I have to say that when I moved to Hamburg three years ago, there was very little choice of restaurants which served delicious breakfast. Because I’m not really the english breakfast type – greasy sausages and hash browns – eww. Nor am I the cold ham and cheese plate type. But during the last year, things changed and lots of small new restaurants popped up all over the city, so the following list is a selection of my favorites:
Two brothers, Christoffer & Frederik from Denmark decided to bless Hamburg with their restaurant in Eppendorf: Brüder Lund. It’s the perfect breakfast spot and in summer you can also enjoy their little outdoor space. There’s smørrebrød style bread that comes served with smoked salmon, Comté cheese or avocado. Get the “Brüder’s Platte” for all three of them. The bread is homemade and really delicious. So is their granola bowl, it’s also homemade and is served with fresh blueberries and mint. YUM!
Address: Eppendorfer Weg 283, 20251 Hamburg
UPDATE from May 2017: Brüder Lund is no longer open for breakfast, they’ve transformed into a wine bar/restaurant serving dinner only! We’ve already tried it and it’s pretty sweet – definitely worth a try!
Was wir wirklich lieben
The owners of the two Küchenfreunde restaurants in Hamburg describe this new concept as a “deli restaurant” with rustic, cozy atmosphere and healthy foods. The name could be translated into “what we truely love”. Here you can choose from Açaí Bowls, healthy fresh juices, overnight oats and breakfast toasts with avocado. Everything is delicious – my favorite are the overnight oats that come slightly warmed with a red berry fruit compote.
Nord Coast Coffee Roastery
Not only famous for their speciality coffee, but also for the best poached egg and waffles in town. There’s also a newer addition to the menu for all our vegan friends out there: the vegan Quinoa-Fritter, sadly the last two times this delicious dish was sold out, so you should probably get there earlier than me on a Sunday. I can really recommend it. Don’t forget to order the waffles! And if you’re not vegan, always get an extra poached egg on top of the toast.
Balz und Balz
Beautiful cozy interior, lovely ceramic table ware and lovable people. They might only serve proper breakfast with eggs on weekends. But still, their “Stullen” open sandwiches are so good, you want eat them at any time of the day. Seriously though, try the Bauernleberwurst with homemade onion marmalade. Crazy good. There’s Bircher muesli and also a granola fruit bowl with thick yogurt that makes for a lovely start into the day. Every day.
This place is the best if you want to have a relaxed breakfast in a quiet street with some sunshine. My favorite is the Ayurvedic breakfast bowl, that comes with warm red fruit compote or the small sandwiches they prepare each morning. I recommend you get one with sweet mustard, cheese and a slice of apple – so delicious!
Address: Venusberg 26, 20459 Hamburg
Pictures: Brüder Lund, Was wir wirklich lieben, Nord Coast Roastery, Balz und Balz, Café Johanna