Kleidermarkt: Vintage Shopping on the Cheap!
For fashion lovers who LIVE for vintage clothes, Kleidermarkt is an age-old institution amongst Hamburg's young, flighty, and fashionable, and rarely fails to disappoint. If you're the type of person who takes your fashion inspiration not only (or not necessarily)from magazines, but from your own sense of fashion history and style, this is the vintage store for you. Kleidermarkt has clothing from eras ranging from the 1960's to present day, and is partcularly strong in dresses, and coats for both men and women. The shops are well organized, separated not only clothing catagory, but also by color. So you won't have to spend a lot of time searching for a mens printed summer shirt or a ladies short black dress.
Normal operating hours from 10am-7pm Mon to Friday.
What to buy: The strongest departments in kleidermarkt stores are for coats, women's skirts and dresses, women's hats, and men's shirts. It's the kind of store where you can watch a vintage tv show, get an idea for a dress or men's coat you'd like to have, then you could stop at any one of the Kleidermarkts around town and would have about a 70% chance of finding what inspired you.
***Kleidermarkt Locations with The Best Merchandise Selections****
Max Brauer Allee 174
(from Altona Bahnhof), Bus #20-S Rubenkamp, or #115- Alsterchausee, or #283-Lagenfelder Damm "Max-Brauer-Allee(mitte)"
Nuer Kamp 23
Bus #3-Rathaus or Bahn U3 to "Feldstrasse", directly across the street from the exit on the corner of Neuer Kamp & Sternstrasse
3. Kleidermarkt Grosseberstrasse
Altona Bahnhof, exit Grossebergstrasse to pedestrian shopping walkway, walk approx. 1 block down Grossebergstrasse, Kleidermarkt is on the left.
What to pay: Items start from 3 euro for vintage hats and shirts to about 50 euro for vintage for leather coats. On average you can go into Kleidermarkt with 15 euro and come out with something (or several things) that you really like.
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Hot Dogs: Where Hipsters Go for Iconic, 2nd-Hand Streetwear
For all those young, fashion conscious shoppers who aren't necessarily into trends, but like iconic, era worthy signature pieces in old school music fashions, Hot Dogs is probably the place for you. Run by a kindly, bespectacled, soft spoken propieter who looks a bit like American rock/hip-hop music guru Rick Rubin, Hot Dogs is a small, unpretentious, vintage lovers paradise for all things hipster and street. Need oversized sunglasses like Jackie O. during her days as a Manhattan 1970's book editor? Check. Need a comfy pair of vintage 70's jeans for darting to the subway? Check. How about a track jacket or a wicked dope pair of vintage Adidas trainers straight from the early days of breakdancing in the Bronx or DJing London? No problem. Boots, boots, and more boots, all fit for any Bond girl, any era, from 1970's -1980's arrive in scheduled shipments, so whatever vintage boot is not there today could be there tomorrow. Great vintage t-shirts, and fun accessories round out the selection. All of this, plus a genuinely friendly shop staff..and a bench to relax out front should you decide to take a break from shopping, even if it' with a coffee from a neighboring cafe. Hot Dogs is a definite stop for the young and fashionable who prefer individual street style over magazine dictated mass trends...and a particular treat if you need to feed a vintage sportswear fetish!
What to buy: This is the type of shop that would appeal to people looking for "era specific" shoes or accessories that they may be inspired by seeing in high fashion magazines. Otherwise, it would probaly appeal most to those with a casual sense of street style inspired by old school 1970's-1980's New York and London
What to pay: Hot Dogs' items are not as bottom of the barrel inexpensive as you would find in a church or charity based second hand shop. But the good news is that they are nowhere near as exorbitantly expensive as the vintage shops in New York, LA, and Miami Beach. Go in with abot $40-$85, expect to come out with something that you'll really love.
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Quaree EKZ (at Bahn U1-"Wandsbek Markt"): Blocks of Mall Shopping!
One of the major differences I've experienced between shopping in Germany, and in the United States is that the former generally leans a bit more towards boutiques and specialty shops as opposed to large shopping malls. Since I've been living here, I've become a big fan of the the specialized and attentive customer service provided by my local boutiques, and there is definitely something quite charming in being able to greet my local sales people and cashiers with a warm air of familiarity each day. However, every once in a while I do long for American style mall shopping, where I can purchase a variety of things for a variety of purposes for a variety of people (!) all under one roof, and only have to deal with a roundtrip train ticket vs. making multiple stops throughout the city.
Enter the "Quaree Einkaufzentrum" (or Quaree EKZ) at Wandsbek Markt. Located in the Northeastern reaches of Hamburg, you can make hours of shopping all in one locale, and chances are good that you'll find every personal need, souvenier, or gift for a loved one all under one roof. In addition, there are small gourmet food stands and a Cinemaxx Movie Theatre, as well as Germany's flagship department store "KARSTADT". The mall is directly accessible from the train line U1-"Wandsbek Markt" with an underground entrance, and has 3 levels of stores. Also worth noting is that the mall's ground level entrance/exit " Wandsbeker Marktstrasse" is about a full block of inexpensive shops ranging from teen fashion stores like "NewYorker" to excellently priced home/gift stores such as "Samt & Sonders" and "Strauss" to cheaper stores for casual shoes, cheap luggage and bags, etc. On the Wandsbeker Markstrasse block you can also conveniently find several banks, an EDEKA grocery store, C&A Department Store and an organic supermarket.
Just as a comical sidenote, don't be surprised that if you mention the location "Wandsbek Markt" to a Hamburg native you might be met with a strange look or a reaction that resembles a rebuke of some sort. In all sincerity, I believe it's because most Hamburgers not only shun mall shopping as a part of their normal shopping routine, but they generally do not travel far outside of their own neighborhoods for purchases unless they're going downtown or to an IKEA depot. Additionally, Hamburgers pride themselves a bit on having very sophisticated and image-conscious boutiques, so "going shopping" outside of your neighborhood means (for most people) that you're going to stroll the exclusive area along Junfernstieg and watch swans float in the canals before you pick up a small designer piece: by contrast, the Wandsbek Markt is right in the middle of an drab, working class outskirt and does not fit in with the majority's self-perception as chic and cosmopolitan. Quite frankly there is nothing wrong with the area other than the surroudings being "unfashionable", and some of the stores on Wandsbeker Markstrasse being cheap. Beyond that, keep in mind that you're going there to shop and get the most value for your currency exchange, so perception does not matter. You'll never need to leave the mall block to get all of your shopping accomplished, and chances are you will find items that those who live "in the city" have never seen, will want to purchase when they do see them, and you will have gotten them at a reasonable price.
What to buy: A few shops to keep in mind on your journey to Quarree EKZ-
HOME ARTICLES/GIFT ITEMS---
SHOES & ACCESSORIES---
Bijou Brigitte (accessories )
YOUNG MISS/TRENDY FASHION---
Hennes & Mauritz
Hunkemoller (finer lingerie sleep and loungewear)
Karstadt Sport & Kinderwelt
FOOD & GOURMET---
Arko Chocolatier Shop
Geflugelhof Schoenecke (poultry and game)
Kamps (bread and pastry shop)
Tchibo (fine coffee & gift shop)
Reformhaus Engelhardt (organic foods)
TeeKontor (worldwide imported tea and tea accessories)
BATH & BEAUTY---
The Body Shop
Konzertkasse bei Wiland (inside the WEILAND Bookstore)
Don't forget, be sure to take a stroll outside on Wandsbeker Markstrasse to find a couple of other great gift shops, as well as the C&A department store at the end of the block.
What to pay: The best bargains to be had in this shopping center are primarily for young trend fashion. All the latest styles can be foun here, affordably and under one roof.
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Kaufrausch: Small Shopping Mall
"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.
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Many Shops: Jungfrenstieg & MÖenkeberg Straße
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!!
Survey on different stores: Furniture, Lifestyle, Design, Accessories
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.
Marktstraße: Shopping in Karoviertel
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;-)
General Tips: Shopping in Hamburg
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.
Flea Market Feldstraße: Flea Market (Flohmarkt)
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.
The Passagen: Take much money with you
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.
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Condomerie: Sex shop
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!
Zweitausendeins: Remainder Books, Cards, and Recordings
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!
Saturn: Electronics/Consumerables Superstore
"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.
Many different stores: Europa Passage
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: Tea & funny Tea-pots galore
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 !
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