Thinking of Düsseldorf, associations of finicky and high-priced restaurants used to come to mind, but this, too, has changed. Alongside the city’s award-winning restaurants — which are becoming more and more experimental — an alternative foodie-scene is on the rise. And even super-hyped Berlin can’t challenge Düsseldorf when it comes to Japanese cuisine.

A DAY WITH: La Cucina di Casa

We meet Monica Riboni and Valeria D’Amico on a Wednesday morning in Düsseldorf-Düsseltal at Monica’s apartment. The two Italian ladies moved from Milan to Düsseldorf with about 30 other families when their husbands’ company was relocated there.

Kölner Straße – Around the world in two hours

Oberbilk’s heart beats along the Kölner Straße. Starting at Pempelforter Straße, crossing Worringer Platz, past Oberbilker Markt and all the way to Oberbilker Allee — there it is: a road, 2.6 km long, the centre of this vibrant area, which constantly supplies Düsseldorf with new ideas, open minded people and – last but not least – a rich array of products.

Murat Avcioglu

Murat Avcioglu is an integral part of Düsseldorf’s restaurant scene. He has now established his own eatery. Laid back, casual and with an Asian touch.

Antonio Buntenkötter & Torsten Hülsmann

Düsseldorf-born and bred, Antonio Buntenkötter and Torsten Hülsmann sought a new challenge in their culinary careers. After spending more than a decade in traditional restaurants, the two self-proclaimed food nerds…

Market Life: The faces of Carlsplatz

Palma de Mallorca has its Santa Catalina market, Barcelona its Mercat de la Boqueria and Porto the Mercado do Bolhão. And Düsseldorf has its traditional and oldest weekly farmers’ market Carlsplatz. This is not just a great place for buying everyday groceries but it’s also one of the coolest places in town.