Zero Waste Hamburg

This week I had an appointment in Hamburg and I took the opportunity to expand my visit and vacate in Hamburg over the weekend. Zero Waste style of course.

Where to stay

Well you know me, Airbnb is my go-to app when it comes to traveling as it enables me to stay in the in the heart of the city affordably. I usually pick my Airbnb based on the shops, coffee houses and bulk options, as I like to walk as much as possible to get a feel for the city.

  • How to get around
    If I can give you one tip on how to experience a city it’s walking. I always get such a different feeling for it and I always end up discovering an amazing shop or building or cafe that would have never discovered otherwise.
  • Hamburg also offers free city bikes and their stations are spread all around Hamburg.
  • I have never taken public transportation in Hamburg as there was never a need ( sunny weather all the time) but that is also an option.
  • The Uber app works in Hamburg as well and is a little cheaper than regular taxis.

Zero Waste Food Shopping

As far as I know there are 3 package free stores in Hamburg- see the map for the exact addresses.

Ironically on this trip, I didn’t go to any of them as most vegetables are sold without packaging in organic health food stores in Germany and I bought a loaf of bread without packaging and a piece of butter in a paper wrapper. For snacks, I relied on my homemade cocoa powdered dates and roasted hazelnuts that I brought from home.

Since I was there for only 2 nights I spoiled myself and went out for dinner (restaurants on the map).

Package-free stores

  • Bio.Lose Osterstraße 81, 20259 Hamburg
  • Stückgut: Am Felde 91, Hamburg
  • 12 Monkeys: Hopfenstraße 15b, 20359 Hamburg St. Paul (completely vegan sortiment)

What to do


In all honesty, I didn’t go to see any of the sightseeing places except for the University and the University library because when it is sunny Hamburg, there is nothing better than walking through the streets while listening to a podcast, or sitting in a park reading a book while drinking one of the delicious smoothies I got from the juice bar- on my map. Hamburg has beautiful parks and quiet places by the water that are definitely worth exploring


Since I live in Denmark, the fifth most expensive country in the world, most of my activities in Hamburg revolve around shopping for clothes in second-hand stores and stocking up on things like sustainable make-up and spices.

Consult the map for the best second-hand stores I could find in Hamburg.


In the first evening, I went to a movie theater called Abaton to watch a German movie ( something I sometimes miss while in Denmark) and then went to bed early. In the second evening, I went to a Bertold Brecht book reading + discussion and I looooved it.

As I was traveling solo, I didn’t explore the nightlife in Hamburg had to offer but I did go to a rooftop bar called CLOUDS to have a drink and enjoy the amazing view.

Consult this website for current events in Hamburg:

Sustainable Hamburg Map



  1. May
    April 29, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    I live here and felt this EXTREMELY helpful! haaha Thank you!

    • May 2, 2017 / 2:36 pm

      Oh that is so good to hear 🙂 Thank you for your lovely comment! And have fun exploring Zero Waste Hamburg ?

  2. Kelsi
    November 6, 2017 / 6:34 am

    I love your blog! I’m a university student reading from the U.S. but I’ve traveled around eastern Europe quite a bit and miss it dearly. My first exposure to the zero waste lifestyle happened at a supermarket in Vilnius, Lithuania when I had to purchase plastic shopping bags. (Of course I bought a reusable bag for my future trips). Anyway, love your blog, tips, and photos. Please continue sharing!

    • November 6, 2017 / 9:07 am

      Thank you so much for this sweet comment Kelsi! I am planning on doing more travelling in the future as well, haven’t really taken advantage of the fact that I live in Europe and other countries are just a hop and a skip away, feel free to share any Zero Waste travelling tips you might have, always open to learn 😋

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