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Order an ice-cold shot of the famed local liqueur Killepitsch at the uber-atmospheric Et Kabüffke bar. This potent aperitif is like Jagermeister, but its ruby-red color and sweet, herby-spicy flavor make it (slightly) more appealing. Even if Killepitsch isn’t to your taste, a visit to the petite, dimly lit, chandeliered Et Kabüffke is a must. Everyone from the well-heeled to the working-class, young and old, drink elbow to elbow at the long, curved bar of this Altstadt establishment. A narrow spiral staircase leads to an intimate upper level with just a handful of tables—great for people-watching below. Insiders know to order from outside the bar, through the tiny square window, and sip their Killepitsch standing at one of the al fresco tables. If you develop an appreciation for this Düsseldorf specialty, next door the Haus zum Helm store sells bottles in all sizes. A tip: Though Killepitsch is served in a shot glass, it’s not meant to be downed like a shot; do as the locals do and sip it slowly.
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