After you’ve navigated the port, wandered through the Speicherstadt district and admired the mighty Elbe Philharmonic Hall, by this point you may be in need of a much-deserved break. Germany’s second biggest city is also one of the coolest cities thanks to its vibrant alternative scene. To help you on your way, here’s a selection of our favourite bistros and charming cafés to be found in Hamburg.
Let’s start with the local specialties… Located on the Elbe river, Hamburg is renowned for its fish dishes, including the much-loved Fischbrötchen. A northern German staple, this fish sandwich is often made with herring fillet, salmon or mackerel, and topped with onions and pickles. Kleine Haie Grosse Fische are masters in the matter, and their eatery is just a stone’s throw from Reeperbahn, the city’s red-light district. If you’re after a bargain fish and chips, look no further than Schabi’s Fischimbiss, whose fresh fish reels in the locals around the Sternschanze neighbourhood.
When it comes to cafés, Speicherstadt is where it’s at. Translated literally as “city of warehouses”, the area once saw quantities of coffees, teas and spices pass through its docks, and so it’s only natural that it’s today home to a coffee museum. Kafferösterei roast their coffee in house and sell around 30 different varieties, from a classic espresso to rarer specialities.
Unwind after a long day with a jaunt over to the Sankt Pauli quarter – perhaps the trendiest neighbourhood in Hamburg. Sitting on the banks of the river Elbe with views of cargo ships docking in the port, StrandPauli may be the most popular bar in the area, however, don’t forget to look skywards and check out the rooftop bar at Clouds, which is located atop of the “dancing towers” (Tanzende Türme). Expect panoramic views of the city, along with class cocktails a go-go.
And finally, when it comes to shopping, Lockengelöt has got you covered. Situated in the Karoviertel neighbourhood, it’s definitely one of the hottest design boutiques around right now. All its wares are made in Hamburg, including furniture, lamps, clocks, earrings – often made from old books and recycled records. Lovers of all things art, fashion, architecture and photography should head to the Sautter+Lackmann bookstore, which has one of the largest collections of books on sale in the city!
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