Though it has been the subject of a lot of debate and even some protests, Hamburg has recently gotten something very special: our very own IKEA. Now, we already had two IKEAS, actually, but they’re the typical kind – on the side of the highway, and though they were accessible by public transportation, it always required a long trip to the outskirts of town and a lot of effort carrying home one’s purchases.
Now, we have an IKEA right smack dab in the middle of the city – easily accessible to all by bus and train…and if you live close enough like I do, you can walk there! It’s the very first IKEA of its kind worldwide.
A lot of people in the neighborhood aren’t thrilled about it, since it probably means higher rent for them and fewer places to park, not to mention that it’s in an area with many smaller businesses that may not make it much longer due to that.
But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m a big fan of IKEA and love going there to browse. (And always end up buying way too much, of course!) I love that I can just go there now without making a whole day of it. And I can have hotdogs and Köttbullar whenever I want!
Is there an IKEA near you? Are you a fan?