The first weekend in September – at a point when I was still under the blissful impression that summer was here to stay for another while – we did a road trip to Hamburg. I would estimate that we spent equal amounts of time finding sights and activities – the Opera House, the Miniatur Wunderland, a flea market – as we did picking places to eat and drink.
Clouds is Hamburg’s highest rooftop bar, with spectacular views of the city on all four sides. You don’t have to book ahead for a seat at the bar, so it is the perfect place for a pre-dinner cocktail. The atmosphere is bright and relaxing with loungers, plants and that summer vibe that comes from being able to sit outside in the evenings. The music is tasteful and not disruptive, the crowd a mix between dressed up couples and casual tourists. Stop by if you’re up for a cocktail or two – the Moscow Mules are delicious and the Mojitos are strong!
Olá Lisboa is a Portugese restaurant on the bustling corner of Ditmar-Koel-Straße and Reimarusstraße. The place transports you to the south of Europe with its tunes and loud, bustling ambience. The food was good; we enjoyed a vegetarian tapas platter, and the red wine even better. There is an abundance of Portugese, Spanish and Mediterranean restaurants in the area and they all look equally promising.
StrandPauli seems a little out of place in the modern port city that Hamburg is, but it provides an excellent hideaway from the city life. With several bars, loungers and wooden decks against a sandy backdrop, this place lets you pretend you’re in a much more exotic place. Cocktails, beer and all the usual staples are on the menu. We settled on a mix of currywurst and nachos, burgers (veggie and regular) as well as pizza. Classic food but excellent quality.
The number one attraction on our road trips has, for me, always been brunch and breakfast. We knew that we wanted to round off the weekend with a killer brunch and Klippkroog ticked all the boxes. They have a lovely space with a generous amount of seats both inside and outside, great coffee and just the kind of brunch I was craving. They have a variety of platters – big, small and sweet – that come with a selection of breads and cheeses, with meat options, and yoghurt with fruit and honey roasted nuts. They also have a large egg section and several vegan options. The produce was of the highest quality and comes from local farmers. I already want to go back!
I can safely say that we made the most of every meal opportunity that we had in Hamburg, and even squeezed in some sightseeing and city sauntering in between.