We just returned from our whirlwind trip to Hamburg, Germany this week and what a fun trip it was! We were only there for two full days and one evening on our arrival day, but we definitely made the most of our time there! Since we spontaneously booked our flights as a blind booking with Eurowings only a few days beforehand, we didn’t have much time to plan our trip. We did, however, research some top restaurants in Hamburg to make sure we had some good meals to look forward to on our trip! Our research sure paid off – we had some delicious meals in Germany’s harbour city.
I’ve put together a list of recommended restaurants that we visited – there are only a few since we didn’t have much time in the city. After the name of each spot, I’ve included the address. At the end of this post, I share a map I created including these recommended spots as well as some other well-reviewed places that we didn’t get a chance to try. Hopefully this will be a helpful culinary guide for you as you prepare for your trip to Hamburg!
Ernst-Merck-Str. 10, Hamburg
We arrived in Hamburg shortly after Lunar New Year and I was desperate to satisfy my dim sum craving. Having been unsuccessful at finding dim sum in Stuttgart, I had high hopes of locating it in Hamburg due to the city’s greater variety of Chinese restaurants and reputation as a seafood haven. All online recommendations pointed toward Herr He, a recently opened Chinese restaurant just north of the Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (main train station). The exterior of the restaurant is unassuming and the interior is simply but modernly decorated. We went for a dim sum lunch on a Tuesday afternoon and were surprised to have the restaurant pretty much all to ourselves. They had a wide variety of dim sum dishes to choose from, as well as larger dishes of rice, meat, noodles, etc. Meal highlights included the prawn dumplings, the sweet and sour pork, and the sesame balls filled with lotus paste. The servers were friendly and accommodating, always a plus!
Deichstrasse 39, Hamburg
I came across the recommendation to visit the crêperie Ti Breizh from my friends E & P who blog at The Slow Pace. After reading their rave reviews of the restaurant and seeing the photos of their mouth-watering crêpes, I knew I had to visit!
The restaurant has a lovely white-washed interior evoking the atmosphere of the Brittany seaside. The servers are all dressed in nautical stripes and speak both French and German. There is even a small shop within the restaurant called La Boutique de la Mer where you can purchase your own colourful stripy sweater and seaside accessories.
Ti Breizh is extremely popular so we made a reservation in advance. However, we were so looking forward to going there that we dropped into the restaurant the day before our reservation to see if we could manage to snag a table for dinner that evening. We were in luck and were able to be seated at a small corner table.
The menu features all types of sweet and savoury crêpes and galettes, both with regular flour and with buckwheat. S and I opted to share one savoury galette with smoked salmon, crème fraîche, lemon and salad (the Nordique) for our main course. For dessert, I ordered the sweet crêpe with salted caramel sauce (caramel breton maison) and S ordered the sweet crêpe with caramelized apples and vanilla ice cream (Tatin). Words cannot descried how amazing all our crêpes were! My eyes pretty much rolled into the back of my head as I bit into my sweet crêpe. I’m still thinking about that caramel sauce. Run, don’t walk, to Ti Breizh!
Rathausstraße 4, Hamburg
On our last day in Hamburg, we decided to go out for a late-morning brunch that would keep us filled until dinnertime. With the charm and glamour of French and Czech cafés fresh in my mind from our recent trips to Paris and Prague, I was happy to learn of a lovely old café just off of the Rathausplatz in the town centre. Café Paris has been open since 1882 and specializes in traditional French fare, light lunches and breakfasts. Despite my desire to order the massive, 3-tiered ‘large breakfast for two’ after spotting it on a few diners’ tables, I talked myself out of it and ordered the ‘small breakfast’ consisting of cheese, cold cuts, honey, jam, a boiled egg, fresh fruit, a croissant, a roll, and a hot beverage. S ordered the ‘French breakfast’, including a half baguette, a croissant, jam, Nutella, fresh fruit, and a hot beverage.
The servers were quick and efficient, promptly taking our order and bringing out our plates only minutes later. The cafés au lait we ordered came out in large bowls which warmed up our hands on the chilly February morning. The croissants were flaky and tender and the strawberry and cherry jams were homemade and packed with flavour. The gorgeous restaurant is bustling with servers and diners and is a lovely spot to enjoy a bit of French flair in Hamburg.
What are your favourite eateries in Hamburg? I’d love to hear in the comments below!