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.

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.