04 Jun The Best Coffee in Frankfurt, Germany
I have spent a pretty decent portion of my life in or around the area of Germany I am currently residing in, Frankfurt. Even when I was living in Oslo, I traveled to the area so frequently that the staff at my favorite restaurants and cafes knew me by name and had no idea for ages that I was actually living in Scandinavia, not Germany. As someone who was free to work wherever I pleased, I often came to Frankfurt to visit friends and would spend a week or so working in the city every month. But most of my time spent working from Frankfurt was spent in the confines of my friends’ flats and not cafes, much to my dismay. Frankfurt’s cafe and coffee scene was embarrassing at best.
Wifi was not ubiquitous like it was in Scandinavia and when I could find it, I wasn’t able to pair a nice coffee alongside it. While the craft beer scene in Germany is very far behind as a whole, the specialty coffee scene in Frankfurt (and Frankfurt alone) was even more behind. Every other city had its scene, but Frankfurt lagged. I get emails constantly from people passing through the city on long layovers or even digital nomads (I hate that term, but it suits the explanation) looking for Frankfurt’s best cup of joe. I used to draw a huge blank. Now, I can proudly say that I can give some information, albeit not too much. As more and more businesses are opening around the city, I will keep this list live and add to it as new cafes open throughout the city and after I have tried their coffee personally or know someone reputable who recommends it.
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CAFE NO. 48
Cafe No. 48 is a new addition to the Frankfurt coffee and cafe scene and has been a brilliant one. Situated in Frankfurt’s Nordend area, they offer customers organic and fair-trade coffee and delicious cakes and small eats. They also cater to vegans and vegetarians. Cafe No. 48 also has daily menu items for hungry customers. You can order anything from a flat white to a syphon coffee here and I must say, I found their coffee to be one of the smoothest and creamiest in Frankfurt. What I found most impressive about this place, on the other hand, was its customer service. From the moment I walked in, I was welcomed and greeted with a friendly demeanor… and they treated my dog like a king (he accompanied me to the pup-friendly establishment). Any place that treats my dog that way will always get my vote and business!
Cafe No. 48 can be found at Rotlintstraße 48 in Nordend. They are open weekdays from 0800-1800 (but please note that they are closed on Wednesdays) and weekends from 1000-1700. Wifi is available and free. They only take cash. You can check out their website or Facebook page for more information.
This stunning cafe, eatery, and shop is located across the river from the main part of Frankfurt in charming Sachsenhausen. It took me a while to get here as I live pretty much on the very opposite side of the city, but I’m so glad I finally got to check it out (after so many raving reviews from fellow Frankfurters)! They have flawless customer service and the coffee is on-point. Their flat white is tasty and I can’t wait to make it back to try some of their baked goods (and do some shopping). They offer two coffees- one of their own and one from Man Versus Machine, a Munich-based roastery (always subject to change so check oheim’s Facebook page for details).
Oheim is located on a peaceful street and has seating both inside and outside. It doesn’t hold a great number of customers which adds to the quaint ambiance and allows the customers to interact with the staff. Nothing irks me than an overly packed place where you can’t relax and have to wait thirty minutes for tables to be cleaned. This place is literally the polar opposite of that and feels like it could easily become my ‘home away from home’. They also offer to-go coffee in environmentally friendly and sustainable cups.
<photo courtesy of oheim>
Oheim can be found at Oppenheimer Landstraße 48 in Sachsenhausen. They are open Tuesday-Friday from 0800-1800 and Saturdays from 1000-1800. They are also open on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 1000-1800. They also have a delicious brunch available daily. Wifi is available and free. You can check out their website or Facebook page for more information.
This is currently my cafe of choice in Frankfurt due to its location and convenience for me (I can walk there). I may also be a bit biased as they offer beans from Tim Wendelboe (alongside Backyard, Quijote, and JB) and make a badass Aeropress pourover with the stuff. This cafe is also owned by the same people that own Kaffeewerk Espressionist. Brühmarkt just opened recently and is already packed with customers. It is situated in an area that probably won’t allow much less. Their outside area offers an abundance of seating, but it is on a busy road, so it is not the calmest of environments. The inside is spacious and much more to my liking. They also offer free wifi. Coffee tip: Ask for your roast of choice. This is one of the only places in Frankfurt that will prepare your coffee in a completely bespoke manner.
Brühmarkt can be found at 1 Leipziger Str in Bockenheim. They are open 7 days a week: 0800-1800 Monday through Friday and 1000-1800 on Saturdays and Sundays. They also cater to vegetarians and offer sandwiches and small eats. You can check out their website or Facebook page for more information.
Disclaimer: This location has closed. They have another location at Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 35-37 in Frankfurt if you wish to try it. As of August 2017, this cafe actually does have some of the best coffee in the city.
Kaffeewerk Espressionist, which I mentioned above when talking about Brühmarkt, owns three cafes throughout Frankfurt (one of which is Brühmarkt), and has been serving up pretty solid coffee for a few years. The cafe on Europa Allee is a hotspot for business travelers and locals alike. You can find everything on their menu from a flat white to a rooibos latte. They have a very small amount of seating inside, but also service customers with a nice and clean outside area. Free wifi is available.
Kaffeewerk Espressionist can be found at Europa Allee 29 directly behind Skyline Plaza in the Europaviertel area of the city. They are only open on weekdays from 0800-1800. For more information, you can check out their website or Facebook page.
HOLY CROSS BREWING SOCIETY
The Holy Cross Brewing Society has quickly become known as one of Frankfurt’s hippest establishments, and rightfully so. The minimalistic interior and stellar coffee remind me fiercely of cafes I used to frequent in Norway and other parts of Scandinavia. They offer customers free wifi, small snacks, and a robust cup of coffee. They offer different roasts and do a pretty awesome pourover with a V60. Many of my friends who have visited the place have complained that the roast was too dark for them. There are several options available in house and based on the staff’s extensive knowledge (which I have witnessed time and time again), they will help you choose the cup that is right for you so you don’t end up with something too dark or bitter for your taste buds.
Holy Cross offers patrons dairy and non-dairy options, which is much to my liking as sometimes my weak stomach can not handle dairy. They also have taken part in some major collaborations and selling of some of the best Nordic coffee brands currently- everything from Tim Wendelboe (Norway), Coffee Collective (Denmark), Supreme Roastworks (Norway), Drop Coffee (Sweden), and many more (these are just some of my Nordic faves). It is pretty incredible to see the lively northern scene floating down this way. Holy Cross Brewing Society is really at the center of something major and I am stoked to see what else they have up their sleeve.
They have a small outdoor seating area and is truthfully a great place to get some caffeine in before skipping across the street to the craft beer bar, Naiv.
You can find the Holy Cross Brewing Society at Fahrgasse 7 in Innenstadt, very close to the river and Altstadt. They are closed on Mondays but are open Tuesday-Friday from 0830 until 1900 and weekends from 1000-1900. They take Visa and Mastercard. To find more information about Holy Cross Brewing Society, visit their Facebook page.
Disclaimer: Tortenengel has permanently shut their doors. In the same area? Go to Cafe 48.
Tortenengel is a cafe and bakery located in Frankfurt’s Nordend-Ost and while their specialty is the ornate and beautiful cakes they produce by hand, their coffee is pretty stellar, as well. The espresso they use is sourced from the geniuses at Koppi up in Helsingborg, Sweden and anyone that knows coffee in the Nordics knows Koppi. The customer service is exceptional here and the interior is so inviting that it is hard not to love this place. They also offer free wifi and a lot of outdoor seating in the charming neighborhood they are located in.
You can find Tortenengel at Rotlintstraße 48 in Nordend-Ost. They accept Visa, Mastercard, and AMEX in addition to cash. They are open on Mondays from 1100-1800 and Thursdays through Sundays from 1100-1800. To find more information about Tortenengel, check out their website or Facebook page.
Bunca is situated in the heart of the city near Willy-Brandt-Platz. Not an area I’m keen on venturing to during the week as it is overrun by suits and briefcases, I have no issue heading this way for a more informal vibe on weekends. Bunca is small but has adequate seating outside. What really sets Bunca apart is their attention to detail and superb customer service. It is always so inviting to be welcomed to a place with a smile and having someone know your order. I admit I tend to frequent this place for milk coffee and have never had any of their other options. Based on how well they do a cortado and flat white, I am sure they do a wonderful filtered, as well.
You can find Bunca at Kirchnerstraße 4 in close proximity to WBP. They are closed on Sundays but are open from Monday-Friday from 0800-1700 and on Saturdays from 1130-1730. To find more information about Bunca, check out their website or Facebook page.
HOPPENWORTH & PLOCH
Hoppenworth & Ploch is kind of the mother ship of craft coffee in Frankfurt. They have been around for over seven years and are still an integral part of the Frankfurt coffee community regardless of what has opened around them. They even have their own roastery at their location close to Friedberger Platz. I have personally witnessed the improvement and development of their coffee over the years and it is hard to deny that they really know their skill and can serve up some banging products. They have a cafe located in close proximity to Goethe University, but I prefer the on across town at Friedberger Platz. The inside is minimalistic and has an extremely chill vibe. The staff knows their stuff and will happily answer any questions you have with great knowledge.
<Photo courtesy of Hoppenworth & Ploch>
Hoppenworth & Ploch is located at Friedberger Landstraße 86 in the Nordend-Ost part of Frankfurt. They accept Visa and Mastercard. This location is open Tuesday-Friday from 0800-1900 and weekends and holidays from 1200-1900. They are closed on Mondays. To find out more information, you can check out their website or Facebook page.
ANIIS – RAUM FÜR KAFFEEKULTUR
Aniis is a beautiful and artistic cafe with delicious specialty coffee on Hanauer Landstraße is Frankfurt’s Ostend. The small cafe, located a stone’s throw away from Ostbahnhof, has a nice outdoor seating area as well as adequate seating inside for customers. They are always pretty busy, particularly on weekends, as they cater to guests with impeccable coffee and seasonally-inspired, high-quality small eats. I must admit that I find the inside of this cafe to be one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen in this part of Germany.
You can find Aniis at Hanauer Landstraße 82 in Frankfurt’s Ostend. They are a cash only establishment and do have free wifi. They are open for business Tuesday-Friday from 0800-1800 and on weekends from 1000-1730, being closed on Mondays. To find out more information, feel free to visit their website or Facebook page.
THE ESPRESSO BAR
The Espresso Bar is a small, but timeless cafe in the city center. They are a cafe, bar, and aperitivo all rolled into one and catering to the best of Frankfurt. I prefer their coffee to-go as it is not a conducive place to work from, but the location and efficiency of the staff make this a great choice for coffee if you’re in this part of the city.
You can find The Espresso Bar at Schäfergasse 42 in Frankfurt’s Innenstadt. They are open Monday-Friday 0830-2100 and on Saturdays from 1000 until 0000. For more information, feel free to check out their website or their Facebook page.
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