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One of the most beautiful things about living in Germany is the numerous and wonderful celebrations that that place throughout the fall and winter months. You’ve got Christmas markets, St. Martin, Erntedankfest, and the almighty Gänseessen! Here in Düsseldorf, particularly, it’s quite the big event.

If this is the first time you’re hearing about this traditional “Gänseessen” and would like to learn more about it before diving into German culture, here’s a blog post about what exactly it is, and the story behind it.

Needless to say, there are tons of local restaurants taking part this year in cooking up their own traditional goose dinner with Knödel, red cabbage, baked apples, and gravy! So here you have it – the best places to indulge in Gänseessen in Düsseldorf this year!

Gänseessen in Düsseldorf | 2021


Nooij Dutch Deli

Nooij is a Dutch cafe and restaurant located at the Tanzhaus NRW in a beautiful, well-lit, and contemporary space.
Address: Erkrather Str. 30, 40233 Düsseldorf



Schwan is a well-loved restaurant and cafe chain here in Düsseldorf with a huge menu that suits everyone.
Address: Sternstraße 50, 40479 Düsseldorf



Zucchero offers a little piece of Italy in the heart of Düsseldorf and has been around for more than 20 years. Address: Heinrichstraße 155, 40239 Düsseldorf



Füchschen is a classic Düsseldorf Altbier brewery with an old-fashioned tavern for eating and outdoor standing tables for those who are stopping in for a quick beer.
Address: Ratinger Str. 28, 40213 Düsseldorf
Menu: fuechschen.de


Cafe Florian

Cafe Florian is a Parisian-style cafe with a lot of charm, a delicious menu, and is located in the center of Nordstrasse.
Address:Nordstraße 56, 40477 Düsseldorf


Brauhaus Fuchsjagd

Fuchsjagd is a modern German restaurant in Eller that is also very well known around the city for its incredible Gänseessen!
Address:Gumbertstraße 181, 40229 Düsseldorf


Hafen Meisterei

Hafen Meisterei is a stylish bistro located in the Düsseldorf Medienhafen that serves up regional and fresh dishes along with a lovely wine menu.
Address: Wupperstraße 2, 40219 Düsseldorf


Brasserie Hülsmann

Hülsmann is a trendy and popular French/Belgian restaurant located in the center of Oberkassel.
Address: Belsenstraße 1, 40545 Düsseldorf


Brasserie Stadthaus

Stadthaus is a warm and ambient French/Mediterranean restaurant located in a 400-year-old house serving up some of the cities most delicious oysters and steak frites.
Address: Mühlenstraße 31, 40213 Düsseldorf


Les Halles La Piscine | Areal Böhler

Les Halles La Piscine is Lörick’s most loved Mediterranean restaurant and is actually located within the Areal Böhler.
Address: Hansaallee 321, 40549 Düsseldorf


The Paris Club

The Paris Club is a chic French restaurant located on the top level of the 25 Hours Hotel in Düsseldorf. Here you’ll find wonderful cocktails and beautiful views of the entire city.
Address: Louis-Pasteur-Platz 1, 40211 Düsseldorf


Gaststätte Hoferhof

Hoferhof is a delicious and traditional German restaurant located in one of Rath’s most historical buildings.
Address: Unterrather Str. 38, 40468 Düsseldorf
Menu: hoferhof.de


Im Goldenen Kessel – Schumacher

Schumacher is a classic here in Düsseldorf. An Altbier brewery with delicious German pub cuisine, located in the center of Bolker Strasse in the Altstadt.
Address: Bolkerstraße 44, 40213 Düsseldorf
Menu: schumacher-alt.de



Byliny is Unterbilk’s modern hub for classic German dishes with a spin. You’ll also find they have quite an eclectic wine list too.
Address: Konkordiastraße 85, 40219 Düsseldorf
Menu: byliny.de


Hotel Nikko

A little different from the others, Hotel Nikko is actually offering up Gänseessen to-go this year for those of you who would like to celebrate at home with your family and friends. Available: November 11th – December 26th.
Address:Immermannstraße 41, 40210 Düsseldorf


Landhaus Freemann

If you ask me, Landhaus Freemann has one of the city’s most unique Gänseessen menus of them all. They take the seasonal fall and winter menus to a whole new extreme. At Freeman’s you can book a wooden cabin to enjoy a meal with friends and family, you can book their Gänsetaxi and you can also choose from more than a few different holiday classic menus including Raclette, Gänseessen, and a schnitzel menu.
Address:Unterdorfstraße 60, 40489 Düsseldorf


Volmerswerther Krug

The Volmerswerther Krug offers a wide menu of German and international dishes and is located in the center of the Bilk neighbourhood.
Address: Volmerswerther Str. 226, 40221 Düsseldorf


Gut Wolfsaap

Gut Wolfsaap offers a traditional “Landhausküche” and is located in the middle of Düsseldorfs Aaperwald. You’ll be surrounded by nature as you come in and pass by their beautifully maintained horse stables and friendly horses.
Address:Bauenhäuser Weg 100, 40472 Düsseldorf



Rosies Bar & Kitchen is a wonderful international spot for cocktails,  breakfast, and a quirky mix of international cuisines.
Address: Adersstraße 21, 40215 Düsseldorf
Menu: rosies-düsseldorf.de



Sassafras has been around since 1971 and is one of the cities best spots for a musical ambient and delicious cocktails. They also have a klein aber fein menu of delicious dinner options to choose from.
Address: Düsseldorfer Str. 90, 40545 Düsseldorf


And if you’re up for a little more festive tradition, why not head to one of these 6 Spots Around Düsseldorf to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree? Or explore this Guide to the Düsseldorf Christmas Markets! If hidden gems are more your style, we have a blog post about the 7 Hidden Christmas Market Adventures in/around Düsseldorf. And of course, do not forget to shop local over the holidays! Here are some great Christmas gift ideas made locally.

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