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.
Europa Passage is a new shopping mall in the center of Hamburg which seems to be enormously popular. Can't beat the location, only a few hundred meters from the Rathaus, and overlooking the Binnenalster.
Europa Passage was designed by one of Hamburg's hot local architects, Iranian born Hadi Teherani.
Die Teekiste is an interesting shop that I found accidentally, when walking through Hamburg. You may buy all sorts of tea there and they have the biggest collection of accessories around tea that I saw so far. Just take a look at my pictures, I never saw such funny tea-pots before. they also ship tea and the accessories - see their web-page !
The shop is just a few meters from St.Jacobi-church
in Mohlenhofstrasse 8
it is open Monday-Friday 10.00a.m.-06.00p.m.
and saturday between 10.00a.m. and 02.00p.m.
What to buy: Get such a funny tea-pot , it certainly makes a perfect souvenir.
What to pay: The lovely bus or the camping-trailer-teapot on my 2nd picture are about 60 euros !
The Gaensemarkt Passage is an indoor shopping area - a glass roofed mall - with various shops and cafes on two levels. According to the website geese were never actually sold here so there is some mystery as to how it got it's name!
What to buy: Clothes seemed especially cheap, but I rarely buy anything on my trips as I can't be bothered to carry extra stuff in my rucksack.
What to pay: Seemed cheaper than the UK
Many towns have Marketplätze or market places/squares and Hamburg is no exception. What makes the market in Hamburg-Harburg so special is that it takes place six days a week, Monday- Saturday 6am-1pm.
Most in the city only happen once or twice a week
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What to buy: You can do almost all your grocery shopping in the Wochenmarkt. Farmers from around the area have stands which they sell their fresh produce and eggs. Butchers sell fresh meat. There are also stands where flower farms sell bouquets and fresh cut flowers. Small tailors and wholesellers have wagons from which they sell clothing.
What to pay: Depends on what you buy. Usually slightly less than the near by grocery stores.
Sobatka is a 3 level store in the Heart of Hamburg-Harburg. The building is on the the prettiest in the area; brick but ornately decorated. I especially like the cherub lightening rod on the roof.
The store specializes in many different things from housewares ranging from can openers (top of the line) to expensive espresso machines. Porcelaine; disher, small statuettes, Hummels, silverware (i.e. WMF), Swaroski Crystal animals and jewlery, and much more. A great place to stop by if you need a gift for a wedding, anniversary, christening, or other special occasion.
What to pay: Prices naturally depend on what you purchase.
Years ago when I lived in Germany as a child every three months or so there would be a junk day. Families would take whatever they didnt want and place it out on the street in front of their houses. The neighbors would then walk around the neighborhood and take whatever was still useful out of the pile. A friend of mine found a whole bunch on barely used baby furniture once. Too bad junk days arent allowed anymore, yard sales arent permitted but instead there is the ever popular Flohmarkt ( flea market.)
You will find these either sponsored by churches, schools, and neighborhoods which are held at various times through the year. There are also some regularly scheduled ones which take place on Sundays. People can rent a space, put up a table and sell their old things, crafts, baked goods, or whatever else they can think of.
Sometimes they are held in parking lots and those are generally the permenant every Sunday ones. The others that will take up 4 or 5 city blocks with tables lining both sides of the streets. They make for quite the event.
These are not limited to Hamburg. You can find flea markets in every city.
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What to buy: books, music, antiques, crafts, toys
What to pay: depends on how well you can bargin and whether or not the seller wants to bargin.
In the multi-cultural neighborhood of Altona, you can find SWOYAMBHU, a gem of a shop that sells clothing and gift items from Nepal. Named after a neighborhood in the city of Khatmandu, SWOYAMBHU has a new age feel to it, with an nice selection of incense, crystals, eastern water pipes, Hindu and Buddhist statues, exotic jewelry, and traditional style Nepalese jackets, sweaters, hats, ect. They also have an incredible assortment of Nepalese picnic blankets, sarongs, and women's scarves. One of the cutest, and perhaps, quirkiest items that they offer are handmade houseshoes and hats (for about $15) that look like elf clothing, or perhaps something that "The Joker" would wear as pictured on a playing card, really charming. Ask for the manager, Uman. He's from Khatmandu and a really nice young man.
What to pay: Incense from 1-8 Euro, exotic rings from 10-30 Euro, elf hats & shoes about 15 Euro, fruit flavored tobacco 3,50 Euro printed sarongs, blankets, & scarves about 10-35 Euro....
If you are a musician this is the place to shop. Musichaus Lebens the oldest music store in Hamburg and it is family owned , my family .
This year it has its 123rd Anniversary.
Anyway.... great customer service, wide selection of instruments of all sorts.
Repairs done on in the shop
Lesson given as well.
What to buy: Sheet music
Assorted muscial acessories
What to pay: A few cents for a plectron (pick) for your guitar or a few thousand euros for a French Horn.
If you want a wide variety of shopping take a trip south of the Elbe to Haburg-Harburg.
This area of town is undergoing a large renewal, shedding its not so nice image and has tons of shopping. You can begin at either end starting at the new Phoenix Center or at the slightly older Harburger Arkaden. As you work your way from one shopping complex to the next you can stroll down Lüneburgerstrasse a thriving pedestrian area.
In the summer you will find some nice cafes and a small play area for children as well.
What to buy: Anything you might want .
What to pay: Pricey designer stores are at the Phoenix Center (Cashmire House, Esprit, S. Oliver), just as nice but less expensive are located on the way to and in the Arkaden.
Prices of course vary per store.