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Frankfurt - Germany

As far as eating and drinking are concerned, Frankfurt has it all. Here you'll find something to suit every taste, and any pocketbook. Going out for a meal or a drink is not just about satisfying appetites. Frankfurt is a city full of single people, and socializing is high on the agenda at many localities.

Frankfurt's culinary scene has certainly profited from the airport, which links the city to food producers from all over the world. The city's foreign communities have also added a touch of spice to the food, infusing Turkish, Indian, Japanese and other exotic flavours. Local fare, however, is well catered for by numerous restaurants and snack bars, which serve up regional specialties at reasonable prices.

Local Cuisine But the absolute highlight for people visiting Frankfurt is a relaxing evening in one of the Ebbelwoikneipen, traditional cider pubs that serve up ceramic mugs full of the local drink, Apfelwein. Be it sweet or dry, cider is the drink of choice in Frankfurt and is best appreciated with an accompaniment of Handkäse, a type of hard cheese mixed with onions, vinegar and oil.

Frankfurt has a great selection of eateries specializing in regional food and drink. The best and most popular cider pubs are to be found in the district of Sachsenhausen. The Affentorhäuser, for example, is rustic, offers a good value menu, and serves Haspeln and Schäufelchen (both local pork dishes). Their speciality is a stunning fillet of beef, served with—you guessed it—cider! The Apfelweinwirtschaft Wagner is a popular eatery for its food and drink, and easy-going, sociable atmosphere. The only problem with the cider pubs in Sachsenhausen is that they are fairly touristy and can get very full. Other districts have pubs that are just as good, but which are visited predominantly by locals. Fine examples include the Zur Schönen Müllerin in Nordend or Friedberger Warte in Bornheim.

Exotic Cuisine Frankfurt is Germany's most multi-cultural city, and you'll find that most places don't water things down to cater to European tastes. Original spices are used, and if you order a curry which claims to be hot, you can bet it'll blow you away! The area around the city's main shopping street, the Zeil, is full of foreign restaurants: be it Greek Omonia, Italian Isoletta , French Bistro Rosa , Japanese Utage, or Thai Suvadee, you'll be spoilt for choice here.

Good Value Meals A city full of bankers, financial advisers, lawyers and accountants, makes it difficult to eat cheaply. But there are certain gems where you can wine and dine without breaking the bank. A popular place is Manolya in Nordend.

Fast Food You'll have no problem finding a quick snack in Frankfurt. Due to the high proportion of office workers and professionals ("time is money"), there are plenty of kebab houses, pizza places, sushi and sandwich bars scattered around the city centre. Good bets include the the Maggi-Kochstudio.

Cafés Frankfurt boasts hundreds of cafés and coffee houses, many of which cater to a particular clientèle or offer specialties. Although the choice is large, certain places do stand out. Café Karin near Goethe's House is a top-pick for a traditional-style café. Or head over to the Café Laumer (with a garden and summer terrace) in Westend. Politically-correct coffee lovers should head for the World Coffee Convenience Stores near the Stock Exchange and elsewhere in the city.
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