Ostend is an area of the city rarely explored by visitors, who will often stick to the riverside and the European Central Bank. If you decide to take your time in that area, you can take a chance to visit the Memorial on the site of the Grossmarkthalle and then take a break with a hearty breakfast/brunch and some proper coffee. Aniis is one of the few “third wave coffee” places in Frankfurt, aiming to popularize the idea of brewing coffee with precision to obtain the best flavour possible, using high quality beans and ensuring fair trade standards are upheld.
Get ready for a treat! The coffee at Aniis, unlike most, is not over-toasted but aromatic with what feels like a hint of spice (apparently, that’s how coffee is supposed to taste!) I enjoy going to Aniis for breakfast on the weekend – actually, the portions are so generous that it often ends up turning into lunch. Tasty combinations of spreads, cheese, fruits and vegetables are at your disposal to choose from, as well as burgers and salads. I am a fan of the Aniis Breakfast, a Middle East-inspired mix of flavours, from hummus to olives, sucuk (Turkish sausage) and feta cheese, served with fruit salad and orange juice. It gets me going through the entire day!
Frankfurt has many coffee-shops but there is no doubt that Aniis stands out among them – everything is served with a smile and with the kind of modesty that nowadays is hard to find.