Berlin, the capital city of Germany boasts rich history and iconic food stories. Not to be missed is the iconic Brandenburg Gate, a Neoclassical architectural work that has been standing since the 18th century. Go see Museumsinsel Berlin which houses several known museums in the capital or admire the glass dome of the Reichstag where the German Parliament building is located. To have a bird’s-eye view of the city, head to the TV Tower, the highest point in Berlin. Going on a food tour to experience the best of Berlin cuisine and discovering food events is another option. Stuck in the nooks of Berlin are different food events and stalls that highlight traditional German eats and international gastronomic spreads. The fusion of food and culture in this part of Germany can be best experienced in street food markets, stalls, pop-ups, and events. Visiting street food stalls should be among your list of things to do in Berlin! This guide lists the best street food markets in Berlin, Germany.
1. Thai Park
Easily known to be among the best food spots in the West Berlin district of Wilmersdorf, Thai Park is where the Thai community in Berlin converges every weekend to hang out, meet with friends, and celebrate Thai food and culture. This food park, also known as “die Thaiwese,” is where locals and expats go to experience a fusion of Asian food. There are no established tables and chairs so visitors must be ready to sit comfortably on mats or on the grass. Your 5 to 10 EUR (6 to 11 USD) will go long way as you can sample authentic Thai dishes such as som tam, spring and summer rolls, skewers, sticky buns, and different curry dishes. Must-tries include the traditional Thai shaved ice and tapioca desserts.
Address: Fehrbelliner Platz, Wilmersdorf
Website: Thai Park
Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 11am - 10pm (closed from Mon - Thu)
2. Bite Club
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
A food craze is happening at the capital and it is called Bite Club. This community and street food party that started in 2013 is held every two weeks at Umspannwerk Kreuzberg and never fails to draw hundreds of visitors each time. The main attraction of this food event is the outdoor catering which features food lovers and emerging chefs with incredible cooking skills. You’ll surely have your fill here – there are street food stalls and trucks, salad bar, coffee and cakes, drinks stands, and many more. Ever since its inception, Bite Club has helped organize local markets and has launched over 50 local businesses. If you want to experience the charm of street food culture, visit Bite Club.
Address: Hoppetosse by Badeschiff, Eichenstrasse 4, Kreuzberg
Website: Bite Club
Opening hours: Fri: 6pm - 10pm (closed from Sat - Thu)
3. Turkish Market
This Turkish market located at the heart of Berlin near the Landwehr Canal is open twice a week, every Tuesday and Friday from 11am to 6:30pm. The stalls in this market sell everything Turkish and more – hot food, vegetables, fruits, fish, cheese, sweets, pastries, and even household items. Trinkets, fabrics, souvenirs and even jewelry are sold in this market. This market is not to be missed for local and foreign tourists.
Address: Maybachufer Kreuzberg, 12047 Berlin Germany
Website: Turkish Market
Opening hours: Tue, Fri: 11am - 6:30pm (closed on Wed, Sat - Mon)
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The first question that first-time visitors would ask upon reaching the Arminiusmarkthalle or Arminius Market Hall would be, “is this a cathedral or a market?” This market is a legend and historical marker in one as the actual building where the market is located opened in 1891. This market offers all types of food and wines. Handmade crafts, regional ingredients, and even flowers are available at this marketplace. International culinary goods are also available. The market area was renovated in 2010 to cater to artists and tourists. Regular events are also held at the market hall.
Address: Arminiusstrasse 2, 10551 Berlin
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 8am - 10pm (closed on Sun)
Mauerpark in the Prenzlauer Berg-District was located at the former death strip of the Berlin Wall that divides the former East and West Germany. Now, it is considered as a social, cultural, and artistic hub in Berlin. The actual park was opened in 1994 after locals demanded the construction and development of a local park. Mauerpark now hosts the regular Sunday flea market were locals and tourists flock to get their haul of good finds that range from unique crafts to tons of great food choices. It also has cafés and snack bars. Among the park’s famous attractions include the karaoke at the amphitheater that uses a portable sound system. Easter egg hunts and Fête de la Musique events are usually held at Mauerpark. This spot is usually crowded on weekends but don’t fret because it has conveniences like pay toilets.
Address: Bernauer Straße 45 - 46 Berlin, Germany
Opening hours: Sun: 10am - 6pm (closed from Mon - Sat)
6. Boxhagener Platz Food Market
If you are looking for fresh and organic food, fruit, vegetables, fresh juices, and other top-notch selections of gourmet food, head to Boxhagener Platz. On weekdays, this a farmers’ and organic market while every Sunday, other merchants put up their stalls and sales booths. This is a real flea market that has over 100 food stalls. It also sells other products such as jewelry, bags, collectibles, records, furnitures, books and more. This marketplace is popular among bargain hunters from all over Berlin. Visitors can enjoy local food and brunch at nearby cafes and restaurants.
Boxhagener Platz Food Market
Address: Boxhagener Platz 1, 10245 Berlin, Germany
Website: Boxhagener Platz Food Market
Opening hours: Sun: 8am - 6pm (closed from Mon - Sat)
7. Street Food Thursdays
If you want a festival of food, head to Markthalle Neun in the district of Kreuzber gevery Thursday for a delicious selection of food and drinks. They serve breakfast, lunch, and even dinner. Street Food Thursday is renowned as the first major organized street food event in Berlin. Must-try foods include pulled pork sandwich, ramen burger, Taiwanese pork buns, and Italian bread. It is where hungry and social street food lovers converge to enjoy the uber cool vibe of the market.
Street Food Thursdays
Address: Eisenbahnstraße 42/43, 10997 Berlin, Germany
Website: Street Food Thursdays
8. Burgers & Hip Hop at Prince Charles
This event at the Prince Charles bar is known for its amazing burger and other eats to the point that it earned a cult status in Berlin. This party/street food festival happens every couple of months and is always a big hit among locals and tourists. The party features hip hop, black music, and a contest for the best burger in Berlin. The eating begins in the afternoon while the dance party starts past 10pm. Local chefs and restaurant owners join burger vendors in the party. Expect long queues after 7pm to 8pm. Enjoy this place together with the relaxed party crowd.
Burgers & Hip Hop at Prince Charles
Address: im Aufbauhaus, Prinzenstrasse 85F
Website: Burgers & Hip Hop at Prince Charles
9. Neue Heimat
This is a cool venue with a laidback, vintage atmosphere where visitors can enjoy lounging and drinking. It is a popular place for tourists and locals alike. Street art lovers and hipsters flock this place because it has hip stalls that sell original postcards, second-hand trinkets, and T-shirts. Every Sunday there is a food market that sells local and international food and arts stuff. Aside from the plenty food options, there are many activities to do in this market – you can even skate and do some rock-climbing.
Address: Revaler Str. 99 | Ecke Dirschauer Strasse, 10245 Berlin, Germany
Website: Neue Heimat
10. Chakalaka Tuesdays
This food event that happens every Tuesday along the streets of Neukolln features serves South African cuisine. Everything in the menu is vegan-friendly and tasty. This pop-up buffet serves artisan food and vegan specialties. Among the must-tries is the red dhal curry.
Address: Pannierstrasse 12, Berlin
Opening hours: Tue: 7pm
Eat your heart out in Berlin
Berlin attracts more than 13.5 million visitors each year, making its multicultural tourist scene alive and vibrant the whole year round. Locals and tourists alike flock to the above-mentioned street markets to find a variety of food, produce, and Berliner-style souvenirs. Whether you enjoy bargain hunting or you just want to explore the capital city’s best food, consider these spots in your next vacation.
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