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Little did her parents know that a short trip to Europe in high school would launch a lifetime love of travel, languages and cultures. Trained as a news journalist, Therese Iknoian spent a decade as a daily newspaper journalist before launching a freelance writing career specializing in outdoor, fitness and training. All the while trotting the globe, her focus finally turned to travel. Fluent in German, Therese runs a translation business (www.ThereseTranslates.com) working primarily with companies in the outdoor/sports/retail industry. Also a French speaker, she loves to learn a bit of the language wherever she goes -- gdje je kupaonica? Мне нужна помощь! -- often embarrassing herself in the quest for cross-cultural communication and the search for great travel discoveries.
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As the burgeoning and bustling capital of Germany, Berlin offers an addicting restaurant scene with any international or trendy cuisine you may desire. But in keeping with its gritty, artistic ways, Berlin has a superior street food market scene too.

Let’s explore 5 great Berlin street food markets you won’t want to miss. We are ordering them below based on the day of the week they happen – you wouldn’t want to miss one, now would you?


Turkish Market (Türkischer Markt) – Neukölln

Berlin street food at the Turkish MarketThis street market has been a tradition since Turkish families starting coming to Germany some five decades ago. Of course, over the years, it is has developed, grown and become more refined, including not only Turkish food but also German and others. We first visited it in the late ’80s, in fact.

Feel: Along the street next to a canal, the Turkish Market has a true street market feel. It is not groomed! Turkish women mix with tourists and locals. You see serious shoppers and tourists with cameras.

Offerings: Great Turkish food, both prepared and deli to-go, as well as German baked goods, cheeses and meats. And whatever other vendor decides to show. Plus, vegetables, fruit, and fresh squeezed juice, as well as notions, fabrics, leather goods, jewelry and you name it.

Berlin street food Turkish Market olives.

Sammi the Greek dishes up olives, cheeses and other mediterranean goodies at the Turkish Market.

The draw: Go for lunch or dinner, shop for trinkets, be entertained by the barking vendors, and enjoy the mix of cultures. Good prices too.

Hours: Tuesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., shorter hours in colder months. Closed on some holidays or days may be changed. Check the website.

Getting there: Along the Maybach Ufer, U-Bahn(Underground) Line 8, Station Schönleinstrasse.

Berlin street food Turkish Market pomegranate juice.

Mmmmmmm … fresh-squeezed pomegranate juice! Served with a smile.

HITT Tip: The fresh-squeezed pomegranate juice toward the far end is to die for. Get a large one and share it.

Markthalle Neun (Market Hall Nine) – Kreuzberg

Berlin street food Markthalle Neun wine pouring.The Markthalle is open Tuesday-Saturday as a regular market – both farmers and other fun stuff — but on Thursday evenings it transforms into “Street Food Thursday,” begun in 2013 as the Berlin street food/food truck scene was catching on.

Feel: Thursday evenings is a huge attraction. A real scene to see and be seen, meet with friends for a fine glass of wine (while standing mostly). Very very international. I swear you hear more English than other languages.

Offerings: Mind-boggling, really, the types of food, drink and true culinary delights, many of which are really pushing the envelope a bit. Burritos, oysters, burgers, grilled cheese, French cheeses, Sushi, Asian noodles, and much more. Fine wines, frothy international beers, even a Berlin-area whiskey distillery!

Berlin street food Markthalle Neun serving food.

The draw: Yes, the food, but it’s not cheap. The big, loud, trendy scene packs ‘em in. Tantalize your taste buds with a wide variety of international fare.

Hours: Thursdays, 5-10 p.m. Check the Facebook page for updates or special events.

Getting there: Eisenbahnstrasse 42, U-Bahn Line 1, Station Görlitzer Bahnhof

HITT Tip: This place can be so packed you had better set up a meeting place for you and your companions. Because you will get separated. And it’s so loud there is no guarantee your will hear your phone.

ENJOY A 360-DEGREE PANORAMA OF MARKTHALLE NEUN

Use your mouse to click and drag (or the arrows on your computer keyboard to move the view left, right, up or down) or if you are on your smartphone, simply tilt your phone or turn yourself to change viewing angles. (if using Chrome on a Mac the 360 panorama may not load … please use Firefox or Safari in this case)


Winterfeldtplatz Markt (Winterfeldt Square Market) – Schöneberg

Berlin street food scene at Winterfeldplatz

Spargel (asparagus) season brings out the smiles for vendors and customers at any street food market! Of course, they only tout the white variety. When in season, nobody can get enough. Photo by Therese Iknoian

This is the real deal weekly farmer’s market that so happens to have a street fair and street food feel too, but all in true German fashion. Winterfeldtplatz Market is the largest and most well-known Berlin street market.

Feel: German, all the way, but with a nouveau feel. Locals are out shopping for the week, others are dropping in for a little saunter and snack.

Offerings: Fruits, vegetables, of course. Food stands, of course – lots of German deli specialties, as well as French quiche, Italian specialties, fresh-cooked fish, amazing pastries and desserts, sausages, and all you would expect. Plus, leather goods, clothing and accessories and other street fair paraphernalia. The website lists vendors.

Berlin street food scene at Winterfeldplatz

The draw: The neighborhood is now quite “in” so the streets are lined with great cafes, boutiques and restaurants. In nice weather, the scene moves outside. The historic square and area atmosphere can round out your visit.

Hours: Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the true bustle. Also Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., if you want to stock the fridge or grab a few picnic goodies.

Getting There: Winterfeldtplatz, U-Bahn Lines 1,2,3,4; Station Nollendorfplatz.

HITT Tip: If you are a cheesecake fan as I am, then do NOT even think about missing the cheesecake vendor. A small table with a couple of guys selling all kinds of varieties of homemade cheesecakes (apricot, cherry, streusel, etc.). We were so enthralled by the goodies, we didn’t get the name! Or a photo! But this is the only market this vendor attends.

ENJOY A 360-DEGREE PANORAMA OF WINTERFELDTPLATZ

Use your mouse to click and drag (or the arrows on your computer keyboard to move the view left, right, up or down) or if you are on your smartphone, simply tilt your phone or turn yourself to change viewing angles. (if using Chrome on a Mac the 360 panorama may not load … please use Firefox or Safari in this case)


Kulturbrauerei Street Food (Culture brewery) – Prenzlauer Berg

Berlin street food Kulturbrauerei food truck market scene.This street food/food truck gathering happened sporadically for a few years, perhaps only once a month or just in the summer. Since 2015, it is a weekly affair most of the year.

Feel: The “Culture Brewery” is a former brewery that has been transformed into a hot spot with stores, a museum, a grocery store, movie theater and a nice courtyard, where of course the food trucks pull in and the stands are pitched. A much more mellow scene, with young families, couples, groups of friends, but not so many tourists. Tables and benches are set up but seating goes fast in nice weather.

Berlin street food at the Kulturbrauerei with food trucks serving, yes, burritos for one.

Offerings: With the emphasis on food trucks, the offerings are quite American with an international dash – burgers, burritos, pulled pork, sweet potato fries, shave ice, as well as Russian raviolis, Indonesia fare, New Zealand meat pies, etc.

The draw: The atmosphere is a mix of historic and modern. Get your fix of non-German food and hang out for a while. When it’s cold, fire pits are set out, too.

Berlin street food at the Kulturbrauerei with the coffee bike.

Hours: Sundays, 12 noon to 6 p.m., about mid-January to mid-November. Check the website for changes, updates and details.

Getting there: Schönhauseralle 36, U-Bahn 2, stations Eberswalderplatz or Senefelderplatz.

HITT Tip: Take the opportunity while there to visit the DDR Museum in the building. An outstanding, interactive display that is very informative. Read about it in our Prenzlauer Berg story by clicking here.

Thai Wiese (Thai Park) – Wilmersdorf

Berlin street food Thai Wiese curry booth.

Michael paying for some delicious Thai curry.

You can read about Thai Wiese in my Photographer’s Diary, here. This Berlin street food market began – or so the story goes – when Thai residents started gathering in Preussen Park for their own gatherings to cook, eat and hang out. Locals were intrigued by the food and then the light bulb went off – we could sell it! And so they did. And we thank them for it.

Feel: Super casual afternoon in the park. Bring a blanket to sit on, bring your own beverages if you want. Good, cheap, Thai food that satisfies the need for yum.

Berlin street food Thai Wiese picnic blanket.

Therese showing how you enjoy “Thai Wiese” … picnic blanket, shoes off, with friends.

Offerings: Noodles, salads, dumplings, satays, you name it! There is Thai food here you will likely not find in any restaurant in Berlin or in most other cities. Even get a Thai massage if you are so inclined.

The Draw: So casual and fun. Vendors set up on low tables. You wander among them and figure out what you want. Don’t miss the exuberant man with his homemade array of colorful dumplings with a wide variety of fillings.

Berlin street food Thai Wiese colorful dumplings.

Hours: Quirky. Website says Saturdays and Sundays from about 12 noon to “usually” about 10 p.m. Vendors will just close up and leave when they run out of food. Bad weather will cancel the event.

Getting there: Preussen Park, Brandenburgischestrasse, U-Bahn Lines 3 and 7, Station Fehrbelliner Platz

HITT Tip: Use the BVG website (Berlin public transportation) to help find your way to any of the above markets. We have only named the closet underground station, but there are of course street cars, trams and buses also available in most cases.

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Turkish Market - Neukölln

Along the street next to a canal, the Turkish Market has a true street market feel. It is not groomed! Turkish women mix with tourists and locals. You see serious shoppers and tourists with cameras. To learn more, read our story 5 Great Berlin Street Food Markets as well as Berlin Turkish Market: Flavors, Food, Deals In Oriental Bazaar Setting.

Markthalle Neun - Kreuzberg

Mind-boggling, really, the types of food, drink and true culinary delights, many of which are really pushing the envelope a bit. Burritos, oysters, burgers, grilled cheese, French cheeses, Sushi, Asian noodles, and much more. Fine wines, frothy international beers, even a Berlin-area whiskey distillery! To learn more, read our story 5 Great Berlin Street Food Markets.

Winterfeldplatz Markt - Schöneberg

German, all the way, but with a nouveau feel. Locals are out shopping for the week, others are dropping in for a little saunter and snack. To learn more, read our story 5 Great Berlin Street Food Markets.

Kulturbrauerei - Prenzlauer Berg

The “Culture Brewery” is a former brewery that has been transformed into a hot spot with stores, a museum, a grocery store, movie theater and a nice courtyard, where of course the food trucks pull in on Sundays. A much more mellow scene, with young families, couples, groups of friends, but not so many tourists. Tables and benches are set up but seating goes fast in nice weather. To learn more, read our story 5 Great Berlin Street Food Markets as well as Quick Prenzlauer Berg Travel Guide To A Berlin Hotspot.

Thai Wiese - Wilmersdorf

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Cafe Anna Blume

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Museum at Pankow

To learn more, be sure to read our story, Quick Prenzlauer Berg Travel Guide To A Berlin Hotspot.

Museum in the Kulturbrauerie (Alltag in Der DDR)

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Oderberger Strasse Fire Station

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Judengang (Jewish Walkway)

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Hotel Oderberger

Built in 1902 as a public bathhouse for Berlin and constructed in German Renaissance style, this magnificent building and pool fell into disrepair and went out of service in the mid 1990’s. The building was purchased by the neighboring GLS Language School and is now part of that campus, renamed the Hotel Oderberger and open only since January 2016. To learn more, be sure to read our story, Quick Prenzlauer Berg Travel Guide To A Berlin Hotspot.

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Yumcha Heros

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Süsse Sünde

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Cafe Fleury

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Sowohl Als Auch Restaurant and Coffee House

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Potsdamer Platz

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Heads up! This information on the Berlin street food market scene was accurate when we published it on HI Travel Tales, but, as we know, traveling is all about changes (and inflation, sadly). Please be sure to confirm prices, transportation schedules, hours of operation, safety and health considerations, request for perfect weather during your entire visit, and any other important details before your adventure.