The Colonnaden are one of the oldest pedestrian streets in Hamburg. Their magnificent architecture and many glamourous shops, and which only since 1974 has been a pedestrian-only zone, make them well worth a visit.
The Colonnaden were built in 1874 as a private investor’s project. The architecture of the street is well worth seeing, many glorious houses with Neo-Renaissance façades from the founding period are still intact. The 'Alsterarkaden' with their Venetian flair are the street's highlight. Exquisite shops offering fine teas, selected literature and handcrafted china tempt the visitor into spending hours inside the marble halls next to the water. The Colonnaden have survived some ups and downs, and currently they are in very good shape. The street is rejuvenated, with attractive new stores complementing the traditional highlights. A stroll though the street is highly recommended.
The shops in the Colonnaden
It is mainly small specialist stores that are found in the Colonnaden - here, larger chain stores are an exception. Handcrafted jewellery is the centerpiece of Nana Hellwege’s store selection. Wearable and trendy fashion for ladies can be found in Goldstück. Extravagant designer fashion for ladies and men can be found at Kresse. Hanseatischer Schmuck- und Uhrenbörsesecondhand offers watches and jewellery. Everything to do with paper and pen is found at Papier & Feder – Ingrid Schmidt. In the branch of the Hamburg publisher and bookseller Zweitausendeins you will find a large selection of books, CDs and DVDs at special prices.
A stroll past the opera
Although the Colonnaden lie close to the city centre, the street is less packed and hectic than for example the Mönckebergstraße.
The Colonnaden connect the Jungfernstieg with the Stephansplatz and Dammtorbahnhof that lies behind it. They are the quickest route from the city centre to the park Planten un Blomen. Another beautiful access to the Colonnaden is from the Gänsemarkt through the Gänsemarkt-Passage, where the junction forms a sort of a piazza. Near the huge property of the Hamburger Opera House, one can take a break in one of the many cafés and coffee shops. From here it is only a few steps to Neuen Jungfernstieg and to the Binnenalster.
Food and Drink
In the Colonnaden there are many restaurants and cafés with outside dining, as soon as it gets warm. The variety of cuisine is impressive, Italian (le pergola due colonnaden), Bavarian (Franziskaner), Portuguese (Pastelaria Caravela) and Japanese (Matsumi) to name just a few. Also popular are the many coffee shops, Balzac-Coffee for example can be found twice in the Colonnaden.