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Restaurants in Hamburg

The clichéd notion of German cuisine consisting exclusively of schnitzels, spuds and pickled veg has been a relic for years now, but of all the cities in Germany in which to enjoy a wealth of gourmet experiences, Hamburg ranks high among the very best. The finest restaurants in Hamburg make full use of the abundance of fresh seafood, as fishermen bring in a daily catch that includes lobster and shrimp, turbot and sole. Eel soup is a traditional dish of the region that’s still popular, as is the internationally famous Stubenküchenor ‘hamburger steak’.

Being a truly cosmopolitan city, the choice of dining experiences in Hamburg is totally international, from gourmet French cuisine, to Italian pizzerias, high-end sushi or a taco to go. For those who like to push the boat out, as of 2017, Hamburg boasts 17 Michelin-star restaurants, placing it almost on a par with Berlin. But whatever your budget or preference, you can be virtually certain you’ll find somewhere to suit in Hamburg.

The Hamburg restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:

Expensive (over €75)

Moderate (€35 to €75)

Cheap (up to €35)

These Hamburg restaurant prices are for a three-course meal for one without drinks.

Expensive

Haerlin

Cuisine: International

Boasting two stars in the 2017 Michelin guide, Haerlin is a treat for the senses, for both its original and creative food, but also a very interesting wine list. Situated at the Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, its menu is varied, full of surprises – and while the prices reflect the quality, it's nothing but a very special treat.

Address: , Neuer Jungfernstieg 9-14, Hamburg, 20354
Telephone: +49 40 3494 3310.
Website: http://www.restaurant-haerlin.de

Landhaus Scherrer

Cuisine: German

Many of the best restaurants in Hamburg have a tendency to ignore their German gastronomic heritage, not so this highly regarded eatery, located in a beautiful period property dating from 1827 (once an old brewery) and set near the edge of the Elbe River. The north-Germany speciality here is the Vierländer duck for two.

Address: , Elbchaussee 130, Hamburg, 22763
Telephone: +49 40 8830 70030.
Website: http://www.landhausscherrer.de

Le Canard Nouveau

Cuisine: International

Michelin star-rated, this fine-dining restaurant in Hamburg has a reputation for excellence that has reached far beyond the city limits. Décor is light and modern, and the decked terrace, with its splendid view across the harbour, is very popular in summer, however, making reservation here is essential year-round.

Address: , Elbchaussee 139, Hamburg, 22763
Telephone: +49 40 8812 9531.
Website: http://www.lecanard-hamburg.de

Moderate

Anleger 1870

Cuisine: Italian

This waterside restaurant is at its best in summer, its outdoor dining terrace affording great views across the Alster lake. The varied but not over-long menu includes the full range of Italian/Mediterranean flavours, complemented by a suitably high quality wine list. Fixed price menus-of-the-day are also available, as a buffet breakfast at weekends.

Address: , Hartwicusstraße 7, Hamburg, 22087
Telephone: +49 40 4134 6991.
Website: http://www.anleger1870.com

Fischereihafen Restaurant

Cuisine: Seafood

This restaurant has been an institution in Hamburg for nearly 40 years and is generally regarded as the best seafood place in town. Demurely squeezed into a space between two warehouses by the fish market, this is a classic example of a restaurant for those in the know. Inside, the cosy layout consists of the restaurant and a separate oyster bar.

Address: , Große Elbstraße 143, Hamburg, 22767
Telephone: +49 40 381 816.
Website: http://www.fischereihafenrestaurant.de

Restaurant Nil

Cuisine: German

A favourite amongst Hamburg's creative and media types who love its unconventional location. Once an old shoe shop with much of the original 1950s décor maintained, this is certainly a restaurant with both an aesthetic and a culinary style all of its own. The food itself is high-end bistro fare prepared by a skilled team of chefs and served at prices that are extremely reasonable for such a sophisticated menu.

Address: , Neuer Pferdemarkt 5, Hamburg, 20359
Telephone: +49 40 439 7823.
Website: http://www.restaurant-nil.de

Cheap

Café Mimosa

Cuisine: German

In the heart of the St. Pauli district, this is a small café serving snacks, breakfasts, lunch 'specials' including soups, pasta, pizzas and salads, on weekdays, and a variety of other snacks and sandwiches. Home made cakes are another feature of this budget eatery.

Address: St. Pauli, Clemens-Schultz-Straße 87, Hamburg, 20359
Telephone: +49 40 3203 7989.
Website: http://www.cafemimosa.de

Hummer Pedersen

Cuisine: Seafood

This harbour-side business concern founded in 1879 still supplies lobster and shellfish to many of Hamburg's best restaurants. However, within the establishment's bistro, opened here in 2003, you can enjoy the same delicious luxury seafood at a fraction of the cost. Some locals come to eat here on a daily basis.

Address: , Grosse Elbstrasse 152, Hamburg, 22767
Telephone: +49 40 5229 9390.
Website: http://www.hummer-pedersen.de

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Fritzhotel

Located in the Sternschanze area opposite a park and just beside the U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations, this is a smart, modern and clean hotel in Hamburg that's intimate enough to have a character of its own. Its 17 single and double rooms are well proportioned, some even have balconies, and the local vicinity, which has a reputation as something of an artists' quarter, offers plenty of pleasant green spaces, cafés and bars.

Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten

Old-fashioned opulence on a regal scale. Many regard this enormous 19th-century townhouse on the edge of the Inner Alster Lake, comprising 156 rooms and 32 suites, as the best hotel in Hamburg, and consequently there's a price tag to match. Well located for shopping but a little off the beaten track for much of the city's nightlife.

CityHotel Monopol

For those who like to be in the thick of it, this cheap hotel in Hamburg is centrally positioned along the raucous Reeperbahn's nightlife mile. Fortunately, all of its 80-plus rooms are fully soundproofed, but this is certainly the perfect place to stay for the budget-conscious party crowd.

Hotel Wedina

A more intimately proportioned boutique hotel situated in a quiet residential area near Alster Lake, this Hamburg establishment's tasteful décor is more focused on comfort than cool. There's an attractive garden with a pool, Staff are friendly, and the hotel prides itself on providing sanctuary to a number of heavyweight literary guests.

Gastwerk Hotel Hamburg

Gastwerk proudly wears the mantle of being the city's first 'designer' hotel. Even those who don't speak German won't be surprised to discover that 150 years ago this grand brick building housed the city's first gasworks. Its proportions and the clever use of space in its conversion are the hotel's biggest attraction.

The Westin Hamburg

One of Hamburg's newest five star hotels, the Westin is located high up above the recently opened Elbphilharmonie concert hall complex, meaning that the views from its rooms and suites are pretty spectacular. It's also in the heart of the harbour district with all its attractions and points of interest.