Even though the area is located right next to the busy Sternschanze S-Bahn station, the atmosphere around Schanzenhöfe is pleasantly tranquil. If you're into craft beer, you'll find a little paradise here: Ratsherrn Brewery opened its doors in 2013 and offers its own, locally brewed beer as well as 300 different other brews from all over the world. Several times a week you can do beer tastings and learn how Ratsherrn is produced.
If you're hungry, just head next door — inside the brewery's restaurant Altes Mädchen (lit. old girl) you'll find high-quality organic food, more than 60 different beers to try and freshly-baked bread made from the brewery's left-over mash.
Another restaurant is just a few steps away: Bullerei Deli & Restaurant led by German TV-chef Tim Mälzer. The Deli opens its doors every day at 11 am, the restaurant is open from 6 pm.
To regain your spirits after a day of shopping in Schanze, visit the Elbgold Café, where you can see how Arabica fair trade coffee beans are roasted. Put together a colourful bouquet at Flora Press: this local favourite is much more than a flower shop and even has its own photo studio.
For Hamburg residents, it's worth mentioning that a musical kindergarten, a gallery and some innovative startups are also located in this area. More information can be found on the official website of Schanzenhöfe.