Greek Light There's more to restaurant dining in Dusseldorf than wurst and beer. And as the city's arts, fashion and business "in crowd" have discovered, there's more to Greek cooking than souvlaki and spinach pie. At Kytaro, on Grafenberger Allee 199, the city is getting its first taste of refined Greek cuisine in an equally refined atmosphere. The large, spacious restaurant is minimally furnished, the indirect lighting casting a soothing glow on the pale cream walls and pale wood furniture. Its culinary offerings are similarly light and appetizing. Most welcome is its wide selection of fresh, grilled fish, salad topped with grilled baby calamari, and lamb filet on arugula. And the retsina, Greece's famed white wine, is so light you won't have to worry about a muddled head the morning after. Coffee Break
COFFEE BREAK Saturday morning in Dusseldorf means one thing: shopping. But after you've checked out all the stores, especially Hennes & Mauritz for well-priced, trendy young clothes and Viventy by Bernd Berger for comfortable coordinates, in the newly opened Schadow Arcade, relax and check out your fellow shoppers at Poccino. This two-floor café is the city's current number-one spot for a much-needed espresso, cappuccino or spot of pasta in this new shopping mecca just two short blocks from Dusseldorf's luxury boutique mile, Konigsallee. Everyone comes here--from the oh-so casual to the super chic--especially since the new Habitat home furnishings shop is conveniently located just an amaretto's throw away. Schadow Arkaden Schadowstrasse 11.
LIFE IS A CABARET Germany has musical fever, and Dusseldorf's got the bug. The Capitol recently opened in one of the city's old streetcar depots, which was originally built in 1893 and fully reconstructed in the late Forties after being leveled by WWII bombs. The hot pink building is a welcoming sight in this otherwise quiet and industrially gray neighborhood. Renovations were extensive: the stage, lighting and sound system are estimated to have cost over 3 million DM (around $2 million), and few would guess that the huge, three-part stage covers the deep shafts where streetcars were once repaired. The entertainment program, "Broadway Dusseldorf," is a full-scale medley of musical hits sung by members of Broadway, London and touring casts of such shows as "Anything Goes," "Tommy," "Hair," "Oklahoma," "42nd St.," "West Side Story," "Cats" and "Starlight Express"--in case you're feeling homesick. The Capitol also serves dinner along with the show--thematically related, so they say. Pass the "West Side Story" chicken, please. Erkrather Strasse 30.
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A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"