjoy its culinary delights whatever the weather.
While you’re there, be sure to look out for “Pure Pastry,” where you can find the best macaroons, pralines and cakes in town, as well as many other French pastry specialties.
The best bars in Dusseldorf-Carlstadt
At Benrather Strasse 6B, a little hidden away from the hustle and bustle of the old town, you’ll find Galerie am Karlplatz, a stylish wine bar. Alongside an exquisite wine selection, this bar also serves a range of wonderful dishes, including seafood, “Flammkuchen” (a crispy onion and bacon tart) and pasta. Throw in some classy minimalist decor, which cleverly steers your attention toward the important stuff, and some good conversation – and you have everything you need for a long, perfect evening.
If it’s Guinness, cider, whiskey and Irish hospitality you’re after, be sure to drop by Fatty’s Irish Pub at Hunsrückenstrasse 13. Founded back in 1978, this is actually one of Germany’s oldest and most traditional Irish pubs, and it’s definitely one of the best bars in Dusseldorf-Carlstadt. The high-spirited atmosphere in this very special Carlstadt bar is made even livelier by its table games, dart boards, live music, sports broadcasts and other unusual events.
Shopping in Dusseldorf Carlstadt
Dusseldorf-Carlstadt is not only home to some of the best bars and cafés around, but also an excellent range of stores. Selekteur, which is located at Hohe Strasse 6, is combating the throw-away culture of our society. Under its slogan “Life is awesome”, this store sells classic high-quality and sustainable products – with passion and soul. This bright, friendly store stocks everything from jewelry, clothes, organic cosmetics and household items to decorative ornaments, stationery and children’s toys, and every product is manufactured in Europe and made to last.
Shopping in Dusseldorf-Carlstadt has never been so innovative: what originally began as an online store for favorite fashion items ended up being so successful as a pop-up store that Stylealbum now has a permanent home in Dusseldorf-Carlstadt, as a courtyard boutique. Located at Schirmerstrasse 23, this store stocks jewelry, accessories and fashion items, made not just by major designers, but also by small companies and even newcomers to the fashion world – all exceptional pieces boasting their own unique style, and which you are unlikely to find anywhere else in Düsseldorf.