What is even better than a book and a sofa? A cup of coffee with a book on a sofa. For me, anyway. And although two thousand and one, the Frankfurt institution of left-wing literature, had a stately sofa and, last but not least, coffee, it is now closing its doors at the Kornmarkt Saturday in a week's time. Currently there are still books, records instead of Google Maps in a strong discount campaign: To have maps and travel guides to touch!
Why is the end of two thousand and one to regret? The generation of '68 will remember the publishing house's unusual advertising best when the owners sent out catalogues called „Merkheft“ on wafer-thin paper with the news. The F.A.Z. writes about a “power station that put the youth of that time under subcultural current“ right up to the flat country“. Two thousand and one is also an institution that was closely linked to the Frankfurt publishing scene, Siegfried Unseld in other words, and offered first-class products at reasonable prices. Curious for that time was the distribution exclusively by mail order! How forward-looking. It was not until 1974 that the first shop opened here in the city. On the shelves stood everything that had political left rank and names: the Frankfurt School and the SPD's reports on Germany.
· In a city like ours, nobody has to do without critical or intellectual stimulation. The Café Ypsilon is recommended for all those who like to combine books with food and drink. When I moved here many years ago, I urgently searched for such a place and found it in Berger Straße: on the left the bookshelves, on the right the Café, connected by a sliding door. Anyone who sees himself as a flâneur will feel at home there.
· Readings of a particularly fine kind are also organized by the bookstore „Land in Sicht“ in Nordend, which already speaks very sympathetically of „books and sea“ in its self-description. They hold up the flag of the cosiness of book and tea, and give reading tips for customers on topics of the time. Special: With the sale of finger puppets (very humorous: Siegmund Freud and Couch) the bookstore supports the new Frankfurt Psychoanalytical Institute.
>· A stop in a sheer endless world of books naturally offers “Hugendubel“ in the inner city. The charm of it all? Cling numerous books under your arm, then order a sweet piece of coffee with milk to flip through illustrated books for hours or read detective stories.
· Inside or outside, in a small courtyard reminiscent of Italy in summer? What does a book lover want more? Am 24. March the Lesécafe in Sachsenhausen invites you to a reading with Rosa Ribas, who successfully writes Frankfurt-Krimis. Although this is primarily a café with a book connection, it is one of the most beautiful connections in the world: a book, a coffee, a sofa.
Special book locations in Frankfurt:
Café Ypsilon, Berger Strasse 16, 60316 Frankfurt Nordend
Land in sight, Rotteckstraße 13, 60313 Frankfurt
Das Lesécafe Diesterwegstraße 7, Sachsenhausen
Hugendubel, Steinweg 12, 60313 Frankfurt