Fun at the Fair
Many of the world’s most important trade fairs from the Frankfurt Book Fair to the International Automobile Fair take place in Frankfurt, which regularly draws great numbers of visitors, professionals and amateurs alike. But as the professionals know, the most important encounters, conversations and business deals take place not at the exhibition stands during the day but in the city’s bars, restaurants and hotels in the evening.
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Stylish hotels and unusual clubs
25 Hours Hotel Levi’s:
If you’re looking for more than just a place to spend the night, you should stay at the 25 Hours Levi’s. The name refers to the famous brand of jeans and the hotel’s 76 rooms, which come in sizes M, L and XL, are decorated in various shades of blue inspired by the colors of by-gone styles. A flat-screen TV, a sound system for your iPod and free wireless Internet are standard in each room.
Niddastraße 56, Tel: +49-(0)69/256 67 70, www.25hours-hotels.com
There’s nothing modest about this establishment: Living XXL is one of Europe’s largest bar & restaurants. A giant illuminated “euro” sign points the way to the entrance in the basement of the Eurotower. The 1100-square-meter space topped by an impressive glass dome has lounges and a dance floor, too. After-work parties take place here every Wednesday starting at 6pm and the dance floor opens up two hours later. Black music, house and salsa play here on the weekends. The restaurant has a very popular summer garden and serves international fare.
Kaiserstraße 29, Tel.: +49-(0)69/242 93 70, www.livingxxl.de
Spacey design is the trademark theme at this legendary club where celebrated DJ Sven Väth spins discs. Cushioned seating niches – cocoons – are integrated into a membrane wall 100 meters long. Sit here and you will feel the music vibrate in your spine. The Cocoon is still regarded as one of Frankurt’s best clubs, and in addition to parties, it hosts events like art show closings and fashion shows. It also has two excellent restaurants, Micro and Silk.
Carl-Benz-Str. 21, Tel.: +49-(0)69/90 02 00, www.cocoonclub.net
"Homely" pubs and temples of relaxation
Viewed from the outside, this glass pavilion looks almost like the diner in Edward Hopper’s famous painting “Nighthawks.” Many locals consider the Heimat the best wine bar in town. You can watch the chef at work in the kitchen right from your bar stool. The menu is small but the food is international with a surprising twist. Try the delicious sweetheart cabbage salad with fillet of fish. Warning to beer drinkers: They don’t serve any beverages here based on fermented grain.
Berliner Str. 70, Tel.: +49-(0)69/29 72 59 94 www.heimat-frankfurt.com
Old-fashioned restaurants that feature traditional Hessian dishes can still be found all over the city but only a few, including the Buschscheer, press their own apples to make äppelwoi (apple wine), each barrel of which tastes a little different because it’s a natural product. The tradition of making äppelwoi here dates back to 1876 and Buchscheer is one of the oldest apple wine makers in Frankfurt. The kitchen doesn’t go in for experiments, either. It serves traditional food like “Sachsenhäuser Verführung,” a trio of delicious Hessian appetizers: eggs in a green sauce, schneegestoeber (a camembert-based cheese dip) and Frankfurt herbed quark, served with bread.
Schwarzsteinkautweg 17, Tel.: +49-(0)69/63 51 21, www.buchscheer.com
Emotion Spa Health Club:
Suffering from trade-fair burnout? Even the professionals have to take a break and revive their energies sometime. The Emotion Spa will pamper your body and your spirit, starting with the wonderful view over Frankfurt’s rooftops. Located on the sixth floor of the Westin Grand Hotel, this wellness temple is luckily not reserved for guests alone. It has a workout area, a Finnish sauna, a pool, a pool bar – and naturally also a large selection of massage and beauty treatments to choose from.
Konrad Adenauer Str. 7, Tel.: +49-(0)69/29 81 97 92 http://frankfurt.emotionspa.de
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