Where: Beckstraße, U3 Feldstr.
Hamburg has many pearls, but only one golden olive. Azeitona is so well hidden that you could spend your whole life drifting between Sternschanze & Karoviertel, never knowing that this vegetarian paradise even exists. Run by Fariz, one of the warmest proprietors in all of Hamburg, the restaurant is incredible value and has a unique and lively atmosphere. As I write this on a Monday evening, the place is buzzing with young and old, German and foreigner, vegetarian herb and carnivore alike.
But Azeitona doesn’t just offer its customers Hamburg’s best falafel and Arabian food…this intimate location also functions as a live music venue from time to time. There is a hidden little corner reserved for those who like to take their shoes off and sit huddled up together around a candle, consuming delicious delicacies and hiding from the Winter elements. You can tell from every little detail that the entire restaurant is run with love, and I’ve yet to meet anyone who hasn’t felt instantly comfortable in the relaxed surroundings.
„Hamburg is my home, and Azeitona is my Heimat”
Fariz: Owner of Azeitona, born in Palestine, Hamburger since 1982.
Exhibitions @Azeitona: Watch this Space
In a similar vein to Centro Sociale, Azeitona offers anyone with an idea and a bit of talent the opportunity to stage a small acoustic gig or an exhibition. Local musicians have a tendency to drop by late in the evening, and Fariz has even been known to sing along when the kitchen calms down.
The restaurant could never be mistaken for a gallery, but from personal experience, it’s the type of place to get your art recognised, and the restaurant is always happy to host triumphal Vernissages.
So, this one goes out to all you budding artists…there are some bare walls just waiting to be covered by your work. Watch this Space.