Hamburg is the one!
Far to the north, around 100 km from the North Sea, lies the home of Germany’s largest ocean port: Hamburg. A modest metropolis with a magnetic pull. Its 1.8 million residents are passionate about their city and its many faces: window shopping in elegant Eppendorf, rambling in the Niendorfer Gehege, enjoying an aperitif on the Alsterwiesen, an Astra beer on the Schanze and world-class concerts in the impressive “Elphi”. With waterways everywhere you turn: canals and runnels called “Fleete”, often surrounded by greenery. Hamburg is a great place to live and work and numerous big businesses are headquartered here. No wonder the Hanseatic city is rated internationally as one of the top 20 cities with the best quality of life. For those of us who live here, of course, there can only be one!
Cosmopolitan, urban, lively
HafenCity and the Überseequartier district offers so much more than just modern architecture: it manages to perfectly combine progress with regard for the natural world, while creating options for an ideal work-life balance. Nine museums, two cinemas, exciting festivals, events and, of course, the “Elphi”: recreational options are unlimited here. As for the population structure: 66.9% of buildings are multi-person households, households with children are 8%, which is higher than the Hamburg average. Since 2011, at least one third of all apartments are publicly subsidised. Three community centres will become meeting places for local residents, as well as offering space for educational, play and creative activities.
1Yokohama Coffee BarYokohamastraße 10, 20457 Hamburg
2PRIME TIME fitnessÜberseeboulevard 3, 20457 Hamburg
3BreuningerHübenerstraße 8, 20457 Hamburg
4Coast by EastGroßer Grasbrook 14, 20457 Hamburg
5Spielplatz GrasbrookparkAm Grasbrookpark, 20457 Hamburg
6Fähre Hadag Linie 72Haltestelle Elbphilharmonie
7Eric:BarbierÜberseeboulevard 2, 20457 Hamburg
8Float HamburgAm Kaiserkai 42, 20457 Hamburg
9Astor Film LoungeAm Sandtorkai 46a, 20457 Hamburg
10The TableShanghaiallee 15, 20457 Hamburg
A day in HafenCity
Want to know what life is like in HafenCity? No problem: Join Mr and Mrs Lyte for a little tour. They know the neighbourhood like the back of their hand and can show you what a typical day here might look like.
Yokohama Coffee Bar
Coffee isn’t just hot brown liquid. Whether it’s an espresso, a cappuccino, a flat white, galão or the rediscovered classic, filter coffee, the key to it all is the bean. At Yokohama they source all their beans from fair trade producers, for the classic filter coffee bean from a whole range of regions of the world. Here, directly overlooking the Lohsepark, you can also enjoy delicious cakes, fresh juices and a great atmosphere. And yes, professional yachtsman Boris Herrmann also drinks his coffee here.
Push your limits and get a sweat on, whether with a personal trainer or in small groups – the priority of this club is to help their members reach their personal fitness goals. There’s a curated system of state-of-the-art training equipment, among others from the brand Keiser, which, instead of weights, uses variable air resistance, a technology that NASA has made use of with great success. Oh and, of course, you can also train on the XL roof terrace – with a view over the Elbe River.
The luxe Stuttgart-based department store has been around for 140 years now, and is opening its first – of a total of 13 branches – in Northern Germany. In HafenCity, of course. In The Lyte. Covering 14.000 m2, the luxury department store has a range of around 1500 brands, from ultra high end to sporty, from casual to formal as well as a massive range of beauty products. There’s also a café and bar. The store is scheduled to open in 2024.
Coast by East
On the terrace, you can enjoy a cool aperitif with a view of the Kaiserkai and the “Elphi”, illuminated by the setting sun. Afterwards, you can spoil yourself, enjoying the skills of the sushi master or trying one of the excellent meat or vegetarian dishes. Sounds good? Then head to Coast by East, which opened in 2012 on the Marco Polo Terraces and has since attracted locals and visitors from all over the world.
Children setting sail and exuberantly shouting “Ahoy” while the seagulls circle above them – that’s just a part of everyday life on the large playground in Grasbrookpark: it boasts a pirate ship named “Wellenkrone” in the middle of the playground. There are also tree houses, balancing ropes and nets on different levels, swings, seesaws, trampolines and a real bucket excavator all waiting to be explored.
Fähre Hadag Linie 72
HafenCity is just waiting to be discovered from the water! Th most enjoyable route is that of the 72 ferry, one of the Hadag ferries that have been making their rounds here since 1888: contemplate the industrial charm of the port, discover the grace of the Elbphilharmonie or just take a break. Ahoy, the loveliest of all cities!
At Eric:Barbier it’s all about the finest in gentlemen’s grooming, where you can treat yourself to your own personal care programme in a traditional atmosphere. Some beard styling, a facial, hair cut or a manicure: Eric:Barbier was opened on the Alster in 2000 and was so well received that they opened a new branch in HafenCity in 2018. Meanwhile, the barbers was named one of the “Top Six Barbershops in Europe” by the men's magazine GQ. Hats off!
Self-care is also on the agenda. In the extra-large flotation tanks, the salt in the 32°C warm water ensures a feeling of absolute weightlessness. The effect: deep relaxation. Other positive side effects include relief of spinal tension, sore muscles and joints.The salt brine is also great for any minor skin issues. Apparently, it also helps to ease the symptoms of jet lag and there’s even room for two.
Astor Film Lounge
In the Astor Film Lounge, they’ve gone back in time to give you the best cinematic experience: sink into comfy armchairs (1.75 metres of legroom in the boxes), order drinks to be served at your seat, and watch a good film in an elegant ambience. This luxurious cinema has three screens and brings old Hollywood splendour to HafenCity. You won’t find many blockbusters here, however, as the programme is more arthouse, regularly showing film classics and live broadcasts of operas.
The single wave-shaped countertop, made of dark cherry wood, is a real talking point at the restaurant of Kevin Fehling, who holds three Michelin stars. That is, until the first amuse-bouches arrive from the open kitchen. With the first bite, you’ll forget the surroundings as you embark on a culinary journey to the most diverse regions of the world. First class, naturally.