Hamburg’s cuisine


Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and is often referred to as the Gateway to the World. That is because Hamburg is one of the busiest ports in Europe, but also because it is a city with a population of over 1.8 million people. Hamburg is an independent city-state and has been an international trade city for centuries. It is one of the most important harbours in the world. Hamburg’s cuisine is specific to the north side of Germany but also has some international influences. Most of the influences come from the north. For instance, the cuisines of Hamburg and Denmark have a lot in common. Hamburg’s cuisine is very similar to Copenhagen cuisine.

Main dishes, soups and desserts


The many tourists visiting Hamburg are interested in trying the local dishes, which are delicious. Some of the traditional dishes include Birnen, Bohnen und Speck (green beans with pears and bacon), Aalsuppe (a local soup), Bratkartoffeln (fried potatoes) or Labskaus (corned beef mixed with mashed potatoes and beetroot). This is a meal from the old times, which used to be the main component of the sailor’s diet on the high seas.

Hamburgers also make their local sandwiches. The American hamburger has developed from Hamburg’s Frikadelle, a mixture of beef, Staling, egg and onion, served with potatoes and vegetables. However, many Hamburgers consider their sandwich and the American hamburger very different.

Those who love fish should try the traditional tasty Pannfisch or Finkenwerder Scholle (fied plaice) always made from fresh fish.

Hamburg is the home of a very curios dessert pastry, named Franzbrötchen. This dessert is very similar to a French croissant, but the recipe also includes cinnamon, raisins and brown-sugar. Being a regional food, the Franzbrötchen can rarely be found outside the borders of the city. You can also try the regional dessert called Rote Grütz, a fresh summer pudding with berries and cream.

Local Drinks



Traditional Hamburgers drinks include the traditional beer and the German wine, but some non-alcoholic drinks as well. Hamburgers, like the rest of Germans, are very fond of beer. A local beer, called Alsterwasser after the city’s lake, is a mix of beer and carbonated lemonade. Pharisaeer is a tasty coffee drink with rum and whipped cream. Coffee with rum is a delicious mix and a perfect way to drink coffee. There is a legend behind, saying that this was originally created in order to hide alcohol from a strict priest, which did not tolerate it.


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