The famous square is named after a beautiful baroque building erected in 1730 as the headquarters of the city’s military and correctional departments in an era when Frankfurt was independently governed. The building is currently a much-loved café and the crossing point for the city’s major underground lines and shopping streets. Here are some of the other key highlights of Frankfurt’s famous hub.
Shop: Galeria Kaufhof
The Frankfurt branch of Galeria Kaufhof is a vibrant source of everything locals and visitors could desire from Germany’s primary department store. The department store, a German institution, first opened its doors in Stralsund in 1879, the great era of innovation in shopping when department stores revolutionised the way we purchase. The Frankfurt flagship on the Hauptwache is a stunning example of the genre’s ease and attractiveness. The Galeria’s windows are renowned for offering a crystal-clear view of the city’s breathtaking skyline.
Galeria Kaufhof, Zeil 116-126, 60313 Frankfurt, +49 (0)69 21910
Situated in the foyer of the Schirn Kunsthalle art gallery, this stylish café offers an array of tapas to keen art-lovers and other elegant diners. The décor is bright, light and sleekly minimalist, with a opulent salmon cloth ceiling sculpture providing a dash of grandeur and character.
Do: Studio Bar
While Café Hauptwache is a chic lunch spot, evenings are best spent in Frankfurt’s stylish Studio Bar, housed in a circular, Communist-style stucture. Inviting orange lighting adds a warm glow to the plush sofas and elegant rattan chairs. The food menu is limited to well-prepared sandwiches, tortillas and bagels but the drinks menu is impressively extensive. Drinks are made with fresh ingredients and top-shelf liquors.
Studio Bar, Katharinenpforte 6, 60313 Frankfurt, +49 (0)69 1337 9225