Hamburg Airport Lounge Food and Nutrition Review

Hamburg Airport Lounge
Rating: 5.5/10

Hamburg Airport Lounge Food and Nutrition Review

Not many lounge options for this Oneworld gal when flying out of Hamburg, Germany to Helsinki, Finland. I was flying Finnair in business and so I was directed to the Hamburg Airport Lounge in the Airport Plaza. This lounge seems to be the catchment for many airlines, credit cards, Priority Pass and paid entry – other than Star Alliance (there are Lufthansa lounges) and Emirates. When I heard it was a ‘jack of all trades’ lounge I wasn’t really sure what to expect – I tried not to have very high expectations. And my expectations were spot on – the Hamburg Airport Lounge was a pleasant lounge with a small variety of food. I could make a basic balanced meal, but there was not much variety to choose from.

What’s Healthy?

  • Plenty of pickled vegetables in this lounge – peppers, cucumbers, and mixed vegetables. A great idea to add some different flavours to your meal. However it would have been good to see more fresh vegetables than just a few sliced cucumbers. Pickling vegetables can be good for retaining nutrients, but there has been some suggestion consumption may not be good for health due a possible association with cancer risk. So enjoy pickled vegetables in the lounge but also try and have fresh vegetables too if they are on offer.
  • In addition to the pickled vegetables there were also olives and fresh cucumber slices available. While these are nutritious foods, unfortunately you can’t really make a meal out of them. These along with the pickled vegetables seem to be more like accompaniments or for a tapas style meal. It is hard to have half a meal made up of these.
  • There were whole, fresh pieces of fruit available (apples and bananas on the day I visited) – great to have these available for a small snack if the time you visit is between meals or if you are not hungry.
  • Also available for snacks were a bowl of peanuts which were available next to a jar of lollies and crackers (see photo further below).
  • There was also a bottle of extra virgin olive oil available which was a nice addition. Extra virgin olive oil is a source of antioxidants, polyphenols and healthy fats – and been suggested as one of the contributing factors to the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet.
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Antipasto, dips, potato salad and pasta salad
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Fresh fruit and small pastries
  • Take a look at those slices of dense, dark bread – amazing! While there were white rolls, pastries and savoury breads available there were also these fantastic slices of dark bread. Dark, grainy bread such as this is likely to have more fibre than white varieties and also be more nutritious because it includes wholegrains and/or seeds. So try mixing it up by choosing darker, grainy breads instead of white breads often.
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Dense, dark bread
  • I arrived in the lounge at the very tail end of breakfast, just as they were starting to switch over the buffet foods from breakfast to lunch. These trays of yogurts and Bircher style muesli (I think) were in the fridge when I arrived however I didn’t get a chance to try them. I have left them here to show you what foods were on offer for you to try, however I can’t comment on the taste or nutrition of them as I didn’t get a closer look.
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Muesli

Not so great. Caution

  • There were a number of snacks on offer that aren’t very nutritious including a bowl of lollies and also a mix of pretzels/crackers. If you would like to have a snack then choose to use one of the small bowls and try not to refill them.
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Snacks
  • The only hot food in this lounge was this warmer full of sausages (wursts). It was disappointing not to see a wider variety of hot foods as it really limits people who are looking for a hot dish. While sausages are well liked by many people (and I understand this), it is always good to have variety so people can choose more nutritious option if they like, but also have a warm meal too.
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Sausages – or should I say wurst.
  • Plenty of breads on offer in this lounge. In addition to the grainy bread I mentioned in an earlier point, there were plenty of white breads available including pretzels, white rolls and savoury pastries. Now I love a really fresh, warm pretzel with butter (melting on it) when I am in Germany – I am not suggesting that pretzels should never be eaten. What is important to note is most of the breads in this lounge are white based breads, which suggest low fibre and less nutritious than dark, grainy/seeded breads.
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Savoury bread
Pretzels Hamburg Airport Lounge
Pretzels and white rolls
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Final thoughts of Hamburg Airport Lounge

There was not a whole lot of variety on offer in the Hamburg Airport Lounge – a small cold buffet, a variety of breads, and one hot food (sausages). There was also soup machine (below) but this was out of order – if it was working it would have added another hot food option however I have not had soup from a machine before so not sure of the taste or the nutrition. The Hamburg Airport Lounge was located in was located in the Schengen area (the Airport Plaza) but I believe could be access by non-Schengen passengers before they went through passport control. With the limited food choice it certainly did feel like a Schengen lounge – since I was flying on a short Schengen flight this was ok but if I was flying on a longer-haul non-international flight I think I would have been disappointed.

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Out of order soup machine in Hamburg Airport Lounge

Airport Reviews

Airline Lounge Nutrition Review Rating:
5.5/10
Name:
Hamburg Airport Lounge
Airline:
N/A
Airline Alliance:
Oneworld (Finnair, British Airways and Iberia ), Skyteam (Air France, Czech Airlines and KLM), Turkish Airlines, Priority Pass, Pay for entry
Location:
Hamburg
Class:
N/A
Time of Visit/Date:
11am, 10 June 2023
Lounge Food Serving Style (Self-serve / Al la Carte):
Buffet
Style/Theme of Food:
German flavours
Allergy and Intolerance information available:

No menus or food signs available in the lounge

Is there a limit to the amount of food you can have?:
No

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