EAT in Frankfurt:
When Orfeo's Erben (heirs) was opened in January 1999, as a successor of one of the most renowned art house cinemas in Germany, nobody had an idea that Andreas Lucas and Harry Dehnhardt had hit on an excellent concept: They made the Orfeo's into a unique, public cinema restaurant, which is unrivalled in Germany. Both sides of the business are a great deal. In the smallest THX cinema in Germany you see movies, trailers and the latest production of aspiring German film-makers. The open bar and restaurant area has also got many fans. Who's surprised? The atmosphere is great, and the food, too. Trade Fair visitors, neighbours, regulars, and movie lovers are repeat customers here. You find delicious international dishes on the menu: Crunchy salads with a sophisticated dressing, pasta, fish and meat. If you are lucky you get one of the sought-after tables next to the screening room - then you can enjoy your food with a good movie.
The name EDMW stands for EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN of the Ang Lee movie. The topic? Asian cuisine arts and human relationships. The name says it all. In the unadorned restaurant you'll receive liquid and solid delicacies of Asian cooking: Buddha rolls, spring rolls, shrimp skewers in peanut sauce. If you want to taste it all, choose the Tapas - a perfect cross-section of the edible Asia. DRINK is part of the programme, too. At the bar you get all sorts of colourful cocktails, including Martini Cocktails, Gin Fizz, Pina Colada, Swimmingpool and Vodka Sour. The open room concept invites you to have good conversations in large groups, and those who prefer two-some privacy can choose one of the calm, more intimate corners. The ambiance is classy but still inviting. Giant aquariums create a bluish light; the fish calmly swim their rounds and make the EDMW a perfect place to start into the night.
You'll realize that the Tiger Restaurant is something very special upon entering: The walls are decorated with posters from the world of performing artists, as well as relevant wall paintings. Delve into this world of high-flying dreams. The food in this international gourmet restaurant is just as great as the variety show in the house. Enjoy the light, French cooking that follows the seasons. Taste a shellfish cream soup with shrimp balls, peas and mint, after that a tranche of deer's back with celery nut crust and barberry sauce and as a dessert toffee brittle bar with compote and pear sorbet. This doesn't only sound delicious, it is, and it is confirmed by the star, which the international hotel and restaurant guide Michelin has been awarding since 1997. The menu is excellent, the wine selection, too, and the service team around the chef and sommelier Miguel Martin top class. Tip: Enjoy a menu in the Tiger Restaurant and a late show of the excellent artists and acrobats.
SIGHTS in Frankfurt:
Roses, stone, heath and rhododendron garden, long walking paths lined by tropical plants and then a romantic waterfall. If you need some downtime from the stress in the city, if you want to take a deep breath, and be one with nature, the Palmengarten (palm garden) is right for you. With 22 hectares this is the biggest palm garden in Germany, and if you manage to go with the calm flow, you'll feel like in paradise. Aside from beautifully designed walking paths, a boat rental at the pond as well as shady green areas with reclining chairs, the different exhibition spaces such as the palm house, the petal or the subantarctic house invite you to discover botanical diversity. With an entry-fee of only 5 euros for adults, the green oasis is a reasonably-priced option for relaxing and revitalizing in the middle of the city.
It was the biggest extension in the history of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt - both in terms of content and architecture. On February 25, 2012 the annex building for the collection of contemporary art opened to its visitors in a huge celebration. 3,000 additional square metres for the picture museum. For 1,200 works that stem from donations from the Deutsche Bank and the DZ Bank art collection as well as own collecting activities. For this purpose the Frankfurt architects Schneider+Schumacher put a hall (which is up to 8 metres high) under the museum garden - with a curved ceiling that is only pillared by twelve struts, 195 round skylights that let the daylight from the garden enter the hall. In the evening light all this looks like a modern installation from the outside. Speaking of modern: the contemporary art in the museum ranges from Jean Fautrier to Yves Klein and Gerhard Richter.
Der Eiserne Steg
How do pedestrians from the Frankfurt Old Town, the Römerberg, get across the Main to the opposite neighbourhood of Sachsenhausen? Of course, via the Eiserne Steg. Luckily, this important connection has been free-of-charge since 1886. Before it became municipal property, people had to pay for using it. The Eiserne Steg is a neo-Gothic, 170 metres-long pedestrian bridge, the architectural counter piece of the Holbeinsteg. Because of its location, and its characteristic silhouette, the Eiserne Steg has become a beautiful landmark of Frankfurt. From the bridge you also have a great of of the Frankfurt skyline and the Museumsufer. Tip: Every two weeks, directly at the Main shore, at the southern end of the Eiserne Steg, the well-known Frankfurt flea market takes place. You can find things that you definitely won't find anywhere else, and that you didn't even think you would ever need.
STAY in Frankfurt:
If you are looking for a cheap yet comfortable pension in Frankfurt, this is the place for you. Ideally located, only ten minutes from the Frankfurt Trade Fair and 15 minutes from the city centre, the Pension Backer offers the perfect base camp for outings and projects of all kinds. The rooms are clean and nicely furnished, the breakfast room welcomes you with the charm of the 50s. It's a place to feel at home, though you cannot expect too much comfort - the guests of the 25 rooms share the showers. The flip side is the reasonable price. In any event, the Pension Backer is a good alternative to a youth hostel and very popular among backpackers. No wonder, with prices like 25,- euros for singles and 40,- euros for doubles a night
The Fleming's Deluxe Hotel offers pure luxury in the middle of Frankfurt city centre, just a few meters away from the stock exchange, the Alte Oper and the Zeil shopping street. The luxurious service attracts celebrities of all kinds: German Chancellor Angela Merkel and singer Anastacia were guests here - albeit not together. The listed building was tastefully renovated. Expensive fabrics and exclusive materials in warm, earthen colours were stylishly combined with elements of modern elegance. The colours bordeaux and amber dominate the interior, creating a comfy atmosphere. Don't miss taking a ride with the paternoster. This rare type of lift takes you directly to the Fleming's Club on the seventh floor of the hotel. The view from up here is breathtaking, and is crowned by juicy grill and seafood specialities, light creations from the wok and one of the many top wines. By the way, the service personnel will polish your shoes, before the chauffeur invites you to a city tour. The price is equivalent to the luxury: Doubles start at 256,- euros a night.
Hotel am Berg
The Hotel am Berg is a secret tip, a Wilhelminian style villa, which has been owned by one family since 1950 and become one of the most popular mid-range hotels. Cultural travellers, in particular, like to come here, so you should reserve beforehand. Often the hotel is booked up. The family atmosphere and beautiful hillside location make it a real jewel. The rooms are individually designed and lovingly furnished; the small garden invites you, if the weather permits, to relax. If you want to spend your time in Frankfurt in a truly charming hotel, this is the one for you: Upon your first step over the threshold you'll find yourself cordially welcomed and thoroughly at home. Doubles start at 67,- euros at night.
SHOPPING in Frankfurt:
This hip second-hand shop is located at the popular shopping mile Zeil-Konstablerwache. If you don't find any bargains here, where will you? The secret recipe: A lot of time. If you have enough of it and are in the mood for rummaging, you'll surely find something. There are some new clothes and a great selection of second-hand fashion, including bell-bottoms and ruffled blouses from the 1960s or the most recent fashion. Look closely, there are many labels such as Nike, Adidas or Lacoste. A tip for those who are searching for even steeper bargains: Every Wednesday there are four Happy Hours. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. you'll get another 20% discount on everything - a great deal considering that it's already unbeatably cheap.
The building itself is already worth a visit. The Italian star architect Massimiliano Fuksas set his hand to the design. His innovative plan looked as follows: he took the aerial image of a dried-out course of a river and used it as the basis for his groun d plan. In this way a building without any edges came into existence - round, curved and bent. Above a glass roof lies down like a rapid stream in waves. And what's under the roof? On six floors there are jeans and casual wear by Guess, G-star, Hilfiger Denim, Replay and Pepe, as well as lace lingerie by Princess Tam Tam and Passionata, additionally there's functional clothing by The North Face and Columbia or surf clothing by Chiemsee or Quicksilver. A 47 metre long express escalator takes you directly to the culinary boulevard where various international cuisines are on the menu.
Never before has eco fashion, also beyond the eco scene, been as hip as it is today. There are more and more shops that fit this category. Organicc is a special one among them: Owner Gerd Palmer only sells clothes and accessories that were produced under fair working conditions. Moreover, they should be made of organic or recycled materials. The cotton for the clothes is grown in an environmentally friendly way, and the switch to different cultivation methods is supported financially. Child labour or the exploitation of workers are a taboo. For Palmer, eco is not a hip trend that you can turn into gold, but an attitude towards life. Designers such as Katherine E Hamnett, Bono's label EDUN or Ivana Basilotta are part of the collection, as are shoes by Terra Plana!. The selection of wearable and modern street ware is great, and on top of that you'll get the feeling of having shopped responsibly for free.