What To Do in Hamburg
Ahoi Hamburg. After opening the Ruby Hans Workspaces directly at the ‘Hamburger Fleet’ at the beginning of the year, we’re beyond excited to announce that also Ruby Lotti Hotel & Bar just opened its doors.
In the heart of the city and immediate vicinity of the workspaces, our hotel welcomes you with a unique view overlooking the tranquil water canals. We just fell for Hamburg. That’s why we’ve put together some of our first discoveries and favourite shops, cafés and more to help you make the most of your stay.
The flea market at Flohschanze clearly is the coolest flea market in Hamburg. Every Saturday between 8:00am and 4:00pm really great things are sold here: Dutch bicycles, guitars, antique furniture and lots of deco-stuff. So there is a great chance to go home with a real new favourite.
- Abicht Harbour Cruise
The harbor of Hamburg is the biggest in Germany and a cruise through the harbor area is a must do for visitors of Hamburg. The tour passes by large container ships, the famous Speicherstadt as well as the impressive Elbphilharmonie.
Our Ruby guests get a special deal for the harbour cuises of Abicht, just ask our hosts at Ruby Lotti and receive 20% off the price.
- Hinz & Kunzt City Tour
Hamburg has many sides. This city tour leads to places that are not listed in any travel guide, but it shows the city as hardly anyone knows it. Former homeless show you how homeless people live in Hamburg. With this city tour, they want to arouse understanding for the world of those affected and show that the city must remain open to all.
- Hamburg City Cycles
Discovering Hamburg by bike is a lot of fun. You will see a lot and your feet will definitely not hurt the next day. Hamburg City Cycles offers guided bike tours, which are carried out by locals. The guides like to tell exciting and personal anecdotes, so that no tour is alike to the other.
- Park Fiction
The Park Fiction located in St. Pauli definitely is an extraordinary park – plastic palm trees, a planted magic carpet and a stunning view at Hamburg’s harbor make it more an art project than a park. Planned in the 90s, during a phase in which the housing market in St. Pauli was highly competitive, the park has become a symbol of resistance against the city’s development plans.
Just a short walk separates us from the Speicherstadt. It was build as a free zone to transfer goods without paying customs and is the worlds’ largest warehouse district. Since 2015, it is awarded the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
MUSEUMS & ART
The Deichtorhallen are amongst Europe’s largest art exhibition halls. We love the variety of interesting pictures and changing exhibitions. If you are interested in art too, make your way there.
- Gruner + Jahr World Press Photo
Every year the exhibition from the foundation “World Press Photo” is shown in 100 cities worldwide. One of them is Hamburg. For one month, the award-winning photos are shown. Since its introduction, the contest has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography competition and the winning stories are presented to millions of people worldwide.
- Museum Ship Cap San Diego
The Cap San Diego is a freight ship which was built in 1961 and has now permanently anchored in Hamburg as a museum ship. Every once in a while it departs for short trips with passengers.
- Submarine U-434
Being the largest hunting and espionage submarine in the world, the U-434 now lies at the edge of the Port of Hamburg. There it reminds of the Cold War during which it served the Russian navy in espionage. The Submarine now is a museum and can be visited all year round.
- Hamburger Kunsthalle
For sure this is not an insider tip but the Hamburger Kunsthalle still is one of the best museums in Hamburg and always worth a visit. With art from the last 7 centuries, the Kunsthalle offers something for everyone.
- Was wir wirklich lieben.
The name means “What we really love” and could not fit any better to this café. Healthy, regional and something really special. “Was wir wirklich lieben” places value on good products. This is why most delicacies come directly from the café’s own farm. Herbs, potatoes, carrots and many other vegetables and fruits are grown on their own. And the eggs for your breakfast come from their own hens, who live on their farm just outside Hamburg.
- MAD about juice
We are truly mad about the juice offered here. Besides freshly pressed juices and smoothies, also healthy snacks are offered. Until now, they have three cafés spread around Hamburg and one is very close to our Lotti, directly located at the Gänsemarkt.
- Hanging Out Café
The name does not promise to much, you can really hang out here. Rocking chairs are hanging from the ceiling, relaxed music and a delicious smoothie for you. No matter how the weather is outside, we always feel like on holiday when visiting this café.
- erste liebe Bar
When leaving Ruby Lotti, you are almost standing in one of our favourite bars. The erste liebe bar is only 180m away from us and is the spot for an extensive breakfast, homemade lemonade and two changing pasta dishes for a nice lunch break. It is not only located very close to the Lotti, but also at the ideal spot to watch people passing by.
- Nord Coast Coffee Roastery
But first, coffee. We would do anything for a good coffee. You don’t have to do much, but just walk a few blocks to arrive at the Nord Coast Coffee Roastery, one of the best places for good coffee in town. An absolutely cosy and nice place for your breakfast as well.
Photo: Nord Coast Coffee Roastery
- Frau Hansen
Frau Hansen is not just the name of the store but also from the owner herself. In 2014, she opened the concept store as a place, where all the nice stuff lives. With attention to the detail, every product is chosen by the owner herself.
The Hanseplatte makes our heart spin and feel like teenagers again. They sell vinyl records from almost every artist from almost every time. And if you are not that into vinyl records, they have plenty other bits and pieces. For music lovers like us, it’s impossible to leave without buying anything.
At the Lagerhaus you can buy useful, pretty and exceptional stuff for your own home or as presents for your loved ones. Here you will find everything that makes your cozy home even more beautiful. And if you need a short break in between strolling through the Lagerhaus, go to Sando and Ichi for a great Japanese Sandwich.
- Little Department Store
The Little Department Store definitely is one of our favourite stores in Hamburg. The store mainly is for women and they sell all these things you will fall desperately in love with: clothes, accessoires, decoration and many more. Make your way to the lovely neighboorhoud of Eppendorf and discover the nicely chosen products of the owner. Luckily, if you are already in the area: ‘Hello Love’ is located just around the corner.
- Hello Love
This store is located in the heart of Eppendorf, one of the nicest district in Hamburg, which is totally worth the underground-ride. You won’t just be able to discover Eppendorf, but can end your stroll at Hello Love. And if you have no time left, but still want to shop at our favourite store: For some time now, they also have an online-shop.
Photo: Hello Love
- Queen for a Day
Cashmere, Glitter and Colours. At Queen for a Day you will find special labels, selected cosmetic products, jewellery and accessoires, which are not available everywhere. The owner also has her own clothing brand, which is sold here.
At Rebelle, you will find second-hand designer pieces. Mostly really special ones and still in great condition.
Welcome in a Pink World. This store is sure to make women’s hearts beat faster and the best part is that the pieces are often single items, something special and the prices are even affordable.
- Fräulein Wunder
Fräulein Wunder mainly sells Scandinavian fashion and womens clothing: necklaces, purses, shoes and bags. All things that women can never get enough of.
Photo: Fräulein Wunder
The name of the restaurant could not fit any better as this is one of the nicest patios in Hamburg we’ve been too. Additionally, the small tapas plates are great to share and always delicious.
- Pizza Social Club
Nothing brings people together like good pizza – the credo of the Pizza Socia Club and we must admit that this statement can be true. So if you are looking for really good pizza with a modern twist, you might like this spot.
- Atelier F
Atelier F offers a fusion kitchen in a personalized atmosphere. French food is redefined, urban prepared and mixed with American classics. The restaurant is located right on the water from where you have a view on the Fleet. One of our favourite spots to have a short rest during a long shopping day.
- Shiso Burger
The famous Asian burger concept from Berlin made its way to Hamburg and we could not be happier about this. The menu is simple and the burger categorize themselves into beef, fish and veggie. They definitely have something for everyone and to our mind, Shiso Burger is always worth a visit.
Photo: Shiso Burger
BARS & CLUBS
- Le Lion
Le Lion is named to be one of the best bars in town and also one of the stand out cocktail bars in Germany. It’s a very classic bar with a sophisticated ambience, where the bartenders really know their business and every cocktail is worth a try. So if you have a thing for cocktails, make your way here.
- Good Old Days
A bar in the style of the 30s: The music but also the drinks are made as nearly 100 years ago. We cannot recommend any special drink as the menu changes every few weeks, but the owners only use high-quality ingredients and make their drinks with love.
Mojo opened its doors in 1989, closed in 2003 and re-opened in 2013. And since then, it is impossible to imagine Hamburg without. Because Mojo is not a normal club, but rather a concert hall. Regulary musicians are visiting to play concerts here and if you like jazz and soul, you should visit on Saturdays.
- Brüder Lund
A wine bar with a Nordic kitchen inspired by Denmark, the home country of the two brothers. Brüder Lund is a great all-day-location with a really good Danish cuisine, best wines and an absolute feel-good atmosphere included.
Photo: Brüder Lund