DiningOur gourmet guide to Frankfurt's Kleinmarkhalle

Step inside Frankfurt’s irresistible gourmet destination Kleinmarkthalle and discover the culinary genius of German cooking

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Tucked away on Hassengasse, is Kleinmarkthalle; Frankfurt's finest food market. Within the painstakingly reconstructed neo-Renaissance hall, an array of regional delicacies and artisanal products are laid out on the wonderful fresh produce stalls. The beating heart and soul of Frankfurt’s culinary culture, it’s at Kleinmarkthalle where locals queue to source freshly baked pastries, fruit and veg, and speciality foods. From the most delicious wurst, to locally handmade cheese — here we reveal the most mouth-watering delicacies to try at Frankfurt’s Kleinmarkthalle.

Grüne sosse herb mix from Obst & Gemüse Altundal
Grüne sosse (green sauce) is synonymous with Frankfurt. The sauce is the perfect accompaniment for many local dishes, whether meat, fish or vegetables, and is made from seven herbs native to the surrounding area (borage, chervil, cress, parsley, salad burnet, sorrel, and chives). While it can be quite complex to make, we recommend hunting down pre-gathered packages of Grüne sosse herbs at Kleinmarkthalle.

Handkäse from Main Gourmet
The curiously named handkäse (hand cheese) is another Frankfurt institution. Its title is derived from the careful and laborious process of creation at the cheesemaker’s hands. Made from curdled milk the cheese is slightly sour tasting with a fragrant tang. The best handkäse can be found at the Main Gourmet artisanal stall, which also specialises in regional gins, jams and air-dried ham.

HandKase from Frankfurt's Kleinmarkthalle

Fruit bread from Lebe Gesund
Lebe Gesund’s (Live Healthy) fruit bread is the stuff of local legend. Everything they sell is organic and vegan. Moreishly sweet, but without added sugar, loaded with fresh apples, dried fruits, almonds and hazelnuts, their fruit bread is made with spelt flour from the Lebe Gesund Steinmühle stonemill.

Rheinhessischen wines From Rollanderhof Winery
Close to Frankfurt is Germany’s largest wine region, Rheinhessischen. Surrounded by gentle hills, the wineries slope down to the river Rhein, creating the perfect environment for these locally made wines. The Rollanderhof Winery is the ideal place to pause, sip a local drop and pick up a bottle to take home.

Rhein wine region supplying wines to Frankfurt Kleinmarkthalle

Frankfurt’s best coffee at Frankfurter Kaffeerösterei
Allegedly home to the best espresso in Frankfurt, Frankfurter Kaffeerösterei’s expert baristas serve gourmet coffee at this small café in Kleinmarkthalle. Frankfurter Kaffeerösterei source their beans from across the globe and roast the traditional way; in small batches using a drum roaster. Pull up a stool at the busy counter and watch the world go by.

Coffee Roaster Kleinmarkthalle Frankfurt

Sausage from Michel’s Feinkost
Wurst is a delicacy synonymous with Germany, and you can find all manner of varieties at Kleinmarkthalle. Purveyors of the highest quality wurst, family-run deli Michel’s Feinkost, source their sausages from local butchers in brätwurst and landjägerand, only selecting those made authentically with no flavour enhancers.

Bratwurst from Kleinmarkthalle Frankfurt

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