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
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 !
What makes it so special? well, it is nothing new anymore to find special shops just for condoms & Co, but it is neither too usual.
Special is as well a little offer in the shop window: there is this shopping bag called jumbo size condom ;-) ....if anyone can proof that his "sausage" fits this condom he gets 100Euro from the store....so boys...run and check out ;-D
What to buy: All kind of condoms and other toys
little shops you often can´t enter, there is just enough place for one person inside with all articles around.
What to buy: you get here alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, snacks, cigarettes, chewing gums, city maps and machine oil!
What to pay: a bit more than in supermarkets
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....
Mönckeberg Street is definitely one of Germany's best shopping streets. It runs from the central train station (Hauptbahnhof) to the City Hall and is largely pedestrianised. Only buses and taxis are allowed to use the small driveway between the wide walkways. Nearly all major retail chains have large stores here, including Europe's largest department store for consumer electronics.
In addition to downtown Hamburg, there are large malls in nearly all parts of town.
What to buy: Everything you can possibly think of -- the Kaufhof and Karstadt department stores have good deli supermarkets. Other luxury items are rather found in the noble shopping quarter between the Canals right behind the City Hall.
THIS SHOP HAS CLOTHS AND ACCESSORIES FOR OLD AND YOUNG, WOMEN AND MEN. THE PRICES ARE FAIRLY CHEAP BUT THE MATERIAL AND STUFF IS FAIRLY GOOD.
What to buy: AT C&A YOU CAN GET ANYTHING WITH REGARDS TO CLOTHS YET IF ANY WARM CLOTHS ARE NEEDED FOR THE WINTER IF YOUR HOLIDAY IS IN THAT COLD SEASON I SUGGEST YOU VISIT THIS SHOP FOR GOOD QUALITY JACKETS AND WARM STUFF AND GOOD PRICES...
What to pay: VERY REASONABLE PRICES
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.
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.
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.
Hamburg was one of the first cities to introduce shopping galeries - small elegant shopping malls in the middle of the city. And when you walk along Jungfernstieg to Gänsemarkt and Neuer Wall you will find dozens of these galeries! They are expensive, but window shopping does not cost you much - plus they do have nice cafés and bars there as well!
So, you arrive in Hamburg and find that you might have packed your camera, but not only does it not have an SD card inside, your spare that you ALWAYS pack isn't packed either! So what do you do? Simple, you visit Saturn on Mönckebergstraße. On the corner with Steintorwall, you will find a huge Saturn store which sells all sorts of computer and electrical goods.
The store sells a huge selection of computer-related goods as well as general eletrical goods. Here you will find all the camera supplies - and cameras - that you could possibly need.
What to buy: SD cards or any other camera accessories which you might have forgotten at home!
What to pay: Generally good, high street prices.
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.
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.
Walking through Hauptbahnhof, even early in the morning, this small sweets/liquer/soft toys/mugs/souvenir shop caught my attention.
It's a very small shop but it's loaded with all kind of sweets, liquers and souvenirs.
The lady at the shop knew no English but her smile and dedication were enough to buy all my souvenirs from this shop.
The shop lady is always gift wrapping souvenirs like mugs filled with sweets together with a soft toy with "Love Hamburg" messages!
What to buy: It has a wide selection of sweets - box / gift wrapped, liquers, mugs, soft toys, flowers & more. Basically that something from Hamburg to take back home. I bought some of each .. dad loved the liquer ... & I loved the sweets.. "Hamburger" - the name I gave the teddy I bought from Arko is still one of my favorites :) ... besides if you're off with the underground or on your way to work you can always buy a handful of sweets
What to pay: Normal prices... quite cheap compared to such souvenir shops...