Describing itself as Düsseldorf’s first cupcake café, Sugarbird Cupcakes has added a bit of German kitsch to the British cupcake-craze formula. The interior’s soft colours and old-fashioned glass cake case, reminiscent of an old soda shop, entice customers looking for a treat and a dose of nostalgia. The café notably also offers plenty of indulgent options for those with special dietary requirements.
Sugarbird Cupcakes, Heinrich Heine Allee 37, 40213 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 569 407 33
The 95-room Breidenbacher Hof has been a trusted name in luxury accommodation since it opened just over 200 years ago. Catering to every whim of its high-profile clientele, as it has done for kings and queens in the past, it offers its guests everything from state-of-the-art gym facilities to the use of a personal assistant. Enjoy a meal in Brasserie 1806, relax poolside or in the opulent Capella Bar & Cigar Lounge or catch up on work using the free Wi-Fi in your room.
Breidenbacher Hof, Königsallee 11, 40212 Düsseldorf, +49 (0)211 160900
Die Grösste Kirmes am Rhein
The annual ‘biggest funfair on the Rhine’, which is taking place from 12 to 21 July this year, attracts huge numbers of visitors. As well as the vast amusement park with its rides, food stalls and beer tents, the long-running event also includes a large and colourful historical parade on 14 July, featuring marching bands and teams of horses and carriages. Another highlight is the spectacular firework display (19 July), which lights up the night sky; enjoy the best views from a boat on the river.