Hamburg, Germany

A long and uncomfortable 5 hour train ride led us from Amsterdam to Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany.

Immediately upon arriving, we were advised to look for a local bakery, Made In Portugal, within the eatery-packed Schanzenviertel. It was somewhat difficult to find not knowing that they had abbreviated their name to MIP on their storefront window. Inside was an assorted collection of pastries made daily. The best part: the price! 1 Euro = $1.60CAN for each item! And they are huge!


This is a custard-filled chocolate dipped pastry. The custard was lightly sweet, very cool and rich. The chocolate tasted a bit cheap and oily. The pastry portion felt a bit over baked and dry. Still, this was a fabulous deal at 1 Euro!


This is another custard-filled item with powdered sugar on top. It is very similar to the first pastry but with a lot more custard. Yummmm. 1 Euro only!


This is a tart that Ian had. I didn’t get a chance to taste it. He ate it too fast.


This is a layered pastry that I purchased on our last day to keep me nourished on the train ride. Again, a layer of custard between the other layers. Overall, a fantastic deal. Look at the size of this thing!

I liked Made In Portugal because the flavours were balanced and the price was right. They just have to work on their baking to prevent over-cooking their pastries.

Made in Portugal (MIP), Schulterblatt 3, Hamburg, 040-4319-0991.


Famished after our day of traveling, we came across an interestingly named Thai restaurant: Thai Cowboy. The entire menu was in German and difficult to decipher but we managed to make it work.

This is essentially Thai Chicken Fried Rice. The portion size is huge and there is quite a bit of spice in this dish. It is a touch on the salty side and the rice is a bit undercooked.

This is Thai Beef Fried Noodles. The portion size again is huge with lots of veges and meat. It is flavoured in much the same way as the fried rice above. Subtly spicy but generally too salty.

Each of these items was a fantastic deal at 5.50 Euro = $8.80CAN. The portion sizes were very generous. The food was a touch on the salty side though and the rice generally undercooked. The interior was a bit barren and uncomfortable to eat in. It is more of a take out joint. If you do decide to dine in, there are tables that you can stand at to eat.

Thai Cowboy, Susannenstrasse 18, Hamburg, no website.


Currywurst is an item unique to Germany that I was advised to find. Essentially, it is a wurst coated with a tomato sauce, dusted with curry powder and served with a bun. It makes for a nice fast snack on the go.

It is a bit tricky to balance the whole dish on your hand as you are walking.

I purchased this item from Mo-Grill, a fast food joint in the shopping district of Hamburg.


This is the most beautiful Burger King I have ever seen.

It must’ve been an old bank or library. Sadly, we didn’t eat here because McDonald’s was cheaper for the same style fare.


Hamburg has a huge lake very close to the main train station. In it, you can rent a sail boat, paddle boat, row boat, bike along side it, go for runs, and generally just enjoy the water. Be advised, the waterfront makes it quite windy in the area so you may want to bring your coat.

Ian and myself enjoyed a tall beer by the lake but we were freezing our butts off with the cold breeze.


In a quest to look for more German food, we came across Ericka’s Eck. This wood-lined restaurant seems to be catered towards locals. The entire menu is in German and the English usage by the staff is limited.

I decided on the peppercorn Schnitzel (I had no idea that is what I ordered) on a bed of fries. The portion size was huge and a great deal at 9.60 Euro = $14.88CAN. The peppercorns weren’t overbearing, the gravy wasn’t too salty, and the pork was breaded nicely. The fries weren’t as good as they were in Amsterdam but they were still a welcome treat.

Most interestingly, this restaurant is open very late. They only close for 2 hours a day (5am-7am) most days of the week.

Ericka’s Eck, Sternstr. 98, Hamburg,


For the life of me, I cannot remember the name of this donair place. It is by far the best donair that I had throughout my travels.


Watch as the staff shaves off chicken from the spit with a handheld rotary saw.

As you can see, it is gigantic. There are so many vegetables on this donair. The chicken itself is beautifully caramelized and has been well marinated. There is lettuce, pickled onions, red cabbage, red onions, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce on top.

You have to eat the salad with a fork for a while before you can even fold the donair up to eat.

This donair establishment even beats Leeman’s in Amsterdam. I can’t name the place but I can tell you how to get there. If you are walking north on Schulterblatt from the Schanzen Str., it is your SECOND donair shop on your left. It isn’t the Monoco place. It is the other donair shop!


~ by Russ on June 3, 2008.

One Response to “Hamburg, Germany”

  1. I am on a business trip in Hamburg and was looking for some good recommendations thanks for your post, I am going to definitely try some of these!

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