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Altes Mädchen

In the hipster neighborhood of Schanzenviertel, Altes Madchen is a contemporary beer hall with reimagined pub fare. The space, with dark woods, long tables and antique artwork, looks out over the large patio that is a popular watering hole in the warm months. Order a flight of beers paired with hearty comfort food like hamburgers or fish and chips.

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This modern and sophisticated German brasserie at the Park Hyatt serves excellent Hanseatic fare in the large open kitchen.  
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Arkaden Café

Arkaden Cafe is a charming spot for mid-afternoon coffee and cake, a German tradition, after a day of exploring the Neuerwall and Jungfrensteig shops. This classic, old-world café has a few seats inside, but most prefer to sit outside on the colonnade gallery overlooking the Town Hall and peaceful canal.

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Helmed by one of Germany’s top celebrity chefs, this cozy restaurant housed inside a brick warehouse serves some of the city’s most inspired cuisine. The rustic-farmhouse aesthetic offsets gourmet dishes that blend global flavors, from pork belly with edamame and Japanese dashi to the bouillabaisse with smoked fish and shrimp sourced from the North Sea. For a true gastronomic adventure, ask for the Surprise Menu: three courses determined by the chef’s whimsical fancy.

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Overlooking the Elbe River and next to the majestic Elbphilharmonie, Carl’s is a lively French brasserie.
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Cornelia Poletto

Cornelia Poletto, beloved in Germany for her TV cooking show, runs a popular Italian delicatessen and sleek restaurant in the tony suburb of Eppendorf. The simple, but deliciously prepared Mediterranean cuisine includes such staples as Dorade royale with fennel and herbs, handmade truffle tagliatelle and her signature “Pollo all Poletto,” a rotisserie chicken with tabbouleh and mint yoghurt.

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This family-run restaurant situated on Elbe River is renowned for serving the city’s best seafood.
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A chic sliver of a restaurant in the gritty-cool pocket of St. Pauli, Haebel serves imaginative German-Nordic-French cuisine in airy, modern surrounds with touches like tall candlesticks and a neon installation art work that reads “Believe in Unicorns.” Each dish is thoughtfully prepared in the open kitchen and incorporates fresh, local ingredients in surprising ways. A recent meal included thinly sliced carrots swirled over mascarpone and beet-flavored sorbet atop crushed meringue.

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After perusing the upscale boutiques of Eppendorf, stop into Lindtner, an elegant German bakery. The high quality desserts and large selection of coffees and teas are served inside the gracious café overlooking a wide, leafy avenue.

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Oberhafen Kantine

A tiny, crooked brick cottage on one of Hamburg’s canals, this charming spot is a momento of Hamburg’s maritime heritage.
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Dine inside the soaring Elbphilharmonie at this contemporary, Nordic-inspired restaurant with great views over the Elbe River.
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The Table

The pinnacle of Hamburg gastronomy is this tiny contemporary restaurant in the newly developed Hafencity.
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This Michelin-starred gastronomic gem is located in a well-heeled lakeside suburb, about a 15-minute drive from the heart of the city.
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Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the charming Wasserschloss (which translates to water castle), offers refined fare.

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