Champions Bar, Marriott Hotel
It’s noisy, it’s fun and it’s only a stone’s throw away from the exhibition halls (which also makes it an ideal lunch stop). And of all the places in Frankfurt during the Paperworld days, this American-style bar is the place where you will most likely bump into industry chums.
It’s networking heaven, so don’t go if you’ve heard enough OP talk for the day and just want to have a quiet drink on your own.
But apart from some serious teambuilding and bonding opportunities, the Champions Bar also provides a different level of relaxation. It’s hailed as the sportiest venue in town and boasts 28 TV screens showing sporting events from around the world – you’ll be hard pressed not to find anything you like if you have a couple of hours spare in between walking the show floor, manning a stand or attending meetings.
And while you’re there, just about every American food/drink imaginable is on the menu as well.
Hamburger Allee 2-10
Tel: +49 69 7 95 50
Distance to fair: 100 metres
Français, Frankfurter Hof
The luxurious and historical Frankfurter Hof offers a whole range of eateries, from the traditional to the exotic. But the culinary jewel of the crown is undoubtedly the Français, with its sparkling crystal chandeliers, tapestries and historic murals.
Offering contemporary, French-inspired modern light cuisine, the Français is a paradise for lovers of gourmet food. Within easy walking distance of Paperworld (or a short tube ride away),it’s the perfect place to get away from the buzz of the fair. It’s also one of Frankfurt’s top addresses if you really want to wow your existing or potential customers.
Tel: +49 69 21 51 18
Distance to fair: 2.5 km
If you like apples in any shape or form, this is the place to go in Frankfurt. Ever since the Schuch family picked the crunchy fruit as the main feature of their apple wine inn, it has evolved into one of the city’s most atmospheric restaurants.
Whether it’s apple sausage or apple sherry steak, or just a glass of apple wine, the purpose of the regional cuisine on offer here is to reclaim long forgotten recipes and bring them in line with contemporary culinary trends.
Schuch’s looks like a rurul retreat, but it’s only 3.5 km from the exhibition ground and worth the ten minute taxi ride for a few hours of pure apple indulgence.
60488 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: +49 69 76 10 05
Distance to fair: 3.5 km
Established just over a decade ago, this chain offers traditional Mexican cuisine in a cozy Hacienda atmosphere and prides itself on cultivating Tex-Mex gastronomy.
In food terms, the emphasis is on sizzling fajitas which can be ordered in countless variations. The drinks menu – besides beer and wine – comprises about 80 cocktails und spirits, with Tequila featuring heavily in many of them.
Unfussy and informal, with food and drink at reasonable prices, Joe Pena’s is a good place to let your hair down. It also has the advantage of being within easy walking distance of Paperworld.
Tel: +49 69 7 07 51 56
Distance to fair: 900 metres
Good, authentic Spanish food at upmarket but value for money prices – that’s how one customer of La Boveda summed up his experience. On some nights, visitors are also treated to flamenco dancers strutting their Spanish stuff.
Since 2000, Adolfo and Pia Desdepanian have succeeded in creating something unique in the vaulted basement restaurant. The tapas on the menu range from simple dishes like potato omelette and eggs filled with tuna to stuffed mussels and pickled anchovies. For lovers of Spanish wine, especially reds, La Boveda’s list is extensive, with the exclusive Vega Sicilia Unico topping the price scale at €292 a bottle.
Tel: +49 69 72 32 20
Distance to fair: 2.5km
SushiSho, Maritim Hotel
In terms of convenience, it doesn’t get any better than this. As such, it’s ideal for taking clients out after the fair closes or indeed for those staying at the Maritim Hotel.
But it’s not just convenience that singles out SushiSho. A visit to this Japanese restaurant may well provide the culinary – if a little pricey – highlight of your stay. SushiSho’s Japanese chefs introduce guests to some original Japanese specialities including sushi, sashimi and tempura, as well as Udon and Soba dishes.
To round off a visit, enjoy the panoramic view over Frankfurt’s skyline from the top floor of the Maritim.
Tel: +49 69 7 57 80
Distance to fair: 100 metres
Jimmy’s, Hessischer Hof
Part of the exclusive hotel Hessischer Hof, Jimmy’s Bar is another popular OP venue during Paperworld days.
Considered the American-style cocktail bar in Frankfurt, the ever popular Jimmy’s has enjoyed an upmarket reputation among Frankfurt’s traditional nightlife venues for over half a century. And while the thought of staying up to the wee small hours – Jimmy’s hums with live piano music until closing time at 4am – might not be too appealing at first, once you’re settled and presented with the vast choice of cocktails, you may well change your mind. Hot and cold snacks are also available throughout the night.
Tel: +49 69 7 54 00
Distance to fair: 200 metres
If you’re at Paperworld for the duration of the event and/or you are a jazz enthusiast, be sure to visit the Jazzkeller.
A little further flung, it’s located in a basement grotto in the heart of the city. Regarded as the venue for live jazz in Germany, it has played host to some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians over the past 47 years, including such greats as Louis Armstrong and Johnny Hodges. Some of the more recent artists include Archie Shepp, Flora Purim, Paquito D’Rivera, Ray Brown, Lou Donaldson and Clark Terry.
Though quite small in size, the Jazzkeller features a grand piano and is equipped with a high-tech sound system.
Kleine Bockenheimer Str. 18a
60318 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: +49 69 28 85 37
Distance to fair: 1.5 km
This is not a place dedicated to garlic, Knoblauch being the German word for garlic.
Instead, it’s a well known and much loved restaurant in the city centre specialising in French cuisine. With a relatively small standard menu, the Knoblauch prides itself on its daily changing menu containing fresh seasonal specialities. Indeed, it was selected as one of the 250 best lunch restaurants in Germany last year by German gourmet food magazine Der Feinschmecker.
Apart from its excellent food and pleasant atmosphere, the Knoblauch is well known for its high levels of service and its extensive wine list – mostly French and German.
60323 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: +49 69 72 28 28
Distance to fair: 2.5 km
For those wanting to treat their customers to an evening with a difference, look no further than the Tigerpalast.
It’s some distance away from the world of office products at Paperworld, literally as well as metaphorically speaking. But for enthusiasts of varieté shows, the Tigerpalast’s two-hour shows are an absolute must.
The Tiger-Bistrot and the Palast-Bar in the venue’s historical arched cellars can provide an atmospheric start or finish to a show while food lovers will enjoy the Michelin-star Tiger-Restaurant which offers the ambience of an international gourmet restaurant.
This is a real treat! Book ahead.
Tel: +49 69 9 20 02 20
Distance to fair: 5 km