The Best Restaurants In The Frankfurt Altstadt

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Andreea Pavaloiu

Frankfurt’s restaurant scene is just as lively and multicultural as the town itself, and Frankfurt’s Altstadt is truly a culinary gem. From cozy, family-run eateries boasting traditional German food to chic and innovative gastronomic havens pushing the boundaries of taste and presentation, the Altstadt’s dining scene presents a great choice to serve the tastes of travellers and locals. Here’s some of the top restaurants hidden between its cobbled lanes and historic streets.

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This tiny cafe-turned-restaurant is most famous for its breakfast options. Located in the heart of the Old Town, near the Dom and the Römerberg, Metropol enchants with its traditional German dishes and ambiance. This venue features a large dining space, as well as a garden patio, when the weather is warm. In addition to the German menu, Metropol also serves a daily selection of tantalizing cakes and pastries, pastas and salads.


Hearty, warm and comforting soups have become the favorite light lunch on the Frankfurt culinary scene. Souper really has it all: Thai-style coconut chicken or lentil with sausage, earthy home-made soups or bubbling German broths. Guests can enjoy one of their delicious soups at the venue’s counter, or take one to go.

Restaurant Medici

Located in the heart of Frankfurt, this restaurant produces meals that are inspired from cultures around the world and made from quality local ingredients. Medici‘s Black Angus rump steak with port wine sauce is a must try. The restaurant’s ideal position between the busy shopping areas of Zeil and Römer, and close to the exhibition centre, makes it a top choice for tourists.

Ariston Restaurant

A classic Greek salad as meze

This chic restaurant in Frankfurt’s Altstadt is definitely one of the best in the country for classics from the Mediterranean and by far one of the closest to genuine Greek cuisine you’ll get in the city. At Ariston, patrons are welcomed by a comfy atmosphere, amazing food and an incredible variety of drink choices, all in the city’s most inconic area. A friendly place, with amazing Mediterranean and Balkan food at affordable prices, this one is undoubtedly a top choice both locals and tourists.

Salzkammer Restaurant

This Austrian and German traditional restaurant is a foodie dream. Generous portions, a large variety of German and Austrian specialities, attentive staff, hearty comfort food, all make dining at Salzkammer a really exciting culinary experience. It goes without saying that everyone comes here for the mighty schnitzel, and rarely do people leave hungry or disappointed.


Just a five-minute metro ride from the trade fair grounds, right in the heart of the historic centre of Frankfurt, there is Margarete: a restaurant that serves delicious Mediterranean cuisine with Frankfurt roots. Its industrial and quite lofty interior makes it an ideal spot for group dinners. Featuring an excellent lunch and dinner menu, this bistro has established itself as one of the most exciting restaurants in town.

Main Tower Restaurant & Bar

Standing two hundred meters high over Frankfurt, Main Tower Restaurant & Bar is hard to miss. It opened its doors in 2000, and has established its name within the culinary scene of the city. Main Tower is Frankfurt’s fourth tallest building, but remains the only skyscraper still open to the general public. This unique venue, occupying the 53rd floor of the building, offers a high-level culinary experience, serving delicious dishes with a spectacular panorama of the city and the old town below.


At Zarges, patrons will discover a tiny part of France in the heart of Frankfurt. Located between the Alte Oper and the Hauptwache, Zarges recreates the lively spirit of Paris in a way that feels and tastes genuine. Zarges started out with three principles: food, hospitality and atmosphere. With a stylish and exuberant vibe, featuring tasteful fabrics, comfy couches, oriental rugs and a French Mediterranean menu, this restaurant creates a trendy yet warm and welcoming atmosphere in the Old Town.

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