If you’ve been to Hamburg at least once if your life, you’ll probably know the Fish Market by the Elbe. Every Sunday, up to 70,000 people come here to enjoy the location and barter over fresh fish, fresh fruits and exotic plants. The market brings together early birds and night owls with its blend of live music at sunrise and a view of the harbour. But there are many other markets in Hamburg that are just as popular, not just for their products but also because of the people and their life stories. STORiES magazine had a look around.
Goldbekufer Farmers Market | This farmers market in Hamburg-Winterhude is situated along the idyllic Goldbekkanal. An authentic market experience awaits Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. with fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and meat from the region, and specialty foods from all over the world including organic products, spices, cheese and even artisanal crafts. Despite the exclusive location, the prices are actually quite reasonable. For a little something to eat, there’s coffee and cakes, waffles and muffins or savoury snacks – leisurely consumed standing or sitting at the stalls while observing the goings-on.
St. Pauli Night Market | The St. Pauli Night Market is held right in front of ARCOTEL Onyx, on Spielbudenplatz in the heart of the Reeperbahn. Open Wednesdays from 4.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m., the market is a popular meeting place for locals and market visitors. Besides the fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese and meat from the region, there also is a large selection of street food. A special feature is the long open-air table for sitting and chilling in the fresh air. Come springtime, the St. Pauli Night Market also includes cocktail bars and more seating for a real summertime feel.
Isemarkt | This farmers market, which stretches for 600 metres between U-Bahn stations Eppendorfer Baum and Hoheluftbrücke, has been called the most beautiful farmers market by visitors from all over the world. The lively market is open Tuesdays and Fridays with a wide selection offered by the more than 200 vendors that includes fruits and vegetables, farm-fresh eggs, local meat, brick-oven bread, noodles, oils, cheese and coffee. Plus, of course, freshly fished fish: North Sea sole, bream, turbot and bass, squid and shrimp. The selection will be sure to make your mouth water. A good idea then is a fish sandwich for a little something in between!
Harburg Sand Farmers Market | If you’re interested in the history of Hamburg’s market traditions, then this is the place for you. The farmers market at Harburg Sand is the city’s oldest, dating back to the year 1612. Open Monday through Saturday, this market is worth the trip to Hamburg-Harburg. And it is easily accessible by S-Bahn (Harburg Rathaus station)!
The latest trend! The food truck market is held on Spielbudenplatz every Thursday, right beside the ARCOTEL Onyx. Visitors are greeted with a selection of food trucks offering culinary delicacies from the local region and further afield.
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