Restaurants in Hamburg
Eating out in Hamburg is a pleasure. The city is still very much in touch with its traditional German cuisine but it is also a port city with myriad influences and many original and interesting menus. For instance, Hamburg has a proud Turkish population and some really good Turkish restaurants. Hamburg has a Mediterranean-style cafe culture, especially in the harbour area, with lovely eateries spilling out onto streets and walkways and overlooking the water.
There are great places to eat strewn throughout the city but when in doubt head towards water. A number of special restaurants can be found along the Elbe and Alster rivers and lakes. The old Warehouse Complex, by the harbour, is a gem for hungry tourists, and the Altona Fish Market is a bustling haven for foodies; there is lots of live entertainment to enjoy in the food tents while sampling various local delicacies. The Reeperbahn is also a fun and popular area to seek out restaurants and bars and other promising restaurant areas are Alstadt, Schanzenviertel and St Pauli.
The heavy staples associated with German cuisine, like sausage, schnitzel and potatoes, have been re-imagined and modernised by a number of talented chefs in Hamburg and exciting fish, game and root vegetable dishes are available in the city's top restaurants. Of course, fresh fish and seafood of all kinds are a good bet in this port city. Classic, simple meals like currywurst, a filling dish made from pork sausages, curry and bread, are a good option for those eating on a budget.
Europe meets Asia in this chic, top-ranked Hamburg restaurant. Situated in the Hotel East, which was converted from an old iron foundry, the restaurant is located just off the Reeperbahn. The menu is famous for its excellent seafood, including options like fried brook trout with parsley risotto and North Sea codfish in a bread crust, but there are plenty of options for both carnivores and vegetarians. Not to be missed is the sushi menu, which features the highly popular tempura sushi boats. The decor is just as interesting, blending bright colours with curving plaster columns and exposed brick walls. Bookings are recommended.
Address: Simon-von-Utrecht-Strasse 31
Telephone: +49 040 30 99 33
Situated in the Hotel Louis C. Jacob, the Jacobs Restaurant takes advantage of its location overlooking the Elbe River with spectacular panoramic views. The elegant restaurant is a perfect place to treat yourself while on holiday in Hamburg, as the dining room's crystal chandeliers provide a romantic backdrop. While there's no dress code, you'll feel more comfortable in semiformal dress. Be sure to ask for a seat on the terrace on warm evenings, but remember to book ahead.
Address: Elbchaussee 401-403
Telephone: 040 822 550
Traditional German food gets a creative spin in this slick, minimalist restaurant. Located in the historic warehouse district of Hamburg, Restaurant Vlet makes the most of its space with open steel beams and red bricks framing the glass bar, modern art and brown leather chairs. The northern German cuisine has a few French touches and is accompanied by an excellent selection of wine. As a bonus, the restaurant offers wifi.
Address: Am Sandtorkai 23/24
Telephone: +49 40334753750
Schauermann is a chic restaurant on the harbourside in the St. Pauli district, serving New German cuisine with a Mediterranean twist in dishes like rack of lamb with an olive-goat-cheese crust, or tomato risotto wrapped in a wine leaf. The retro 1960s decor is sleek and takes advantage of the views with huge windows. Reservations are recommended.
Address: 136-138 Hafenstrasse
Telephone: +49 40 3179 4660
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