On a hunt to find and create much more English content for internationals living in Düsseldorf, we are announcing the second ‘Best of…’ series post in Bilk, Düsseldorf!
With some help from other internationals in the community, we’re putting together some awesome tips and tricks for exploring the city from a locals perspective.
If you’re interested in checking out Unterbilk, Düsseldorf, I’ve shared all my knowledge and expertise around the area here: The Best of Unterbilk, Düsseldorf.
Here’s the Best of Bilk, Düsseldorf for you to explore!
Food in Bilk
Pizzeria Aachener Platz
This place has awesome and cheap pizza to-go. Whenever I’m feeling a little lazy, I take a stroll down Aachener Straße and pick up a huge delicious pizza. It’s also conveniently located right outside the tram stop.
This has become somewhat of a tradition on Friday nights for me. Süd-Grill has excellent food, nice prices, and even nicer staff. This is a family run business and one of the best in the city!
Miss Moneypenny is a great place to stop by for some coffee and snacks. They’ve also got an awesome breakfast menu and delicious soups for lunch. One note worth mentioning: they don’t have WIFI, but you can sit outside on the patio if it’s nice.
There’s not much I need to say about this place, besides…BEST.ICE.CREAM.IN.THE.WHOLE.WORLD. I kid you not, I could have this ice cream every day of the year without getting sick of it. They come in all different sizes, 5 different flavors and are homemade right there at the cafe.
I had to include this one on the list. Poutine in Germany! If you haven’t had this before, you’ll have to head to Frittenwerk and figure it out for yourselves. A delicious combination of french fries, gravy, and melted cheese – the greatest mid-day/hangover snack. Note: Canada does it better though.
Scotti’s is a great family restaurant serving up traditional and delicious German food. The prices are great and the location is awesome. If you’re planning on spending a few hours strolling through Südpark, you’ll have to stop by at Scotti’s for dinner.
Sights in Bilk
Merowinger Platz Fußgängerskulptur
While it might not be on the list of top ten things to do in Düsseldorf, these sculptures are pretty neat. Right off the Merowinger Platz tram stop, you’ll find a bunch of red and blue feet. This piece serves as a symbol to remind people how we once traveled – by foot. It is ironically located between heavy car and streetcar traffic to serve as a constant reminder.
Hey, perhaps it’s not a site for me, but the university in Düsseldorf is quite large in size and surrounded by some beautiful nature. It’s also attached to the Botanisher Gartens so why not check the place out?
Entertainment in Bilk
Boui Boui Bilk is home to some of the coolest events throughout the year. Most popularly hosted are the night fleamarkets “Nachtkonsum Nachtflohmarkt” and the Fashion Yard. There are also other events hosted there such as the Wine Festival, concerts, and various parties.
Nature in Bilk
Who doesn’t love a botanical garden? Düsseldorf’s garden is used as a research center and offers various exhibitions and tours throughout the year. The focal point of the gardens is their Geodesic Dome that stands at 18 metres high. This is the perfect thing to do on a warm and sunny day!
There are only about 4 or 5 standing graves still at the Alte Bilker Friedhof, but it is now filled with history and beautiful nature. In the summer time, you’ll see this place packed with children playing at the water park and dozens of families and friends sitting down for picnics.
Süd Friedhof is quite possibly one of the most beautifully designed graveyards I’ve ever seen. With a direct view of the Rheinturm and a long pedestrian pathway leading to the church, it’s a stunning place to go for a stroll. PS. Please respect the circumstances, you’re in a cemetery where many people are grieving. Keep quiet and simply enjoy the nature.
The small Düssel River runs right through almost the entirety of Bilk. This is a neat walk in itself if you’re up to follow the river. The Düssel actually runs about 46 kilometers downstream from the Neaderthal Valley right into the Rhine River.
Shopping in Bilk
One of the best flea markets in the city is held every Saturday of the year from morning until late afternoon. This is where you’ll notice many people purchasing old/used/perhaps stollen bicycles and they’ve got some great antique finds, second-hand clothes and delicious/cheap food!
While just outside of the Bilk district (according to Google), it’s still a hot spot for local shopping and it’s just a few tram stops away.
While I’ve added the Best of Bilk from my knowledge, it would be great to get your input as well! Don’t forget to include your tips in the comments section below. Do you have any questions about living #LifeInDüsseldorf? Feel free to send us an email with your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have tips you’d like to share with others, we’re also accepting guest posts which include the author’s name, bio and photo.