Top things to do

Top Choice Memorial in Altstadt

Mahnmal St-Nikolai

St Nikolai church was the world’s tallest building from 1874 to 1876, and it remains Hamburg’s second-tallest structure (after the TV tower). Mostly destroyed in WWII, it is now called Mahnmal St-Nikolai. You can ta…
Top Choice Market in St Pauli & Reeperbahn

Fischmarkt

Here's the perfect excuse to stay up all Saturday night. Every Sunday in the wee hours, some 70,000 locals and visitors descend upon the famous Fischmarkt in St Pauli. The market has been running since 1703, and its…
Top Choice Arts Centre in Speicherstadt & HafenCity

Elbphilharmonie

Welcome to one of the most Europe's most exciting recent architectural creations. A squat brown-brick former warehouse at the far west of HafenCity was the base for the architecturally bold Elbphilharmonie, a major …
Top Choice Museum in Altstadt

Hamburger Kunsthalle

A treasure trove of art from the Renaissance to the present day, the Kunsthalle spans two buildings linked by an underground passage. The main building houses works ranging from medieval portraiture to 20th-century …
Top Choice Historic Building in Altstadt

Rathaus

With its spectacular coffered ceiling, Hamburg’s baroque Rathaus is one of Europe’s most opulent, and is renowned for its Emperor’s Hall and Great Hall. The 40-minute tours take in only a fraction of this beehive of…
Top Choice Jazz in St Pauli & Reeperbahn

Mojo Club

This legendary Hamburg jazz club inhabits the fab basement of the Tanzende Türme office towers. Stellar local and international acts take to the stage here and it's always worth checking what's on. Great atmosphere,…
Top Choice German 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 labsk…
Top Choice German in Altstadt

Deichgraf

In a prime setting, with the water on one side and long street-side tables on the other, Deichgraf excels in Hamburg specialities cooked to a high standard. The menu changes seasonally and much of the food is source…
Top Choice German 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 wit…
Top Choice International 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 on …