It’s incredible to think that the city of Frankfurt was almost entirely destroyed in World War II. It has now become a charming city that feels more like a large town. Boutique shops, cafés, amazing restaurants, markets and museums have popped up all over the place, spurring an interest for Germans and tourists to come to not only explore but also relax in the spectacular city of Frankfurt. In fact, in the last 15 years, tourism in Frankfurt has doubled.

So what can you do in this city, with its futuristic architecture and bustling atmosphere? Here are our top five favorite spots, which are quite popular with the locals.

Zu den 12 Aposteln

Zu den 12 Aposteln Frankfurt

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Regardless of what country you find yourself in, you always, always have to try the local dishes. In Frankfurt, there’s a place called Zu den 12 Aposteln that serves genuine German food with a slightly Croatian flare, plus some of the best homemade beer you can ever get your hands on. It’s a fun place to take your date or for an outing with friends and family.

The scene is very casual and there are three different areas where you can dine: the restaurant at the ground floor, the cantina at the basement, and outside in the courtyard. If you’re here during the summer, you’ll want to grab a seat in outside where you can soak up the sun, people watch and drink beer all day long. Make sure you come hungry because the portions tend to be on the larger side.

Café Laumer

Café Laumer Frankfurt

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Almost a century old, Café Laumer is known for its spectacular cakes and pies. Founded in 1919, the cafe is one of the best places for breakfast, lunch and a light dinner. Choose from a variety of items such as soups, salads, quiche, croissants and sandwiches along with schnitzel, sausages and Frankfurter tafelspitz (boiled beef in a green sauce). You can also drink tea, coffee, wine beer and spirits from Europe.

Höchster Porzellan-Manufaktur

Höchster Porzellan-Manufaktur

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Höchster Porzellan-Manufaktur is one of the oldest porcelain shops in Germany, which has been selling handmade pieces since 1746. The shop was given a royal warrant from the crown prince and archbishop of Mainz, which means that Höchster Porzellan-Manufaktur is royally approved ;).

We recommend you check out their “transparent manufactory” located in the western part of the city, which includes a factory tour. Here, you will be able to watch the whole creative process emerge from beginning to end, and then shop from their ready-made treasures you can take home with you as gifts for yourself or others.

Römerberg

Römerberg Frankfurt

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If you’re a history addict, make sure you head over to Römerberg, an old square in Frankfurt that’s been around since the 9th century. It’s been the location for all of the city’s major events such as imperial elections, public executions, medieval jousting, Christmas celebrations and more.

Some of the oldest buildings in the city are in this area, including Old Nikolai Church, St. Paul’s Church and Römer, the city’s government building that’s over 600 years old. If you happen to go inside, you can gaze at the painted portraits of all of the 52 Holy Roman emperors.

Frankfurter Flohmarkt

Frankfurter Flohmarkt Frankfurt

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We hope that you’re in Frankfurt over the weekend because the city’s popular street market is held every Saturday at the Schaumainkai promenade and on Lindleystrasse (the market alternates between these two locations).

You can shop from more stalls than you can count—from vintage clothes, antiques, arts and crafts, trinkets, along with edible treats and drinks. Frankfurter Flohmarkt is the best place to find gifts and all sorts of cool items to take home with you. What makes this market interesting is that the items being sold often change depending on the season, especially as it gets closer to Christmas. Make sure you get there early because the market is only open from 9AM to 2PM.

Frankfurt has gone through a large transformation since World War II, and is now a metropolis full of new shops, world-class restaurants, hip bars, spectacular museums and tons of activities to keep you busy, regardless if you’re there for only a few days or a week. The bustling city continues to attract tourists as well as Germans from outside the area, year after year, and is a must for those who are looking to relax and take in all that the city has to offer.

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