Alsterperle

This small kiosk is nothing special, but the view you get outside is. Get there before sunset. Leave soon, or the gnats eat you alive.

Beer
Bar
$$$$
Osterstraße 52, 20259 Hamburg

Azeitona

Lunch
Arabic
$$$$
Beckstr. 17-19, 20357 Hamburg

Bistrot Vienna

The cozy, truly familiar atmosphere of this noisy-hectic-no-reservations-no-plastic restaurant is yet to beat. The kitchen-table feeling. Take your best friends here and don't leave until they close.

Dinner
Bistrot
$$$$
Fettstraße 2, 20357 Hamburg

Corfu Grill

My favorite greek restaurant. The waiters try to get you drunk. Which is a good thing. Also: Huge trucker portions.

Lunch
Greek
$$$$
Hellkamp 43, 20255 Hamburg

Falafelstern

This is the 4am procedure: Go for the take away vegetable box. Ask for lots of hummus and get a knowing nod from the guy behind counter. Best fast food in town.

Lunch
Arabic, Vegetarian
$$$$
Schanzenstr. 111, 20357 Hamburg

Freischwimmer

Dinner
modern european, south germany
$$$$
Fruchtallee 1, 20259 Hamburg

Jim Burrito

In general Hamburg lacks really really good burritos. These are good but feel a bit rushed. The place is still overloaded every day of the week.

Dinner
Burrito
$$$$
Eppendorfer Weg 171, 20253 Hamburg

Kitsune Izakaya

Too Great. Take some time.

Dinner
Japanese
$$$$
Eppendorferweg 62, 20259 Hamburg

La Monella

Lunch
Vegetarian, italian
$$$$
Hallerplatz 12, 20146 Hamburg

Mazza

Come for the mazza menue. It tastes great but stayed the same over two visits months apart. Sadface.

Dinner
Vietnamese, Chinese
$$$$
Moorkamp 5, 20357 Hamburg

Meatery

Since they serve sizzling, my favorite steak in Hamburg.

Dinner
Steaks!
$$$$
Drehbahn 49, 20354 Hamburg

Quán dò

To date, the best Pho I ever had. This place gets really crowded during lunch and dinner times.

Lunch
Vietnamese, Chinese
$$$$
Georgsplatz 16, 20099 Hamburg

Slim Jims

Friggin good pie. You can either choose from some toppings—attn, vegans: they use the, in my opinion, best cheese surrogate: yeast enamel—Keep an eye on the precomposed pizza of the week. They often feature more unusual toppings.

Dinner, Lunch
Pizza
$$$$
Schilleroper 1-3, 22767 Hamburg

The Bird

Good burgers. Bring your own fries.

Dinner
Burgers
$$$$
Hallerplatz 12, 20146 Hamburg

Trattoria Salento

Skip the card, the good stuff is on the weekly changing menu.

Dinner
Italian
$$$$
Osterstraße 52, 20259 Hamburg

Tschebull

Once you get over the interior decoration, you're set for some very good austrian kitchen.

Dinner
Austrian
$$$$
Mönckebergstr. 7, Levantehaus, 20095 Hamburg

Vlet

Dinner
German, French
$$$$
Am Sandtorkai 23/24, 20457 Hamburg, HafenCity

Zipang

The miso soup knows its ways.

Dinner
Japanese
$$$$
Eppendorfer Weg 171, 20253 Hamburg