Shopping area: Arkaden to Phoenix Center
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.
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Europa Passage: Central Shopping Mall
The Europa Passage offers a smallish, but bright shopping experience in the centre of Hamburg. Hemmed in between the gentile streets along the Binnenalster, and St. Peter's church on Mönckebergstraße, it's an easy break from touring the city, and you can enjoy a coffee under it's impressive arched glass roof.
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!
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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EUROPA PASSAGE: Pleasant Shopping In The City's Center
Pleasant mall style shopping in the center of Hamburg's exclusive Neuestadt neighborhood, right next to the Alster Lake and Alster Pavillion on Jungfernstieg.
Operating Hours for Shopping Mall:
Mon-Weds, + Sat. 10am-8pm
Thurs + Fri 10am-10pm
Operating hours for Gastronomie:
What to buy: A general sampling of shops to keep your eyes open for:
Sasch ( trendy Italian casual street fashion boutique, based in Florence)
Steiff Kids Fashion & More
Build A Bear
Das Keline Konigreich
SHOES & ACCESORIES---
Bianco (trend conscious shoes from Italian based shoe chain)
Street Super Shoes (discount shoes)
BOOKS, CRAFT & FINE STATONARY---
GIFTS & HOME LIFESTYLE---
WMF (fine kitchen and servingwear)
FOOD & GOURMET---
Reformhaus Bacher (organic health foods and bakery)
Tchibo ( pastry & fine coffee shop with it's own signature line of lifestyle products and gifts)
RESTAURANT & CAFE
Yin & Yang (Japanese)
Punto Medio (Mediterranean & Italian)
Cha Cha Postive Eating ( trendy Thai casual kitchen )
Ballyn Bakery (Bagels, cakes, pastries & soups)
From soup to nuts, from smoothies to falaffel, the underground food court is an attractive environment spanning a large area with tasty choices including Becks Sports Bar, Indian, Portuguese, Lebanese, Italian bistro, Chinese, German Regional offerings and others.
What to pay: Being that it's a shopping center in an upscale area, yet with a wide range of shops, the prices range from quite average to above average in price. Shops like Kipling and the WMF home store would be considered the pricer shops there, although there are certainly a few others.
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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.
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.
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;-)
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.
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.
HUSSEL Confiserie: Delicious, Delectable Chocolates
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What to buy: Chocolate pralines, truffles, bars, and gift assortments in whole milk or dark chocolate- with or without nougat, liquors, and Germany's famous Marzipan fillings. Perfect indulgence for the chocolate connoisseur or as a gift spot for the chocolate lover in your life.
What to pay: Premium, pre-warpped pralines start at €,69 cents each. Freshly made individual pralines are about €1 each and are exquisite! There are praline packages (equally yummy) ranging in price from €1,98 to €5,00, to more expensive gift boxes up to €20. Bar chocolate starts at €2,90, and there are also candies and licorice available. Hussel also sells fine artisan oils from Italy and deluxe salts from France.
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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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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!!
Scarpovino: Wine and Shoes: The Best of Italy in One Shop
In a rather unusual but quaint combination, Scarpovino is a casual shop in St. Pauli's ultra edgy and bohemian "Schanze" neighborhood that offers Italian fine wines and gourmet nibbles, right alongside finely crafted Italian shoes for men and women.
What to buy: Pick up that new pair of Italian shoes for the office, sandals for the summer, or boots for the winter. While there you can also grab a fantastic bottle of Tuscan red and gourmet snacks to share with friends after your shopping day is done.
What to pay: Shoes average about 70-150 Euro. Wine and aperatif liquors range from Euro 2,90 - Euro 290
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Meyers Buromoebel ???: A Clever Bit Of Marketing
The main mantra of marketing is to catch people's attention in as cost-effective a manner as possible. OK this is just an excuse to use this pic which made me chuckle but it does illustrate the point.
Having an attractively female manequin posed as a window shopper outside this office furniture store certainly caught my eye (especially when her skirt blew up in a gust of wind LOL ;-)).
Come to think of it I could do with a new workdesk...
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