Germany has long played an important role in the history of electronic music. The city of Berlin alone is home to some of the greatest clubs and DJs on the planet. That being said Berlin isn't the only German city with a rich history. Take Frankfurt for example. After the war, it was rebuilt into a bustling modern European financial hub and has plenty of hidden gems for you to discover. Taking us on a tour of the city is C. Vogt, who's hot off his recent release Desire, in collaboration with Butch, released via Gerd Jansen's Running Back.
Words and photos by C. Vogt
We all like a good drink, so where are the top spots to head to before a night out?
Away from the hustle and bustle, located in Frankfurt’s old town Sachsenhausen, you can find this place. Before you start your evening with some drinks, you can enjoy traditional German food here. Schnitzel with the famous green sauce is on point. Make sure to drink homemade apple wine!
Before you’re heading to the club make sure you start your evening at Bar Shuka which is located inside the 25hours hotel in the heart of Frankfurt. You can enjoy great oriental finger food combined with some really tasty cocktails here. Nice people and a great spot for a perfect warmup.
Where can you find the best clubs / late-night venues in town?
You can find one of the best clubs for electronic music in Germany in Offenbach, which is a 5-10 min ride from the city centre of Frankfurt. Perhaps you know it but if not you definitely need to visit the infamous Robert Johnson Club. If you’re lucky enough to get in, you can expect artists like Solomun, Dixon, Butch, Gerd Janson, Peggy Gou or lots of other great guys behind the decks here.
Off Yard is a small and cozy club with a special atmosphere. It’s in an old warehouse which is not visible from the main road. You can enjoy a great sound system here and a lot of great DJs which playing Tech House and Techno till the sun rises in the morning. The Off Yard club is located in the red light district in Frankfurt.
Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out to you?
For around 20 Euros you can have a really good brunch at Jesse James. They have a very good omelet station with a very large variety of toppings. You can also find savory selections including cheese, bread, grilled tomatoes, and mushroom. If you’re a fan of pancakes and waffles you’re definitely right here. Make sure to check the sweet selection including nice homemade cakes and ice cream!
Best dirty late-night street food option?
After a night full of raving you can go straight to the red light district which is next to the train station where you can find some really tasty kebab restaurants. They also have really good pizza here!
Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in Frankfurt?
GOSU Record Store
The GOSU Record store has a calm atmosphere, an awesome selection and some great listening stations for playing records! The owner is really nice as well. He is also an expert when it comes to tips for your stay in frankfurt. The store is also hosting regular live sessions with some great DJs and producers which you can watch on Facebook.
Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?
If you wanna get down on a lazy Sunday you should definitely leave frankfurt and visit the infamous Rheingau. The wonderful area with his countless vineyards and lots of good wine houses make it worth to visit this area. You should definitely try a glass of Rheingauer wine!
Something everyone should do when visiting Frankfurt, but probably hasn’t?
Visiting the Palmengarten in Frankfurt. It’s a beautiful place in nature.
A track that reminds you of your childhood in the city?
What are other great exports that come from Frankfurt?
Make sure to try an original Frankfurter „Ebbelwoi“. It’s a kind of a cider but it‘s different. Everyone loves an Ebbelwoi here in frankfurt. Ebbelwoi is a wine made from pressed apples. It contains about 6% alcohol and I can definitely recommend it!
A gift you can’t leave Frankfurt without taking home for friends?
An original Frankfurter Bembel! It’s a traditional pitcher which is necessary to serve an original Ebbelwoi!