Overview of the best Shopping Malls in Hamburg

Next to sightseeing, traveling to Hamburg is a great opportunity to go shopping. The main shopping area is located in the center of the city around the Binnenalster (lake of the Alster river). Starting from Mönckebergstraße, Spitalerstraße, Jungfernstieg, or Gänsemarkt, where you’ll find popular flagship stores from various well-known brands, you can also discover luxury brands in the side roads Neuer Wall and Große Bleichen, or smaller and partly owner-managed shops within the very charming shopping malls Levantehaus, Hanse-Viertel and Galleria (street map below).

Characteristics of Hamburg’s central shopping area

Shopping in Hamburg is more than visiting a specific mall where you spend a day walking from level 1 to X. Hamburg’s shopping paradise can be best described as a multifaceted combination of various stores that are actually outside, in combination with several shopping malls of different sizes, each of them presenting a unique atmosphere and an individual up to exquisite store landscape. Most of them do also include gastronomic specialities. These restaurants and cafés often differ from the general store opening hours because they tend to start earlier, to close later, and to open on Sundays (a smaller selection).

Tip: If you plan to come shopping in Hamburg on a Sunday, be aware that retail stores are generally closed that day of the week, except for four official Shopping Sundays.

List of central Shopping Malls in Hamburg

  • Levantehaus
    Opening hours:
    Monday till Friday from 10 am – 7 pm; Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm or 8 pm

  • Europa-Passage
    The largest shopping mall in Hamburg’s city center with 120 stores on five floors and public restrooms. The Europa passage food court downstairs as well as the newly launched food sky area at the top are also very popular for a reasonably priced, quick snack. Opening hours:
    Stores Monday till Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm
    Food court Monday till Saturday from 8 am – 11 pm; Sunday from 10 am – 8 pm

  • Mellin-Passage within the Alsterarkaden
    Hamburg’s oldest and smallest shopping mall with beautiful Jugendstil ceiling painting! Opening hours: Monday till Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm

  • Bleichenhof-Passage
    Opening hours:
    Monday till Friday from 10 am – 7 pm; Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm

  • Galleria
    Opening hours:
    Monday till Friday from 10 am – 7 pm; Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm

  • Hanse-Viertel
    Opening hours:
    Monday till Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm

  • Hamburger Hof Einkaufspassage
    Opening hours:
    Monday till Saturday from 10 am – 7 pm

  • Gänsemarkt-Passage
    Opening hours:
    Monday till Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm

  • Perle Hamburg
    Opening hours:
    Monday till Saturday from 10 am – 8 pm

Tip: In case you are interested in Hamburg’s further District Shopping Malls, I listed some of them under Attractions as possible points of interest on a rainy day.

Hamburg’s central Shopping Malls in a Street Map

The following street map gives you an overview of the different shopping mall locations that are all within walking distance. If you feel like you’ve been walking too much already, let our public transportation system shorten the distances for you. The HVV MetroBuses 4 and 5 have such a high frequency that there will literally always be one in sight.

Take a break from shopping & visit Hamburg’s City Hall

On your way discovering the shopping area, you will also pass by the Hamburger Rathaus, our city hall, which is more than 100 years old and located at the end/beginning of the Mönckebergstraße. You have the opportunity to attend a guided tour of the city hall that takes approximately 40 minutes. Guided tours in English are provided on demand every hour (Monday till Friday: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm). The admission for adults is 4 €, children under the age of 14 can go free of charge. Groups of at least 15 people as well as Hamburg Card holders receive a discount of 1 € on the adults’ admission fee. Moreover, you can also visit a Hamburg Parliament Session (online registration required) or a Committee Session within the city hall because it’s not a museum, but still actively used for politics.

42 thoughts on “Overview of the best Shopping Malls in Hamburg

  1. sonja krul

    Is there any news about the days that the shops are open on Sunday in Hamburg?

    I am visiting Hamburg on the 4th May and would like to know if there are any shops open? Or perhaps flea markets/antiques markets to visit?

    thanks,
    Sonja

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      Hi Sonja,

      I just checked the dates, Shopping Sundays in 2014 are scheduled for April 6th, July 6th, September 28th and November 2nd. This means that shops will unfortunately be closed on May 4th except for a few at the central railway station (Wandelhalle).

      But you are lucky to be here when the popular Osterstraßenfest takes place with a huge flea market, live bands, and a variety of food :). You can visit the organizers’ website and check out pictures of previous events. The market opens on May 3rd from 10 am to 11 pm and continues on May 4th from 10 am to 6 pm.

      In addition, there is a nice but by comparison relatively little antique market taking place in the heart of the city, Colonnaden, between 10 am and 5 pm. You can verify the date before your arrival here.

      I hope you find this information helpful, enjoy your stay!
      Lidia

  2. Ada

    Hi Lidia,

    Nice website! The information is so useful for me because I haven’t been Hamburg.

    I’ll visit Hamburg in late October for business. So, do you have any recommendations for sightseeing or must-do-things if I only have free time on Sunday (26th), during this trip? Thanks!

    Ada

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      Hi Ada,

      thank you, I’m glad that you find my blog helpful. 🙂

      For your stay on Sunday, October 26th, I would recommend to get up early and visit Hamburg’s famous “Fischmarkt” which takes place particularly on Sunday mornings. Location: Große Elbstraße 9. Opening hours: 5 – 9:30 am from April till October and 7 – 9:30 am from November till March. More details about the event can be found here.

      Starting from there, you could take ferry line 62 to get from “Altona (Fischmarkt)” to “Landungsbrücken Brücke 1” (one station only, ticket price 1,50 €) and walk through Hamburg’s harbour area, enjoying the fascinating architecture of the Hafen City nearby as well as the old warehouse district of Hamburg’s Speicherstadt.

      If you like coffee & cake, you could then stop by the popular Kaffeerösterei for a tasty break before walking partly back to the harbour to reach the church St. Michaelis, which is not only beautiful from inside but also offers a great panoramic view over Hamburg. Location: Englische Planke 1.

      You could then visit the historic Krameramtsstuben (since 1718) that are located directly next to the church and continue to go towards Hamburg’s inner city to see Hamburg’s Rathaus (city hall), the Alster and main shopping area. Although the stores will be closed that day, you can still enter the shopping passages listed above.

      In the evening, I would recommend to visit one of the many bars and restaurants within the popular Schanzenviertel (train station “Sternschanze”) for a good dinner before walking through Hamburg’s Reeperbahn at night.

      Have a great trip,
      Lidia

  3. Phuong

    Hi there, your info about Hamburg is very very useful and structure. I like it very much and tks a lot for that:-)

    Just need your advise on how should I schedule for my fist trip there, I plan 3 day 28-30 Oct . Should I buy a Hamburg card in these days?

    Thanks for a quick reply as. i just found this page yesterday.
    Phuong

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      Hi Phuong,

      thanks for your feedback!

      The Hamburg Card can be a good choice if you wish to combine unlimited public transportation with a certain level of sightseeing. You can purchase the digital 3-Day-Ticket for 22,90 € + 1 € service fee online in advance so that it already covers the route to your hotel and back. You can also buy it at any HVV ticket vending machine once you are here.

      I would recommend to have a look at all benefits at a glance to check which tours and attractions are of interest to you as well as the corresponding savings. If your hotel is already located in a very central area and you plan to spend one day shopping, it may be cheaper to choose just a few Short/Local Journey Tickets or regular 9 am Day Tickets to explore the city.

      Best,
      Lidia

  4. Maria Elena Ciangura

    Dear Lidia

    I will be visiting Hamburg on the 30th November which is a Sunday, bring it the Christmas Season do shops open and are there any Christmas markets you can suggest please?

    I look forward to hearing from you
    Kind regards
    Maria

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      Hi Maria,

      I wish you a wonderful stay in Hamburg! Although shops will be closed that day, you can choose between a variety of beautiful christmas markets. My favorites are Rathausmarkt and the one around the church St. Petri. They are less than 5 minutes apart and offer tasty food, Glühwein, hot chocolate, and handcrafts.

      Best,
      Lidia

  5. Ladan Hosseini

    Hi there,
    I will be visiting Hamburg 2- 5 april. 2015. I would like to know any shops near the central railway station open on these days especially on Tuesday 2. april and Friday 3. april?

    Thank you in advance.

    Best Regards

    Ladan

    1. Travel to Hamburg

      Hi Ladan,

      due to Easter holidays shops in Hamburg will be closed on April 3rd (Karfreitag), 5th (Ostersonntag), and 6th (Ostermontag) 2015. This leaves Thursday or Saturday as potential shopping days. As an alternative, I would suggest visiting an Antique & Flea Market.

      Enjoy your stay,
      Lidia

  6. Jannie

    Hi.

    Are Apple Store, Jungfernstieg 12, Hamburg, open th 1. May 2015 (May Day) or any other Apple Store in Hamburg??

    Kind regards
    Jannie

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      Hi Jannie,

      May 1st is a public holiday (Tag der Arbeit), which means all stores including Apple will be closed.

      Nevertheless, I wish you a great stay!

      Best,
      Lidia

    1. Travel to Hamburg

      Hi Marie,

      the shopping malls are closed on Friday, Sunday, and Monday. Therefore, you should plan your shopping activities for Saturday, April 4th 2015. Have fun and happy Easter!

      Lidia

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      Hi Meeri,

      all stores will be closed on May 1st, 2015. But there is a nice spring flea market taking place in Altona that goes from 10 am till 6 pm, close to the train station.

      You’ll find a list of popular flea markets here.

      Enjoy your stay!
      Lidia

  7. Mauro

    Hi, congratulations for your beautiful site. Is there NO chance I can find a supermarket open on Easter Monday? I need to find some kitchenware

    1. Travel to Hamburg

      Hi Mauro,

      Thank you! Hm, the only options will be Hauptbahnhof Wandelhalle, our central train station, as well as the airport. On both locations you will find an Edeka supermarket and some other small stores but I’m not sure about their kitchenware assortment.

      Good luck!
      Lidia

    1. Travel to Hamburg

      Hi Paul,

      yes, definitely. Most cafés, restaurants, and bars are open on sundays, especially within the inner city along those areas that are popular among tourists, but also in the surrounding districts. Just to highlight a few that are located in the center, you will find nice places close to the train stations

      – Landungsbrücken or Baumwall: Portugiesenviertel
      (restaurants)
      – Sternschanze: Schanzenviertel
      (bars & restaurants)
      – Jungfernstieg: around Alsterarkaden/Colonnaden
      (cafés & restaurants)

      Have a great holiday,
      Lidia

  8. Hasna

    Hello,

    Thank you for the useful information, I will be staying in Hamburg Eppendorf, are the shopping malls too far from that location? what is the fastest way to get to the shopping malls from Hamburg Eppendorf?

    Thank you

    1. Travel to Hamburg

      Hi Hasna,

      there are a variety of shops within Eppendorf itself that will be fun to explore, e.g. around Eppendorfer Weg, but you are also located in a very central position to reach the inner city quickly. I would recommend to read my page about public transport in Hamburg and to follow the link to create a personal HVV schedule. Depending on the train or bus station that is nearest to your accommodation, it can take approx. 10 – 15 minutes to reach Jungfernstieg.

      Best,
      Lidia

  9. tasha

    Hi,
    Seen some great ideas for shopping here.bit were spending christmas in hamburg. Please advise me if you have any tips on where to shop or fun things to do on the 25th and 26th. Thanks x

    1. Travel to Hamburg

      Hi Tasha,

      visiting Hamburg around Christmas is a great time of the year, as you will find the city beautifully decorated and with many charming Christmas markets selling handcrafts and gastronomic specialties.

      December 25th and 26th, however, are relatively quiet days as everyone spends time with their family. Stores are closed, but if you like to participate in a city tour, you could join a historic city center tour or an alternative Hamburg tour, both in English on a pay-what-you-like basis.

      Enjoy your stay! 🙂
      Lidia

  10. Camilla

    Hello 🙂

    Has it already been decided, which sundays
    will be open in 2016? And if not, when will the dates be revealed/released?

    Kind regards Camilla.

    1. Travel to Hamburg

      Hi Camilla,

      the four shopping sundays for 2016 have unfortunately not been announced yet. There is no specific deadline and the Handelskammer Hamburg oftentimes releases them on relatively short notice prior to the first date. I am expecting an update in December and I will add the new shopping sundays on this page immediately. I wish you a wonderful vacation!

      Best,
      Lidia

  11. Danielle Kranenburg

    Goodmorning!

    We are considering to go to Hamburg for an inspiration trip about latest trends in retail and specific about (fruit)juices. Do you have any tips if 1) Hamburg is the place to be for this 2) where we definitely should go to? Do you have names of those stores? Would be great! Thank you for your help!

    Kind Regards, Danielle

      1. Danielle Kranenburg

        Thank you Lidia for your help! We will dive into it and if I have additional questions, maybe I’ll come back to you 😉 Thank you!!

  12. Michelle

    Great Post! I will be visiting Hamburg this year for business. This really helped because we will be making contact to many retailers during our stay. This was a big help!

  13. Loay

    Thanks for your helpful tips on the shopping malls as I only have a day to do my shopping while in Hamburg for business. Can I check with you if tax refund is easy at Hamburg airport? I tried searching the map but it indicates that the refund area is in the secured area. Meaning can I check in my shopping after refund procedure? Thanks.

    1. Travel to Hamburg

      Hi Loay,

      good question indeed. As you already noticed, Value Added Tax (VAT) can be refunded at Global Blue, located at Gate A19 behind the security controls. Nevertheless, you will still be able to check-in your shopping as the procedure is as follows: You need to go to your airline counter first to get your boarding pass and luggage tag, but inform them that you are going to claim VAT refunds. Then proceed with your luggage to the customs counter in Terminal 1, where they will verify your items and stamp your forms, and finally also collect your check-in luggage. Present the stamped receipts at the Global Blue counter once you passed the security controls, receive your VAT refund and then enjoy your flight.

      Happy shopping and a successful business trip,
      Lidia

  14. John conway

    Hi my wife is taking me to Hamburg on the 17th of February to see the miniature wonderland. We will be staying at the ibis hotel.will there be a fle market on 19th of February and what bus should we get from airport. Thank you

    1. Travel to Hamburg

      Hi John,

      what a great idea, you will surely enjoy the fascinating miniature wonderland! When you arrive at the airport, you can simply take the S1 train to reach the city center.

      Two flea markets are taking place on February 19th: Sasel-Haus and famila Reinbek. Both are unfortunately not centrally located but Google Maps will show you a good route if you are interested to visit one of them.

      Best,
      Lidia

  15. Cathy

    Hi, we’re flying out of Hamburg after our cruise ends in Kiel during the first week of May, do you know if the vat refund counter where we get our stamps are long? Do you know the approximate waiting time? Thanks

  16. Bahar

    Hi dear Lidia,

    I’m planning to visit Hamburg 28-30 of April and today when I was searching in the internet where to go shopping in Hamburg and what things to do, I found your useful tips to other visitors by chance and I couldn’t believe to see your helpful info 🙂
    actually my uncle died and was buried in Hamburg, so my main purpose of visiting Hamburg is taking my mom to his grave but I would like to spend some time in Hamburg also …
    so can you help me how to use my time at the best ?

    1. Travel to Hamburg

      Hi Bahar,

      first, my sincerest condolences on your loss. To make the most of your stay, I would recommend to spend some time exploring the main shopping area on Friday, because the stores will be noticeably emptier compared to Saturday. You could then begin Saturday with a visit of your uncle’s grave before turning to more delightful sightseeing activities, e.g. at the harbor area. Depending on your time of departure, you can leave some sights for Sunday, too. I hope this helps!

      Best,
      Lidia

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