Contributor: Philip [USA]
Are you addicted to coffee? Did you order a cappuccino in Hamburg and were repulsed by how horrific the liquid-like thing tasted? Or do you miss sitting down at a cafe, soaking in the warm atmosphere and people watching as the day go by?
Hamburg has its charms; unfortunately cafe isn’t its forte. But even in this land barren of coffee there are lush, caffeinated, oases, if you know where to look.
1. Mutterland (St. Georg district)
Ernst-Merck-Strasse | 9, 20099 Hamburg
https://www.mutterland.de/shop/kontakt.php# (1st location)
The first thing you see as you walk in wouldn’t be a coffee shop with tables and chairs. That’s behind the mini-market in front of you. But it’s a pretty cool market that’s rather rare in Hamburg. They sell organic/bio products like marmalade, sauce, spices, olive oil, tea, craft beer, weird vitamin water, etc.. Imagine anything that a hipster would want, it’s there. And worth checking out even if you don’t have intention to buy.
The “cafe” is actually a small canteen. There’s a substantial menu to choose from if you’re hungry. And they also have a good selection of pie/cake that goes well with coffee.
Oh, and it’s literally next to Hauptbahnof. No excuse for grabbing bad coffee if you have some time .
Metro stop: Hauptbahnhof
2. Cafe Koppel (St. Georg district)
Lange Reihe 75, 20099 Hamburg
Another one in the same district, this cafe is tucked away in a courtyard off Lange Reihe, on the ground floor of a white 2-story mall. It’s well worth the effort to find it. The interior is rustic, and has a very intimate and comfortable feel that’ll leave you wanting to come back. Good for reading too. And they serve vegetarian sweets.
A note on Lange Reihe in St George:
This street is dotted with little shops (again for hipsters and hippies) to browse from. I found the most tasteful postcards of Hamburg – not an easy find, I tell you – on this street. Hint: they’re black and white. At night, with its numerous restaurants and outdoor seating, the street bustles with life.
Metro stop: Haupbahnhof
3. Pony Bar (Rotherbaum)
Allende-Platz 1, 20146 Hamburg
It’s not what you think it is, at least during the day. This cafe is next to the main university campus, and at daytime is a popular spot where students go socialize or (pretend to) study. Its interior gives off an existential vibe that makes you feel like you’re in an old indie film. We can’t decide whether the style is more French or Italian, or German – or just European. At night it turns into a bar and hosts varies movie screenings and concerts. Looks like a fun place to be.
Along with your coffee they’ll heat up a small tasty biscuit for you. It’s wonderful, and makes you wonder why nobody else does it.
4. Ristorante Siciliana (Rotherbaum district)
Bundesstr. 31, 20146 Hamburg
Not exactly a cafe, but it’s an honorable mention. You’ve probably walked by this place on the way to the main campus from Geomatikum without taking too much notice. The staff will actually speak Italian with you when you walk in. They have fine Italian pizza, and the cappuccino is good. MathMods: Just in case you miss a bit of L’Aquila. No place like home, right?
There’re certainly many other places that offer good coffee with good atmosphere. A district that’s been recommended to me is Sternschanze. Cafe 53 is specially mentioned by a friend, who vouches for the delicious home-made cakes. As is Cafe Backwahn, right on Grindelalle, which serves breakfast all day. If you hunt down a good cafe, we’d love to hear from you! Happy drinking.