I love Hamburg, I really do. It’s neat, it’s tidy, people speak German like it was meant to be a pretty language and it has stuff. It’s not an overflowing epicenter of activity like Berlin, but what it does have goes and in a slightly more sophisticated fashion. This week we are off to Reeperbahn Festival, and in the lead up to that I got excited about a few of my favourite things about Hamburg. Namely that they have such a nice festival in such a lovely city, but also a bunch of other things that support 4 day long weekend in the great city by the water.
Hamburg has surprisingly good coffee. I don’t know in 2015 one should be that surprised that a major city of an advanced country has good coffee, but in my limited German experience I think this is a big deal. It’s not that other major cities of Germany don’t have good coffee, it’s just something you have to really look for. And I come from the city voted best coffee city of the world (that’s me bragging) – so coffee is a rather important necessary.
PLACES TO HYDRATE (or dehydrate, I guess):
Playground Coffee – So delicious, so lovely, and they have very clever coffee bags designed by new/ interesting people all the time which is probably a nice gift/ souvenir if you are in the market for it.
Tørnqvist Coffee – I’ve only seen this in food truck form. So I’m not really clear on it’s regular’ness, but follow the Instagram, be in the know.
Stockholm Espresso Club – Really anything that screams Sweden will be cool/ delicious. This one is no exception.
(FAST) FOOD DINNER
Fast food probably isn’t the most glamorous thing to reference as a cool thing about Hamburg. But really, when you have access to delicious fast food life becomes a whole lot easier.
PLACES TO FILL UP:
Slim Jims – Who doesn’t love pizza? It is the crowd pleaser of food groups. Slim Jims is pretty fucking delicious, with a sweet layout. In the 2-3 months of the year it’s not fucking miserable in Hamburg, they have a nice outside situation.
Otto’s Burger – Burgers. In. My. Face. If you eat one thing in HAMBURG, it should probably be a Hamburger. OR a fischbrötchen, but that doesn’t quiet have the same ring to it.
Jawa Indonesisches Restaurant – I haven’t been here. But I’ve had reports we are looking at some pretty low maintenance, quality Indonesian food…..with real Indonesians as customers.. Which is always a good sign.
If you can’t appreciate all that water in Hamburg you obviously haven’t spent that much time in Germany. Being a rather landlocked country seeing water, being near water, having access to water is a fucking blessing. And the Hamburgers know it. If you ever spend some time in Hamburg, with a Hamburger they will likely make you sit near a body of water and marvel at it’s wonder, around sunset – because Germans love a sunset.
Berlin has nothing on Hamburg with regards to punks. Not that we don’t have our fair share, but they are sort of water down versions. I feel like Hamburg’s punks are the most authentic, they are the roughest, grimiest and most unsavoury characters I have seen in ages. The whole thing nicely contradicts Hamburgs squeaky clean, slightly spießig vibe – which is a good thing, otherwise I think we’d feel a bit bored.
What is a post that Lucy writes without some mention of dudes? Not one I want to be apart of ! Somehow and someway Hamburg stocks any and all dudes I would like to call a part-time/ full-time boyfriend. I don’t know why the creatures of Hamburg are any better than Berlin guys, I don’t think they are… My deduction of my momentary success would be the following:
- God bless Hamburg and their conservative ways – I stick out like a sore thumb and I think that might be working for me and them.
- I’m not sure the Australian scene in Hamburg has taken off in the same sort of fashion as Berlin. This nationality of mine is a hot commodity, unlike every second human in Neukölln.
Whatever the reasons may be, when they speak German like the delicious angels they are… I’m 100% in to it.
Hallöchen Hamburg, ya big babe !