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.
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.
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.
There is a large choice of good Spanish wines at Reiner Stern's Vinedo. Reiner Stern himself is also an enthusiastic wine expert who makes it possible for customers to orientate themselves in the Iberian wine jungle. There are 136 types of vines in Galicia alone. The chosen wines here come from a range of places, including the plains of the Tarragona Gurus de Muller, the Basque Country and the Castillo de Monjardin, in the Chardonnay mountains. Other Spanish delicacies such as olive oil, beer, as well as containers and clay accessories are also available here.
Women who don't have the perfect body can finally breathe a sigh of relief—the established underwear factory Mohnfeld looks somewhat unsophisticated from the outside, but if you go inside you're in for a surprise because seductive bras, perfect fitting slips and fine stockings for every bust measurement or leg size are available here. Whether in a classic style, cut in a cheeky modern style or short - all underwear here feels good to wear and produces the desired effect. Here every woman will find something suitable for a reasonable price.
The range on offer at Angelsport Krings is extensive - the amateur angler can build up his basic range of equipment here (cheap entry level sets) just like the competitive angler builds his equipment with professional supplies. From basic equipment (hooks, ties, rods, bait) to numerous supplies like camouflage clothing, stools and bags, this shop offers everything necessary for fishing. Licenses can also be obtained here and Krings also organizes fishing tours (telephone for more information).
Offering a wide selection of hand picked, second hand yet original Chanel pieces, Coco 2 is a true find for any lady who has a penchant for timeless fashion, classic style and Coco Chanel. As a true fan of Chanel design, Karin Berghoff established a store that specializes in her passion. Stocking classic boucle suits, handbags, jewelry, shoes as well as tweed jackets, skirts and a little black dress or two, this small store in Karlstadt is a magnet for Chanel devotees. Moreover, if Chanel is not your label, high quality pieces from other esteemed brands, like Hermes, can also be snapped up. -Shannon McKenna
If you love antiques, then Antik Breuer is among the best of its kind in Cologne. Owned by Rudolf Bree who inherited this business from his step-father, this family-run establishment has vintage furniture and estate jewelry. These include porcelain, chandeliers, rare items, light fixtures and classic wooden appointments. Spread across two floors, it also has a huge storage area with good second hand furniture that are very affordable.