We love our island. It is the place where we founded our label Bridge&Tunnel. And the place where we work everyday. Wilhelmsburg isn’t only the second largest river island in the world. It is also a very inspiring place when it comes to the diversity of Hamburg. The island is green and calm. But that doesn’t mean that there is not much to do here. Wilhelmsburg has a variety of nice restaurants and cafes. These are our tips to spend a day discovering the place – especially the food and drinks in this part of town.
Start your day with breakfast at Knusperkeks. The café is centrally located and has a cosy atmosphere. During the week, you can enjoy your breakfast here as early as 8 AM (an hour later during the weekend). You can put together your custom-made breakfast, using the menu on the table. Knusperkeks is a great place to go to with friends. But you can also visit the café by yourself. Just bring a book and enjoy your meal!
After breakfast, you can enjoy some coffee or tea at one of Wilhelmsburg’s most scenic cafes, located on top of the Energiebunker. During the second world war, the bunker offered the inhabitants of Wilhelmsburg shelter during attacks. Today, the bunker contains a power plant that generates renewable energy, serving the inhabitants of neighbourhood yet again. Café Vju is located on top of the bunker, at 30 meters altitude. The café is only open on weekends and offers the perfect place to sit down and enjoy the view. Once you have finished your drink, you can join a guided tour through the bunker and learn more about the power plant.
Once you are ready for lunch, you can make your way to Cukur Tost. Located on the Vogelhüttendeich, the café offers delicious lunch six days per week. Choose three or four of the Turkish dishes and share (or keep all the deliciousness for yourself). Before opening the café, the owner had a career in media. He thus named his café after a famous Turkish tv-series. The owner manages the shop all by himself, using products from local shops only. The café has limited seats, so it is small, yet very cosy.
If you are craving some coffee or cake, Café Pause is the place to go. The café is somewhat hidden behind the Honigfabrik and seemed closed when I first arrived there. However, once inside, I found out that this café is a lively meeting place for everyone. You will find parents with children, students and retirees all drinking coffee and enjoying each other’s company.
Have you gotten hungry from your tour? Then this is the perfect time to sit down and enjoy a delicious pizza at La Patina. Located at the Veringstraße, the restaurant has a wide variety of pizza’s to offer, including vegetarian and vegan options. You can adjust your pizza to your taste by choosing between two types of crust, adding ingredients or even by putting it together all by yourself. If you want to enjoy the homely and relaxed atmosphere, you can enjoy the pizza at the restaurant. But if you would rather eat at home, you can use the restaurant’s delivery service or pick your pizza up yourself.
If pizza is not your thing, visit Aomame for a taste of the Japanese kitchen. The small restaurant is open six days a week, from late afternoon to 10pm. It is easily accessible and located at the Veringstraße. The founders of the restaurant each have a strong connection to the Japanese culture and cuisine. Visit Aomame to enjoy dumplings, a poke bowl or some tasty ramen.
During the winter months, Turtur functions as a club and is a good place to go out. Parties with different themes and genres keep visitors dancing all night. In May, as the summer season starts, Turtur transforms into a restaurant, with pizza, salads and drinks. Still, the bar remains and occasionally there are concerts. End your day discovering Wilhelmsburg with a drink at Turtur!