This historical workers' district has become a refuge for artists and those who love experiencing the city in an alternative way. While there is no shortage of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes, someone must be given priority.
Boutiques, bars, restaurants and cafes, all with a quirky vibe by day and a cool vibe in the evening. Leave the Reeperbahn to tourists and head straight for Schanzenviertel (known as “Schanze” by the locals). In the Altona district, near the center, the once working-class neighborhood has recently seen targets and rents skyrocket, so much so that the original residents have been pushed out. The same Rote Flora, the former theater transformed until 1989 into a social center for protesting squatters, has gone through several ownership troubles even if it continues to be a symbol of the alternative scene, and is now known for political and cultural events, especially musical ones (punk, reggae, ska, dub, drum 'n' bass, techno and goa trance).
“We stock nearly every kind of music. From the best in underground rock and hip-hop, soul, electronica, soundtracks, new and classic jazz, world music, roots music and experimental music ". What is certain is that, even in the digital age, it is worth taking a tour, getting lost in the thousands of vinyls and chatting with the staff, who "will be happy to assist you, whether your interest is Frank Sinatra or Anderson Paak".
This delightful café was originally a dairy and the old tiles on the walls date back to that time, 1905. When the current owner Matthias Max first saw their decorations, he thought: "It looks like a wedding cake!". He was right on the money. In the center of the room, there is a counter overflowing with cakes, pies and cupcakes. The laboratory on the back is clearly visible. Any ideas for breakfast? Fresh mint tea, hand-filtered coffee or a chocolate in "Herr Max-Style", with artisanal buttered rolls and croissants and homemade jams. Wide vegan offer.