EAT in Hamburg:
Enjoy a taste Portuguese of life with fish, wine and sweets! The Portuguese quarter winds around the harbour - more precisely around Dietmar-Koel-Straße. If you're an enthusiastic eater, then it's certainly worth a visit. Galego is one of the most popular restaurants in the quarter, both with tourists and locals. Reserve a table in advance to ensure you can enjoy truly wonderful fresh fish. If you forget to do so, then try Sagres just a few doors down the road at number 53.
Make sure you don't forget your wallet, because fine dining at Wandrahm comes at a price. Yet guests are treated to a genuine gala dinner, which is sure to impress and even surprise. For those with a slightly smaller budget there is the bistro on the ground floor with its own menu, which includes starters and modest meat and fish dishes. In the gallery dishes are served á la carte. Meanwhile excellent hot chocolate is served in Wandrahm's Coffee & Tea bar. The bistro, restaurant and bar all go to show that a stylish ambience can also be comfortable. Whether that's down to the white interior or the crystal chandeliers or not remains a mystery.
The name of the Seven Seas says it all. Breton turbot with cauliflower, chives and wild herb salad or scallops with pomelo salad and coriander vinaigrette: the seven seas are located on the plate and are served at the recommendation of Karlheinz Hauser, one of Hamburg's most renowned gastronomers. The former Adlon head chef has not only been awarded a Michelin star but also several 5-Star-Diamond-Awards and provides - apart from maritime, classically French cuisine - enough reasons for every gourmand to come onto the Süllberg: refined meat dishes like Bison filet prepared at low temperature, artichokes, tomatoes and potato pralines or a panorama view over the Elbe landscape. In the summer the gourmet terrace under the starry sky is open. If this still isn't enough you might be convinced by the tasteful ambience of the gourmet restaurant with earth and golden shades and exquisite dining culture or the courteous service in one of Hamburg's most elegant neighbourhood.
SIGHTS in Hamburg:
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.
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 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.
SHOPPING in Hamburg:
They're still around: the good old record shops - the ones from 1977 that don't only sell music, but also myths in thin paper sleeves. The owners know precisely what the regulars are after, while they do their very best to find the right music for less frequent or first-time customers. Fair prices and often great offers are available here. What sets Michelle Records apart are the concerts which are held there every now and then - directly in the shop window!
Herr von Eden
Among the new collection of Bent A. Jensen one can find suits from a period spanning eight centuries. And they all have one thing in common: style! Herr von Eden designs unusual suits for both male and female clients, which are quite possibly the coolest suits around. Here nothing looks as if it has come straight from the rail, yet all of the suits are ready-made. Upon purchase the suits are adjusted to perfection for the customer. Jan Delay, a prominent customer, is certainly a fan of the masterpieces. And even the most sceptical of shoppers would admit that these suits look damn cool.
Unusual dishes call for unusual ingredients, but you can find them all at Oschätzchen. Around 180 spices, including 16 types of pepper, 30 fine oils, truffles, sauces, lentils and rice are lined up along the shelves, ready to be introduced and described by the friendly staff. Even customers who aren't big cooks will get their money's worth: Danish marzipan, New York City pralines, Viennese chocolate and French truffle butter. Simply put: a paradise for connoisseurs, gastronomes and those with a sweet tooth, passionate cooks and simple enthusiastic eaters.
STAY in Hamburg:
The guests have to share the toiletts. If that doesn't bother you, welcome to Pension am Rathaus. The rooms exude comfort, while the rustic wooden flooring adds an eye-catching detail. Here you'll find complete peace both before and after your city tour. The guesthouse is suitable for families: children up to 5 years old may stay in their parents' room with a travel bed completely free of charge. Double room from EUR 44.
This hotel provides ideal accommodation for sensitive artistic souls, who may choose from one of four houses. The Yellow house features both turn-of-the-century and Biedermeier styles. The breakfast room and reception are located here. Guests in the Green house can enjoy a view of the Zen garden, clean lines and modern reduction. The rooms in the Red house go to show that even 80s style can be tastefully realised. The highlight, however, is the Blue house, in which every room is named after a writer. Writers such as Martin Walser, Catherine Millet, Sven Eric Bechtolf and Marjane Satrapi are among former guests. Double room from Euro 130,-.
25 Hours Hotel
Designer furniture, textured wallpaper and retro-chic. The hotel is the perfect base for urban nomads, who feel at home surrounded by a striking and bold ambience. The rooms are available in the sizes M, L, XL and Studio. Families should opt for the XL-Family category. Should you feel lonely then make yourself comfortable on the leather sofa in the hotel's living room, where you'll almost certainly find friendly conversation. The same goes for the roof terrace in the summer. Double room from Euro 95,-.