fischmarkt hamburg

A visit to Hamburg would not be complete without a visit to the famous Fischmarkt (fish market). Be forewarned: get there early. 5am early! Everything is over by 9:30am. We got there around 6:30am, so we were already a bit late. The reason I say this is because the fish sells out fast, and you do not want to leave without having tasted a Fischbrötchen (fish sandwich) or two… or three. Alternatively, you can make sure you are one of the first ones there if you go to the night-long party that takes place in the old fish market building. And the Hamburgers know how to party.

One of the highlights of the market is definitely the guys selling the fish, or as we liked to call them “the fish nazis”. These guys can shout. And they shout a lot. You can also get fresh fruit and vegetables, pasta, cheese and chocolate here. The thing that really intrigued me was how the different sellers pre-packaged what they were selling into 10 euro “lucky packets”. It seemed you could do a whole week’s shopping here for under 50 euro.

fish stalls

hamburg harbour

10 euro fruit basket

old fish market

nothing beats ending a long night with a currywurst or sugar waffle

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