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Whatever you’ve heard about German food being dull, forget it. From postage-stamp-sized cafes specializing in croque monsieur or curry wurst to gastronomic bastions worthy of Michelin stars, Hamburg’s cuisine scene is diverse and decadent.

Top Restaurants in Hamburg


Chef Thorsten Gillert does fabulous five course prix-fixe meals at this bastion of creative dining in St. Pauli. Dishes might include rhubarb and lamb with chili and yoghurt or fresh mussels. Lunchtime snacks priced around 15 dollars are a steal.

Kampstrasse 27, 011-49-40-42-10-29-15,
Tags: seafood | expensive | trendy | prix-fixe

Die Bank

Power lunchers and expense-accounters populate this stately restaurant (once a city bank foyer). The good life is delivered tableside in the form of shellfish platters piled high with king crab and steak and frites ladled with Béarnaise sauce.

Hohe Bleichen 17, 011-49-40-23-800-30,
Tags: seafood | expensive | trendy | dining


Students tuck into tasty dishes such as spicy fish soup studded with rice paddy herbs at this traditional Vietnamese restaurant near the university. Wicker furniture and woodcarvings on the walls create a “so kitsch it’s cool” atmosphere.

Martinistrasse 14, 011-49-40-46-09-10-09,
Tags: family | budget | vietnamese

Schatto Pauli

Behind the famous Schmidt’s Tivoli theater on the Reeperbahn, this cozy French restaurant glows with candlelight and red-hued accoutrements. A “theater menu” is paced to get guests to their shows on time. The duck is a must for poultry fans.

Kastanienallee 32, 011-49-40-31-77-88-17,
Tags: moderate | trendy | french

Trattoria Cento Lire

The Sicilian owners of this intimate eatery in the Karolinenviertel serve antipasti plates, thin gourmet pizzas and hearty pasta dishes in candlelit surrounds. The restaurant is popular with local workers and owners of the shops along the Markstrasse.

Karolinenstrasse 12, 011-49-40-41-35-91-77
Tags: romance | family | budget | great value | trendy | italian

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