Best Tips for Hipsters

Salon Wechsel Dich

(Salon Wechsel Dich / Claudia Hettwer)

Designer Pauline Bouteleux and her business partner Jan Habermann knew that they were on to a good thing when they turned the basement of a beautiful urban villa in Hamburg’s Grindel quarter into a café that also serves as a platform for the city’s up-and-coming designers. While enjoying delicious waffles, you can buy coffee tables by Hafenholz, cocktail chairs by Frederike Bettermann and wooden signs by Navucko. The premises are also the regular venue for events such as the Food Swap.

Grindelhof 62 (Rotherbaum)
Tel: +49 40 320 398 89

Le Vélo

(Le Vélo / Dennis Loeffka)

A true gem for aesthetes and nostalgics: at Le Vélo, Senad and Sead Sarac restore bicycles from the era between 1880 and 1960. Golden textile-coated cables, handlebar grips made of turned timber and hand-made leather bicycle bags further embellish these time-honoured vehicles. Located in Ottensen, their backyard workshop also serves as a showroom and a shop. During the winter months Le Vélo can also be found in the Hanseviertel with a dedicated showroom.

Grosse Brunnenstrasse 141 (Ottensen)
Tel: +49 173 65 51 932

Le Vélo

Rock Around The Clock

(Rock Around The Clock / Lüdeking)

Back in the 80s, Jörg Lüdeking was the singer of a hardrock band, and has been backliner to a number of German bands, among them Die Ärzte and Fettes Brot, since the 1990s. Yet his original profession is that of a third-generation clockmaker. With his workshop and shop in the Karolinenviertel, Jörg has gone back to his roots. As well as selling contemporary watches, he also repairs and sells mechanical vintage timepieces and selected quartz watches.

Glashüttenstrasse 19 (Karolinenviertel)
Tel: +49 40 18 05 75 01

Pick & Weight

(Pick & Weight)

If you have a weak spot for vintage clothing, your heart will jump at the sight of this shop. On an area of more than 500 square metres, the room with its industrial charm is packed to the rafters with vintage fashion. Expect original styles from the past decades as well as truly unique pieces. All clothes on offer are in good condition and are sold by the kilo.

Beim Grünen Jäger 25 (St Pauli)
Tel: +49 40 431 933 34


(Vergizzmeinnicht / ibid.)

This shop, which also serves as a studio, is shared between goldsmith Katja Schian, fashion designer Anna Liedtke (label: Lena Schokolade), soft toy designer Tina Heinbockel (label: Das Uffel), illustrator Karin Lindeskov and product designer Ines Häßler (label: Frau Ines). Everything on sale here is made by hand – from designer rings to postcards. In short: a great multi-functional shop!

Simon-von-Utrecht-Strasse 86 (St Pauli)
Tel: +49 40 48 50 94 63


Luicella’s Eisdiele

(Luicella’s Eisdiele / ibid.)

Luisa Mentele (Italian-speaking ice cream lover) and Markus Deibler (Olympic swimmer) run this fabulous ice cream shop and manufacture in the heart of St Pauli. Luisa, who learned her profession at the Gelato University in Bologna fully unravels her creativity here: the menu includes flavours such as acai & banana, lime & sage, mango lassi, matcha & white chocolate as well as vegan ice cream creations.

Detlev-Bremer-Strasse 46 (St Pauli)
Tel: +40 40 94 79 30 09

Luicella’s Eisdiele

Hallo Frau Nachbar

(Hallo Frau Nachbar / ibid.)

Between May and September on the first Saturday of each month, Dannie Quilitzsch and her team host their neighbourhood market on the premises of the Schanzehöfe brewery. You can expect a mix of street festival, family gathering and street food at this event. Goods and products from the greater Hamburg region are offered here, ranging from local design pieces to vegan specialties. The perfect occasion to enjoy a coffee or a craft beer, as the event also offers children’s activities.

Lagerstrasse 30a (Sternschanze)
Tel: +49 40 38 07 28 92 92

Michelle Records

(Michelle Records / ibid.)

With almost 40 years in business, Michelle Records is a real institution in Hamburg. Since 1977 this shop in the city centre of Hamburg supplies record lovers with a stock of well-assorted records and CD novelties, as well as second-hand vinyl, DVDs and music books. Hamburg labels even have their own section, and the team are always happy to advise their customers.

Gertrudenkirchhof 10 (Altstadt)
Tel: +49 40 32 62 11

Möwe Sturzflug

(Möwe Sturzflug / Facebook)

Small, beautifully decorated, and slightly deranged: the Möwe Sturzflug bar is situated in a side street in St Pauli. Take a seat on a granny-style sofa, admire the tags on the wall, enjoy the scent of the fresh flowers in the vases, and sip a cocktail prepared with love. Night owls can expect the most wonderful cocktails – such as the “Helbig-Basil-Highball” or the “Mispelnde Möwe” (Calvados with medlar fruits).

Clemens-Schultz-Strasse 96 (St Pauli)

Möwe Sturzflug