Proving that fine patisserie can be found beyond Paris, Pure Freude offers French-inspired products with homemade charm. Owned by Olga Knoebel and named in honour of her family’s record label, the patisserie is a haven for artistic types with a cosy café that makes for a perfect meeting place. The menu is vast but its macaroons are a highlight and are available in a rainbow of hues from neon lime and lemon to rich plum, sweet violet and amber. The rest of the selection is well worth exploring; petit fours, croissants, chocolate cake and homemade ice cream are all available.
Pure Freude, Hohe Strasse 19, 40213 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 8632 0149
This quaint neighbourhood café is known for its quality; its internationally inspired goods are made from excellent ingredients, many of which are organic. Every item on sale, from the individual cakes and cookies to the jam and flavoured liqueurs, is made in-house, and the bespoke packaging and beautiful labels mean these are also perfect as gifts. The menu extends beyond sweet treats to include savoury dishes; the selection changes daily but expect to find freshly prepared salads and homemade curries. Don’t miss Dolcinella’s speciality, a traditional English afternoon tea served daily at 4pm with fresh scones and a choice of Earl Grey or English breakfast tea.
Dolcinella, Tannenstrasse 35, 40476 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 4685 0693
After being inspired on a trip to the UK, Annette Leurs spent years perfecting a cupcake recipe that would appeal to the German palate, eventually replacing the overt sweetness of sugar and butter with fruit and cream cheese. Her cupcake café is the first in Düsseldorf and boasts an appropriately saccharine décor with pink and white candy-stripes throughout. The selection changes regularly and features a cupcake of the week which is based on seasonal ingredients. The cosy seating area is perfect for a catch up with friends while the wide bagel selection provides an ideal savoury alternative to cake.
Sugarbird Cupcakes, Rethelstrasse 153, Im Rethelhof, 40237 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 9807 7410
Restaurant Spoerl Fabrik
Hidden in the quiet courtyard of the historic Spoerl factory, this cosy café and restaurant, with expansive garden, is the perfect place in which to while away a summer afternoon. It is styled as a casual French bistro and specialises in rustic homemade cuisine that complements its vintage-themed interior; art deco lamps, gold-rimmed mirrors and an antique counter all feature. The menu is well-edited but rich with variety; pasta dishes with delicately flavoured sauces are offered alongside more hearty meat dishes such as beef with a cranberry and Bordeaux jus, and Moroccan-inspired lamb with pumpkin and fig couscous.
Restaurant Spoerl Fabrik, Tussmannstrasse 70, 40477 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 4403 7391