Every summer the Hamburger Fischmarkt travels to Stuttgart to give southern Germans a taste of its delicious seafood. This year Stuttgarters can get their fill of fresh fish, Hamburg beer and northern specialties from July 9 – 19, 2015.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to visit the Hamburger Fischmarkt last year since I only heard about the festival a few days before it was over. I was kicking myself the rest of the summer for missing it because I love seafood and relish any opportunity to have it since it’s hard to come by in land-locked southern Germany. I made sure to mark my calendar many months in advance this year to make sure that I wouldn’t miss it!
I made plans to meet up with fellow Stuttgart food lover and blogger, Traveling Hopefully, at the fish market on its opening day. We met in the early evening in front of the market at Karlsplatz, located just off of Schlossplatz and the Altes Schloss in downtown Stuttgart. With our husbands joining along, we made a tour of the square to scope out all the goods.
S had it in his mind pretty early on that he was going to get a fish roll (sandwich) of some kind since he has fond memories of eating this during his family’s summer trips to the North Sea when he was growing up. Since I hail from British Columbia, Canada which is located right next to the Pacific Ocean, I was hoping to find a dish with salmon to remind me of home. I tried the Kartoffelpuffer which are shredded potato pancakes that can be served either sweet or savoury (like latkes). I had mine with a generous pile of smoked salmon and a dollop of sour cream. While the Kartoffelpuffer were a little oily (I mean, they were deep fried, so that’s to be expected), the star of the plate was the salmon. Tasted like BC! S devoured his fish roll and tucked into his fish and chips.
Despite offering every sort of baked, fried or smoked fish or seafood imaginable, the Hamburger Fischmarkt also offers lots in they way of beverages (Hamburg and Polish beers, wine, juice, etc.) as well as fresh fish and other market goods. For visitors looking for something sweet there are the usual sweet stands with gingerbread hearts, chocolate covered fruit and gelato.
After my Kartoffelpuffer and salmon, I was craving something sweet. After staring at the ice cream stand throughout our entire meal, I caved and got a scoop of Joghurt Rote Grütze, a frozen yogurt with swirls of red fruits. It was creamy and tangy but a little light on the fruit flavour.
The hit of the festival for us was probably the sweet Bällchen (literally meaning ‘little balls’). These fried dough balls are sold at a bakery stand and are filled with all sorts of delightful sweet fillings like marzipan, chocolate, vanilla and apple. I got strawberry-vanilla-champagne and S got marzipan-chocolate-amaretto. I can only think to describe these balls as a hybrid of a doughnut, a churro and a cream puff. They’re pretty magical – do try them if you visit the Hamburger Fischmarkt!
The Hamburger Fischmarkt will remain in Stuttgart until July 19 so there’s still plenty of time to visit. The first evening was quite crowded but I imagine it’s a little less busy in the day off of peak hours.
How to get there: The Hamburger Fischmarkt is located at Karlsplatz in Stuttgart. The market runs from Monday – Wednesday 10am – 11pm, Thursday – Saturday 10am – 12am and Sunday 11am – 11pm. If using public transportation to get to the market, you can take the U-Bahn to either the Schlossplatz or Charlottenplatz stop. The entrance to the market is free.
For an excellent review of the Hamburger Fischmarkt from 2014, you can check out Traveling Hopefully’s detailed post here.
Have you been to the Hamburger Fischmarkt (in Hamburg or at one of their travelling locations)? Where do you get your seafood fix?