The most beautiful Restaurants on the waterfront
VLET Kitchen & Bar
Located at the Alsterarkaden and with a fabulous view of the city hall and the water, Vlet offers international cuisine with Hanseatic influences in a modern atmosphere.
Tel: +49 (0)40 3501 8990
High above the Alster, flooded with light and spectacular panoramic views over Hamburg – this is the Lakeside Restaurant. The creations at Lakeside are delightful while being unconventional and bold, thanks to unexpected flavour combinations. Chef Julian Stowasser‘s dishes are easy for guests to understand and aren‘t overdone in any way, yet boast a high density of flavours and complexity. In March 2021, Julian Stowasser‘s team was awarded a Michelin star by the renowned Guide Michelin.
Tel: +49 (0)40 6056 6057 40
Rive Fish & Faible stands out for its seafood and its perfect location between the Elbe and the Altona fish market. The large panorama windows offer a great view of passing container giants, cruise ships, and the hustle and bustle of the harbour. On top of that, the exquisite and experimental cuisine is sure to capture the heart of any seafood lover. This is the place to enjoy a truly delicious evening
Tel: +49 (0)40 3805 919
Coast by east
he Coast by East restaurant has an absolute dream location on the Elbe with an unobstructed view of the Elbphilharmonie. Along with their signature modern Asian cuisine, the “Sky-Frame“ windows that open completely, and the green facade make this restaurant a real eye-catcher
Großer Grasbrook 14
Tel: +49 (0)40 3099 3230
After a day trip to the Elbe, a little slice of Bavaria awaits you in the beer garden on the Süllberg at the height of 75m, with a breathtaking view to match.
Tel: +49 (0)40 8662 5277
In the Alsterperle, you can enjoy the view over the Alster in their cosy outdoor space accompanied by a beer and some delicious treats. The open-air pub is the counterpart of the Strandperle on the Elbe and a popular destination, especially on warm days.
Tel: +49 (0)40 227 482 73
This is an insider tip among Hamburgers. At Entenwerder 1, beautiful breakfasts, seasonal delicacies, Craft Beer, and great coffee from the neighbouring Public Coffee Roasters are all served on a floating pontoon. The view over the Norderelbe is free.
Tel: +49 (0)40 7029 3588
The Strandperle in Övelgönne offers a real holiday feeling - with cool drinks, fish sandwiches, and homemade cakes. Here, you can sit on simple wooden chairs with your feet in the sand and enjoy the view of the passing ships
Tel +49 (0)40 880 1112
Is there such a thing as typical Hamburg cuisine? The quick answer is yes, traditional Hamburg cuisine does exist, and dishes that are synonymous with Hamburg and thesurrounding area are still served in the classic way at several historic restaurants. Along with fish dishes, such as “Hamburger Pannfisch“ (Hamburg fried fish) and the legendary “Labskaus“ (a dish made with minced meat, fried egg, gherkins, and beetroot), it is sweet and sweet-and-sour dishes that are thought of as typically Hamburg. Fruit is often used in cooking, as in the popular “pears, beans and bacon“ dish, or Hamburg eel soup made with prunes (with no eel in sight). And let‘s not forget the legendary “Rote Grütze“ or red fruit jelly for dessert. Traditional Hamburg dishes are on the heartier side and a far cry from fine cuisine, and many dishes are even created from leftovers or long-lasting food such as tinned meat. But it‘s easy to see that these dishes were favourites in the past for sailors and other visitors to the city who had smaller budgets.
At first glance, some of these dishes may not seem very tasty, and they certainly leave a lot to be desired in terms of aesthetics, especially the Labskaus, which is made with chopped-up potatoes, beetroot, gherkins, fried eggs, and salted meat. But anyone who tries traditional Hanseatic dishes will quickly realise that they are all delicious, despite their appearances!
Today, more and more young and innovative Hamburg chefs see Hanseatic cuisine this way and are rediscovering these traditional dishes and interpreting them in their own way. They are increasingly creating remarkable new creations at the highest level, some of which only give a subtle hint of the original. These chefs are using all the creative possibilities of modern cuisine: deconstruction, new cooking methods, healthy and high-quality ingredients, avant-garde decoration and arrangement, new portion sizes, and much more to elevate Hamburg‘s cuisine. In short, the menus of many innovative Hamburg restaurants feature more and more exciting interpretations of Hamburg classics, which are gaining new fame and will not be forgotten. It is not uncommon for locally sourced ingredients to be used, especially since Hamburg‘s “Heimatküche“ (home cuisine) originated with seasonal products from the region, such as fish from the Elbe or the North Sea, vegetables from the Vierlande, and fruit from the Altes Lan