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Health & Wellbeing


In the globalised world of foods and beverages, it comes as no surprise that the majority of produce is available in the region. It causes some discern to note that supermarkets tend not to reach the quality standards of those in some other countries since Germans don’t wish to pay the price. Furthermore, some expats used to interior designs and freshness of premises abroad feel disappointment at slow progress here.

On the other hand, numerous speciality stores for quality foods can be found and many Turkish dealers offer superb vegetables and meats, including halal produce. Organic produce is widespread in Düsseldorf.

The quality of supermarket premises has improved more recently with better lighting, more spacious aisles and better trained staff. Small ones are tucked into inner city streets, other larger ones on the periphery.


Healthy organic food has a long standing tradition in Germany in general and specifically in Düsseldorf. The term Bio, eco, is an abbreviation of Biologische, ecological, and refers to health products in general. To enable consumers to identify and trust ecological products.

An official seal of approval was developed in 2001. Strict regulations, rigorous controls and high penalties serve to prevent offence and abuse.

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Rochusstrasse 1
53123 Bonn
+49 228 242 526 27


The hefty regional kitchen was never designed to please calorie counters. A traditional local diet includes much meat, thick sauces, potatoes and vegetables. However, late spring sees the arrival of locally grown healthy and light white Asparagus, Spargel, on the markets.

When in season, Rhenish mussels, Muscheln rheinischer Art, prove highly popular in Düsseldorf. They are cooked in white wine and served with typical German black bread, Schwarzbrot.

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Rochusstrasse 1
53123 Bonn
+49 228 242 526 27


Tap water in Germany is perfectly safe to drink. Bottled water is popular, whereby sparkling water, Mineralwasser, is carbonated, still water, Stilles Wasser, is not. A local champion brew has long been a rich, dark beer known as old beer, Altbier.

A famous drink in Düsseldorf and elsewhere in Germany is a blend of apple juice and sparkling water, Apfelschorle. Fruit and vegetable juices are also highly popular.

Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture
Rochusstrasse 1
53123 Bonn
+49 228 242 526 27


Kiosks are a longstanding tradition in Germany and are invaluable to local residents at certain times. Tucked into side streets or off main roads, they are able to fulfil many spontaneous requirements across the city of Düsseldorf.

Larger shops and stores nowadays open longer, while fuel stations provide many goods out of normal shopping hours. Even so, these convenience stores normally offer drinks, alcohol, snacks and a small selection of edible items to their faithful clients.


For expat consumers that enjoy the alternative, an opportunity to purchase delicious and fresh produce at an open air market is available across the whole of Düsseldorf.

Market stalls and stands can be found on certain days of the weeks in most districts. Permanent markets open every day include highly popular Carlsplatz.

Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf
Amt für Umwelt- und Verbraucherschutz
Ulmenstrasse 215
40468 Düsseldorf
+49 211 899 3227

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