Taking its unpredictable weather into account, Hamburg developed a system of shopping “passages,” or arcades, mostly in the Neustadt (New Town) neighborhood. I discovered several worth visiting, and fortuitously, they lead right from one to another. On a rainy or cold day, this shopping itinerary would be ideal.
Start in the Kaufmannshaus passage on Bleichenbrücke, a modern, white mall that is especially good for women’s clothing. Be sure to stop in Concept Store, which has some items by Hamburg designers. Exit on Grosse Bleichen.
Across the street is the entrance to the Hanseviertel passage, with brick-lined storefronts and a barrel-vaulted glass roof. Inside, you’ll find the music store Hanse CD, which has a strong classical and jazz selection, as well as Tott & Co. for fine men’s shoes, Gepp’s for local gourmet gifts and Confiserie Paulsen for chocolate. Stylish young women will also find plenty of tempting shops to browse. Turn to the right to exit at the far end of the block on Grosse Bleichen.