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…

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.

Doodling for a living in Hamburg

Ines Schaffranek can’t spend a day without doodling. It all started when she used to get bored at school and started sending notes to her classmates — now she hosts workshops at companies and is hired as a visual communicator and expert at events. By Sabela García Cuesta Ines, why is visual communication so important?…

The life of a vogue dancer in Hamburg

I meet Dominik Lamovski (22) an hour before the start of The Britney Kiki Function—Hamburg’s first voguing event at the HipHop Academy Hamburg. Rocking a blonde wig, white tank top, white skirt, a set of enviable eyelashes and glitter all over, Dominik a.k.a. Dom Twinkle looks nothing short of fabulous.

Californian cruising in Hamburg

With arms full of ink, friendly blue eyes and an enviable full beard, André Langer (33) greets his customers at Electra Bikes like old friends. The shop oozes the laid-back vibe that brought about the Electra brand in Southern California in 1993. 25 years later, we meet bike-expert André — hard at work at the only Electra…

A movement teacher’s life in Hamburg

Nikolai Pawlas – The Art To Move. Good coffee is almost a religion to Nikolai, so we meet at Nord Coast Coffee Roastery — his second living room. Nikolai has a tall and strong physique, and doesn’t stop moving during the interview: from his seat on the couch he moves into a squat position on the…

Running away from home: a chat with Nico Homolla

Nico Homolla (26) quit his job to travel around Indonesia and discover what it’s like to be alone. Now, he works as a host at Sturmfreie Bude, and sometimes helps his friends organize techno raves.

Stand-up comedy and pizza: a perfect combination

Khalid Hussein From Tanzania 2 years in Hamburg Stand-up comedian   Captain Khalid, you look like the life of the party! What got you into stand-up comedy? “Life of the party” haha, I’ll take that as a compliment, I started off comedy 5 years ago back in Malaysia and the main goal was to make…

Seeing life as a journey

Zahra Lindenblatt From Stade 7 years in Hamburg Yoga teacher Hi Zahra! How did you discover yoga? I discovered yoga as a teenager but stopped following that path for a while. My uncle was practicing all kinds of different asanas and I thought he was a freak. My father is Yogi by birth, he is…