In Portuguese spirits: a drink with the man behind GIN SUL

Nestled in an industrial building in Altona you will find the GIN SUL distillery. Upon entering, a spacious cool interior with azulejo-inspired tiles adorning the interior walls greeted me. I met up with the founder, Stephan Garbe, to get an insight into his entrepreneurial journey and his inspiration to create GIN SUL. I discovered a…

GernGeschehen: The cafe where the world meets in Hamburg

Just two steps down the level of the street, a small white door allows the entrance of customers to GernGeschehen, a lively cafe where internationals and Germans alike share drinks, organise language meet ups and cultural movie nights. Once in, a warm “Hallo” emerges from the nearest table to the doorway and welcomes the newcomer…

From maths to beer: four friends and their brewpub in Altona

Many of us have dreamed about it: opening up a bar with your friends so that you’ve always got the best things on hand: tasty beer, good people and your choice of music. For Francesco this became reality when he, together with three Italian and Spanish friends, opened up Malto: a brewpub in Altona. With Birrificio…

The Tastillery cousins go on a whisky adventure

It is 12.30 pm on a Monday and I have the smell of a 16 year old whisky in my nose. In front of me a tall shelf full of spirits, probably worth more than someone’s six month rent. However, this afternoon is not about day-drinking: in a cozy co-working space in the heart of…

Kill the plastic! Going zero-waste with Alana Zubritz

Alana offered me a bite. This was the first time I was consciously eating a zero-waste meal: toast with goat cheese and pear – delicious, by the way. In guter Gesselschaft opened its doors one year ago as the first zero-waste cafe in Hamburg. I had the opportunity to sit down with Alana Zubritz, one…

Spicing up Hamburg life with a few drops of habanero

When Alejandra Torres invited me to her place for dinner she brought several bottles with oils to the table. “Ale”, originally from Guadalajara, the second biggest city in Mexico, moved to Hamburg 5 years ago. She told me to put only a few drops of the habanero oil on my food – if I dared. “It’s very spicy,” she warned me. “I like spicy,” I replied. I spent the whole dinner using tissue after tissue to dry my tears and my runny nose. Ale was right. “I told you … you gotta be Mexican to handle that spiciness”.

von Freude: Hamburg craft beer pioneers

Hoppy IPAs, refreshing Belgian wits and imperial porters: who doesn’t love a good craft beer? Until just a few years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find any at all in Hamburg. Thankfully, times have changed — and we partly owe it to the founders of von Freude. At a time when beer in Germany was…

Superfood for super powers: a breakfast lover’s life in Hamburg

I meet Tobias and Sascha, co-founders of Seedheart – a superfood mixture – at cafe Kopiba in Sternschanze for an afternoon coffee. Tobias drinks a cappuccino with regular milk: an unexpected habit for someone promoting superfood. “I have my vegan days, but I still enjoy a good coffee with cow milk”, he says. Sascha is…

Cooking from scratch: a chef’s life in Hamburg

Never talk to a chef when you’re hungry. I learned this lesson the hard way when I met Benjamin Heins, executive chef at WERFT Craft Food & Cocktails, located at the INNSIDE Hamburg Hafen hotel. When we shake hands, I notice a black glove on his right hand.