Shopping in Hamburg, Venice of the North Germany
Northern Hamburg, several times said as Venice of the North with its countless number of bridges and canals, has everything a shopping addicted could look for.
Our fashionable trip along the banks of Elbe River begins from central station, where you can easily find the exit direction to Mönckebergstraße and you will find yourself in one of the busiest streets of the city, where there are the most famous fast fashion chains: from Zara to H&M, from Mango to Pimkie follow one another.
At the end of the Mönckebergstraße, you´ll be in the town hall square, if you have time, do not miss a visit!
Then, turn on the right, what you´ll see in front of you is the Alster, one of the most beautiful places of the city: a large lake in the heart of Hamburg, which on sunny days you’ll find crowded with tourists and locals sitting on its shores to enjoy nice weather. Alster is not only one of the most beautiful places of the city, but it is also a strategic point to carry on our shopping tour: on one hand there is the Europa Passage, on the other Neuer Wall.
The Europa Passage is a huge shopping center that overlooks the banks of the Alster and, like all shopping malls you will find the usual cheap brands (Accessorize, H & M, Hollister, etc. ..), electronic stores, restaurants, and I would suggest you to have a look in “Idee”, a very nice shop where creative people can find ideas for their next project and “Neuna” where those who love DIY jewelry will find everything they need.
Neuer Wall is the Milan Montenapoleone in Hamburg: you can´t go wrong, the great international brands, from Chanel to Dolce & Gabbana, Bulgari to Ferragamo, are here.
If within you lies an hipster soul, any Germans will suggest you Schanze, none better place than it (Sternschanze stop on the underground line U3): a tangle of streets, many places where you can enjoy a coffee or have lunch with friends, very nice but probably a bit more expensive than the average. If you are not tired of shopping, here you will find shops with a polish and independent taste, perhaps even in this case a bit more expensive than the average, but it will surely worth!
A few more steps, and you will find the flohmarkt, the city’s largest flea market, which Germans love much and every Saturday don’t lose the appointment, where you can find whatever you want: from clothes to vinyls, from sunglasses to table sets, from bags to books, till second-hand bikes, that are perfect for those who want to enjoy the city like a true Hamburg citizen.