Hamburg: The Home of Nivea

Blog 8 by Shin Shin Lung

I love Nivea products and I have been using them for years. So, I was very happy when I discovered that Hamburg is the home of Nivea! It is owned by the Hamburg-based company Beiersdorf Global AG.

There is no better place to buy Nivea products than at its flagship store, Nivea Haus in the City. It is situated on Jungfernstieg 51. They sell the entire product range with massage and beauty treatments using Nivea products. Their newest offering is the “Cloudless Skin” treatment which originates from Korea.

If you are looking for some gift ideas, only at Nivea Haus can you get your own personalised Nivea Crème!  You can gift a loved one (or yourself! Haha!) a tub of Nivea Crème with your photo on it! The photo can only be taken instore, so if you want your face on a tub of Crème, make sure you are dressed for the occasion! 🙂


Hamburg Quick Shopping Guide: Where to get What?

Blog 7 by Shin Shin Lung

When I first arrived in Hamburg, I would have loved a quick shopping guide which tells me where I can go to purchase basic items to get started in a new country. So, the intention of this blog is to give you a short list of stores near our school and chain retailers which are found throughout Hamburg to help you get started!

  • Budget Grocery Stores:

    Aldi, Lidl and Penny Markt. They are all comparable in prices.

  • Grocery Stores:

    Edeka and Rewe. I find Edeka slightly more expensive than Rewe but I do love shopping at Edeka more.
    For those of you who love Asian cooking, there is a huge Asian grocery store in Karstadt on Mönkebergstraße.
    Yuan Ye on Bugenhagenstraße. 5 is also good.

  • Consumer Electronics/Entertainment/Mobile Phone Plans:

    The Saturn on Mönkebergstraße is huge. It has everything under the sun! If you need a mobile phone plan, you will be able to find a provider here.
    Just remember that you need to show proof of residence (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung) and your passport to get one.

  • Health and Beauty Retailer:

    Budnikowski (Budni), Rossman and dm. I personally love shopping at Budni. Their generic organic skin care is inexpensive but good quality.

  • Department Stores:

    Karstadt, Galeria Kaufhof and Alsterhaus.

  • Household Hardware:


  • Stationery:

    Staples and McPaper.

  • Furniture:


  • Luxury Shopping:

    All stores on Neuer Wall ( if you must! Haha!)


A special mention needs to be made for C&A. It only sells clothes for men and women but it is cheap and cheerful. However, it is still quite fashionable.

For example, you can get a jumper for just 9 Euros! This is where to go if you want inexpensive basics, especially on a tight student budget


I hope this short list helps you buy everything you need to feel comfortable in a new country.