I often pass through Frankfurt, only for a day or two. Here’s my recommendations for things to do!
So many good food options! Many of them are a bit “German” (read: heavy), and what’s on the menu changes depending on what’s in season (as it should be).
Ristorante Rustico: The best Italian food I’ve ever had. I know, I know… but still. It’s amazing
Apfelwein Solzer: This is a fabulous quintessential German restaurant. You’ll be talking about the Wiener Schnitzel for a decade.
Oberschweinstiege: If the weather is nice – GO HERE! It’s a wonderful restaurant just south of town, located in the middle of a forest. Take Tram 17 to the Oberschweinstieg station and wander along the trail to the east. Amazing homemade food with outdoor seating.
Frankfurter Haus: Another exceptional and traditional restaurant just south of town with big/heavy/amazing meals. Save room for desert!
Paulaner: A great place for a decent meal in Domplatz (next to the big red church in downtown Frankfurt).
Bar ohne Namen: I don’t drink, so take this recommendation with a grain a salt, but my friends dragged me to this small modern bar and I enjoyed a non-alcoholic ginger smash, and it was delightful. Highly recommended.
Eiserner Steg (bridge across the Main river): It’s not that the bridge is particularly spectacular. What is exceptional is walking along the Main river, both the tree lined on the northwest side and the grass fields filled with vibrant nightlife on the south side.
Zeil: The Zeil is a pedestrian shopping street filled with stores, street performers, and more. It’s worth a stroll.
Kleinmarkthalle Frankfurt: A very cool public market, with tons of shops, food, fruit, produce, flowers, meat, and more.
Römerberg: A very traditional and photogenic spot in the heart of Frankfurt.
Bauernmarkt Konstablerwache (Farmers Market): On Thursday and Saturday morning, there is a great and varied farmers market on the east end of the Zeil.
Whatever’s going on!: It seems like there’s always something poppin’ in Frankfurt. It might be a carnival along the river, or the Christmas Markets along the Ziel and Römerberg, but find out what’s on, and join in the fun.