48 hours in Hamburg

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Hamburg is known as the second city of Germany and with a flight time of just over an hour from London there really is no better excuse for a little German break away to what I like to think of as Berlin's cool and cute little Sister.

Where we stayed...

Sir Nikolai 

A beautifully designed group of boutique hotels (Amsterdam, Berlin, Ibiza being some of the other locations) situated in the old town and only a short  walk to the developing area of Hafencity. I came across this hotel by chance on a really great deal on Expedia. It's only been open a couple of months and it already comes highly recommend. The hotels interior is pretty much goals, v.swish and swanky. Our room came with a hi-tech room bedside panels that controlled all the lights and electronics, had an amazing waterfall shower and the most exquisitely comfortable beds and duvet. The hotel itself is set in a such a convenient location with great transport links across the city and friendly staff to top it off.

Where we went...

Probably our favourite area in Hamburg that we explored and only a short metro ride away from our hotel. It could definitely be described to having a Berlin vibe. After a Google search on Thursday night Matt came across KNUST an indie music venue that regularly has live bands and has completely vegan Thursdays. When we arrived I first noticed the photoautomat across the road from the station (win!) and as we walked towards the bar we noticed the amount of colourful and fun graffiti dotted about everywhere. We drank beer and ate vegan bratwurst outside on the bandstand and noticed all the cute dogs with their v.cool owners hanging outside of the vinyl stores. 

Botanical Garden
A little oasis in the city, a beautiful garden and a place of serenity. Spending time in the sunshine, masses of green, rose gardens, flowers and my dream man, that's pretty much my ideal afternoon right there.

This quarter of Hamburg is the work of urban regeneration. Surrounded by the port, water side houses (which totally reminded me of Amsterdam) home to the impressive mirrored concert hall building and conveniently located adjacent to our hotel. We spent a lot of time just walking along the water and taking in the sights and sounds of the boats as they passed. You will notice just how into their sailing and naval life with all the shops dotted around Landungsbrucken.

Where we ate...

Happen Pappen
Also situated in our fave location Fedstrabe. We came here for a late brunch and coffee, it got very busy and we were there from opening time - so that's a great sign that it is indeed a popular little vegan eatery.

We also ate burgers at Franzi I would recommend the avocado burger, we also had the BBQ aubergine but didn't rate it as much. Other then that and the bratwurst from KNUST we mainly loaded up on snacks really from the local supermarket, naughty but oh so nice.

Where we drank delicious coffee...

A perfect coffee shop on two levels where they roast all the beans and make their on blends on site. The food also looked really good but we didn't try any as not so sure it was all that vegan friendly. 

I really loved this coffee stop! After having the best iced oatly lattee when we arrived in Hamburg I had a good stalk of their Instagram and anywhere who photographs the four legged friends that visit is waaaay cool in my books plus the look of the shop just did it for me big time that we had to visit for another coffee before we left on the Saturday.

My little tip off of where not to visit imo is to avoid the Hauptbahnhof Sud area if possible - apart from visiting the Art and Industry museum (Which we didn't end up doing in the end) which is luckily just opposite the station as you come out. We ended up going to Franzi for burgers that I mentioned above and that area was nice enough but the walk to it was a little sketchy. So definitely not somewhere I'd recommend being by yourself or visiting at night.

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