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    The Passagen: Take much money with you

    by blumia Written Aug 9, 2007

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    a cafe in on of the passages

    You are safe from the weather if it´s bad. You can find many different passages.
    Gänsemarkt-Passage
    Neuer Gänsemarkt
    Hamburger Hof
    Galleria
    Alte Post
    Hanse Viertel
    Kaufmannshaus
    Bleichenhof
    Alsterarkaden#Mellin-Passage
    Collonaden

    What to buy: You can find all you need and you need not.

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    the Hamburg Fish Market / der Fischmarkt: Go early in the morning

    by tini58de Written Aug 29, 2002

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    Aale Dieter at Hamburg Fish Market

    it took me a couple of times to finally find the fish!!! The Hamburg Fish Market is a bizarre mixture of a (fish) market and a fleamarket and a big party place!!!

    If possible try to be there VERY early in the morning - they might start as early as 5 o'clock and it lasts until 10 (?) o'clock!

    What to buy: you will find fish (go to the river, there you will find the fishing boats), fruit, smoked fish, noodles and many other things

    What to pay: they will start packing packages: "this, and this, plus this, plus this and another of this - for just so and so many €uro!"

    But be careful: the first package (when they explain, what they include) will be a good bargain, the following ones are fake!!!

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    Saturn: Internet Access

    by principesa Updated Sep 3, 2002

    Saturn is a huge chain store all over Germany, specializing in home electronics and computers. In the ground level of the store in Hamburg, there is an internet cafe with very friendly staff.

    What to pay: They charge 1.50 euro for 30 minutes, 3 euro for 30 minutes.

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    Elfenreich: Unique and different

    by fairestmom Updated Apr 4, 2011

    If you have an eye for the unusual you will truly enjoy a stop in this unique and quaint shop. Among others, Elfenreich carries such brands as Noa Noa, Eva & Claudi and St. Martin. Although small, the shop has an assortment of handmade jewelry, bags & totes, dresses and coats- a little bit of everything.

    What to pay: Elfenreich has prices that range from moderate to expensive. But if something unusual is what you want--I'm sure you would find something here.

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    Condomerie: Sex shop

    by unexplored Updated Jul 21, 2007

    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!

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    Hot Dogs: Where Hipsters Go for Iconic, 2nd-Hand Streetwear

    by ericaj. Updated Jul 13, 2008

    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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    Kleidermarkt: Vintage Shopping on the Cheap!

    by ericaj. Updated Jul 13, 2008

    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****

    1. Kleidermarkt
    Max Brauer Allee 174
    22765 Hamburg
    (from Altona Bahnhof), Bus #20-S Rubenkamp, or #115- Alsterchausee, or #283-Lagenfelder Damm "Max-Brauer-Allee(mitte)"

    2. Kleidermarkt
    Nuer Kamp 23
    20357 Hamburg
    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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    Gia Pham: Authentic Asian Food Goods for Exotic Cooking

    by ericaj. Written Sep 20, 2013

    The only Asian supermarket in Hamburg-West, Gia-Pham offers a large assortment of food ingredients imported directly from Japan, Korea, Thailand, India, China and other Asian nations. Rich curry sauces, Thai mixes, noodles, misos, and fresh herbs& vegetables make up just a tiny portion of the exotic offerings here that can help you prepare some of your favorite restaurant style dishes in a snap, for a great price.

    What to buy: Gia pham is the place to shop if you're in the mood to make Pad Thai noodles, Indian Rogan Josh, or Japanese miso soup or sushi. The ingredients for these dishes can be found at upscale supermarkets like the EDEKA chain, but at the latter you can expect such ingredients to be exhorbitantly priced.

    What to pay: For Indian curry sauces, you'll pay about 3 Euros per jar, and freshly made Korean Kim Chi goes for about 2 Euros, and in addition to foods from these 2 countries there are isles of Thai, Chinese, Japanese ingredients from noodles of all kinds to Nori wrap starting as low as 1 euro going up to about 10 euros for frozen seafood by the kilo. Very well priced in comparison to their German supermarket counterparts who have made their own "versions" of Asian cuisine ingredients, most usually overpriced, and unfortunately not always authentic.

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    Pfeifen Tesch: A Smoker's Paradise, Serving Hamburg for 125 Years

    by ericaj. Written Jan 5, 2014
    Volker Cub's Historic Pfeifen Tesch Shop

    Stepping into Pfeifen Tesch is like stepping onto a film set, taking you back in time by a century. As a smoker's den with specialty tobaccos, pipes, and cigars, while they do have some pop culture items that remind you you are in the 21st century (like metal cigarette tins from Indian Spirit), the atmosphere, upholsteries and decor with it's vintage glass cases & deep, polished woods remind you a scene from a classic Sherlock Holmes film, or the elegant interiors from the days of magnates and robber barons of the 1800's (the shop first opened in 1880). The shopkeeper and his dapperly attired sales attendant are wonderfully pleasant, engaging gentlemen who patiently answer questions and help guide your purchases- in English, and with a smile.

    What to buy: Try purchasing a fine cigar for the special gentleman in your life, or an elegant cigarette case for that stylish friend or loved one. There are classic versions of cases worthy of a James Bond film, as well as mid century modern metal tins with the logos of classic western brand cigarettes.

    What to pay: Pop Art metal cigarette tins start as low as 5 euros.

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    Alligator Hamburg: Classic Style Leather Goods & Modern Luggage, Too

    by ericaj. Written Jan 10, 2014
    Classic Leather Weekenders for a Great Price
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    For those who love the luxurious look and feel of Old World style leather goods, Alligator is the place for you. For my job in fashion, I am often falling deeply in love with all the romantic leather accessories to be found on fall runways in the form of oversized bags and travel pieces---it harks back to a time of leisure travel when people actually carried leather weekenders out to the country or onto the train as they traveled to a few days on the coast of pick-a-destination. Traditionally styled leather goods always remind me of the beautiful editorials from Town & Country Magazine or Ralph Lauren ads from nearly any era, elegant, classic, more beautiful over time. For the person who still has that romantic attitude towards timeless accessories meant to last a lifetime in style and use, and may not necessarily want the $3000+ price tag that comes along with the design name from your favorite fashion runway- Alligator shops in Hamburg provide a reasonable resource to find the weekender or travel bag of your leisure travel dreams. The shops are generally open from 10 am- 8pm.

    What to buy: Alligator offers modern style luggage as well from all the brands we know like Tumi, Samsonite, Rimowa, ect. They also offer a huge assortment of leather goods in purses, bags, wallets and so on of every color and style. But the real attention grabbers here are the extra large leather bags suitable for travel, that you can throw in the back seat of your car or into the overhead of your plain or train. Incredibly stylish, these sturdy, elegant leathers generally come in classic black or cognac, or in more adventurous colors like ruby red or vintage Jaguar (aka hunter) green. Much lower in cost than the runway counterparts designed by mega brands, the average classic weekender or oversized leather bag with run about €200-€300 here.

    What to pay: Expect standard retail price for contemporary name brands, standard leather bags are about
    € 150 -€ 200 (the irony of this is that in true German fashion, most leather goods are a bit overpriced )- but the real reason to shop here is the soft leather luggage bags that have the Old World estate look to them- for a comfortable price not generally more than 300 Euros.

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    TCHIBO: Tchibo: Every Week, A New World !

    by ericaj. Written Mar 22, 2014

    Tchibo is a Hamburg based German chain of retail cafes- specializing in coffee (& signature desserts), home, fashion, gift items, small electronics, and travel packages. It was formed shortly after World War 2, and the title for this review comes from the company's trademark advertising slogan, "Jede Woche Ein Neuer Welt", as their marketing strategy changes the shop's range of products every week to fit a singular theme. As a new theme emerges each week, items from previous weeks are moved away from front store prominence to the back or sides of the shop near the cafe section. The cafe section of the shop features (affordably priced) Tchibo brand gourmet coffees and cake slices, perfect for a shopping break if you're having a day of marathon shopping and need a few moments to relax.

    What to buy: Tchibo manages to reach a wide variety of audiences in its normally small shops: there is the coffee-cake lover who needs a shopping break; there is the housewife looking for home items for kitchen, bedroom, or general household goods (sewing machines during Sewing Week, stylish trash can during Bathroom Week); the electronics person (who wants a new smartphone of stylish set of headphones; sportswear of classic German style clothing (Kids Week featuring rainwear, Lingerie Week featuring fine undergarments, Mens Week featuring henley shirts, leather belts, stainless steel chronographic watches, and all things "manly"). They also keep brochure books of their latest travel services offering adventure, romantic, exotic, and spa themed vacation packages to various destinations throughout Germany, the EU, and the Caribbean.

    I find that TCHIBO is fantastic for gifts as well as useful household items; I am a big fan of their kitchen items as they really are suited for European culinary lifestyle which is very epicurean in feel and aesthetic. The kinds of household gifts you find at Tchibo are comparable to those you could find via Restoration Hardware, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Williams-Sonoma, but at a budget-friendly price far less than the American equivalents. You could compare the house and gift items to TARGET Stores in price. I buy Tchibo cotton bed linens, have purchased seasonal holiday and travel gifts there, and chic-simple culinary items for the home like stylish serving platters, cheese boards, grated parmesean cheese jars.

    There are Tchibos in every mall or major shopping area in Hamburg, but to make it easy to find one, if you can't see one immediately in the vicinity of your accommodations in town, you can always head to the super-large Tchibo flagship store, located just across the street from Hamburg Rathaus. Otherwise, if you plan to visit any malls, strip shopping centers, or high-traffic shopping boulevards, you will inevitably run into one!

    What to pay: Coffe and Cake is generally under €2,50, with Apple Cake or other specially featured desserts priced at €1 as the deal of the week. Weekly changing theme items generally range from €5-€50, unless you're talking about big ticket items like leather goods, fine jewelry, Tchibo expresso machines, and electronics.

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    REWE: LARGE Sized Grocery Chain, International Foods

    by ericaj. Written Mar 23, 2014

    As with most cities in Germany, Hamburg is a town that celebrates boutique shopping and supporting small establishments. This same tradition also applies to the way people generally shop for food, although with changing times American style "supermarkets" are becoming more present than ever.

    REWE is one such example of the standard German supermarket; a large grocery store chain that has a a sizable amount and variation of goods to meet nearly every taste. In addition to the standard fresh produced & packaged goods, you can also find books & magazines, beauty & grooming, isles devoted to special-needs eating ( diabetic, gluten-free, ect), international food isles (Thai, Indian, or Mexican style ingredients), and large selection of household products and massive wine & spirits selection. REWE has fresh fish & meat counters, and additional counters featuring fresh deli meats, salads, & cheese where you can purchase delicious cured meats and dozens of cheeses from all across Europe. Along with TOOM market (its sister franchise), REWE is generally the largest supermarket (in terms of physical space and product assortment) before you hit the massive "superstore" category of food shop that has been trending in grocery shopping over the last 3-5 years or so.

    What to buy: As far as the "Supermarket" category goes, REWE (and it's slightly lower-priced, sibling franchise "TOOM") is great for one-stop food shopping if you initially find it challenging to traverse a wide variety of stores, as is usually the German custom. For those who are staying with a host while in Hamburg, housed in accommodations with cooking facilities, or staying for a longer time for school or work, you'll appreciate the amount and variation of products all offered under one roof.

    What to pay: On a scale of 5 to 10, I would say price-wise of all categories of grocery store in Germany, REWE falls on the 7.5 to 8 scale, depending on if you purchase generic & store label brands vs. commercial brands. (ex. REWE Spaghetti = 50 cents)

    They have a large assortment of items that have the same prices as their budget competitors, especially Generic label brands bearing the JA! label on items like ground beef, canned goods, pasta, detergent, breakfast items, condiments and other goods. They also have their own personal food brand bearing a green REWE label, marketed towards a slightly more upscale demographic with focus on organic products, and it is slightly more expensive than the JA! products. (eg. REWE BIO Spaghetti = 99 cents)

    Next is the general assortment of products, from standard to high-end (like a normal milk by a national brand vs. semi-luxury glass-bottled milk from a regional German farm) which will always be 30% more expensive than shopping at a budget grocery store.

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    BUDNIKOWSKY: No Drugs @ German Drugstores, but Everything Else!

    by ericaj. Written Mar 23, 2014

    BUDIKOWSKY is Germany's leading drugstore chain in Hamburg and surrounding areas, featuring beauty, bath and household products, plus decorations. Although synthetic drugs of any kind are only allowed to be sold in pharmacies, dugstores like Budikowsky (nicknamed BUDNI) actually maintain a LARGE assortment of homeopathic medicines in pill, extract, powder, and tea leaf form that is really gives you an idea of how heavily German health culture is impacted by homeopathy. So if you are a person who is open to natural remedy healing or have access to a homeopathic medicine lexicon, you will enjoy the width and breath of products offered. Also, similarly to American drugstores, BUDNI does carry some food items. But there's a catch to it: you won't find any frozen pizzas or sugary ice cream here, but you'll find a great assortment of organic products and/or items generally recognized as health foods; like gluten free or whole food items courtesy of the "ALLNATURA" brand- an organic food store chain with its own private label catering to the healthy lifestyle demographic.

    What to buy: Although special needs food items are slowly becoming more visible in German grocery stores, Budni has always led the pack in being one of the first retailers to feature food products catering to vegetarian, non-white sugar, gluten-free, whole grains eaters. They also feature an array of organic items ranging from whole-foods-sweetend cookies to pestos to packaged fresh pastas & pasta sauces.

    One other category of goods I can recommend is all that lies in the bath & beauty isle. Germans have a love for "water wellness" and spa culture, and it is reflected in their bath & beauty products. The vast array of inexpensive soaps, scrubs, soaks, and moisturizers infused with herbs and flowers you can find here fantastic. Budni also has more expensive collections of hand made luxury soaps infused with flowers, herbs, and natural fragrances, and overall, I've found that collecting an assortment of bath and beauty goods make for fine gifts to take home to family and friends overseas.

    What to pay: Shower Gel= from 85 cents
    Spray Deoderant= from 85 cents
    Herbal Toothpaste = from 65 cents
    Ladies Toiletries = from 1.45 for sanitary items
    Detergent= from 3,00
    Whole Grains= average about 2,50 per kilo bag
    Snacks sweetened with brown sugar/agave syrup= 1,50
    Tofu (different flavors)= 1,99
    Organic Pesto, Indian Ghee butter, Tahini Paste = 3,00
    Private label luxury bath items= about 8,00

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    REISE BANK: Exchange Currency, Cash AMEX Traveler's Checks

    by ericaj. Written Mar 25, 2014

    If you haven't done so at the airport & you need to exchange money while in town, REISE BANK has come in very handy at the beginning or end of trips ,as well as during day-long shopping marathons with friends vacationing from other countries. The money center is also convenient for folks staying for a longer time who are in need of Western Union money transfer services. With several locations throughout Hamburg, the two I have utilized most are those at Hamburg Hauptbahnhof (Main/Central Station, upstairs) and Altona Bahnhof (Regional Station, upstairs), where they provide money exchange into any currency, Western Union sending and receiving, phone calling cards, prepaid credit card services, and AMERICAN EXPRESS Traveler's Checks. Reise Bank also has extended travel related services connected to partnerships with booking.com and ADAC Travel.

    OPERATING HOURS

    REISE BANK AG - Hamburg Hauptbahnhof
    Hachmannplatz 10, 200099 Hamburg, GE
    +49 40 323 483
    7:30 am- 10 pm

    REISE BANK AG- Altona Bahnhof
    Paul-Nevermann-Platz, 22765 Hamburg, GE
    +49 40 390 3770
    9:00 am- 2 pm, 3:45- 5:00 pm

    REISE BANK AG - Dammtor Bahnhof (by University of Hamburg and international consulates)
    Dag-Hammarskjöld-Platz, 20354 Hamburg, GE
    +49 40 414 97017
    9am-2pm, 2:45-6pm
    (CLOSED SAT & SUN)

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    Karstadt shopping Store: Department store shopping

    by brucegt Written Aug 22, 2004

    It is the biggest department store in downtown Hamburg. You can find everything here from jewelry to souvenirs. Don't forget about the tax free service on your purchases. Go to third floor for paperwork.

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