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Hamburg is not Berlin. So, don’t expect a new club or fabulous new restaurant to pop up every 24 hours. Instead, it moves at its own slower pace for hotspots and trends – which just adds to the novelty, right?
Here are 5 happenin’ spots in the town which you should check out sooner rather than later.
Just 100 meters around the corner from the Salt & Silver you will find St. Pauli’s newest bar sensation for those “in the know”. The dripBAR has a unique concept; They use a cold brew dripper – as you may know it from your friendly hipster coffee bar – allowing the water to drip for hours, filtering through the coffee grounds to give you a cold coffee with less caffeine, no bitterness and a great flavour. Instead, the inventive crew at dripBAR put aged alcoholics in to filter through various fancy ingredients with an added twist, like hazelnuts or salted peanuts. If the alcohol drips onto these nuts for hours – days even – the result is something extraordinary. This distillation process makes a unique foundation for experimental drinks. Want to try a salty peanut old fashioned? Be part of this exciting experiment and enjoy the cool atmosphere of this place.
The two iconic halls of the Deichtorhallen are not only beauties to look at with a sublime location in the city, their operators also manage to regularly put up extraordinary exhibitions for contemporary art and especially photography.
Since 1999, the Triennial of Photography has become an important and worldwide recognized festival. Every 3 years, Hamburg is the host of a great variety of exhibitions under a common motto – which in 2018 is BREAKING POINT unlearning x rethinking x restarting. There will be displays of over 320 artists, dozens of events and parties throughout the day and at night. It runs until end of September and will be, for the second time, curated by Kristof Candrowicz, the artistic director.
South of the Reeperbahn, where you have the best views of the harbour (and the sunsets), it won’t take much to find a cool spot, a chill crowd and exceptional culinary experiences. The Salt & Silver offers an unobstructed 180° view of the harbour and has a small park just meters away from their outdoor seating. You can expect a new and rather hip place for ceviche and everything involving the freshest fish with a Latin twist. Paired with a fun atmosphere and an amazing set of wines, this place is as hot as it gets. Make sure to book a table well in advance.
The MS Dockville is a music and art festival just south of Hamburg in Wilhelmsburg, an island in the river Elbe. Since 2007, the Festival has offered a superb electronic music line-up with big acts (and smaller DJ sessions) performing on the many stages. The overall vibe is always pleasant and laid-back from day one. If you live in Hamburg, there is really no need to pack a tent, like most people. You can just take the train and use one of the many shuttle busses to reach the beautiful festival area, and eventually return home to sleep in your bed – how convenient!
Food and beverages are also above average in comparison to most festivals. In 2018, the festival will be held from August 17th – 19th with a line-up that includes great live acts like Alt-J, Bonobo, Rhye, Honne and Chet Faker. If you just want to drop by for an evening, there is the chance to buy day passes.
This unique spot with its beautiful views over the Alster Lake (sunsets included here, too) has become a regular hotspot since the summer started this year. The Rooftop Bar named Campari Lounge sits atop the George Hotel in the fresh part of St. Georg, among the many cafes and shops. This Deign Hotel already has one of the best bars in Hamburg, the Dacaio, which is located right next to the lobby. But if you want some extraordinary vistas and a special variety of bar food with those drinks, you should head right to the roof – and hope for good weather! The Alster view is much calmer and cooler than the constantly moving harbour. From the music to the lighting and youthful, easygoing crowd, this is the ideal spot for your aperitif and more.
When the weather is good it can get quite crowded, so a reservation is always a good idea.