Frankfurt has more banks per square mile than anywhere else in Germany, it is home to the world’s largest book fair, and its skyline is hard to beat. But Frankfurt is full of contrasts – away from the dazzling world of high rollers and VIPs, the city has a more down-to-earth side. A thriving and diverse cultural scene peacefully coexists alongside big business. Whether you are in Hessen’s largest city on business or for a city break, you won’t have time to get bored in Frankfurt am Main.
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The Cocoon Club (Carl-Benz Straße 21) has become a true Mecca for night owls. Founded by Sven Väth, Frankfurt’s famous techno DJ, the club in the east of the city has bars and a dance floor where there is always something going on. It also has two excellent restaurants.
The King Kamehameha Club (Hanauer Landstrasse 192) has been ranked amongst the “World’s Finest Clubs” for over four years. The greatest DJs around play to the dance floor, and the Beach Club opens its doors between May and September – a highlight otherwise found only in the sunny south.
You can enjoy a truly breathtaking view from the 53rd storey of the Bar Main Tower
(Neue Mainzer Strasse 52-58). Unlike the restaurant, you don’t have to reserve to get in the bar, behind which professional barkeepers go about their work.
A nice atmosphere, meat from regional organic farms only and an amusing name – that and much more make the restaurant Die Kuh Die Lacht (The Laughing Cow) (Schillerstraße 28) into a very special address.
A classic on Frankfurt’s restaurant scene is the Mosebach (Sandweg 29). A lovely courtyard offers respite from the sun in the summer and sufficient seats. The changing menu of the day has plenty on it from plain cooking through to more modern cuisine.
Monsa (Hanauer Landstrasse 119) is a somewhat more unusual location. Fans of a wide selection of aperitifs and digestifs will be impressed by the bar. Furthermore, the high-quality Arabic-Andalusian cuisine and the substantial portions have earned it a good reputation.
Leon Restaurant (Feuerbachstraße 5) offers high-quality Mediterranean cuisine: its elegant, unobtrusive style make it an insider tip. The vaulted cellar restaurant is located between the trade fair and the old opera house.
Frankfurt has a special flair as a shopping town, with its balance between its status as a financial metropolis and its regional characteristic: on the one hand the city centre has the Zeil, Germany’s busiest shopping precinct and, on the other hand, just a short walk away, a selection of shops selling Hessian and multi-cultural treats. Plus the weekly markets selling agricultural products from the region around Frankfurt.
And should you forget to do your shopping before the shops shut and still need to buy something – don’t worry: thanks to Frankfurt’s role as the largest traffic hub in the country, the shops at the main station and at the airport are open until well into the night.