EAT in Hamburg:
Built on the grounds of the big wholesaler meat market, this restaurant seats no fewer than 180 diners. And every single one of the seats is necessary as three days a week Tim Mälzer - the popular and admired TV chef himself - can be found in the kitchen, preparing the finest food to spoil his guests, who of course remembered to reserve in advance. Dishes include quail breast, poussin, Burrata and Calamaretti. The old brick house exudes charm, the cuisine is wonderful and the ambience is upmarket without being pompous.
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!
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:
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.
Oh to be a grocer's widow... as these lucky women had the honour of living in the Krameramtsstuben at the foot of St. Michaelis Church. The timbre-frame houses, which were built in the 17th century, mimic doll's houses. Today the houses are home to a bookshop, a gallery, a museum and a restaurant. Amazingly the houses remained untouched by the great fire in the 19th century as well as the bombs dropped in the wars. If St. Michaelis Church is the heart of Hamburg, the Krameramtsstuben are the soul.
To catch the Fischmarkt on a Sunday you have to get up early - something that is easier said than done given Hamburg's lively nightlife. Those who make it can reward themselves with a fresh crab roll before venturing into the free-for-all. Yet Fischmarkt doesn't solely revolve around fish. Since 1703 practically everything has been sold: flowers, fruit and vegetables, liquorice, eels and souvenirs. Just a few years ago you could even find livestock on offer. The true highlight is the banter that the salesmen and women employ in an earthy Hamburg fashion to tempt the passers-by into making a purchase. Breakfast is available for early birds, tourists and hungry revellers from the previous night in the great hall, which is filled with the sound of a questionable music accompaniment.
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.
Here a range of tastes is catered for - Lilit not only offers shoppers the latest in fashion trends, but also covers all eras. Whether you follow the fashion choices of Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe, an item of desire is sure to be found by any woman. Old meets new, classic meets unique. There's even a range for men, yet it is somewhat modest in comparison. The shop also features simple and casual yet elegant fashion from Italian and French designers. Lilit is run by father and daughter, which perhaps explains the variety on offer.
The name says it all. Stoffsüchtig (in Engl.: addicted to fabrics) displays selected fashion from 30 aspiring designers amidst the Hamburg harbour city on 320 square metres and 25 metres exhibition space in a newly erected industrial building. Names like Dawid Tomaszewski or Mila Miyahara may not be on everyone's lips yet but you have probably already heard of Kilian Kerner. But more important in this fashion store is to feel - as the fabrics are focused on here. And so is the wearing comfort. Customary euro-pallets provide for an extraordinary presentation of the designer pieces and leave no doubt about the stars in here. And if you get hungry you better check out the bistro in the basement. In the daytime they serve regional dishes (including vegetarian options), at night you can order finger food and cold tapas. The right wine will accompany the delicacies. Curtains and light modify the atmosphere of the little dining area with a chambre séparée and especially the bronze and brown shades turn out beautifully.
STAY in Hamburg:
If you feel more at home in a cosy guesthouse than a luxury hotel, then check in at Pension von Blumfeld. Having wiped away the sleep from your eyes you can be forgiven for thinking that you're staying at an alpine cabin: chequered bed sheets, rustic wooden beds and a timbre corner bench in the breakfast room. The guesthouse is welcoming, clean and central - all in all a suitable base for a tour of Hamburg. Double room from EUR 60.
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.
Fans of the harbour will find it difficult to drag themselves away from the perfect viewpoint at the window. The luxury hotel sits directly on the Elbe and faces St. Pauli and the Landungsbrücken. The hotel is a wonderful example of modern architecture - star architect David Chipperfield took inspiration from the ocean liners of the 1930s. The almost pompous ballroom and gourmet restaurant Waterkant, where dishes from the famous harbour city are served, are magnificent. The view from the 20up-Bar on the 20th floor is unforgettable. One night in a double room from Euro 130,-.