Breakfast & Brunch at Pauline Café & Bistro, Hamburg – Review ★★★★★

The Pauline Café & Bistro is one of the many great breakfast venues in HH. You’re in for a healthy/vegan-friendly treat and great quality tea and food:

Pauline Café & Bistro

The Pauline Tee Garten Rooibos Vanilla

Pauline Café & Bistro

Pauline & Paul breakfast

Breakfast & Brunch
Pauline Café & Bistro, Hamburg

Overall rating: ★★★★★

Breakfast price: 7-10€ ~ /person
With beverages, extras & tip: 10€-15€ ~ / person
Sunday Brunch buffet: 17.90€ / person

Hours: Mon – Fri: 8:30 am to 6 pm; Saturday: 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday Brunch buffet: 10 am to 6 pm 

The Pauline Café & Bistro Setting ★★★★★

Pauline café & bistro is located right in the heart of St-Pauli, just a few minutes walk from Feldstraße U-Bahn station. The French bistro decoration is gorgeous and the atmosphere is cosy.

The café is very popular so expect a full house on weekends. If you can afford to book early, I recommend asking for the upstairs sitting-room: the sofas and armchairs are the most comfortable and the room itself offers more privacy.

The Tea & Beverage Selection ★★★

I strongly recommend sticking to the “Pauline’s Tee Garten” in-house blends. The tea is served in a gorgeous teapot and each loose-leaf tea bag is so generously filled that it’s possible to have at least a couple of infusions. The Rooibos-Vanilla is the best of the lot.

The Rooibos-Vanilla is the best of the lot, you may even want to buy some to take back home!

The Breakfast Food ★★★

From Monday to Friday and if you have a good appetite, I strongly recommend the Pauline & Paul breakfast at 20.50€ for two. Each guest gets smoked salmon, ham & charcuterie, cheese, salad, fresh fruits, bread & croissants as well as a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice or sparkling wine.

The ingredient quality is excellent and everything is fresh, including the bread and pastries. If the breakfast is too rich for you (or not enough so), the Bircher Müsli is marvellous and well worth the extra 3.60€.

On Sundays, the breakfast is replaced by a brunch buffet at 17.90€/person. The contents of the buffet change all the time so it’s more difficult to evaluate, but the food is often both original and tasty.

Despite its redeeming qualities, I’m not that keen on buffets so I do have a preference for the regular Monday to Saturday breakfast.

Service ★★★

The staff is politely efficient, highly responsive and speaks good English.

Conclusion & Overall Mark ★★★★★

The Pauline café & bistro never disappoints, whether it’s for breakfast, brunch, lunch or a snack.

It is easily among the best breakfasts in Hamburg and especially so if you’re keen on tea quality and fancy a healthy / vegan-friendly treat.

+: Great bistro atmosphere
+: The in-house tea blends
+: Delicious food
+: Healthy/vegan-friendly
+: Excellent value for money
+: English speaker friendly

-: The randomness of the Sunday brunch buffet
-: Requires booking well in advance
-: Some tables are too small/close to each other

Official Website (German)

Map & address


Phone number: +49 40 41359964

About Sam

My name is Samuel, I’m a French-British foodie, teaholic and serial traveller. I especially love afternoon tea as it combines everything I love: lovely venues, plenty of tea and lots of delicious food. In my never-ending quest for perfection, I make sure to try out at least one afternoon tea a day whenever I spend a weekend in London, Paris, Dublin, Hamburg, Vienna... Keep calm and bon appétit!

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