‘Where to find the best coffee!?’  This is a question I need answered without delay anywhere I go!  Weirdly when I first arrived in Frankfurt there was no curated list that I could find!

Undoubtedly, coffee and caffeine sustains many of us through life. And, as I’m sure everyone has noticed (unless you’ve been living under a rock, and quite frankly that might be the smart option) we are living through the worst pandemic this generation has seen.  And not to be frivolous but that requires coffee, lots of it!

Having lived in Frankfurt for quite sometime now I have scoured the streets and offer you my humble list!!  I’ve divided it into areas to make it easier.

Best coffee shops in and around Frankfurt by area

1.  Nordend

Bohnerie is not only owned by one of the nicest couples but personally run by them too!  Rawa is a master of all things ‘bean’ so not only will you find him behind the coffee machine but you will also find him behind the roaster.  He usually rotates 8-9 single origin coffees in a season from the likes of Ethiopia, Brazil, Costa Rica and El Salvador.

Where to find them:  Eschersheimer Landstraße 14

We Recommend:  the ‘Rawa Speciale’.  With all the tinkering he does with his blends and roasting you always going to get something interesting

Having recently opened a gorgeous second space on Bornwiesenweg it truly does tug at our heart strings that they need to ‘close’!  Amazing cakes and breakfasts to go and vegan options

Where to find them:  Bornwiesenweg 4 and Eckenheimer Landstraße 70

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

Good to know:  You can order 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:  all their packaging is compostable and recyclable 

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 currently closed  

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!

Now here’s a window that can offer you something a little stronger than coffee and goodness knows we may need it!   Walk into Espresso Espresso and it’s like walking into an espresso bar in Italy (Unfortunately, due to corona it isn’t possible to go inside). To clarify, it’s literally a bar and few bar stools. Simplicity at it’s finest. So simple but oh so very stylish, definitely one to take friends too.

Where to find them: Braubachstraße 28

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

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

Good to know:  they currently offer a personal shopper experience via video call.  So, if you need a gift, a refill, more beans, book directly on their website.

Without a doubt Cafe Under Pressure owner Sven Wörth has an extensive history in coffee and as a barista!  Undoubtedly gaining himself a 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

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4.  Bornheim and Ostend

So whilst unfortunately you can’t sit inside and be ‘taken away’ to a bygone era you can still takeaway a nice hot coffee and some baked goods!

Where to find them:  Zeil 1

If you happen to be one of the guardians of the Euro (thankless job we imagine)or visiting them, then caffeine must be necessary!

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

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, so are their 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!