Multifunctional Toys

Multifunctional Toys with Balanced Kids

Now this is a company after our own hearts!  Balanced Kids offer multifunctional toys aimed to not only peak kid’s minds and imagination but also build body awareness and strength.  And most importantly, the products are endless FUN for kids! 

The Story behind Balanced Kids

Another incredible story born out of COVID lockdown!  Marie and Christoph Schmid founded Balanced Kids in November 2020.  Undoubtedly like many parents, they found themselves with a problem to solve during lockdown!  How on earth does one keep one’s children entertained in minimal space with maximum effect!  Additionally, they wanted the solution to be multifunctional and aesthetically pleasing!  Now lets be honest, this is a problem that many parents face regardless of whether the world is in the midst of a pandemic! Definitely check out their products!!

So with a problem to solve they set about their research, trial and error and sourcing products.  Finally they found what they were looking for and as they say ‘the rest is history’. 

It should also be noted, they stock a very curated range of items that are not only multifunctional toys and easy on the eye but provide endless hours of entertainment.  Another added bonus of a very curated range?  There is much less confusion when buying!!

What Multifunctional Toys do Balanced Kids offer?

At present they have 5 core products with an endless possibility of activities for your child’s imagination.

  1. Balance Board
  2. Balance Board Swing and Rings
  3. Balance Stones
  4. Wooden Rainbow
  5. Stepping stones


Good to know

Balanced Kids can only be found online see below for their website.  Worth noting, the offer FREE personal delivery in Frankfurt!

Additional Info:    balanced kids website | instagram


STEAM Robotics and Coding

Robotics and Coding with Boston Education

Boston Education is an organisation that specialises in using STEAM activities to teach kids robotics and coding in Frankfurt.  I meet their CEO, Maja Vuksic, one Friday afternoon under the pergola at Cafe Croquant.  Admittedly I’m a little nervous to sit down and discuss Robotics and Coding I’m more a bang it till it works kinda girl, just kidding!

Two things strike me, her incredibly firm handshake when we meet (love it!) and as we chat her understated brilliance!  Having studied Physics and Neuroscience at Harvard and Columbia, she is nobodies fool!  But more than that, she doesn’t make me feel foolish as I ogle and have my jaw drop on more than one occasion as she talks!

So, if you going to put your precious humans under the tutorage and guidance of anyone I will shamelessly scream her name!

About Boston Education

Foundered in 2016 as a response to seeing a gap in the market to use STEAM fundamentals to enhance kids education.  Not only are extracurricular activities important for kids to have have fun and develop new skills, it fundamentally important in securing your child’s future.  In order for the next generation to succeed later in life we need to understand now that school and grades are only one part of a very complex and competitive puzzle.

Boston Education seeks to help parents seamlessly integrate science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics in a fun and engaging way.  Turning parents ‘online gaming war’ as tool to now draw them in and learn.  Thus they have the carrot but we don’t need to use the stick!

What STEAM activity classes and courses do they offer?

In short Boston Education offers 3D Computer Game Design, Robotics and Coding.  These courses are offered as an extracurricular activity at various campuses in and around Frankfurt.  Furthermore, they offer holiday camps where kids can either dip their toe or sink their teeth into these STEAM activities.

Not only do kids learn how to code and build a game or robot but they must design and create their characters using art!  With enthusiastic teachers to guide and encourage them along the way our next generation will be smiling!

Where can you find a Boston Education class?

As previously mentioned, the robotics and coding classes are offered at various campuses and international schools in and around Frankfurt.

  1. IBMS School
  2. International School Frankfurt
  3. FIS
  4. Metropolitan School Frankfurt
  5. Anna-Schmidt Schule (registrations are open to all students ie students outside of Anna-Schmit)

Furthermore, Boston Education classes can be found in other German Cities namely:

  1. BilinGO campus (Cologne)
  2. Jules Verne Campus (Munich)

Coding and Robotics Summer Camps for July/August 2022

If you are looking to entertain your little humans (or rather have others entertain them for you) then look no further.  Now, as a parent myself I know what you thinking!!  Inside all day in front of screen in summer??  Well this camp is turning ‘screen time’ on it’s head!!  Firstly, it’s completely outside!  Yes you read that correctly, the kids are taught outside in the fresh air.  And secondly, they learn whilst playing.

Camp Details are as follows:

  1. Where:  Anna-Schmidt Schule City campus.
  2. When:  Camps are weekly with the first week beginning July 25th and the last week beginning August 22nd.

Also be quick to avoid disappointment – book here now.


Address:
Niedernhausener Strasse 13
60326 Frankfurt am Main

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 1pm

Additional Info:    Boston Education website



9 euro ticket

9 Euro Ticket for Local Travel across Germany

So, unless you have been living under rock (and perhaps that’s best), you may have noticed expenses are rises left right and centre! And income rising??  Well not so much!  In an attempt to help lower the burden of the exorbitant increases for everyday living expense the government has brought in a €9 Ticket for Monthly Travel across Germany.

What is the €9 ticket?  And how long is it available for?

In short, the €9 ticket is a nationwide, monthly travel card.  And it allows travellers to use all means of local public transport for only €9 a month. It came into effect at the beginning June and is available for use during July and August.

Where is the 9 Euro Ticket Available for use?

The 9 Euro Ticket is valid on all public transport services in Germany.  Moreover, it’s valid on any local/regional route!  And you can make as many journeys as you like.   It is valid across all forms of public transport including buses, trams, underground trains as well as on commuter rail, regional trains and regional express trains in second class  Also worth noting, the ticket is valid for use all across the country regardless of where you purchased it.  For example, a 9-Euro-Ticket purchased in Frankfurt can also be used for journeys in Berlin and the surrounding area.

However, please be aware the ticket is not valid on long-distance trains (e.g. IC, EC or ICE) or long-distance buses.

Where to buy the €9 Travel Ticket

The ticket will be available via a number of channels namely:

  • online (RMV
  • apps (DB Navigator and RMV)
  • Local ticket desks at stations.
Using the RMV app (see images below)

When using the RMV app.  Firstly ensure that you have a destination selected.  Secondly, click ‘BUY SINGLE TICKET’  after which you will be directed to various departure times etc.  Thirdly, choose any departure time and select ‘RMV-TICKET from: 2,75€’.  Finally, you will be directed to the various ticket options, with one being ‘9-Euro-Ticket’ and you can NOW buy your travel ticket.

9 Euro Ticket for Local Travel

Things to remember when using €9 Travel Ticket

Please remember that on all local and long distance transport masks are still mandatory.  Thus, ensure you are prepared so as to avoid disappointment of being turned away at the door.



Luxury Second Hand clothing

Luxury Second Hand Clothing with Style Definery

Style Definerys founder and owner, Anja Murjahn, is a journalist by trade but a fashionista by soul!  However, more than a fashionista she is conscious consumer and adamant that we should all be doing our bit for the environment.  It is the coming together of luxury and sustainability that saw the beginning of Style Definery.  Namely a beautiful showroom and online store that deals in luxury second hand clothing (preloved) and also some vintage pieces.  So if you looking to save the planet one luxury second hand clothing piece at a time head over to Westend and visit their gorgeous showroom!

What can you expect to find at Style Definery?

In short, you can expect to find many of the worlds leading luxury brands Chanel, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, Hermes to name but a few.  However, in our opinion the most important thing you will find, is a very curated selection of clothing!  Meaning, nothing you find is there by accident.  Each piece must not only meet the very high quality standards but must also fit with the overall look and feel of the Style Definery brand.

The Story behind Style Definery

Globe trotting is something Murjahn has a little experience with.  And it was her time spent studying abroad in the US together with visits to New York that really peaked her fascination with American fashion.  Moreover, she was drawn to the way New York presented fashion.  An eclectic mixture of high fashion and low fashion, and how it seamlessly fitted together.

Next she discovered The Real Real.  An American marketplace who sells authenticated luxury consignments.  All over the world the importance of second hand clothing has been recognised, however, Germany is still a little ‘shy’ to fully embrace it.  Murjahns goal is to help shift perceptions.  By of course illustrating the sustainability aspect of second hand clothing!  But also by showcasing to people that when done correctly, second hand clothing is the best of both worlds, namely shopping and ‘doing your bit’.  And finally getting people to understand that second hand clothing is neither smelly nor for the underprivileged or trawling through boxes of discarded clothing on the sidewalk.  So with the fashion industry coming in at a whopping number 4 on the biggest polluters on the planet we would all do well to listen!!

Want to be a consignor?

Style Definery welcomes anyone who would like to try their hand in the preloved world.  And in a few easy steps your ‘trash’ may become someone else’s treasure!

Step 1

Schedule an appointment to bring in all the items you are hoping to sell.  Subsequently Style Definery will make a selection of pieces that best fit with store.

Step 2

The Style Definery team get busy with research, making price comparisons, authenticity checks and verifying collection details. Furthermore, the team discerns how rare or widely available a particular piece is.

Step 3

After all the research and price comparisons are done, the team will contact you with a recommended price.  If both parties agree the piece ready  to be photographed and head onto the showroom floor.

Whilst it’s not an absolute guarantee, from selection to showroom of the Luxury Second Hand clothing the process often takes around 2 weeks.


Address:

Liebigstraße 23
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Hours:

Thursday and Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 11am – 4pm

Additional Info:      Style Definery website | instagram | facebook



Frankfurt Airport Taxi Transfers Welcome Pickups

Frankfurt Airport Taxi/Transfers with Welcome Pickups

Undoubtly we’ve all been at the airport, luggage hanging VERY heavy and trying to find a airport taxi or transfer!  Well Frankfurt airport taxi and transfers definitely just got easier with Welcome Pickups.  And if you are new to Frankfurt  the very least you expect before exploring the city is a stress free arrival!

About Welcome Pickups

I couldn’t say it better than they do, so in their own words.

’Founded in 2015 in Athens, Greece, Welcome goes above and beyond the commoditised transfer service as the first company to deliver a holistic, in-destination travel experience. From the moment a traveller arrives in a new destination, until they return home, Welcome accommodates all their travel needs (transfers, travel products, things to do, information) as the easiest, friendliest and most personalised solution.’

What does Welcome Pickups offer?

So what do they offer in Frankfurt exactly?  Well, first and foremost all the driver go through a rigorous vetting process also their vehicles are identified and checked.  Secondly, all drivers in all our destinations, are locals, experienced, English-speaking, and trained professionals.

In addition, the driver and the traveller are in direct contact through their mobile phone. The driver tracks their flight to ensure they are on time at the meeting point.  They meet and greet the traveller with a personalised sign which includes the travellers name.

How to book an airport taxi/transfer?

It couldn’t be easier to book a taxi. Simply click on the Welcome pickups website and head to ‘my bookings’.  From there you can enter your journey requirements and receive a quote before any further information is requested.  If you are happy to proceed you will then enter your flight number, email and telephone number before being directed to pay.

Why flight number, email and telephone number?

Essentially this is for ease of communincation.  Moreover, your driver will track your flight to ensure they arrive timeously to collect you.  Also, you will be emailed all the relevant details along with a photo of your driver a few days prior to your travel.

Additional Information:  welcome pickups website


Iñigo Urrechu Frankfurt Restaurant

A seat at the Oben table with Iñigo Urrechu

It’s written that Inigo doesn’t have restaurants rather he has houses where he welcomes friends.  And true to this statement this is how he welcomed us to his newest ‘house’ Oben on 15th Floor of the Melia City Hotel Frankfurt to interview him!  He greats us with a warm brilliant smile, a generous handshake and a twinkle in his eyes!  With an openness that immediately puts everyone at ease, we sat down to ‘chat’!

This man has definitely done this before.  And to say that he has done this before is perhaps the understatement of the year.  Not only has Urrechu been in the restaurant business for almost as long as he could walk but he has 8 restaurants under his belt.  7 in Spain, and now one in Germany.  As a celebrity chef and media personality he is a much loved household name in much of Spain.

Without a doubt what is clear from the moment you meet Inigo is that he is passionate about family, and his family extends to those who work and eat in his restaurants.

So, who is the man behind the Urrechu name?

Originally from Villarreal de Urrechu, Iñigo Pérez began his culinary journey at a very young age.  The youngest of three boys he was often thought to be a nuisance by his older brothers when they played outside on the street with their friends.  And so as a result, spent much time at home alongside his parents learning the tricks of the cooking trade.  Undoubtedly he was a ‘seedling’ being showered with gastronomical passion and know how, left slowly to bloom into a entrepreneur, restauranteur and international chef!

A nickname is often synonymous with endearment, so how did Iñigo Perreira become Urrechu?

Well, at the age of 17 and with the blessing of his mother, Iñigo Perez set off to work under Martín Berasategui.  And it was here one day that Berasategui passionately asked the young Iñigo where he was from. Villarreal de Urretxu came the response.  Realising he had no idea where that was, Barasategui smiled, and in that moment ‘Urrechu’ was born. Years later that name hangs on the wall of 7 of his 8 restaurants.  So what perhaps only began as a whim has gone on to define Iñigo Perez forever.

This is Urrechu’s first venture outside of Spain.  What drew him to Germany and Frankfurt?

Curiously, Iñigo’s love of sport and running brought him to Germany and Frankfurt.  First running the Berlin marathon and then secondly competing in the Frankfurt ironman. Germany he says excitedly has all the things he love’s in his life, a rich history and culture, gastronomy and of course sport!

He elaborates more and says if cities have restaurants that are rich in recipes, wines and cocktails it means the city demands it.  In other words the people demand it, they welcome it.  This is of course something that really appeals to him.

Oben Restaurant and Skybar

Urrechu is known to refer to his restaurants as ‘houses where he receives friends’.  Why?

He elaborates saying that cooking for someone is one of the biggest expressions of love.  It’s more than filling their belly, it’s to make them smile, to connect with them to nourish them.  Moreover people head out to restaurants not only to eat but also to celebrate, to connect with friends, to laugh, to cry.  In essence, people trust you with intimate moments in their lives.   And for this reason it is so much more than just a meal, more than a restaurant it is a ‘home’.

Furthermore, those in the gastronomy industry have gruelling hours and so it is important to Urrechu that all those that work in his businesses feel and are treated like family.

Iñigo Urrechu

Iñigo Urrechu

Javier Barros

Javier Barros

Javier Barros, Urrechu’s right hand man who makes Oben tick

Urrechu and Barros are very good friends having known and worked together for many years.  Undeniably important is having someone you trust to run and support you in business.  And Urrechu has this in Barros.  For Barros having lived and worked all over Europe this was an incredible opportunity to not only come full circle to where he lived as a child but to oversee and run an important house.

Having come to Germany at the tender age of 3 months and spending most of his childhood here, he provides the vital insider knowledge.  Barros was instrumental in the development of the menu. Understanding the culture, the language, the taste, all the ingredients needed to be a successful restaurant in Frankfurt.  The importance of getting the Spanish Kitchen and German Kitchen aligned was not lost on Urrechu.  And Urrechu credits Barros as being ‘the heart of the project’.

The Oben family under the guidance of Barros and Urrechu

Urrechu’s eye beam with pride as he talks about the team who began this project still being the very same team today.  Often, he explains, starting any new venture is difficult and there are often many casualties in the process.  However, he smiles, ‘we are still the same team’ and that is amazing.

The admiration each of the men have for each other is easily seen and therefore easy to understand why Oben restaurant and skybar  has been so welcomed by Frankfurters and travellers alike.

For both men family is everything, and when you spend so many hours working, those you work with become your family!  Their passion is palpable and even more than this is that passion has filtered through to all aspects of the restaurant and staff.

The Inspiration behind your new house’s name, Oben?

It began as a joke or rather a play on words.  A name that was almost a word in both German and English.  Oben in German meaning up.  And Oven (tweak the b) meaning, well, oven in English.

Are Seasonality and Local Produce key to the menu?

Yes of course!  For two reasons, one, flavour and perfume.  And two, price of course.  However, Oben is first and foremost a Spanish restaurant and therefore require many ingredients that may not be readily available in Germany.  For example octopus may not best be served from the Main.  However as mentioned previously the goal is to use the best quality products, support the local economy as much as possible but remain true to Spanish flavours.

Urrechu is an avid runner and sportsman.  Does this influence how and what he cooks?

In a word, YES.  When he runs or exercises it’s his time to decompress to relax and to be inpired.  With an incredibly sensitive sense of smell he takes in his surroundings through fragrance and perfume.  Hints of blackberry, lemongrass or the smell of the spice market as he ran in Dubai are all sources of inspiration that shape the idea of a dish or inspire a new one.  He continues to say that it is not blood that runs through his veins but rather  rosemary, sage and thyme!

Are Michelin Stars on the Menu for the Future?

Two things that are very clear when you meet Iñigo Urrechu.  One, he is incredibly passionate and loves what he does.  But two, he is businessman. As he puts it ‘a man has to be able to live’ and you can’t eat the stars.  Of course receiving a Michelin star (or two or three) is of the highest honour.  However he goes on to say, these are often small restaurants with high price tag meals and often not as profitable as their larger cousins who are just as focused on quality and flavour but more patrons and table turnover.  So, for now he loves the crowds and the laughter, the ambience they create and of course that they give him the financial means to reinvent Urrechu with new ventures.

If you were not a chef what would you be?

Ask this question and it might be one of the few ways to leave Iñigo Urrechu completely speechless.  He tells the story of being asked this by a journalist a few years back and being completely stumped for at least a minute.  And, after pondering for a while he decided that if he weren’t a chef it would still be something within the gastronomy world.  Ultimately the rosemary, thyme and garlic run too strong within his veins!

Without a double Urrechu and Barros have their philosophy instilled in the every fibre of Oben!  Because, we felt truly welcomed!  And we felt we were old friends around a table.  Laughter, joking and total ease was how it began and how it ended!



Meliá Frankfurt City Hotel

Meliá Frankfurt City Hotel

The Meliá Frankfurt City Hotel rises up 140 metres above the beautiful tree line Senkenbergeanlage and alongside the historic Senkenberg Museum.  And it should come as no surprise that with a height like that, that this iconic glass tower offers up breathtaking views over the Frankfurt skyline.  Also worth mentioning now – a meal or cocktail in the Oben Restaurant and Skybar (16th floor) is an absolute must for both Frankfurters and travellers alike!

About the Meliá Brand

Founded in 1956 in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Meliá Hotels International has more than 380 hotels around the world.  And its continued commitment to responsible tourism led it to be named the most sustainable hotel company in Spain and Europe in 2020, according to the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment.

The Vibe

A muted colour palette and monochrome furnishings are punctuated with vibrant greenery which beautifully soften the clean lines.  Undoubtedly too, the lighting is very cleverly used to not only illuminate but create statement pieces within their own right throughout the hotel.

As mentioned earlier, the view is absolutely phenomenal!  And with the floor to ceiling glass windows you can truly immerse yourself in it!  Now if you can, steal yourself away from the skyline for moment and drink in the pop art that drips from the walls!  Without a doubt Nathali von Kretschtmann’s art works make for worthy opponents battling the view for your attention.

Also equally important as the ambience and setting, are the staff! And throughout our stay we can honestly say we could not fault them.  From check in to checkout they were incredibly efficient, friendly and attentive.

Gym and Wellness Area

What a pleasure Meliá have made working out when you are away from home!  Honestly, hotel gyms often seem like a second thought hidden somewhere in the basement with a token treadmill and few dusty dumbbells if you lucky!  We were delighted to find that this was not the case at Meliá!!  Not only is the gym well kitted out, but, the Sauna and wellness area is calming with gorgeous views and plenty of space to relax and decompress!

The Rooms

Without a doubt the location and incredible views over the city are two of Meliá Frankfurt City Hotel’s biggest draw cards.  So it should come as no surprise that each of the hotel’s 431 rooms and suites come with floor-to-ceiling windows giving iconic views over the city skyline and mountains beyond. Many rooms also feature a private balcony.  And all rooms come with stylish, minimalist design and amenities including flat-screen TVs.

The Level

The Level is the perfect choice for guests wanting a more private and a exclusive experience.  It includes superior rooms, bespoke service and an enhanced staff attention.  Additional exclusive areas include a separate reception and lounge, this includes snacks and drinks that guests can enjoy throughout the day.  Also worth noting, The Level guests can enjoy their breakfast here each morning in a more relaxed and intimate setting.

State of the Art Conference and Business Centre

Just like the rest of the hotel, the conference and business centre has been well thought out!  With no less than 1,400 sq m of adaptable event space and meeting rooms there is plenty of room to manage all business affairs.  The hotel’s meeting rooms have high ceilings and state-of-the-art technology making them a pleasure to work in.  Furthermore, much of the space can be flexibly combined or sectioned to meet the party size and event requirements.

The Restaurant, Bar and Mixology

So whilst it may not bare the famous Urrechu in the name, there is no doubt that it is an Iñigo Urrechu venture.  And with Eddy O’Brien managing it, the bar and restaurant is in very safe hands.  Also the wine list and cocktail menu was developed as rigorously as the food menu!  So whether you are after a perfectly paired 3 course meal or cocktails overlooking the beautiful skyline Oben definitely delivers!

Good to know

  • There is convenient underground parking at Meliá Frankfurt City Hotel
  • An easy 7-10 minute walk to the Messe Festhalle and 20 minute walk into the city


Address:

Meliá Frankfurt City

Senckenberganlage 13,

60325 Frankfurt am Main

Additional Info:     website | facebook | instagram



Oben Restaurant and Skybar

Oben, Restaurant and Skybar

Oben Restaurant and Skybar gives you a perfect view of Frankfurt’s unique and beautiful skyline as it sits perfectly nestled high up amongst the soaring rooftops.  With undeniably breathtaking views over the city and the vibrant Mediterranean colours and flavour it makes for a visual feast both on an off the plate.

The Story behind Oben Restaurant and Skybar

So whilst Oben may not feature the famous Urrechu calling card, Iñigo Urrechu’s philosophy and style is unmistakably stamped all over Oben Restaurant and Skybar!  Drawn to the German culture and cuisine this marks Urrechu’s first venture outside of Spain!

The Vibe

Iñigo Urrechu is famously quoted as saying ‘I don’t have restaurants, I have houses where I welcome friends’.  And having met Urrechu, his right hand man Javier Barros, and staff this very much rings true!  As they all not only seem to embrace this philosophy but embody it.  So, forget pretentious posturing and over priced food, instead find food that’s designed to be shared and created to connect!

Equally important as the staff are the ambience and setting!  As mentioned above, the view is absolutely phenomenal!  And with the floor to ceiling glass windows you can truly immerse yourself in it!  Now steal yourself away from the skyline and drink in the pop art that drips from the walls!  Without a doubt Nathali von Kretschtmann’s art works make for a worthy opponent battling for your attention.

The Menu

Of course as you would expect, the menu is Mediterranean inspired cuisine.  However, lest we forget we are in Frankfurt there are definite German ‘touches’ added to many of the dishes to remind us!  For instance a dash of Grüne Soße here and splash of Reisling there, however this never comes at the expense of balance!

Some dishes have a wonderful playfulness about them whilst others have a depth that you expect from a restaurant of this calibre.  Some of our favourite dishes were the Beetroot tartare as an appetiser.  Oh my goodness, this elevated beetroot to level I never thought possible the bitterness perfectly balanced with the richness from the avocado!  For main course, the beef fillet topped with grilled avo and vine tomatoes!  Admittedly I hold my hands up here, because if beef fillet on the menu, I rarely choose anything else!  Having said that, it was cooked to perfection with the vine cherry tomatoes serving as the perfect pop of deliciousness to cut through richness of the avocado!  Finally dessert, the Mango Cake!  Now, I am not a dessert person!  But this was quite literally a mouthful of sunshine with a twist of sour that left me considering another!

The Bar and Mixology

With Eddy O’Brien at the helm, the bar and restaurant is in very safe hands.  And the wine list and cocktail menu was developed as rigorously as the food menu!  So whether you are after a perfectly paired 3 course meal or cocktails overlooking the beautiful skyline Oben definitely delivers!

Good to know


Address:

Located in Meliá Frankfurt City

Senckenberganlage 13,

60325 Frankfurt am Main

Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday:  6pm – 12am
Sunday & Monday:  Closed

Additional Info:      facebook | instagram



ML Cosmetics

ML Cosmetics

Nestled in a cobblestone alcove only a few minutes walk from Kronberg Aldstadt you’ll find ML Cosmetics.  A space dedicated to help you escape the hustle and bustle of the world and indulge your every skincare dream!

The story and team behind ML Cosmetics

ML cosmetics is the product of Mia-Stella Lee’s love for cutting edge skincare technology that works!  And it might be said that starting a business at the height of the pandemic back in 2021 is a little crazy, Mia however is anything but!  Armed with her extensive knowledge of high end cosmetics, an in-depth understanding of what luxury means and her vivacious personality she embarked on creating her beauty business!  Furthermore, her attention to detail extends beyond the products she endorses and embodies the calming and intimate space she has created.

Of course, ML Cosmetics could not exist without the incredible energy, magic hands and expert skincare knowledge of it’s lead beauty expert Olivia.  And together Mia and Olivia provide the perfect oasis for anyone seeking to escape the prison the FFP2 masks leaves written on our faces!

The Experience and Space

Let me begin by saying that Olivia has magic hands!  However, let me take a step back for a moment and say that from the moment you arrive and Olivia greets you, you feel her warmth and know you going to be in safe hands!

As you step in from the courtyard you are enveloped by an intimacy that is more often than not missing at your run of the mill beauty salon. A moody and rich floral wallpaper lines a feature wall greets you with rows of cosmetics beautifully arranged glinting under the accent lighting.  In addition to the feature wall, a dusty pink velvet sofa sits to the right.  The perfect perch to relax before and after the treatment.  Finally the all important treatment bed (heated to perfection), laden with luxurious white towels lies to the left.

Initially Olivia makes an expert assessment of your skin to ensure the most effective treatment is given!  Next lie back and literally get lost in the cleansing, masking, hydrating and all round pampering that is on offer!  An hour treatment left me feeling like a new human refreshed and lighter, good bye dead lifeless skin hello glowing and rejuvenated!!

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What’s for Dinner

What’s for Dinner FFM

What’s for Dinner??  How many times a week do we ask this question??  And how many times do we wish there was someone else to answer it for us?

Well, now there is!!  What’s for Dinner is a personal chef service that is not only full of flavour but full of personality too!  And let me tell you once you meet Alessandra and Cristina and taste their food you’ll find yourself wishing they popped round and answered this question for you every single night and then prepared it!

The Story behind What’s for Dinner

Alessandra D’Orsi and Cristina Sommella are the power house duo behind this amazing service!  Essentially they bring you restaurant style service and food directly in your home and kitchen.  And like so many others, the pandemic served as the catalyst to combine their passion and skills and create a business that literally leaves your mouth watering.  Initially they were only sharing recipes and meal inspiration on their social media accounts.  However, they soon realised as a result of the seemly never ending lockdown restrictions, people were desperately missing restaurants and moreover the restaurant experience.

The Personal Chef Concept and Menu

In short, ’Leave it all to Alessendra and Cristina’ would best describe the essence of the What’s for Dinner service.  Of course however, the initial menu decision is a collaborative process between you and the WFD team!  Also, they will organise a walk through of your kitchen to familiarise and ensure they have all the essentials for creating your menu of choice.

Worth noting, Italian and Mediterranean food and flavours are what truly inspire Cristina’s cooking and the WFD service.  Moreover fresh ingredients, subtle but beautiful flavours and vibrant colours are the foundation of the simple and utterly delicious dishes that Cristina creates!  So, while Christina is whipping up a flavour storm in your kitchen Alessandra is taking care of every other detail!  Namely everything from laying the table to chilling the wine and ensuring the dish arrives perfectly before you to savour and enjoy!

Cooking Classes

Want to take your home cooking to the next level?  Well, perhaps a cooking class with Cristina will be just what your culinary skills need!  For Italians food is more than just cooking, it’s sharing, it’s the opportunity to connect and it’s love!  So, let Christina not only ‘infuse’ you with new cooking techniques but also with the passion she has for the food the she prepares!


Address:

Wherever you are

Hours:

You name the time

Additional Info:    website | instagram | facebook


Dalgona cafe

Dalgona Cafe

Just off the Oberursel main drag you’ll find Dalgona Cafe.  A cafe that took me on an unexpected trip back to my childhood with it’s signature drink!  Namely, the Dalgona latte, a latte topped with shards of deliriously sweet Dalgona sponge candy.  And just to clarify, it was the shards of Dalgona sponge candy that sent me back not the latte.  Of course, growing up in South Africa I knew nothing of Dalgona per say, for me I knew only the sweetness of honeycomb sweets and the inside of a Cadbury crunchie chocolate bar.

The Story behind Dalgona Cafe

A leap of faith.  Well, let’s just say Dalgona Cafe has this running through every aspect of it’s existence, spirit and story!  And, I am absolutely taken by the story Jeong ho and Eunae Kim tell.  In 2019 they packed their bags and left Korea behind.  Despite never having visited and knowing very little about the country they headed for Germany.   Driven only by a deep love and a wish for their children to experience an education and life different than their own.

So, armed with 10 years of experience working in Starbucks and a dream the Dalgona Cafe was born!  Admittedly it wasn’t always smooth sailing it took 6 months before they found the right space and they opened right before the pandemic struck.  But, two years down the line the Dalgona Lattes are coming out hot and fast and their popularity is growing!

Finally, a note on the name, Dalgona is a word that is easily pronounced in German and English and we love that 🙂

The Vibe

Relaxed and easy going with a modern interior.  Honey coloured wood tables are perfectly contrasted with black feature walls and gorgeous floral wall paper.  To offset the black, plants and greenery feature heavily throughout the space.

The Menu

As previously mentioned their signature drink is the Dalgona Latte which is served both hot or cold, perfect for both winter and summer.  Along with a fairly extensive selection of other sweet treats you will find a small selection of savoury dishes made to order.  And rest assured you will not be disappointed with the portion side!   Finally, much of the inspiration for the menu comes from Eunae’s children, favouring the dishes that they most love to eat!.

Good to know

  • They have 2 allocated parking spots right outside the cafe which is super convenient if you driving
  • Jeong ho and Eunae Kim are incredibly warm and welcoming
  • Portions are very generous


Address:

Camp-King-Allee 6,

61440 Oberursel (Taunus)

Hours:

Tuesday – Friday:  9am – 6pm
Saturday:  10am – 6pm

Additional Info:    instagram



Learn to ski in Germany

Learn to ski in Germany

The valley’s and hills are covered in a thick blanket of snow, the tree branches long since barren, reach up to the sky.  Wooden clad houses pepper the hillsides and the village church steeples contrasts against the sky.  Moreover, the sheer absence of colour creates an almost black and white image in my minds eye!  Puffs of white steam escape from everyone’s lips as they brave the cold to hit the slopes!  Finally I look and -11 registers on the dashboard, leaving me to wonder, why on earth I ever decided to learn to ski in Germany?

Leave Frankfurt and in under 2 hours you can reach the outskirts of the forest that once ignited the imaginations of the Brothers Grimm!  Although in fairness, during the winter months it definitely has more of CS Lewis feel than the Brothers Grimm.  Venture yet further inwards and you’ll find yourself at the foot of the Feldberg where you are free to carve up the slopes and ski to your hearts content.

So whilst we have also skied in the Winterberg I will focus here on the more popular and larger Feldberg in Black Forest.

Our Family Formula for Learning to Ski in Germany

Simply put, our family ski formula is as follows

Happiness = SKI in the morning + ADVENTURE in the afternoon

Particularly in the beginning of my kids learning to ski (they are 9 and 8) I felt a morning of ski lessons followed by something fun in the afternoon (invariably meant snowball fights) was the way to go!  And in our case, this worked perfectly!  By the second morning of ski lessons they were on the ‘green slope’ and by fourth they were on the blue!  Now, I must point out, this was my kids learning curve and not mine!  My learning trajectory is far more flat and A LOT slower!  Oh how I wish I could have learnt as a child!

SKI in the morning, so, which SKI school?

Well there is no shortage of SKI schools to choose from, but, we have been to the Black Forest three times and each time we have chosen Thoma.  Why?  Perhaps it’s because we are creatures of habit or perhaps it’s because each time they have provided an easy and great service!  And lets just say for an ‘old dog’ trying to learn ‘new tricks’ those things are vital!

Like I mentioned we’ve just been back for our third visit and I finally feel like skiing without fear and terror is actually on the cards!  And the idea of heading head first down a hill isn’t completely against every fibre in my being anymore.  The instructors are incredibly varied in their teaching approaches, which I find is incredibly helpful because I learnt something new with each one.  Meaning that sometimes I needed more instruction and other times I just needed to be taken further up the hill and told to just give it a go!  However, having said all that, one thing that never wavered was how kind and patient they all were!

Furthermore, the facilities and teaching style for the kids was great!  And truth be told,  I was a little jealous of the tiny escalator the kids had to take them back up the slope each time (the side stepping up the hill each time is a killer!). Step by step progression before they are finally taken up onto the slopes.  Lines of little ninja warrior skiers snaking their way through the slopes lead by their competent instructors is quite something to watch!  And this left me more determined than ever to to battle and master my plough, make it out of the nursery slope and finally learn to ski 😂

ADVENTURE in the afternoons

There is an absolute plethora of things to do in and around Feldberg in the Black Forest.  And thank goodness for that because I was nowhere near ready to ski all day and on our first two visits neither were my boys!  So, I decided to find other activities for the afternoons and get us home early evening ready to collapse straight into bed for a good nights sleep!

The Lakes – Titisee and Schlusee

Perfect for a walk after a morning of skiing and a hearty lunch!  Depending on your energy levels Lake Schlusee has 19km loop that you can do, obviously with two young boys we chose only walk a small section stopping intermittently for snowball fights!

Todtnau Tobbogan

For a slightly different take on seeing the mountain, try this rail guided toboggan ride down!  Perfect for speed junkies and thrill seekers!

Treetop Walk, Bad Wildbad

A treetop walk with a slide!!  Forget boring observation decks with nothing but glorious views 😜. In the summer months you can walk up and slide all the way down for an extra €2.  However, it’s worth mentioning the observation deck is 40m up so the slide is not for the faint hearted. On clear days, you can see as far as the Kraichgau, the Stuttgart TV Tower and the Swabian Alb.

Good to know:

So, on that note I wish you many hours of successful skiing but a stones throw from our Frankfurt doorstep!!!  Also, for more on what to do in winter in and around Frankfurt check out our list of things here



Sophia’s Cafe Hofheim

Sofia’s Cafe Hofheim

Tucked away on one the cobbled streets of Hofheim is this gloriously quaint cafe.  Sofia’s cafe is an absolute delight for the imagination!

The Story of Sofia’s Cafe

Sofia’s cafe is not just a clever name, it is in fact the owners namesake. And as the story goes, Sofia’s is what began as passion and love for cooking and baking and transformed into two very successful cafes!  One in Königstein, which is is currently seeing a revamp and menu overhaul and will back fresh and new in April.  And, another in Hofheim as result of a serendipitous coming together of like hearted people.  You see, Sofia is a collector, a collector of items from a bygone era!  And, it was finally in Hofheim that she could fully realise her vision to bring together her passion of baking and cooking and her love for antiques!

The Vibe

Chandeliers descend from the ceilings, tapestries hang from the walls and the bell tinkles each time a new customer opens the door.  Finely painted tea cup towers great you from the far wall as you enter, and rest assured so will Sofia if she isn’t predisposed.  Once inside feel free to tuck yourself away either upside or downstairs or otherwise settle in on the main landing and soak in the hustle and bustle as people come and go.  Also, large exposed wooden beams and bricks walls add to the feel.  Finally, an emerald green alcove adorned with gilded gold frame mirrors and a basin with copper faucet serves as the powder room and makes your ‘visit’ all the more enjoyable.

The Menu

There is plenty of deliciousness on the menu ranging from the sublimely sweet to stupendously savoury.  The tea cup towers that stack along the wall are not just for show but the vessels that you sip the fairly extensive tea list from.  Also, the Korean influence shines through in many of the dishes for example the bulgogi panini and salad.  However, we cannot talk about the Sofia’s without talking about the cakes and in particular the carrot cake, perfectly moist, nicely balanced and the perfect amount of creamy icing!


Address:

Burgstraße 7

65719 Hofheim am Taunus

Hours:

Wednesday – Saturday:  10am – 5:30pm
Sunday: 11:30am – 17:30pm

Additional Info:    website | instagram



Patisserie

IIMORI Patisserie

From the streets of the old Aldstadt take a step inside a world of perfect French Japanese fusion and be delighted by what you find in this unique French patisserie.  Chandeliers hang from the ceiling, enormous mirrors hang from the walls and antique tables and chairs invite you to sit.  Opulence and grandeur ooze from the walls and pastries and cakes descend from the bakery!

The Story of the IIMORI brand 

Named after their founder Azko IImori, it’s a story of vision, courage and belief.  Azko Iimori is quite unlike anyone we’ve ever met.  A calm, regal and incredibly self assured woman who with one warm embrace puts you at such ease you might believe you’ve been friends for years.  Also, her energy is infectious and makes you think that you too could create and bring to life your hearts desire at the simple drop of a hat.  Unfortunately we weren’t wearing a hat, and thus, had nothing to drop.  Nonetheless, and hats aside Azko is an industrious woman with restaurants and ventures not only in Frankfurt but also in her muse like city, Paris.

In Frankfurt she boasts a French Restaurant with plenty of Japanese influence and flair.  With two phenomenal chefs Björn Andreas and Takeshi Suzuki and an impressive 10 course menu, no bread basket (she doesn’t want the appetite dampened exuberant bread eating) the perfect matrimony of french and Japanese comes to life!

Furthermore, the latest addition to the Frankfurt vision is the IIMORI Ichiba a Japanese supermarket and sushi bar.

The Vibe

France never seems to be far from her thoughts and permeates much of what she does.  IIMORI Pâtisserie is no different.  And somehow she gets the balance just right!  Decadent pastries, luxurious interiors meet zen energy and old school theatrical brilliance (a self playing piano can on occasion be heard tinkering its keys.)

The Menu:  IIMORI Patisserie 

The sheer variety of deliciousness is nothing short of a miracle!  And whether you have somewhat of a sweet tooth or a sushi fiend you will not be left disappointed!

French Patisserie

As many Macarons flavours as there are colours of the rainbow, petit fours, Tarte Tatin, Tarte au citron, Creme Brûlée, cinnamon rolls and brioche are but a few of the pastries on display.  Add to that Matcha dustings and green tea infused cakes and Melon Pan.  Finally for the mochi fans out there you’ll find what you looking for here.

Bakery

Now, what would life be with out fresh bread!  Nothing quite beats the smell of freshly baking bread or the warm, soft taste of fresh baguette.

Sushi and Gyoza

Bento boxes, sushi platters and gyoza.  Undoubtedly an extensive list that is far to long to replicate here so stop by or check out the website for their menu!

Served daily from 12pm


Address:

Braubachstraße 24
60311 Frankfurt am Main

Hours:

Monday – Sunday:  10am – 9pm (Japanese food from 12pm)

Additional Info:    website | instagram | facebook



Iimori japanese supermarket

IIMORI Ichiba, Japanese supermarket and sushi bar

Hidden in a small corner in the centre of the city lies a little oasis for Asian supermarket goers.  IIMORI Ichiba is the latest addition to what is already a very successful and innovative brand.  One thing about IIMORI they never stand still, and they are never shy to reinvent themselves or try something new!

IIMORI Japanese Supermarket/Grocery Store

The latest addition to the IIMORI brand is a grocery store, stocking plenty of Japanese favourites.  As with all the endeavours that IIMORI takes on you can be assured that quality is always high on the priority list.

As with everything Azko Iimori does, this latest project comes in response to a need and a feeling.  Undoubtedly the pandemic hit and affected business owners and customers alike.  And undeniably both had new challenges.  People craved home comforts when their families are far away on distant shores, Azko realised this as her businesses too wrestled with the pandemic.  Grocery stores are in essence immune to 2G plus and people need to eat, the rest as they say is history.

Without a doubt this is unlike any other asian supermarket we have set foot in in Frankfurt.  The space is wonderfully open, allowing you to be able breathe whilst browsing the shelves. An impressive array of Sake, miso and teas are but a few of the items that sit on perfectly stacked shelves.

IIMORI Kids Corner

Also, feel free to bring your kids as there is specifically a ‘kids corner’ for the kids to do a little browsing of their own.  Rows of pin ball machines line a small wall, spitting out little balls of joy to all who feed them a euro or two.  So provided you happy to indulge your kids a little sugar rush they’ll have just as much fun shopping as you!

Stop for a coffee

There is no question that all of us could use more time in our lives, but, without a time capsule we have to figure out ways to be more effective with the time we have!  Iimori offers the opportunity to stop for a coffee or a quick bite to eat.  Honestly, the idea that we can stop for a coffee and catch up with a friend whilst also getting our grocery cupboard stocked is a stroke of pure genius in our books!

Good to know

  • Fresh sushi prepared daily
  • They serve up the most perfectly balanced Matcha soft serve ice cream
  • Oh the Matcha Latte is also an absolute green delight and great alternative for all the coffee addicts aka us
  • For more delicious pastries and trip to land where France and Japan simultaneously fuse together head to IIMORI Patisserie


Address:

An Der Staufenmauer 11
60311 Frankfurt am Main

Hours:

Monday – Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday:  Closed

As of March 1st:

Monday – Sunday: 10am – 7pm

Additional Info:    instagram



Korean street food Kimbap

Korean Street Food, Momo Roll

For decades the west has had an ongoing love affair with a particular bite size asian cuisine, Sushi!  However, step aside because there’s a new roll in town, and it’s making waves, Kimbap!  In recent years Korean cuisine has seen a huge surge in popularity and it’s vying for a place on everyone’s “take out” menu!  Momo Roll is a new restaurant on the Frankfurt scene who’s focus and speciality is in serving Premium Kimbap.

What is Kimbap?

The term kimbap directly translates as “seaweed and rice”,  and as a result it’s often referred to as Korean Sushi.  However, there are some very distinct differences between Japanese sushi and Korean Kimbap.  For one thing, vegetables are a fundamental ingredient in many if not all of the traditional versions served up with your side of chopsticks!

The Story of Momo Roll

Two friends, a love for Korean Kimbap and a vision!

Owned and run by Hanna Hong and Eunchoung Kim, Momo Roll is their vision to serve premium kimbap on the streets of Frankfurt.  No shortage of research went into making this vision come to life including multiple trips back to Korea to ensure they serve up the best kimbap this side of Seoul!

Their concept is simple!  Quality and authenticity!  However, please don’t confuse authenticity with being stuck in the dark ages or lacking imagination!  Their menu is full of modern takes and insightful tweaks that keep up with the times and consumer tastes…hello Keto options!

The Vibe

Essentially it’s modern, simple and fuss free in the best way!  Pops of neon yellow give the space an element of fun while the black pulls it back and gives the space a feel of sophistication!

More importantly it’s designed for a quick bite to eat or grab and go.  Of course this is an all important element for local businesses who may choose to eat at their desk – time is money after all 😉

The Menu

So, the name says it all!  And yes, it’s all about ‘the roll’!! Quality premium kimbap with some of your usual suspects like bulgogi roll.

What Makes their Kimbap stand out from the Crowd??

Well, who knew that the rice and the kimbap could go their separate ways and the kimbap still taste absolutely delicious!  So, for all of you looking for low carb keto option they have it!  And let me tell you it’s delicious!  The care and attention to detail in their flavours really shines through, from the precision they cut the vegetable to the depth of their marinades and length of the marinading process!  Finally, I highly recommend the Yubu keto roll!  Oh and definitely have their miso soup, SO GOOD!!

Deliciousness in every bite!


Address:

Frankfurter Str. 60-68
65760 Eschborn

Hours:

Monday – Friday 11:30am – 4pm

Additional Info:  instagram



Things to do in Frankfurt

Things to do in Frankfurt during Autumn and Winter

So it’s safe to say that I have never considered myself a cold weather person!  And in fact, the mere thought of the cold sent me straight back under the covers!  Now this was all well and good while living in India, where we lived, rarely dropped below 20 degrees!  However, after moving to Germany I needed to make a choice, either embrace the cold or be miserable for all eternity!!  Honestly for a while I chose the latter 😂.  Anyway my own misery eventually bugged the hell out of me so I figured I’d have to try something else!  As a result I decided to find things to do in and around Frankfurt during Autumn and Winter!

How I overcame my hate for cold weather

Well let me just begin by saying that I’ll still choose the heat over the cold but I’ve come to appreciate that the cold offers something that the heat doesn’t!

Ok so, I kept meeting Germans and each time we would have this conversation they’d all say the same thing!  It went something like this.  ‘In Germany we have a saying that there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing’.  I would nod politely and think ‘well thanks for that’.  However, after perhaps the millionth time of hearing this I kinda thought maybe there’s something to it?  And yes, there is, and it’s obvious!  Dress correctly and being outside in the cold is absolutely exhilarating!  Down below I will post my list of ‘Must Have’ clothing for the different activities!

Winter activities in and around Frankfurt

Walking/Hiking

A much loved activity in the Autumn months here in Germany.  And with the extraordinary colours, forests and green areas around it’s no wonder.  Also, there’s no need to stop when the cold hits because it’s just as glorious in the snow provided you dressed appropriately of course!

Walk 1

Sachsenhausen Stadtwald

Walk 2

Großer Feldberg (Taunus)

  • Drive time from Frankfurt
    • 26km/35min
  • Park at Schardtwald Parkplatz
  • Lips-Tempel is great look out point to view the valley and Taurus below
  • Fuchstanz – makes a great spot to have some lunch, a coffee or glüwein before you head back down the mountain to your car.

Walk 3

Wildschweinroute

  • Drive time from Frankfurt
    • 39km/40min
  • Park at Spielplatz Am Sportfeld Neu-Anspach
  • Find all the animal figurines in the forest
  • Route goes in a circle, it’s 4.3 km long. It’s easy to walk with a stroller, mostly flat and partly runs through the forest.
  • Seating is available for picnics and relaxation.

Snow Activities

There is definitely something magical about watching the snow fall!  Catching a cold snowflake on your tongue or hearing the crunch below your feet as you walk through the icy powder is both exhilarating and childlike in its simplicity!

Sledding 1

Schmitten

Sledding 2

Großer Feldberg (Taunus)

      • Drive time from Frankfurt
        • 26km/35min
      • More “off piste” take your sled and find a spot we don’t recommend this for beginners
      • Fuchstanz
      • Parking: Applauskurve, Parkplatz Hohemark

Skiing 2

SKILIFT Oberreifenberg

  • Drive time from Frankfurt
    • 26km/35min
  • Small Ski lift
  • Opening on Sat and Sunday
  • Cash only

Feldberg Schwarzwald

  • Drive time from Frankfurt
  • 3 hr 48 min (314 km

Biking

So many of you may be thinking “biking is not a winter activity” and up until a few months ago I would have completely agreed!  However, what I have now learned, if you pick and choose your days, it’s awesome!  To clarify, I don’t recommend cycling in a blizzard or when it’s very (icy) particularly with children!  The rain and sleet definitely stings the eyes!  However, the more you get out and do these activities the easier it gets (trust me I know I literally used to wish I was a bear so I could hibernate!).  Also, the key to doing any of these activities (particularly with children) is to have pit stops and things to look forward to along the way!

winter activities

Easy Route

Destinations along the Nidda River

  • Cycle time Höchst to Bonames
    • 52 min (15.8 km)
  • Bonames Alt Airport
  • Schwanheimer Dünen
  • Taking a Picnic is recommended

Easy Route

Destinations along the Main River

  • Cycle time Höchst to Oosten
    • 41 min (12.9 km)
  • Römer (Old Town)
  • Beer Tasting at Naiv
  • Oosten or Gerbermühle

Moderate Route

Glaabsbräu Brewery

  • Ride Time from city centre
    • 1 hr 41 min (32.7 km)- one way
    • follow the Main and it’s reasonably flat
  • Classic brewing experience, every Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • € 15.00 per person (2G)

Indoor Winter Activities for when it's really miserable outside

Essential Clothing for Outdoor Winter Activities

Essential Clothing for Biking

  • Scarf to cover nose, mouth and ears
  • Coat and gloves
  • Shoe covers (helps keep feet warm)

Essential Clothing for Walking

  • Waterproof shoes with grip
  • Crampons if it’s icy
  • Coat that covers the knees
  • Scarf, hat and gloves

Essential Clothing for Kids

  • Winter boots with grip
  • Snow gear is brilliant even if it’s not snowing – keeps them warm and easy to clean
  • Layering is everything
  • Scarf, hat and gloves


Janice Henry

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Noord

NOORD Frankfurt - handverlesenes Design & andere Sinnesfreuden

Noord is a concept store located on Friedberger Landstrasse in Nordend.  The idea of the concept store dates back much further than we realised, 1955 to be exact.  And in fact, it, along with the miniskirt owe their existence to Mary Quant British Designer and fashion icon.  The term ‘concept store’ however, wasn’t coined until many years later!  Now whilst the idea of the concept store seems relatively simple, implementing it and getting it right are another matter entirely!  Anyway we digress!

The Story

Meike Fiedler-Herrmann a former advertising account manager founded Noord back in 2014.  However, her journey of leaving the corporate world behind her to try her hand running her own business and store had began a few years before that.   She opened her first store in 2009, after which she refined her concept and created Noord in 2014.  Since then Noord has stood proudly on Friedberger Landstrasse inspiring anyone who enters it’s doors.

The “Noord” Vibe

Maike has a carefully curated range of Scandinavian inspired products ranging from interior design to Gin and fine foods.  Of course, her store also looks to stock small local brands the likes of which include frisch Beutel, Quarantini Gin and Combo Coral.  Along with the eclectic mix of products is the warmness that Maike extends to all those who walk through her door and visit her store.  And it is this incredible combination and authenticity that drives her loyal customer base.  Continually stopping by to be surprised, inspired and greeted with a smile.


Address:
Friedberger Landstr. 119
60318 Frankfurt am Main

Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 10:30am – 7pm
Saturday, 10:30am – 4pm

Additional Info:    website | instagram | facebook