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Shopping and cafés

In the past 15 years, cafés and fashionable shops have opened all over Hamburg. When you attend the 2019 Rotary International Convention there from 1 to 5 June, take a little time to experience what the city has to offer.

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On a sunny day, start with breakfast by the shores of the Outer Alster Lake (Außenalster) on the deck of AlsterCliff, a café with stunning views. Try the “Seaside,” scrambled eggs on dark rye bread topped with tiny shrimp.

From here you can stroll into the Pöseldorf neighborhood, which boasts cozy restaurants, art galleries, antique shops, and high-end boutiques. Or take the steamboat that departs every hour from the Fährdamm dock to the Jungfernstieg, a historic lakeside boulevard in the heart of the city. 

On the Jungfernstieg and adjoining streets, you can snack and people-watch in one of the numerous cafés. You’ll find international stores such as Apple, Hermès, and Gucci, along with family-run businesses such as Chocolaterie Leysieffer. Make sure you visit Steiff, the teddy bear maker, inside the traditional brick mall called Levantehaus, and check out the stylish Europa Passage designed by star architect Hadi Teherani. 

For alternative fashion and design, head to the Karolinenviertel, a vibrant artists neighborhood with studios and shops run by young local designers. Enjoy a German-style cheesecake at Gretchens Villa

– Gundula Miethke