Hamburg, Germany – Designers’ Hotspots

Hamburg, Germany – Designers’ Hotspots

From the fish market and over the piers in St. Pauli through the “Reeperbahn” and all the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Speicherstadt (port warehouses), one can experience the raw industrial romanticism and view the several points of interest, historic and cultural attractions, circumscribed by waterways that must be experienced and its several green areas. It has shops, showrooms, cafes and restaurants that represent from the traditional all the way to the modern. These places, through the close cooperation between gastronomes, designers and interior designers will make your visit to Hamburg and, of course, a shopping spree there, a singular experience.

Enjoy the Hanseatic serenity of the people who live there and dive into the design city of Hamburg, which offers you interesting design locations, extraordinary opportunities for shopping and also an attractive gastronomic scene for your evenings there, aside from exclusive places to stay at.


The Empire Riverside Hotel

The Empire Riverside Hotel is located north of the St. Pauli Landungsbrücken (piers). It is right in the centre of the circle between the Reeperbahn, the harbour and Speicherstadt. Its imposing, bronze cladded hotel tower integrates itself wonderfully with the silhouette of the city through its timeless elegance. Its Hanseatic understatement is considered a landmark of the lively and trendy neighbourhood. From each and every one of the four different types of rooms as well as from the Junior Suites, you have an unparalleled view of the Harbour of Hamburg, the Elbe and the City Centre. The pleasures of the palate are satisfied at the Waterkant Restaurant with its open kitchen and the two bars at the hotel provide you with the conviviality that you may desire in the evening.


The Fischrestaurant Waterkant in the Empire Riverside Hotel gives you a stupendous view of the docks, where the cruise ships dock and steam by. Its modern and, at the same time, comfortable atmosphere with its unique design has been created on the drawing board of the British star architect, David Chipperfield. It has panoramic windows, a six meter long bar and a lounge area. The Waterkant has adequate space to accommodate 115 guests comfortably. There is always fresh fish on the menu, which is grilled and prepared right in front of the guests in the open show kitchen.

Skyline Bar 20up and David’s Bar

The Skyline Bar 20up is a really special place with a spectacular view of the Elbe and the harbour. It is situated on the 20th floor of the Empire Riverside Hotel and is considered to be one of the most exclusive watering places in Hamburg. Cocktails, Caribbean creations, aperitifs and the very finest Sushi specialities are on the menu here. Those, who want to take a seat at the 20 meter long bar made of black artificial stone with a bronze mesh alongside, should follow the sportive elegant dress code of the 20up.

Aside from the 20up, the David’s Bar is also available on the ground floor in the style of a lounge with a fireplace. This is the ideal place to end the evening with casual conversations. You can have cocktails, alcohol-free drinks and small snacks served here. Here too, excellent Sushi specialities are on offer, all of them especially created for you by Hamburg’s female Sushi-master, Tuk.

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The Table

As an alternative to restaurants in hotels, we would like to recommend to you, The Table, by the star chef, Kevin Fehling. He is the youngest three-star chef in Germany. He belongs to the elite circle of the eleven best chefs in Germany. The restaurant’s exclusive location in the centre of HafenCity, the trendy district of Hamburg, will appeal to you and the restaurant too, will delight you with its extraordinarily modern and high-class interiors. Its pure design, which is completely different from that of other exclusive restaurants, will captivate you. The harmony of its colours gives you a feeling of comfort and airiness instead of appearing to be pretentious. A curved bar made of dark cherry wood is the centrepiece of the restaurant. It invites you to be convivial and, at the same time, it also acts as a division for the seating areas that are of various sizes. The cuisine will enchant you with its modern interpretations of classic dishes of much above-average quality and nuanced by the influences of many countries. The Table is a unique experience for the gourmet who loves the extraordinary, one who likes to follow the entire preparation in the open kitchen, step by step.

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The stilwerk is a shopping centre, which has outlets by internationally known premium brands in 28 exclusive shops. It is located on the banks of the Elbe in one of the last industrial landmarks, which was redesigned by the designer, Rolf Heide. stilwerk offers lovers of design all that which makes their hearts beat faster and, at the same time, inspires them. Furnishing, planning and consultation are all possible here under one roof. The shops, representing very well-known manufacturers, offer you unique products, for example, the coveted lamp models from Artemide or the top quality, futuristic lamps by Tobias Grau. Aside from those, the design of its own formats and initiatives is also a major part of stilwerk’s core business. These would include the stilwerk magazine, which is staged once a year, and presents the best of design, interiors, culture, lifestyle and architecture.




Wohnkultur66 is an impressive showroom in the historic and well-known “Schanzenviertel” district of Hamburg. Here, admirers of Scandinavian lifestyle will certainly get their money’s worth. The very best classics of Northern design are housed here, in this old hall of a former meat processing plant. The pieces of furniture which are on display are, for example, by Finn Juhl, for whom Wohnkultur66 is the exclusive reseller. Design classics, such as the lamps by Poul Henningsen or the chairs by Hans J. Wegner and Alvar Aalto are only a few of the examples of the exceptional objects displayed here. They have been brought together with a lot of love by the owners and experts for Scandinavian design, Martina Münch and Manfred Werner. In addition to that, the two also present furniture design, Made in Austria, and conceptual designs from Vienna’s workshops from the period between the two World Wars of the last century – it is definitely worth having a look at.



Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (The Museum of Arts and Crafts)

If you are in Hamburg and have a little free time, you should visit the MKG – The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum of Arts and Crafts). Up to the 21st of January 2018, the MKG is hosting the exhibition Pure Gold: Upcycled! Upgraded!, which is all about waste as the raw material for new and high-quality design objects. Selected works of international designers are displayed here, put together by a top class team of curators, which includes names such as Volker Albus, Bahia Shehab and Zhang Jie. The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (The Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) is responsible for organising Pure Gold. It also plans to take the exhibition to 20 other locations around the world in the future.

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You can find these and many more tips with regard to interesting locations as well as a designer route for Hamburg in the Red Dot Design App, which navigates you through the districts St. Pauli and Schanzenviertel. Even when you are travelling, it will take you directly to the suggested locations via the map function or you can call up the ready-made route directly. This city has so much to offer that we shall be continuing this hotspot series for the city of Hamburg at a later date.

Posted on 22.12.2017

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