Hamburg’s next-wave culinary and cultural hub


Ever heard of Hanseatic-chic? It’s a term that may enter heavy rotation in spring 2018 when Tortue Hamburg opens its doors. The next-wave culinary and cultural hub is set to open in the newly revitalized Stadthöfe-Quartier, a historic turn-of-the-century building ensemble that was recently reworked by David Chipperfield Architects, Kuehn Malvezzi Architects, and the Hamburg-based Stephen Williams Associates.

The 126-room property features interiors by British designer Kate Hume, best known for creating the apartments at the spectacular Elbphilharmonie, together with Stephen Williams Associates and Joyce Wang, whose previous works include MOTT32 in Hong Kong and the cabana rooms at the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. This inimitable design team filled Tortue Hamburg with bespoke furnishings, original Hume-designed wool carpets, customized wallpaper by Little Owl Design, and Arieti chandeliers, among many other compelling touches.


But the biggest draw may be its food and beverage offerings, including a French-German brasserie, a pan-Asian restaurant, and four different drinking establishments, from the lobby-level bar bleu, to the bar noir with the bar privé, and a rooftop terrace bar with some of the best views over the city and harbor. Altogether, Tortue Hamburg is destined to become a prime social hub for the city’s emerging Stadthöfe-Quartier, where locals and visitors come together to enjoy great food, smart design, and good company.

Sunday, December 17th, 2017