Should you’re into making an attempt conventional meals and are feeling very courageous, you’ll need to attempt labskaus. Initially created to set sailors up with all of the diet they wanted, the dish doesn’t look notably interesting. When you’ve obtained over its look (or just closed your eyes), this combination of corned beef, onions, potatoes, beetroot and eggs is definitely very pleasing. My go-to place for labskaus served with fried eggs and rollmop herrings is Oberhafen-Kantine within the new HafenCity district.
In-built 1925 to cater for harbour and shipyard employees – Hamburg has one of many largest ports on this planet – the canteen has been battered by storms and floods through the years. In 2000, not lengthy after being closed down, the constructing was declared a historic monument. It has since been refurbished and reopened – however retains its wonky allure.
It goes with out saying that the Elbphilharmonie, which celebrated its fifth anniversary this yr, is among the best trendy success tales of our metropolis. Regardless of all of the controversies surrounding the constructing’s closely delayed completion and spiralling prices (it went nicely over price range), we couldn’t be extra happy with it, and each time I play there I relish performing in what’s now one of many best live performance halls on this planet.
Should you can’t get tickets for a efficiency – they promote out shortly – go to the general public viewing platform, or “Plaza”, which presents spectacular views of the harbour and metropolis.
The Schanze is among the liveliest areas in Hamburg: cool, central, vibrant and loopy. Begin your afternoon in considered one of its good cafes, take within the vibe of the realm and discover its small vogue boutiques – attempt Edited for girls’s vogue, Kauf dich
Glücklich for a mixture of vogue and Scandinavian design, and Scarpovino for a unusual combo of sneakers and wine. There’s additionally a tremendous quantity of avenue artwork to soak up.
Within the evenings, take in the environment at cosy bars reminiscent of 10 and Counting and Mutter, and hip eating places like Bullerei, based by native superstar chef Tim Mälzer inside a former abattoir.
Hamburgers – I’ll admit I had points with that time period for the town’s inhabitants once I lived in London – love the water. On Sundays or financial institution holidays we’ll get pleasure from a stroll alongside the River Elbe. The centre of the town will get very touristy and packed, so I might suggest taking the ferry from Landungsbrücken to Teufelsbrück and beginning your stroll from there in direction of the picturesque western suburb of Blankenese. If you are going to buy a day go for public transport (round €6) the ferry journey is included.
For individuals who like jogging, the outer Alster lake, within the coronary heart of Hamburg, has a five-mile pathway round it – the right size for a run, and it’s stunning too.
I prefer to take visiting associates to the Skyline Bar 20up, a rooftop bar close to the Reeperbahn, Hamburg’s clubbing and red-light district. It’s an important place to get pleasure from a drink whereas taking in panoramic views from 90 metres up.
Should you’re not a fan of heights, attempt Le Lion, most likely my favorite bar on the town. Positioned centrally, close to the city corridor, it doesn’t seem like a lot a bar from the skin, which jogs my memory of the hidden-away bars I loved throughout my London years. You must positively attempt the Gin Basil Smash, which was invented right here.
Oh and if anybody ever says “Hummel, Hummel!” to you when you’re in Hamburg, simply reply “Mors, Mors!”. Don’t ask why – you’ll positively make your self standard.
The intimate Henri Lodge has an important central location with 65 trendy rooms and a rooftop spa (doubles from €118).
Alexander Krichel returned to his hometown of Hamburg a couple of years in the past, and lives near the town’s Elbphilharmonie live performance corridor