7 places in Hamburg to satisfy your sweet craving

It’s unlikely that you will travel without trying the local food — and we always have time for sweets. From ice cream lasagna to unicorn cupcakes, Hamburg has an incredible variety of sweet treats in cozy places that can turn your day into a joyful sugar haze.

I’ve selected some of my favorite spots for you to read on and get a taste of Hamburg’s dreamiest desserts. Have fun!

1. Schlecks

Colorful and cozy place, close to the beach area and with more than 100 toppings you can choose to create your ice cream. They are the only cold-stone ice cream shop in Hamburg and the first in Germany! You can get creative, choose the flavors, combine with toppings – or get one of the menu suggestions – and watch the magic happen: they put everything on a cold rock and the ice cream starts to gain form. Find them here: Fischers Allee 78.



White chocolate and strawberries in the front. Behind, chocolate cookies.

2. Fat Unicorn

Here you can have homemade cupcakes surrounded by a lovely decoration of pastel colors and unicorns. Everything is freshly made for you with original recipes! You can also be creative and build your own cupcake, with the colors and toppings you want. Free your inner unicorn! You can find them at Hohe Bleichen 20.




Vanilla cake with white chocolate, cream cheese, red fruits syrup and coconut in the front. Peanut butter, hazel and caramel in the back.

3. Holger Rönnfeld

Probably the most mouth-watering confectionery in Hamburg. Great service (lovely Mrs. Helga and Mrs. Monika), irresistible sweets and at the heart of St. Pauli neighborhood, this place won my heart in every possible way. Everything is handmade in this family business since 1953.

They have a big variety of typical handmade german sweets and delicious cakes. The place is cozy but it sells only take-away. You can also pre-order (for birthdays, for example). You can find them here: Hein-Hoyer-Straße 5 and pre-order here.



The store keeps its 50’s style


Impossible to choose just one!

4. Luicella’s St. Pauli

Handmade, without added flavors, dyes or anything else, Luicella’s offers the most creative flavors: be curious. Most of the flavors is vegan!
The variety of choices can make the decision harder, but you can always get a sample of another flavor on top of your ice cream. You can find them here: Detlev-Bremer-Straße 46.


Coconut, avocado and a bit of the Franzbrötchen (popular german bread made of cinnamon and butter) flavor


Lavendel, Franzbrötchen and a bit of Vanilla

5. Herr Max

As cute as they are delicious, the desserts here are all handmade. The pastry chef, Mr. Max, combines classic confectionery with sophisticated patisserie, mixing different herbs, spices, consistencies and always creating new recipes. This place used to be a dairy business from 1905, and is now a comfy coffee shop where you can relax, drink a cup of coffee and eat. They also serve ice cream and breakfast, and you can even take pastry courses. You can find them here: Schulterblatt 12 and book a course here.


Well preserved tiles from 1905


Wild fruits cake with passion fruit topping


“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss the cake”

6. Ice Cream Cafe Tropea

Ice cream spaguetti, lasangna or a sundae, no matter what you choose here, it will be huge and delicious. Right by the Osterstrasse Station, this place is always crowded outside on sunny days, but you can find tables inside. The staff is friendly and they have table service. You can find them at Osterstr. 116.


Ice cream lasagna


Banana split

7. Zuckermonarchie

A small place with strong coffee and beautiful sweets. For macaron lovers as me, this place is a paradise. They also host events here and there aren’t many tables for non-scheduled visitors. I recommend going in the early hours (11h – 13h) to have more dessert options and find a table.  Everything is handmade and you have several options, so it is hard to choose just one. Be prepared to want to try everything at once! You can find them at Taubenstraße 15.


Raspberry and white chocolate macarron


Flor de Sal, strawberry, chocolate, pumpkin cheesecake.


  1. October 20, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    Oh wow, I was in Hamburg years ago but it looks like another visit is needed to taste some of this deliciousness!

    • October 31, 2018 / 1:26 pm

      hahaha true!

  2. October 20, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    I can’t wait to try each one of them!

  3. October 20, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    From my experience, you can never go wrong with ice cream and/or cake in Germany. Can’t wait to get back to Hamburg and try these spots!

    • October 31, 2018 / 1:23 pm

      you’re right! and bread, too hahaha everything is so delicious you must control yourself

  4. Helen
    October 20, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    Oh wow! My mouth is watering and I’m suddenly very interested in going to Hamburg! Cold stone ice cream sounds amazing and Herr Max’s looks beautiful. All the dessert goals!

    • October 31, 2018 / 1:24 pm

      hahah I understand you. The Ice cream shops are closing this week for winter pause, but will come back again on Spring! hope you get to visit them

  5. Michelle
    October 21, 2018 / 12:54 am

    Oh my gosh, these all sound so fabulous. I would love to sink my teeth into that raspberry macaroon. We had the joy of visiting Germany a couple of years ago but didn’t make it to Hamburg. We will definitely have to put it on our list for next time!

    • October 31, 2018 / 1:25 pm

      That is one of my favorite, too! Hamburg is amazing, you’ll love it 🙂

  6. Iêda Jovino
    October 28, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    Quanta coisa deliciosa da água na boca só de ver

    • October 31, 2018 / 1:25 pm

      muito bom mesmo

  7. June 24, 2019 / 1:40 am

    Wow! What a great selection! If I were visiting, I’d definitely go to Zuckermonarchie–it reminds me of the French sweet shops from when I lived there years ago. The ice cream looks delicious too!

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