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Hamburg is famous for its fish market. Every Sunday it attracts thousands of visitors. Here you can find fish in every variation. And there’s also plenty of stuff to see and buy around the fish stalls. Unfortunately though, not every day is Sunday, but given that one fish roll – at the very least – is a must for a large number of tourists in Hamburg (and certainly also for many residents of the Hanseatic city), there are fish roll stalls available in the whole of the port area. I’ve now visited several of them and asked a few Hamburg natives where you can get the best fish rolls.
You can find fish rolls at the jetties!
At the St. Pauli Jetty, for example, you can deliciously satisfy your hunger for fish with matjes (soused) herring, bismarck herring, or shrimp rolls. You’ll probably be greeted at your stand with the typically delightful Hamburg charm, which won’t leave you with a lot of choice: You’ll simply have to like it.
And you’ll also enjoy the fish roll – whichever one you decide on. I‘ve been assured by many locals that the quality and taste of the rolls at the stalls in the port area is excellent.
In this regard, however, one stall in particular stands out – it invariably being mentioned when the stalls with the best fish rolls in the city are discussed. The Brücke 10. This fish roll stall, fondly referred to as the “Fish roll flap”, is bigger than the other stalls dotted along the jetties, even offering seats inside. You can also find a few benches and tables outside. Brücke 10 is in nearly every Top 10 fish roll list. And the typical Hamburg friendliness is to be found here too.
Fish rolls with a view of the port.
Yet regardless of how much room there is inside this stall, I would still suggest that you take your herring outside to eat. Then you are directly on the jetties. The view of the port – combined with the bite into the roll – is a real pleasure.
On the left, you see the city’s new landmark, the Elbe Philharmonic Hall, while straight ahead is the water.
For me, though, an alternative to this stall is the small stall at Bridge 5 that you can see on the photo. Situated directly next to the entrance to the old Elbe Tunnel. Near the Hardrock Cafe, not far from the Landungsbrücken U- and S-Bahn station. The following dialogue (more or less) took place:
“If you really can’t decide, then have a matjes herring. And come back later and have a bismarck herring for lunch.”
Well, this was the greeting, and even it I didn’t take up this offer at the time, it’s still not a bad idea. Just try out the other fish rolls. After all, you’re spending a few days in Hamburg, aren’t you?
You’ll also find a large number of stalls with delicious bread rolls in the city centre. And the view of the Inner Alster is also rather chic. But you really ought to enjoy your fish roll in Hamburg with a view either of the port or the Elbe Philharmonic Hall.