We love markets. These are the places where the soul of a city is and where one can get to know the local community. The Fischmarkt of Hamburg opens up only on Sunday, from 7 to 9.30 (time can be different in summer time). It is kind of hard to get up early in the cold weather, specially on Sunday, but we finally made it (at our third attempt)!
The market it quite big with dozens of trucks and vendors’ boots. We arrived around 8:30am, it was quite full already. Later on around 9am, you could hear more and more shouting from the vendors who tried to sell as much as possible during the last 30min.
It is customary to get some breakfast at the market, where you can find fish hamburgers, sweet fried dough balls (we quite like it, although for Peppe is more like he is used to sweet breakfast) and coffee & croissant.
Well, one mission for this market visit was to find some good crabs and finally cook the “Crabs Stirred with Rice Cake” dish.
Apart from fresh seafood, you can also find smoked ones. Sometime you will also hear fish vendor sing when packing for guests.
10 Eur you can get a big basket full of fruits, vendors make all the combinations for the customers.
There is always space for sausages obviously in Germany, and spices also are not missing.
Some sweets vendors were particularly excited, starting to throw chocolate over the crowd, reason why was one of the most popular boots, blocking the entire street.
One pretty peculiar attraction of the Fischmarket in Hamburg is the former Auction Hall. It hosts several snack bars and coffee shops and there is live music from early morning until the closure of the market. Many people decides to finish their Saturday night out at the Fischmarkt, drinking a beer and dancing rock music.
The vendors’ boots in the indoor hall are a bit fancier than the ones outside.
The band rocked for the entire morning.
Well…and the crowd was really wild.
Hamburg Sunday Fish Market
St. Pauli Fischmarkt 2, 20359 Hamburg
(November to March) 7:00 am – 9:30 am
(April to October) 5:00 am – 9:30 am