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5 Great Spots For Brunch In Hamburg

Eating brunch in Hamburg is fun if you know where to go. Discover our favorite spots for pancakes, smoothie bowls and eggs in Germany’s second biggest city. And the best part? None are in hotels and most serve great coffee.

Brunch with Fork at Marshall Street Coffee in Hamburg Germany
 Image: ©2foodtrippers

We get that you could eat breakfast at your Hamburg hotel and that it might even be included with your room. We also get that you could start your day by eating a Franzbrötchen, Hamburg’s buttery take on France’s equally buttery Croissant.

However, in our opinion, the better option is to join Hamburg’s cool kids of all ages and eat a memorable brunch at a local cafe.

And, if you go to the right cafe and order wisely, eating brunch in Hamburg will fill your belly and stoke your creativity. Plus, it will give you the fuel to explore Hamburg’s best sites.

Eating Brunch In Hamburg

Waffles and Syrup at Nord Coast Coffee Roastery in Hamburg Germany
The only way to find your favorite brunch in Hamburg is to to eat at as many cafes as possible including Nord Coast Coffee Roastery where we ate this waffle. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

While it’s easy to find traditional German food in Deutschland, finding a good brunch spot is not so easy in many German cities.

But Hamburg is a German city that gets brunch. We rank it up there with Amsterdam and Paris, other European cities that gets the brunch concept, and higher than Lisbon where we live.

Hamburg is also a city where locals know to arrive early or make advance brunch reservations, especially on weekends. The third alternative involves waiting in long queues and possibly missing out on starting the day with a good meal.

Our Favorite Hamburg Brunch Spots

Brunch at Balz und Balz in Hamburg
Our brunch at Balz und Balz (now closed) featured meats and cheeses sourced from local producers. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

After we discovered that Hamburg has great restaurants and coffee shops, it wasn’t a stretch to expand our culinary exploration to include brunch. Once we did, we quickly found a number of fun spots contending for the title of best brunch in Hamburg.

Some of these worthy brunch spots specialize in the mid-day meal while others also focus on roasting single origin coffee beans. These are our favorites:

Mit Herz Und Zucker

Brunch Queue at Mit Herz und Zucker in Hamburg Germany
Hamburg crowds patiently queue for brunch every day of the week including the Friday morning when we ate brunch at Mit Herz und Zucker. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Nora Ramm put her heart into opening Mit Herz und Zucker in 2016 and sprinkled sugar on top for good measure. Mit Herz und Zucker literally translates to With Heart and Sugar. Her oncoming efforts have spread to a second location that’s just as popular as the original.

Mit Herz und Zucker champions sustainability by sourcing its milk and grains from local farms and its coffee beans from Playground, one of Hamburg’s best coffee roasters. This sourcing is more than just trendy. The quality of these ingredients directly impacts the quality of the food that comes out of the kitchen.

Scrambled Eggs with Salmon at Mit Herz und Zucker in Hamburg Germany
While we’d be lying if we were to describe this scrambled eggs dish as beautiful, we’re truthful when we describe it as delicious. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Mit Herz und Zucker serves a tight brunch seven days each week and doesn’t take reservations.

In addition to croissants and cakes, its breakfast menu includes dishes like blueberry Bircher muesli, chia bowls and avocado toast. However, we didn’t order any of those dishes. Instead, we ordered pancakes and scrambled eggs plus coffee to wash it all down.

It was a good move. Our open-faced scrambled egg sandwich, adorned with red pesto, chives, seeds and a side of smoked salmon, was a messy plate of yum.

Pancakes and Fruit at Mit Herz und Zucker in Hamburg Germany
Mit Herz und Zucker’s pancake dish fulfills the challenge of being both beautiful and delicious. Fresh fruit added color to our plate while creamy quark completed the palette. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

However, the pancake stack was the winner of our meal thanks to elements like homemade strawberry jam, vanilla quark, meringue crunch, almond slivers, fresh fruit, maple syrup and a sprinkling of sugar.

While the sugar was impossible to miss on our pancakes, we couldn’t physically see the dish’s heartfelt love. But we could taste it and that’s what really matters.

Pro Tip
Arrive early if you plan to order a freshly baked croissant. The cafe bakes a limited number each day. When the croissants are gone, they’re really gone.

Mit Herz und Zucker has two Hamburg locations. We ate brunch at the original cafe located at Lübecker Straße 29, 22087 Hamburg, Germany.

Marshall Street Coffee

Marshall Street Coffee Dining Room in Hamburg Germany
Marshall Street Coffee’s simple bi-level space is an oasis in Hamburg’s urban Alstadt neighborhood. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Some of Hamburg’s best brunch spots are located in residential neighborhoods. Marshall Street Coffee is not. Instead, it’s located in Hamburg’s central Altstadt (i.e. old town) district near Nord Coast Coffee Roasters (see below) and just around the corner from two of our favorite Hamburg restaurants – o-ren ishi and Mami Si.

Now that we’ve clarified where Marshall Street Coffee is located, let’s clarify that it’s not located on Marshall Street. That street is actually in Sydney where the cafe’s owner, Tristan Garrett, grew up.

After moving to Hamburg, Garrett honed his coffee skills at cafes like Public Coffee Roasters and the now closed Tōrnqvist before opening Marshall Street Coffee in February of 2020. Once we tasted his flat whites crafted with naturally roasted Ethiopian beans, it was obvious that his coffee skills are world class. As we quickly learned, the same goes for his brunch skills.

Buttermilk Pancakes and Fruit at Marshall Street Coffee in Hamburg Germany
Summer arrived early when we ate these fruit-topped pancakes at Marshall Street Coffee. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Marshall Street Coffee’s brunch menu is full-on with options that include avocado toast with eggs, brioche french toast, chia bowls and smoothies. However, since our Marshall Street Coffee brunch wasn’t our only mid-day meal of the day, we opted to share three buttermilk pancakes served with a rainbow of seasonal fruit, homemade apple/raspberry/nectarine jam and a side of maple syrup.

That plate of pancakes was wonderful with a melange of fresh fruit that included berries, grapes, honeydew, kiwi, nectarine and the occasional fig. Not only did the fruit taste great but it also negated the pancakes’ calories. Well, not really. But we’re okay with that.

Pro Tip
Although you may get lucky if you wander into Marshall Street Coffee on a whim, you’ll have guaranteed success if you make an advance reservation at the popular brunch spot.

Marshall Street Coffee is located at Schopenstehl 30, 20095 Hamburg, Germany.

Balz und Balz – Permanently Closed

Owners at Balz und Balz in Hamburg
Siblings Kathrin and Christoph Balz own and operate Balz und Balz in Hamburg. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

** Important Update – Balz and Balz lost its lease and has permanently closed. **

Balz und Balz is a modern yet cozy Hamburg cafe that combines great food with great coffee. Though the concept seems simple, executing both feats simultaneously can be a challenge. At Balz und Balz, siblings Christoph and Kathrin Balz nail it.

Located in non-touristic Hoheluft district, Balz und Balz has a friendly neighborhood vibe. Of equal importance, the cafe’s food, sourced from local producers and bakers, is excellent.

Yogurt and Fruit at Balz und Balz in Hamburg
This yogurt we ate at Balz und Balz was better than any yogurt we could have eaten at our Hamburg hotel. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

But don’t think that Balz und Balz is just about locally sourced food. This cafe is equally focused on its specialty coffee program. And, as a bonus, drinking a flat white is a great way to kill time while waiting for a table. But back to the food…

After seeing us wolf down a generous smorgasbord of cured meats, cheese, pickles and yogurt (see photo above), co-owner Kathrin Balz insisted that we also try the cafe’s signature cinnamon buns. Who were we to disagree with a like-minded soul whose love for coffee and food rivals our own?

Pro Tip
Don’t skip Balz und Balz’s cinnamon buns. They’re sprinkled with powdered sugar and taste divine.

Balz und Balz was located at Lehmweg 6, 20251 Hamburg, Germany. It has permanently closed.

Nord Coast Coffee Roasters

Waffles at Nord Coast Coffee Roastery in Hamburg Germany
We didn’t need to order dessert after eating this sweet waffle served with lime mascarpone, fresh fruit and maple syrup. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Open since 2015, the original Nord Coast Coffee Roasters cafe occupies a two-story space near Hamburg’s Speicherstadt warehouse district. Although it seems like an odd spot for a cafe, the location doesn’t keep people away. Instead, crowds arrive each morning with two goals – drinking specialty coffee and eating brunch.

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Eggs at Nord Coast Coffee Roastery in Hamburg Germany
We almost felt bad to eat these scrambled eggs due to the dish’s artful presentation. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

To be honest, we didn’t love the flat whites during our most recent visit. However, our food was great. Skipping healthy-sounding bowls designed for vegans, we went for the good stuff, namely waffles and scrambled eggs.

Our waffles were topped with lime mascarpone cream and fresh fruit while the creamy scrambled eggs had ingredients like porcini butter, sesame seeds, curcuma chili cream and grated parmesan cheese. Both dishes were great but the waffles were just a little bit better.

Pro Tip
Visit Miniatur Wunderland after you eat brunch at Nord’s Deichstraße location. It’s just a six-minute walk to the unique museum.

Nord Coast Coffee Roasters has multiple Hamburg locations. We ate brung at the original cafe located at Deichstraße 9, 20459 Hamburg, Germany.

Café Melt

Cafe Melt in Hamburg Germany
The exterior of Café Melt’s building is gorgeous. Be sure to check out the inside to see the cafe’s fun neon sign if you sit outside. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Ironically, we didn’t eat anything melted at Café Melt, a Hamburg brunch spot located near the Landsbrucken docks. Perhaps that’s a good thing considering that our desserts included Spaghetti Eis, Germany’s odd ice cream dish that resembles spaghetti, plus a slice of Bienenstich Kuchen (i.e. bee sting cake).

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Melts Fruhstucksplatte at Cafe Melt in Hamburg Germany
Sharing this breakfast plate allowed us to save room for dessert. And by dessert, we mean desserts. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Keeping it light, we shared a Frühstühstückplatte (i.e. breakfast plate) with cheese, sausage, salmon, jam and bread. While the dish didn’t knock our socks off, it gave us a pleasant protein burst that set us up for dessert. And who doesn’t like dessert?

Pro Tip
Skip the coffee at Café Melt if you’re a specialty coffee drinker. You’ll be happier drinking a flat white or pour over at one of Hamburg’s great artisan coffee shops.

Café Melt is located at Johannisbollwerk 19, 20459 Hamburg, Germany.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is brunch popular in Hamburg?

Yes. Brunch has become one of the most popular things to do in Hamburg.

What is a typical brunch like in Hamburg?

Typical brunches in Hamburg run the gamut from brunch classics like pancakes and waffles to traditional German food and even global cuisine.

What’s the best day to eat brunch in Hamburg?

Brunch is available every day of the week in Hamburg. Weekends tend to be busier which could be a good or bad thing based on your brunch goals.

Where’s the best place to eat brunch in Hamburg?

Since Hamburg has numerous brunch options, the best place to eat brunch is likely the one closest to where you’re living or staying.

What do people drink while eating brunch in Hamburg?

Most locals pair brunch with specialty coffee, lemonade and cocktails.

Is it expensive to eat brunch in Hamburg?

No. Expect to spend less than 20€ when you eat brunch in Hamburg. Cocktails will increase this amount.

Is tipping necessary in Hamburg?

No. Tipping is optional in Germany.

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About The Authors

About The Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers their unique taste of the world.


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Original Publication Date: June 3, 2022

Emily Leitner

Monday 6th of June 2022

I am frustrated because I am of German heritage and want so much to have recipes (tried and true, not a cookbook per se). I cannot seem to source them here though? Are they not available for printing? Please, if they are, send me a link or something? Many Thanks.

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Monday 6th of June 2022

While we enjoy exploring local food in cities like Hamburg, we've not yet attempted cooking German food ourselves. Good luck in finding the recipes you're seeking!

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