The Best of Frankfurt

It’s also the place to go if you're trying to woo someone with seriously expensive gifts, as the big jewellers and watchmakers congregate here.

The Icon | Main Tower

In a country that has never really taken to skyscrapers, Frankfurt is a novelty. For the best views of the city’s gleaming skyline of high-rise buildings, go to Main Tower. The 53rd floor is home to Europe’s highest TV studio, which is synonymous with Germany's lottery show. There is also a fine-dining restaurant, 187 metres up, serving lunch, dinner and cocktails. The viewing terrace on the 56th floor, 200 metres up, is accessible via a slightly nauseating 25km/h lift. Guides at the top show you the landmarks, but the big surprise is how quickly the city gives way to hills and forest – it's more densely packed than it seems.

The Shopping Strip | Goethestrasse

Despite desperate attempts to promote other expensive (but floundering) shopping centres, Goethestrasse is still the classiest street for busting out the credit card. It’s more of an alley than a shopping precinct and it’s where you find the likes of Gucci (No. 5), Louis Vuitton (No. 13) and Hermès (No. 25). It’s also the place to go if you're trying to woo someone with seriously expensive gifts, as the big jewellers and watchmakers congregate here. It’s on this strip that Cartier (No. 11), Bulgari (No. 16) and Tiffany & Co (No. 20) vie for the custom of Frankfurt’s big-spending banking fraternity.

The Eat Street | Fressgass

Officially called Grosse Bockenheimer Strasse, this pedestrianised strip is known to locals as Fressgass (‘eat street’). It doesn’t take much to work out why. Given the barest glimpse of sunshine, every cafe terrace fills up. Meyer (No. 52) covers the range of options; you can tuck into a steak in the restaurant or pop into the deli for some take-home goodies. Ebert’s Suppenstube (No. 31) is also a lunchtime favourite; at this soup kitchen and deli the frikadellers (something between a meatball and a burger) are rather more-ish.

The Hot Spot | Berger Strasse

To the north-east of the city centre, Berger Strasse is the road that shows Frankfurt is more than a hangout for stuffed shirts. It’s lined with indie clothes shops, cafes and some of Frankfurt’s best bars and pubs. Café Süden (No. 239) is all about rainbow benches and garden gnomes; Cafe Wacker (No. 185) is for coffee and people-watching; Sugar (No. 235) is a sleek cocktail bar; and Wein Dunker (No. 265) serves local wines in its leafy courtyard and ‘medieval cool’ cellar bar.

Words by David Whitley - Published in Voyeur May 2011
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