"Kaufrausch" is very a small "shopping mall" in Eppendorf next to U3 Eppendorfer Baum. It is situated in a city house and comprises some cute stores and a cafe. You find dessous, hair bands, fashion, bags and accessories. Not a budget tip but very nice selection of individual offers. Very cute, worth a visit if you are around. There's also a small cafe. The store just celebrated 25th anniversary - so kind of an institution.
Many kind of stores from discount to Highly priced shop are located in these streets. For an example you can buy a watche for EUR 20 to EUR 4000 depends on your buying power. Just get into all the shops and spend your time.
What to buy: Anything!!
If you are interested in lifestyle, accessories, furniture etc. - or if you just look for a present these might be the right shops for you:
www.lagerhaushamburg.de (Lange Reihe 21, St. Georg, close to the main station): In this store you find nice accessories, present, design articles, books, modern equipment for the kitchen, candels, seasonal things, etc. Modern and lifestyle touch.
www.die-wohngeschwister.de (Schanzenstraße 34-36, Schanzenviertel, between U3 Feldstraße and U3 Sternschanze), similar to the above but if you ask me a little too much of lifestyle, but anyhow worth to have glimpse.
www.butlers-international.de/home.html (Große Bleichen 31), City, Neuer Wall area and Bahrenfelder Str. 138 (Altona-Ottensen), also amost little too much of lifestyle - and of course rather in international brand than something typical of Germany or of Hamburg, but anyhow, I love to have a look here. You'll find many nice affordable things that you do not really need;-) And that's sometimes exactely what I need...
www.habitat.de (Neuer Wall 54, Große Elbstraße 264) orignially from UK I think, they have to stores in HH, I prefer the on in Neuer Wall more because it's closer and they have more of kichen equipment and accessories - the other one rather is for furniture (usually not that interesting when travelling...)
www.die-waescherei.info (Jarrestrasse 58), Barmbek: This is supposed to be a cool store for furniture and accessories, too. Unfortunately, I did not make it there yet but I have heard about it very often. They also have a cafe or a lounge.
www.stilwerk.de (Große Elbstraße 68), harbor area, close to Fishmarkt: This is very a cool location if you like to see real design brands. This store also is interesting in the sense of architecture: It is a remodeled historic storage house - modern meets historic which was solved very elegantly. You'll find lots of showrooms of many internationally renown brands.
When you leave the Underground station U3 Feldstraße you'll see a big bunker from World War II on the right. There are some cultural offices in there nowadays. Right across you'll find the "Altes Schlachthaus" - an old slaughtery house which also houses cultural uses as for example the music bar "Knust" (www.knusthamburg.de). The new building houses some music rooms, labels etc. If you cross the street at U Feldstraße and pass by the "Alte Schlachhaus" you will reach the Marktstraße - a small street with some very cool shops for fashion, accessoires, design, etc.
To get an impression some links to some of the stores:
Sisterhood, Laeiszstraße15 (corner Marktstraße, at the very beginning) - fashion, shoes, accessoires (did not find a website);
www.maegdeundknechte.de - fashion and design, t-shirts, underwear, etc.;
www.andreaslinzner.com - soft toys from frottier, cool retro look;
www.druckdealer.de - t-shirts, accessoirs, books, comics, prints, etc.;
and many others to have a look at;-)
There are lots of possibilities for spending money in Hamburg... Just a survey in short.
The Mönkebergstraße is the main shopping street with most of the bigg shopping chains (Esprit, H&M, Saturn, Karstadt, Kaufhof, S. Oliver - just to name a few).
The real designers' shops mostly are in "Neuer Wall" starting at Jungfernstieg. Jungfernstieg in general is a pretty area where you find the "rich" Hamburg.
A smaller and more alternative shopping area is in Altona/Ottensen which I prefer myself because it has more atmosphere (I am not that kind of person going home with 1000 plastic bags...) and too many people grabbing the same piece make me crazy...
Even more alternative is the area Schanzenviertel that is very hip (U3 Sternschanze), you'll also find lots of bars and restaurants here. There are some nice shops with a very good selection, not as cheap as the area looks like. I like to go there just to look what's up. I like a store in Susannenstraße that offers shoes and wine - which I think is a funny combination.
In Marktstraße in Karoviertel near to U3 Feldstraße you'll find some cute little shops, smaller labels, funny stuff... As for example soft toys from towelling from the 70s - very funny but not very cheap. It's almost at the ending of Markstraße if you start at U Feldstraße (See also flea market).
Gertigstraße (I think it belongs to Winterhude) is a mixture of little more noble and design and also some cute alternative stores, some artist. Very cute if you ask me but not that hip as the above. If you are in Hamburg for some time you might have a look here.
I love the flea marked straight ahead of U3 Feldstraße that takes place every Saturday during the summer months until around 4 p.m. You will find second hand, cds, dvds and all this funny old stuff that you find in granda's basement... I love the atmosphere. Mostly I do not buy anything but I love all the interesting people and all that strange stuff over there;-)
Near to Feldstrasse also is the "Markstrasse" in the Karoviertel where you find cute little shops of small labels, funny things, cafes...
If you need more flea markets you can google: "Hamburger Abendblatt" (which is the newspaper) and "Flohmarkt". There you'll find a list in case you are in need to find any kind of cheap (used) stuff.
You are safe from the weather if it´s bad. You can find many different passages.
What to buy: You can find all you need and you need not.
A collection of prophylactics and sex toys. A gargantuan condom sits in the window, which the shop owner has offered a 100 euro gift voucher for any gentleman than can fit it. Apparently, the prize has been awarded twice!
This remainder bookstore is a good place to find bargains in (and out) of print, as well as a good selection of inexpensive music (and books) on disc.
The name means "2001" - the connection will have to be explained to me some time!
"Super-Mega güt!" as they might say here!
Saturn is a wildly popular electronics superstore, roughly the equivalent to a "Best Buy" in the USA. On a Saturday in early December, lots of customers were flashing big cash as they racked up the bargains here. (I came in just to get some batteries for my camera.)
Germans still shy away from using credit cards, so it's not unusual here to see somewhere paying for a computer or stereo system in big Euro notes.