WHEN EARLY BIRDS AND NIGHT OWLS MIX
You’ve probably been dancing in some strange locations, but have you ever partied in a fish market? Outrageous, you’d think, for early birds and night owls to mix! However, this happy mix of people in Hamburg can be found every Sunday morning in the Altonaer Fischmarkt (Altona fish market) on the banks of the Elbe river.
At first glance, it’s a very traditional and authentic market with stalls selling fresh fish from the North Sea, fruits and vegetables, deli counters and other produce. There’s one exception: the sound of traders shouting to entice customers with tempting deals mixes with the sound of live music.
Today, the market stretches beyond the exterior of the historic market building that traditionally housed it. This pretty red brick building, topped with a glass dome dating to 1896, is now a party hotspot for those searching for an unusual afterparty. At 5am in summer and 7am in winter, bands come to play their guitars and drums and sing in this unique hideaway, right next to some of the city’s freshest local produce. The audience listens with coffee or a local beer.