Guest Post by Hannah Mason from Hungry House, the UK’s leading online takeaway delivery service for Indian, pizza and Chinese food delivery.
Berlin is somewhat renowned for markets. Wander around at the weekend and you’re likely to stumble across a makeshift market in some form, whether it be a few stalls on a street corner in Kreuzberg to the huge sprawling treasure trove of delights that is the flea market at Mauer Park on a Sunday. Many of these markets have numerous food stalls selling a variety of gastronomic pleasures that you’d be hard-pressed to resist with everything from fresh ingredients to traditional German bratwurst to delicious Chinese food to takeaway. But which food markets are the best? Here’s my rundown of the top food markets in Berlin that every discerning foodie should visit.
Kollwitzplatz, Prenzlauer Berg
On Saturdays, an extensive farmers market adorns this beautiful leafy square in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg. The emphasis with this market is on quality organic goods with everything from seasonal fruit, delicious deli food and arts and crafts being on offer. Other stalls include a boutique chocolate seller, fish vendors, organic butchers and a honey stall. In the summer months, this market is brimming with people wandering around, so even if you don’t intend to buy anything, it’s worth checking out for the great atmosphere if nothing else.
Boxhagener Platz, Friedrichshain
Quite apart from its usual status as a grungy hangout, Friedrichshain on a Saturday plays host to a wonderful food market around Boxhagener Platz. Here there’s a plethora of culinary delights and ingredients on offer whether that be home-made pesto, giant tomatoes or smoked meat. There’s also numerous coffee shops and cafés lining the square so you can relax over a latte and enjoy the ambience.
This Turkish market is the biggest in Berlin and takes place in this canal side location every Tuesday and Friday. Hundreds of stalls line Maybachufer in the heart of this large Turkish district. Stalls range from those selling freshly-imported nuts and spices to cheese, fresh bread and of course delicious Turkish specialities such as börek and gözleme. It’s a veritable Little Istanbul and a great place to sample new dishes.
This Saturday food market comprises nearly 250 stalls crammed into this lovely leafy square. Those who frequent the market include locals doing their weekly shop as well as tourists and those out for a Saturday stroll. With so many stalls, there really is something for everyone in this food market whether that be a 2 Euro currywurst, 3 Euro falafel or the more expensive organic fish and meats that are available. There’s also high quality chocolate stalls, cheese vendors, French deli specialists and salami-sellers. You’d be hard pressed not to come home stuffed and laden down with bags of delicious goods after a visit to Winterfeldtplatz. It’s open from 7am every Saturday.