Hamburg: 15 essential places to visit
Got some time to spare during your visit to NEXT17? Desperate for a great coffee, and insect tasty ice cream or even a little sight seeing? Here are the NEXT team’s recommendations.
Coming to Hamburg for NEXT? Well, you’re already spoiled by the fact we’re part of the Reeperbahn Festival, one of the world’s great music events. And we have some fantastic venues for you during the conference.
But if you have some spare time to explore the city before or afterwards, where’s the inside track from the NEXT team. These are the places they, and Hamburg residents, think you should check out:
However much digital sucks, coffee can make life better. And the coffee from these places? It’ll make things wonderful:
Hermetic Coffee Roasters
WHAT IT IS: Hermetic Coffee Roasters – Best coffee in town (and providing a barista at NEXT Copper House in 2017, when they were called Less Political)
WHERE IT IS: Sternstraße 68, Schanzenviertel
WHAT YOU’LL GET: Great coffee, minimal design, unpretentious atmosphere
DON’T FORGET TO: Skip the sugar – taste it raw!
WHAT IT IS: Playground Coffee
WHERE IT IS: Three locations in Hamburg: Rathausmarkt, Grindel, St. Pauli
WHAT YOU’LL GET: Best coffee in town
DON’T FORGET TO: Buy some beautifully designed coffee packs to bring home
Public Coffee Roasters
WHAT IT IS: Public Coffee Roasters
WHERE IT IS: Wexstraße / Neustadt Quarter
WHAT YOU’LL GET: Best flat white in town
DON’T FORGET TO: Buy some coffee beans
We all need a quick drink after an exciting day making digital suck less, and these are great places to have that much-needed treat:
WHAT IT IS: Altes Mädchen, Brewery and Beergarden
WHERE IT IS: Right at the Schanze
WHAT YOU'LL GET: Loads of interesting flavours to try out
DON'T FORGET TO: Show up early, it is always crowded
WHAT IT IS: M&V Bar, open for all kinds
WHERE IT IS: Lange Reihe 22, St. Georg
WHAT YOU’LL GET: Great drinks, cosy wooden niches, artwork and the prettiest menu design ever
DON’T FORGET TO: Step inside although it is obviously a gay bar
From a salad to cake, burgers to burritos, there’s food for everyone (and every wallet) in the city
WHAT IT IS: Café Gnosa, gay café
WHERE IT IS: Lange Reihe in St. Georg
WHAT YOU’LL GET: Lovely atmosphere, ingenious homemade cake and breakfast
DON’T FORGET TO: Start here after a long night before…
WHAT IT IS: Café Johanna
WHERE IT IS: Neroberg, Portoguese Quarter
WHAT YOU’LL GET: Best salad in town
DON’T FORGET TO: Get up early, it is closed after 6pm
WHAT IT IS: Cantina Popular
WHERE IT IS: Schulterblatt 16
WHAT YOU’LL GET: Delicious Latin food – no budget-cuisine, but prices are worthwhile!
DON’T FORGET TO: Book a table upfront if possible!
WHAT IT IS: Kombuese, a kind of bistro for Mexican food. “Kombuese” refers to the name of the kitchen on a ship
WHERE IT IS: St. Pauli
WHAT YOU'LL GET: Alternative folks, loud music and amazing, cheap burritos
DON'T FORGET TO: Be a bit patient – it’s always crowded, but most people don’t stay for hours, so there’s always a chance to get a free seat.
Luicella’s Ice Cream
WHAT IT IS: Luicella's Ice Cream
WHERE IT IS: In a backstreet off Reeperbahn
WHAT YOU'LL GET: Very tasty and creative flavors of ice cream
DON'T FORGET TO: Take a look at the founders Luisa and Markus. They just received an invesment from Die Höhle der Löwen, the German version of the TV show Shark Tank or Dragons’ Den.
WHAT IT IS: The Bird
WHERE IT IS: In St. Pauli, close to all NEXT17 venues
WHAT YOU'LL GET: Finest steaks, burgers and drinks
DON'T FORGET TO: Reserve your seat (specially if you plan to go with a bigger group)!
Hamburg has stood on gatherings banks of the Elbe for over 1000 years. It’s picked up a few sights worth checking out along the way…
WHAT IT IS: Alter Elbtunnel (Old Elbe river tunnel)
WHERE IT IS: At the harbour, right next to the Landungsbrücken
WHAT YOU'LL GET: A nostalgic feel of Hamburg's history
DON'T FORGET TO: Take a selfie on the steep stairs
WHAT IT IS: The "Hanseplatte"
WHERE IT IS: Neuer Kamp 32, Schanzenviertel
WHAT YOU’LL GET: Records, books, accessories, post cards, clothes – each with this special Hamburg-twist. Grab some souvenirs!
DON’T FORGET TO: Go there on Saturday before 4pm – and take in the flea market in front of it
WHAT IT IS: Park Fiction, a modern park
WHERE IT IS: St. Pauli, close to river Elbe
WHAT YOU'LL GET: A beautiful view on the river, parts of the harbor, ships – and Hamburg’s Hipster culture with a very colorful mix of people
DON'T FORGET TO: Bring your own drinks (there is a kiosk close by)
WHAT IT IS: Wasserkunst Kaltehofe
WHERE IT IS: Kaltehofe-Hauptdeich 6-7, Rothenburgsort (best by bike)
WHAT YOU’LL GET: Former Water Works building with fascinating exhibition and beautiful park
DON’T FORGET TO: grab a frisbee and entertain yourself at the disc golf-parcours
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