Beyond Fischbrötchen: 5 culinary hotspots in Hamburg to check out

Are you headed to Hamburg but don't know where to eat and drink?*

Well, look no further! I've compiled a list of 5 awesome places which offer more than just the typical Hamburg Fischbrötchen (fish in a bun - sounds weird but tastes great!). 

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*Snow in Tromso was kindly hosted by Hamburg Marketing on this trip. All opinions, however, remain my own.


 

1. Bullerei

Bullerei is the restaurant of Germany's Jamie Oliver (I sure hope he doesn't mind me saying that, lol): Tim Mälzer! He opened the place in 2009 in the building of a former slaughterhouse, right next to the tram/metro station at Sternschanze.

The restaurant itself is only open in the evenings (from 6 pm on weekdays and 5 pm on Sundays), but you can enjoy lunch at the smaller deli in front of the restaurant. Unfortunately, you can't book a table for lunch, so expect to queue up or come early!

The food at Bullerei is nothing but fresh and delicious. Because of the restaurant's location in a former slaughterhouse, it's certainly very meat-heavy, but there are enough options for vegetarians and vegans as well, and the fish I had on my visit was definitely yummy!

Pro tip: Don't forget to taste the homemade lemonade and the tiramisu - it's divine!

How to get there: S1, S3, S11, S21, S31 or U3 to Sternschanze

Head here for more info and reservations (in German)

 

2. Harbor Cake

We stumbled upon Harbor Cake thanks to our local guide Tomas. In fact, he insisted on leading us away from the popular Sternschanze district and into the lesser-known but equally hip Karolinenviertel district, just to check out Harbor Cake!

Needless to say, it didn't disappoint! 

where to eat and drink in Hamburg

The owners of the place are German/Austrian so apart from delicious and very savoury cakes (we shared a slice between 3 people and had trouble finishing it!), they also serve Austrian cuisine in form of dumplings, pancakes and egg noodles. 

It was quite crowded on a Wednesday afternoon, which always is a sure-fire sign that the food is amazing. The atmosphere didn't disappoint either - the place is full of maritime memorabilia which fits Hamburg perfectly!

How to get there: U3 to Feldstrasse

 

3. Karlsons Neustadt

Karlsons is all about Scandinavian cuisine and hygge! There are two restaurants of them in Hamburg - one in Neustadt and one in Grindel. I can't say anything about the latter, but I've been to Karlsons Neustadt and had a whale of a time!

Granted, the place was super crowded by local business people at lunchtime (so definitely head there right when they open the lunch kitchen at noon to secure a table), but then again, that just shows what a great restaurant it is.

There are Scandi pictures all over the walls and you even get little Swedish dala horses with your table number when you order food, which is absolutely adorable!

where to eat and drink in Hamburg

Food-wise, they offer all kinds of fresh and organic food with a Scandi touch - from classic Swedish meatballs to salmon, Danish hot dogs, rice pudding and blueberry desserts.

To cater my freshly diagnosed fructose intolerance, I had the baked potato with salad and chicken (yummy though!), while Simon had the meatballs and chocolate cake, which he was absolutely satisfied with.

where to eat and drink in Hamburg

There are quite a few veggie and also the odd vegan option available, so I'm sure you'll find something on the menu. Karlsons also serves breakfast, so I'll be back for that!

How to get there: U3 to Rödingsmarkt or S1, S2 or S3 to Stadthausbrücke

Find more information and their menu here (in German)

 

4. Mexico Strasse

Mexico Strasse is determined to serve authentic Mexican cuisine in Hamburg and I think they're doing a really good job! Situated close to famous Reeperbahn in Hamburg's St. Pauli district, Mexico Strasse offers tortas, tacos and guacamole for lunch and dinner, and the place was packed when we visited - at 6 pm on a Thursday!

They recommend you to order at least 3 tacos, but I could have easily eaten 4 or 5. I tried the garlic chicken with lime and the garlic cauliflower, while Simon had the crispy chicken and the beef taco if I remember correctly.

Either way, we were happy with the food and the staff was super friendly as well (despite the crowds) and happy to cater my picky eating habits, lol! They even have plenty (!) of vegan options and (for all the fructose people among you) sugar-free Fritz Kola coke.

Unfortunately, Mexico Strasse doesn't take any reservations so head there early!

How to get there: U3 to St. Pauli

See more information and the menu here (in German)

 

5. The Chug Club

The Chug Club is all about tequila cocktails, served in tiny 0,1l glasses, so that you can try everything you fancy before settling for a big cocktail. OR - you can try their chug menu, which entails trying 5 surprise mini cocktails, together with an in-between-beer.

where to eat and drink in Hamburg

I absolutely love the idea of cocktail tasting and could have totally chugged a litre of their tasty buttermilk-margarita, hadn't it been for my stupid fructose issue... Nonetheless, I had a blast and will totally revisit the bar the next time I'm in Hamburg.

You can find it just off Reeperbahn in St. Pauli and they open at 6 pm.

How to get there: U3 to St. Paul


PS: Always on the lookout for the best coffee? My friend Megan has got you covered! Read her guide to the best cafes and coffee in Hamburg here.

 

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