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A Weekend in Hamburg

As many of us will be planning a staycation rather than a vacation this summer, myself included, I decided that for this post I would update and expand on a restaurant guide I wrote a while back, exploring the place in which I currently reside with a little more gusto.

Whether staying at home or travelling far, I hope you have a fabulous summer. See you in the autumn.

Hamburg Elbephilharmonie

I know for many Hamburg may not be the first destination that springs to mind when planning a long weekend trip, however, the choice and quality of restaurants, shopping, places of interest and day excursions available in this city and surrounding will delight even the most seasoned weekend traveller.

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Here is a quick list of my personal favourite eateries, places to shop and things to do in and around Hamburg, that I have discovered so far and I’m sure you will love them too.

So, when you are done cruising the Elbe and touring the Elbphilarmonie, why not grab a bite at one of these top-notch restaurants and cafes, then you can shop ’til you drop at the handful of fabulous places to buy gifts galore for you and your loved ones from the short list below.


Kremeramtsstuben Restaurant
This restaurant was the very first I visited the day I arrived in Hamburg. It’s a cosy, traditional restaurant with a high quality classic German menu. Well worth a visit if you want to try a bit of traditional German cuisine.

Henssler Henssler Restaurant SushiBar
If you are a sushi fan, you will love this restaurant. High-end sushi made with locally sourced ingredients. The contemporary decor in colours of the Japanese flag looks over the river Elbe and harbour. The Henssler brothers also have two other restaurants in Hamburg, Ono and Ahoi check their website for details.

Die Bank Brasserie & Bar
Die Bank fashions its gastronomy as a journey between New York and Paris. Well, if a star studded guest list is your thing then this is the place for you: Bono, Bryan Adams, Boris Becker plus many more celebs have graced the table at Die Bank, and the menu is rather good too.

Nikkei Nine
Oh! how we love sushi in Hamburg. Another beautifully designed, high-end space with an exceptional sushi menu with its own unique Peruvian twist. And sake cocktails to die for.

East Hotel & Restaurant
The 4-star menu at East, situated parallel with the entertainment district Reeperbahn, promises a culinary journey through Europe to Asia. Another incredibly designed space spread over multiple floors. East has a sushi bar, private dining areas and cocktail bar on the upper level. At weekends the lights and music are turned up, making this a trendy place for a night out or after-hours cocktails.

Mangold Restaurant & Bar at Gastwerk Hotel
You’ll come here for the creative international menu, but also enjoy the interior visual feast. An old red-brick warehouse with a contemporary design of the restaurant, hotel and cocktail bar creates a cosy and spacious ambience. Open for breakfast until 1 pm, followed by a three-course lunchtime table menu, and dinner from 6 pm.

Mash American Steak House
This Danish-owned group of restaurants has a comfortable, relaxed lounge bar and restaurant, has a gentlemen’s club look and feel. Enjoy views of the Elbe over superb steaks and fabulous cocktails.

Delta Bistro
You’d probably never find this restaurant if you didn’t know about it beforehand. Tucked away in Hamburg’s meat market, GrosseFleischmarkt, this place is a steak lovers paradise.

Atlas Restaurant
This restaurant boasts the best schnitzel in Hamburg. Elegant dining and, as with many restaurants in Hamburg, cooking classes are also on offer.

Goldene Gans
Up-scale bistro cuisine at its finest. I can’t say enough good things about this restaurant; everything on the menu is always exquisite. Open for lunch and dinner, and breakfast up until 11:30 am during weekdays and later at weekends.

Brasserie La Provence
A Parisian style bistro with an exceptional Classic French menu. Choose mouth-watering dishes from the Brasserie Classique menu or the a la carte menu. Brasserie La Provence has been voted best French restaurant six times by Hamburg’s Gastro Guide.

Zur Traube Restaurant
I love, love, love this restaurant not only for the fabulous food but also for the traditional dark wood-panelled interior and strange but intriguing carvings depicting farm labourers and the like. This restaurant is first and foremost a wine cellar, the oldest in Hamburg, and has a wide choice of German and international wines.

Kleien Brunnenstraße
My favourite time to visit this restaurant is during the summer when you can sit on their street terrace and enjoy the warm weather, the excellent menu, and wildflowers which sprout along the streets every spring and summer. Excellent lunchtime menu, and Chefs three or four-course tasting menu in the evenings with wines chosen for each individual course.

El Jardin Vino y Tapas
El Jardin offers a tantalising contemporary tapas menu, with an excellent wine menu and fabulous cocktails. A must for tapas lovers.

Restaurant Marseille  
Delicious French cuisine in a bistro-style setting on the banks of the Elbe river.

Barcelona Tapas
A casual ambient offering high-quality traditional Spanish tapas plus Spanish wines and a selection Vermouths.

Billy the Butcher
Billy’s has become one of our go-to eateries when we want a relatively low key yet high-quality meal. The burgers and steaks are excellent. The super friendly staff, all fully trained butchers, will help you can choose your cuts of meat which are on display.

Hamburg warehouse district


Nord Coast Coffee Roastery 
Coffee connoisseurs will love the purist concept at Nord. Great coffee and lunches.

Eaton Place Tea Room
Although I haven’t lived in the UK for over 25 years, I’m still a Brit at heart, and a visit to this tea room brings a little nostalgia and  sophistication into my world. And, of course, a pot tea and a slice of Victoria sponge cake is the perfect remedy for all of life’s stresses.

More than Champagne
If you are in the mood for a glass of bubbly, then head to the top floor of one of the oldest department stores in Hamburg, Alsterhaus, which over looks the Alster river. While there, peruse the many high-quality gourmet food stalls selling everything, from chocolates, truffles, caviar, teas and more.

Clouds – Heavens Bar
Situated high up in the ‘dancing towers’ in the popular St. Pauli entertainment district, is this trendy yet cozy cocktail bar with some of the best views over Hamburg. Clouds do have a dress code and require reservations.


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Patio Antiques
Patio is much more than an antique store. Inside you will not only find antique furniture and accessories from German and across Europe, but also unique lighting fixtures from desk lamps to chandeliers, textile made to order and beautiful collectables large and small.

Antiques B. C. Blume
Antique enthusiasts will love this quaint antique store specialise in all things silver, from small jewellery items, to full silver-service table ware.

Every season DFM women’s wear offer a collection of beautifully designed dresses, coats, accessories and more.

Sahling Perfumers
If you love to send your limbic system off on an exotic odyssey, then head to Sahling Perfume at Levantehaus in the heart of Hamburg. The store is furnished in antique wood cabinetry displaying stunning perfumes from near and far.

The Pashmina Shop
Scarves, wraps and ponchos make lovely gifts and this store has every colour and texture you could ever wish for.

Ladage & Oelke
Ladage and Oelke have been offering gentlemen’s tailoring for 170 years. You’ll find everything here from Tweeds to Duffle coats, hats to shoes and lots more besides.

Rudolf Beaufays Vintage Menswear
A must for the vintage clothing enthusiast. Kilts, Tweeds, smoking jackets, Boater hats. You name it, they have it.

Groove City Records
Hamburg has quite the collection of vinyl record shops. This one, however, stands out the most. A treasure trove for vintage and modern vinyl buffs.

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Further Suggestions in and around Hamburg

If you long for a little countryside, and love cherry blossoms orchards, then spend a day here. Along with the pretty orchards, there is also a shop to purchase cherry, elder, walnut and quince jams and juices fresh from the farm.

Wasserpark Dove-Elbe
Outdoor nature, great for families.

Hamburger Stadtpark 
For a bit of nature in the city centre, take a stroll in Hamburgs beautiful city park.

Wasserkunst Elbinsel Kaltehofe – Industriedenkmal, Museum and Naturpark
Another place for out of city family fun.

Kanal 77 – Hotelschiff
If you are looking for a unique hotel experience aboard a converted sea barge, then this could be for you.

Prototyp – Vintage Car Museum
A great discretion if the weather isn’t favourable for outdoor sightseeing. And a must for vintage car enthusiasts.

Lühmanns Teestube – Bistro, Bed & Breakfast
A quaint out of town B&B with a lovely bistro/tea room.

Garten der Schmetterlinge
The Butterfly Garden, set in the Saschenwald Forest is only an hours ride from Hamburg, and another lovely day away from the city.

Butterfly at the Butterfly Sanctuary-Northern Germany- Madame Marmalade Food & Travel

Flower Field Schwerin Northern Germany-Madame Marmalade Food & Travel

Other destinations close to Hamburg

The town of Schwerin is one of my favourite places to spend a summer day. Known for beautiful Neo-Renaissance castle, which is set on its own island surrounded by two lakes. Other attractions in this picturesque town are the Staatliches  museum which houses works by Dutch Flemish artists including Peter Paul Rubens, the Gothic Schwerin Cathedral, and the Château de Wiligrad which in the most beautiful grounds close to the lake. There is also a gardening store and charming garden cafe in the grounds. A beautiful spot for such or coffee & cake.

Schwerin Castle Northern Germany- Madame Marmalade Food & Travel

Schwerin Lake Northern Germany- Madame Marmalade Food & Travel

Château de Wiligrad, Schwerin, Norther Germany-Madame Marmalade Food & Travel

This very distinct, Gothic town was once a powerful trading confederation. Lübeck is also famous for its delicious Marzipan cake which shouldn’t be missed. Another lovely little town worthy of a visit.

Lübeck Northern Germany-Madame Marmalade Food & Travel

Northern Germany has lovely beaches, each one unique, with quaint towns and places of interest close by. Here are three of my favourites for sun and sea air.

Travamunde Beach Baltic Sea-Madame Marmalade Food & TravelSt. Peter Ording

Altona Strand, Hamburg Germany-Madame Marmalade Food & Travel

Fehmarn island







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