I was traveling to Frankfurt for work over the last months, and as usual, I decided to map the best bakeries and German desserts you can try in there.
Right now I am writing this blog in the hotel room in Frankfurt and because I am flying back to London today my wife ordered some fresh schnecken from Zeit fur Brot. So, let’s start right here.
The first place I never miss when I am visiting Frankfurt or Berlin is the Zeit für Brot. We already visited this place in Berlin. You can also watch the video here.
I am delighted that this bakery is also in Frankfurt because the schnecken from here is absolutely amazing. Seriously, I know I shouldn’t, but I just have to go here every time I am in Frankfurt.
Apparently, they bake some terrific fresh bread. However, as usual for me, I never tried it, because even if I would like to, when I enter the shop and see the schnecken my brain goes instantly into the loop: ‘buy schnecke, buy schnecke, buy schneke.’
Schnecke is the sweet bun, which was a traditional Saturday morning treat in Germany. It can have multiple types of fillings (chocolate, walnuts, poppy seeds, cinnamon, just to mention a few).
Schnecken means ‘snails’ in English and is clearly referring to the shape of the pastry. It’s basically a version of the cinnamon roll.
I tried all the flavors they offer, but being from Slovakia, my absolute favorite is the poppy seed one. It just brings childhood memories. My wife prefers the walnut one which I found is the best choice if you can’t eat the schnecke straight away, but you want to keep it for the next day. Somehow, it stays nice and moist.
One schenecke cost around 2.7 euros.
What can be more local than the cake named Frankfurter Kranz which translates to Frankfurt Crown Cake?
Frankfurter Kranz originated sometime around the 18th century and is the reminiscence of Frankfurt as the coronation city. It is made of ring-shaped sponge cake divided in 2 to 3 layers by buttercream icing with some jam and topped with caramel-covered nuts which represent gold and with some cherries on top to like gems. Basically, it should look like a crown.
I tried my Frankfurter Kranz at the ConditCouture which came up as one of the recommended places during my usual research and which is very conveniently located in the city center of Frankfurt.
Frankfurter Kranz is similar to the Victoria sponge cake. It’s not amazingly instagramable, but it’s a good old classic which is very lovely with the combination with some afternoon tea or coffee.
The slice of Frankfurter Kranz costs ~4 euros.
While I was enjoying my Frankfurter Kranz at ConditCoutre, the lovely lady in the bakery recommended me to try the Frankfurt Brente Dough.
Frankfurt Brente dough is a traditional specialty from Frankfurt which has been known since the Middle Ages.
They are mostly consumed during Christmas, but in ConditCouture you can buy them for the whole year.
Frankfurt Brente dough is an almond pastry flavored with honey and baked in the oven. It’s usually shaped into small rectangular cakes with motifs from the past like swans, crossbows, heralds and mythical creatures.
It’s a very simple small dessert, but my wife and I love it. What’s interesting is that while I was doing my research about the desserts in Frankfurt, I just didn’t find anything about Brente dough. So, I am really grateful to the lady in the shop (who is actually a mother of one of the founders of the bakery) that she let me know about this dessert.
Pack of six Brente dough squares costs 4.50 euros.
Bethmannchen is a unique pastry made from Frankfurt Brente dough. The legend has it that the Parisian pastry chef developed the recipe for banker and city councilor Simon Moritz von Bethmann in 1838.Originally the Bethmännchen were decorated with four almonds, one for each son of Simon Moritz. After the death of his son Heinrich in 1845, the fourth almond was removed.
At least, that’s what Wikipedia says. However, it seems to really be just a legend. The exact origin of this dessert is unknown.
I personally like the most the simple Brente dough, mentioned above, but the Bethmannchen has a nice twist to it. The sad thing is that both the Brente dough and Bethmannchen are pretty expensive. But maybe it’s okay because otherwise, I would be eating it much more often.
A pack of eight Bethmannchen cost 8 euros.
Spaghetti-eis and banana split was recommended to me by my colleague, and it very quickly became one of my favorites during the summer in Frankfurt.
Spaghettieis is a German ice cream dish made to look like a plate of spaghetti. In the dish, vanilla ice cream is extruded through a modified press, giving it the appearance of spaghetti. It is then placed over whipped cream and topped with strawberry sauce (to simulate tomato sauce) and either coconut flakes, grated almonds, or white chocolate shavings to represent the parmesan cheese.
Spaghettieis was created by Dario Fontanella in the late 1960s in Mannheim, Germany. Fontanella recalls serving his innovative creation to children who broke into tears because they wanted ice cream and not a plate of spaghetti.
I was initially worried that it will be too artificial, but what a surprise it was at the end. The strawberry sauce was made from real strawberries and tasted great. The whole combination of cream, ice cream, sauce, and chocolate shavings just works together excellently.
This thing is genuinely glorious. Also, the portion is quite, so it’s better to share it.
You can get spaghetteis in Fontanella Eis for 6 euros.
The last thing on my list was the Kreppel.
Kreppel or in Berlin called Berliner is a European Style donut. It’s usually filled with some kind of jam. I mostly had it with raspberry jam in Frankfurt. It’s a cheap and straightforward yet nice dessert, and you can instantly see that it is prevalent in Frankfurt.
You can buy Kreppel almost everywhere, but I went for mine to The Baker Eifler. It might not be the best Kreppel in Frankfurt, but when I am doing my research, I am always trying to find places which are conveniently located around the city center.
And the Baker Eifler fit those boxes. It is effortless to find a chain of bakeries all around central Frankfurt, and I genuinely think their Kreppel is very good.
You can buy one Kreppel for 0.75 euros.
At the beginning of my research, I was a little bit skeptical about desserts in Frankfurt. It was a great surprise that I was able to find some really decent German desserts at the end. Some of them because of the fantastic people I met during the making of my video.
What can I say, desserts connect people 😄
I hope this list will make your stay in Frankfurt much sweeter!