Frankfurt may have given its name to a simple sausage, but today its restaurants bring international cuisine to Germany’s capital of commerce. Serving the international elite on a daily basis, the restaurants listed here are used to those who demand the very best in culinary skill and quality service. So, after a stressful day of business, sit back, relax and allow these top class establishments to take you on a culinary expedition.
Main Tower Restaurant & Lounge
Standing 61 ft over Frankfurt, Main Tower Restaurant & Lounge is not easy to miss. This unique restaurant offers a high-level culinary experience served with a spectacular panorama of the city of Frankfurt. Officially inaugurated in January 2000, Main Tower is the fourth tallest building in Frankfurt and remains the only skyscraper still open to the general public. This 53rd floor restaurant is one of Frankfurt’s most popular addresses, and is ideal for a romantic dinner or tea at the weekend.
Restaurant Villa Rothschild
Need an excuse to escape from the fast pace of life in Frankfurt, try this: a restaurant focused on healthy, sustainable cuisine at the former country residence of the Rothschilds, which is surrounded by a ten hectare park and the Taunus mountain range. In the dining room of a boutique hotel with the same name, Villa Rothschild is where the nee concept of Grill & Health delights awaits. If visiting in during the summer, be sure to book a table on the terrace where spectacular scenery makes leaving the bustle of the city even more worthwhile.
Emma Metzler’s beautiful decor and design makes it look like an extension of an exhibition space—fitting for a restaurant in the city’s museum embankment (Museumsufer) and on the grounds of the sleek Museum für Angewandte Kunst. The spacious bistro’s sleek lines are softened by colorful artwork on the white walls, lobster-red furniture pieces, a wall of glass blocks and thick, navy blue curtains. Flower arrangements adorn the tables and strings of lightbulbs hang from above. The service is impeccable, and the food comes served like a masterpiece; the French-German menu includes a couscous with beets, yogurt and dukkah (a mixture of herbs, nuts and spices) for lunch or fennel bratwurst for dinner. If the weather is nice, eat outside and take a walk over the Eiserner Steg bridge after your meal, especially at night when you can see Frankfurt’s skyline alit before you. If you visit on the last Saturday of the month, your museum entrance is free.
This serene, cash-only café is one of the most comfortable spots in the city, and happens to have an adjoining vinyl record shop, Memphis Records. It’s ideal for breakfast and lunch, though it’s open until 7:30pm. On Thursdays and Fridays, it transforms into a bar and closes at 1am. The quiet space has soft green and white tiles on the walls, wooden small tables and cozy pillows. The cafe has weekly, ever-changing options like zucchini soup and ground meatballs with basmati rice, as well as some permanent sandwiches including salami, tomato, cream cheese and arugula or goat cheese with grilled vegetables. To wash it all down, try the homemade elderberry mint lemonade. The staff here is exceptionally kind, and both kids and dogs are welcome (and spoiled). Lucille’s located north of the city center in the Nordend-Ost quarter, and is a perfect place to rest after touring the Old Jewish Cemetery. Take the walk here to experience the Frankfurt of locals, with its quiet wide streets and lovely architecture.