by Carolyn
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Hi my dears, it’s been a while, but now I’m back from our 3 weeks vacation in our hometown, Hamburg. It’s been a great, but busy time. We had the honor to be part of our friend’s wedding, with all the preparation and the ceremony itself. I’m sure everyone of you who have helped organize or have organized a wedding themselves knows that this is not a walk in the park. But the reward is great; a happy, unforgettable day with lots of love and laughter, good food and music. Now I’m happy to be back and looking forward to share new discoveries with you guys.
I would love to start with the lovely neighborhood we lived in before we moved to SF. It’s called Ottensen and it’s one of the most upcoming neighborhood in Hamburg. Ottensen gets it’s charm from the old factory buildings with hidden yards, small craftman homes, nearness to the harbour, plenty of small cafés and shops, weekly farmers markets and the great vibe of the multi-cultural population. You will find the hipster mom instagraming while sitting next to the turkish granny with knitting needles in the park. No matter if it’s summer or winter there is always something going on in Ottensen. You could say Ottensen is a small village in a big town. If you ever travel to Hamburg, Ottensen is definitely a neighborhood to see. Enjoy my old neighborhood!
Note: Ottensen has tons of restaurants, shops and cafes and interesting places, these are only some of my favorites.

Luna Sel : Best tapas in town; great mix of turkish and spanish tapas. Tip: Order some tapas to go and walk to Altoner Balkon, about 5 min, for a romantic picnic date night.
Bok : Asian Food for unbeatable price and taste
Schweizweit : Plunge into the world of cheese fondue and other swiss products.
Knuth: An Ottensen institution for all breakfast and laid back coffee lovers.
Café Schmidt : Serves one of best breakfasts and best cakes I ever had. Their hot chocolate is crazy good. It’s a self-made mix.
Goldene Gans : culinary dishes at it’s best, influenced by french cuisine
Hatari : good old german food. You have to try the “Flammkuchen”.
Elbfisch : If you like fish, this is your place.
Eisliebe: be prepared to wait to get best ice cream in Ottensen.
Nostalgia bei Sotiris : rustic, cozy greek spot with great food.
Pastelaria E Cafe Veloso III : galao and Portuguese pastries for a perfect day.

FKids : New and vintage fashion
Oak : New kind in town with street fashion brands
Sue : Urban fashion with a playful twist. Love their fitting rooms.
Bonsche Laden : home-made candy with best ingredients.You can also have a look how they make the bontsche, german slang for bonbon.
Zeitlos: shabby chic home accessories mostly from danish brands. My favorite stop for gifts.
Kochkunst & Ko : Everything a kitchen lover’s heart is craving for.
Konus: Design furniture and home decoration pieces.
Mercado : Cozy mall with food courts and chain shops.
Krupka : Comfortable but stylish, women shoes store.
Druckwerkstatt : My favorite paper shop ever. There is no color they don’t have.

Red Lounge : Best cocktails and funny barkeepers
Aurel : Cozy and small bar, grab your drink and sit down on the side walk, this is how the Ottensen folks do it.
Reh Bar : Enjoy your drinks in this retro bar.
Familien Eck : From the outside this bar looks like and old german pub, from the inside it’s one of the most cool bars in Hamburg.
Oxhoft & Garage : Wine tasting bar with a twist.

Schanzenstern : Hostel with reasonable prices, good quality and organic food in the center of Ottensen.
25h Hotel : Affordable design hotel with love for details.
Best Western : Proven quality and top location.

Some nice AirBnb spots in Ottensen:
Apartment 1 | Apartment 2 | Apartment 3 | Apartment 4 | Apartment 5

1. Have a walk in the old Zeise factory. This was the biggest german ship propeller factory, now it’s home to movie theater, galleries and fine restaurants. Check out their open air movie dates if you are visiting in the summer.

2. Take a blanket, have a walk to Altoner Balkon and enjoy the view of the harbor.

3. Stroll the land-marked Zeiß Street with its small homes. I loved that this street was around the corner of our apartment.

4. Do the Ottensen rally or tour with Landgang. Funny way to get to know a neighborhood.

5. Order a coffee at Gazoline bar, have a seat and watch the people.

Did you like the guide? If you have any other questions, let me know!

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