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History of Hamburg cuisine

When people think of Hamburg in connection with culinary delights, they think first and foremost of fish in its many forms. This is no coincidence, as the port city has a long tradition of fishing. Typical dishes include the popular eel soup, which was originally used for leftovers. The same goes for pannfisch, fried or cooked pieces of fish served with fried potatoes and mustard sauce. Another classic of Hamburg cuisine is the labskaus, whose main ingredients include salted meat, mashed potatoes, fried egg, maties or rollmops and beet. Strictly speaking, labskaus is not a classic Hamburg dish, but a specialty from the seafaring cuisine. Nevertheless, the specialty has become particularly popular here and has a long tradition. One of Hamburg's greatest culinary landmarks, however, is not a fish dish but a sweet pastry: the Franzbrötchen. The sweet Danish pastry, filled with sugar and cinnamon, has been around since the 19th century and is served for breakfast or afternoon coffee.

Experience the culinary diversity of Hamburg

When you go out to eat in Hamburg, you have a wide choice of restaurants that will satisfy your cravings. In addition to traditional Hamburg cuisine, there are international specialties to discover in the Hanseatic city. Whether Indian, Greek, Korean, Turkish or Japanese restaurants: the variety is great. Italian restaurants can also be found almost everywhere, and those who prefer plant-based cuisine will find refined vegetable-based creations in the many vegan restaurants. When the weather is nice, the outdoor restaurants in Hamburg and the many restaurants on the waterfront invite you to enjoy your meals with a view of the Alster or Elbe.

Bianc Restaurant is known for its excellent mediterranean cuisine in a modern, creative style.

The best restaurants in Hamburg

Are you looking for good food in Hamburg and want tips and advice on where to enjoy it best? We have taken a closer look at the best restaurants for you and put together a selection that offers something for every preference.

1 Bullerei

This trendy meat restaurant is located in the popular Schanze district and is also frequented by one or two celebrities. The restaurant, run by Tim Mälzer and Patrick Rüther, is located near the Hamburg trade fair and the wholesale meat market and is known for its excellent regional cuisine. It is especially popular with gourmets who enjoy creative new interpretations of classic dishes. | bullerei.com

2 clouds Hamburg

The rooftop bar awaits with international specialties, sophisticated cocktails and a unique view of the Hanseatic city, as it is located on the 23rd floor of a high-rise building in St. Pauli. Here you can enjoy international wines, their own cocktail creations and champagne, as well as delicacies from European cuisine with a view of the Elbe, harbor and Reeperban. | clouds-hamburg.com

3 Bianc Restaurant

This Michelin restaurant is known for its excellent Mediterranean cuisine in a modern, creative style. From meat to fish to vegetarian dishes, guests are treated to food of the highest standard while enjoying a relaxed piazza atmosphere with a lounge flair. | bianc.com

4 east Hotel & Restaurant

Delicious sushi in the middle of St. Pauli is available at the east Restaurant, which is set up in the former building of an iron foundry. The show kitchen delights gourmets and tourists from all over the world and reinterprets Japanese cuisine in an exciting way. | east-hamburg.com

5 Block House

Lovers of juicy steaks can't miss this restaurant in Hamburg, which can now be found in many other cities. Since 1968, the most tender and fresh meat dishes have been served here in Dorotheenstraße and also score points with a real feel-good atmosphere. | block-house.de

6 Strandperle

This bistro is located in one of the city's most beautiful spots, directly on the Elbe River at Ottenser Strand. The atmosphere here is down-to-earth and informal, but you will experience pure Hamburg feeling. The menu offers hearty classics like fish rolls, meatballs, potato salad and sausages, as well as breakfast variations. | strandperle-hamburg.de

7 Lokmam Hamburg

You can look forward to a colorful variety at this Turkish restaurant in Schanze. Traditional dishes from the charcoal grill, pide as well as a selection of different meze as well as baklava from the in-house patisserie leave nothing to be desired. The location is ideally suited if you want to dine with a larger group, because conviviality is the main focus at Lokmam. | lokmam.com

8 Ahoi Steffen Henssler

Various delicacies from the sea are offered by this seafood restaurant run by the well-known star chef Steffen Hennsler. At Ahoi, visitors get a wide selection of fish and seafood creations as well as steaks and burgers, but also Japanese sushi and sashimi specialties. | ahoisteffenhenssler.com

9 Café Paris

If you want to experience a little French lifestyle in the middle of the far north, this is the place to go. Close to Hamburg's city hall, the café offers delicacies of French cuisine from morning to night, from croissants in the morning to oysters and tartare with fine wines in the evening. | cafeparis.net

10 The Table Kevin Fehling

Located directly on the trendy Hafencity is the Michelin restaurant of three-star chef Kevin Fehling. Here, lovers of upscale cuisine enjoy new creations as well as exciting interpretations of classic dishes in an elegant ambience. The Table is one of Hamburg's exceptional restaurants and has earned an excellent reputation since its founding in 2015. | thetable-hamburg.com

11 Henny's Hamburg

Also falling into the "casual and delicious" category is this restaurant, located right on the Alster River. Vegetarian and meat dishes are served here, and you can enjoy them while enjoying a magnificent view of the Alster. Sushi dishes are also on offer. | hennys-hamburg.com

12 Jim Block

According to many locals, you can get the best burgers in Hamburg at this offshoot of the Blockhaus chain. Guests assemble their own burgers, and the patties all come from the in-house butcher shop. Vegetarian or vegan alternatives are also on the menu. | jim-block.de

13 Gallo Nero Hamburg

Enjoy a slice of Italian joie de vivre at this restaurant, which offers exquisite Sicilian specialties, pasta creations, and excellent wines and has thus been awarded the Slow Food seal several times. | gallo-nero.net

14 Maharaja

Indian cuisine according to the Ayurvedic principle - this is how this pearl among the Indian restaurants spoils its visitors. All dishes are, according to your wishes, either mild, spicy or hot. | maharaja-hamburg.de

15 Rive Fish & Faible

As an urban seafood restaurant, Rive specializes in seafood that comes primarily from sustainable catches and certified aquacultures. In a prime location with a view of Hamburg's harbor and the Elbphilharmonie concert hall, the restaurant invites you to enjoy and linger. | rive.de

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Stefanie Aust, Guest Writer

Stefanie loves to put complex topics from the real estate world into understandable and inspiring words. Whether it's about the right financing, choosing the right type of flat, or a successful property search: Stefanie is happy to inform you.

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