Photograph: Neukölln

The 9 best markets in Berlin right now

Stock up on street food, vintage clothing and perfect souvenirs of all types at one of the very best markets in Berlin

Nathan Ma

Sure, Berlin’s known for its two-day-long parties, its smoky clubs and its ridiculously cool fashion scene, but put away your stereotypes of Germany’s capital. Berlin actually does do wholesome you’ve just got to know where to look. 

And one of the best places for it? Come Saturday and Sunday, this city is alive with all kinds of bustling markets, from fresh fruit and veg and street food to flea markets and local art lining the canal. Whatever you’re after, here are the best markets in Berlin. 

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Nathan Ma is a writer based in Berlin. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines

Best markets in Berlin

1. Markthalle Neun

What is it? A market at the heart of Kreuzberg, serving up all things street food, pop-ups and fresh produce. There’s a yearly calendar of special events, as well as it’s regular opening times, including Markthalle Neun’s famous ‘Sunday brunch market’. Yes, there are avocados. 

Why go? To dip your toe in some of Berlin’s best food offerings. On Thursdays, there are a load of trendy street food tents, but on other days of the week you’ll find delicious meats, cheeses, bread and more to take home and snack on. 

2. Boxhagener Platz Market

What is it? Known for its bohemian charm, the Sunday market at Boxhagener Platz market is lush with second-hand furniture and old records. The vendors can be a bit crabby, but don’t let them scare you off from the excellent mid-century homewares and other goods on offer.

Why go? Boxhagener Platz is also home to one of Berlin’s most speedily-developing food scenes, so drop into any of the neighbouring restaurants for a quick bite to celebrate your haul. 


3. Kollwitzplatz Farmers’ Market

What is it? Stock up on fresh fruit, veg 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 area’s notoriously yuppy young crowd.

Why go? Food doesn’t come fresher than the stuff on offer here – many farmers pick and sell the produce on the same day. An added bonus: this event doesn’t start at the crack of dawn like lots of other good markets. The kick-off is at 12 pm to guarantee farmers can harvest their produce on the same day they sell.

4. Neukölln

What is it? Known as a trendy spot popular with young expats, Neukölln is home to the best market for finding club-ready threads. The area also has a bi-monthly flea market with an emphasis on vintage clothes and handmade trinkets.

Why go? The market runs alongside a canal, ideal for warming up with a coffee in autumn or cooling down with a beer in summer. Grab a bevvy while you browse, and you’ll fit right in with the locals.


5. Thai Park

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 visit in the summer sun when most vendors are out and about.

Why go? Simply put, Thai Park has the best Thai food in the city. Germans aren’t known for their spice, but there’s always something steaming here.

6. Bite Club

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 new openings. It’s where to head if you want to sample the city in all its gastronomic diversity – pies, poké, and pastrami included.

Why go? This bite-sized market is a one-stop shop that brings together restaurants from around the city for one night each month. It’s the perfect place to sample the snacks from a foodie hotspot on the other side of town or to get to know your new local takeaway.


7. Arkonaplatz Market

What is it? Rootle around, and you’ll find top design pieces hidden among this charming flea market’s booths. Arkonaplatz is the tastemakers’ choice for vintage wares and second-hand furniture. 

Why go? This spot is as good for people-watching as it is for shopping. Held on Sundays, it’s a known hunting ground for local interior designers and stylists looking for inspiration, as well as for trendy teens after an alternative to IKEA. Be sure to arrive early: the most sought-after goods are often swiped in the early going.

8. Mauerpark Flea Market

What is it? The flea market at Mauerpark is the biggest in the city, packed with furniture booths, artists’ tents and street food stalls. Sprawling across the massive park in Prenzlauer Berg, it’s also a popular spot 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 their hundreds at the amphitheatre.


9. Wochenmarkt am Maybachufer

What is it? Wander through the weekly market on the busy Neukölln canals on Tuesday and Friday to taste the local culture. Stock up on fresh veg or browse toys and trinkets at Maybachufer’s many crowded stalls.

Why go? Located in a historically Turkish and Arabic neighbourhood, the market features an assortment of moreish treats, including the kumpir, a jacket potato served with creams, preserves and other add-ons. Proper comfort food.

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