A day of business in Frankfurt
The European epicentre of banking, international business and German home to some of the most influential companies in the world is hardly considered a hub of culture and society. With thousands travelling through the city each day, few visit for leisure or pleasure, merely rushing between meetings before flying out as soon as possible. But for those prepared to take some time out Frankfurt is a breadth of cultural delights that can fill a gap between engagements or even, a weekend of art and food.
The Altstadt area, north of the river Main and east of the deadzone around the Hauptbahnhof is for all intensive purposes the hipster and social side of the city. Lined with a plethora of concept shops, marketplaces, cafes and restaurants and only a ten-minute walk from the popular Kaiserplatz shopping strip it is the ideal suburb to spend an afternoon.
The Holy Cross Brewing Society is a well thought out project ticking all of the third wave coffee boxes with a stylish décor, fresh lunches and a well made, highly developed coffee menu. During the summer months a series of cold brew and filter options are available as well as traditional favourites from the espresso machine. Using beans from roasteries around Europe as well as their own beans from backyard coffee, the flavours are well balanced, light (standard for Germany) and smooth.
Whisky for life directly across the road from The Holy Cross is a great stop to pick up a gift, take a tasting class or sample the best Whisky’s from around the world. The sleek store is well presented to show off the glistening stock and to tempt enthusiasts to ask questions and learn about flavours and tastes of the whisky on offer.
No day is complete without a collection of Modern Art and at the MKK Museum für Moderne Kunst there are three locations around Frankfurt that house some of the most fascinating modern pieces in Europe. With tickets available for 1,2 or all 3 galleries you can witness one of the more stranger art experiences with a somewhat unorthodox gallery blueprint matched with controversial and unconventional curatorship. With works from Joseph Beuys, Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol and James Turrell the gallery is far from boring.
After traipsing the halls of MM1 one needs a reboot. Fortunately, just around the corner is Die Kleinmarkthalle Frankfurt where it is easy to spend hours taking in the produce and atmosphere. Lined with local marketeers displaying an array of spices, fruit, vegetables, liqueurs, fresh cuts of meat and fish as well as a Japanese restaurant and an Italian restaurant, there are ample places to eat, drink and enjoy a well oiled marketplace. On Saturday the car park at the rear of the marketplace turns into a food popup venue selling bratwurst, buletten and wine.
Finishing the day with a drink by the river is never a bad thing and Langosch am Main delivers. With a sizable food and drinks menu the beer garden and indoor restaurant on the edge of the Main River offers great views over the city as well as quality cocktails and tap beers. Always bustling, seating is somehow always achievable and it is easy to laze the evening away enjoying a few drinks.