This post about Vegan Hamburg is sponsored by and created in cooperation with Hamburg Tourism.
Hamburg has an incredibly diverse food scene influenced by their historic port connected to the North Sea. It’s definitely Germany’s “Gateway to the World,” with everything from Nordic cuisine, to fine teas at the famously well-photographed Wasserschloss along the canals. But the most surprising food trend in Hamburg, the city that inspired the creation of the hamburger, is the amazing variety of vegan and vegetarian restaurants.
Vegan Hamburg: Travelers Recommended Their Favorite Plant Based Restaurants
Plant-based diets are a fast-growing trend, so I reached out to bloggers and vegan travelers from around the world for their vegan Hamburg recommendations. And the list of menu options is mouthwatering, even to a carnivore! So whether you’re vegan, flexitarian, or simply looking to try something new, here are the top recommended vegan restaurants in Hamburg.
Location: Feldstraße 36, 20357 Hamburg
What To Order: Vegetable Quiche or Nocado Sandwich
When I asked for vegan restaurant recommendations in Hamburg, HappenPappen was the first on everyone’s list. So it’s definitely a must-visit! The menu is deliciously fun, with dishes named for 80’s icons like Indian Jones and Karate Kid. The atmosphere looks cozy too, a little gemütlich getaway in a big city. HappenPappen’s menu changes weekly, so definitely check their Facebook page for updates. Here’s what other travelers recommend:
“The food is awesome and the atmosphere is friendly and inviting. My recommendation is the vegetable quiche, which is incredible and was perfectly cooked each time I stopped by HappenPappen. The menu also includes vegan burgers that are made using their house blend, and not from commercially produced frozen patties. The desserts are also delicious, the banana bread in particular which is one of the best I’ve had around the world.” — Torben Lonne, co-founder of DIVE.in
“Hamburg is great for vegan food and I love that it’s usually clearly labelled. My favorite vegan restaurant in Hamburg is HappenPappen. They don’t have meat substitutes, and instead make delicious food out of natural ingredients. I love their epic stacked sandwiches, especially the Nocado sandwich which is stacked with smoked tofu, white bean hummus, cabbage, radishes and more. Be sure to also try their famous hot sugar-free banana bread, topped with soy yogurt and fruit.” — Kate Hackworthy, VeggieDesserts.com
Location: Max-Brauer-Allee 277, 22769 Hamburg
What To Order: Tofu Scramble
Mamalicious is a Canadian style diner with North American comfort-food breakfast favorites like skillet scrambles and pancakes. Berlin-based Canadian blogger, Amelie, loves Mamalicious because it reminds her of home.
“Finding a mostly vegan, Canadian-style diner in the heart of Hamburg was a little bit like finding the holy grail of pancakes in a land that has still a lot to learn with regards to vegan breakfasts. I’m a little sad that vegan fluffy North American style pancakes aren’t the norm in German, but Mamalicious delivered something fluffy and sweet that gave me the fuzzies. Until Berlin finds its vegan pancake footing, don’t be shocked if I travel back to Hamburg only for pancakes.”— Amelie, MosltyAmelie.com
Froidlichst – The Vegan Musketeers
Location: Barmbeker Str. 169, 22299 Hamburg
What To Order: Brunch Waffles or Beetroot Burger
Froidlichst is another vegan restaurant that came highly recommended. While they’re normally known for their vegan take on comfort foods like pizza, burgers, and burritos, they have a Sunday brunch buffet that is a feast of super foods! It’s €17.90 for the buffet and includes classic brunch dishes (made 100% plant based!) and sweet and savory creations too. Here’s what travelers are saying:
“I’d definitely recommend the Sunday brunch buffet at Froidlichst. It’s a feast! And the brunch waffles are awesome!” — Caroline, HealthyVoyager.com
“A cozy, rustic-feeling little joint in the north of the city, Froidlichst serves three of the world’s most beloved foods, burgers, pizza, and ice cream, all with vegan recipes.The place has a warm, community feel to it. On wooden tables you sit, and can very easily strike up a conversation with others around you. The garden out the back is beautiful, and is a spot for many small events.The food is well received, and some Hamburg bloggers have listed it as one of the city’s top burger joints, even though it’s vegan. My personal picks were the beetroot burger with sweet potato fries, and the bean burrito was also very tasty. If burgers and pizza are not your thing, they also have a range of hearty salads, wraps, and Asian-influenced noodle dishes. The dessert is to die for (you have to try their key lime pie).” — Dale, NomadParadise.com
Location: Caffamacherreihe 49, 20355 Hamburg
What To Order: Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese
A little hidden vegan gem in the Gängeviertel, Das Nasch is a small café that offers a rotating menu of paninis, quiches and more. While they’re known as a cafe with delicious sweets and great coffee, their main dishes may surprise and delight you!
“My favorite vegetarian restaurant in Hamburg is the Cafe Nasch. It is one of those rare places which just do not offer fast food options for vegan food. Their best offering is the Spaghetti Bolognese, where instead of the traditional Bolognese sauce, they use a tomato based sauce of vegetables, tomatoes, onions and basil leaves.They make it really well, and tastes like home cooked food. And is quite filling also. The pricing is very well suited for the quality on offer, and I think we paid like 7€ for each plate of the spaghetti. The cafe is completely vegan except for the coffee where they offer milk- and hence can be easily suited to vegan diners too.” — Saurabh, TalkTravelApp.com
The Burger Lab
Location: Max-Brauer-Allee 251, 22769 Hamburg
What To Order: Black Bean Burger
This one isn’t exactly vegan, but it came highly recommended. While the Burger Lab is typically known for, well, hamburgers, their vegan option made quite an impression. Each of their burger creations can be ordered as a vegetarian version with halloumi (cheese) instead of meat. The vegan version is a black bean veggie patty with a house-made tomato jam and avocado.
“We went to The Burger Lab in Altona and I ordered the black bean burger and I continue to dream about it! It was not dry at all and it pairs beautifully with their tomato jam!” — Supal, ChevronsAndEclairs.com
Location: Eppendorfer Landstraße 4, 20249 Hamburg
What To Order: Any of their signature antipasti dishes.
The oldest vegan and vegetarian restaurant in Hamburg, Tassajara, has been plant-based for over 40 years, since 1976. Their main dishes are creatively Asian influenced, and their desserts come highly recommended. Tassajara also offers homemade salad dressing and spice mixes you can purchase to take home, such as their sugar-free vegan Tamari dressing.
Traveling to Germany soon? Here’s more food inspiration with a lot of recommendations for Berlin too: 15 Photos That Prove Germany Is More Than Sausage And Beer