Jim Burrito

Jim Burrito is THE BEST Mexican in Hamburg.

Hidden behind a dingy facade on Schulterblatt, Jim Burrito is serving up to most delectable burritos and quesadillas from 12pm-12am everyday.

For vegetarians and vegans they have a fantastic menu too, more options than your sombrero’ed head could ever dream of (ok, you don’t actually wear sombreros here…) My personal favourite is the tofu quesadilla, served with salsa, guacamole, sour cream and salad. The serving sizes are very generous, and I still haven’t managed to get through a whole burrito by myself yet.

For drinks they have the ever popular craft beer Rathshern on tap with a variety of other bottled beers and soft drinks.

While you are devouring your scrumptious mexican, the guys at Jim Burrito are constantly rocking out to some of the best playlists I’ve heard in a restaurant. Depending on the day you’ll be treated with anything from old school hip hop, modern indie, hard rock or even some nostalgic pop punk tunes.

You can find Jim Burrito at Schulterblatt 12, Hamburg 20357

Hostel Recommendation: Backpackers St Pauli

Looking for a cheap and cheerful bed in Hamburg? Backpackers St Pauli offers you just this, and oh so much more.

Nestled in a quiet residential street in the heart of Hamburg’s hip and alternative St Pauli district, Backpackers St Pauli provides a fantastic base for exploring the creative districts situated in the West of Hamburg. The Reeperbahn with it flashing neon signs and flashing women and Sternschanze with its sunny cafes, indie boutiques and eccentric charms are both only a ten minute walk away (in opposite directions). You’re smack bang in the middle of the St Pauli flame that burns so brightly it  casts a glow across the entire city.

The hostel itself is wonderful. The beds are comfortable, the rooms are delightfully clean and full of light and sunshine. Each room has an en suite with tiles that gleam so white you might feel like your staying at a fancy hotel. Wifi floods every corner of the building (I know, shock horror…. but it’s true!) and the hostel also boasts a huge common room with fully equipped kitchen where you can mingle with other guests. Oh, and there is a big outdoor area complete with BBQ!

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And then… there is the eclectic crew of staff. Get chatting to them in the reception (which doubles as a cafe and bar), they are just waiting to answer your questions, tell you crazy Hamburg stories, and steer you in the right direction for a great night out without all the tacky tourist cliches.

I would definitely recommend booking in advance for weekends and peak seasons, you can make reservations via their website linked here.

Enjoy your stay in Hamburg!

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Alternative Hamburg Tours

I’ve been living in Hamburg a little while now, but I recently went on the Alternative Hamburg walking tour and was blown away with how much I learnt.

The tours market themselves as an ‘alternative culture’ tour, covering everything from street art and graffiti, politics and protests, history and gentrification… and everything in between.

We spent two hours wandering around the districts of St Pauli and Sternschanze as our guide, Judy, opened our minds and eyes to little hidden pieces of street art and shared endless stories and quirky facts about the areas I have come to love.

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For a first time visitor in Hamburg, I really recommend taking this tour. As Judy was telling us at the end, a lot of tourists miss out on these special neighborhoods all together as they aren’t often mentioned on sightseeing websites and the like. But if you want to discover the real heart of Hamburg, and all it’s eclectic charms then head over to the Alternative Hamburg website to book your places.

To make these inspiring tours even better, they are run on a pay-what-you-want-basis so all budgets can afford to discover the hidden side of Hamburg’s bohemian districts. The walk takes just over two hours and starts at 1pm every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday near Sternschanze S-Bahn Station. When you book your places online, you will receive an email with directions to the meeting point.

 

www.alternativehamburg.com

info@alternativehamburg.com

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Store of the Week: Kleidermarkt

When I first arrived in Hamburg, I was struggling to find decent vintage clothes stores at affordable prices. The second hand stores in the touristy areas are a bit too expensive for my budget, and often have limited offerings.

I was in vintage-despair… until I stumbled across Kleidermarkt. As soon as I walked through the doors and the sweet musty smell of recycled clothes reached my nostrils I began laughing to myself and without realising it, I did a little dance right there in the entrance of the store. I had died and gone to some sort of retro heaven.

Kleidermarkt is HUGE. Like really, really big (1500 square meters to be exact). The big warehouse-esque space is jammed pack with the most exciting array of clothing from the past 6 decades in every colour, cut, texture and style you could ever dream of. And it won’t cost you a months pay cheque to look like a 1970s super model either.

At the back of the store is the sale section… Dresses for €5, Skirts for €3 and T-Shirts for €2. On Wednesday’s as well, from 11am – 4pm you can get 30% off all full priced items.

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You will need to travel away from the busy tourist areas to find Kleidermarkt, but if you’re after beautiful and affordable clothes, it’s definitely worth it. You can find the store at Max-Brauer-Allee 174, 22765 Hamburg.

 

Party of the Year – Hamburg’s Port Birthday

So guess what tomorrow is guys!? …It just so happens to be the greatest harbour festival IN THE WORLD, right here in Hamburg! Yes, that’s right, this weekend over a million visitors will flock to the harbour to celebrate 825th birthday of the Port. Personally, I can’t wait to see the birthday cake that fits 825 candles (*this may not be an actual event), but there are a TONNE of other exciting activities to keep you entertained this weekend as well!

It would take me about a month to list all the events for the festival, they are endless! But you can find the complete programme here.

As usual, I aim to write about the more eclectic, alternative and fun aspects of Hamburg that aren’t covered by the major tourism websites. Here are my top 4 events for the Harbour Festival:

1. HAFENROCK!

A mini music festival on the harbour, and it’s free!There are three stages to choose from, spanning genres from reggae, folk, punk, ska, rock, jazz and gypsy swing. Check out their website for full listings.

2. Rustic Fishermans Village @ StrandPauli

Fisherman’s cottages, delicious traditional food and live music will take over the ‘beachfront’ at StrandPauli Beach Bar from 10am til midnight, Friday – Sunday.

3. Harbour Fun

So, while this isn’t a single event, I suggest you spend some time admiring the incredbly beautiful and diverse ships and boats on the harbour for the festival.Vessels come from all around the wolrd to join in this celebration, so there is plenty to feast your eye upon! At 7pm on Friday there is also a water-skiing show on the harbour!

4. Buenos Aires Argentinian Festival at Kehrwiederspitze

Think Argentinian style BBQs, wine, music and dancing.

5. Fireworks!

Who doesn’t love fireworks. Silly colourful explosions in our sky… humans are so crazy. Enjoy the spectacle on Saturday night at 10.30pm.

 

Soul’s Darkside – Le Fonque

a) Are you a vampire?

b) Does the thought of a dark room with sensual red lighting turn you on?

c) Do you like to get down to Soul, Funk and Disco tunes?

d) Does the sound of vinyl stir your little stomach butterflies?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you must read on, I have found your new favourite Hamburg hangout.

Since 1995, Le Fonque has been spinning their vinyl decks to bring revelers the finest soul and funk tunes… every night of the week! The dimly lit room, soft couches and blood red lighting create an intimate ambiance while the DJs unite the bar through the love of music.

Le Fonque is open every night of the week from 9pm. Depending on what time and day you go, it will either be a sexy little retreat where you can get cosy on the plush couches, or it will be bursting at the seems as everyone gets down to the funky vibes.

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You can find Le Fonque just off the busy Shulterblatt at Juliusstraße 33, 22769.

Rainbow Fountains and Fields of Flowers

As if we didn’t have enough reasons to love Planten un Blomen already for its 47 hectares of sprawling gardens, lush grass, public sunbathing chairs and colourful array of blooming flowers, now the Summer Programme has begun too!

From public orchestra performances, guided walks, workshops, pop concerts and of course, the famous Wasserlichtspiele (water light show), you can find the entire programme here.

I went to see the water light show the other night, and I was extremely impressed. Take a little picnic dinner and some drinks, and set yourself up in front of the Great Lake at about 9.30pm. The show starts at 10pm every night, but it can get quite crowded!

The show is controlled by two artists, who sync the display to an amplified soundtrack. One controls the water jets while the other controls the extravagant lighting system. The theme of the music changes over the course of the summer as well.

It’s free, it’s romantic, it’s beautiful and awe-inspiring; a definite must see while in Hamburg.