Where: Hamburg, North port of Germany
What’s in Store: Fabulous atmosphere of early rising fish traders mingling with comedown ravers
Best Dish: Delicately flavoured smoked eel.
Kick Back Party
The weekly fish market is the gourmet highlight of Hamburg and a must in anybody’s itinerary. It kicks off at 4am on a Sunday morning, packed by seven and at 10am, it’s all over – so you have to get there early. Either that, or stop off after a night out on the town for a hearty breakfast, as many weary revellers do. You can’t beat a nice wet fish after a night on the tiles. Many are still raving and drinking sekt by opening time. Fabulous!
The green iron constucted market surrounds the central hall, from where it spreads out along the banks of the river. The shouting and banter of traders competes with the cacophony of a local band, creating quite a rowdy atmosphere. Punters are merrily stuffing their mouths with pickled fish dishes and beer whilst making their way around the myriad stalls.
A must try of the fish delights on offer is smoked eel. Visually, it’s probably the ugliest thing you’ve ever seen, but the taste is a wonderful delicate smoky flavour. As well as the obvious fish (more varieties than you can shake a kipper at), there are also other foodstuffs available, such as fruit, sausages and livestock and clothes.
The Fabled Hamburg Fish Market
Matthew Smith’s rock n’ roll visit to the market