Best markets in Berlin
What is it? Arkonaplatz Market is the tastemakers’ choice for vintage wares and secondhand furniture. Top design pieces and timeless treasures are hidden amongst the booths of this homely flea market every Sunday.
Why go? This spot is as good for people-watching as it is for shopping. It's a known hunting ground for local interior designers and stylists looking for inspiration, as well as for trendy teens seeking out an alternative to IKEA. Be sure to arrive early: the most sought-after goods are often swiped before 10am.
What is it? The flea market at Mauerpark is the biggest in the city with a smattering of furniture booths, artists’ tents, and street food stalls. Sprawling over the massive park in Prenzlauer Berg, it’s also a popular place to pick up vintage goods from around the world.
Why go? Find your way to the flea market on a sunny day for a taste of Bearpit Karaoke: aided by a portable jukebox and a few beers, locals and tourists alike perform for a crowd in the hundreds in the amphitheatre.
What is it? There’s always something happening at Markthalle Neun in the heart of Kreuzberg. Drop by on a Thursday for a day filled with pop-up street food stations, or check the calendar for an upcoming ‘Sunday brunch market’. Yep, the best meal of the weekend’s got its own event now.
Why go? For delicious eats. The street food stands on Thursday offer some of the most flavourful bites you can find in the city, but the daily vendors are a hidden treasure trove of fragrant breads, meats, and cheeses to take home with you.
What is it? Known for its bohemian charm, the Sunday market at Boxhagener Platz market is lush with second-hand furniture and old records. While the vendors can be a bit crabby, don’t let them scare you off from the mid-century homewares and other goods on offer.
Why go? Boxhagener Platz is also home to one of Berlin’s most speedily-developing culinary scenes, so drop into Hako Ramen, Fatoush, or any of the other neighbouring restaurants for a bite after your haul.
What is it? Known as a trendy spot that’s popular with young expats, Neukölln is home to the best market for finding club-ready threads. Neukölln is home to a bimonthly flea market with an emphasis on vintage clothes and handmade trinkets.
Why go? The market runs alongside one of Berlin’s primo canals for warming up with a coffee in autumn or cooling down with a beer in summer. Grab a bevvy for while you browse and you’ll fit right in with the locals.
What is it? For an upscale taste of what’s on Berlin’s table, drop into Bite Club’s monthly food market. The regular street food event brings together some of the city’s most buzzing eateries. It’s a top spot to head to if you want to sample the city’s gastronomic diversity—pies, poké, and pastrami included.
Why go? The bite-sized market is a one-stop shop that brings together restaurants from around the city for a night each month. It’s the perfect place to sample the snacks from an eatery on the other side of town to where you live, or to get to know your new local takeaway.
What is it? Some like it hot, and Thai Park certainly delivers. Cooked over camping stoves, the Thai and South Asian dishes served up here on paper plates and cartons are not to be missed. The open-air market is technically run year round, but drop by in the summer sun when most of the vendors will be out and about.
Why go? Simply put, Thai Park has the best Thai food in the city. The Germans aren’t known for their spice, but there’s always something steaming here.
What is it? Stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables, and flowers at the Kollwitzplatz Farmers Market every Thursday. The otherwise sleepy square in Prenzlauer Berg lights up with dozens of vendors peddling produce to the notoriously yuppy young crowd in the area.
Why go? There’s no fresher food than that at the market—many farmers pick and sell the produce on the same day. An added bonus of this event is that it doesn’t start at the crack of dawn like lots of the other good markets. Kick off is at 12pm to guarantee farmers can harvest their produce on the same day as selling it.
What is it? Pop through the weekly market on the busy Neukölln canals on Tuesdays and Fridays for a taste of the local culture. Stock up on fresh vegetables or browse the trinkets and toys at the many crowded stalls.
Why go? Situated in a historically Turkish and Arabic neighbourhood, the market features an assortment of tasty treats including the kumpir, a jacket potato served with a selection of creams, preserves, and other add-ons. Proper comfort food.