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Guidebook for Hamburg

Food Scene

Karen's does great rolls in the morning and sells amazing cakes and chocolates. But it's not a sit-down cafe.
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Konditorei Karen Özer
14 Beim Schlump
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Karen's does great rolls in the morning and sells amazing cakes and chocolates. But it's not a sit-down cafe.
Hadley's offer great little snacks and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere and in summer you can sit outside. Great for sitting down after a long day of discovering Hamburg.
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HADLEY's
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Hadley's offer great little snacks and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere and in summer you can sit outside. Great for sitting down after a long day of discovering Hamburg.
Great food and large selection of great wines in a stylish but relaxed atmosphere
Neumanns Bistro & Weinbar
77 Grindelhof
Great food and large selection of great wines in a stylish but relaxed atmosphere
The iconic Schlachterboerse is a must if you like a good steak in an atmospheric setting. Located in an old House right next to the Meat Market with a great selection of meat and rustic side dishes.
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Schlachterbörse
42 Kampstraße
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The iconic Schlachterboerse is a must if you like a good steak in an atmospheric setting. Located in an old House right next to the Meat Market with a great selection of meat and rustic side dishes.
Excellent mediterranean food at fair prices with super service. Excellent wine choices. You can sit outside in the summer.
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Excellent mediterranean food at fair prices with super service. Excellent wine choices. You can sit outside in the summer.
This is a popular breakfast/brunch place in the Schanzenviertel. This is more about the scene and being in the middle of it all. Not for a quiet gourmet experience. Enjoy the breakfast for 2 which comes with a glass of fizzy. What better way to start a Saturday....
Frank und Frei
93 Schanzenstraße
This is a popular breakfast/brunch place in the Schanzenviertel. This is more about the scene and being in the middle of it all. Not for a quiet gourmet experience. Enjoy the breakfast for 2 which comes with a glass of fizzy. What better way to start a Saturday....
The Backwahn is a local institution! Slightly alternative with good breakfast and lunch. Frequented by young and old, students and everybody else. It's a testament to them that they've been around for a good 30 years now and I have been a loyal customer
Café Backwahn
148 Grindelallee
The Backwahn is a local institution! Slightly alternative with good breakfast and lunch. Frequented by young and old, students and everybody else. It's a testament to them that they've been around for a good 30 years now and I have been a loyal customer
Go to the Vineyard to enjoy their vast collection of vines from all over the world. If you got some time to plan ahead, sign up for one of their taster evening. You get to taste several wines which are accompanied by yummy snacks.
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Vineyard Hamburg GmbH
92 Osterstraße
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Go to the Vineyard to enjoy their vast collection of vines from all over the world. If you got some time to plan ahead, sign up for one of their taster evening. You get to taste several wines which are accompanied by yummy snacks.
Excellent middle-eastern cuisine in a unique setting. Short walk from our apartment.
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Mazza Hamburg
5 Moorkamp
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Excellent middle-eastern cuisine in a unique setting. Short walk from our apartment.
Small-ish modern restaurant that offers a small menue with a twist on classic dishes with local ingredients.
Küchenfreunde
64 Grindelhof
Small-ish modern restaurant that offers a small menue with a twist on classic dishes with local ingredients.
Located in an old public toilet building. Sounds bad but is actually a really nice location right by the canal. They are famous for their variety of Flammkuchen, admittedly not a Hamburg speciality, but they are yummy nonetheless. It's lovely to sit outside in summer.
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Ufer Restaurant Weinbar
151 Bismarckstraße
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Located in an old public toilet building. Sounds bad but is actually a really nice location right by the canal. They are famous for their variety of Flammkuchen, admittedly not a Hamburg speciality, but they are yummy nonetheless. It's lovely to sit outside in summer.
Very popular restaurant at the beginning of Eppendorf neighbourhood. Worth going to and just have a drink at the bar if you can't get a table.
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Tiefenthal
77 Isestraße
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Very popular restaurant at the beginning of Eppendorf neighbourhood. Worth going to and just have a drink at the bar if you can't get a table.
A must on a sunny day. Try to get a deckchair out on the ponton and watch the sailboats glide past. Not cheap but the location compensates.
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AlsterCliff
13 Fährdamm
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A must on a sunny day. Try to get a deckchair out on the ponton and watch the sailboats glide past. Not cheap but the location compensates.
In my opinion the best steak restaurant in Hamburg! Located in the SIDE Hotel in the heart of the city. Not cheap but the meat is really good. Better reserve a table on weekends. It's very popular with weekend tourists from Scandinavia
[m]eatery bar + restaurant Hamburg
49 Drehbahn
In my opinion the best steak restaurant in Hamburg! Located in the SIDE Hotel in the heart of the city. Not cheap but the meat is really good. Better reserve a table on weekends. It's very popular with weekend tourists from Scandinavia
Authentic Italien food in a small cosy restaurant. The menu is usually small but that means that what you get is freshly prepared and very good. Not cheap but mid-range prices. A good selection of wines as well.
Osteria Gatto Nero
193 Eppendorfer Weg
Authentic Italien food in a small cosy restaurant. The menu is usually small but that means that what you get is freshly prepared and very good. Not cheap but mid-range prices. A good selection of wines as well.

Drinks & Nightlife

Excellent place to start or finish a night out around the Reeperbahn with a gigantic selection of cocktails and knowledgeable staff who'll happily miss a custom made cocktail according to your liking
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Christiansens Fine Drinks & Cocktails
60 Pinnasberg
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Excellent place to start or finish a night out around the Reeperbahn with a gigantic selection of cocktails and knowledgeable staff who'll happily miss a custom made cocktail according to your liking
This is a short walk away and a great place to sample craft beer. In summer you can sit outside in the courtyard. They also have a small menue with nice little dishes. This is a super start before walking across into the busy Schanzenviertel.
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Braugasthaus Altes Mädchen
28B Lagerstraße
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This is a short walk away and a great place to sample craft beer. In summer you can sit outside in the courtyard. They also have a small menue with nice little dishes. This is a super start before walking across into the busy Schanzenviertel.
This started as a little shack down by the river and has spread out now to the place to be on a nice warm summer evening. You can sit in the sand and watch the ships go by while having a drink and little snacks. Perfect place to watch people.
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Strandperle
60 Övelgönne
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This started as a little shack down by the river and has spread out now to the place to be on a nice warm summer evening. You can sit in the sand and watch the ships go by while having a drink and little snacks. Perfect place to watch people.
Legendary place. You have to go to see for yourself. Funny mix of old and young, local and touristy people. The odd celebrity. Just a fun place to be
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ZWICK Rockin' Restaurant
121b Mittelweg
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Legendary place. You have to go to see for yourself. Funny mix of old and young, local and touristy people. The odd celebrity. Just a fun place to be
The Reeperbahn started life as a red light district and still works that way today. But it also hosts a million bars and night clubs and fortunatly the seedier sides of the red light district are tucked away. There are a couple of Irish Pubs along the Reeperbahn which are always busy and fun. Go and have a look for yourself. It's like Las Vegas or Marmite: You either love it or hate it.
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Reeperbahn
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The Reeperbahn started life as a red light district and still works that way today. But it also hosts a million bars and night clubs and fortunatly the seedier sides of the red light district are tucked away. There are a couple of Irish Pubs along the Reeperbahn which are always busy and fun. Go and have a look for yourself. It's like Las Vegas or Marmite: You either love it or hate it.
This bar is located in the Empire Riverside Hotel down by the Elbe. It's extremely popular as you have the most fantastic view over the river and the city. Especially at night. Due to the popularity you are well advised to book in advance through their website. And dress up a bit.
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Skyline Bar 20up
97 Bernhard-Nocht-Straße
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This bar is located in the Empire Riverside Hotel down by the Elbe. It's extremely popular as you have the most fantastic view over the river and the city. Especially at night. Due to the popularity you are well advised to book in advance through their website. And dress up a bit.
Legendary Live Music venue where lesser known bands are playing. It's a bit small with its low ceiling but that usually guarantees a great atmosphere and you are close to the acts. Check out the program though very often you can still buy tickets on the night.
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5 Grindelallee
Legendary Live Music venue where lesser known bands are playing. It's a bit small with its low ceiling but that usually guarantees a great atmosphere and you are close to the acts. Check out the program though very often you can still buy tickets on the night.

Entertainment & Activities

Shows a large selection of movies in original language with subtitles. Also great little bistro attached. Very lively due to it's location in the university quarter
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Abaton Kino
3 Allende-Platz
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Shows a large selection of movies in original language with subtitles. Also great little bistro attached. Very lively due to it's location in the university quarter
It sounds like something for kids only, but a visit at the Miniatur Wunderland is for everyone!!! It's really amazing what they've achieved there. Try to beat the queues and go there early or book an advance ticket. You should set at least 2 hours aside for this but you can easily spend hours and hours.
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Miniatur Wunderland
2-4 Kehrwieder
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It sounds like something for kids only, but a visit at the Miniatur Wunderland is for everyone!!! It's really amazing what they've achieved there. Try to beat the queues and go there early or book an advance ticket. You should set at least 2 hours aside for this but you can easily spend hours and hours.
The Savoy shows original english version movies three times a day. It has very comfortable chairs. Go early and have a doner/kebap before in any of the millions of eateries along Steindamm.
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Savoy Filmtheatre
54 Steindamm
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The Savoy shows original english version movies three times a day. It has very comfortable chairs. Go early and have a doner/kebap before in any of the millions of eateries along Steindamm.
Here you can rent SUP boards, kanus and kajaks on an hourly basis. From there you can glide along the canals and enjoy the beautiful old victorian houses that line most of the neighbourhood. You'll need to leave a deposit and id card.
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Supper Club boat rental GmbH & Co KG
13 Isekai
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Here you can rent SUP boards, kanus and kajaks on an hourly basis. From there you can glide along the canals and enjoy the beautiful old victorian houses that line most of the neighbourhood. You'll need to leave a deposit and id card.

Getting Around

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Bus stop for the number 4 and 5
Bezirksamt Eimsbüttel
Bus stop for the number 4 and 5

Essentials

This is a bigger supermarket where you get pretty much everything. In easy walking distance from our flat.
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E active market Sven Anders
126 Grindelallee
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This is a bigger supermarket where you get pretty much everything. In easy walking distance from our flat.
Budnikowsky is a local drug store chain where you get everything a good drug store offers. Be aware that medication is mostly sold through Pharmacies in Germany.
BUDNI Drogeriemarkt
7 Grindelberg
Budnikowsky is a local drug store chain where you get everything a good drug store offers. Be aware that medication is mostly sold through Pharmacies in Germany.
Local Pharmacy where you get over the counter stuff like paracetamol and Ibuprofen without prescription
Rosen Apotheke
2-2a Beim Schlump
Local Pharmacy where you get over the counter stuff like paracetamol and Ibuprofen without prescription

Sightseeing

The new landmark along the harbour is a must. You can go up to the public viewing gallery which wraps around the building and is free. Especially worth it on a sunny day. You have a great view over Hamburg and the harbour.
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Elbphilharmonie
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The new landmark along the harbour is a must. You can go up to the public viewing gallery which wraps around the building and is free. Especially worth it on a sunny day. You have a great view over Hamburg and the harbour.
One of the famous landmarks of Hamburg, lovingly called The Michel. You can walk up to the top of the tower and will be rewarded with an awesome view. In the runup to Christmas they host special musical sessions, worth while going there.
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St. Michael's Church
1 Englische Planke
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One of the famous landmarks of Hamburg, lovingly called The Michel. You can walk up to the top of the tower and will be rewarded with an awesome view. In the runup to Christmas they host special musical sessions, worth while going there.
A bit of a weird choice, this one. Ohlsdorf cemetery is one of the biggest in Europe and it's a great place to go if you like walking through them.
Ohlsdorf Cemetery
A bit of a weird choice, this one. Ohlsdorf cemetery is one of the biggest in Europe and it's a great place to go if you like walking through them.

Parks & Nature

This is a large, public (free entrance) park that runs through the inner city. It started as Hamburg contribution to the bi-annual national flower exposition and has been extended over the years. There are entrances all along the park and you won't notice that you are in the middle of a large city once you are a few steps in. There's a light show with fountains in the summer. Check out the timetable on their website. Kind of old fashioned but sweet nonetheless. In winter you can go to the open air ice rink and swish around to the sound of the DJ or watch the local kids show off while drinking a hot Glühwein/mulled wine or hot chocolate. Closest entrance: at TV tower/Fernsehturm
Planten un Blomen
This is a large, public (free entrance) park that runs through the inner city. It started as Hamburg contribution to the bi-annual national flower exposition and has been extended over the years. There are entrances all along the park and you won't notice that you are in the middle of a large city once you are a few steps in. There's a light show with fountains in the summer. Check out the timetable on their website. Kind of old fashioned but sweet nonetheless. In winter you can go to the open air ice rink and swish around to the sound of the DJ or watch the local kids show off while drinking a hot Glühwein/mulled wine or hot chocolate. Closest entrance: at TV tower/Fernsehturm
There's a wide walking and cycling path all around the Alster. Which looks like a lake, or rather two, but is actually a river that is dammed to create that illusion. This is where the Hamburger goes at the weekend to have a stroll with family followed by cake either at home or along one of the cafes (Alstercliff, Alsterperle, Bobby Reich's cafe, Cafe Alex). In very cold winters (hasn't happened for some time) it freezes over and you can skate on the Alster. In summer you can rent sailing boats (you'll need a licence) or rent a pedalo or SUP board (you'll need to leave a deposit and id card).
Alsterufer
There's a wide walking and cycling path all around the Alster. Which looks like a lake, or rather two, but is actually a river that is dammed to create that illusion. This is where the Hamburger goes at the weekend to have a stroll with family followed by cake either at home or along one of the cafes (Alstercliff, Alsterperle, Bobby Reich's cafe, Cafe Alex). In very cold winters (hasn't happened for some time) it freezes over and you can skate on the Alster. In summer you can rent sailing boats (you'll need a licence) or rent a pedalo or SUP board (you'll need to leave a deposit and id card).
All along the river Elbe is a path that you can walk. Ideally you'll take one of the little ferries from St. Pauli Landungsbrücken to Ovelgoenne and from there walk down the beach. There's also a paved way just a few meters up from the beach which leads you further down. In summer this is the place to have a beer at the Strandperle bar and sit in the sand while watching large ships float by.
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Elbstrand Övelgönne/Neumühlen
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All along the river Elbe is a path that you can walk. Ideally you'll take one of the little ferries from St. Pauli Landungsbrücken to Ovelgoenne and from there walk down the beach. There's also a paved way just a few meters up from the beach which leads you further down. In summer this is the place to have a beer at the Strandperle bar and sit in the sand while watching large ships float by.