SHOPPING in Hamburg:
Deluxe delicatessen: Butter Lindner is a haven for any gastronome and amateur cook. Here simply everything tastes good. Hamburg's in-crowd head to Butter Lindner to pick up their essentials. From bread and pastries to sausage, sweets, vegetables and spices, here you can find everything you need for your favourite recipe, or just a delightful snack. And the quality is so good that even star chef Tim Mälzer regularly drops by to stock up. The highlight, after which the shop was named: butter directly from the block. Salted or not, sliced to measure.
The finest gifts for Christenings and birthdays. Perfect for parents who want to give their little ones a sense of taste. Beautiful clothes, great care products, charming toys, high-quality furniture and countless gift ideas are available. Fashion conscious mums will no doubt find these baby presents delightful. Furnishing an entire baby room at Battesimo can be expensive, but that something special can certainly be found here.
At Mientus it's not about dining but dressing - only for men. These can find the whole range at the new Hamburg fashion store in the shopping street Neuer Wall: from suit, socks, studs to the coat and something suitable for underneath. The matching scent is also waiting for you in the shelves. The garments are spread over three floors. You find Dsquared, D&G or Martin Margiela in the basement, Moncler or Seven in the ground floor and Gucci, Dior and Prada in the first floor. If something doesn't fit, the in-house tailor will help you out. If you have any other meetings after your shopping spree at Mientus, the in-house driver will be happy to deliver your purchases to your front door the next day.
EAT in Hamburg:
Whether you fear for your figure when presented with such a tempting offer is your business. But in terms of maintaining a good conscience, you're in the right place. No flavouring agents, but instead cocoa beans, vanilla pods and lemon juice. No granulated sugar, but instead agave nectar. If that doesn't convince you then ask yourself why the line in front of the petite ice cream parlour is so unbelievably long. We reckon that it's down to Hilmar's reputation of making the city's best ice cream. Or maybe having the biggest selection: every day there are 20 different flavours to choose from, including some quite bizarre creations such as thyme and honey and sea buckthorn. Of course, there's chocolate too!
A Michelin star practically guarantees culinary delights. Thomas Fischer has one! The restaurant is located in Stadtpalais, which was built around 1900 and was the long-time representative home of Hypothekenbank - hence the restaurant's name today. What was once a counter hall is now a classy restaurant, which impresses with its 6-metre-high ceiling. If you would like to try out Bank we recommend the 2-course menu which changes daily. You certainly won't regret it.
If you pay a visit, it's worth knowing that Alsterperle was once a toilet block. Yet the scent of yesteryear has long gone as Alsterperle is now a popular stop for day trippers, strollers and those just looking to chill out and relax. The view over the Alster is beautiful and the adjacent playground allows parents to sit in peace while the kids tire themselves out. On offer are plane fare and trendy drinks. Tip: if you can't find a place on the terrace when the weather is fine, you can spread out on the grass.
STAY in Hamburg:
Simply put Kempinski is one of the best addresses in the world, which is treasured by regular guests as well as the stars. Here both are equally discreetly catered for. A subtle sense of glitz and glamour drifts through the hotel, the rooms are elegant and stylishly furnished. Some even offer a heavenly view of the Outer Alster. Guests at Kempinski must find the time to take a seat in the foyer - watching what goes on there is often better than television. Double room from EUR 171.
Located between St. George and the Outer Alster, The George Hotel draws in guests with British charm and an elegant colonial style. Chesterfield chairs, a view of the English Garden, queen size beds - noble elegance everywhere you look. But there's more: a classic library, a Marrakesh-style spa, a private dining room, a roof terrace and the restaurant DaCaio, which serves delicious Italian cuisine. One night in a double room from Euro 300,-.
Even among the most stylish hotels in Hamburg the 5-star SIDE Hotel stands all alone. Actually it's located on Gänsemarkt. Designer Matteo Thun from Milan created the hotel and the rooms in a purist and surprisingly colourful fashion, and each of the pieces of furniture is a masterpiece in its own right. The 24-metre-high atrium, brought to life by lighting by Robert Wilson, is a highlight for fans of architecture. One night in a double room from Euro 500.
SIGHTS in Hamburg:
The Koppel 66 celebrates its 30th birthday this year. It's especially the arts which is celebrated on the former factory site near the central station. The framework is provided by a closed engineering factory. Already back then metal was worked on here in the building which was erected in the style of historicism. Basically nothing has changed. But additionally there are materials like wood, pottery, silk, olive oil and leather which are processed and presented in the twelve publicly accessible workshops on four floors. The handmade shoes and ball pens made of rosewood can be found in the first floor. One floor above there are self-knitted scarves. If you want soap made of natural ingredients you have to go into the basement. By the way: only the respective artists know when the particular ateliers are opened. If you want to avoid closed doors you should stop by at the fairs which take place twice a year (spring and advent) and are free of charge. Also in the house: the forum of the artists' organisation Gedok and Café Koppel with vegetarian dishes and self-made cakes.
Kunsthalle is home to a first-class collection, which covers no fewer than seven centuries. Here each of the big art families has its own room or house: the old masters are also represented, as are the authorities from the 19th century and the modern classics. The media collection, which includes audio and video works, deserves a special mention. Among others it features work by Günter Brus, Dennis Oppenheim, Valie Export and Gordon Matta-Clark. The Gallery of Contemporary Art - a four-storey, white cube - is dedicated to art from 1960 onwards boasting many interesting pieces.
The weekend is here, the night is young, what better place to start than Große Freiheit - the street that will take you on an adventure, where an endless sea of clubs and bars await revellers and tourists alike. But what awaits them in the early hours of the morning? Complete freedom. In the ?Kiez' there's absolutely everything: strip clubs, techno clubs, sausage stands, student pubs, sex shops, an operetta house, wax stars and real girls to suit every taste. Legendary status has been achieved by the table dancing bar Dollhouse and the Safari Club, which is now Hamburg's last remaining club with a live stage show. Note: the notorious Herbertstraße is only open to men. Respect this rule to avoid trouble.