Located right near the center of the city, Carlplatz is one of the most prominent streets in the area. It is lined on one side by the Benrather Street, which is another famous stretch. In the area surrounding this street lie attractions like the Düsseldorfer Marionetten-Theater, and several restaurant and eateries, thus making Carlplatz a must on your list of places to visit in the city. The street is also where the weekly Farmer's Market takes place.
Heinemann Confiserie is a renowned name in Germany for their excellent pastries, chocolates and Champagne truffle. Founded by Hermann Heinemann in 1932, they have many branches in various German cities. Dusseldorf itself has four including two cafe-restaurants. This one in Königsallee is a popular spot for sweet lovers. Shop for their delicate confections such as truffles, tortes, candies, cakes, chocolates and other baked goodies. These delightful treats are beautifully packed and neatly arranged. Definitely tempting and equally delicious, they also make an excellent gift choice.
When it was built in 1804, the 'Kö', as it is affectionately known to locals, was situated in a slightly run-down area on the edge of the city. As Dusseldorf grew, Königsallee became more central and things really took off after a face-lift at the start of the 20th Century. An underground station was opened, the pavements were widened and the street lamps, kiosks and telephone boxes were restored. Nowadays the boulevard is Dusseldorf's number one shopping street and has enhanced the city's reputation as being one of Europe's major fashion centers.
Designed by Walter Brune, Schadow Arkaden opened its doors in 1994. This rhombus-shaped shopping center has over 55 stores including salons and a gym. Spread across two levels, shop for the latest designs in their branded boutiques such as Arqueonautas, Zara and Esprit or for beauty products. For a unique gift, Jochen Schweizer and David Geschenke are great options. Theater an der Kö is a nice spot to catch up on the latest in the city's theater scene. There are plenty of dining options as well with the likes of Poccino, Palatini, Bullhut BBQ, Mr. Wok and Metzgerei / Bistro Ludwig. Schadow Arkaden is a wonderful place for retail therapy when in Dusseldorf-Stadtmitte.
Galeria Kaufhof celebrated its 120th birthday in 1999. There is something for everyone here, workaholics, for example, have the opportunity to do their grocery shopping in the basement supermarket up until 8p. You can also find all your household gadgets in this section. Cosmetics, hosiery, jewelry, watches and stationery can be found on the ground floor. The first floor is entirely devoted to women's needs: small boutiques such as Esprit, Mexx, Oasis and More and More have taken residence here. Men and children, naturally, are catered for on the upper floors.
Spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping? Ko Galerie has all of your shopping and dining needs under one roof. Browse the luxury designer stores and if you get tired, stop and grab a bite at one of the many restaurants. Once through with your shopping, catch up on one of the concerts or exhibitions that are regularly held in the space.
Lucas de Graeve Yachting sells exclusive men's casual wear by acclaimed Italian brand Paul and Shark Yachting. This Old Town boutique stocks sports apparels for water sports like sailing and yachting which includes shark jackets. They even have leather overcoats, sweater and jumpers. The store also offers a good selection for those who are plus-sized. Avail of their good discounts during certain seasons.
Business women, actresses, advertising executives and pop stars all love to shop at Norman Icking. The designs are extremely youthful and sexy, but always suitable to wear in public. Some collections are designed especially as business wear, others are more flirtatious and casual. The shop has also stocked Plein Sud and Marina Spadafora for the last few seasons.
The colorful range at Jades is full of figure hugging clothes decorated with extravagant details. Clothing from all the renowned designer brand names such as DKNY or Dolce & Gabbana is on sale. From figure hugging tops and trousers and trendy clothes to fashionable accessories (jewelery) and sexy underwear, the fashion-conscious woman will find everything she is longing for here. It's no surprise that many women enjoy rummaging round here and the Baroque style decor makes it pleasant to do so!
The Swiss brand Odlo is quite famous for the range of sports-based apparel it offers. With stores all over the world, the brand has over 50 stores and retailers in Germany itself. Located on Grabenstraße, the sportswear brand offers a great collection of sports apparel for both men, women and children. One of their most popular line of products is the "sports underwear" which meets the needs of athletes belonging to many diverse genres of sports. Whether you're looking for the perfect outfit for a trek or just the right clothing for a biking trip, Odlo is just the place you should check!
Albert Heijn is a Dutch chain of takeout counters, found in several locations throughout Germany and The Netherlands. These outlets are a cross between restaurants and convenience stores, since there are great many ready-to-eat packages available. Expect to find here a great range of freshly made packaged food from the parent company, i.e. Albert Heijn such as salads, sandwiches, tapas, frozen meals, desserts and lots more. One of their Dusseldorf stores is located on Heinrich-Heine-Allee, in Altstadt, just a few minutes walk from the Heinrich-Heine-Allee U-Bahn.
At Mango in the Old Town some people may ask themselves who on earth could fit into the pretty tops on sale. If the average sized person took a look at the XL size, they'd probably feel a bit dizzy. But the Spanish employees here are living proof that the clothes sold look very nice if you fit in. They are all clothed in Mango clothing and thus show young customers what the latest trends are. Mango's evening wear is also worth seeing. Here all fashion-conscious women will get their money's worth, assuming that they are young and slim.