Restaurants in Hamburg - Please your taste-buds
It's nearly impossible to keep up with all the great restaurants in Hamburg. From Michelin-star awarded haute cuisine to more unassuming hole-in-walls, there is always another great restaurant just around the corner. To bring some candlelight into the dark, here's a selection of the more renowned names, by category:
An Khan Quang in Hoheluft offers traditional Vietnamese food whereas Chili Club in HafenCity Hamburg has a more modern approach. Comon, in Hamburg Neustadt, is a small, Japanese sushi bar and the restaurant of East hotel offers a delicious mix of Asian and European cuisines. At Raven or Henssler & Henssler you can expect high-end Asian food and Raw like Sushi in Eppendorf has some of the best maki rolls in the city.
If you're craving all-American flavours in an all-American setting, Old Macdonald is a classic American-style sports bar. Jim Burrito and Kombüse make some of the best Tex/Mex food in town. Mamalicious in Schanzenviertel and Doris Diner in the university district offer great American-style breakfasts.
Just like many other places in Europe, 'pizza e pasta' have become an indispensable part of Hamburg's culinary landscape alongside the traditional Northern German cuisine. Some great Italian restaurants include Al Volo, Central, Cuore Mio, Der Etrusker and La Bruschetta.
If you consider yourself a culinary explorer, here are some restaurants that still serve traditional Hamburg dishes like labskaus and pickled herring. Aalspeicher specialises in fish, and eel in particular. Anno 1905 makes a great traditional Labskaus and Brodersen serves fish in a maritime atmosphere. The Fischereihafen restaurant offers a great view over the Elbe river, Fischerhaus receives its freshly caught fish directly from the fish market across the street and Oberhafenkantine in Speicherstadt still lives and breathes the old Hamburg.
Like in many of the more liberal and progressive Northern European cities, the veg(etari)an lifestyle is omnipresent in Hamburg. Today, most restaurants at least try to offer veggie options, some more creative than others. Places like Leaf, Hin & Veg, Happenpappen and La Monella are entirely specialised in vegetarian or vegan dishes. Kuchnia is a small and cozy Eastern European restaurant, Azeitona has some great falafel sandwiches and Balutschi, near the university, offers reasonably-priced Indian/Pakistani food.