And So To Eat
There is no shortage of places to eat in Frankfurt, from cosy beer gardens on the banks of the River Main to contemporary gourmet restaurants. The ever popular and trendy Fressgas is a lively street packed with bistros and eateries. To get an authentic taste of town, try pork chops with sauerkraut or Handkäs mit Musik, small aromatic cheeses marinated in a vinegar and onion sauce and served with bread and butter.
As always in Germany, the wurst (sausage) options are a huge part of life, so much so that they have entered the language. If you’re a sausage fan, try a bratwurst, a fat, fried pork sausage, or a thueringer, long and thin, with mustard.
Frankfurt loves its apple wine too. Although this cider-like drink has been the locals’ beverage of choice for over 250 years its history dates back over 1200 years to the time of Charlemagne. Apple wine (also known as ebbelwei, äbbelwoi or stöffche) is a Iow-alcohol beverage said to have a positive effect on the circulation and nervous system. Apparently, many Frankfurt doctors recommend the benefits of drinking apple wine to their patients! Traditionally, the wine is served in a blue-grey crockery jug, the Bembel and drunk from a ribbed glass, the Cerippte. In cold weather it is drunk warm, often infused with spices.
If you _want to make like a local and try some apple wine, Apfelwein Solzer (Bergerstr. 260 T: 069 452-171) is a traditional apple winery. It has been run by the same family for 115 years although it has been a piece of Frankfurt history since 1679. Recommended dishes here include the typical Frankfurter specialities. It is bristling with historic German relics and photos, but as it is quite small it is best to phone to reserve a table.
Altes Zollhaus (Friedberger Landstr. 531, Seckbach, Frankfurt, t: 069/472-707) is a mid-priced restaurant specialising in traditional German cuisine. This 230-year-old half-timbered house features rough-hewn timber posts and beams. Located on the edge of town it is a favourite with locals. in summer you can eat at chunky refectory tables in the lovely leafy garden.
For a more special occasion, Tigerpalast (16-20 Heiligkreuzgasse 60313, t: 069/ 9200220), a trendy Michelin star restaurant, offers live music, song and even acrobats. Dishes are innovative think artichokes with a foam sauce or fried lobster cannelloni Heiligkreuzgasse
Sunday brunch is an institution in this town, with cafes offering seIf-service buffets that are not hard on the wallet. Most popular are the striking black-and-white Cafe Bar at 14 Schweizer Strasse and Harveys, to the northeast in Friedberger Platz. Spend a few more euros and you can enjoy a luxurious brunch with a glass of Prosecco in the opulent surroundings of the old opera house, the Alte Oper.
Where to Shop
For shopping it is hard to beat pedestrian street Zeil, Germany’s equivalent to New York’s Fifth Avenue. It is lined with department stores, including the super-modern Zeilgalerie with approximately 50 shops, places to eat, an aqua spa and views worth seeing from the roof terrace. International names abound in the streets leading off the main thoroughfare.
Goethestrasse is known for its exclusive designer clothing and jewellery boutiques while Oeder Weg and Berger Strasse offer the opposite, small but interesting bargain and curiosity shops. A produce market sets up on Saturdays (0800-1700) and Thursdays (1000~2ooo) on Konstablerwache Square. The Hauptwache in the town centre has two shopping areas, one above the other below ground. This is where to buy books, flowers, clothes and electronic goods.
Top Tip Velotaxi, a three-wheeled vehicle. It gets you past traf’ficjams and to destinations in the pedestrian-only downtown area.
What’s on in 2010
11th to 16th April: lluminale 10′ is an interactive media installation projecting light and images on various buildings throughout the city. It will be held at the same time as lLight+Building’, the world’s leading architecture and building technology fair. Shuttle buses transport spectators from building to building.
24th April: Museum Night returns to Frankfurt for another performance. Over 40 museums and art galleries will host a superb night-time programme of culture and the arts. Aside from the exhibitions, Museum Night features guided tours, music and dance events, readings, theatre performances, workshops, parties and international cuisine. Shuttle buses run until 2 a.m., taking some of the 40,000 visitors from venue to venue free of charge.
1st May: For cycle race enthusiasts there is the ‘Rund um den Finanzplatz Eschborn-Frankfurt’. The race offers 14 different cycling competitions and a comprehensive fringe programme for cycling fans.
18th June to January 2011: The Senckenberg Museum, one of Germany’s leading natural history museums presents lDinosaurs The Giants of Argentina’. 23 complete skeletons and life-size reconstructions will be on show as well as dinosaur eggs and a real dinosaur embryo.
27th to 29th August: The Museum Embankment Festival returns. Culinary, cultural and musical offerings at the riverside help to turn this spectacle, known to be one of Europe’s largest open-air festivals, into an unforgettable experience.
31st October: The Commerzbank Frankfurt Marathon celebrates its 30th birthday, making it Germany’s oldest city marathon.
22nd to 24th December: Frankfurt Christmas Market ranks among Germany’s oldest. Revel in the scents of hot apple wine and gingerbread and take home with you some old-world memories guaranteed to stay with you for years to come.