Düsseldorf, with its lively, bustling centre, has a thriving café culture. Coffee shops and cafés line the cobbled streets of the historic old town, and the city’s modern delis are equally alluring.
Coffee was introduced into Germany in the late 17th century, when coffeehouses began to become popular across Europe, and Germany has since become a nation of coffee lovers, well known for the tradition of kaffee und kuchen: a cup of coffee accompanied by cake. Kaffee und kuchen makes the perfect excuse to pause for afternoon refreshment, just like the locals.
Maybe you’re a coffee connoisseur who can instantly taste the difference between the various classic roasts. Perhaps you prefer a refreshing cup of exotic herbal tea or are looking for a more substantial snack or lunch. There is a café to suit you in Düsseldorf; so relax, enjoy, and watch the world go by.
The cakes and desserts at Patisserie Passion are as beautiful to look at as they are delicious to taste. Guests can watch the bakers at work in the open-plan kitchen as they relax in the café; all products here are made using the finest ingredients, including top-quality fruit purees and chocolate. There are delicious, healthy breakfasts on the menu, including a sharing platter for two, and wraps and quiches at lunchtime, but it’s the elegant patisserie, including petits fours, eclairs and French-style macaroons, that really takes centre stage. Enjoy your selection with a warming drink from the extensive choice of coffees, teas and hot chocolate. If you have a little extra time to spare, baking and chocolate-making courses are available.
Patisserie Passion, Kaiserstrasse 34A, 40479 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 1783 5563
Expect to spot the city’s hip crowd hanging out at Café Hüftgold. Freshly brewed coffee, home-baked cakes and a tranquil atmosphere make it no surprise that this café is popular among locals. Stop here for a bite to eat at lunch time and select from a range of sandwiches and ‘toasties’ on organic rye bread. Delicious German flammkuchen (savoury tarts) also feature on the menu. The open-plan dining area has an array of charmingly mismatched wooden tables and chairs. The café’s tempting selection of flavoured teas includes green tea with rose petals, and hibiscus fruit tea with papaya, pineapple and mango. Café Hüftgold stays open until 10pm at the weekend.
Café Huftgold, Ackerstrasse 113, 40233 Düsseldorf
For some of the best coffee in Düsseldorf, be sure to check out Die Kaffee. Owner Olga Sabristova is an award-winning master barista who specialises in roasting and brewing. She serves over 20 different coffee varieties, in different strengths and with very different flavours; after sampling the wide menu, you can buy a bag of coffee beans to take home with you. For connoisseurs, the unusual Liberica roast is on offer alongside the more widely available Arabica and Robusta varieties.
Die Kaffee, Schwerinstrasse 23, 40477 Dusseldorf, +49 (0)211 9771 1420
Annette Leurs started her cupcake business in 2008 and her confections have certainly proved popular: she introduced the cupcake café to Düsseldorf, and there are now two branches of Sugarbird Cupcakes in the city, plus a third in the neighbouring town of Dormagen. Her recipes are less sweet than the usual American-style cupcake and draw on lighter ingredients such fruit; varieties on offer change throughout the week and might include tiramisu, strawberry cheesecake or chocolate-caramel, with vegan options also available. The café’s pink and white décor is as sweet as the cakes on offer.
Sugarbird Cupcakes, Rethelstrasse 153, 40237 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 9807 7410