Guten Tag Kaptain Kenny readers,
Today I present to you Frankfurt’s Red Light District or in German, Das Bahnhofsviertel. (The train station district.) This area is totally going through the process of gentrification right now and we happen to live right in the crux of it. This is your insider’s guide to the best 10 places to eat at and drink at in Frankfurt’s centre.
Below you will see 8 places you simply have to visit either to eat or drink at. These are places that you probably wouldn’t find if you were just here as a tourist. These are locally known, cool establishments which really will impress you.
- Bento Boutique – http://bento.boutique/ (Frankfurt’s best sushi owned by the nicest small-business owner on the planet! Her tuna and salmon will melt in your mouth like butter and the design of the place is trendy and cute too.)
- Eat Doori – http://eatdoori.com/ (This would have to be my favourite Indian restaurant in town! It’s quite new but it’s always pumping with patrons and the vibe is great. High industrial ceilings, a huge space and noisy so you can bring a big group of people. The novelty of ordering your food and attaching the order with a clothes peg above your table is pretty cool!)
- ABER – http://www.aber-frankfurt.de/ (Minimalistic design, small and intimate – the perfect place for a date night. I believe their menu changes from week to week and their food is really delicious!)
- Bella & Rosa – http://www.bellaundrosa.de/ (A novelty/speciality organic grocery shop with coffee and bottled juices and smoothies available. Cool design, hidden location and something only locals would know about!)
- Walon & Rosetti – http://walon-rosetti.com/ (Great place for after work drinks and there are lots of nice variations of gin. I’ve eaten there twice and both times I was very happy with the food. Go for the spinach and pine nut salad with sliced rump steak. YUM. You’ll probably need to make a reservation as it’s always pumping inside.)
- **** Update: went here on the 6th of Sep 2016 & had a terrible experience with the waitress and food**** Maxie Eisen – http://maxieeisen.com/ (Soups, salads, pastrami sandwiches – this place is always full. They serve alcohol until late at night too and because it’s on the corner, people tend to flock here in summer when the nights are long.)
- Chez Ima – http://www.imaworld.de/ (Definitely my go-to place when I have visitors in town or if I’m craving a good piece of steak! Nice vibe, great interior design and a good range of drinks too.)
Sadly I wasn’t able to photograph two other places in this area as they were closed while I was wandering around. However, they are also must-dos!
- Club Michel – http://clubmichel.com/ (This is a restaurant which never has the same food twice. It’s been set up in an apartment so it’s extremely cosy and a really great space. The staff are always friendly and the food is epic. As far as I know, you can only make a booking if you receive their weekly newsletter with the weekend’s menu. To get the newsletter, you need to sign up for it on their website. Bit of a process but totally worth it. We go almost monthly!)
- Montana Pizza – http://www.montana-pizzeria.de/ (Brought to you by the same guys who do Fletcher’s Burgers. These pizzas are unreal. The Pacman oven was specially imported from Naples and all their ingredients are fresh. I really love the Parma ham, rocket and parmesan pizza.)
I walked into another bar called Plank which is a place I often go to with friends and asked a woman there if I could take some photos for this website. She rolled her eyes at me & as I didn’t feel too welcome, I walked out.
After showing you the must-sees in this area, I’m going to do another more general post on Frankfurt. There are so many other places in Frankfurt which are worth seeing but these locations aren’t in the Bahnhofsviertel. (For your immediate reference, Sachsenhausen, Nordend, Westend and Bornheim are the most ‘popular/wealthy’ areas but in terms of creativity and value for money, the Bahnhofsviertel is certainly the new hip area.)
As usual, I hope you enjoy this series of photos. If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch – I respond to all messages!
Also it’s worth mentioning that after having lived here for many years, these are just my personal favourites. Of course there are many other great places which aren’t on this list & which I probably don’t know of. Why don’t you leave some of your personal favourites in the comments for me? 🙂
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Once you leave the main train station, head down Kaiser Strasse to check out the district. Take a right down Weser Strasse to head into the Turkish part of the Bahnhofsviertel. This is now where a lot of cool places have started popping up.
Standing on Muenchner Strasse, you’ll get a feel for the international flavour of Frankfurt. So many amazing new restaurants and bars have started sprouting in this area. Gentrification has begun!
This is our absolute favourite restaurant in the Bahnhofsviertel. Bento Sushi is owned by the most amazing gal called Thi and her sushi is by far the best in town. The tuna and salmon simply *melt* in your mouth…. just like butter.
From the top floor of Bento Sushi.
BENTO SUSHI: After eating upstairs, you’ll come downstairs to pay.
Okay sometimes the Red Light District can be a bit derelict, given the junkies and prostitutes hanging around. BUT, if you actually look up every now and again, you’ll actually see some beautiful old German buildings circa 1900’s. We live in a building similar to this and the style is called “Altbau”.
Walon & Rosetti – Definitely a local’s favourite. Great food and amazing drinks. The bartenders put a lot of effort into their creations, especially the gin.
EAT DOORI: This would have to be my favourite Indian restaurant in town! It’s quite new but it’s always pumping with patrons and the vibe is great.
EAT DOORI: High industrial ceilings, a huge space, noisy so you can bring a big group of people and the novelty of ordering your food and attaching it above your table with a clothes peg is pretty cool!
EAT DOORI: If you are in a small-large group, this is the perfect place to have dinner. It’s got a great atmosphere and the quality of the ingredients is really good. They have all types of Indian street food here.
ABER is another new restaurant which I really, really like. At night time there’s something so sexy about the decor. It’s dark and the menu changes every week *I think*. Last time we went, we absolutely loved our mains and had a fantastic date night so it’s perfectly intimate for couples.
BELLA & ROSA: What a cool new gig in Frankfurt! I was already walking around the Bahnhofsviertel taking photos when I ran into a French friend of mine who literally knows about all new restaurants in Frankfurt. She told me this was a really nice new place and I wasn’t disappointed.
BELLA& ROSA: This gal was so friendly, told me all about the new business and made me a killer coffee. Basically this little organic grocery shop is linked to the restaurant upstairs called Club Michel and you’d be a FOOL to visit Frankfurt without heading there for dinner.
BELLA & ROSA: Lots of nice organic products for sale here. She told me that a lot of these products are used upstairs in the other restaurant, Club Michel.
BELLA & ROSA: Gorgeous coffee machine. I asked for an Espresso Macchiato and it was spicy and strong.
BELLA & ROSA: Very nice concept and the layout is really inviting.
BELLA & ROSA: Outside, they’re selling local and imported produce. (All organic)
BELLA & ROSA
A lot of Germans will tell you that Frankfurt is ugly and not worth visiting. That’s not true! If you don’t know where to go, of course you’ll think it’s a strange mix of traditional with skyscrapers and a few Soviet-era block housing thrown into the mix. If you have a local (like me) to show you where is cool, you will find yourself pleasantly surprised.
Standing on the corner of Weser Strasse and Muenchner Strasse facing the famous pastrami sandwich deli “Maxie Eisen”. I’ve still not been here as I’m not a cold meat fan but I’m told it’s rather cool!
CHEZ IMA: Now this is one place you’re definitely going to want to visit, especially if you are a lover of good steak. At night time, this place is amazingly lit and they have really great food. It’s a restaurant which is attached to the bottom of the Levi’s 25 Hour Hotel on Nidda Strasse.
CHEZ IMA: Do yourself a favour and order the 180G fillet steak. It comes out raw on a hot plate and you cook it to your liking. Their sweet potato fries are yummy but they also have a LOT of other things to choose from, including delicious couscous and hummus sharing platters .
CHEZ IMA: It can be very hard to get a table because it’s so popular so do try and book a table if you can!
FLETCHER’S BURGERS: If you do one thing while in Frankfurt, it’s going to be grabbing a burger from here. They do extremely simple burgers but they do them really well. The quality of ingredients, homemade sauces and free extra toppings make it very good value. It’s half restaurant, half takeaway so feel free to grab your food and go if you’d prefer.
Unpredictable weather…. always bring an umbrella when in Frankfurt! 🙂
This is a little organic bakery on the corner. I’m trying to abstain from bread at the moment due to having lived in breadsville, I mean Germany for the last 5 years but if you’re in the mood for a good croissant, these people do them quite well.
This is the street by the river. By default, any homes which line a river will be the nice ones so if you’re up for it, try walking along Frankfurt’s river to catch a view of some gorgeous homes.