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The Best Coffee Shops In Hamburg

The Hamburg cafe scene is buzzing with an impressive number of coffee shops serving specialty coffee. Read on to find out our favorite Hamburg cafes in Germany’s most caffeinated city.

Coffee Bar at Manufact in Hamburg Germany

Did you know that Hamburg is one of the world’s most progressive cities when it comes to third wave coffee? Don’t feel bad if your answer is no. We didn’t know either until we experienced the quality of Hamburg coffee shops for ourselves.

When we think about the city’s role in global coffee trading, Hamburg’s coffee obsession makes sense. Hamburg is Germany’s largest port city and the third biggest in all of Europe. In this capacity, large quantities of coffee from countries like Brazil, Colombia and Kenya arrive all year long before departing for EU countries including Sweden, Finland and Denmark as well as the UK.

With much of this coffee processed in the city’s Speicherstadt warehouse district, Hamburg has access to great beans. In other words, this is a city where coffee is ubiquitous from roasters who produce some of the best beans in Europe, if not the world.

Check out fun things to do in Hamburg when you’re not drinking coffee.

Hamburg’s Coffee History

Coffee Beans at elbgold Rostkaffee in Hamburg Germany
These are some of the million tons of coffee beans that pass through Hamburg each year.

Hamburg’s coffee history dates back to the 17th century when the city opened its first coffee house. Years later, with the start of its initial coffee exchange in 1887, the German port city became a leading coffee player and one of the world’s major green coffee trading centers.

Hamburg also participated in coffee’s history with the emergence of companies like Darboven and Tchibo during the mid 20th century. Today, the Port of Hamburg imports approximately 700,000 tons of coffee each year while exporting 400,000 to countries in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.

Pro Tip
Visit Kaffeemuseum Burg to learn more about the history of coffee and its Hamburg connection. Located in a harborside warehouse in the Speicherstadt district, this coffee-centric museum features exhibits that delve into the history of coffee as well as a roastery, gift shop and cafe. As a bonus, the museum’s entrance fee includes a guided tour and tasting.

Hamburg’s Current Coffee Culture

Owner Barista at Marshall Street Coffee in Hamburg Germany
Baristas like Tristan Garrett use modern coffee technology to craft coffee drinks and pour overs.

Rivaling Berlin, Germany’s modern coffee behemoth to the east, Hamburg has evolved into a third wave coffee hub with specialty coffee houses throughout the city. The city may have been late to the party but has caught up quickly.

For those not familiar with the third wave coffee movement, its disciples (including us) favor artisan preparation of lighter roast coffee using beans singly sourced from sustainable farms primarily in South America, Africa and Asia. Many believe that the movement started in American cities like Seattle and Portland before going to the next level in cities like Melbourne and Cape Town.

Our Favorite Hamburg Cafes

Flat White Close Up at Blanco Cafe in Hamburg Germany
We’re never far from a solid cup of coffee when we’re in Hamburg.

You don’t have to look hard to find good coffee in Hamburg. The city has an abundance of third wave coffee shops, many offering free Wi-Fi and tasty treats in addition to cappuccinos and flat whites. Its coffee culture compares favorably to European coffee-centric cities like Amsterdam, Bucharest, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Prague and Paris.

Some of the best Hamburg coffee shops also serve brunch, allowing travelers to mash two potatoes with one fork. The city also has a thriving craft beer scene and an impressive number of great restaurants.

True lovers of modern coffee will want to skip chains like Starbucks and Balzac (a local operation acquired by Espresso House in 2017) and instead frequent independent cafes in Hamburg. When you’re thirsty for good coffee in Hamburg, we recommend the following spots:

Playground Coffee

Cappuccino at Playground Coffee in Hamburg Germany
We didn’t let the toys distract us from our coffee at Playground Coffee. Ok, we did play around a little with the Etch-a-Sketch.

It’s all fun and games at Playground Coffee except when it comes to the drinks. Despite its fanciful name and colorful decor, Playground is serious about coffee. Without a doubt, this Hamburg coffee shop is a necessary destination for followers of coffee’s third wave movement.

First-time visitors may be wary when they notice toys upon walking through Playground’s front door. The key is to look beyond the miniature trucks, classic Etch-a-Sketch screen and hanging plants to see the cafe in action.

Barista at Playground Coffee in Hamburg
Playground’s founder Veljko Tatalovic plays an active role at the Hamburg cafe. We met him during our second visit to his cheerful St. Pauli shop.

Owner Veljko Tatalovic and a crew of dedicated baristas brew excellent drinks using the shop’s proprietary coffees. The shop globally sources its beans and roasts them locally.

Customers can buy these beans in boxes artistically designed by graphic designer Andreas Teichmann. Keeping with the cafe’s playful theme, coffee roast names include Dirty Berry, Skywalker and Two Face.

Pro Tip
You can purchase Playground Coffee beans at the cafe or at a Mutterland market. We’ve also spotted Playground’s beans at Mit Herz und Zucker, one of Hamburg’s most popular brunch spots.

Playground Coffee is located at Detlev-Bremer-Straße 21, 20359 Hamburg, Germany.

Manufact Coffee Roasters

Manufact in Hamburg Germany
Good things happen behind this graffitied wall. And, by good things, we mean coffee.

Formerly known as Less Political and more recently Hermetic, Manufact is a funky yet serious Hamburg coffee shop in the Schanze near Feldßtrasse. The coffee shop kept the funk as well as its commitment to coffee excellence when it changed ownership in 2020.

We couldn’t help but notice that funk as we walked past griffiti covered brick walls to enter the cafe during our most recent visit. We also couldn’t help doing a double take once we realized that Manufact had replaced Hermetic since we thought we were going to a new-to-us coffee shop.

Flat White at Manufact in Hamburg Germany
We enjoyed our coffees at Manufact so much that we bought a bag of beans to enjoy later.

Initially sad since Hermetic was one of our favorite Hamburg coffee shops, our frowns quickly turned upside down once we sipped our coffees. That’s when we realized that, despite the new owners, this cafe was as good as before and perhaps even better.

We liked our coffees enough to buy a bag of beans to take home. While Manufact roasts its own beans and also sells beans sourced from Sweden’s Drop Coffee, we bought a bag of fruit-forward Colombian beans roasted by Hermetic. Yes, we’re nothing if not creatures of habit who love great coffee.

Pro Tip
Stop by for a late afternoon pick-me-up. Manufact is open until 6 pm every day of the week.

Manufact Coffee Roasters is located at Sternstraße 68, 20357 Hamburg, Germany.

Public Coffee Roasters

Cappuccino at Public Coffee Roasters in Hamburg Germany
We enjoyed both the coffee and humor at Public Coffee Roasters in Hamburg.

Public Coffee Roasters addresses the age-old question of what Jesus would brew, not to mention drink. If he were living in 21st century Hamburg, the answer is obviously coffee.

In addition to answering this question, Public Coffee blurs the lines between coffee and art. Customers first experience the art when they walk into the stylish cafes and then taste it in coffees adorned with latte art.

Public Coffee Roasters in Hamburg Germany
However you get to Public Coffee Roasters, make sure you visit one of their cafes in Hamburg.

Public Coffee has multiple Hamburg locations including the Goldbekplatz cafe where we visited. Located in a converted metal foundry, the chic space has an airy vibe that welcomes guests to relax over coffee or lunch.

We observed an eclectic group of coffee fans as we drank cappuccinos made with a medium blend of Brazilian, Guatemalan and Ethiopian beans. Though the cafe encourages slurping, we didn’t hear any during our visit.

The team at Public Coffee focuses on all aspects of the process starting with sourcing top quality beans from sustainable coffee farms around the world. This attention continues at the Hamburg roasting facility as well as at the cafes where baristas proudly serve the end result.

Pro Tip
Plan to read magazines or talk to friends when you drink coffee at Public Coffee Roasters since free Wi-Fi isn’t provided to customers.

Public Coffee Roasters has multiple Hamburg locations.

Marshall Street Coffee

Crafting a Flat White at Marshall Street Coffee in Hamburg Germany
Tristan Garrett crafted our flat whites with both confidence and skill.

Marshall Street Coffee may be a relatively new coffee shop in Hamburg but it’s far from a neophyte.

The progressive coffee shop roasts its beans and crafts flat whites to a level of perfection that you might expect to experience in Australia – the country that invented the creamy espresso drink. But Hamburg is more than 10,000 miles from that country down under. So what gives?

Flat White at Marshall Street Coffee in Hamburg Germany
We drank a lot of flat whites in Hamburg and this one at Marshall Street Coffee was one of our favorites.

It all made sense to us when we met Tristan Garrett, one of Marshall Street Coffee’s owners. Not only did he grow up in Sydney, but Garrett also made the coffee rounds in Hamburg at spots like Public Coffee and Tōrnqvist (now closed) before opening Marshall Street Coffee in February of 2020.

We enjoyed our flat whites he crafted with naturally roasted Ethiopian beans so much that we bought a bag of beans for the road. Upon our return home, we were so sad when we finished that bag that we considered ordering more beans for shipment to Portugal. It hasn’t happened yet but it could.

Pro Tip
Make an advance reservation so that you can drink your flat white while eating brunch at Marshall Street Coffee. The combination is a winner.

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

Elbgold Röstkaffee

Roaster at elbgold Rostkaffee in Hamburg Germany
Coffee professionals like Sebastian Kohrs roast coffee beans at Elbgold’s Sternschanze location. The roasting process fills the cafe with an enticing aroma.

Roasting and selling specialty coffee since 2004, Elbgold Röstkaffee can easily claim seniority in the Hamburg cafe scene. However, this elder statesman doesn’t sit on its laurels when it comes to the business of coffee.

The Elbgold operation now has six cafes including its original cafe in the Winterhude neighborhood, a bustling cafe in Sternschanze and a specialty lab near the Rathausmarkt. The roastery also runs a successful retail operation, selling roasted beans to local customers and throughout Germany.

Cappuccino at elbgold Rostkaffee in Hamburg Germany
This cappuccino gave us a necessary pick-me-up during a busy day of touring in Hamburg.

We recommend a stop at Sternschanze since this is where much of Elbgold’s magic happens. Talented Hamburg coffee roasters like Sebastian Kohrs transform sustainably sourced arabica beans at this location. Also worth noting is the on-site bakery that uses local ingredients to create cheesecake, bagels and other tasty treats.

Pro Tip
Don’t plan to work at Elbgold unless you have a hotspot. The popular Hamburg cafe does not provide free Wi-Fi to customers.

Elbgold Röstkaffee is located at Lagerstraße 34c, 20357 Hamburg, Germany.

Nord Coast Coffee Roasters

Cappuccino and Sugar at Nord Coast Coffee Roastery in Hamburg Germany
Warning – Don’t put the sugar-filled lightbulbs into a lamp when you drink cappuccinos at Nord Coast Coffee Roastery.

Open since 2015 near the Hamburg waterfront, the original Nord Coast Coffee Roasters serves solid coffee, good food and free Wi-Fi in a two-story space. Coffee-loving locals queue up at the popular cafe during prime times like lunch and on the weekends.

We’re not exaggerating about the queues. We experienced short waits during our two weekend visits but were able to wander right in during our weekday visits.

Coffee and Brunch at Nord Coast Coffee Roastery in Hamburg Germany
It’s always a good day to eat brunch at Nord Coast Coffee Roasters in Hamburg.

Not surprising based on its name, Nord Coast Coffee Roasters roasts its own beans and sells them at its cafes. We bought a bag of Guatemalan beans during our 2019 visit but passed during our 2022 visit since our flat whites didn’t have the same wow factor.

The surprise at Nord Coast Coffee Roasters is the quality of its food. We love the cafe’s Franzbrötchen pastries as well as its brunch menu. If we lived in Hamburg, we’d be happy to eat waffles topped with lime mascarpone and fresh fruit any day of the week.

Pro Tip
Feel free to skip the queue if you’re getting your coffee to go.

Nord Coast Coffee Roasters has multiple locations. Its original cafe is located at Deichstraße 9, 20459 Hamburg, Germany.

Blanco Coffee

Blanco Cafe in Hamburg Germany
The walls at Blanco Coffee are far from blank as the cafe’s name implies. The same goes for the inside of the coffee-focused cafe.

After opening in August of 2019, Blanco Coffee made a big splash in its small space located on Lange Reihe. How big? Big enough to open a second Schanze location just two years later.

While the cafe has the word ‘coffee’ in it name, some people go to Blanco Coffee for its desserts. During our visit, the cafe served seven tempting cakes, five of which were marked as vegan. A multi-colored vegan rhubarb cake tempted us the most – go figure.

Flat White at Blanco Cafe in Hamburg Germany
While we appreciated the street art painted on the cafe’s walls, we appreciated the cafe’s latte art even more.

As for us, we went to Blanco Coffee to drink coffees crafted with locally sourced beans roasted by Cycle Roasters. We weren’t disappointed by the quality of our flat whites or their heart art.

Beyond coffee and cake, the cafe sells a range of equipment including the same trendy batch brew Moccamaster coffee machines we encountered at the Lisbon Coffee Festival. The cafe also sells beans from countries like Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala and Ethiopia.

Pro Tip
Bring your own cup and receive a small discount on your coffee.

Blanco Coffee has two Hamburg locations. We visited the cafe located at Bartelsstraße 2, 20357 Hamburg, Germany.

Black Delight

Cappuccino at Black Delight in Hamburg Germany
Living up to the cafe’s name, our coffee drinks at Black Delight were delightful.

The name Black Delight enticed us enough that we took a metro to Hamburg’s Eimsbüttel neighborhood to check the cafe out for ourselves. What we found was a cute indoor/outdoor cafe serving excellent coffee away from the tourist zone.

In addition to trying a cappuccino, we also ordered a cup of filtered coffee. As we watched a stream of fresh milk splash into freshly brewed coffee, we knew that our short journey was worth the extra effort.

Barista at Black Delight in Hamburg Germany
Bjorn Martin was all business while crafting this cappuccino for us at Black Delight.

The team at Black Delight has been ‘respecting coffee’ since 2008. This respect is evident in the cafe’s locally roasted beans as well as in the resulting coffee. It would be wrong not to pay them respect when you visit Hamburg.

Pro Tip
Check out the Ottensen Christmas Market if you visit Black Delight in December. Located near the Altona metro station, it’s one of the best Hamburg Christmas markets.

Black Delight is located at Friedensallee 32, 22765 Hamburg, Germany.


Machiato at CODOS in Hamburg Germany
Kudos to CODOS for serving excellent coffee.

Recommended to us by a local, CODOS is the kind of Hamburg coffee shop that buzzes with activity but lives under the radar. At least that’s how it seemed to us the few times we stopped by the centrally located cafe to enjoy drinks like macchiatos, cappuccinos and filtered coffee.

The cafe serves a full range of espresso drinks and brewed coffee as well as teas and tempting baked goods. CODOS originally served frozen yogurt too, but the owners have since fine-tuned their offerings to focus on the main event, i.e. coffee.

Barista at CODOS in Hamburg Germany
Baristas give full attention to the coffee at CODOS, a small Hamburg cafe with big flavor.

Though CODOS sells its own beans, the progressive coffee shop also sells bean from a variety of Hamburg roasters in a ‘show of community support.’ Whichever beans you order, plan to stand while you drink your coffee or take it to enjoy on the go – seats are sparse at CODOS.

Pro Tip
Feel like sitting? Go to the more spacious Ottensen location where you can hang out and sit down while you drink your coffee.

CODOS has multiple Hamburg locations. We frequented the location at Bartelsstraße 26, 20357 Hamburg, Germany.

Stockholm Espresso Club

Cappuccino Stockholm Espresso in Hamburg Germany
We drank this Scandinavian cappuccino at Stockholm Espresso Club in Hamburg.

Stockholm Espresso Club provides a Swedish coffee drinking experience from coffee beans imported from Stockholm’s Koppi Roasters to design elements featuring clean lines and soothing tones. This Hamburg cafe takes the concept even further by serving sweet treats like kanelbuallar cinnamon pastries ideal for fika, Sweden’s traditional coffee break shared among friends.

The Scandinavian theme starts with Owner David Vahabi who hails from Sweden. He has infused his Hamburg coffee shop with lagom or the right amount of details like free Wi-Fi and ample seating to ensure a balance between comfort and quality. If you close your eyes, you may think you’re drinking coffee in Helsinki or Turku.

Barista at Stockholm Espresso Club in Hamburg Germany
Phillip Armbrecht expertly pulls espresso from Stockholm Espresso Club’s Bosco lever espresso machine.

Though skilled baristas have access to modern coffee equipment like Hario V60 drippers, we were drawn to the cafe’s Bosco lever espresso machine imported from Naples. We love sipping expertly pulled espressos at Napoli cafes, but we also love drinking third wave coffee in comfort. At Stockholm Espresso Club, we can do both at the same time

Pro Tip
Plan to linger and do some work at Stockholm Espresso Club if you’re traveling as a digital nomad. This Hamburg cafe has a second dining room as well as outdoor seating.

Stockholm Espresso Club is located at Peter-Marquard-Straße 8, 22303 Hamburg, Germany.


Cappuccino at Milch in Hamburg Germany
Located near the harbor, Milch is a great spot for a quick jolt of liquid energy.

In a neighborhood more famous for Portuguese food than for specialty coffee, locating Milch is like finding a needle in a haystack. However, don’t think that Milch is a hidden gem. This Hamburg cafe located in a former dairy shop and delicatessen has been popular among locals and tourists since it opened in 2014.

Milch, which translates to milk, retains much of the charm of the building’s prior business. The most notable feature is the pale blue tiling where we chose to photograph our cappuccino.

Barista at Milch in Hamburg Germany
Tim Braatz prepared our cappuccino with full attention and precision.

Baristas at Milch craft coffee drinks to order and serve them with fresh milk. Considering the cafe’s name, we wouldn’t expect otherwise.

Pro Tip
Check out Milch’s Instagram account if you’re a fan of both coffee and dogs.

Milch is located at Ditmar-Koel-Straße 22, 20459 Hamburg, Germany.

Copenhagen Coffee Lab

Inside Copenhagen Coffee Lab in Hamburg Germany
Since we occasionally stop for coffee at Copenhagen Coffee Lab in Lisbon, we felt compelled to do the same in Hamburg.

We stopped in our tracks when we bumped into a Copenhagen Coffee Lab in Hamburg. After all, we live around the corner from a Copenhagen Coffee Lab in Lisbon plus we love everything that comes out of the coffee-loving Danish city.

That Copenhagen Coffee Lab wasn’t the last one we spotted as during our Hamburg coffee crawl. The specialty coffee company arrived in Hamburg in 2019 and now has more than a half dozen locations throughout the city. The coffee conglomerate also operates cafes in more German cities including Düsseldorf and Essen.

Croissant and Coffee at Copenhagen Coffee Lab in Hamburg Germany
Pairing flat whites with croissants is always a good idea at Copenhagen Coffee Lab.

We can’t say that we loved our coffee at Copenhagen Coffee Lab as much as we loved the coffee at many of Hamburg’s independent coffee shops. However, it was still fun to sip flat whites from the cafe’s familiar teal-colored coffee mugs.

It was also fun to share an almond-studded marzipan croissant. We haven’t yet seen this croissant flavor in Lisbon and it’s a winner.

Pro Tip
Order a marzipan croissant if you like almonds. Otherwise, order a kanelsnegle.

Copenhagen Coffee Lab has multiple Hamburg locations. We visited the Rindermarkthalle cafe located at Neuer Kamp 31, 20359 Hamburg, Germany.

Torrefaktum Kaffeerösterei

Torrefaktum Kaffeeroosterei in Hamburg Germany
Torrefaktum Kaffeeröstere has a meaningful part of the Ottensen neighborhood since it opened its doors in 2013.

Bright and airy, Torrefaktum Kaffeerösterei wins the prize of being the Hamburg cafe located the closest to the Altona hotel where we stayed during our third visit to Hamburg.

But this cafe isn’t just walking distance from the Superbude Altona. It’s also down the block from the space where Torrefaktum roasts coffee beans and bakes pastries.

Two Flat Whites at Torrefaktum Kaffeeroosterei in Hamburg Germany
Assuming you visit Torrefaktum Kaffeerösterei with a friend, two flat whites are better than one.

Torrefaktum has been a neighborhood fixture since it opened in 2013. The Ottensen cafe sells a variety of coffee drinks and pastries as well as fun t-shirts that made us smile. Just like the tag line on the t-shirts, we too feel depressed on days without coffee.

Pro Tip
Pair your coffee with a schoko cookie. The cookie we shared was so tasty that it inspired us to bake chocolate chip cookies at home.

Torrefaktum Kaffeerösterei has multiple Hamburg locations. We visited the Ottensen cafe located at Bahrenfelder Str. 237, 22765 Hamburg, Germany.

Hamburg Coffee FAQs

Is coffee popular in Hamburg?

Yes. Coffee is popular all over Germany and Hamburg is no exception.

How much does coffee cost in Hamburg?

Hamburg coffee prices are comparable to other European cities. Accordingly, plan to spend a few euros for a quality cappuccino or flat white.

Does Hamburg have specialty coffee shops?

Yes. Hamburg has more than a dozen specialty coffee shops. Some like CODOS and Copenhagen Coffee Lab have multiple locations.

What are the best specialty coffee shops in Hamburg?

Top Hamburg specialty coffee shops include Playground Coffee, Manufact Coffee, Public Coffee Roasters and Marshall Street Coffee. Try them all plus more to find your favorite.

Is Starbucks in Hamburg?

Yes. Hamburg first Starbucks location opened in 2010. There are now more than a dozen Starbucks coffee shops in Hamburg.

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Original Publication Date: March 15, 2019


Wednesday 3rd of May 2023

Great article, however as some who grew up in Hamburg, I can testify that the city is far behind Berlin when it comes to specialty coffee. Apart from Elbgold, there are only few notable roasters and many leading cafés like Tornqvist and Balz & Balz closed down. I personally wouldn't put some of the places you recommened on my own list but surely for people who just want a decent cup of coffee, this will be a good guide.

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Wednesday 3rd of May 2023

While Tornqvist and Balz & Balz were two of our favorite Hamburg coffee spots, we consider other Hamburg coffee shops to be excellent as well. Let us know if you swing through Lisbon and we discuss over a cup of coffee.


Saturday 16th of March 2019

Great guide. Always good to know where to get your next caffeine fix!