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Düsseldorf, Bilk: Eat, see, do, shop

Bilk is Düsseldorf’s equivalent of a hip college town. Families visiting Düsseldorf can charm their teenager with a visit to this intellectually challenging but cool area filled with dynamic cafes, energetic art spaces and some of Germany’s leading academic institutions. Bilk was originally established around 799 yet remains one of Düsseldorf’s youngest and animated areas. Here are a few highlights for visitors of all ages

City Guide

by Ana Finel Honigman


SEE: Kulturcafé Solaris 53
This casual café is the launching pad for Düsseldorf’s creative community. It is the site for exhibitions of emerging and student artists, concerts, performances and lectures. Promising young artists from the city’s leading art schools value this venue as an opportunity to present their work to a larger public, while many respected international artists have appreciative memories of their start in this vibrant, open-minded space for creative energy.

Kulturcafé Solaris 53, Kopernikusstrasse 53, 40225 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 311 9537

EAT: Restaurant Schorn
Restaurant Schorn is an elegant yet cosy venue offering top-tier French-inspired Schorn German cuisine. The carefully sourced, high-quality ingredients and creative presentation guarantee a delicious meal and the friendly atmosphere assures a relaxing evening. Locals’ well-regarded favourites include fried goose liver, perch fillet with root vegetables or Schorn’s mustard roast beef, a Düsseldorf classic. The wine list includes hundreds of options, mostly from local producers. Since the student community cherishes this restaurant as a location for important dates or family visits, a reservation is required to secure one of the 28 tables. But it is definitely worth planning ahead for a seat in Bilk’s best restaurant.

Restaurant Schorn, Martinstrasse 46A, 40223 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 398 1972

SHOP: Tommy Hilfiger
As the international outfitter for fashionable students, Tommy Hilfiger is naturally the most significant big-name retailer near Bilk. Hilfiger’s evergreen effortlessness is a constant attraction for busy students eager for his uncomplicated brand of cool. This local flagshop store provides all the basics for young men and women keen to shop between classes.

Tommy Hilfiger, Schadowstrasse 14, 40212 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 828 5985

DO: Alt St. Martin
Build on the foundations of an older church, this 12th-century Romantic structure is one of Düsseldorf’s oldest church towers. The beautiful building was retained, despite 19th-century renovation of the surrounding structure, because it serves as the triangulation point for the Bilk observatory. It is renowned for its far-reaching and unobstructed views of the city.

Alt St. Martin, Bachstrasse, 40223 Düsseldorf


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