The best Things to Do in Hamburg in Winter
When a cold winter breeze blows over the Hanseatic city, it’s nice to find some cosy places where you can sit and linger. Whether it’s warmth, atmospheric lighting, music or good company – Hamburg exudes warmth and comfort in many different ways.
Winter in Hamburg – The best to do and see
Pauline (Neuer Pferdemarkt 3, 20359 Hamburg)
This lovingly furnished café on two floors is located on the border between Sternschanze and St. Pauli. While downstairs you’re snug and cosy with thick cushions and subdued lighting, upstairs it’s the many loving details that make you feel at home. You can enjoy an excellent breakfast here, with vegan food, cheese, cold meats or salmon served on a tiered stand. Booking required.
Mathilde Bar Ottensen (Kleine Rainstraße 11, 20146 Hamburg)
And after your shopping trip you can enjoy a nice cup of coffee or a good cocktail in front of a roaring fire. Sink into the armchairs at Mathilde Bar, watch the flickering flames and ponder the meaning of life on your own or with a friend. Even if it’s not always quite so profound, Mathilde Bar is always worth a visit, because the culinary delights are regularly supplemented by cultural events: Be it a poetry slam or a live act – there is always a great mix of warmth, cosiness and culture. Mon-Sat from 5 p.m.
Kaufmannsladen (Bahrenfelder Straße 203, 22765 Hamburg)
When you enter the small and cosy world of the Kaufmannsladen shop, you will be surprised how much you can fit into such a small space. The Kaufmannsladen offers honest good-quality products at reasonable prices that will make your heart beat faster, such as olive wood crockery, Bunzlauer ceramics, dry fruit, honey and spices. What more could you want?! Ottensen’s many boutiques and shops are perfect for window shopping. If you take a stroll along the western part of Ottensen’s high street you are bound to find a new favourite piece.
Frau Möllers (Lange Reihe 96, 20099 Hamburg)
Frau Möllers is always busy: the waiting staff whizz around the tables and the boys behind the bar pull beer after beer. Slightly out of place, you see a man sitting on a bar stool absorbed in a newspaper, there are candles flickering on the tables and their wax is dripping onto wine bottles. Here you’ll find students as well as groups of older regulars all enjoying the pub’s authenticity. And they serve hearty food at reasonable prices: fried potatoes with meat loaf and fried egg (7.90 euros), open sandwiches (from 3 euros), chili con carne or Hawaii toast (both for 4.40 euros).
HVV ferries (start: Landungsbrücke 1)
Unbelievable, but true: On the HVV ferries the temperatures are tropical. If you’re on a small budget, you can take a little break and sail from the jetty to the Elbe Philharmonic Hall in the cosy warmth of the ferry (the waves make the experience even more meditative). Once you’re on the other side, you can take the longest escalator in Europe up to the Plaza, where you will feel the ice cold wind blowing in your face again. Admission is free.
Birdland (Gärtnerstraße 122, 20253 Hamburg)
Birdland has been celebrating passionate jazz again since 2014. Following a break of a year and a half, the founder’s sons together with the guys from “Freundlich + Kompetent” have revived this music club and have continued the musical tradition ever since. The wood panelled cellar club with subdued lighting features weekly live performances of jazz and singer-songwriters.
Passage cinema (Mönckebergstraße 17, 20095 Hamburg)
Cinemas are cozy places, especially in the winter. While there is snow and ice outside, you can enjoy the latest Hollywood film or an alternative highlight on the big screen. In the Passage cinema in the city center, golden wallpaper meets Chesterfield armchairs art deco elements. The large cinema auditorium also features particularly comfortable and springy seats. You’ll encounter a mixed crowd here who will all laugh and cry together. If you prefer watching films in their original language, then you should visit the Savoy in St. Georg, which was reopened in 2013. Here time seems to stand still.
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