STAY in Hamburg:
Clear lines, straight design and comfortable functionality. Traditional screens, tatami mats and filtered lighting - the Japanese way of relaxation for body and soul. Fewer knickknacks means a better sense of wellbeing, hence the 42 discreetly and stylishly furnished rooms. The hotel is situated near the Outer Alster providing guests with an ideal jogging route. Double room from EUR 122.
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.
Not so long ago one could only rent rooms by the hour here. Star architect Jordan Mozer has created a hotel and its elegance is unbeatable. The rooms and suites are wonderful, however those more familiar with the hotel book an apartment measuring at least 135m². But deciding is not entirely straight forward: the Terrace Apartment boasts an exclusive 80m² terrace, while the Kitchen Apartment features a fully fitted, professional kitchen. Invite your friends in Hamburg and see their reaction! Even if you don't stay here you must visit one of the bars or the exquisite Gewölbe Restaurant. East-Apartment from Euro 150,- per night.
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.
Das Seepferdchen is the high-end interpretation of a rustic harbour shack. The restaurant features a modern design which utilises traditional materials. The lobster tank bar and boat lounge provide the perfect venue for maritime merriment. The restaurant, which is located directly in the harbour, is one of the most beautiful locations in the whole of Hamburg. Whether you are a fan of octopus, scallops, Calamaretti, coalfish, gilthead seabream or turbot, you'll find your favourite seafood here. A wonderful ambience combined with top-draw cuisine come at a price. Yet an evening at Seepferdchen is worth every penny. Our recommendation: the Seepferdchen Platte for two.
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!
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.
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.
SIGHTS in Hamburg:
Alster round trip
A fun journey down the Alster on a mini steamboat will show you a unique view of Hamburg. All aboard as you float along the river through the green metropolis, under the city's countless bridges, past the church spires, Jugendstil villas and parks. If you ask us, a trip on the Alster is compulsory. Where you voyage is entirely up to you. An Alster Cruise is the flexible variant. This starts at Jungfernstieg and concludes at Winterhuder Fährhaus, offering more opportunities to hop on and off along the way. The Fleet trip is a hit with the tourists - it begins on the Inner Alster and makes its way through the old warehouse district. The canal trip offers passengers plenty of greenery, while the Dämmertörn is the perfect way to start a romantic evening. Drinks and sausages are available on board. Mmmmm!
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.