For old-school Hamburg class and outstanding seafood, you can choose no better than the Fischereihafen. Run by the same family since the 1980s, it combines formal elegance with warm hospitality and has counted the Prince and Princess of Wales among its more eminent guests. Its brick façade may be plain, but inside it feels like the first-class dining room of a transatlantic liner, with candlelight, carpeted floors, white linen tablecloths and nautical scenes on the wall. Unchanged over the years, it’s by no means a hip joint, rather the kind of place you want to play a little vintage dapper and order a glass of champagne. The oysters, lobster soup, turbot and tiger prawns come particularly recommended, but everything here is first-class and supremely fresh. The views across the harbour are great by day or night, and the service is impeccable. If it’s warm enough, book a table on the terrace.
Whisper it, but Hamburg might be Germany’s finest foodie destination. Actually, no, forget whispering, locate the nearest megaphone and scream it from the rooftops, because the food here deserves total celebration. Seafood lovers have a particular reason for excitement, as Germany’s largest port is famous for serving the best fish found in this part of the world. People have been eating well here for centuries, and many more centuries of gluttonous glory awaits.
All that is well and fine, but what are the best restaurants in Hamburg? We’re glad you asked because we’ve done the hard yards (by which we mean “eaten loads of food”) and compiled the best of the best into handy selection, from local favourites to fine-dining fancies. All are worth devouring before you head out to a night on the tiles in this famous city.
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