There are seemingly endless shopping opportunities, with a full range of quality goods at competitive prices. The main area is the city centre, in particular Monckebergstrasse, which is lined with department stores. Nearby Jungfernstieg and Neuer Wall have many designer boutiques, with speciality stores and antique shops in the myriad smaller streets surrounding. Several covered arcades dotted about the city.
During the daytime there are over 40 museums and galleries, with exhibits ranging from fine art and waxworks to maritime history (some housed in ships in the port); the Rathaus, one of Germany's finest city halls; St Katharinen, a restored Gothic church; Speicherstadt, a historical working complex of warehouses with traditional port activities; zoo; planetarium; Dom amusement fair (held 3 times a year); many sport and leisure activities. Harbour tours, canal trips, lake cruises, city walks and bus tours all available.
The nightlife is vast and varied, from trendy bars to a thriving jazz scene, musicals to rather seedy adult entertainments. St Pauli and the university district have some of the best bar,; opera and ballet at the Hamburgische Staatsoper, go to the classical music performances at the Musikhalle, over 40 theatres, including the highly regarded Thalia Theatre.
Hamburg is one of Germany's gourmet centres, with several acclaimed restaurants, numerous snack bars, bistros and cafes. Good selection of eateries around the main station; prices are higher in the city centre. The university district offers a good range of more affordable options. International cuisine is well represented, with Spanish and Portuguese in the port area, Asian in St Pauli and anything from Turkish to Italian restaurants scattered throughout. Seafood, soups and the traditional Hanseatic "hash" are local specialities.