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Jun 9, 2008 11:41 AM

Frankfurt - Long Layover & Food Options

I have a long layover in Frankfurt (6 hours) and am looking for recommendations for a quick trip outside of the airport or into the city center.

We will be arriving at around 1pm to the airport and our flight does not depart until 10 pm.
I'd prefer to take the train in to avoid an expensive cab ride. Also, I am looking for any Frankfurt-based specialties, preferably under US$20 per person. I'd also like recommendations on any special bakeries that are easy to reach via train.

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  1. The biggest local specialties are Gruene Sauce and Ebbelwoi (an herby green sauce with boiled vegetables and hard cider). The connections downtown by train are pretty quick. If it is during the week, you could go downtown to a street (I don't remember the name but you can find it in any guidebook) locally called Fressgasse. There are a lot of butcher shops that grill wonderful sausages at lunch time.

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    1. re: ChewFun

      "Freßgass" are officially the two streets "Kalbächer Gasse" and "Große Bockenheimer Straße", they extend between Opera and StockExchange-Street ("Opernplatz" and "Börsenstraße"), right downtown.

      1. re: Marc

        Perfect - that sounds great since we will arrive into Frankfurt in the early afternoon. I'll be happy as long as I can get to a central location with lots of choices. Any pastry/bakery recommendations in that area?

        1. re: Mari

          Nothing particular, just walk, look and be amazed. You will find your way by what you see.

    2. Not sure if you're interested, as it is not particularly Frankfurt-ish -- however, there is a very good & not too pricey Thai restaurant very close to the central station. I think it's called Thai Prince, or Prince something. Good chow.

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      1. re: linguafood

        Thanks for the recommendation, but I am coming from San Francisco and we have many Thai places here. I'd prefer to stick to German over anything else.

        1. re: Mari

          I hear ya. I don't know Frankfurt well, which is why I could only recommed this particular place. During the occasional layover, it's been a life-saver for me given the culinary diaspora surrounding the central station --

          Now go get yourself some Äbbelwoi, Handkäs mit Musik, und grüne Sauce.

          Guten Appetit!

          1. re: Mari

            The Kleinmarkthalle near Hauptwache is a market hall that is a foodies delight to browse. Great produce, deli stuff, etc. Plus some great Frankfurter Wuerstchen!

            Best bet to get in is to take the S-Bahn to Hauptwache.