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Casual late night dinners, Neapolitan-style pizza and the cool neighbourhood of Ottensen – to spend a relaxed night out, just like a local would.
There is a new trend in Hamburg: Late Dining. And the best place to indulge this late-night passion is the Heldenplatz in the Hafen-City. The kitchen is open from 18:00 until 02:00 and it is the perfect place to be after you had a nice concert night in the Elbphilharmonie or are just jet lagged. And it is not just some up-until-late-kitchen. This is fine dining at its peak. Or dare we say, “casual fine dining”? It is a place of perfect calmness, starting from terrific decor, the excellent staff, the wine list full of small (and large) marvels up until the tremendous menu. It is a German menu – in the best possible way – with an emphasis on Hamburg and Northern Germany. Creative, ambitious, straight and seasoned with a cheerful equanimity. No wonder that a number of the top-notch chefs from the city gather here for a late get-together after work. It’s the place where you can find the most Michelin stars in one room!
The food of the moment in Hamburg is Neapolitan style pizza. Instead of the usual overcooked pieces of pie stocked with all sorts of wrong toppings, these places offer the perfect pizza made in original two-ton heavy ovens imported from Naples, Italy. The dough is made before your eyes and is put in the oven for just 90 seconds until the Buffalo Mozzarella is melted kindly over the D.O.C. tomatoes from Campagna. Enjoy your pizza with the perfect red from the Tuscany region or some hand-made craft beer from around the corner. You cannot go wrong at Jill – a perfect spot in the middle of the Schanze. It is a cosy place with nice staff, a laid-back atmosphere and a great wine list. Enjoy your Neapolitan pizza inside the filled-up restaurant or sit outside and enjoy the calm. Another place that is doing it right is the Uberquell, a pizza and craft beer spot in the perfect location. It sits comfortably on the banks of the Elbe, with nice views of the ships and the St. Pauli late night hot-spots around the corner. They also produce their own beer so be sure to try it out!
A neighbourhood that has (yet again) become a very popular place to go out for food, drinks and beyond is: Ottensen. At day, this happenin’ quarter – just a stone’s throw away from the centre and the Schanze – is good for shopping or finding a trendy new coffee place. Ottensen is also very popular to live in – it is close to the Elbe and has some nice houses and family friendly parks. At night, there were the well-established watering holes, like the Familien-Eck or the Aurel, which became a bit lame with the years. But somehow fun has come back to the Ottensen nightlife, again. There is a nice Neapolitan Pizza place (see above!) to kick things off: The 2.0 (Zwei-Punkt-Null). Doing everything right, starting with their sublime Pizza to the design and overall vibe; It gets you in the party mode early on.
Try Il Garage wine bar after that. It is (new) quintessential Ottensen: The place is beautiful, the crowd is beautiful and the wine list is … well, beautiful. After that, you could give the Familien-Eck and the Aurel (see above) a shot. But do not miss the hottest new Bar in Ottensen: Gazoline Bar. Here, the cool people of Ottensen and Hamburg come together and meet for a huge collection of drinks and spirits. The music is nice, the atmosphere is laid-back and the night is young. At this point, one can’t help but feel the love for this little part of town: Ottensen.