— Last Update June 2019 —
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:
Was wir wirklich lieben
The owners of the two Küchenfreunde restaurants in Hamburg describe this new concept as a “deli restaurant” with a rustic, cozy atmosphere and healthy foods. The name could be translated into “what we truly love”. Here you can choose from Açaí Bowls, healthy fresh juices, overnight oats and breakfast toasts with avocado. Everything is delicious – my favorite is the overnight oats that come slightly warmed with a red berry fruit compote.
Nord Coast Coffee Roastery
Not only famous for their specialty 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.
UPDATE from December 2018: We’re excited to have a new second location of Nord Coast Coffee Roastery in Eppendorf: Isestrasse 71! They’re open Mo-Fr 9am-6pm, closed on Wednesday and Sat-Sun 10am-6pm. That said, it’s quite busy on weekends and the menu changed a bit so there are no more Quinoa Fritters on the menu but there is a delicious Quinoa Bowl and most importantly they’ve added my favorite oatmilk as an option to the menu: Oatly Barista – yes I’m seriously obsessed with it!
Balz und Balz
Beautiful cozy interior, lovely ceramic tableware and lovable people. They might only serve proper breakfast with eggs on weekends. But still, their “Stullen” open sandwiches are so good, you’ll 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, open Monday-Friday 08:00-18:00, Saturday 10:00-18:00
Mandelmehl und Zuckerei
For those of you who are more into sweet breakfast, I have the perfect spot: Mandelmehl und Zuckerei at Rappstrasse in Hamburg. The serve fresh homemade cakes and parties and their croissants are what stop my every Sunday blues to ruin the weekend. More options include some delicious “Stullen” open sandwiches with cream cheese or buffalo mozzarella and a simple choice of eggs: scrambled or sunny side up.
Address: Rappstrasse 16, 20146 Hamburg – closed on Mondays, open Tuesday-Friday 08:00-18:30 Saturday-Sunday 09:00-18:30
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!
UPDATE from June 2019: Brüder Lund is no longer open!
Address: Eppendorfer Weg 283, 20251 Hamburg, open Tuesday-Saturday 18:00-00:00
Pictures: Brüder Lund, Was wir wirklich lieben, Nord Coast Roastery, Balz und Balz, Café Johanna