If you’re a foodie like me, then you’d probably agree that brunching every weekend is a must. Am I right? Then read on.
When I moved to Hamburg, I took it upon myself to research the best brunch spots in town. I made it my mission really, and spent months building an archive of the very best in town, guaranteed to leave you (just like me) craving for more eggs & waffles.
Below find my top eight recommendations for brunch spots in Hamburg:
Nord Coast is easily my top pick. Why? Because it’s the whole package: great food, great atmosphere, great design, and top-notch service. A cute couple of Brazilian ancestry found the café – a culture easily reflected in the menu’s offerings. Head to the Nord Coast for breakfast or lunch and make sure to try poached eggs on crunchy bread with avocado and pesto, acai with granola, or a panini with Serrano and buffalo mozzarella with a side of specially brewed coffee. And don’t forget the waffles!
My recommendation: For a safe bet and guaranteed delight, order a warm waffle with fresh fruit and maple syrup or nutella.
Deichstraße 9 20459 Hamburg || Mon, Wed – Fr. 09:00 – 18:00, Sat, Sun. 10:00 – 18:00
Glück und Selig is an elegant bar furnished in all white in Hamburg’s Eimsbüttel. Here, you’re sure to be served a typical German brunch with several types of “brot” and a selection of cheese and/or ham (make sure to try the avocado and hummus variation). For those who love sweets, have no fear! The café is abundant with homemade cakes and pastries – make sure to try the warm fresh-out-of-the-oven crumble, served with your choice of cream, ice-cream, or fruit. If you’re trying to keep healthy, opt for the fruit salad & muesli bowl. Don’t give a damn about that diet? Then go for the waffle variations (with a side of maple syrup).
My recommendation: warm crumble served with ice cream
Heußweg 97, 20255 Hamburg || Tue-Sun- 09:00-18:00 pm
The second you walk into this café, you’re sure to notice a strong design aesthetic. Salon Wechsel Dich is as much eclectic furniture store as it is café. Its charm lies in the furniture – every table and chair that serves the needs of customers choosing to dine in is the work of a local designer seeking exposure, and is also (not so coincidently) for sale. On to the food: this café is the paradise of waffles. The menu has so many savory or sweet variations to the traditional waffle – from meat to buffalo mozzarella with pesto. If waffles ain’t your cup-of-tea, opt for the German brunch served with a platter of cheese.
My recommendation: For cheese-lovers, go for the cheese variation plate & savory waffle with buffalo mozzarella
Grindelhof 62, 20146, Hamburg || Tue-Sun 10:00 – 18:00 pm
Mamalicious is an American-style vegan coffee shop where vegans can finally revel in a rich menu and a distinctive dining experience. The menu offers pancakes with syrup, bagels with vegan ham and cheese, smoothies with soy and Hafer milk, and vegan scrambled eggs with customizable toppings. The menu is truly creative and its offerings rich in flavor. Vegan deprivation no more!
My recommendation: Aubergine burger with a side of fries or salad
Max-Brauer-Allee 277, 22769 Hamburg || Mon, Tue 9-18.00 – Wed, Fri 9-22, Sat 10-22, Sun 09-22
Unlike the rest of the brunch-spots listed above, Mutterland is a chain with several branches. The menu is identical in all locations, and is defined by variety. From eggs, to cakes, fruit baskets, apple crumble, and savory treats – the choice can at times be overwhelming. Note that waffles are absent from the menu, but German pancakes with apple and sugar (Pfannkuchen) and fried French toast (Arme RItter) are almost as good. If you’re looking to shop for Bio made in Germany, the chain café offers made in Germany “Delikatesse” such as marmalades, pasta, honey, museli, soft drinks, and spirits.
My recommendation: Try the Stolzer Hahn – eggs on crunchy bread with fresh cheese.
Filial in Eppendorf, Jungfernstieg or Hauptbahnhof || Hours vary by location
Amira is a sweet café located in Eppendorfer Weg. It is the perfect spot to enjoy the sun while romantically brunching on a Sunday morning. Prepare to satisfy your sweetest cravings here; Make sure to indulge in a homemade chocolate, cherry, apple, carrot, or fruitcake. If you can’t choose, well…then try them all. If baked goods are not your cup of tea, go for a waffle or the specialty breakfast served with eggs, ham, salmon, croissants, jam, and nutella. The presentation of meals here is well thought-out and impressive. The one flaw? You’ll have to settle for brunch without a side of maple syrup.
My recommendation: Try the crunchy sandwich with melted mozzarella, tomato, and pesto
Eppendorfer Weg 255, 20251 Hamburg || Tue-Sun 10:00-18:00
This small coffee shop is situated in the middle of the charming Karolin Viertel, and is perfect for a Saturday brunch. Location is key here: the café rests in a hipster hub where you are sure to score some vintage finds in secondhand shops. The menu includes quiches, focaccias, salads, and cakes that are homemade in the house bakery next door. The waffles here too are good, but lack a side of maple syrup.
My recommendation: To keep it light, try the salad with vegetable Maultaschen
Marktstr. 142, 20357 Hamburg || Tue – Sun 10:00-19.00
Don’t let a lack of a queue in this spot fool you. This spot in Eppendorf, which offers great coffee and tarty pastries with a Portugese twist, is definitely undervalued. At Speicherstadt Kaffeerösterei you’ll find standard Portugese desserts, like the pastel de nata (an egg tart with a crunchy base and a touch of cinnamon and almonds), specialty croissants, rice cakes, and Franzbrotchen. Waffles here are also noteworthy, served with ice cream on top.
My recommendation: Opt for a pastel de nata with almonds on top
Eppendorfer Baum 38, 20249 Hamburg || Mon-Fri 9-18, Sa 10-18