It’s not always easy to find good macarons, brioche, quiche or éclairs. Many of these French delicacies take a certain touch to get just right. But lovers of French pâtisserie and boulangerie in Hamburg are in luck - the Hanseatic city has a large number of French cafés known for their authentic baked goods. The Winterhude district in particular is an island of French joie de vivre.
Die Pâtisserie (Ottensen)
Bahrenfelder Str. 231, 22765 Hamburg
Located in the heart of Ottensen this adorable bakery should be your go-to for madeleines, fondant au chocolat, éclairs, tarte au citron, brioche and many other French delicacies. Seating is limited, but why not take your treats (including hot and cold drinks) to go and explore the neighbourhood? Ottensen has never seemed more Parisian!
Café Paris (City Centre)
Rathausstraße 4, 20095 Hamburg
Café Paris is a bit tricky to define. Depending on the time of day and exactly what you're after, this beloved spot could be your new favourite café, restaurant or even bar. In the mornings, it tempts patrons with sandwiches, baguettes and croissants as well as a variety of international breakfast options. For late risers, breakfast is served until 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. At lunchtime, Café Paris serves delicacies such as salmon, beef medallions or the Plat du Jour - French finesse included. In the evenings, French classics such as oysters, steak-frites and bouillabaisse are on the menu.
Semperstraße 64, 22303 Hamburg
Kafayas is a true insider tip for anyone looking for French cafés in Hamburg. It is extremely hidden on the corner of the Glindweg and Semperstraße streets, not too far from the famous shopping areas of Winterhude. Nevertheless, it is almost always full to the last seat. Not surprising since wonderful tarts and quiches are all baked in-house. Kafaya's owners bake around 20 different types of tarts, which can be ordered ahead. In addition to home-baked products, the Kafayas also offers sandwiches with bread from the organic bakery Bahde.
Par Ici (Winterhude)
Maria-Louisen-Straße 1, 22301 Hamburg
Guests at the Par Ici café treat themselves to a bit of the French way of life. Located at the intersection of the Winterhude, Harvestehude and Eppendorf districts, the café offers a petit déjeuner (breakfast) with freshly baked baguettes, croissants, chocolatines, brioche and much more. In the afternoon they offer a selection of savoury and sweet tarts. The lovely outdoor terrace is not to be missed, especially in summer.
Tarterie Jolie (HafenCity)
Am Kaiserkai 27, 20457 Hamburg
The small tarterie in HafenCity offers French delicacies like croissants, tarts, éclairs and quiche and breakfast is served from morning to night. In addition to delicious coffee and hot chocolate, the drinks menu also includes cocktails, wine and champagne. The space also doubles as a gallery, with works by a variety of artists on display.
Café du Passage (Winterhude)
Lattenstieg 4, 22299 Hamburg
Nestled away on a footpath between the busy Lattenkamp and Alsterdorfer streets is the little Café du Passage. The French owner prepares the café au lait just like in her home country. There is breakfast, daily specials, quiche, coffee and cake - all homemade. The café also has a small tea shop.
Eclair au Café (various locations)
Kleine Rainstraße 1, 22765 Hamburg
Lappenbergsallee 28C, 20257 Hamburg
Eppendorfer Weg 1, 20259 Hamburg
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 120, 20251 Hamburg
Grindelhof 58, 20146 Hamburg
With French delicacies such as fondant au chocolat, éclairs, brioche and much more, this popular café attracts visitors every day of the week at locations throughout the city. The range of different French food and drinks are a delightful choice for both locals and newcomers from France looking for a taste of home.