Where To Go On A Shopping Spree In Hamburg
Hamburg is a beautiful city with some amazing history and stunning architecture. It is also one of the top places in Europe for a shopping spree. So if you are a bit of a shopaholic then check out our favourite places to go splash the cash in Hamburg:
This is a bit of a mouthful to say so it is often referred to as the “Mo”. This is probably what you would call the main city centre street along with Spitalerstrasse which runs parallel. It is simply jam packed with malls, department stores and mainstream boutiques. Just the thing if you want an idle browse of the latest high street trends.
Jungfernstieg, Fuhlentwiete and Neuer Wall
This small triangle of roads encloses and much more exclusive shopping area right near the Binnenalster. The Jungfernstieg is one of the most stylish areas of the city so you can expect to pay a bit more in these shops. Great though if you are looking for a designer item or something a bit special and not just generic department store stuff. Just at the edge of this area is Alsterarkaden a beautiful arcade right on the edge of the water stuffed with little boutiques and cafes, great for a walk or just browsing.
While these two locations are fab if you are looking for some local character then the Fischmarkt is the place to be. The building on the waterfront is extremely old and has been a fish market for more than 65 years. The atmosphere inside is fast, furious and above all fishy. With every type of seafood fished in the local waters ending up on the stalls you will certainly be tempted by something. A point to remember is that the fish market gets up early so if you stroll down about lunchtime you are likely to have missed the action.
If you are looking for a bargain then head to Marktstrasse, not far from Planten und Bloomen in the Karoviertel district. The street is filled with second hand shops and those fantastic little bric-a-brac stores where you can pick up some truly unique items. The area is very young, hip and trendy and has everything from T-shirts and evening wear to shoes and jewellery. One of the great things about this street is that the famous Reeperbahn is only a short walk away.
Hamburg has a large Turkish quarter and if you are looking for some Eastern culture then try Ottenser Hauptstrasse. You will stumble over the start of the street as soon as you leave the Hamburg-Altona S-Bahn station; and the air of the exotic is upon you immediately. If you are looking for jewellery then Mercado is a good place to start as they have their own master workshop and produce all their own pieces. Want an unusual bag? Why not get one made out of recycled tractor hoses at Retube!