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…

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…

A passionate photographer with a double life

When I first meet Raimar von Wienskowski in his elegant Eppendorf apartment, I’m instinctively drawn to a large, colourful photo on the wall. Playful faces stare directly into the camera, it’s as if I’m involved in a game of tag. I hear it was taken on a voluntary trip to Namibia for Steps for Children. It…

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…

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…

English-Language Funnies in Hamburg

  Trevor Ferdy From London, U.K. 1 year in Hamburg Comedian/Music and theatre teacher   You started a comedy show in Hamburg! Awesome. Where is it? Our comedy show, “The Hamburger’s Big Night Out” is on the first Thursday of each month at Bar Mathilde in Ottensen at 8pm. Hosted by myself, the first half…