Thirsty in Düsseldorf? The city is famous for its copper-colored top fermented Alt Bier, and what’s a better place to enjoy your Alt than in a traditional gastro pub? Here are some of the best gastro pubs and restaurants in Düsseldorf’s Altstadt (Old Town), all of them brewing their own beer on the premises.
This gastro pub, which means “little boat” has been around for 380 years; it is one of the oldest restaurants in Düsseldorf and proud to have counted Napoleon among its guests. The inside is rustic and cozy, and in summer, there is also a beer garden. Specialties of the restaurant include homemade liver dumpling soup and herring "Rhineland style" with sour cream sauce, apples, onions, and potatoes.
Established in 1850, this rustic brewery and pub is set on Bolkerstrasse in the heart of Düsseldorf’s pedestrian zone. A fresh draft of the “Original Schlüssel” beer goes wonderfully with the restaurant’s local cuisine; for a great taste, get the Butcher’s Plate with garlic sausage, „Weißwurst“, baked black pudding, bacon, sauerkraut, and mashed potatoes. You can also take a guided tour of the Schlüssel brewery.
The Uerige has been brewing its beer since 1862 and besides Alt beer, they also have fresh Weizenbier (wheat beer) on tap. Twice a year, in January and October, you can try the legendary Sticke, a strong beer with an alcohol content of 6%. On Saturdays, it’s time for their famous pea soup.
4. Zum Füchsen
The restaurant and brewery Zum Füchsen ("little fox") was opened in 1848 and is located on Ratingerstrasse, which is popular with locals. If you love meat, get the marinated pot roast Rhineland style with red cabbage, potato dumplings and apple sauce, and if you are feeling a little bit full, locals recommend the famous Düsseldorf herb liqueur Killepitsch.