Plaisir

Hip, hip soirée
at Stadthöfe.

Moin moin, madame. Bonjour, monsieur.

We offer twelve entertaining exer­cises so that, even as an arm­chair traveller, you will be au fait with the epicurean éti­quet­te of the Stadt­höfe quarter – the new hot­spot be­tween the Stadt­haus­brücke street and the streets Grosse Bleichen and Neuer Wall.

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Rendez-vous
with the new.

Who doesn’t love the je ne sais quoi of something new? Time to jog your senses awake and add a whole new bouquet garni of spice to your life. So be sure to stop by this site as often as you can to discover a brand-new quarter in Hamburg.

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Bonjour, bonhomie.

It was not really our idea of a charm offensive for Napoleon to occupy Hamburg and declare it part of la Grande Nation. But the period of French rule from 1806 to 1814 turned the Stadthöfe quarter into a petit Paris and explains why we’re speak­ing English with a pronounced French accent here.

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Go in search of
lost time.

No need to rush. Regard tout de suite as doing things in your own sweet time. That way, you’ll see there’s every reason to linger – especially at Stadthöfe.

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Débonnaire
does it.

Dress to celebrate the beauty of life. No weekday is too ordinary for a petite robe noire. Wear a hat – with a feather in it. Wear bells. Wear your heart on your sleeve. Turn your­self into a walking billet doux to someone special, to every­one, to yourself, to Stadthöfe.

 

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How to ne
regrette rien.

We invite you to indulge yourself. All those ‘must dos’ cast life in a very musty light. Enjoy the delights of the here and now. Sur­render to the delectable and the decadent – it’s the truest form of amour-propre. Seize the day, and a canapé.

 

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Roaming wasn’t
built in a day.

People who always maintain a firm fix on their goals are not to be en­vied. After all, what could be more enjoyable than getting thoroughly lost? The flaneur’s day has come – and the flaneuse’s!

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Stop and savour
the coffee.

Coffee to go? We say non! Eating and drinking on the move is a ter­rible mis­take. Worse: it’s a faux pas!

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Be generous.

Cheap is never stylish. So we should practise generosity at all times, if only for vanity’s sake. Think twice before leaving a meagre tip or giving a lady a small bouquet when you can opt for a larger one.

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Be gallant.

Bonjour, mon cher. Merci, madame. Après vous! Sounds like a wonder­ful way to go through the day, doesn’t it? When people treat each other well, everyone wins. So there’s no question that éti­quette at Stadthöfe dictates wearing a smile and a jaunty air.

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Do one thing
at a time.

When you complete one task before going on to the next rather than every­thing all at once vite-vite, your nerves will be much the better for it. Multi­tasking? How passé.

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Act on a caprice.

That’s easier said than done, but it’s ef­fective. Avoid the mun­dane: it causes fatigue and even melancholy. Es­cap­ades ener­gise you and lift your spirits. Break unwritten rules – within the limits of the law, of course – and leave well­trodden paths. If you don’t, you’ll miss out on unknown pleasures.

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Practice makes perfect.

Flaneurs and bons vivants are not born; they’re made. It may take a while before Prussian meti­cu­lous­ness and Protestant assiduity meld with French savoir-vivre. But you still have a little while to prac­tise before Stadthöfe’s official open­ing. Put your­self on a daily training regimen – and enjoy every minute of it! It won’t be long before you’re ready for your homage to life.

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