Sunday, 10 September 2017


As a port city, Hamburg has always been a trading point for coffee, and quite a few roasteries have sprung up here. As some of my friends keep asking for advice, here are my favorite spots, loosely presented as the Hamburg coffee guide.
Currently, my favorite is a new kid on the block: Codos in Ottensen. It's their second brick and mortar cafe, their first is a tiny brew bar in trendy Schanze. The place in Ottensen is right at the village square, Alma Wartenberg Platz.
cappuccino & croissant at Codos Ottensen

Even though the place in Ottensen is not much larger - it has space for the counter and only a few seats, they are expanding to the next door shop.
They offer their own roast and the whole range of coffee preparing methods, but I mainly stick to the super smooth cappuccino.
typical Hamburg weather, seen over a cup of coffee
It's always packed in the morning and sometimes you have to be lucky to find a place. If you do, you can enjoy not just your coffee but also the excellent croissants and other cakes and pastries which come in all varieties from gluten free to vegan.

CODOS Ottensen
Bahrenfelderstr. 156,
Bartelsstraße 26, 20357 (Sternschanze)

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


Münster is only a 2.5hrs train ride from Hamburg (with a direct ICE connection, thank you, Deutsche Bahn!) and this summer there is an even better reason to go and visit: the chance to see the Skulptur Projekte, an exhibition of site-specific sculptures distributed over the city scape. Skulptur Projekte is held only every 10 years, this may well be a once in a lifetime chance.

planning the trip to Skulptur Projekte over coffee

The exhibition started out in the 1970s and faced tremendous resistance from the local community at first. Over time, the locals got used to it and some argue it became more of a tourist attraction than a serious art event. The city or private benefactors bought some of the previous works and so today there is also an archive of sculptures in the city that makes for a nice tour to get to know the town.
Even though Münster is small, the sculptures are spread out and I highly recommend either bringing or renting a bike to explore.I studied in Münster and actually worked at the previous Skulptur Projekte back in 2007, so I had to go and see what's new over there.

Once in Münster, there is an info-booth of Skulptur Projekte located right opposite the main station. I picked up a map with very short descriptions (3€). There is an app, too, but that got so bad ratings that I did not bother clocking my phone's storage.

Saturday, 29 July 2017


For a while it seemed copper was the newest trend when it comes to home decorating out there. Suddenly, there clothes racks made from copper pipes, cafeterias and plant pots.  I've always liked the warm tone and the shiny surfaces. So when I strolled around my neighbourhood on the last day of an community art festival that included a massive flea market, I came by this antique book shop.

copper tea cup holders

I had passed by the shop before on several evening strolls, but it had always been closed.  However, I always tried to look past the book shelves and they seemed to have some other items as well, but as it is small and looks more like a speciality book shop, I had never considered it an option.
This day however, as a slight rain began to fall, I it was finally open and I walked in to have a look.
They had a small but very tidy selection of home ware in the basement, a real basement where the lady running the shop warned me not to bang my head on the narrow staircase. Not a good place for people with claustrophobia, but a decent place for vintage homeware shoppers.

more copper tea glasses
I found a bunch of copper copper tea glass holders and when I finally decided to take some of them home, the lady also gave me the only 2 remaining glasses to go with them. Originally, I had planned to use them for candles, but now the can actually be used for their original purpose. 
The first ones are now home to some succulents:

succulents in copper tea cups

Then, I discovered the "dressing room", a room in this apartment-style shop dedicated to clothes and accessories. There were two clothes racks full of selected vintage dresses, slips and pyjamas - not much but all in very good condition, clean and best of all: not smelly!
So two dresses came home with me: A green-beige dress from the 50s that may be a teenager dress as the fit is a bit odd, which I discovered when trying it on at home and another cotton sack dress that will become a sewing project.
green - beige 50s dress

pyjama sewing project

If you are around in Ottensen, check out the store!

Sammllereck Malinowski, 
Bahrenfelder Str. 11
22765 Hamburg - Altona

Mon-Fri 11:30 - 18:30h
Sat 11 - 16h

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