Walked from the Fleet to the Kai

Walked from the Fleet to the Kai

Let's go: From Deichstraße, a historical hotspot in Hamburg, you walk along the quay wall of the harbor basin - all the way to our atmospheric seafood restaurant on Große Elbstraße.

The current lockdown has turned us into even more avid walkers and invites us to experience our city on foot. Deichstraße is considered Hamburg's oldest preserved street. From here, in 1842, the devastating Great Fire of the Hanseatic City developed, rapidly spreading northwards through burning warehouses and goods depots, irreparably destroying countless houses in over 40 streets.

In the southern section of Deichstraße, along the Nikolaifleet, modern-day strollers particularly enjoy the precious view of the old facades of the trading houses, colonial goods stores, and small shops from the early 18th century with their timber framing and stucco. Unfortunately, these are rarities in the cityscape!

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True harbor atmosphere spreads

With our eyes directed south towards the harbor, we follow the course of Kajen Street and leave behind the Elbphilharmonie, the architectural star of modern times, and the Speicherstadt, the area once known as the 'Pepper Sacks' (as the Hamburg merchants were often called in the past). On the right-hand side, we pass the media house Gruner & Jahr, which resembles a ship, while on the left, genuine harbor atmosphere slowly but surely prevails.

First, we encounter the Cap San Diego, a museum ship-freighter beloved by the people of Hamburg, at anchor, followed by the proud cargo sailer Rickmer Rickmers, which is over half a century older. If you want to avoid the general tourist crowds, you can skip the usually windy and crowded Elbe promenade and make better progress on Vorsetzen/Johannisbollwerk Street, lined with the historic elevated railway track.

Follow the flight of the seagulls

Along this path, you won't miss the Hamburg Landungsbrücken with the dome of the old Elbe Tunnel. Simply follow the flight of the seagulls – as we will spoil you with delicious seafood at 'Am Kai' when you arrive, you won't even risk having your fish sandwich stolen from the air. Through St. Pauli Hafenstraße, you will venture into the heart of Hamburg's most famous district. On your right, the urban facades of Hafenstraße stretch out, before you head towards the old fish market with the Fischauktionshalle. From now on, it becomes mercantile, and here it already begins: The Große Elbstraße lives up to its name. It now extends for over a kilometer. Lifestyle, modern architecture, trendy cafes, and the original harbor atmosphere with lobster stands, ship-in-a-bottle bars, and dive bars alternate in a fascinating way, offering countless photo opportunities for snapshots. 

After a total of an hour of leisurely strolling, you should have built up enough appetite to fully enjoy our delicacies at 'Am Kai' with all your heart and your stomach in your knees. Whether you embark on this admittedly long march or simply take it as a mental journey and find other ways to reach us, the team at 'Am Kai' always welcomes you warmly and looks forward to the moment when we can greet you again on our magnificent terrace or in our atmospheric interior.


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Restaurant of the year - am kai

This year we are the test winner of the gastro award "Genuss-Michel 2023" in the category "Fish". In addition, we are among the top 3 in the nomination "Restaurant of the Year". We are incredibly proud of this and enjoy this success!

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