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Fish Market

Exotic fruits, flowers, teas and household goods are offered alongside freshly caught fish at this open-air Sunday market.

The St. Pauli Fish Market is the place to be at dawn on Sundays in Hamburg. It has been a critical commercial center for the city since 1703, and now has avery important social and tourist roles. Come to mingle with locals and buy fresh fish, fruit, flowers, clothing and household goods. Have an early breakfast and you may be joined by young revelers on their way home from a night out.

Start your day with coffee, a pastry and fruit or finish your night out, as many do, with a fish sandwich and a beer. Shop for fresh produce, flowers and plants, tea, candy and pasta, as well as clothes and antiques, while taking in the convivial atmosphere of the city’s oldest and most traditional open-air market.

Wake up pre-dawn to get the best buys and enjoy the lively atmosphere. Some of the fish has come straight off boats that come into the port. Colorful goods and produce are touted by enthusiastic market sellers. Up to 70,000 visitors crowd into the marketplace every Sunday.

Once you’re done shopping at the open-air market, head for the fish auction hall just next door. No fish is auctioned here now, but you’ll find free-flowing beer and live music. Try a famous big brunch of local delicacies, such as green herring, cured meats or oxtail stew. Expect drinking and dancing from other patrons, even first thing on a Sunday morning.

The outdoor market closes at midmorning, although the auction hall stays open until later. Get here by taking the urban rail to the Reeperbahn Station and walking down Pepermölenbek Street until you reach the market on the banks of the Elbe River. The market is free to enter. Come early for the best bargains, and bring cash, as many stalls don’t have ATM facilities.


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Lodging Near Fish Market

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Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg $146
Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg

Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg

Heiligengeistbruecke 4, Hamburg
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 1,832 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    In the city center, this red-brick hotel stands along one of Hamburg's many canals. City Hall, St. Michaelis Church, and Monkebergstrasse are within 0.9 km (0.5 mi) away. U-Bahn station Rodingsmarkt is nearby.

    Holiday Inn Express Hamburg St Pauli Messe $103
    Holiday Inn Express Hamburg St Pauli Messe

    Holiday Inn Express Hamburg St Pauli Messe

    Simon-Von-Utrecht-Strasse 39a, Hamburg
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 1,268 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Saint Pauli, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Imperial Theater and St. Michaelis Church. Fish Market and Hamburg City Hall are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Centro Hotel Keese $40
      Centro Hotel Keese

      Centro Hotel Keese

      Reeperbahn 19-21, Hamburg
         
        3.4
        of 5, from 274 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Saint Pauli, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Imperial Theater and St. Michaelis Church. Fish Market and Hamburg City Hall are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        a&o Hamburg Reeperbahn $15
        a&o Hamburg Reeperbahn

        a&o Hamburg Reeperbahn

        Reeperbahn 154, Hamburg
           
          3.0
          of 5, from 899 reviews
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          Located in Saint Pauli, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Beatles Platz and Fish Market. St. Michaelis Church and Hamburg City Hall are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Egon Hotel Hamburg City $98
          Egon Hotel Hamburg City

          Egon Hotel Hamburg City

          Königstrasse 4, Hamburg
             
            3.7
            of 5, from 620 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Altona, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Beatles Platz and Fish Market. St. Michaelis Church and Hamburg City Hall are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            ARCOTEL Onyx Hamburg $98
            ARCOTEL Onyx Hamburg

            ARCOTEL Onyx Hamburg

            Reeperbahn 1a, Hamburg
               
              4.6
              of 5, from 1,794 reviews
              4.5 out of 5.0

              The ARCOTEL Onyx Hamburg is located right at Reeperbahn 1A, near the Tanzende Türme at the Millerntor in Hamburg’s trendy St. Pauli area. The underground U-Bahn stop St. Pauli on line 3 is just 100 meters away from the hotel. The public “Tanzende Türme” car park is located right beside the hotel.

              Empire Riverside Hotel $152
              Empire Riverside Hotel

              Empire Riverside Hotel

              Bernhard-Nocht-Strasse 97, Hamburg
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 1,018 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Saint Pauli, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Pauli Theater, Fish Market, and St. Michaelis Church. Hamburg City Hall and Moenckebergstrasse are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Clipper Elb-Lodge $124
                Clipper Elb-Lodge

                Clipper Elb-Lodge

                Carsten-Rehder-Strasse 71, Hamburg
                   
                  4.5
                  of 5, from 119 reviews
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                  Located in Altona, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Beatles Platz and Fish Market. St. Michaelis Church and Hamburg City Hall are also within 3 mi (5 km).