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Speciality foods & places in Düsseldorf

An ever increasing number of expat diners enjoy eating meals prepared with ingredients considered healthier for the body and soul. Besides turning to organic sources, many choose vegetarian or vegan cuisine for reasons of common sense, upbringing or simple changes in awareness. They can have a religious background too, such as with kosher or halal.

Restaurants offering speciality food in Düsseldorf are rather few and far between. While the number of purely vegetarian eateries has been on the rise, some turn to modern Asian restaurants that offer purer meals. Finding vegan is, however, still more challenging. Unique options for an unusual, speciality drink can also be found in Düsseldorf.


Located in the heart of the charming Düsseldorf district of Oberkassel, Salumeria Saitta was the first Italian deli in the city to offer a concept of its kind. Standing at tables or leaning against the wall with a glass in hand became en vogue some forty years ago. Regulars and guests who love pasta, wine, Italian delicacies and a consistently great atmosphere interact at lunchtime, through the afternoon and after work. Photo Saitta.

Barbarossaplatz 2
40545 Düsseldorf
+49 211 552 711


Some expats yearn for unique foods from their country of origin. Others miss their favourite style of eatery while yet more wish merely to eat healthily. Laura’s deli certainly fulfils the latter of these desires, especially for experienced cosmopolitans in Düsseldorf.

Imagine quality ingredients, conscientiously sourced then served in a New York deli style that has become internationally widespread. Many gluten free and vegan dishes as well as delicious smoothies are available in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere.

Carlsplatz 1
40213 Düsseldorf
+49 211 869 338 80


While vegetarian restaurants have come and gone over the years one determined individual has persevered with an even more unique offering. Sattgrün restaurants and cafes present their loyal clientele exclusively plant based buffets and drinks.

Ideal for expats choosing a vegan lifestyle, Sattgrün has established itself firmly in Düsseldorf. Food and beverages are created from fresh ingredients full of the natural taste of selected vegetables and fresh herbs. Free from cholesterol, lactose or genetically modified products.

Graf-Adolf-Platz 6
40213 Düsseldorf
+49 211 165 2972


Possibly the most curious of places in Düsseldorf serves one of the city’s greatest curiosities. A drink brewed since 1858, with 42% potency is created from 98 herbs, berries and fruits from around the globe. It is served here to both experienced and unsuspecting clientele alike.

Et Kabüffke is a dark, intimate and unusual place from another era frequented by regulars as well as visitors. Ordering a drink at their tiny window in the old town of Düsseldorf on a cold winter’s day is also an experience to remember.

Flinger Strasse 1
40213 Düsseldorf
+49 211 133 269

Beaches in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf may not be on the top of the list for seaside destinations. To the surprise of newly arrived expats, the Rhine does, however, offer numerous beaches on both banks with fine sand for walking, playing, relaxing and picnicking. On warm and sunny summer days especially, people flock to enjoy the river.