Hamburg – Accommodation and cuisine
Where to stay
The elegant InterContinental Hotel (Fontenay 10, intercontinental.com) is located in a quiet setting overlooking Alster Lake. Relax and enjoy the indoor swimming pool, spa treatments and wellness bar. The city centre, main business dictrict and Congress Centre are within easy walking distance. Park Hyatt Hotel (Bugenhagenstrasse 8 hamburg.park.hyatt.com) is classy and centrally situated. Enjoy high tea in the hotel’s Park Lounge with its views of teh busy Mönckebergstrasse.
What to eat and drink?
Hamburg’s cuisine is largely influenced by the city’s proximitiy to the sea. rEgional fish dishes include plaice, herring and shrimp with eel soup a speciality. A tasty dessert is ‘Rote Grütze’, a red fruit pudding often followed by a ‘Pharisaer’ – coffee with an added swig of rum. To the inhabitants of Hamburg, Franzbrötchen (Franz’s rolls) are a breakfast staple. Atmospheric cafes and bars are found along the banks of the Elbe and Alster rivers. One of the trendiest is the cafe Amora (An der Alster 72, a-mora.com). Be like a local and order an Alsterwasser while enjoying the river views.
The maritime themed Fischereihafen (Grosse Elbstrasse; fischereihafenrestaurant.de) serves fine seafood to the well-heeled burghers of Hamburg who like to dine alfresco, weather permitting, while watching container ships glide past. Try the excellent colding and flounder, cured herrings and smoked eel. Reservations recommended. East (Simon-von-Uterecht-Strasse 31, east-hamburg.com) is a designer hotel famed for its fabulous Euroasian restaurant with unique dishes like tuna tartar with avocado and crispy lotus roots, or beef ragout with roasted chestnuts, pumpkin, lingonberry and potato truffle foam.
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