5 Unique Delicacies of Frankfurt that You Can’t Find Elsewhere

  • Apart from being Europe's financial and economic hub, Frankfurt is a vibrant city of Germany, rich in history, culture, and cuisine. While Frankfurt lacks the allure of Munich or Berlin to some extent, it is more than simply a stopover for most tourists. When travelling around Germany, there are numerous culinary specialities to indulge in, but the state capital also has a few delicacies that are unique to Frankfurt. If you are wondering where to stay in Frankfurt, you can opt for Innenstadt, Sachsenhausen, Bornheim, or Bahnhofsviertel as these places offer a better travel experience. But to enjoy unique local cuisines, every corner of Frankfurt would be the best choice to have a memorable experience. 

    Handkäs mit Musik

    Handkäs mit Musik or ‘hand cheese with music’ alludes to the fact that it is made by hand, with music serving as a reference for the pungent flavour. The low-fat sour milk cheese is marinated in oil and vinegar, with various seasoning such as salt, pepper, onions, and, most significantly, caraway. This ideal dish for all cheese lovers can be found in most gastro pubs and restaurants.


    While the rest of Germany is renowned for its beer, Frankfurters like getting together over a glass of Äppelwoi or Apfelwein, a German version of cider. Some classic restaurants in Frankfurt's Sachsenhausen area serve the drink in the traditional Schoppen glass. Apfelwein is originally poured from a Bembel, a clay jug, into a Geripptes, a glass with ridged sides. It's a lot more acidic and sour than the apple cider in the United States, but it's still refreshing.

    Frankfurter Würstchen

    The Frankfurter Würstchen is one of the most common dishes in Frankfurt that is made of tiny, thin sausages, composed of smoked pork. They are typically smoked at a low temperature and boiled in hot water for a few minutes before serving. Frankfurter Würstchen is often served in pairs and is frequently accompanied by bread, sauerkraut, potato salad and mustard.

    Frankfurter Kranz

    Frankfurter Kranz, also known as "crown cake" is a Frankfurt speciality that dates back to 1735, when Frankfurt was Germany's aristocratic city. Layers of sponge cake, buttercream, brittle, currant jam, candied cherries, and gold leaf are traditionally used in this local dessert of Frankfurt. This sponge cake is typically cut horizontally into three layers with the two bottom layers are filled with buttercream frosting and strawberry or cherry jam. While piled on top of one another, it is generally then covered with additional buttercream.

    Grüne Soße

    Grüne Soße aka green sauce is a condiment that's hard to come by outside of Germany which is known as Grie Soß in the local dialect. This green sauce is basically an uncooked cold sauce prepared with eggs, sour cream, and seven herbs i.e. parsley, watercress, chives, borage, burnet, and chervil. This Frankfurt speciality is usually served with beef, eggs, veal, or boiled potatoes.

    Due to Frankfurt’s rich history that stretches back to the Holy Roman Empire as well as the vast mix of diverse cultures, there is no lack of unique culinary flavours to be found in this city for you to explore.