Top ChoiceGerman in Speicherstadt & HafenCity

Vlet in der Speicherstadt

Right by the pedestrian bridge, Vlet has three different menus (plus a children's version) and the recurring theme is the intersection between contemporary flair and German traditional dishes – options include...

Top ChoiceInternational in St Pauli & Reeperbahn

Clouds

Arguably St Pauli's most prestigious table, Clouds, on the 23rd floor of the Tanzende Türme, is an elegant space with marvellous views out over the city. The menu is dominated by steaks and a few French touches;...

Top ChoiceInternational in Altona & Elbmeile

GaumenGanoven

We love this place. A fun, brick-lined setting is the backdrop for little morsels – rather like tapas or antipasto (here they're called 'Dinger') – that you take, eat and then tally up when you're done. It works...

Top ChoiceGerman in Altstadt

Laufauf

A bastion for northern German and Hamburg cooking, Laufauf is something of a Hamburg institution. The Hamburger Pannfisch (locally fried fish), Bratheringe (fried herring), Labskaus (a meat, fish and potato stew...

Top ChoiceGerman in Altstadt

Deichgraf

In a prime setting, with the water on one side and long streetside tables on the other, Deichgraf excels in Hamburg specialities cooked to a high standard. The menu changes seasonally and much of the food is...

Top ChoiceGerman in Altstadt

Alt Hamburger Aalspeicher

Despite its tourist-friendly location, the knick-knack-filled dining room and warm service at this restaurant, in a 400-year-old canalside building, make you feel like you’re dining in your Oma’s (grandma’s)...

Top ChoiceItalian in Hamburg

Anna Sgroi

Lauded chef Anna Sgroi has taken the foods of her southern Italian childhood and elevated them to culinary heights. A seemingly mundane dish like stuffed artichokes is sublime, and that's just to start. While...

Top ChoiceCafe in St Georg

Café Gnosa

With its abstract art and in-house bakery, Café Gnosa draws an affable gay and straight crowd in St Georg. The curved glass windows give it an art deco vibe. There are outside tables, and serving breakfast until...

Top ChoiceSeafood in St Pauli & Reeperbahn

Fischbrötchenbude Brücke 10

There are a gazillion fish sandwich vendors in Hamburg, but we're going to stick our neck out and say that this vibrant, clean and contemporary outpost makes the best. Try a classic Bismarck (pickled herring) or...

Top ChoiceBrasserie in Neustadt

Die Bank

Inhabiting the glorious Jugendstil (art-nouveau) interior of an 1897 bank, Die Bank is one of Hamburg's most respected kitchens and draws the great and good of the city. Head chef Thomas Fischer has won a...

Top ChoiceInternational in Altona & Elbmeile

Bullerei

One of the coolest dining spaces in the city, Bullerei inhabits a converted former slaughterhouse with lovely high ceilings and a real buzz that bounces off the walls – don't come here for a quiet romantic...

Top ChoiceGerman in Neustadt

Zum Spätzle

Specialising in Spätzle (a pasta-like dish from Schwabia) and Maultaschen (a filled pasta, also from further south), Zum Spätzle is a terrific place to sample German regional cuisine. But we also love it for its...

Top ChoiceEuropean in Altona & Elbmeile

Restaurant Kleinen Brunnenstrasse 1

The heart of northern Germany's slow food movement beats in this exquisite bistro. Menus change daily and always reflect what's in season and fresh. Preparations are simple, allowing flavours to shine. There's...

Top ChoiceGerman in Altstadt

Mö-Grill

You can smell the curry and see the crowds from two streets away at this very popular venue for that beloved German fast food, the Currywurst. Locals agree that the versions here (and at a second stand across the...

Top ChoiceEuropean in Altona & Elbmeile

Altes Mädchen

The lofty red-brick halls of a 19th-century animal market have been upcycled into a hip culinary destination that includes a coffee roastery, a celebrity chef restaurant, and this beguiling brewpub with a central...

Top ChoiceCafe in Altona & Elbmeile

Mikkels

Even if you miss the morning at this cheery spot which mixes affability with pastel style, you can still sit outside and catch the afternoon sun. Baked goods are fabulous, and egg dishes are all-organic. The...

Cafe in St Pauli & Reeperbahn

Pauline

Tucked away on a residential street and as good for breakfast as for lunch, this classy cafe is enduringly popular with locals, but they can't keep it all to themselves. The small but thoughtfully chosen lunch...

French in Altstadt

Café Paris

Within a spectacularly tiled 1882 butchers’ hall and adjoining art-deco salon, this elegant yet relaxed brasserie serves classical French fare like croque-monsieur (toasted ham-and-cheese sandwich), croque-madame...

German in Neustadt

Old Commercial Room

Around since 1795 and opposite the entrance to St Michaelis Kirche, this fine old bastion of tradition has long been serving some of Hamburg's best Labskaus (a meat, fish and potato stew). Yes, it's touristy and...

Seafood in Altona & Elbmeile

Atlantik Fisch

It doesn't get fresher than this Elbmeile gem. One of Hamburg's top seafood vendors has a simple cafe where top-notch dishes are served to thankful diners, sitting inside and out on wooden benches. The...