One of my main priorities while visiting Hamburg was to check out the vegan scene of Germany's second-largest city. It turns out it's definitely not so developed as in Berlin (but then here we are spoiled, perhaps!), but the concept is still well understood and there are a few very good options for vegans. Here's a quick look at five vegan and vegan-friendly places I found in Hamburg.
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Hamburg Vegan Food Tours
Explore Hamburg by Food – Vegan Tour – Hamburg is full of creative and delicious food creations. Discover the hidden gems of the vegan scene on this 3 hour walking tour. You’ll explore at least 3 different places, make new friends and eat your way through the menu. Sample different exotic cuisines from all over the world. Discover the background stories behind the food and this exciting neighborhood.
Hamburg Vegan Restaurants
This fully vegan café (except that they offer cow's milk for coffee) is situated in the Gängeviertel, a somewhat alternative district of Hamburg. They serve light meals, cakes and drinks in quirky surroundings. The bathroom is especially noteworthy!
Savoury options change daily, but including wraps, sandwiches, quiches and salads. The cakes are moist and satisfying with some interesting flavour combinations like lime and coconut. Ideal for a light lunch or just afternoon coffee and cake.
When the inevitable cravings for vegan ice cream beyond simple fruit sorbets hit, head to Eisbande. With about half the options vegan (which are very clearly marked), there's plenty to choose from including flavours like Snicker's, coconut and tiramisu.
As a bonus, they always serve coffee (with soy milk, if you ask for it) and sometimes even have raw vegan cakes on offer.
With a range of burritos, tacos and quesadillas that can be ordered with meat, vegetarian or vegan, this place serves good, filling food for decent prices. They unfortunately don't offer any vegan cheese substitutes, but have some interesting ingredients such as cactus or tempeh as optional fillings.
Service is a little hit and miss when it's busy, and you need to order and pay at the counter as likely no one will come to take your order.
This vegetarian breakfast joint and cafe offers almost everything on their (reasonably extensive) menu with a vegetarian or vegan option. Breakfast options include things like cereal, fruit salad, pancakes, vegan bacon and sausages, plus they have soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches for other times of day.
The location is very cool with some quirky little details that aren't immediately obvious but which may give you a little chuckle. Staff are friendly if a little thin for a busy weekend brunch shift. Nonetheless, a great option to get a variety of decent vegan breakfast foods.
This cosy little place is a very popular lunch spot, and it's easy to see why it fills up! Serving all vegan food, with two main dishes for lunch which change daily, the focus is on healthy comfort food and it doesn't disappoint! They also serve food well into the evening, and on weekends, their all-day breakfast menu is full of delights such as porridge, pancakes and sandwiches.
The setting is lovely too, and though it's quite small (you could even say cramped), the atmosphere remains friendly and relaxed. In the late afternoon, they don't serve hot food, but come by for a piece of their homemade cake and coffee instead!
Vegan-Friendly Hotels in Hamburg
Madison Hotel – this modern hotel with 166 rooms is a vegan-friendly hotel that welcomes vegans and vegetarians with open arms. Guests can enjoy a unique dining experience at the in-house restaurant. A buffet breakfast is served every morning. Though not specifically vegan or vegetarian only, their onsite restaurant and specifically the chef is well equipped to handle special dietary needs.
ARCOTEL Rubin – This modern hotel is centrally located close to Norderelbe, eateries and shops. They offer a buffet with a sizable vegan selection as well as several options on their restaurant menus. Enjoy sample regional and vegan cuisine at Wiener Kaffee, or try vegan and regional dishes at FACETTE. Guests can also enjoy the comfortable lounge bar on site.
Green Haven B&B – Opened in 2014, this is Hamburg's first 100% vegan accommodation option. They offer small, individually furnished holiday apartments with a focus on cruelty-free, sustainable materials and furnishings. It’s well located between the airport, Hamburg city center and the main train station in the Wandsbek district.
There are many sites for apartment rentals including Airbnb and Vrbo. Prices are generally comparable to budget hotels, especially if you’re willing to get a room in a shared apartment.
What other great vegan and vegan-friendly places did I miss in Hamburg? Let me know in the comments!