Zum Schiffchen (little boat), in Düsseldorf's Altstadt, is the oldest restaurant in the city. Its traditional Düsseldorf brewery cuisine is very good, the waiters helpful. And of course, it's a perfect place to sample the local brew--Altbier--fresh from the tap.
The restaurant is proud of its famous guests, from Heinrich Heine to Napoleon Bonaparte and others, and established corners or tables honoring each of them. Rebuilt and expanded several times after various hostilities over more than 385 years since its founding, Zum Schiffchen offers local color aplenty, and is a true "Rhineland original" experience.
When you're done with your Altbier, and a Rhenish platter--perhaps Sauerbraten in the style of the Rhineland, with raisins, almonds, red cabbage, stewed apples and potato dumplings (whew!)--wander through the building and enjoy the bits of history enshrined all around you!