The Best Of Grafenberg
7: Grafenberg Districts

Exploring the best of Grafenberg, Düsseldorf

November 8, 2018

Blink and you have passed through Grafenberg, located on the Eastern district of Düseldorf, at the foothills of Bergisches Land. But, don’t be fazed by the size, as it is densely populated; therefore, full of little gems. Eyes wide open! Just drive along Grafenberg Allee as most shops and restaurants are located within 5 minutes walk of each other. The piece de resistance culminates at Staufenplatz, turn left and follow the trees all the way up to the Grafenberg Forrest, you won’t be disappointed.

Local Düsseldorfer and expat, Heidi Kincaid-Askanazy, has been living in Grafenberg for the last 12 years and has a ton of amazing things to share about the beautiful district. Take a read for yourself!

Grafenberger Wald


What are the 5 best food spots in Grafenberg?


Konditorie Café Decker

Old fashioned interior, so not the hippest place to hang out, better to order your beyond delicious cakes, cookies, and tortes to take home.


Cafe Rika

Japanese, this started as a hole in the wall, very tiny with two tables, now through two renovations, it can accommodate more than 10 tables. Excellent Japanese food but no sushi.


Bazaar Café

Located in the small mall near Metro cash and carry, similar to the Bazaar Café in the Altstadt, but much bigger. Famous for their brunches, sublime coffee and lunchtime specials, hangout place for Metro employees.



Looking for a restaurant for a large group? Then this is for you. A restored old train station with an amazing interior, and terrace in summer, but overpriced pizza and slow service.


Gut Wolfsaap

After a long hike, you’ll want to stop off at Gut Wolfsap. A hidden gem in Grafenberger Wald, you can access it on foot through the forest or go by car (Baunenhäuser Weg 100). Traditional German food, very yummy, with good value for your money. Kids can run around outside by the horses stable, parents can have a drink nearby on the patio. Very chilled!


What are the best sights to see and entertainment in Grafenberg?


Grafenberg Wald Forrest

Near the Grafenberg Horse track, loads of great picnic places, hiking trails, biking, or hanging out with the wild animals in the park. The pigs like to eat raw spaghetti and the kids can feed them. Also, feeding the deer is allowed. Training areas, playgrounds and special paths for jumping with mountain bikes.


Grafenberg Rennbahn – Horse Racing

In August they have their annual Preis der Diana which is a huge race sponsored by Henkel. Semi-famous Dusseldorfers are known to go there attempting to recreate Ascot, crazy hats galore! Kiddie activities available, and parents can sip some champagne while placing bets and watching the races.


Cosmo Sports

Located just on the borders of Grafenberg and Gerresheim, indoor sporting facility with everything; spa, bowling, football (soccer) squash courts, etc. Great for kids birthday parties.


What are your favourite shops in Grafenberg?


Mathildes Spielekiste

Has really cool toys for kids.


B2 Optics

Bettina will help you with finding the right specs, glasses or contact lenses, she can test your eyes as well. Excellent service!



Japanese florist, very creative flower arranging, located next to Rizza Japanese restaurant on Grafenberg allee.


Metro Cash & Carry

Grafenberg is home to headquarters of Metro Cash & Carry, international distributors. Massive wholesale store selling everything from food to stationery, but unfortunately only for small businesses and not the average Joe who wants to go grocery shopping. If you have a friend who works at Metro and you are lucky to get a card, it is worth taking advantage of.


Perhaps you’re also a Grafenberg local! Would you add anything else to this list?! Feel free to let us know in the comments section below! 

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  1. Reply

    Robin Stocks

    November 15, 2018

    Hi! A couple of additions from a Brit in Grafenberg:

    Buchhandlung Schulz & Schultz, an excellent bookshop (who also have an online order service for, in many cases, next-day pickup in the store).

    Zum Trotzkopf, a very attractive Italian restaurant at the top left corner of Grafenberger Wald, at Rennbahnstraße 7A just down from the race course.

    Der Grieche zum Staufenplatz, a great Greek restaurant, opposite the Burgmüllerstraße tram stop.

    Two Italian restaurants with very different styles, both well worth trying: Gigante on Geibelstraße and Gioia at the top end of Staufenplatz.

    And a couple of minor corrections: “Café Rizza” is actually called Café Rita, “Gut Wolfsap” should be “Gut Wolfsaap”, and “Schau Spiel Haus” recently changed its name to “Mathildes Spielekiste” to end confusion (not least for delivery drivers) with a slightly more well-known venue downtown.

    • Reply

      Jenna Davis

      November 26, 2018

      Hi there Robin!

      Thanks so much for these additions and edits. 😊
      I’ve made some changes to the post. I believe the Japanese cafè is called Cafe Rika though, just wanted to double check with you since I’m not often in Grafenberg to confirm.

      All the best,



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