The World Table Tennis Championships is the Everest of competitive table tennis – an extraordinary feat for those talented, committed and competitive enough to fight their way to the top of their nation’s rankings. Time to get zen; focused; tournament blinkers on. Do Not Read On. Do Not Get Distracted By The 5 Coolest Things To Do And See In Dusseldorf As Judged By Arghk.
Reading on? Coaches, officials, volunteers, physiotherapists, spectators – you have come to the right place. Player? Naughty player.
1 // Afew Store
Photography: Robin Hartschen, THE DORF
Afew is the product of two brothers who share a passion for three things: shoes, basketball and hip hop. The 130m^2 space has a glow in the dark floor which is kitschy in theory; Afew is anything but. The floor emits a radioactive, dark, neon green glow inviting you into the space and boasts over 600 brands which is enough to make the even the most particular hypebeast drool over the selection of regular and rare kicks. There’s even the occasional Afew collaboration, most recently with Asics, sprinkled into the rotation. The brick and mortar sits right at home in Little Tokyo with a transformable layout that converts it into an event space. (Defs check out their FB to see what’s on.)
afew-store.com / Mon-Fri 12-8pm, Sat-Sun 11am-6pm / Oststraße 36, 40211 Düsseldorf
2 // Kunst im Tunnel (KIT) Gallery
Photography: Kunst im Tunnel
Kunst im Tunnel, literally ‘Art in Tunnel’, is an underground gallery between two road traffic tunnels showcasing underground artists. It’s all a bit meta, but what did you expect from an art gallery? Enter through the glass pavilion on the well-travelled Rheinuferpromenade and step down to an expansive concrete space which was probably Bruce Wayne’s garage in a different timeline but is now a hub for contemporary art and emerging artists. Feeling peckish? Emerge from the depths and devour lunch at KIT Cafe. There’s a dope view.
kunst-im-tunnel.de / Tue-Sun 11am-6pm / Mannesmannufer 1b 40213 Düsseldorf
3 // Takumi, Little Tokyo
Photography: The Avant Guardian
What’s that? You’ve been here less than a week and already looking for a change of pace? Japan’s decades-long affair with Dusseldörf has allowed half a dozen blocks that surround Immermannstraße on the eastern edge of town to flourish into what is now Little Tokyo. A small neighbourhood of Japanese businesses, restaurants and schools that rose out of necessity to service one of the largest Japanese populations in Europe. You can get your authentic ramen at Takumi, with noodles shipped fresh from Sapporo to middle Europe. Finally, someone listened. If ramen’s your thing, get to one of their two spots early because there’s line risk.
brickny.com/takumi / Daily 12-10pm / Takumi 1: Immermanstr. 28 40210 Düsseldorf / Takumi 2: Oststrasse 51 40210 Düsseldorf
4 // Baustoff Cafe
Photography: Franz Schuier
In sporting stadiums, the tilting of a result can be the difference between a Mats Wilander “c’mon!” (made famous by Australian tennis player Lleyton Hewitt) and melting into your hands and the floor (think: Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’). If it all gets too much for you, rent a bike and roll down to the city centre. Trust us, it’ll be quicker on two wheels than four, plus who turns down the scenic route? (Not rhetorical. We really want to know who turns down the scenic route? And oh man, why?) Ride along the Rhine until you reach Baustoff Cafe and just take a breather. Practice some mindfulness and don’t fret, they’ll let you keep the bike inside. With good coffee and an eclectic magazine collection you’ll be here for a while, just make sure you don’t have any matches scheduled.
baustoff.one / Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-6pm / Rather Str. 50 40476 Düsseldorf
5 // Salon Des Amateurs (Club)
Photography: Stephen Mahac
A week ticks by, another sun has goes down. There’s a chance you heckled or got heckled but now is the time to come together. Start the evening by reading O Heckle, Where Art Thou? and then head to Salon Des Amateur to share in the good vibes community that is world ping pong. Call it ‘The Salon’ if you want to look cool to that doubles partner you played against. Housed in an exhibition space for contemporary art, this is where you go if you want to be far, far away from the fanatical Contiki groups and bawdy bachelor parties of Old Town. There won’t be any big EDM names or pretentious DJ’s here, either. Leave your ego, your heckles, your losses and your grudges at the door and come party like a Düsseldorf local.
salondesamateurs.de / Fri-Sat from 9pm / Kuntshalle Düsseldorf @ Grabbeplatz 4 40213 Düsseldorf