On our first visit to Düsseldorf our hotel highly recommended that we try to Killepitsch, Düsseldorf’s own special herb liquor. Unfortunately, the store that sells it was closed on the Sunday we were there. Not being deterred, on our next trip to Düsseldorf we revisited the shop and made some purchases to try to local liquid, in addition to introducing it to several of our friends that were with us that day (sales were booming in the little shop!).
Killepitsch is dark red and is made from more than 90 fruits, berries, herbs, and spices which ripen in earthenware containers for a full year before bottling. At 42% alcohol, this is not something you drink by the glass, but rather as a digestive after your meal. In fact, some people swear by the herbs inside it that it is more medicinal than recreational.
I liked the Killepitsch and was a little disappointed that I had either not purchased enough or had shared too much with my companions since none of my purchases made it home.
The Killepitsch shop in the Old Town is located across from the Tourist Information Office at Flingerstrasse 1. The shop sells all sizes of the herbal liquor along with other wines and spirits.
Since Uerige is a tourist stop of the highest order they also sell souvenirs. There is a glass case from which you choose from amongst the beery goodies.
What to buy: Alt bier glasses and beer mats are probably easiest to transport but there are lots of things to buy including swing top bottles of the world renowned beer.
Senf (engl.=mustard) is one of the specialities from Düsseldorf. One of the most famous dishes from here is made with Senf, (the Düsseldorf Senfrostbraten= a steak with a mustard and onion marinade). So the stuff is called Löwensenf (lionsmustard) and we eat it extrascharf (extrahot). I think it would also make a nice souvenir, buy it in a supermarket or at the special shop, they have nice glasses that would do for a gift.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday:10am-1pm ; 1pm-7pm
What to buy: Mustard
If you are into "different" jewelry this is your place: A small shop in the old town full of very creative and different rings, earrings, necklaces etc. Different artists sell their stuff here.
What to buy: Crazy jewelry made of everyday materials such as phone cards or bottle tops. You also find some more trafitional stuff here.
What to pay: It depends on what you want to buy. I've seen prices between € 2.50 and several hundred Euro.
What to buy:
Here you'll find all kinds of different clothing for people of all styles. There are some of the usual chains with usual clothes and also many little unique stores with exclusive clothes and second hand stuff.
What to pay: depends
A legend! This shop in the old town sells nothing but herbs, spices and original mustard and it also looks lovely, doesn't it?
What to buy: "Düsseldorfer Löwensenf", spices etc