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Gay jewel of Hamburg
The most reassuring and aesthetically pleasing of Hamburg's many gay establishments, Cafe Gnosa is a non-precious, straight-friendly café with decent food, excellent home-made cakes and coffee. It's a great first stop for new arrivals to Hamburg and is highly recommended for afternoon-hangover breakfasts. Pastas, quiches, salads and schnitzels round out the menu, though the main reason to come here is the ambience and, especially during the city's annual leather party in August, its cruising possibilities (though in 2014 the latter was considerably quieter, with Gnosa not even bothering to position the customary leather-party picnic tables out front). The spot was a bakery until 1939, when the Gnosa family transformed it into a café, relinquishing it in 1987 to three gay men with a vision. Thankfully little has changed since then. Warning: a recent rather mean policy does not allow for tap water without a purchase of a drink from the menu. If you can find an empty glass, you can fill it from the tap in the downstairs toilet.

Tags: German, Outdoor Patio, $ - Budget, Cafe / Bistro, Patisserie, Coffee House

Lange Reihe 93
Hamburg, Germany 20099
St. Georg

+49 40/243 034
Mon to Thu 10am—midnight; Fri and Sat 10am—1am; Sun 10am—midnight


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  • gravityguy was here
    "Nice place"

    May 12, 2016

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    July 28, 2014

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    May 11, 2014 via foursquare

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    May 10, 2014 via foursquare

  •   lovely cafe, lovely food, lovely staff
    beeza77 ·

    February 23, 2014

    What a great cafe, the food is great and at a good price. The cafe does get very busy with locals, but the staff work very hard to keep your wait as short as possible, afternoon coffee and cake is a must! All the staff are very handsome and are always smiling.
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    April 19, 2013 via facebook

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    "Guten Morgen, Hamburg!"

    March 20, 2013 via facebook

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    October 25, 2012 via facebook

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    October 13, 2011

  • davidjed was here
    "At my friend Jamil's book launch "Tearing the Sky" -- classic sci-fi rules!"

    November 14, 2010 via facebook


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