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What to Eat in Hamburg

Although Hamburg is probably not among the top culinary destinations of the world, the city's proximity to the sea gives its chefs lots of fresh fish to cook with (Fischereihafen Restaurant is one of the city's most popular seafood eateries). And as Hamburg's a very green city, restaurants serve up a lot of seasonal and organic dishes, such as asparagus soup in the spring and cauliflower dishes in the summer.

Still, Hamburg holds to its roots, too, and traditional restaurants offer grilled or pickled herring, bratwurst, hamburger steak and eel soup. Hamburg's most traditional dish is the labskaus, which is described as sailors' food made of mashed cabbage, potatoes and beets, covered with a fried egg, pickled herring and pickled cucumbers on the side. Don't miss the delicious franzbroetchen, which is like a cross between a cinnamon roll and a croissant, and only found in Hamburg.

Beer is a big part of German culture; the legal drinking age for fermented beverages is 16 (or 18 for distilled alcohol). Germany also takes the quality of its suds seriously. There are a number of regulations, known as Reinheitsgebot (literally translated to "purity order"), that limit the number of ingredients used in the brewing process to only malt, hops, yeast and water. You'll find plenty of craft brews to sample around town; Braugasthaus Altes Mädchen is a particularly popular spot.

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  • #1
    Stadtsalat
    #1 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 71 reviewsTripadvisor (71)
    $ - $$ | American, Fast Food, International, Healthy
    Grosse Theaterstr. 31-35, 20354 Hamburg Germany
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  • #2
    The Table Kevin Fehling
    #2 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 213 reviewsTripadvisor (213)
    $$ | European
    Shanghaiallee 15, 20457 Hamburg Germany
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  • #3
    Bianc
    #3 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 186 reviewsTripadvisor (186)
    $$ | Mediterranean, European, Central European
    Am Sandtorkai 50, 20457 Hamburg Germany
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  • #4
    Bootshaus Grill und Bar
    #4 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 185 reviewsTripadvisor (185)
    $ - $$ | Steakhouse, Barbecue, European, Central European, Grill
    Am Kaiserkai 19 Vasco Da Gama Platz, 20457 Hamburg Germany
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  • #5
    Restaurant Haerlin
    #5 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 352 reviewsTripadvisor (352)
    $$ | French, European, Central European, International
    Neuer Jungfernstieg 9-14 Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, 20354 Hamburg Germany
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  • #6
    Der Kiezbaecker
    #6 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 266 reviewsTripadvisor (266)
    $ | German, Cafe
    Silbersackstr. 8, 20359 Hamburg Germany
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  • #7
    Hanoi Deli Rathaus
    #7 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 79 reviewsTripadvisor (79)
    $ - $$ | Sushi, Asian, Vietnamese
    Schauenburgerstr. 49, 20095 Hamburg Germany
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  • #8
    Philipps Restaurant
    #8 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 808 reviewsTripadvisor (808)
    $ - $$ | International, German, European, Central European
    Turnerstrasse 9, 20357 Hamburg Germany
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  • #9
    Ristorante Il Buco
    #9 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 312 reviewsTripadvisor (312)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    Zimmerpforte 5 Walk from the Hauptbahnhof through Hansaplatz to Zimmerpforte, 20099 Hamburg Germany
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  • #10
    Restaurant Hala
    #10 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 537 reviewsTripadvisor (537)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    Beselerplatz 11, 22607 Hamburg Germany
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  • #11
    Sagners Bistro Restaurant
    #11 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 240 reviewsTripadvisor (240)
    $ - $$ | German, International, European, Central European
    Barcastr. 8, 22087 Hamburg Germany
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  • #12
    Heldenplatz Restaurant
    #12 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 244 reviewsTripadvisor (244)
    $$ | International, European, Contemporary, Central European
    Brandstwiete 46, 20457 Hamburg Germany
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  • #13
    Ristorante Buon Giorno
    #13 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 196 reviewsTripadvisor (196)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European
    Michaelisstr. 18, 20459 Hamburg Germany
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  • #14
    Estancia Steaks
    #14 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1172 reviewsTripadvisor (1172)
    $$ | Steakhouse, Barbecue, European, Argentinean, Central European, International
    Grosse Reichenstrasse 27, 20457 Hamburg Germany
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  • #15
    Helo Restaurant
    #15 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 399 reviewsTripadvisor (399)
    $ - $$ | Steakhouse, Brazilian, South American, Latin
    Colonnaden 104, 20354 Hamburg Germany
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  • #16
    Restaurant Ashoka
    #16 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 464 reviewsTripadvisor (464)
    $ - $$ | Indian
    Budapester Str. 25, 20359 Hamburg Germany
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  • #17
    FARDi SYRIAN RESTAURANT
    #17 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 337 reviewsTripadvisor (337)
    $$ | Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Arabic
    Hofweg 72, 22085 Hamburg Germany
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  • #18
    Ola Lisboa
    #18 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 443 reviewsTripadvisor (443)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Portuguese
    Ditmar-Koel-Str. 18, 20459 Hamburg Germany
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  • #19
    NIKKEI NINE
    #19 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 471 reviewsTripadvisor (471)
    $$ | Japanese, Peruvian, Sushi, Asian, Healthy
    Neuer Jungfernstieg 9-14, 20354 Hamburg Germany
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  • #20
    MIt Herz & Zucker Cafe
    #20 of 3,741 Places to Eat in Hamburg
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 102 reviewsTripadvisor (102)
    $ | Cafe
    Luebecker Str. 29, 22087 Hamburg Germany
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