Lake in the middle of Frankfurt, well hidden - with great, great parties in the summer and swimming during the day.
Neu-Isenburg is at the end of the Streetcar/Tram line 14, which passes through the city forest (Stadtwald) on the south side of Frankfurt. Well worth the ride in itself. Then it's a 10 minute walk to the old Market Square.
The quality of the German menu items is A1 and the green sauce is perhaps the best in the whole area. The staff are friendly: not the typical apple-wine pub bruskness.
Book in advance as it's always busy, though I have always found a table during a walk-in in the early evening. And for families with children, they actually like them here.
Marktplatz 1, 63263 Neu-Isenburg;
tel (0 61 02) 3 96 69
Get traditional German food at this apfelwein kneipe (apple wine tavern), the best in Frankfurt, on Wallstrasse, across from Alt Sachenhausen. Great food, great apple wine (the local drink, better than Somerset cider) and a great atmosphere.
Tel: 069 612 778;
Open: Monday to Saturday from 5pm to midnight
This small bar will be anything other than football-focused. It attracts a very arty crowd looking to have fun: Germans, as well as English, Irish and Scottish expats, and a straight/gay mixed crowd. Theme parties are the best. Think Christmas in August
Kleine rittergasse 13, Sachsenhausen;
My family emigrated to Frankfurt 8 years ago and I have been a regular visitor ever since. I can tell you for a fact that, for the best night out in the city, you need to head to Sachsenhausen, and specifically the Irish bar O'Dwyers and the Cuban bar round the corner.
Prepare yourself for extremely reasonably priced drinks, friendly people and a good time!
U-bahn stop Lokalbahnhof
In the older Sachsenhausen district, this traditional hostelry serves the local cider, apfelwein, by the jug, and also cooks up delicious local dishes.
Perfect for wiling away a summer's afternoon (and evening!) as it is open daily from 11am to midnight.
Sachsenhausen, Schweizer Strasse
Tel: +49 69 61 25 65)
Schweizerstrasse is the main highstreet in the beautiful Sachsenhausen district south of the river Main.
Escape the massing throngs into a classic European tree lined avenue jam-packed with swanky bars for the beautiful people and cider taverns for everyone else. All mixed in with your normal highstreet shops, you can find everything here in one street without having search round and get lost.
Recommended is 'Zumgemaltenhaus' (the painted house) for a traditional local cider tavern, huge portions of quality local dishes and reasonable prices.
5 minutes walk from the city center, over the river Main via the 'Untermainbrücke' (bridge) leads directly to the start of the street.
Or via U-Bahn, U1,2,or 3 to Südbahnhof, get off at stop Schweizerplatz.
www.zumgemaltenhaus.de, (in german)
This is a small, atmospheric bar hidden in a side street just off the beaten track of the Fressgass. It has two floors and if you go upstairs there's a very novel way of getting your drinks. You lean over a railing to the bar below and shout down your order, which is placed in a basket on a rope. You then haul it up to access your beverages.
There's usually unobtrusive jazz playing, as the name suggests, and it's all very laid back and friendly. Don't go in large numbers though as there's limited space.
Kleinen Bockenheimer Str 12
I don't recommend this well-known cider tavern for those with families. It’s on the outskirts of Frankfurt – in a place called Seckbach – and it’s very child unfriendly. They do not sell non-carbonated water, so we allowed a one-year-old baby to have some from a bottle we had in our bag. The owner was outraged and threw us out of the bar. I suggest steering clear.
Leonhardsgasse 2; tel: 069 47 91 28;
Located in Mainz, just outside Frankfurt, by the Rhine River, this restaurant is a must-visit. Originally, in the 13th century, it was a hospital and church for the poor and sick, and though it has since passed through many owners, it still retains a unique atmosphere. Now it has a restaurant, bar and beer garden serving breakfast, dinner, cocktails and even homemade pastries.
Mailandsgasse 11, 5516 Mainz;
tel: 06131 22 5757;
A must for all Frankfurt visitors is to have a glass of the traditional 'Äppelwoi' (apple wine). The best place to go is Fichtekränzi in the posh neighbourhood Sachsenhausen.
Tel: +49 696 127 78
Just off the Fressgass, one of Frankfurt's most expensive shopping streets, is this alternative/politics/poetry club, with daily readings, meetings and - of course - good beer and the traditional Äppler apple wine.
Kleine Hochstrasse 5; www.club-voltaire.de
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