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Frankfurt Has an Underground Caffeine Scene Brewing

I’ve been wanting to write this post for many months now. Do you know what inspired me to act on it? I found out about yet *another* awesome cafe which had opened up in town, so I cycled over and met the owners. Not only were they lovely people but they were also passionate about coffee & Frankfurt’s brewing scene. So here I am – finally sitting down to tell you why Frankfurt’s actually got quite the caffeine scene.

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Kaptain Kenny herself.

Look for Frankfurt’s favourite coffee shops on Google and you’ll probably find some recommendations which are worthy and some which definitely are not. Today I’ll give you a list which you can 100% rely on for taste and ‘drama free’ coffee attitudes.

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Cawfeeeeee at Bunca – Picture thanks to my friend Megan Starr

We all know the king of caffeine cool is Berlin – the ‘poor but sexy’ older sibling. Berlin is the guy at the party who is constantly asking others for drinks and rolling his own cigarettes. He brings cheap beer to the party and stays until the wee hours of the morning. Frankfurt is his wealthy younger brother who happens to be really good at investments. Berlin and his other siblings like to ‘diss’ Frankfurt, saying he’s just not cool and that he doesn’t have his own style.

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Frankfurt’s town hall square.

As an Australian who has lived in good old FFM for the last 6 years, I can safely say that Frankfurt’s caffeine scene is pumpin’ and you’d best look no further than these cafes.

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Kirchnerstraße 4, 60311 Frankfurt am Main

Mon – Fr : 08:00 – 17:00 Sa : 11:00 – 18:00


I came, I saw, I drank. (Photo happily supplied by Joanna aka @oh.ladyfox)


Some tasty sweets on offer too. (Photo happily supplied by Joanna.)

Without a doubt, Frankfurt’s friendliest coffee. These guys always know what I’m having. (That’s a flat white.) The owner Sammy hails from Eritrea and has some of his friendly relatives working there too. He’s super supportive of the Frankfurt coffee scene and is genuinely a really down to earth guy. Attitude FREE zone. No wifi – just good coffee.


I love his coffee machine! It’s the same one used by my favourite cafe in Amsterdam – Lot 61. (Thanks Joanna for the pic.)


Pour that liquid elixir. Mmmm. (Photo by Jo Jo Joanna.)


Since this photo was taken they have changed their Saturday opening hours to 11:00-17:00. I guess they also like having a little sleep in. (Joanna’s pic.)


Bunca <3

Aniis – Raum Fuer Kaffee Kultur:

Hanauer Landstraße 82, 60314 Frankfurt am Main

T – F: 8:00 – 18:00

S S: 10:00 – 17:30

Tel. 069 944 112 28


Photo of coffee at Aniis by: Megan Starr – My travel blogging friend who has seen a gazillion countries.


The man himself.

Owner Rachid El Ofairi hails from Morocco and knows his beans! I personally love his coffee so much that going there on a Sunday is the highlight of my day. I’ll never forget the first time I walked in, having heard on the down-low that his new cafe had opened up. I walked in and asked him if he did flat whites. He nearly jumped through the roof and gave me an enthusiastic ‘Ja voll!’. (That basically means ‘of course we do!’ in German.)


Cawfee vibes.

Aniis is about a 15 minute walk along the river away from Frankfurt’s CBD. Head to the brand spanking new ECB (European Central Bank) near Ostend, turn on your Google machine and go and find him. He’s a really lovely guy and his zone is also Kaptain Kenny approved attitude FREE.


Coffee in action at Aniis.

Aniis wins extra points for being open on weekends. As Frankfurt is predominantly a working city, it’s quite usual to find lots of good spots shut during the weekend but you can always be sure Aniis will be open for biz.


Great space for a catch up.

Back when I discovered Aniis, it was hard to find a good coffee in Frankfurt, let alone my beloved flat white. I love his space, the taste of his coffee and I always order his Aniis Teller: a plate of Moroccan influenced food.


I eat this once a month. Yum!

Cafe 48 just opened up a few weeks ago and it’s a place I’d like to give some Kaptain Kenny air-time.

Cafe 48:

Mon / Tue / Thur / Fri: 08.00 – 18.00

S / S:  10.00 – 17.00

Rotlintstraße 48 – 60316 Frankfurt am Main

New owners Jonas Hammerstein & Hannah Staudt are not only passionate about Frankfurt’s brews but they are friendly too and were happy to have me snapping photos. For those who don’t speak German, they also speak English which is a nice bonus. The owner’s father sources the beans directly from the farmers.

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A lovely big space.

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It’s so nice to sit by the window and people watch in Nordend.

The day I went they had quinoa chilli con carne on the menu  but it was sold out. They also offer cakes, which given the location, is quite fitting as they took the space from a previous owner of a very famous patisserie who didn’t want to stay in business. Cafe 48 has a nice interior. It’s definitely a cosy place to meet up with a friend & it’s a Kaptain Kenny approved attitude free zone. Only smiles will be given here!

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Nordend is a lovely part of Frankfurt to walk around in.

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Cafe 48 in Nordend.

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Come and have a sip!

The Holy Cross Brewing Society:

Contact: +49 69 347 03 211

Fahrgasse 7 – 60311 Frankfurt / Main

Tues – Fri: 8:30 – 19:00

S / S: 10:00 – 19:00

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Love their interior here.

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These guys also win points for BEING OPEN ON A SUNDAY. They regularly change their food menu around but if you’re starting to feel hungry, they will have a few options for you. (Anything from wraps, to a garden salad, a plate of fresh waffles or a slice of bread with toppings.)

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We’re brewing!

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Such a great space – I love Holy Cross.

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Usually it’s quite packed on the weekends.

I’ve been coming to this cafe almost weekly for a year now and I’ve never seen it empty. People must be cottoning on to Frankfurt’s reliable coffee scene. The interior is cool and reminds me of some kind of renovated loft or factory. It’s also located very centrally in Frankfurt, close to town hall & the Roemer square, close to the river and happens to be a part of a lovely little square with some other bars, restaurants and cafes close-by.

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My travel blogging friend: The Traveling Fro

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This is the quietest I’d ever seen it! Perfect for photos. Then I don’t get glared at by Germans.

If you follow my regular posts, you’ll know the last post I did was: VIF: A Frankfurt Insider’s Food Guide. This cafe is also relatively new but Louise the owner makes a mean cortado! Tucked away in Westend’s charming streets, tell her Phoebe sent you. I guarantee you’ll love it in there.

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VIF in Westend.


Other notable cafes in town with good coffee but which tend to come with a bit of ‘tude:

Espresso Bar

Kaffeewerk / Bruehmarkt

Hoppenworth & Plotch


Little old me, doing a tour of Frankfurt with friends.

Thank you so much for reading this cawfee guide. If I’ve missed any critical places in town, let me know by comment.

Also: I couldn’t possibly publish a ‘where to drink’ blogpost without mentioning my friend Dani at Souper & The Place To Be. Her two spots are tucked away in a backstreet in Frankfurt. Her mismatched furniture makes the vibe chilled and great for a summer drink. Here is me doing some shameless promo with her umbrellas.

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  • Reply
    Megan Starr (@MeganCStarr)
    March 23, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I love this list! And I love the mention of cafes with tudes hahhahaha! Because it is very true (although I love Hopplo and Bruhmarkt but definitely depends on the barista working). Espresso Bar though… no thanks. I can’t wait to get back and enjoy some good coffees. Belgrade has spoiled me, but Timisoara has been terrible. Mmmm… this post makes my mouth water. Great list!

    • Reply
      March 23, 2017 at 9:35 am

      I felt bad of course. Some people would say ‘just leave them out’ but I still think they make good coffee and for Germany/Frankfurt, it’s important as it’s not ‘everywhere’. Totally right, depends on the barista or the person taking your order. I think Bruhmarkt is probably quite a friendly/happy space but their other one near the Skyline Plaza seems a bit off at times. Espresso Bar – what a shame. I quite like their coffee. I must have had one coffee a month for the last 1.5 years and no one has ever bothered to say anything to me except asking for my order. They know I’m a local too 🙁

      • Megan Starr (@MeganCStarr)
        March 23, 2017 at 11:20 am

        I agree with you. I like Bruhmarkt when certain people make my coffee, but some of the other baristas are terrible. Kaffeewerk is hit or miss for me… I normally am not a huge fan, but in recent months they have been pretty decent (they also had beans in from Public). Espresso Bar’s coffee is not for me… I find their beans super oily and served with a terrible attitude. I definitely think coffee is preferential so I just recommend places to people and they will like some and not like others. I try to judge places on their black coffee as that is where you can actually taste the coffee’s flavors… and many baristas in FFM scold the milk.

  • Reply
    April 20, 2017 at 10:15 am

    Wow! I loved this list and I am going to share it with my husband who is a regular traveler to Frankfurt. Cafe 48 and Holy cross looks super cozy place with beautiful interiors. VIF looks so tempting and I already want to have one of it.

  • Reply
    October 8, 2017 at 6:21 am

    This makes me wanna come to Frankfurt and explore coffee (and food) places even more! Aniis looks like I place I could fall in love with, too. That food platter – yum! We should really plan something soon! And you’re more than welcome to stay in Berlin anytime. 🙂

    • Reply
      October 8, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Hey girl! Yes you’re right – we have to make something happen. By the way, you’d actually be surprised at Frankfurt’s food here. If you know where to go, man oh man it can be a pleasant surprise!

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