Lifestyle in Frankfurt

Frankfurt prides itself on being the largest city in the German state of Hesse and also one of the largest financial centres in Europe.

Famous for its breathtaking skyline along the River Main, Frankfurt is one of the most international cities in Germany and attracts many expats in search of high salaries and career advancement.

The city is charming and brimming with history and culture. There are in-demand shopping outlets, impressive museums, interesting historic sites and world-class opera theatres to enjoy.

Frankfurt offers working professionals an attractive work-life balance. Employees can expect to receive 30 days of annual leave every year. This allows expats to not only discover nearby towns and cities, but also the chance to travel to neighbouring countries, given that Frankfurt has excellent rail connections and one of the busiest airports in Europe.

Eating out in Frankfurt

One is always spoilt for choice when dining out in Frankfurt. The restaurant scene reflects Frankfurt’s multicultural nature. Like many cities in the world, dining out can be expensive so it is essential to know where to look if wanting to keep costs low.

The Fressgasse pedestrian street is the place for traditional German food, while the Westend and Nordend are where a great range of stylish and upmarket restaurants can be found. For those wanting more of a café or pub atmosphere, there is Berger Strasse in Bornheim.

Nightlife in Frankfurt

Despite the city's financial reputation, the nightlife in Frankfurt is not dominated by hotel bars and expensive bottles of champagne. Frankfurt’s nightlife scene is very varied, catering to almost every kind of entertainment - from casinos, bars and cocktail lounges to live music venues and dance clubs. Jazz clubs are particularly popular in Frankfurt and there are numerous performances taking place across the city.

Much of the city’s nightlife is centred in the north of the city in Fressgasse, Zeil and Römerberg. Sachsenhausen is a good place to find Latin, Irish and local joints.

Shopping in Frankfurt

Frankfurt’s main shopping street is Zeil. Here, shoppers will find their regular high-street stores like H&M, Zara and Promod, as well as department stores such as MyZeil, Galeria, Karstadt and Parfümerie Douglas. The Apfelwein district in Sachsenhausen is the place to find traditional German buys, while Goethe Strasse sells top-end designer goods and is packed with jewellery stores. Schweizer Strasse has beautiful boutiques and independent stores aimed at a trendier clientele. 

Outdoor activities and sport in Frankfurt

Frankfurt is among Germany’s most green urban cities and as such it offers a wide variety of outdoor pursuits for residents to get involved in. The city is cyclist-friendly, with plenty of urban bike paths in addition to mountain trails. Furthermore, there is no charge for taking bicycles on board public transport.

There are more than 50 parks and green spaces in Frankfurt, most of which are suitable for walkers and runners. Some parks in the city even have designated areas for roller-skating, ping pong, football and basketball. Expats who enjoy water-based activities will be pleased to know that Frankfurt is home to a number of water parks, large indoor swimming pools and open-air pools, which are extremely popular during the summer months.

Yolande Campbell Our Expat Expert

Yolande moved to Frankfurt with her husband in May 2012 for his new job. She enjoys cooking, photography and travelling and would like to use her time in Germany to explore the country and learn the language. Read about her experience on her blog, Chronicles of Yoyo.

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