A-list skincare guru Dr. Barbara Sturm highlights the shopping gems of Germany’s trendy fashion and arts district
Düsseldorf is a very modern city, and when it comes to shopping, the most exciting area for me is the Königsallee, a very famous and traditionally beautiful street that’s steeped in history. All of the most famous luxury stores can be found there, including Dior, Hermès, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, as well as high-street labels like H&M, Zara and COS. There are lots of little cafés and book stores dotted around, a concentration of Italian restaurants, and my clinic is located there, too (Königsallee 53-55).
Also in the neighbourhood, Breuninger department store (Königsallee 2) has a great selection of leathergoods, while Apropos (Benrather Str. 15) is home to fashion, beauty and homewares curated by Daniel Riedo and Klaus Ritzenhöfer.
Another must-shop is Jades (Heinrich-Heine-Allee 53), which started out as a corner shop in the old town and is now a favourite among the style set for the latest trends and coveted designers, such as Lala Berlin.
For keepsakes, I would go to Konditorei Heinemann for some sweets – there are a number of confiseries around town and a café on Martin-Luther-Platz 32. The company is famous for its confectionary and, in my opinion, makes the best bubbly truffles in the world. They may not last very long, but they will stay in your memory forever.
Alternatively, you can consider investing in a locally-inspired artwork. There is a vibrant arts scene all year round but if you come in February a lot of the smaller galleries have exhibitions and sell local as well as international art – it’s well worth checking out.
Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Molecular Cosmetics line is available in the Middle East at Harvey Nichols and Bloomingdale’s