Hamburg exudes cultural richness and epicurean appeal. This major port city is renowned for its harbour life and has a long-standing reputation as a trading centre for produce from around the world. For centuries wealthy Hamburg merchants imported exotic and expensive ingredients and today such produce is widely available at the city’s many restaurants.
Perhaps unsurprisingly Hamburg is famous for its seafood, yet there are plenty of other cuisine options to sample as well, from modern Asian tapas to traditional German dishes that include soups, stews and bakes. The diverse restaurant scene includes a wide range of stylish and modern dining experiences. From cool and trendy places in the warehouse district to restaurants with scenic views of the waterfront, take your pick of chic eateries.
Located in the warehouse district, Brook is a sleek restaurant with a suitably fashionable setting. It offers impressive views of the old port and warehouse area, and on balmy summer evenings it is the perfect place for a late dinner. Fresh produce and creative cuisine are at the heart of its menu, with dishes varying according to the season and the local ingredients available. Try the first-class four-course dinner menu or go à la carte ‒ popular dishes include marinated salmon served Hong-Kong style on a bed of chilli cucumber and spicy mayonnaise, and Muscovy duck breast with red cabbage and macaire potatoes (potato cakes cooked in a skillet until deliciously crisp on the outside).
Brook, Bei den Mühren 91, 20457 Hamburg, +49 (0)40 3750 3128
Deichgraf is a traditional restaurant with a modern spin. Set in an old merchant’s house, it features north German cuisine and exudes a creative vibe. So it makes a striking destination for an indulgent three-course lunch or dinner. The menu cleverly reinvents classic dishes by adding contemporary twists, such as smoked pork loin and cheeks served with curly kale, sausages and potatoes, and savoury Gorgonzola strudel which is a recreation of the well-known German pastry usually made with a sweet filling.
Deichgraf, Deichstrasse 23, 20459 Hamburg, +49 (0)40 364208
This is where to come for gourmet German food with a local touch. Kleinhuis sources its ingredients carefully, using nearby farms for its meat, small family-owned outfits for its dairy, and one of Hamburg’s oldest coffee roasteries, Kaffeerösterei Burg in Eppendorfer Landstrasse, for its speciality coffee. The menu includes dishes such as fillet of salt marsh lamb with olive crust, thyme jus, confit eggplant and goat cheese mashed potato, and risotto with morels, celery and scamorza cheese as a vegetarian option. Sample one of the many fine wines available from the exclusively sourced list. This especially features Schloss Thorn, the oldest castle vineyard in the Mosel valley.
Kleinhuis, Fehlandtstrasse 26, 20354 Hamburg, +49 (0)40 353399
Stylish and contemporary Chilli Club presents stunning views over Hamburg’s HafenCity waterfront. Indulge in a champagne cocktail and take in the relaxed atmosphere of the bar before heading to the restaurant for a selection of tantalising Asian dishes. The menu features fresh and healthy fish, meat and vegetable selections and each dish is contemporary in both design and flavour. Try one of the many wok options or order from the Asian tapas range, which includes tempura, satay and dim sum.
Chilli Club, Am Sandtorkai 54, 20457 Hamburg, +49 (0)40 3570 3580