During my first pregnancy, my man and I had gone on a two week long baby moon to Tulum in Mexico. Friends and family had advised us to go on a last vacation, just the two of us, before the arrival of our baby. Looking back, we were so glad to have listened to them because yes, it’s definitely more difficult to get couple time when you have kids!
This time around, we knew that we wouldn’t be able to leave for so long and that far away. However, we still wanted to make time for us and spend at least a weekend together. After a short discussion we decided to go to Hamburg, the city where my brother and his family live. At 35 weeks of my pregnancy, we dropped the little bird at their house and made our way to the 25hours Hotel Altes Hafenamt. Located in a building of the former habour master’s offices which had been updated with a modern yet edgy interior, the hotel was just what we were looking for. The rooms were big, the staff very welcoming and its location a perfect starting point to explore the city.
That said, sight seeing was not on our list. We had already been to Hamburg and on top of it, I was just starting to get a cold (bummer!) so instead, we just wanted to hang out, eat good food, get some SPA time…just be together and do stuff that was not kid friendly 😉
On Friday night, we checked out Hamburg’s Ramen Bar Zipang. At our arrival, we understood straight away that people in Hamburg do love Ramen as much as we do. Just fifteen minutes after its opening, the restaurant was already fully seated but luckily, we managed to get the last free table and ordered our food which was delicious…oh Ramen, you never can go wrong with that!
After a good night sleep, the next day we went to Mamalicious Café. Offering vegetarian and vegan brunch, this was definitely a great way to start our day but we also figured out that for us, real sausages do taste better than the vegan version…
As our hotel didn’t feature a SPA, we decided to to go to the DAYSPA Gastwerk Hotel, a small SPA offering treatments, sauna, hammam and a chill out area. Being pregnant, I wasn’t able to use all of the facilities but as we had booked a massage session instead for each of us, I also got my SPA time.
All relaxed and filled up with energy, we made our to the Schanzen district. Of course we were hungry again so we stopped by Schmitt Foxy Food and went for the obligatory Curry Wurst and fries. So good! From there, we walked towards the Karolinen district where we passed by a cute little street with lots of balconies on the buildings. So far, the weather hadn’t been on our side but in that moment the sun came out and put the street with its graffiti’s in a really beautiful light.
As the curry wurst had been only our starter, we stopped by Xe Om Eatery, a Vietnamese street food restaurant. We loved the cute and colourful interior but especially the food which was amazing. There was so much flavour in every small dish and the home made lemonades and ice teas were simply delicious. We really had a great time there !
With me being heavily pregnant we were obviously not looking for big party time. However, going to a rooftop bar from which you can oversee the harbour while drinking a nice (non-alcoholic) cocktail does not hurt, so we went to the 20up Bar. The house music was not so our thing but the drinks were ok and the view was pretty awesome. That said, all window facing tables were reserved…something which we obviously had not thought of.
On Sunday morning, we went for traditional Austrian breakfast/lunch at Klein & Kaiserlich Kaffeehaus . Also located in the Hafencity, we could walk there from our hotel and see the mix of old industrial and modern buildings which are so typical for this part of the city. The interior of the small café was really cute and the food authentic and tasty but also pretty filling, making this the right end to our rather culinary baby moon trip 🙂