7 great coffee places in Hamburg: a local’s guide

As many of you may already know from previous posts and/or my Instagram stories, I’m a foodie always chasing the best local places to eat. The thing is, there are so many cool coffee places to visit in Hamburg that it is really hard to choose only a few. So this month I chose 7 of my favorites (vegetarian-friendly) to share with you.

Café May St. Pauli

Café May is one of those places I always passed by and wondered “why is this so crowded? I must visit someday”. It is close to where I live and I’m ashamed to tell you that it took me almost two years to visit it – and it was so good that it is now a weekend activity. The ambiance is cozy, makes you feel like you’re at grandma’s house. And the cakes are a great way to ensure that feeling. Everything is delicious: good coffee, breakfast options, gorgeous and mouth watering desserts. I went on a Saturday for a brunch and it wasn’t so crowded. The place is also a bar, so it is even more crowded during the night hours.

My kind of breakfast on cheat days
Oreo cake
Rafaello cake

You can find Café May at Hein-Hoyer-Straße, 14

Mutterland Cölln’s

This one catches your attention as soon as you step in. Gorgeous tiles and a vintage style leads you to the interior of this huge place. Perfect for spending hours, has a friendly service and absolutely delicious cakes – they also serve breakfast/dinner. There’s a small store as well, selling local products like mugs, jams, chocolate or coffee.

Cheesecakes: passion fruit and red fruits

You can find Mutterland at Brodschrangen 1

Cheesecake Heaven

I can’t deny I was attracted to this one as soon as I saw the name. What could go wrong in a place called Cheesecake Heaven? And I was right: small, comfy and absolutely tasty. Their homemade cheesecakes are guaranteed to be a “grandma’s secret recipe” and will make you want to try every flavour.

Cheesecakes: lemon and chocolate

You can find the Cheesecake Heaven at Gertigstraße 23

Café Katzentempel

Cat lovers, here’s the place for you. Katzentempel is a vegan-vegetarian Cat Café with six lovely furry babies rescued from a shelter close to Munich. The cats basically run the place: they observe you from above or join you at the table, they decide. Also you can see them riding on the back of the waiters or demanding belly rubs from us, visitors. They have a good variety of cakes and a delicious fair-trade coffee, besides serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Rafaello cake and Chocolate mousse cake
The boss
How to behave with the kittens

You can find tthe cat café Katzentempel at Kleiner Schäferkamp 24

Die Herren Köstlich

A hidden treasure in Baumwall. This one I found by accident while seeking shelter from a random storm (Hamburg weather) – lucky me! Strong and savory coffee in a small, intimate and pleasant place. The Café has just a few seats and, on top of their delicious breakfast, you can find a large selection of homemade cakes. They also have a store selling bio tea, wine, candies, jams, etc.

Strong coffee
Lil’ store

You can find the Herren Köstlich at Neustädter Neuer Weg 20

Liebes Bisschen

Besides the great coffee, this place has a big and delicious cake selection. Everything handmade and the service is really welcoming. I was there on a Saturday afternoon and was crowded, but the waiters were fast and attentive. I tried peanut butter cake and peanut butter cupcake (with bitter-chocolate base) and oh, I wish my stomach was bigger.    

Red fruits and chocolate cake

You can find the Liebes Bisschen at Spritzenplatz 5

Hanging Out Café

Regional, yummy and healthy. Hanging Out Café lives up to its name: it is one of those places where you forget about the outside world and just hang out, enjoying good ambiance music and your strong coffee. They even have hanging chairs! I tried the carrot cake and brie sandwich, both big portions and tasted so good!

On top: strawberry cheesecake. Bottom: carrot cake.
Brie, peanut butter and cherry jam sandwich

You can find the Hanging Out Café at Bornstraße 18

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  1. March 27, 2019 / 12:53 pm

    Its 11pm in Australia and reading this post has made me sooooo hungry. I’d love a coffee right now! Starting to plan our next trip and Hamburg looks great (I love coffee), thanks for all the tips!

  2. March 27, 2019 / 3:08 pm

    All these places just look so beautiful! I would love to visit Hamburg one day, it’s now added to my list! I can’t wait to write my locals guide to coffee shops in my area, thank you for the inspiration!

    • April 9, 2019 / 3:49 pm

      Thank you! I hope you visit Hamburg soon – as a local, i say that May is the best month/weather <3

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    April 14, 2019 / 2:48 am

    all of these places sound amazing – love all the photos you shared as well 🙂 definitely need to visit one day! x

    • May 20, 2019 / 6:21 pm

      Thanks Page! I hope you visit it soon <3

  4. April 14, 2019 / 5:19 pm

    Omgosh all these shops look beautiful!! I would seriously visit all of them over & over again! The Mutterland shop stands out to me a lot 🙏🏽💜. Coffee ☕️ is the best and I’m always looking for new spots to visit! Gracias for the share!
    xx, Morgs*

    • May 20, 2019 / 6:22 pm

      Hi Morgs! Thank you =)
      Mutterland is such a charming place, isn’t? I think it has a very different and convidadtive vibe.

  5. April 15, 2019 / 2:24 pm

    Such lovely spots, glad to find other cafe lovers! Cheesecake Heaven and Liebes Bisschen really caught my eye- I’ve never been to Hamburg, but now I have a couple of good coffee places on my list for when I do ❤

    • May 20, 2019 / 6:23 pm

      Hi Silvia! I hope you get the chance to visit Hamburg soon! =) I’m sure you’ll love it. Happy to know that this list inspired you <3

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