Hamburg! You hold a special place in my heart. I can’t believe it’s probably 3 or 4 years that I last visited. Not much has changed though. With the breeze still fresh, the Labskaus still the typical food and the Reeperbahn colourful and crowded as ever, Hamburg stands its ground at the German north coast. But, a big BUT, the food scene has seen some changes. Vegan, vegetarian and organic restaurants and menus predominantly appear in the cityscape, at least much more than a few years ago. Notably one neighborhood seems to attract restaurants and cafes that embrace vegan or vegetarian options, St. Georg. Here are four that I visited during my 2-days trip to Hamburg this fall.
VEGAN FEASTING IN ST. GEORG HAMBURG
Tucked away in a little courtyard Café Koppel has been around for a few years now. On sunny days you can enjoy the terrace but this place is equally charming inside. The rustic tables and quirky chairs give this little cafe a cozy charm. Even the beautiful ceramic ware matches the picturesque interior.
Their menu is mostly vegetarian. However you also find a few vegan options, plus the staff tries to cater your dietary needs. Almost all the food is organic and most of it is homemade. The breakfast list is extensive on weekends and offers all the essential basics on weekdays. The vegan option ‘half a dhal’ is served with a wholewheat bun and a dhal cream to dye for. Also a must-add, the homemade hazelnut coconut butter. Cafe Koppel is also infamous for its cakes and thus makes it a perfect sport for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.
Fränzi is a vegetarian and vegan bistro that offers an international mix of healthy foods. The interior is reminiscent of a French seaside bistro – all white furniture and checkered tablecloth. Popular for its burgers, Fränzi also serves nutritious salads like glass noodles with pomegranate seeds or beetroots with falafel. Often underrated but this charming bistro has an excellent list of homemade drinks. My absolute favorite is the (alcohol-free) pear spritzer.
Tee Tea Thé
Not your typical Café. Instead this delightful Tea Shop attracts crowds looking for coffee alternatives. It’s a paradise for tea lovers and all those craving a matcha latte rather than a daily cortado. Speaking of matcha, while browsing the shop we were offered a little matcha seminar. My new-found wisdom now allows me to create the best matcha tea you ever drink. Despite lots of different kinds of tea, Tee Tea Thé also sells a neat selection of tea accessories like stylish cups that say “relax!” or gorgeously coloured matcha bowls.
Hans im Glück
Exploring Hamburg with somebody that can’t live without a daily portion of meat? Go to Hans im Glück, a burger grill and bar that doesn’t only cater to carnivores but has a great selection of vegetarian and vegan burgers. Everything from the bread-free burger, the perfectly fried fries to the vegan option with sprouts, Hans im Glück makes it its business to only serve fresh ingredients and cheese from happy cows. Order an extra portion of guacamole. Because there is never enough guacamole on a delicious vegan burger.