Les Halles: fleamarket "Les Halles"
Les Halles is an former goods station. Nowadays it houses the best fleamarket in town.
Goods are very well and they sell only second hand labels or antiques.
The atmosphere is parisienne.
What to buy: Labels, silver, furniture.
The people of Düsseldorf, like most places in Germany, are very proud of their beers, and pour scorn on the local brews from nearby Cologne. The local brew is also very distinctive, and quite different from the more pils and lager style beers found in most of the rest of the country. The Düsseldorf Alt beer (old beer) is dark, flat, and with a slightly sweet and nutty flavour, not unlike the traditional ales found in Britain, such as Newcastle Brown. The Ueriger and Fuchschen (young fox) beers were very nice examples of Alt beer. Due to the similarity in taste and name between Düsseldorf alt beers and British ales, I wonder if this is more than just coincidence?
Otto Bittner: One for the choc-a-holics
Do choc-a-holics go to 'choc anonymous' meetings, I wonder ?
If they came to Dusseldorf they would have real difficulties in staying off the 'brown stuff'
Otto Bittner's is one fantastic chocolate shop. Celebratig it's centenary as it was created in 1905.
The are dedicated to making very fine chocolates, truffels, pastries, cakes, cakes and other Duesseldorfer specialities.
Nice Cafe as well
What to buy: Can't go far wrong with the Champagne truffels
Schadow Arkaden: Shopping gallery
A nice mall with lots of small and big shops. You will find my favourite furniture shop "habitat" in here!
What to buy: Stuff for your home, clothes, books, icecream ... whatever!
What to pay: Whatever you want. I went windowshopping here a lot but never really bought a lot!
A real French flee market: Les Halles
A visit to Les Halles makes the perfect Saturday morning. The flee market is set up every Saturday in an old railway station, partly without walls (there is a roof...). The athmosphere is very French, there is a lot of rubbish for sale, wonderful crazy stuff, but also very nice old and new furniture, cheap books - and fooood! They have a nice restaurant area with armchairs 100 years old, a jazz band playing, have a coffee after searching the market for stuff you don't need or you realise you always wanted to have...
UPDATE: The whole market is in danger coz they want to start building apartments in the area, but there is also talk of moving the whole thing to a new location - good, but it won't be that close to my own apartment again...
LATEST UPDATE: Les Halles is closed now :-( the new location is going to be at the old Schlachthof, but it's not going to be there for long. They are starting in May. We all hope it's going to me more or less as nice as the old one.
What to buy: everything and nothing
What to pay: depends on your haggling skillsRelated to:
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Better than shopping around...
I like these artists, who have so much patience and... courage to manage to be on the streets for so much time and tolerate the strange glances of the pedestrians.
It is surely a pleasant break from shopping around Konigsallee and the other shopping centers...Related to:
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Jades's: Far too trendy for Sourbugger...
Upmarket and fashionable women's fashions, jewelley,ornaments and furniture in the centre of Dusseldorf. Not exactly Sourbugger's cup of tea, but I was quite impressed by large sofa in the shop that was completely covered in glass crystals from Swarovski.
I didn't realise this monstrosity was for sale. When I asked the assistent she informed me it was a mere 35,000 Euro. Good job I didn't let my offspring vomit all over it then.
The sofa could only be bought by someone with a fair chunk of money and absolutely no taste...Victoria Beckham perhaps ?
The shop was full off stuff desired by those who crave brand names....if that's your thing, then this is your shop.
Killepitch- Et Kabüffke: Yummy
Too heavy food?
Or just a drink.
Try the Killepitsch, a liqueor only sold in Düsseldorf, unique in the world.
You can drink it right in front of the pub. Or buy a bottle beside in the shop
What to buy: It is a liqueor for the stomach. It is mild with a strong end. 50 different herbs by very good treatment to make them to the liqueor.
For cocktails see their homepage.
What to pay: 12 € per bottle
Hittsville: Hittsville Music
One of Dusseldorf's alternative used cd/vinyl/music stores in old town with great prices and deals. Also a great place to find out about local music and club happenings, events, concerts, and what-not. One of my favorite shops in Dusseldorf. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.Related to:
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Konditorei Heinemann: Chocolate made with Love
What to buy: If you love chocolate, Heinemann's the right place for you! Try their speciality; the champagne truffles.... They also sell really neat present boxes.
Heinemann's is a family business with a tradition since 1932. The first pastry shop was opened up in Mönchengladbach, later they expanded to Düsseldorf, Krefeld, Duisburg, Neuss and Munich.
What to pay: Well, that depends on how fond you're of chocolate... :-) Overall, it's pretty expensive, but hey; what handmade chocolate isn't?
Dusseldorf Centre: Shopping Paradise...
Dusseldorf is a bit of a "posh" place, and fairly wealthy. As a result it has some great shops and some really big names - Prada, Gucci & Louis Vuitton to name but a few. There are other good shops in the city centre too, selling almost anything that you could want. And cafes, bars and restaurants too, for when you start to flag a little.
What to buy: What do you want? Every type of shop is represented here.
Real?: Things you can't get at home...
It's a large supermarket, tucked away down a street in the Blik area of the city.
What to buy: Electro Puzzi.
The miracle cleaner for solid-ring style electric cookers! We just can't find this at home anymore, but they had it hear. We almost boght the shop!
We bought all the gear for the "German Breakfast II" here too, at quite a reasonable price, and a bottle of Cachaca to take home to make caipirinhas with :-))
What to pay: 1.7 euro per tube for the electro puzzi, 6 euro for the Cachaca and the rest... who knows.
Great place for shopping
Düsseldorf is a great place for shopping, especially if you are into fashion and luxurious items. In the better economical period of Germany the city developed well and have many nice stores and malls for great shopping.
Düsseldorf is known as the "fashion capital of Germany" so there is a lot of potential to spend money here! Sure, Berlin might be for those of you in need of your own alternative style, but this is the place to go to for all the famous fashion brands and the Königsallée, or Kö for short, is the address above them all. We never prioritised it during our short visit as, like I told Sabsi, the big brands have nothing in my size anyway. Still, just walking around in Media Hafen revealed this fashion event...Related to:
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Früchtehaus am Zoo: It's Fresh!
This wonderful shop has been open since 1902, and since 1949 in todays location, the 5th generation of the same family operate it these days and offer really fresh fruit and vegetable and flowers. Doors are always wide open so it's hard to pass by without buying anything.Very friendly staff, they know their regular customers!
What to pay: more than in the supermarket but it's worth itRelated to:
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wonderful,luxurious, and friendly, the very best when looking for the best staff knowledgable of all...more
We had a very pleasant stay here! Spacious room and hospitable staff, nice beds too! Opulent...more
Situated half way between the centre of town and the airport (well all right nearer the centre),...more
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