Your options at Frankfurt’s train station
Thanks to the group editors for having included the “shopping” group also for Frankfurt’s general section, as this could belong to transport or shopping, but I thought I’d include it here in general.
Frankfurt’s main train station (= the one in the city; the other one at the airport is called Fernbahnhof = something like distant or remote train station) is “my” interim stop whenenver I travel longer distances within Germany. And throughout all my train travels so far, this one is my favourite station. It is huge, yes, but very much well arranged, maybe due to it being a terminus.
Also, it has a lot of excellent shopping options and I often find myself getting into Frankfurt earlier than I would need to catch the next train, just to go shopping. Ok, that said, I am a book addict and just cannot pass a bookstore without entering. The one at Frankfurt main station is an excellent one, as they really seem to have a good idea what travellers want to buy. Their magazine section is huge, they also have older issues of some specialised travel magazines like GEO Special, etc. The travel section (in the back of the shop) is also quite big, easily comparable to an average bookstore in a bigger town. And of course they also sell English books and magazins.
If you have some time to spend at Frankfurt main train station, just check what they have, you will surely find something. It is in the middle of the train station (see photo). As for the other train stations in Germany (and elsewhere), Frankfurt has a huge selection of different snack and coffee shops. The average price for coffees or café latte is between 1,90 and 2,60 €, but there is a cheaper option as well: Tchibo (German coffee wholesaler) has small mobile boothes on some train tracks where they sell coffee, cappuchino and café latte for 1,50 – 1,90 €. Their coffee tastes even better and you will save some money too.
Theoretically, the website below will show you the map of Frankfurt’s main train station (Bahnhofsplan, at the bottom), but somehow either my Adobe is having problems today or it is a website problem:
Bahnhofsplan, Frankfurt train station.