Both Flea markets and weekly food markets have been around in Hamburg long before it became the cool thing to do in other cities. It is a lifestyle here, where many Germans often get their weekly groceries from their neighborhood outdoor markets.
Most neighborhoods in Hamburg have a weekly market where fresh and regional produce are sold. Anything from vegetables to fruits, eggs and milk, bread and flowers fill the stands. Farmers from the surrounding areas sell food and merchandise that is in season and hand made. There are also food stands with fresh baked goods, coffee and depending on the neighborhood specialities such as vegan and burgers. Large economy size refrigerators are uncommon in Germany so people tend to buy fresh food every few days. They believe in eating well and knowing where the food comes from. Meeting at the local market is a chance to see your neighbors, talk to the vendors, and discuss daily life. Its something that is greatly enjoyed and can give you a deeper meaning to the culture and how people relate to their food.
The largest outdoor market is in the neighborhood of Eppendorf. The Isemarkt has over 200 vendors running almost one kilometer long underneath he raised train tracks, giving it a covering which enables it to be there rain or shine. Here you will also find unique products made by local artists.
Another type of beloved market is flea markets.
There are many different kinds and some that are combined with street festivals that happen annually. The children flea markets happen regularly and there you can find second hand clothes, toys, books and furniture at a greatly reduced price. In Bahrenfeld, the weekly flea market occurs twice a week and is more fixed. There are a few food stands but mostly you will find clothes, knick knacks, and furniture. For a chance to find vintage items from Germany’s past, flea markets are your best bet.
Markets are an important part of the German culture.
Whether it’s food or flea markets, people go there to buy items that they cannot find in the conventional shops. You will see spices and honey that you will not find at your local supermarket. You will understand the origin of your food by getting to know the vendors. You will get the chance to recycle your carbon foot print by purchasing used and vintage pieces, having a piece of history in your own home. It is one of the gems of Hamburg, to have access to reliable markets that offer the best of the city.
Dates: Tuesdays & Fridays, 8:30 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Location: Isestrasse; Underground station Hoheluftbrücke or Eppendorfer Baum
Flohdom Bahrenfelder Trabrennbahn
Dates: Wednesdays 7:00am- 3:00pm, Saturdays 9:00am- 3:00pm
Location: Luruper Chaussee 30, 22761 Hamburg