For a long time Hamburg was on my city list to visit. And finally I went, maybe in wrong season time (super cold), lol, but still that definitely didn’t affect us having fun on our weekend getaway in Hamburg. We had a lot of coffee stops <3, in between walking trough this city where you can experience super modern fancy architecture and some beautiful old historical buildings. So let’s discover Hamburg with Lea, here is the list of what I have visited and tried!
As we took our train to Hamburg pretty early it was normally that our first stop would be a coffee spot. I usually post on instagram where I’m going and ask for some local tips. Miss michaela.stenger wrote me that I really really need to go to Nord Coast Coffee Roastery since they have great coffee, food and interior with a view on a canal. And she was right! Except yummy coffee we had waffles with apple, basil compote on a recommendation of the barista and you know what? It was amazing! Unfortunately we didn’t get the seat with the canal view, but maybe next time ;D.
We were staying only for a weekend and on Sundays in Germany shops are closed. I really wanted to visit this super cool store with a plant problem and stationary. Our next stop was in Neustadt, super pretty neighborhood for old building lovers. After wondering trough streets of Neustadt we stopped by Winkel van Sinkel. So many pretty plants, I couldn’t leave the store without a plant so I took with me a teeny – tiny cactus.
Coming to Hamburg, the city where Hamburgers were “invented”, and not to eat a Hamburger? It’s a sin, lol. I’ve read that Ottos Burgers are the best and I can tell you it was true! You can find a few Ottos Places around the city, but I wanted to go to Schanze, as this neighborhood is pretty lively and urban with a lot of concept stores. Perfect match right? You need to lose those burger calories somewhere and shopping sounds like great after lunch activity.
There is one great thing about visiting Hamburg in winter time. In beetwen walks you will just want to make a pause in some cozy warm coffee spot and there are plenty of them. Balz und Balz is also one of them where you can get a yummy coffee in a pretty environment. As we were still full from Burgers we didn’t try their soups, which people praised. But we need to leave something for next time, right?
If you find yourself on Sunday morning in Hamburg, start it properly with a Fischbrötchen for breakfast, like a local. Every Sunday from 5-9.30 h in summer time and from 7-9.30 h in winter time you will find the fish market on Große Elbstraße 9. Is there anything better than fresh fish that came directly out of the see? I don’t think so. It’s super lively and loud there considering it’s early morning and Sunday, I loved it! Except fresh fish, you can also buy fruits, vegetables, some sweets etc. and the funny part is that they are selling it in bulk, large quantities and small prices. Next time I’m coming with a car!
Don’t come back from Hamburg if you haven’t stopped by Tornqvist, a mus for all the coffee lovers! We had such a great time there, barista told us everything about why is their coffee so yummy, different and special plus he told us about few food & coffee hotspots we should definitely visit. Tornqvist is originally a coffee place on wheels operating during spring/summer season with their van. Luckily for us during Winter they had a pop up shop so we had the chance to try their delicious Flat White, I think that was one of the yummiest Flat Whites I have tried btw! Latest what I have seen on their profile is that they will open their own Coffee place soon, yeeey congrats! So follow the latest news here and find out where to find them in Hamburg.
On the recommendation of the barista from Tornqvist we ended up for a last coffee in Hamburg at Les Political. I had a plan to go to another coffee place but you need to listen Baristas when it comes to the coffee tips, right? I’m happy that we have listened to him and had the last yummy cup of coffee with a slice of a delicious cheesecake in Hamburg here.
Say Yes to the Sightseeing, even if it’s windy and you are freezing
There is a lot to see in Hamburg! This city is a such a beautiful and amazing architecture mix. On one side you have this beautiful, big and old buildings and on the other side super modern architecture. Then you have this industrial shipbuilding view and let’s not forget that this city is build on canals (at Tornqvist I’ve learned that Hamburg have more canals then Venice and Amsterdam together).
Tunnel under the Elb river, yaas! This 426 m long under water tunnel will take you to a dock where you will have a view on the city from another side. Super fun and free activity.
Well that is one stunning building. If you are visiting Hamburg during the week maybe you can try and get into the building, on weekends is to crowded so we didn’t even try. Or of course if you are a fan of classical music book a concert on time. If you have made it to Elbphilharmonie stay in that neighborhood and walk trough Hafencity, it’s a must, trust me you will be amazed. And you know that famous Hamburg photos that everybody takes, brick buildings on the water? That is Speicherstadt and it’s also in that neighborhood.
If you will wander trough city center I’m sure you will end up in front of the amazing City hall building. Now all you need is to find a way to Alster lake, it’s directly behind the city hall. That is the place where the magic happens. You will have a beautiful view on City hall from the canal and view on the buildings around the lake, stunning!
Last tip I will give you is to check opening days and hours of restaurants on time, because we didn’t had luck on Sunday with it, every single restaurant from my list was closed or under renovation. And hopefully next time the weather will be better for a ferry ride. So what are you waiting for, book your weekend getaway in Hamburg!
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