Hi! May name is Melissa (@melissalourdes). I’ve grown up in a couple of different places and countries. Still, I lived most of my life in a town approximately 20 minutes away from Frankfurt before my parents finally decided to move to the city 4 years ago! I’ve always loved Frankfurt. What I probably love the most about it is its relaxed atmosphere despite it being the most important financial hub in Europe. I also love how there is a beautiful view of the skyline when crossing one of the many bridges.
What is a typical breakfast and where would you go?
There’s nothing typical in Frankfurt, but German breakfast is generally quite hearty. My favourite brunch places are Cafe Sugar Mama and Mola for sure! Another place that is on my to-do list is definitely ‘‘Das Herz von Frankfurt‘, as it has a beautiful interior with loads of plants hanging from the ceiling.
Where is your favourite place to grab lunch?
There are an extraordinary amount of Vietnamese restaurants in the whole country that serve super delicious and authentic dishes which are fantastic for a quick lunch! Ong Tao and Goc Pho are sensational, cheap and very quick. Goc Pho is, in fact, so delicious that you will almost every day see a queue of people waiting outside for a table. Trinitii in the Bahnhofsviertel is also a new trendy place that serves impressive Poké Bowls.
What is the ideal afternoon activity in a city like Frankfurt?
There are lots of amazing Museums like Städel (my favourite), Schirn and the Museum für Angewandte Kunst! Make sure to check current exhibitions. The amazing thing about this city is that the majority of the museums are all lined up next to the river. It is so unique that the most significant festivals of Frankfurt are along the ‘Main’ (Frankfurt’s river), like the Night of the Museums and the Museum Embankment Festival which happens every summer.
Where are the best places for dinner?
The Bahnhofsviertel’ is a super trendy neighbourhood in Frankfurt yet not for everybody as it is the red-light district and sadly famous for its junkies. Nevertheless, it’s becoming more and more the hotspot of the city (especially in summer – it does also have its own festival called the ‘Bahnhofsviertelnacht’ which is super fun), and you can find some of the hippest bars and restaurants over there. Bar Shuka is a new stylish Israeli-inspired restaurant within the 25 hours hotel that is almost always booked out. If you like it a little bit quieter environment, Jaffa Market does also serve Israeli food, a little bit more authentic in my opinion!
While you’re in Frankfurt, head to Alt-Sachsenhausen in the evening, a truly ‘German’ neighbourhood famous for its rustic and historical apple wine pubs, houses and beer gardens. I promise you- it will be an unforgettable experience!
In the evening, what is the city like and where do you find yourself?
My favourite bars are Hunky Dory, Good Times for Good People, The Parlour and two secret bars where you have to ring a bell to go in: The Kinly Bar and Die Rote Bar! Frankfurt is known for its techno-scene (Robert Johnson – a legendary nightclub), but there are also a lot of other nice clubs that play R’n’B and Hip Hop like Gibson and Dough House. The most fun nights are the most spontaneous ones, and the good thing about Germany is that bars and clubs close very late, so you might find yourself singing Karaoke at 5 am in Melody, for example.
In a busy city like Frankfurt, is there anywhere to chill?
My favourite place to chill is definitely at Frankfurt’s Mainufer (Embankment), as you can sit with a drink next to the river and watch the skyline which looks absolutely beautiful. That is the reason why Frankfurt is called ‘Mainhattan’, as it is considered to be the German New York! Take a long walk and have a Fish kebab at Meral Imbiss or a drink at Yachtclub.
What is there to do for something fun and different?
In summer, rooftop parking lots are turned into little beaches with pools and sand which make you feel like you’re actually on holidays for a while. There are two really famous ones: City beach and Long Island Summer Lounge.
Where is the best place to stay/sleep for young travellers?
Frankfurt is quite a small city, and you can get everywhere by bus and train, so you can’t go wrong wherever you choose to stay. I would recommend the 25hours Hotel for its cool décor, and also because it is in the heart of Frankfurt, right by the central station.
What season would you recommend visiting?
I would definitely recommend coming in the Summer, as there are so many beautiful and serene places to chill. There are also loads of forest lakes like the Raunheimer Waldsee. My all-time favourite place, called Blaues Wasser, only opens in the Summer as it is open-air. Also, there are so many festivals during this time in Frankfurt.
Is Frankfurt best for a family holiday/friends holiday or couple holiday?
If you have never visited Frankfurt, I’d say to come with your best friends or partner for a little shopping and party weekend trip!