Kids summer holiday camps

Kids Summer Holiday Camps in Frankfurt

Summer holidays is almost upon us!  Meaning plenty of parents will be losing their minds all across the city!!  Now parents before you panic, take a deep breathe and realise all is not lost there are options!  Namely a number of incredible Holiday Camps being offered by Boston Education, Outdoor Kids and Speakeasy here in Frankfurt.  From STEAM camps to Sports camps to letting your kids improve either their German or English we have you covered see below.

Who is Boston Education?

Boston Education is an organisation that specialises in using STEAM activities to teach kids robotics and coding in Frankfurt.

STEAM Summer Camps with Boston Education

These camps are best suited for two groups of students: ages 6 to 10 and 11 to 14. 

What will the kids learn:

  • Learn the basics of mechanics electronics and coding
  • Learn how to create, outline, and finally, program computer games
  • Learn the depths of programming in Scratch and Alice
  • Learn problem solving with Python and Godot
  • All required material is provided by Boston Education

Camp Details are as follows:

  1. Where:  Anna-Schmidt Schule City campus.
  2. When:  Camps are weekly with the first week beginning July 24th and the last week beginning August 28th
  3. Time:  9:30am – 3:30pm
  4. Snacks provided but please pack midday snack box

Also be quick to avoid disappointment – book STEAM Summer Camp here now.

Who are Outdoor Kids?

Outdoor Kids is the largest Kids Sport Education Provider in and around Frankfurt.  Energetic and well trained instructors will see your most precious little humans being energetic and learning valuable skills that will not only serve them in sport but also in school and later life.  There is an undeniable correlation that active kids are happier kids and perform better in all other aspects of their life than those that are not.

Also, Outdoor Kids have a multidisciplinary approach.  Meaning that whatever your child is into you are bound to find an activity and camp to suit them!  Football, American Sports, Dance, Yoga, Martial arts, Gymnastics the list goes on and on

Where can I find an Outdoor Kids Summer Holiday Camp?

Essentially Outdoor Kids will hold the Kids Summer Holiday Camps at two locations.  Namely SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt and Metropolitan School Frankfurt.  Additionally all camps will provide a freshly prepared lunch each day from their catering partner.  Furthermore, drinks and snacks will provided.  Click on the link in ‘Additional Booking Info’ for each individual camp to book directly with Outdoor Kids.

Book Outdoor Kids Summer Holiday Camp here

Who is Speakeasy, The Social Language School

The name says it all really!  ‘The Social Language School’, I mean who doesn’t want to go to a school where the social is just as important as the learning!

Speakeasy offer their students the opportunity to learn in a fun environment where learning doesn’t only happen in the classroom!  Importantly too, they have a young dynamic team who embody what they stand for.

What does Speakeasy Summer Camp offer?

Honestly, this seems like an incredibly efficient way for kids to improve their language skills!  And you know how us parents like to hide and sneak vegetables into our kids food to ensure they eat their 5 day without realising?  Well, we think of this in much the same way only with language. Having fun is the easiest way to ensure that kids learn anything!  So, whether you’re an international family wanting your kids to improve their German.  Or you’re a German speaking family and want your kids to improve their English, Speakeasy offers a summer camp for you.

Also, if the weather stays glorious and warm there will be plenty of outdoor action!  Including scavenger hunts, picnics, storytelling, game shows and so much more!

Where, when and how to book a Speakeasy Summer Camp

Kids German Summer Camp

Camp Details are as follows:

  1. Where:  Speakeasy
  2. When: 24 July – 28 July 2023
  3. Time:  9am – 2pm
  4. Cost: €375 per child/week
  5. Snacks provided but please pack midday snack box
Kids English Summer Camp
  1. Where:  Speakeasy
  2. When: 7 August – 11 August 2023
  3. Time:  9am – 2pm
  4. Cost: €375 per child/week
  5. Snacks provided but please pack midday snack box

Click here Speakeasy Summer Camp Registration

So there you have it!  Plenty of option to choose from, however, BOOK QUICKLY as spaces are filling up quickly!  Now, you can rest easy knowing that your kids are well looked after, keeping active and most importantly have fun!

Lucille Kaffeehaus

Lucille Kaffeehaus

Lucille Kaffeehaus is a serene cafe with its beautiful interior and excellent menu, ideal for breakfast and lunch. Open from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.  And on Thursday and Fridays this lovely cafe turns into a bar and closes at 1am. The staff are super nice, and both kids and dogs are welcome. Located north of the city center in the Nordend it is neighbours to Memphis Records, you’ll find all the locals hanging out here.

The Story Behind Lucille Kaffeehaus

Mehran Alvani is no stranger to new beginnings!  Originally from Iran he came to Germany with a not much more than the shirt on his back and a determination to grab life with both hands!  Gastronomy was the dream, cooking his passion and in service a way of life! Prior to Lucille Kaffeehaus he worked in social work for many years before he finally ventured into the gastronomy world.

The Menu

With their menu changing weekly you’ll find dishes like potatoes, vegetables and Frankfurt’s special green sauce, Dahl and a chicken breast in a mushroom sauce. All very fresh and super scrumptious.

On Thursday and Friday it’s tapa’s night and cocktails!

Good to know:
  • The Shakshuka is very popular and not cooked with paprika
  • They use Fair Trade coffee from local roaster Hoppenworth and Ploch

Friedberger Landstraße 100
60316 Frankfurt am Main

Monday, closed
Tuesday – Wednesday, 10am – 5pm
Thursday – Friday, 10am – 1:00am
Saturday, 10am- 5pm
Sunday, 10am – 5pm

Additional Info:   website | instagram | facebook

Price Guide: €€

Best parties in Frankfurt

Best Parties in Frankfurt this Summer

It’s been a long hard winter!  And in our opinion it’s time to put away that winter coat strap on your party shoes and party the days and nights away!  So with this in mind we have rounded up some of the best parties in Frankfurt this summer!  We’ve tried to find a little something for everyone and will continue to update the parties as we find them.  So STAY TUNED!

ONE OFF Don’t Miss Parties in Frankfurt

World Club Dome:  ATLANTIS (9 – 11 June)

Celebrate World Club Dome’s 10th anniversary, because it’s guaranteed to be a banger!!

Even more exciting this year, Big City Beats and Gibson, two of Frankfurts biggest names in the clubbing world are getting together to bring you something special!

World Club Dome has steadily risen to become one of Europe’s premier EDM and electronic music festivals, held at Deutsche Bank Park (formerly Commerzbank Arena) in Frankfurt am Main.

Buy World Club Dome Tickets

Andhim at Gibson Club (22 July 2023)

This DJ and producer duo consisting of Simon Haehnel & Tobias Müller need no introduction, but just in case. They originally hail from Cologne and came together as duo in 2010.  Since then they have successfully published over 60 songs and remixes. They describe their unique sound as “Super House” a term and style specific to them.  So for any of you electronic music fans out there this is one not to miss!

Best Parties in Frankfurt
Best Parties in Frankfurt

Danzig am Platz

A unique and original venue in Frankfurts Ostend.  Collaborating wherever possible to bring you exciting and interesting festivals and parties! Dull is not a word they have in their vocabulary.

UND. International Festival (27 May)

Tattoo artists, fermntation workshops, ceramic and crochet courses all brought together with a sick beats and good music!  Undoubtedly this is not your run of the mill line up which is what we absolutely love about it!  Moreover, there will be good food and of course local beer by FXXXXFXXXXR HELLES

Time:  From 1pm – 10pm
Tickets:  UND Festival Tickets

Beer Festival  (14 and 15th July)

Because well who needs to wait for October (or September or whenever the October fest happens) to celebrate beer and all the pleasures it brings!  Join in at Danzig am Platz to celebrate the local beer and have some fun!

Best Parties in Frankfurt
Best Parties in Frankfurt

Blaues  Wasser with Die Kleinste disco Der Welt

Nothing beats dancing and partying under a hopefully blue sky with plenty of sunshine!  Join Die Kleinste disco Der Welt as they provide 10 HOURS OF PURE HOUSE MUSIC at the waterside with Blaues Wasser

When: 27th May 2023
Time:  12pm onwards
Tickets:  Blaues Wasser with Die Kleinste disco Der Welt 

Glasshouse Vol 3. with Die Kleinste disco Der Welt

Open air is what it’s all about!  Glasshouse might be fairly new to the Frankfurt scene but Die Kleinste disco Der Welt has definitely been around the block!  Join them and ‘dance your ass off’ as they like to say!

When: 17th June 2023
Time:  Stay Tuned
Tickets:  Stay Tuned 

Best Parties in Frankfurt happening every week

So there is definite comfort in knowing that your favourite party may not be a one off but happens consistently every week!  We’ve rounded up our favourite locations that are hosting a weekly

Gibson Club

Apart from the big nights we mentioned above you can always find these parties happening weekly at Gibson

Thursday:  Afterwork Clubbing live music courtesy of The Urban Club band (9pm – 4am)

Friday:  Various Friday Line up’s (11pm – 5am)

Saturday:  Gibson loves Saturday’s (11pm – 5am)

Vaivai – Dinner then Dance

Nothing beats a great steak dinner followed by a little dancing.  And more specifically when said dancing happens inches away from where said steak dinner was eaten!  So, if you are of similar mind, then Friday and Saturday at Vaivai is definitely your jam.  No need to change venues or kill the mood, just go with the flow and see where the night take you!  Reservations at least a week in advance are absolutely imperative!

Worth noting, in August they will be closed for a make over!


Situated right on the river with a magnificent view of Frankfurt is Gerbermühle.  Head on over each Thursday this summer for a cheeky sundowner!

Alex von Trentini

Alex von Trentini Hair Salon

Few relationships in life require more trust than the one with your hairdresser!  So finding a good one is worth its weight in gold!  And finding one with a more impressive CV and barrage of clients than Alex von Trentini is rare.  However what makes Alex von Trentini hair salon worth the visit, is that it is about more than just the one man Alex von Trentini!  It’s about the team he has built around him!  And the service they provide!

The Story Behind Alex von Trentini Hair Salon

In short, hairdressing runs through his veins (and his families).  He’s from a hairdressing family he tells me!  His father is a hairdresser and so too is his brother.  Read the full story and interview.

The Vibe

Relaxed and unpretentious!

In our opinion, the reception area welcomes you with a subtle nod to the Op Art Era.  Thick striped black and white wall paper contrasting with geometric shaped patterned upholstery and soft furnishings.  A glass and chrome coffee table plays host to perfectly laid out magazines and books to flick through as you sit sipping your welcome tea.

The monochromatic theme continues throughout the salon creating clean lines and a modern feel.  Each hairdresser has their own personal wooden cart which stores their essentials and favourite tools of the trade.  These are wheeled around the salon as needed before standing to attention like little wooden soldiers.

The salon space is large but very cleverly divided into three sections. A reception area, main cutting area and finally a slightly smaller wash and additional seating area.  Meaning when you visit you are not lost in a cavernous space that feels impersonal or production line’esc. Furthermore, the salon has a private room specifically set up for those who wish to sit away from prying eyes or just prefer a little additional privacy and quiet.

The Team at Alex von Trentini Hair Salon


A team is only as strong as its weakest link!  And as far as I could see there wasn’t one.  In fact what really struck me was the eclectic mix of personalities each bringing with them their specific strengths and character.  There is no cookie cutter effect with the staff Alex von Trentini chooses to employ.  The staff are from different parts of the country, different ages, different work backgrounds and different personalities.  What is plain to see is the team and how it functions together as a whole is important when you are invited in to join the fold.  Laughter and genuine friendship seems to fill the hair salon with mentoring and camaraderie being the norm.

Alex von Trentini himself only rarely takes new clients these days.  Unfortunately with his schedule so busy he relies more and more on his team!  But as mentioned above the team is more than up to the job!  Continuous professional training and development of the team happens on a monthly basis so they are always up to speed on trends and latest techniques.

The Service

Undoubtedly it’s about more than just getting your hair done!  In fact it’s an experiential service from the welcome tea on arrival to hand scrub as you sit in your treatment chair to the scalp massage.  UTTER BLISS!  Together with their product partner La Biosthetique they take you through a 10 step beauty process. And this means that not only do you leave the salon with great hair but also relaxed or at least a few stress levels lower!

Good to know

  • The phenomenal Katerina Klär took charge of my blonde locks!  And let’s just say she certainly had her work cut out for her!  I left with the biggest grin and best highlights I’ve ever had!
  • The additional fully private room can be booked at an additional charge.  Here you are completely separate from the other clientele and are welcomed and treated with the utmost discretion
  • Both Alex von Trentini hair salons are located in Wiesbaden but TOTALLY worth the trip!

Bahnhofstraße 37
65185 Wiesbaden

Monday – Friday, 8am – 11pm
Saturday, 10am – 11pm
Sunday, 10am – 4pm

Additional Info:    website | instagram | facebook

Alex von Trentini

Alex von Trentini, the man behind the scissors

Recently I had the absolute pleasure to sit down and interview Alex von Trentini! 

I set off from Frankfurt with time to spare and then some! But of course road works and road closures play havoc with timing and next thing you know I’m running down Bahnhofstraße in heels like a complete lunatic!  Breathing heavy, my heart pounding out my chest and completely flustered I enter the Salon.  However I am greeted by the widest grin from Andreas the salon manager, and immediately my heart rate begins to settle.  Over the next few hours that same initial sense of warmth and openness resurfaces again and again regardless of the member of staff I am interacting with.

After arriving I am seated in reception and offered a welcome tea.  Step 1 in a very well thought out customer experience.  And this gives me just about enough time to compose myself before meeting the man of the hour!

First Impressions, Alex von Trentini

Alex von Trentini!  Twice named best salon in Germany.  His work has featured in Vogue, Gala and Cosmo to name but a few.  He has a celebrity client list to make  anyone swoon.  And whilst you might expect to find an air of arrogance or pretentiousness about him there is absolutely none of this.  Instead, he comes bounding round the corner with the broadest smile on his face. And immediately I get a sense of why he has achieved all that he has.  He is relaxed, down to earth but exceptionally self assured and an absolute delight to interview.  Over the next hour I get to know a little more about the man behind the scissors.

Alex von Trentini

So where exactly does a man of his success begin his journey?

In short, hairdressing runs through his veins (and his families).  He’s from a hairdressing family he tells me!  His father is a hairdresser and so too is his brother.  He laughs as he goes on to say that focus wasn’t a big priority for him at school.  And so with the encouragement of his father he left school early to begin his apprenticeship and hairdresser training. A decision that would prove itself the right decision again and again.

Newly ‘unshackled’ he fully embraced life and all it had to offer.  This is to say it took him a little time to realise and fully appreciate the incredible talent he had.  However a ‘close call’ in his final assessment as hair school gave him all the insight he needed.  In short his style created a very polarising opinion amongst his examiners.  One called him brilliant the other terrible.  The difference between success and failure so subjective.  Moreover he realised that whilst he had scored an almost unheard of full points for both women and mens hair cuts it could have gone either way.  Talent he had in droves!  Because let’s face it average is never polarising!  

And from that moment on he seized each and opportunity life gave him.  Undoubtedly the initial seeds for Alex Von Trentini as we see him to today were sown.

Alex von Trentini
copyright Daniel Baldus

Tell us the story behind Alex von Trentini Salon?

After his graduation his talent did not go unnoticed and he was recruited to teach at his hair training college.  He did this for a few years whilst simultaneously working to learn all aspects of what it takes to run a business and salon.  Finally at age 30 he decided it was time for the next step.  Meaning it was time for him to run his own show!  Serendipitous events led to finding a location and the lease being signed before the contract was even cold off the press.

Next the location was completely gutted and in its place stood his vision!  And in 2012 Alex Von Trentini the Salon opened its door for the first time.  

What and who inspires you?

No one thing or one person inspires Alex.  Instead he draws inspiration from everywhere and everything!  From his travels, to nature, to the online world to the everyday things and people you see on the street.  From the mundane to the exciting his mind is always assimilating always seeking and always open!

How would you best describe your work and creative process?

Classic, timeless with a modern twist.

Of course as his catch phrase says “We see our clients all the same: very individually”.  Meaning that he is not rigid in his approach.  The client, their personality, their occupation the client as a whole needs to be considered when creating a look.  He further goes on to say that not all of his work is vogue covers and magazine spreads but rather ordinary people like you and me.  People who need a style that make them feel confident, gorgeous and most importantly that they can manage and maintain when they leave his chair!

How would you describe your Management Style?

Reflecting, he says that this has been a learning curve and an evolution.  And one that has definitely not always been easy.  However, after all the up’s and downs and highs and lows it fundamentally comes down to one thing, TRUST.  Everything is fostered through trust. As well as willingness to allow his staff to thrive in an environment that strives for perfection but not at the expense of creativity or fear of failure.

All this is confirmed when I talk to members of his team.  His team is an eclectic mix of personalities with one underlying commonality, the sheer love and enjoyment they get from working with ‘Alex von Trentini’.  Moreover the energy, drive and belief he embodies transmits to everything and everyone.

Furthermore he has a core group, his inner circle, whom he trusts implicitly!  Because with the celebrity status he has acquired come exposure and more opportunity.  And it is because this inner circle that he is able to fully embrace and take advantage of all opportunities that come his way.

Alex von Trentini
Alex von Trentini
Alex Von trentini

What’s the next challenge for Alex von Trentini?

As mentioned previously, the salon has twice been awarded best salon in Germany!  And he’s hairstylist to the stars!  What’s next?

It’s fair to say that in the past few years his priorities have ‘broadened’.  As the father to two young boys and another bundle on the way, family is a huge priority!  And he doesn’t want to waste a minute.

Ever humble, his passion, along with hair is to continue to nurture and teach.  In particular to help elevate those within his profession and those looking to break in.  Keep your eyes peeled for more on this in the years to come.

And of course there is Cannes Film Festival, Berlin and Paris Fashion week where he is amongst the sought after hairstylists to keep him busy!

Can you talk a little about your partnership with Le bal?

One is chosen to partner!  And it is no small feat to be welcomed into the fold and be amongst le Bal’s most valued partners. 

For those who haven’t heard of le Bal here’s a little insight.  Once upon a time the débutante ball was the ultimate event on any young ladies calendar.  It was at this important event that young ladies were introduced into society.  This tradition has long since disappeared.  However, in 1994, Ophélie Renouard invented a modern version that she named “le Bal”.  An incredibly prestigious event with its purpose is to raise money for Charities to help young women.

And so it is that all hair requirements for not only the final event but all the magazine cover shoots, press and events leading up to the final event lie on the shoulders of Alex Von Trentini and his team.   

So in closing all I have to say is that Alex von Trentini along with his team are an absolute delight!  And anyone looking for the ultimate hairdressing experience need only head into Wiesbaden to get it!


Best Coffee near me

Best Coffee in Frankfurt

‘Where to find the best coffee!?’  This is a question I need answered without delay anywhere I go!  And whether I’m visiting for the weekend or living in a city for the foreseeable future I need a caffeine oasis!  And pronto!

And so for those of you like me, where coffee and caffeine sustains you through life here’s the low down.  Also I’ve divided it by neighbourhood to make it easier.

Best coffee shops in and around Frankfurt by area

1.  Nordend

‘WE SPEAK GOOD COFFEE’ and they certainly do!

Previously found on Eckenheimer Landstraße you will now find them solely on Bornwiesenweg.  However wherever they choose to hang their ‘hat’ you are always guaranteed great coffee!  Oh and in addition to good coffee they also have amazing cakes, hearty breakfasts and delicious lunches.  Vegan options available too!

Where to find them:  Bornwiesenweg 4 and Eckenheimer Landstraße 70

We Recommend: Breakfast (we have thing for smashed avocado on toast topped with an egg)

Good to know:  You can order takeaway online (so clever and convenient!)

Located on a beautiful tree-lined street, this cafe is a favourite with the locals, on weekdays it could double ‘as mummy central’. Café No. 48 is not only welcoming but also perfect for a quick morning coffee or an outing with the family.

So whilst the coffee shop remains closed and can only offer takeaway, walk your coffee down the drag to  2nd Home.   2nd Home has beautiful home wear and all sorts of other irresistible things!  With all the time we spending at home makes sense to brighten it up and add an accessory or two.

Where to find them:  Rotlintstraße 48

We Recommend: Avocado and feta smash on brown bread topped with poached eggs, just thinking about it makes me hungry!

Lucille Kaffeehaus With a record store right next door, what’s not to love!?

Where to find them: Friedberger Landstraße 100

Good to know:  Thursday and Friday are Tapa’s day with cocktails from the bar 

2.  Altstadt/Innerstadt

A young coffee roasting company who have made themselves a big name!  They roast all their own coffee at their premises in Sachsenhausen as well as supply many local cafes.

They tend to favour light roasts, as it allows them to experience the full complexity of the different origins. Having said that they do have a selection of darker roasts in their Specialty Coffee range for fans of more classic and tart coffee beans.

Where to find them:  Markt 22 (Neue Altstadt) and Friedberger Landstraße 86 

Good to know:  The Cafe am Campus is open again at the University

As well as holding a special place in our hearts The Holy Cross Brewing Company serves phenomenal coffee!  They source interesting coffees so pick up a bag to take home with you!

Where to find them:  Fahrgasse 7

A newcomer to the Frankfurt coffee scene with a big emphasis on coffee origins and interesting blends.  


Where to find them:  Fahrgasse 23

Good to know:  The freshly baked cinnamon rolls, AMAZING!!  Freshly baked on a Friday get there early, they sell out quickly.  Also remember you walked there right? So you totally deserve one!

From the streets of the old Aldstadt take a step inside a world of perfect French Japanese fusion and be delighted.  Chandeliers hang from the ceiling, enormous mirrors hang from the walls and antique tables and chairs invite you to sit (though of course you can’t at present).  Opulence and grandeur ooze from the walls and pastries and cakes descend from the bakery!

Where to find them:  Braubachstraße 24

We Recommend:  The Matcha Latte

3.  Sachsenhausen

Retablo Speciality Coffee is a newcomer to the speciality coffee scene!  And a newcomer to a quiet corner in Sachsenhausen.  Without a doubt though it is a must visit!  Till is not only delightful to chat too but knows his flat white from his cappuccino 😜

Where to find them:  Schifferstraße 12, 60594 Frankfurt am Main

Way before all the cool kids were doing it and before the coffee culture began to take off in Frankfurt, Julia and Christian had a vision.  And yes you guessed it, Oheim is that vision!  Also, the devil is all in the detail, from the Ethiopian beans they source right down to all the cakes being prepared in house (organic wherever possible).  Unquestionably a coffee shop and concept store with heart, plenty of soul and great coffee!

Where to find them:  Oppenheimer Landstraße 48, 60596 Frankfurt am Main

Cafe Under Pressure owner Sven Wörth has an extensive history in coffee and as a barista!  Undoubtedly 4th place in the German Barista Championship in Berlin is a mammoth achievement!

Every aspect of his coffee haven is made with love. The entire interior was built by Sven himself (he left no detail to chance) and let us just say in our opinion it looks awesome!

If you’re up for a wonderful piece of homemade banana bread, an excellent flat white and a good chat with Sven himself, head on over. You won’t be disappointed.

Where to find them: Große Rittergasse 20, 60594 Frankfurt am Main

We recommend:  definitely try the banana bread

coffee shop

4.  Bornheim and Ostend

It might be easy to dismiss Cafe Maingold as it sits right at the beginning of Zeil.  However, it’s right next to the park and has a lovely area for outside seating when the weather is warm. Walk inside and you’re time warped back to the 1940’s with vintage wallpaper, mixed matched vintage tables and gold framed doors.

Where to find them:  Zeil 1

When your chai latte arrives with a strainer you know you’ve hit the jackpot!!!  None of that teabag nonsense 😜

Where to find them: Hanauer Landstraße 82

We recommend:  the chai latte

Good to know:  they have a fairly extensive ‘to go menu’

On the slightly less ‘crazy’ side of Zeil close to Bornheim you’ll find Try Frankfurt!  The girls there are so super friendly and they have very yummy sandwiches all made fresh right there!

Where to find them:  Zeil 5

If you happen to be one of the guardians of the Euro (thankless job we imagine)or visiting them, then caffeine is necessary!  And Copper Bay is not only the perfect spot for a caffeine shot but also good nutritious food!

Where to find them: Sonnemannstraße 53, 60314 Frankfurt am Main

5.  Europaviertel/Bockenheim

Frida’s is the quintessential coffee shop on the streets of Bockenheim!

Their mission was to create a great place for body, soul and encounters. Bockenheim is so diverse and so are Frida’s patrons. The district is permeated by different cultures and social classes and they want to create the same diversity in their café.

Their beans are currently roasted in Nürnberg. Their standards are for the coffee beans to be specialty coffee.  Ideally lighter roasts but lately there have been some roasters roasting a little darker than average specialty coffees without the coffee losing its complex flavour. The scene is always developing and experimenting.  And with it so does the coffee they serve at Frida’s

Where to find them: Leipziger Str. 108, 60487 Frankfurt am Main

Good to know:  their house speciality is diversity

Cafe Croquant is a stones throw away from where I live and often I have to resist the urge to head over and buy all their croissants!  Still, I’ll buy four for the family and ‘accidentally’ eat them all!

Now for the more discerning breakfast eater, their menu is phenomenal!  Along with the bakery they have avocado, smoked salmon, Parma ham, Camembert, goats cheese!  The platters that are so beautifully constructed that you almost don’t want to eat what on them!

Where to find them:  Europa-Allee 77, 60486 Frankfurt am Main

Good to know:  their breakfast is phenomenal!  During the week their is no need to pre-order, however, weekends please do so the night before!

Janice Henry

A little insight through a few labels life has ‘given’ me! Also, no one label is more important than another I might add. So here it goes, boy mum, wife, friend, yogi, photographer, banker, coffee addict, global citizen, travel enthusiast, entrepreneur and writer!

Niki de saint Phalle exhibition at schirn

“Niki de Saint Phalle” exhibition at Schirn

“Niki de Saint Phalle” exhibition at Schirn is in our opinion alluring, captivating and a beautiful illustration of the artists career.  A career that was prematurely brought to an end by emphysema which almost certainly was a result of her prolific use of toxic materials in many of her works.

The Schirn takes you on a journey through the evolution of the artist and thus the woman behind the ‘artist’.  De Saint Phalle was self taught artist and grappled with different ways of self expression experimenting with a variety of materials and techniques.  One could perhaps argue in attempt to purge and self heal.

Who is Niki de Saint Phalle?

Saint Phalle is one of the late twentieth century’s great creative personalities she bravely forged the way for feminism. Undoubtedly a long long time before it was in vogue to do or the ‘me too’ movement was born.

Born near Paris in 1930, to a French father and an American mother.  However, after her father’s finance company failed they moved to America.  And whilst de Saint Phalle came from a background of privilege this could not protect her from trauma and violence.  Sexually assaulted by her father at age 11 he is often depicted in her works as dragon or reptile and forms the object of much of her anger and rage.

She describes herself as a devouring mother. Devouring a variety of influences from Giotto, early Siennese paintings, Douanier Rousseau, Mexican and Indian temples, to Picasso and Bosch and Arcimboldo.  And after feasting and absorbing the work of all these great influences the child that is born is Niki.

Niki de saint Phalle
Niki de saint Phalle
Niki de saint Phalle

The Exhibition

The Schirn presents a comprehensive exhibition exhibiting around 100 of the artists work and gives and overview of all the phases of her career which spanned five decades.  The evolution of the artist is both dramatic and simultaneously subtle.  Moving from destruction, anger and often monochromatic to creation on an enormous scale, playful and kaleidoscopic.

And whilst it was the Nanas that gained her attention and fame, her earlier works are as important and give an insight into the artists journey and creative process.

The exhibition runs until MAY 21st and we highly recommend you make your way to see it before it ends.

Good to know:

Rotablo Speciality Coffee

Retablo Speciality Coffee

On a quiet corner in Sachsenhausen now sits Retablo Speciality Coffee, an absolute oasis for any speciality coffee seeker!

We visit during the soft opening only a few short days after the doors open for business.  And, already there is a steady and continuous flow of eager coffee seekers waiting to be delighted and caffeinated by Tills charms and coffee.

The Story behind Retablo Coffee

In our opinion a quote by seventeenth-century English author John Donne sums up the Retablo Speciality Coffee story beautifully.

‘No man is an island, entire of itself’

Till Benner is the face and heart behind Retablo Speciality Coffee!  And without a doubt this speciality coffee shop dream was his first!  However there were many hands that helped make his dream a reality!  From angel investors to landlords sent by the ‘gods’ and friends that flock in their droves to support him it most certainly was a collective effort.  And whilst he may appear to stand behind the coffee bar alone he most certainly is not alone in his journey!

What’s behind the name?

The word ’Retablo’ comes from the Latin retro-tabula, literally meaning “behind the altar”.  And Till together with architects felt that the already existing archers and shapes within the build made this a fitting name!  And at the risk of sounding blasphemous we couldn’t think of more perfect ‘substance’ to ‘worship’.

The Vibe

Simplicity, Innovative design and Quality lie at the heart of the cafe.

Retablo Speciality coffee embraces strong core values aiming not only to serve its new local community but help it flourish!   From the selection of local coffee roasteries to the thoughtful consideration of what opening hours would best served the community the attention to detail is admirable.

Upstairs is very cleverly designed by architects Aberja to fully maximise the space.  Firstly, gorgeous high ceilings create a feeling of space allowing the large windows to flood the upper area with natural light!  Secondly, to boost seating options, one wall plays host to ‘grandstand’ seating, albeit with only two rows it serves its purpose beautifully!  Thirdly, and we think it’s genius!  Small tables sit on running gears (think sliding doors)  allowing them to slide side to side and adjust to your party size!  Last but definitely not least!  The semi circle coffee bar design creates additional standing space allowing customers to congregate a little longer than they might at a traditional narrow elongated coffee bar.

Furthermore, the granite counter top wooden floor and overall muted colour palette is punctuated with bright pops of canary yellow adding the perfect amount playfulness to the overall look!

Moving downstairs, the space is being converted into event space so stay tuned for more information on this!

Last but definitely not least, THE COFFEE

Till is no stranger to the coffee world!  Having been fully immersed in the coffee industry for the past 10 years Till has experience and then some!  He also has a clear vision of how he hopes to showcase not just one or two local German coffee roasteries but as many as he feels fit with his concept.

What can you ALWAYS expect to find at Retablo?

Well, you can always expect to find a DARK ROAST and a LIGHT ROAST along with a particular profile.

What can you expect NOT to find at Retablo?

A static lineup of German Coffee Roasteries!  For the most part Till aims to have ‘shake up’ every 6-8 weeks showcasing different coffee roasteries from all across Germany!  And we say bring it on!

Good to know:
  • Want an inside scoop?  The Speciality not on the menu?  Ristretto with milk 😉
  • Fancy a glass of wine or beer?  That’s on the menu too!
  • Easy parking at Parkhaus Alt-Sachsenhausen

Schifferstraße 12
60594 Frankfurt am Main,


Sunday and Monday:  closed
Tuesday – Friday:  8am – 4pm
Saturday:  10am – 6pm

Additional Info:  website | instagram

Best Wine Tour

Best Wine Tour around Frankfurt

It’s true that when one thinks of Germany wine is not the first thing that jumps to mind!  But it’s a real shame!  Because Germany has some exceptional wines to offer.  From refreshing mineral-tinged Rieslings, aromatic Spätburgunders (Pinot Noir), bright sparklings to sweet dessert wines there is plenty to taste.  Now the key, to finding and tasting these delicious Germany wine is selecting a great tour operator.  And in our opinion, that wine tour operator is BottleStops.

Why use a Wine Tour operator?

In short, because whilst there is plenty available to taste and try it’s not particularly easy to navigate.  Unlike California, South Africa, Australia or Italy who are completely geared toward the wine tourist, Germany is still ‘familiarising’ themselves with the concept.  Even as a german speaker, which we are not, it is difficult navigating the terrain.

Who is BottleStops?

Behind this thoroughly well oiled wine tour machine lies Jérôme Hainz.

The story goes that whilst living and working in Asia for many years, Jérôme got tired of the narrative that Germany only had Bratwurst to offer.  As a result he tasked himself with learning all he could about what his homeland had to offer in food and ultimately wine!  This coupled with his passion for history and geography made the wine industry a perfect melting pot for all his interests to come together.  And so on returning to live in Germany in 2017BottleStops tours and tastings was born.

In addition to learning about wine BottleStops also gives you gentle immersion in German history and geography.  Explaining how the Germany got its start in wine making.  And how it’s possible that Germany the worlds most northern wine making region is able to make wine! And it is because of all this that BottleStops wine tours are enriching on so many levels!

Wine tour Frankfurt
Wine tour Frankfurt
Wine Tour Frankfurt

Wine Tour with Bottlestops

So recently we had the absolute pleasure of sipping our way through the German winelands with BottleStops.  And boy did we have fun!!  Jérôme is a natural story teller with the ability to explain historical and geographical facts in a manner that’s simple and easy to digest!   So not only did we learn a whole bunch about wine and its history but we also learnt about the region and its history too!

Stop 1:  Kloster Eberbach

After being picked up from the station our wine tour began at the historical Kloster Eberbach.  Not only is Kloster Eberbach a feast for the eyes but it also forms the foundation of much of the wine making industry in Germany.  After exploring the monastery with almost 900 years of history below our feet and above our head we were left under no illusions that wine was/is a prominent feature at the estate.  Next it was onto the tasting room, bright and airy with plenty of options to taste.   And it was here that we had our first lesson in just how varied Riesling can be.  Not only from producer to producer but within a single producer itself.

Stop 2 with lunch: Vinothek RheinWeinWelt

Next up was a yummy lunch and of course more tastings at Vinothek Rheinweinwelt. For want of a better description, it’s a dispensary of sorts for wines. Now whilst we absolutely love the concept!  Essentially you can taste different wines from over 80 wine makers from all across the wine regions under one roof.  And as amazing as this sounds it can be a little intimidating if you unfamiliar with German wine.  Another good reason to choose Bottlestops!

So how does it work?   First, pay for the number of tastings you’d like and in exchange you receive tokens to take into tasting dispensary.  Once armed with your tokens head into the tasting area.  Here you find 7 historic brandy tanks that each house wine makers, their wines and the wine dispensers.  Next, choose the wine you’d like to taste, hold your glass under the dispenser spout before popping your token in.  And voila a perfectly measured 20ml tasting dispensers into your glass!

Stop 3:  Bibo Runge

Our final stop was at Bibo Runge weingut!  And this was the perfect way to end out tour!  Bibo Runge is a relatively new and small local producer in Oestrich-Winkel doing innovative and exciting wine making!

Best wine tour
Best wine tour
Best wine tour

What are the typical Wine Tours that Bottlestops offer?

Day Tours

Typically BottleStops tours will begin with pick up in Mainz at the main train station.  Of course pick up can be arranged in Frankfurt for an additional charge.  From there you are whisked away in the BottleStops van into wine country to explore and taste what the German vines have to offer.  In general the tour 6 hours from start to finish with winery visits and a stop for lunch.  Also, the tours have a nice mix of large historical estates, small newer estate and everything in between to give a diverse view of the German winelands.

Walking Tours

This is 1.5 hours wine tasting in Mainz.  Also these tend to be offered exclusively for small groups in a charming wine boutique in the heart of the old town.  Like with the day tours local wine culture, history and geography of the region are included making it a well rounded experience.  Furthermore the wines are paired with typical local snacks.  It’s worth noting that the tasting is offered in a very relaxed manner with no formal seating arranged.

Private Tours

If you have a special occasion or can’t find exactly what you looking for BottleStops is happy to work with you and tailor a tour to your needs.

To summarise a wine tour with BottleStops is more than just a wine tour!  It’s the opportunity to learn, to meet new people and to get out and about in one of the lesser known wine regions of the world.  So what you waiting for book now and sip your way along the Rhine!  Cheers!

Lodge Steakhouse

Lodge Steakhouse

If you’ve ever wanted to go on an African Safari but have never had the opportunity then Lodge Steakhouse may be the smallest of insights of what it’s like.  Ok, yes, you are going to need to really use your imagination but only for the Africa bit, the steakhouse is absolutely on point!!!  Catch animals, the likes of giraffe, zebra and wildebeest grazing in of front you while you enjoy your meal. And on clear day you can catch a glimpse of the Frankfurt skyline in the distance.

The Setting of Lodge Steakhouse

Lodge Steakhouse is perched up overlooking the Opel Zoo!  Large glass panelled walls surround the restaurant on 3 sides allowing for two things to happen.  Firstly, gorgeous natural light filters through and brightens the space.  Secondly, it allows a connection of outdoors with indoors. Giving customers the opportunity to see Giraffe, zebra and wildebeest grazing out in front of the restaurant on any given day.  Of course the animals are sensitive to weather and can’t always be guaranteed.  

Inside the use of natural materials and colour scheme throughout the furniture and decor choices deepens the similarities with nature.   And the first thing you notice as you walk in, other than the view, is the subtle but very definite smell of leather and wood.  Secondly, the deep mahogany vaulted ceiling contrasts beautifully with the honey comb coloured leather seating and flooring creating an almost ethereal glow in the space.  To finish it off, crisp white linen table clothes and napkins along with minimalistic table settings give the restaurant an elegant and chic look and feel.   Also, during the summer months at the back of the restaurant large doors open up onto a large terrace.  Here customers can sit with a cocktail watching the sun set and listen to the sounds.  Moreover, the birds and frogs that are attracted by the small pond down below.

The Vibe

A ‘family’ affair.  And when we say family, we mean friends that become family.  Importantly this refers to not only to their staff but their customers too, plenty of whom have become regulars over the years.  Speaking with Lodge, they emphasised the importance of welcoming customers as though they are welcoming them into their own home.  Not only do they want them to feel happy and relaxed but well taken care of too.

The Menu and Wine List

Filet Mignon.  Ribeye.  New York Strip.  Sirloin.  T-bone.

If we being perfectly honest we’d be ok if that was the entire menu!  However, we are fully aware that for a balance meal one needs, potatoes.  Obviously we kidding, but only about what makes a balanced meal and highly recommend you try the truffle fries!!

It’s a steakhouse and therefore it should come as no surprise that the meat is the hero of the dish.  Meaning all sides are served separately allowing the hero to be beautifully presented, front and centre!  It’s also worth mentioning that whilst it is a steakhouse there are also vegetarian and vegan options.

For the most part the bulk of the menu remains largely unchanging they do freshen it up from time to time.  In particular asparagus is a firm favourite in Germany and therefore makes an appearance when it’s in season.  Also the soup of the day is frequently ‘spiced’ up!

Undoubtedly the wine list is impressive!  And the ‘meaty’ leather bound book incorporating over 145 different wines both regional and international makes the perusing all the more enjoyable.  Notably, there should be something to suit every palette and more importantly every dish!

Good to know

  • It is perfect for corporate or private events as the restaurant can be sectioned to the size of your party
  • There is no separate kids menu.  However, there are plenty of options that are kid friendly.  For example the chicken breast, burgers and/or fries
  • Breakfast is served on week days until 11:30am
  • Game is not served on the menu so please do not expect to find crocodile, venison or ostrich
  • Also we recommend making a reservation at least 4/5 days prior if visiting on Friday/Saturday
  • Last but by no means last my steak was cooked to absolute perfection, medium rare more on the rare side!  Tender and juicy!!

Am Opel-Zoo 3
61476 Kronberg im Taunus

Monday – Friday: 10am – 12am (breakfast until 11:30am; kitchen 12pm – 11pm)
Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 12am (kitchen 12pm – 11pm)

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Frankfurt Zoo

Frankfurt Zoo

The Frankfurt Zoo makes for an absolutely great day out with the kids!  With 450 different species, more than 4,500 individual creatures spread over 11 hectares there is plenty to see and do.  Meaning with any luck everyone should be ready for bed when you leave.  Moreover the Zoo is situated on the border of Bornheim and Ostend making it fairly central and easy to access.

Things to do at Frankfurt Zoo

There are plenty of things to keep little people and big people alike.  Undoubtedly the main reason to visit the zoo is to see the animals. And to make thing even more exciting it might be worth timing your visit around animal feeding timesHowever, should little ones need a break there is a large playground and plenty of places to buy snacks and things to eat.  Also, the petting zoo is worth a visit for a fully immersive and tactile visit.

Good to know

  • Purchase the yearly zoo pass to avoid long lines and this pass enables you to visit anytime you want.
  • Frankfurt Zoo is open 365 days a year
  • The Frankfurt Zoo is involved in many research projects involved in animal conservation around the world
  • The zoo can be easily reached by underground (U6, U7) and tram (line 14)
  • Carts and wheelchairs can be hire at the zoo.  At the cash desk from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in summer and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in winter.  Cart Rental Price: €5 with €20 deposit.  Wheelchair: €20 deposit
  • Changing tables are available in the toilets just behind the entrance and in the Borgori forest.

Bernhard-Grzimek-Allee 1
60316 Frankfurt am Main


Monday-Sunday: 9am – 7pm

Additional Info:  website 

Best Boutique Fitness Studios in Frankfurt

Best Boutique Fitness Studios in Frankfurt

Gym membership?  Tick!  Barely Go?  Tick!  Want to mix it up?  Tick!  I think there are many of us who fall into this trap, religiously paying our money each month but barely stepping foot on the gym floor.  So what is one to do!?  Well, visiting a boutique fitness studio in Frankfurt may be just the thing you need to pull you out of your rut!  And, let face it whilst at face value they may seem more expensive than your local gym at least you going!  Meaning if we talking value for money, you getting it!  So let’s run you through some of the best boutique fitness studios in Frankfurt that we have found so far!

Benefits of a Boutique Fitness Studios in Frankfurt

Firstly, it often requires far less ‘know how’ than your regular gym.  Meaning, you have an instructor who will guide you through a balanced well thought out program.  Often at the gym we have a tendency to do the same workout year in year out and wonder why we no longer see results.  Secondly, if you find the gym intimidating, particularly as woman, a boutique fitness studio is great way to find your feet and build confidence.  Thirdly, community.  Meeting friends and working out together is often a great motivator and way of staying accountable.  And last but not least it a great way to keep things interesting and varied.  Mix and match try them all!

Best Boutique Fitness Studios in Frankfurt

In the Studios we will list below we try cover a variety of fitness disciplines.  Hopefully there is something for everyone!  However, in our opinion it’s definitely worth trying them all!  Each brings something unique and different to table and makes your workout anything but boring!


Corelab is an innovative and exciting new way to workout.  Essentially it’s a fusion of traditional resistance and strength training with pilates inspired flexibility and balance, albeit with a light dusting of ingenuity.

Owner Gloria Cadavid, spent months designing the power reformer or station that the workout is performed on!  Infusing traditional pilates with resistance and strength training to create an intense burn that you may feel for days!!  The Boutique Fitness Studio has a coffee bar where you can grab a protein shake or hang out with friends and have a coffee after.

Best boutique fitness studio in Frankfurt
Best boutique fitness studio in Frankfurt
Best boutique fitness studio in Frankfurt

the pilates studio – Mat and Equipment Pilates Classes

the pilates studio in Frankfurt is the perfect haven for pilates enthusiasts who love the traditional art form that Joseph Pilates created.  Beautifully central the studio is located a stones throw from the Eschenheimer Tor.  Inside you will find two separate studios for teaching.  One houses the pilates towers where many of the group classes are taught as well as the mat classes.  Whilst the other has 2 reformers, the Cadillac, the chair, baby chair and high chair for smaller and private classes.

Furthermore, all teachers are expected to under go training in the original Pilates method, a gruelling and rigorous process involving over 700 hours.  Finally, Pilates is the perfect way to reconnect with your core, your powerhouse and increase your flexibility and strength!

Revival Pole Fitness – Pole Dancing

Revival Pole Fitness is owned and run by Michelle Polansky who has lived and taught all around the world!  And because of this global citizen identity it was important to Michelle that studio be a safe space for women.  A safe space where women regardless of culture or backgrounds could express themselves!  A space to connect, to move to gain strength in not only the physical sense but the mental too!

Michelle runs the classes in a beautiful and relaxed manner.   And in an environment when many may initially feel a little intimidated or insecure this is vitally important!  The classes are fun and empowering and in our opinion something everyone should try at least one in their life time.

Pilates with Dorita

Pilates with Dorita is the perfect Boutique Fitness Studio if you hoping to workout in the comfort of your own home.  Dorita offers Pilates mat classes via Zoom which is perfect for those who are travelling or really pushed for time and can’t get to the studio.  Having said that Dorita also has a small studio where she offers private classes on the pilates reformer or on the mat with equipment.  In our opinion it’s an incredibly reasonable way to experience the best mat pilates has to offer.

English Yoga Meet Up

Ok so technically this isn’t a studio it’s more like a pop up!  And English Yoga Meet Up have classes all around the city and during summer offer classes outside.  One of the things about practicing yoga with English Yoga Meet Up is the enormous focus that Solveig places on community.  Meaning you will always feel welcomed and hopefully meet like minded people.

Pilates Infused – Pilates Group Reformer Classes

Last but definitely not last on our list is Pilates Infused.  Bringing a little LA flavour to the Frankfurt hum drum.  One of Frankfurts first group reformer class studios.  At Pilates Infused you can expect to find the classes infused with fun, high energy music and step away from the classical approach.  And, having said that what we love even more about the studio is they are a concept studio.  Meaning, they not only have the pilates studio but also Ehrlich Grun a cafe where you can gather with friends after a work out and nourish your body and mind!  Also, they do a mean Bullet Proof Coffee!!

So there you have it!  Our opinion of some of the Best Boutique Fitness Studios in Frankfurt.  Worth noting you no longer have an excuse to sit at home, unless you practicing over Zoom with Dorita that is!  Have fun and let us know your favourite.

Pole Dancing in Frankfurt

Pole Dancing in Frankfurt with Revival Pole

Pole dancing in Frankfurt.  Wow what a fun and exhilarating experience!!  Now before anyone has a coronary and begins imagining a smoky, low lit gentleman’s bar with scantily clad women gyrating on poles this was anything but that!  However, there is no judgement here if that’s your thing!  But I do want to be clear that Pole dancing is an art form or sport that you make your own.  Meaning, you like sexy?  Make it sexy.  And if you like it as a sport and fitness experience then make it athletic and strength building!  But remember, leave all judgments and expectations at the door.

The Story Behind Revival Pole Fitness

We love stories where life seems to play out exactly as it should.  Where happy ‘accidents’ and serendipitous moments occur and new passions are discovered when you least expect them.  And in our opinion Michelle Polansky introduction to pole dancing was one such event.  As a child Michelle was a passionate gymnast, loving challenging her body with the endless ‘tricks’ gymnastics demands of you. 

However, one summer whilst visiting her sister in South Beach she caught the eye of a stranger whilst practising  aerial silks.  And it was this stranger who recommend that she might try and enjoy pole dancing!  Momentarily preconceived ideas filled her head but being the adventurous spirit she is she pushed them aside and off she went to her first pole class!  Unfortunately it was only a brief soirée with the pole initially as life had other plans for her and she headed to South America with the Peace Corps. 

However, there was no doubt that the pole dancing bug had bitten and for years to come she would practise and slowly learn the art of pole dancing!  And it was would be a few years yet before she would find her way to Argentina where she would receive her certification.  

The Pole Dancing Studio and Vibe

Having lived and worked teaching pole dancing in a studio in Egypt it was clear to Michelle what she wanted for her studio.  A safe space where women regardless of culture or backgrounds could express themselves!  A space to connect, to move to gain strength in not only the physical sense but the mental too!

Michelle is a wonderful teacher and teaches in such a way that she makes the pole accessible to everyone.  Broken down step by step in a relaxed environment with a wicked playlist you’ll find yourself achieving things that you didn’t think you would.  And trust me, I’ve tried pole dancing before and that experience must have resembled an uncooked piece of spaghetti noodle trying to wrap itself around a pole 😂.

Finally keeping the classes small and intimate is important to Michelle.  For this reason she limited the number of poles to 4 and limited the maximum number of students to 6 per class.

More than just Pole Dancing

It’s worth noting that Michelle offers more than just pole dancing classes!  As well as the pole classes she offers handstand and stretching and conditioning classes!  So if you not quite ready to swing round a pole, although we highly highly recommend it, then try the other classes.  For these classes she has up to 8 students per class.

Good to know

  • The pole dancing studio is situated in Niederrad
  • Sign up for a trial class and if you enjoy it and sign up to the intro course you will receive the trial class amount discounted
  • Michelle is a natural teacher and will have you achieving things you didn’t think you could

Triftstraße 19
60528 Frankfurt am Main


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Kids Easter Holiday Camps

Kids Easter Holiday Camps with Outdoor Kids

Easter holidays is almost upon us!  Meaning plenty of chocolate, highly charged energetic children and parents losing their minds all across the city!!  Now parents before you panic, take a deep breathe and realise all is not lost there are options!  Namely a number of incredible Easter Holiday Camps being offered by Outdoor Kids here in Frankfurt.  Outdoor Kids prioritise kids being physically and mentally active whilst having huge amounts of fun!

Who are Outdoor Kids?

Outdoor Kids is the largest Kids Sport Education Provider in and around Frankfurt.  Energetic and well trained instructors will see your most precious little humans being energetic and learning valuable skills that will not only serve them in sport but also in school and later life.  There is an undeniable correlation that active kids are happier kids and perform better in all other aspects of their life than those that are not.

Also, Outdoor Kids have a multidisciplinary approach.  Meaning that whatever your child is into you are bound to find an activity and camp to suit them!  Football, American Sports, Dance, Yoga, Martial arts, Gymnastics the list goes on and on

Where can I find a Kids Easter Camp?

Essentially Outdoor Kids will hold the Kids Easter Camps at two locations.  Namely SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt and Metropolitan School Frankfurt.  Additionally all camps will provide a freshly prepared lunch each day from their catering partner.  Furthermore, drinks and snacks will provided.  Click on the link in ‘Additional Booking Info’ for each individual camp to book directly with Outdoor Kids.

SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt:  Martial Arts Camp

Age Group:  5-10 years old
Date: April 3 – April 6, 2023
Time:  09:00 – 16:00
Location:  SV. Blau-Gelb FFM
Bookable until: March 30, 2023
Additional Booking info: Outdoor Kids Martial Arts Camp

SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt:  Sports Camp

Age Group:  5-10 years old
Date: April 3 – April 6, 2023
Time:  09:00 – 16:00
Location:  SV. Blau-Gelb FFM
Bookable until: March 30, 2023
Additional Booking info:  Outdoor Kids Sports Camp

Metropolitan School Frankfurt:  Sports Camp

Age Group:  5-10 years old
Date: April 3 – April 6, 2023
Time:  09:00 – 16:00
Location:   Metropolitan School FFM
Bookable until: March 30, 2023
Additional Booking info:  MSF Outdoor Kids Sports Camp

SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt:  American Sports Camp

Age Group:  5-10 years old
Date:  April 11 – April 14, 2023
Time:  09:00 – 16:00
Location:  SV. Blau-Gelb FFM
Bookable until: April 7th, 2023
Additional Booking info:  Outdoor Kids American Sports Camp

SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt:  Sports Camp

Age Group:  5-10 years old
Date:  April 11 – April 14, 2023
Time:  09:00 – 16:00
Location:  SV. Blau-Gelb FFM
Bookable until: April 7th, 2023
Additional Booking info:  Outdoor Kids Sports Camp 2nd Week

Metropolitan School Frankfurt:  Acrobatics & Sports Camp

Age Group:  5-10 years old
Date: April 11 – April 14, 2023
Time:  09:00 – 16:00
Location:   Metropolitan School FFM
Bookable until: April 7th, 2023
Additional Booking info:  MSF Outdoor Kids Acrobatic Camp

SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt:  Video Clip Dance Camp

Age Group:  5-10 years old
Date:  April 17 – April 21, 2023
Time:  09:00 – 16:00
Location:  SV. Blau-Gelb FFM
Bookable until: April 13th, 2023
Additional Booking info:  Outdoor Kids Video Clip Dance Camp

SV Blau-Gelb Frankfurt:  Sports Camp

Age Group:  5-10 years old
Date:  April 17 – April 21, 2023
Time:  09:00 – 16:00
Location:  SV. Blau-Gelb FFM
Bookable until: April 13th, 2023
Additional Booking info:  Outdoor Kids Sports Camp 3rd week

So there you have it!  Plenty of option to choose from, however, BOOK QUICKLY as spaces are filling up quickly!  Now, you can rest easy knowing that your kids are well looked after, keeping active and most importantly have fun!

Good to know

  • Book immediately as spaces are filling up quickly
  • Lunch is provided each day
  • For Robotics and Coding minded kids check out Boston Education for camps

Corelab in Frankfurt

Corelab in Frankfurt, an exciting & innovative workout

Corelab in Frankfurt is an exciting and totally innovative way to workout!  And it’s quite unlike anything else that I have tried before.  In short it’s a fusion of traditional resistance and strength training with pilates inspired flexibility and balance albeit with a light dusting of ingenuity.

The Corelab Vibe and Concept

’Commit to yourself’ and find your tribe!

Absolutely, Corelab is about fitness, but, it is not only about fitness it is also about community.  Moreover it is about creating a space where like minded people meet and work towards their goals with the help of trained and motivated coaches.

The Vibe

Modern and innovative

Undoubtedly it is the army of black and gleaming meticulously designed machines that first command your attention as you enter the studio.  Quietly they lie in wait ready to push you to your limits. Next the mirrors, much of which line the wall space increasing the feeling of space and intensity.  Finally the dark carpets and walls are punctuated by neon signage and strobe like lighting and the commitment wall.  And it is at the commitment wall that state your intentions for all to see and to keep you accountable.

The Corelab Concept

As previously mentioned, the workout is a fusion of strength and resistance training, pilates inspired flexibility and balance all performed on a moving ‘station’ with resistance springs, cables and some free weights.  The workout methodology is designed to give you a balanced full body workout in just 50 minutes.  To summarise the class targets all areas of the body using various exercises that are performed in predominantly 1 minute intervals.  It is worth noting that all exercises can be modified or amplified depending on each individuals ability and fitness level.

The Corelab Station/Machine

Impressively, the Corelab station/machine was designed in-house by Gloria herself and manufactured in Germany.  And whilst the station has taken some inspiration from the pilates reformer don’t be fooled into thinking that this is anything like a typical pilates class.  Importantly, the station was designed by Gloria to accommodate progressive overload to build strength and impressively boasts up to 105kg’s of resistance.

The Story behind Corelab in Frankfurt

Gloria Cadavid Is the driving force behind Corelab in Frankfurt!  And let me tell you she most certainly is a  force in the best way.  Driven, passionate and incredibly innovative!  Gloria was born in Colombia but moved to the United States at a young age where she lived throughout her schooling and into her career.

After achieving her masters in Environmental Science at Columbia she moved to Washington DC.  And it was there in 2015, that she truly uncovered another passion and dream, FITNESS.  More specifically, she discovered the fitness concept that inspired what we now see as Corelab in Frankfurt today.  However, it would be a number of years before that dream would become reality.

After accepting a fellowship with The Robert Bosch Foundation she moved to Munich in 2018 and then to Frankfurt at the end of 2021.  And finally it was in Frankfurt that Corelab Studio finally came to fruition and opened its doors in March 2023.

Good to know

  • Corelab in Frankfurt have their own app which makes payment, timetable referencing and booking classes a breeze
  • They have bathrooms onsite fully equipped with hairdryers, straighteners and basic toiletry products making a workout before, during or after easy!
  • Lockers make it easy to lock away valuables while you sweat it up in the studio
  • Slip proof socks are recommended and can be bought at the studio
  • If you want to feel the BURN then this is the workout for you!  You are guaranteed to feel muscles you didn’t realise you had!

Oskar-von-Miller-Straße 3
60314 Frankfurt am Main


Corelab class schedule

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Pilates Studio in Frankfurt

the pilates studio in Frankfurt

the pilates studio in Frankfurt is the perfect haven for pilates enthusiasts who love the traditional art form that Joseph Pilates created. Pilates is the perfect way to reconnect with your core, your powerhouse and increase your flexibility and strength!  Also it is conveniently central and located not even two minutes from the Eschenheimer Tor.

The Story Behind the pilates studio in Frankfurt

Lucy Hickey is the brains and the brawn behind The Pilates Studio.  Born in Dublin, dance and movement formed the foundation of Lucy’s life from a very young age.  To illustrate, her first professional training saw her move to Russia at the tender age of 14.  Following a number of years of living and working all over the world it was a contract with ‘Phantom of the Opera’ in Stuttgart that brought Lucy to Germany in 2003.  Furthermore, it was in Stuttgart that she met not only her Pilates mentor, Davorka Kulenovic but also her husband.  Over the next 8 years as with dance Lucy tirelessly threw herself into Pilates learning, training and teaching!  Finally, in 2016 Lucy took the leap and opened her very own pilates studio in Frankfurt.

Ethos and Training

Lucy trained with Davorka Kulenovic owner of Pilates New York in Stuttgart.  Kulenovic is a student of Romana Kryzanowska protégé of Joseph Pilates who was entrusted with continuing his method. Training with Davorka in the original Pilates method was incredibly rigorous, with over 700 hours of observation, training and teaching.

Furthermore, all teachers employed with the pilates studio are expected to have completed the same or similarly rigorous teacher trainings.

The Studio Vibe and Classes

Situated on the 2nd floor the decor is clean and minimalistic, allowing the teachers and the equipment to do all the ‘talking’.  There are two separate studios for teaching, one houses the pilates towers where the group classes are taught.  Whilst the other has 2 reformers, the Cadillac, the chair, baby chair and high chair for smaller and private classes. Finally, large windows line one wall in each studio making them light and airy.

One on One Private Classes

A class focused and tailored exactly to your needs.  Furthermore there is no better way to highlight weaknesses, or rather, imbalances in the body than with a private one on one class.  In these classes you have the opportunity to explore all forms of equipment namely the reformer, the Cadillac, chair, baby chair, high chair and barrel.  Also, it’s worth noting that they offer private one on one mat classes.

For me I was privileged to have a class with Lucy herself.  Her gorgeous lilting Irish accent masterfully guiding me through a wonderfully challenging pilates class!  Her cueing was absolutely on point and I loved how tactile she was when helping me make adjustments.

Group Tower Class

If you have never heard of a tower class you missing out and I would absolutely encourage you to try one*.  In essence it is based on traditional mat work but with the added intensity of using springs and the roll-down/push through bar to strengthen and stretch.  Also, classes are kept small with a maximum of 6 participants

Mat Classes

Predominantly the classes are held on site, however, the pilates studio does offer a few options for hybrid classes.  Meaning that some participants join via zoom, for this reason it is important to check what you sign up for.   Sometimes to spice things up and vary the classes they incorporate weights, towels or the Magic Circle.

Good to know

  • It is recommended to take a few private classes before joining any of the group equipment classes*
  • The tower classes are very popular and a phenomenal work out
  • We found the easiest and cheapest place to park is in My Zeil parkhaus.  Worth noting, if you park on level C or D it’s half the price of the first 2 levels ie €2 per hour rather than €4
  • The teaching staff come from multiple countries with English, Italian, Spanish and German being a few of the languages spoken.  However, please note classes are not conducted in all languages

Brönnerstraße 22
60313 Frankfurt am Main

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Therapy for kids

Therapy for Kids with the Inspired Project

In my humble opinion ‘Kids are so resilient’ is a phrase that I hear far too often!  And yes, whilst that may be true it doesn’t mean that they are free of stress and emotions or that they adjust seamlessly to every situation thrown at them!  And honestly, the mental health cliff edge that the pandemic threw at us affected our little humans just as much as us grown up humans!  So perhaps you find yourself as a parent not sure where to turn or what to do when your little human is struggling!  And therapy for kids with the Inspired Project may be an option you would like to explore?

Who is behind the Inspired Project

Moriah-Jane Lorentz is a music therapist, theatre pedagogue, project manager, and performer. Originally from South Africa, she has been in Frankfurt since 2017. She graduated with a music therapy degree and a minor in drama and speech therapy facilitation. 

Moriah-Jane has a natural and beautiful way with children that allows them to feel relaxed and heard in world where they may feel lost and out of control.  Kids walk out with a grin on their face, their shoulders a little tense and an excitement for the next session.

Therapy for kids with the Inspired Project How it Works

Moriah-Jane offers a variety of therapy options depending on your child’s age, needs and goals.  Some of therapy techniques she uses are stated below a brief description of each.

Music Therapy

Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualised goals.  Moreover, it uses music therapeutically to address physical, psychological, cognitive, behavioural and/or social functioning. Because music therapy is a powerful and non-threatening medium, unique outcomes are possible. With young children, music therapy provides a unique variety of music experiences in an intentional and developmentally appropriate manner to effect changes in a child’s behaviour and facilitate the development of his/her communication, social/emotional, sensory-motor, and/or cognitive skills.

Play Therapy

Play therapy for kids is a form of psychotherapy and can be effective in helping children through emotional and mental issues. Children often use play to express themselves and navigate the world, and play therapy takes advantage of this. Also, play therapy is primarily used with children. However, it can also be used with adults. Furthermore, it is typically used with children who are aged between 3 and 12.

Play therapy is particularly beneficial for people who struggle with communicating and expressing themselves in a positive and healthy manner.  Namely these could include children with behavioral disorders or learning disabilities.

There has been some research into the effectiveness of play therapy on children with the following conditions:

  1. Autism 
  2. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  3. Depression
  4. Anxiety disorders
  5. Post-traumatic stress disorder 
  6. Physical and emotional trauma 
  7. Sexual abuse
  8. Physical or emotional abuse

Creative Therapy

Creative therapy uses art forms — such as dance, drawing, or music — to help treat certain conditions. Trained therapists can administer creative therapy to help people experiencing various mental, emotional, and physical issues. Worth noting, creative therapy does not require a person to have any sort of artistic ability.

Good to know

  • She has worked mainly with children and youth on the Autism spectrum.
  • She is passionate about creating music, art and movement
  • For other ideas read finding an english speaking therapist


Enquire directly [email protected]


Enquire directly [email protected]

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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)

STEAM Easter Camps for April 2023

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!!  All day ‘in front’ of screen at Easter??  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 (weather dependant of course).  And secondly, they learn whilst playing.

These camps are best suited for two groups of students: ages 6 to 10 and 11 to 14. 

What will the kids learn:

  • Learn the basics of mechanics electronics and coding
  • Learn how to create, outline, and finally, program computer games
  • Learn the depths of programming in Scratch and Alice
  • Learn problem solving with Python and Godot
  • All required material is provided by Boston Education

Camp Details are as follows:

  1. Where:  Anna-Schmidt Schule City campus.
  2. When:  Camps are weekly with the first week beginning April 3rd and the last week beginning April 17th
  3. Time:  9:30am – 3:30pm
  4. Snacks provided but please pack midday snack box

Also be quick to avoid disappointment – book Easter Camp here now.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Summer Camps for July/August 2023


Niedernhausener Strasse 13
60326 Frankfurt am Main

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

Additional Info:    Boston Education website