Hamburg with Relish

For years, Marktstrasse—the 0.5-km-long aorta of Hamburg's Karoviertel quarter—was a graffiti-covered jumble of secondhand shops and broken-down squats. Today, however, it is gentrifying rapidly. The designer boutiques are moving in and the area's refurbished pre-War façades and newly planted square are becoming the stylish backdrop for Hamburg's pretty young things.

The undisputed doyenne of Hamburg's new crop of fashion designers, Anna Fuchs, has set her seal of approval on Marktstrasse, selecting the street as the location of her flagship store, tel: (49-40) 4018 5408. But rising talents are also drawn to the area. Across the street, cobbler-designer and...

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