In heavily-bombed Frankfurt, some of the oldest buildings still standing are found in Sachsenhausen, the city’s most populated district, known for its bohemian vibe and dedication to the state beverage Apfelwein, a light and tart drink of fermented apples. On the Grosse- and Kleine-Rittergasse, Paradiesgasse and Klappergasse streets in Sachsenhausen’s old town area you’ll find historic half-timbered houses. This is where visitors and locals go to discover Frankfurt’s lively bar scene (its narrow pedestrian streets overflow with cosy pubs). On the slightly quieter Schweizer Strasse, there’s a heady mix of alternative boutiques and excellent views of the Frankfurt skyline.
Sit on a communal wooden bench and feast on apple wine and Schweinshaxe (pork knuckle) at Atschel, which has perfected the crispy outside and tender inside of this German classic.
At the sleek, monochrome Bonechina, it’s up to you to make your own drink – the staff will show you how. Big on style and small on space, this speakeasy-style bar can squeeze only 12 in at any one time.
Stroll down the tree-lined Museumsufer (museum embankment) on the south side of the Main river to find nine world-class museums, including the Städel, whose collection spans 700 years of European art.
Libertine Lindenberg fits right into a neighbourhood known for its creativity. Branded as the stylish home of a particularly well-travelled fictional character, this five-storey boutique hotel puts on film and music nights, houses a recording studio and even hosts cooking classes.
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Every other Saturday, a wide range of stalls pop up for flea market Schaumainkai. Everything from second-hand toys to locally made clothing, used bikes, crafts, antique furniture and art is on sale.