Fish, fruits, flowers, clothing and souvenirs, you can find almost anything at the St. Pauli Fischmarkt, an institution since 1703. Every Sunday morning, early birds and night owls unite along the shores of the Elbe to barter over fresh fish, regain their spirits over a coffee or simply to enjoy the lively atmosphere.
To attract customers, the market barkers outscream each other. This results in a loud and verbose crescendo that both locals and tourists enjoy on a weekly basis. 'Come over here, I'll throw in a salmon for you', is what shoppers hear as they stroll from stall to stall. Yet, what sounds like a bargain might appear too good to be true ─ this you will have to decide for yourself.
Not every visitor is there to haul home baskets of fresh produce. Some come to feast on an early morning fish sandwich and some Hanseatic chit chat over beautiful views across the harbour, whilst others put on their dancing shoes in the Fischauktionshalle (lit. fish auction hall). Inside the century-old building, the band keeps spirits up high with live rock and jazz music, attracting party-goers for one last dance after dawn. The bars and clubs of the Reeperbahn being only a few minutes away, the banks of the Elbe are a popular last stop after a rough Saturday night out on the town.
Summer (15 March to 14 November) Sundays from 5:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Winter (15 November to 14 March): Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
U3 to Landungsbrücken
S1 and S3 to Reeperbahn
See http://www.hamburg-travel.com/attractions/hamburg-maritime/fish-market/ for more information.