Locals aspire to live in Nordend for its top-notch restaurants at budget-friendly prices, dozens of Apfelwein pubs, a moated villa and beautiful parks. Holzhausenschlösschen, once a country villa and summer retreat, is now one of Nordend’s most impressive landmarks. Glauburgstrasse is the place to explore dozens of cafés and restaurants. A vibrant green border between the Bornheim and Nordend districts, Günthersburgpark, which used to be a private estate owned by the Rothschild family, is now a go-to destination for volleyball, summer picnics, climbing (there’s a 10-metre-high climbing wall), and a Sunday stroll.
Apfelweinwirtschaft Frank is where locals go to drink apple wine while demolishing huge portions of classic German grub such as Frankfurter Schnitzel – breaded and fried pork with Grüne Sosse (a creamy herb sauce). On certain evenings, the restaurant screens German football matches.
Speakeasy-style bars abound in Frankfurt, but Der Rote Bar was one of the first. Ring the doorbell to get in and make sure you dress sharp to slip past the doorman. The art deco interior is a moody red, of course, and cocktails encompass classics and creative fusions – try Death in the Afternoon, a blend of champagne, bitters, sugar and lemon.
Independent boutique Kleidoskop offers sleekly cut garments for the female shopper prowling for statement pieces, including barely worn designer pieces and clothes from the city’s finest young designers. Black and white dominate the curated selection from the likes of Vivienne Westwood, Plein Sud, Gold Hawk and Drykorn.
Though it’s a chain hotel, NH Collection Frankfurt City delivers five-star amenities at reasonable prices, meaning spacious rooms all come with Nespresso machines, the gym has a sauna and steam room, and the enormous breakfast buffet has a live cooking station that will whip you up an omelette.
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Wine bar Weinstube Nordend draws a mostly local crowd who lap up its impressive list of European wines, starting at just €2.40 per glass. The friendly staff will offer you a sip of whatever you like, with more than 40 bottles open behind the bar.