Frankfurt City Guide


Frankfurt City Guide


In paid partnership with German National Tourist Board

Charming neighbourhoods with cobblestone avenues home to cosy cafés, independent shops and plenty of green spaces: Frankfurt is much more than Europe’s financial hub filled with suits and skyscrapers. During three days in late summer, I explored the city on foot—below you will find my favourite gems in a Frankfurt city guide.

— Please scroll down for a full list of my favourite eateries,
sights, and neighbourhoods in Frankfurt —


Coffee & wine bar | City centre


With just enough space to enjoy a small break by the counter, locals come to Espresso, Espresso for coffee and sweet treats during the day (the Portuguese speciality pastel de nata was served when I visited), and for a glass of natural wine and aperotivos in the evening. Located in the city centre, this combined coffee shop and wine bar has the prettiest classic facade and a small serving window revealing a tiny but beautifully designed room.

Braubachstraße 28
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Botanical garden | West-end

One of three botanical gardens in Frankfurt, the Palmengarten covers an area of 22 hectares filled with lakes, green houses, a restaurant and a large area for kids. I visited on a warm and sunny afternoon, and locals were joyfully making use of the park—from people in lounge chairs reading their books to parents and kids hopping on and off the small train traversing the park and couples sailing around the lake in small boats. Definitely worth the trip to the Western part of town.

Siesmayerstraße 61


Restaurant | City centre


Restaurant Margarete is a lively and stylish restaurant in the city centre taking pride in their modern and seasonal dishes made from local ingredients. Serving only a couple of starters and mains per day, everything is freshly made and cared for. Examples of the seasonal summer menu are tomatoes and basil with dumpling made from truffle and cream cheese, and crispy cubes of Shiitake and black beans and trout caviar, smoky potatoes and kale.

Braubachstraße 18-22


Boutique | Nordend-Ost

In the Northern part of town, the area around Friedberger Landstraße and Bergerstraße offer a number of cosy coffee shops, small boutiques and charming restaurants. Hoppenworth & Ploch Rösterei is a popular neighbourhood coffee shop , Lucille Kaffeehaus just a few buildings down the street is a great stop for a tasty lunch, and just across the street you’ll find a small boutique O.T.B.T Off the Beaten Track with a curated selection of interior pieces, vintage clothes and ceramics from local designers.

Wielandstraße 2


Cofee shop | City centre

Frankfurt’s third-wave coffee scene is growing, making a good brew easy to come by. A place that came up a lot in my research was Holy Cross Brewery, located just a stone’s throw from the old city centre. The café has that nice and sort of busy vibe characteristic of a roastery, and there’s plenty of outdoor seating. They also offer smaller servings for lunch as well as cakes and pastries that looked utterly delicious—unfortunately, I was too full from lunch and dessert to try. Next time.

Fahrgasse 7
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Café & shop | Sachsenhausen

Oheim is a concept store and café located in the Sachsenhausen neighbourhood south of the river Main. This was my favourite of the areas I had the chance to explore: it felt relaxed, charming, and child-friendly with plenty of parks and playgrounds (well, to be fair, most of Frankfurt is child-friendly!). With a covered patio outside the café, Oheim makes for the perfect stop for either lunch or a coffee break after having browsed through their selection of coffee table books and local designs.

Oppenheimer Landstraße 48
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Neighborhood | City centre

Frankfurt is easily explored on foot, and even a couple of days will give you enough time to discover a good part of the city. The city centre is inevitable and should be experienced for its mix of detailed buildings brought back to life after WWII, and steel skyscrapers rising on the banks of the river Main. The city reminded me of Manhattan and a small countryside village at the same time, each impression imposing their own charm.

Frankfurt Altstadt


Eat + Drink

Margarete Restaurant | Lunch and evening restaurant in the city centre serving down-to-earth but up to date dishes from local ingredients. The space is beautiful, the vibe is relaxed and food is delicious.
Oheim | Cosy café in the charming Sachsenhausen neighbourhood with a nice little terrace.
Espresso, Espresso | Tiny but beautiful coffee shop / wine bar in the city centre.
J’epoca Saka Bar | Cute sake bar and Japanese restaurant in the Sachsenhausen neighbourhood.
Kleinmarkthalle | Large covered food hall ideal for fresh grocery shopping or a take-away lunch.
Mehlwassersalz | Museum café inside the MMK serving lunch, cakes and home-baked bread.
Lucille Kaffeehaus | Cosy neighbourhood restaurant, serving simple but tasty dishes.
Bizziice Ice Cream | Vegan ice cream in the Sachsenhausen neighborhood.
Bathasar Ress Weinbar & Vinothek | Wine bar in the city centre with a classic Frankfurt vibe.
The Holy Cross Brewing Society | Third-wave coffee in the city centre.
Hoppenworth & Ploch Rösterei | Cosy coffee shop in the Northern part of town.

Visit + Neighbourhoods

Palmengarten | Beautiful botanical garden, one of three in Frankfurt.
MMK Museum of Modern Art | Modern museum with two outposts in the city.
Sachsenhausen | Charming area south of the river with plenty of cafes, shops and restaurants.
Nordend-Ost | More residential area but with a smaller selection of shops and restaurants.


Innside Frankfurt Ostend | New hotel in the heart of Frankfurt’s East End. Minimal and stylish rooms, an inviting restaurant serving an extensive breakfast buffet as well as a à la carte during the evening from an international cuisine.

— This post was created in paid partnership with German National Tourist Board —

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