Bornheim has a mix of a young vibrant population and hardened locals, that live in harmony among a historic, evolving and gentrifying setting.
Berger Strasse is the main street, and one of the longest streets (with resident and shops) in Germany, and forms the backbone of Bornheim.
The heart of Bornheim is of course the paved area around Bornhiem U-Bahn Station. Every Wednesday and Saturday is the Bornheim Farmer's Market at the clock tower. Here you can buy seasonable vegetables, regional wines, cheeses and meats.
Heading up Berger Strasse, around Johanniskirche, is the old Bornheim. Here you can see old style buildings, from hundreds of years ago, to apartments built during the Weimar Republic and 1950s (replacing buildings bombed in air raids), and newer developments. There is an eclectic mix of local bars and restaurants, many serving traditional German dishes, some are the standard ethic variety.
At the southern end of Berger Strasse, nearing Huhnstrasse U-Bahn Station, it is like a high street, including cafes, a cinema, mobile phone shops and assorted retailers.
Going further south is Merianplatz; more upmarket and urban, proper West European cafe society at its best, and yes there are shops catering to the needs of the upwardly mobile, and restaurants; both ethnic and local.
Going back a hundred years, perhaps even a thousand to when Bornheim was first noted, Bornhiem has always been a short distance from Frankfurt (forever a trading city, most of the time without a fee) and offers an urban bohemian escape from the international city life. Hundreds of years ago, apparently Royals of yesteryear donned disguises to escape the demands of Frankfurt Court Life and visited house of sin in Bornheim and Berger Strasse.