When in Germany… eat French. If you’re at Café Paris, that is. This fine French brasserie has been serving up top-notch bouillabaisse and steak tartare since 1882, with a sauerkraut dish to satisfy any hankerings for a bit of German grub. Unsurprisingly, given its Parisian roots, you won’t find many veggie options here, but carnivores will be delighted. That’s not to say a vegetarian couldn’t enjoy a hearty meal here, especially as the cheese is so moreish. There are three elegantly decorated art deco dining areas to accommodate guests and plenty of space to prop yourself at the bar.
If there’s one thing Hamburg’s mastered, it’s top-notch seafood. We’re not all that far from the North Sea here, after all, and for fish lovers, Hamburg is the ideal place to dine out. From the old-school Hanseatic elegance of Fischereihafen to Henssler & Henssler’s cutting-edge Japanese plates, many of the best restaurants in Hamburg have a pleasingly fishy focus – and this is where to head to eat as the locals do. But if the idea of salmon or sashimi makes you squirm, don’t fear. Firm local favourites Café Paris and Plat du Jour both offer exquisite French food and authentic brasserie charm; Lebanese star L’Orient seriously raises the falafel game; and Tyrolean locale Marend sets you up perfectly for a bar crawl in St Pauli with a hearty plate of dumplings. Mahlzeit!
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