Museums

Hamburger Kunsthalle An excellent collection of works by eminent artists, spread across two buildings linked by a tunnel.

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg in miniature form in all its glory – a terrific way to get to know the city.

Internationales Maritimes Museum The history of this sea-faring city is showcased though a vast collection of maritime artefacts.

Johannes Brahms Museum Journey through the life of one of Hamburg's favourite sons, part of new music quarter in Neustadt.

Auswanderermuseum BallinStadt Engaging exploration of mass emigration from Germany between 1850 to 1930.

Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte Family-friendly history museum revealing Hamburg's fascinating past.

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hugely entertaining museum showcasing arts and crafts from around the world.

Speicherstadt Museum Captures the essence of Speicherstadt and its roots in Hamburg's trading past.

Sankt Pauli Museum Irreverent music in the the finest St Pauli tradition – a fascinating background briefer.

Architecture

Elbphilharmonie Quite simply one of the most eye-catching buildings in northern Europe and a new icon of the city.

Chilehaus Stunning 1924 building designed to look like an ocean liner.

HafenCity An entire district built from scratch and with great imagination.

Krameramtswohnungen Once almshouses, this row of 17th-century half-timbered houses has now been converted into shops and restaurants

Rathaus Opulence abounds at Hamburg's baroque town hall, one of the city's grandest structures.

Deichstrasse The intimate, charming, cobblestone side of the port area's architecture.

Tanzende Türme Two 'dancing towers' rise above the eastern entrance to Reeperbahn as if warning what lies ahead.

Dockland Another ship-like structure that watches over the water, down along the Elbmeile.

Flakturm IV Forbidding bunker and WWII relic transformed into modern-day hedonism.

Drinking & Nightlife

Molotow Reeperbahn institution that keeps getting better with age and shows no sign of slowing down.

Le Lion An outpost of Paris, this prestigious cocktail bar is for the discerning (and well-dressed) drinker.

Zum Silbersack The bar to beat all St Pauli bars, at once gritty, filled with attitude and open to everyone.

Bacaro Wine Bar Stylish, gay-friendly designer St Georg wine bar with great wine list and good food.

Gruenspan Consistently high quality live acts with the right mix of St Pauli grit.

Mojo Club World-class live jazz every night with international and local acts welcome, as long as they're good.

Indra Club A Hamburg institution, this small club was where the Beatles played their first gig.

Strandperle Situated on the Elbe, the city's original beach bar is the perfect spot for sundowners.

Golden Pudel Club It's tiny, but the crowds pack in to this former 19th-century jail for great live music.

Clouds Rising above it all with fine cocktails, a roof terrace and Hamburg's best night-time views.

Food & Drink

Das Dorf Some of northern Germany's best cooking with local specialties in a charming setting.

Deichgraf Das Dorf's near neighbour and rival for the affections of those keen for special Hamburg meal.

Die Bank This is where Hamburg's A-listers like to be see; the cooking is assured, the service impeccable.

Alt Hamburger Aalspeicher Everything about this place feels authentic, from the Oma-inspired decor to the home-style cooking.

Altes Mädchen All of your culinary needs taken care of in a space that could be in Berlin or New York.

Fischbrötchenbude Brücke 10 Hamburg's obsession with the fischbrötchen (fish sandwich) finds perfection here.

Atlantik Fisch The fischbrötchen here are also simply fabulous with more choice than you'll know what to do with.

Mutterland German foods to take home with you as the perfect gift, if you can resist eating them before you get there…

Tobias Strauch Weinkontor German wines to take home or choose for a picnic – Hamburg's best wine shop.

Markets

Fischmarkt It's not just fish on sale at Hamburg's famous St Pauli market, and the atmosphere is always festive.

Spielbudenplatz The Wednesday night market from April to October is German street food at its best, with live music.

Flohschanze Easily the best flea market in the city with the right mix of treasure and trash, in hip Karolinenviertel, north of St Pauli.

Grossneumarkt The Wednesday version has fab food trucks, Saturday gets bigger crowds.

Wochenmarkt Weekly farmers market over in St Georg, with an emphasis on all things organic.