The Turkish market takes place every Tuesday and Friday from 11am to 6:30pm directly at Maybachufer. The market seems like an oriental bazaar with its multicultural charm. Visitors can find everything from vegetables to fabrics and flowers. A number of stands offer handmade stuff, such as beautiful leather notebooks and there is always a chance to make a good deal with the seller. A great advantage of the market is its homemade Turkish food and fresh juices, encouraging visitors to stay for lunch or a quick snack in the afternoon.
Located a bit further down the Maybachufer, the Nowkoelln Flowmarkt takes place every other Sunday from spring to late autumn. Obviously, the flea market is a bit influenced by the Turkish market in some of its food and stands, but generally this flea market has a lot more diversity. Besides the classic flea market stands with second hand goods, visitors can find handmade jewelry, leather goods, soaps and lotions and a lot more. You can easily spend a whole afternoon here walking through the stands, grabbing a bite to eat and having a beer or a German Glühwein. Moreover, anyone can sell their own stuff at the flea market. Just visit their website and register.
Loftus Hall opened in 2010 and is a club focused on house and electro towards the end of Maybachufer. A walk to the club from Schönleinstraße takes a while but is worth the effort. Loftus Hall is still relatively undiscovered; the line is not as long as in Watergate or Berghain, the inside is not full of tourists and you can experience a night with great music and an easy and open crowd. If that’s not enough people can go to Bertrams, a club in the basement of the building. Different style of electronic music and the typical Berlin basement charm are waiting for the crowd.
The long-established Ankerklause right at the corner of Kottbusser Damm and Maybachufer is a must-visit. People can sit right at the canal or in front of the restaurant and observe the hustle of the markets at Maybachufer. From breakfast over lunch and cocktails, Anklerklause serves anything you could want. Even Quentin Tarantino has celebrated here during the filming of Inglorious Basterds.
The best carrot cake in the city can be found at Bully’s Bakery. The small café in Friedelstraße, very close to Hermanplatz, has a small but excellent choice of cakes, including the famous Berlin carrot cake, a raspberry rice pudding cake, cheesecake and pear tarte. The cosy café is a great choice to warm up in winter, maybe don’t eat lunch before you go there, the pieces of cake are huge and too good not to finish.
There is a lot more to the Maybachufer than its several markets. Its natural beauty alone makes it worth a visit. It’s lovely to wander close to the water, and especially in summer, people sit by the canal and enjoy the sun with a blanket, a beer, snacks and maybe some music. There are even people with pedal boats, kayaks or inflatable boats on the canal itself. If the weather isn’t that great, you can still take a stroll by the water and stop in one of the many restaurants and cafés at both sides of the canal.
By Pia Zimmermeyer