Hamburg Christmas market
Hamburg has many Christmas markets but for one of the prettiest, head to the Rathaus (town hall). Held in the shadow of this impressive building, the market is an undeniably festive event, with a wealth of stalls selling handcrafted Christmas decorations, gingerbread and souvenirs. Old-fashioned carousels add much charm, and with plenty of warming mugs of glühwein on offer this is a must-do experience in Hamburg.
Hamburger Weihnachtsmarkt, Rathausmarkt, 20095 Hamburg
Isemarkt farmers’ market
Stretching for about 1km across the pretty Eppendorf district, Isemarkt is Europe’s longest market. It is the most renowned weekly market in the city and is a lively, upscale event with more than 200 traders, including many artisans, selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to unique handmade items. Be sure to visit the Olive de Lux stall whilst there.
Isemarkt, Isestrasse 1-73, 20144 Hamburg
First established in 1703, Hamburg’s Fischmarkt is one of the city’s most famous and most traditional markets. Every Sunday morning it welcomes thousands of discerning foodies, locals and visitors, eager to get the best deals or simply to take in the colourful atmosphere. It is located beside the River Elbe in the shadow of Hamburg’s historic fish auction hall and it offers everything from fish sandwiches and fresh fruit to flowers and clothes. The market is a true spectacle with stalls and even car boots presenting a wealth of choice.
Fischmarkt, Grosse Elbstrasse 9, 22767 Hamburg
Flohschanze flea market
Be sure to make the journey to Flohschanze flea market in the Schanze district to enjoy an impressively flamboyant event. Taking place every Saturday from 8am to 4pm, the market is a great place to hunt for antique items, second-hand clothes, jewellery and household items. Spend the morning browsing the goods on offer and then enjoy a coffee or lunch in the increasingly chic Karoviertel neighbourhood nearby.
Flohschanze, Neuer Kamp 30, 20357 Hamburg
Although Goldbekmarkt is not as big as some of the other markets in Hamburg, its idyllic location on the canal in Winterhude makes it a must-visit. Held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, it is a great place to pick up fruit, vegetables, spices and pasta as well as freshly cut flowers. A visit here makes for a very pleasant morning or afternoon, particularly given that there are lots of enticing coffee and cake shops nearby.
Goldbekmarkt, Goldbekufer, 22303 Hamburg