Outdoor dining and drinking is possible once again! Luckily, Hamburg has a wide variety of cafés, bars and restaurants with lovely setups for guests to enjoy a side of the outdoors with their meal or drink. So, whether you want to sit in the shade or catch some rays, we've got some wonderful suggestions for dining and drinking al fresco.
Here are some of our favorites:
ALEX Alsterpavillon (Neustadt)
The Alster Pavilion offers guests a unique view of the Inner Alster. Pasta, burgers, schnitzel and steaks are served in the café-bistro restaurant. You can also relax and enjoy an ice cream or sip a cocktail on the spacious terrace.
Guests can enjoy their beer in the quiet brewery atmosphere of the Schanzenhöfe. In addition to the Ratsherrn beers, you can choose from 60 varieties of international beer. In addition, the ‘old girl’ serves dinner, sandwiches or small bites prepared from regional and sustainable ingredients.
If you like it a bit more chic with a view over the hustle and bustle of the Reeperbahn, you might want to go up in the clouds. In addition to the kitchen’s creative dishes, Hamburg's highest restaurant also offers a roof terrace on the 24th floor of the ‘Dancing Towers’. But the highlight might just be the four-poster beds, which allow you to enjoy the breathtaking view while reclining. A reservation is an absolute must.
Erste Liebe Bar (Neustadt)
In the Erste Liebe Bar you can start the day with juices, homemade croissants, good coffee and changing art exhibitions. On sunny days, the large outdoor area with a view of the Hamburger Fleet also offers enough space for sun worshippers and art lovers alike during the lunch break.
Located just off the bustling shopping street Große Bergstrasse, Klippkroog focuses on fresh, regional dishes. The cleanly furnished restaurant entices guests with its pleasant atmosphere and daily changing menu. In addition to the stylish interior, numerous benches create a warm invitation to linger in the fresh air.
Located in a brick house from 1914, this small café offers refreshment and relaxation in the middle of the Stadtpark. The large terrace invites you to linger over its garden views. All cakes, soups and small dishes are homemade from seasonal and regional ingredients.
Restaurant Engel is located on a former viewing platform near the Teufelsbrück neighbourhood and offers stunning views over the water. The modern, European menu offers up fish, meat and game dishes, as well as a sumptuous brunch on Sundays. The restaurant is also recommended as a destination for a delicious ‘cake break’ if you happen to be walking or cycling in the area.
There’s no better place than this fish restaurant’s beautiful terrace to enjoy delicacies like sushi, scampi, salmon tartare or even the Hamburg classic Labskaus. Wash these dishes down with a cool drink in the midday or evening sun as you watch the cruise ships right next door.
Strandperle Övelgönne (Othmarschen)
The mother of all Hamburg beach bars is Strandperle (lit. ‘beach pearl’) on the Elbe beach in Övelgönne. For many, paying a visit here to enjoy a beer, fish roll and homemade cake is an integral part of summer in Hamburg. You relax on simple wooden chairs or in the sand with your feet in the water while you enjoy a view of the port and the passing ocean liners.
Next to the famous Elbphilharmonie, Stricker's KehrWiederSpitze offers a breathtaking view of the Elbe and the harbor from the western end of HafenCity. The wonderful view can be enjoyed on two levels and from the large south-facing terrace. There are also fine fish dishes, currywurst from Havel pork, fillet of beef and pasta to be enjoyed.
Dinner on the terrace of the Hotel Süllberg isn’t just about fine international cuisine, delicious fish and meat specialties and desserts – there’s also one of the best views of the Elbe Hamburg has to offer. You can also enjoy the view in the beer garden and have a nice coffee and cake. The extensive breakfast with fresh smoothie, egg dishes and cereal creations is highly recommended as well.
Ti Breizh (Hamburg-Altstadt)
Ti Breizh offers lovers of French cuisine Breton flair right on the historic Nikolaifleet. On the floating pontoon you can relax at the end of the day with hearty galettes, sweet crêpes and cider. As a homage to the Hanseatic city there is, for example, the hearty ‘Nordique’ made from buckwheat flour with smoked salmon, lemon juice, crème fraîche and salad – served by waiters in blue and white striped sweaters.
Villa im Park provides guests with breakfast and various snacks as well as a large selection of drinks. Among other things, live music, pub quizzes and dance evenings take place in the small pub.