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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Dusseldorf: NANIWA + TENTEN Coffee

I love Japanese food. Miso Soup, Sushi, Ramen, Matcha ice and all the other delicious food :) So I think the Immermannstreet in Dusseldorf is an amazing place. There are so many Japanese restaurants and shops. It's like a little asian city (there are also chinese restaurants and shops). I'm going to write a blog post about a typical day in the Immermanstreet soon. Me and my sister are there very often and we're already planning our next trip in March.

NA NI WA is a great Ramen (japanese noodle soup) restaurant that not only offers noodle soups, but also fried noodles and other tasty appetizers such as Gyoza. It's a relatively small restaurant but has become slightly larger because of the renovation. The restaurant is always full and well attended, so we have to wait outside every time. But: in the japanese style. We sit outside on a bench. Under the bench is a heat pipe so that the visitors don't freeze when its cold outside. However you can already order your meals outside so that you don't have to wait inside the restaurant again.

There are nearly 35 noodle soups to choose from. In addition, you can decide whether you want the soup to be soy, salt or miso soup. I always take the miso soup. You can also order extra vegetables and a boiled egg for free. I do this every time :) The portions are so big that I have never been able to finish the soup. With or without an extra vegetables. They cost around € 8-9 and I think the price is reasonable.

I always order a green tea. It tastes incredibly delicious and the small teapots are just too cute.

Normally we go to the "TENTEN Café" afterwards to drink coffee and eventually - when our stomach isn't too full - eat a cake. We share the cake everytime. There is always a large selection of cakes, muffins and cupcakes. In addition, the selection of drinks is extensive: classic coffee like latte macchiato, espresso, cappuccino. But even more extravagant creations like the Green Tea Matcha Latte, White Chocolate Latte, Chestnut Latte, or the popular Pumpkin Spice Latte (in autumn). I prefer to buy my coffee here, because I often have a bad feeling buying coffee at Starbucks. I don't really like the unfair prices (there is literally no coffee in their drinks) and the way they treat their employees.

The TENTEN also offers many cold drinks like FRITZ Coke or many Frappucino (with matcha powder). Furthermore you can buy a lot of little things like Fairtrade chocolate or great Chai Tea Powder of "David Rio" with Matcha, chocolate or mango flavor - incredibly delicious!

I especially like that you can choose between soy milk and lactose-free milk. Unfortunately, this is not as common in Germany as in other countries which is why sometimes my only choice is to get a coffee from Starbucks - or have a simple black coffee somewhere else. Unfortunately, the different milk costs an extra charge. I can understand the extra money regarding to soymilk, because it is more expensive. However, the price of normal milk and lactose-free milk isn't that different.

If you ever travel to Dusseldorf take time to visit these places and enjoy the amazing ramen or noodles and the delicious matcha latte with a cake of your choice <3


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