Berlin has become a melting pot for culinary exploration. With tasty treats and delicious diversity, the city’s food culture is an insight into its multicultural nature and nothing reflects this better than its street food markets. Offering food from all corners of the globe, these markets are a foodie’s dream and a must-experience in Berlin. Here’s our guide to the best street food markets in Berlin.
Street Food Thursdays
Every Thursday in the heart of Kreuzberg at Markthalle Neun, Berlin’s street food experts gather to bring visitors the best in food, wine, beer, and culture. The large hall is filled with independent food stalls, all bringing their own flare and flavour to the night. From Mexican tacos, to artisans hotdogs, or freshly made pasta, Street Food Thursdays offers a mouth-watering and international selection. This is all paired with a range of local and international craft beers, wine, and fresh juices or soft drinks. Recently voted as one of the hottest food spots in the country, Street Food Thursdays is ammust-try Berlin culinary experience.
Mauerpark is the infamous thrift market and park karaoke session in Berlin. Every Sunday locals and tourists head over to the huge park in Prenzlauer Berg to rummage for secondhand treasures, serenade visitors, and enjoy its diverse food market. Bringing together a range of culinary styles, including Japanese, German, Chinese, Spanish, Polish, and Korean, and a food store dedicated to serving up perfect French fries, there is a little something for everyone at this vintage and street food market.
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Stretched along the Maybachufer canal every Tuesday and Friday is the the Turkish Market. A Kreuzkolln institution, it is beloved among locals and hosts vendors selling fresh produce and a range of Middle-Eastern street food. The line of white tents waft aromas and spices from Istanbul. You’ll feel transported as men yell special prices out into the tightly-packed crowd and visitors crowd together over small tables to enjoy turkish breads with dips and piled plates of traditional köfte and hummus.
Thai Park has been a Berlin tradition for over 20 years. A rather informal affair, it started as a gathering of Thai families who were living in Berlin, meeting in a park in Wilmersdorf each summer to cook and sell their delicious traditional treats. The unique street food market has since exploded in popularity and over recent years many frequent the park in summer to sample the best authentic Thai food in the city. The market starts in summer and stays until the weather permits, and kicks off on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm.
Every Saturday, among the leafy streets of Friedrichshain, is the food market at Boxhagener Platz. From 9am until 3:30pm, local vendors set up and delight visitors with their fresh produce, boutique stalls, and delicious street food offerings. There are old-school favourites, like crepes, friends, and currywurst, and special treats such as grilled fish, bruschetta, and homemade jams. The market is buzzing with life and quality, and is a weekend treat in Berlin.
Opening its doors in 1891, the Arminiusmarkthalle is steeped in history. It was fully restored in 2010, and now serves as a local food hall and is a less well-known favourite in Moabit. The market hall is a delicious fresh produce market, as well as a thriving street food market. There is a range of different cuisines dotted around the high ceiling hall, with highlights including the Alabama-style ribs at Pignut BBQ, and the Austrian schnitzels and blutwurst at Hofladen. This well-established market has seriously delicious treats and is a must-try in Berlin.
Arriving on the street food scene in 2013, Bite Club is a new favourite in Berlin. The name says it all, and the market is really a food club that moves around the city hosting pop-up culinary experiences. Bite Club has done guest appearances at Berlinale and during Berlin Food Week, and in the summer foodies can get their fix in Kreuzberg. Located at the Hoppetosse next to Badeschiff, this street food market has a regular spot complete with a large boat pumping out disco tunes and a selection of the city’s finest street food treats.