Some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Though this might not be true for everyone, enjoying a proper breakfast while you are on vacation in Hamburg is always a good idea before you start to explore the city. If your accommodation does not include breakfast and you are searching for a charming place, I can highly recommend Café Paris, which is centrally located next to the Rathaus, our city hall. They offer long breakfast hours Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm, and Saturday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 4.00 pm within a unique, classy atmosphere.
Café Paris has a great variety of breakfast dishes. My personal favorite is their Breakfast for 2 that comes with a selection of cheese and sausage, marmelade, 2 boiled eggs, fresh fruits, smoked salmon, tomato/mozzarella, 2 croissants, 2 chiabatta and 2 rolls, 2 fresh orange juices 0,1l, 2 Cremant 0,1l, and 2 hot drinks for 33,50 €.
Café Paris is very popular and can be well-frequented. It is recommended to reserve a table in the room Saal at reservierung(at)cafeparis.net in advance, but you can of course also stop by spontaneously at Rathausstr. 4:
Close to the train station Landungsbrücken at Hamburg’s harbour is our so-called Portugiesenviertel, an area where various good restaurants are located next to one another. Some are so popular that it can be difficult to find a free table without a little wait, especially in the evening hours. If you like traditionally thin Italian pizza, the most frequented insider tip is Luigi’s Restaurant. It has a cozy, unique atmosphere and very delicious pizza, fairly priced. Guten Appetit!
Luigi’s Restaurant opens daily from 11:30 am till midnight and is located at Ditmar-Koel-Str. 21:
Hamburg is the perfect place to enjoy fresh fish. If you are planning a sightseeing walk in the harbour area and looking for a great fish restaurant, I have four recommendations for you:
Established in 1879, Hummer Pedersen is well-known for its superior fish quality. They are primarily a fish trader and deliver fresh fish and seafood to upscale restaurants and hotels in the area. In 2003, luckily, they opened their own Bistro.
Opens: Monday till Saturday from 12 pm – 6 pm | €-€€€
Tip: Mixed fish plate with salad or roasted veggies and potatoes, just as you like
Henssler & Henssler
Established in 2001, Henssler & Henssler is a family-owned and run business that unites traditional Japanese cuisine paired with contemporary, innovative sushi creations inspired by California and the rest of the world.
Opens: Monday till Saturday from 12 pm – 3 pm for Lunch and from 6 pm – 11:30 pm for Dinner | €€-€€€
Tip: Mixed Sushi variations, freshly made and a real treat
A little hidden within the front side of a huge fish market building lies the Fischmarkt Bistro. Fresh fish is delivered directly through the back door, corresponding to their motto “from the sea onto your plate”.
Opens: Tuesday till Sunday from 12 pm – 6 pm | €-€€
Tip: Salmon burger with an unique honey-wasabi-mustard-dill-sauce that’s phenomenally delicious
Alt Helgoländer Fischerstube
This restaurant offers a great selection of regional fish dishes and is also suited for groups of up to 120 people, in case you plan a maritime celebration with family & friends or business partners.
Opens: Monday till Sunday from 12 pm – 12 am | €€-€€€
Tip: Read through their fish dishes for gourmets, and if you are open to taste something unique to Northern Germany, try the seamen’s famous specialty Labskaus with fried eggs
If you are looking for an exquisite restaurant for a business as well as a romantic setting, the family-run Tschebull Beisl | Restaurant | Bar is a great choice. Tschebull is located upstairs within the charming Levantehaus shopping mall and offers modern interpretations of the Austrian cuisine from classic dishes like Wiener Schnitzel and Kaiserschmarrn to very special compositions – all served in an alpine atmosphere accompanied by a good selection of wines.
Become inspired by Tschebull’s meals and drinks, and If you decide you want to enjoy an Austrian taste adventure, it is highly recommended to reserve a table.
Remember: Even though Tschebull’s address is Mönckebergstraße 7, you cannot access the restaurant directly from the street. Enter the Levantehaus shopping mall and go upstairs to find it.
When you travel to Hamburg and like cinnamon, keep your eyes open in Hamburg’s bakeries! They offer a local speciality called Franzbrötchen, a very popular sweet pastry that is usually bought for breakfast or along with an afternoon coffee. Franzbrötchen are in a way comparable to cinnamon rolls, yet different. Some bakeries produce variations with chocolate chips, but if you want to try an even more awesome taste adventure, choose one with pumpkin seeds on top!