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Farmer's Market at Kollwitz Square
Please note: The market has moved to Kollwitzstraße, directly at Kollwitzplatz
Kollwitzplatz or Kollwitz Square is one of those places in Berlin, the RAF fortunately had forgotten to bomb. After the wall fell, houses were beautifully reconstructed - only those stupid graffiti can get on one's nerves.
Every Saturday morning, there's a small but eclectic farmer's market. When I lived in that area, I rarely missed a change to go there, and I always bought more than I needed, even if I was on a strict budget. There's this Tirolean deer sausage, home-made pasta, lots of organic food, wine, espresso, a fishmonger whose daughter apparently had fallen in love with me, some great bakers (especially the one opposite site of the fishmonger), fantastic French soap (what a scent!), flowers, cheese ... you name it. One vendor sells apple juice in 5 liter (1.3 gal) bags like hot cakes. And speaking of cakes ...
Again, it's a small but eclectic market.
More importantly, especially for tourists, everyone I dragged along, immediately fell in love with this beautiful and peaceful place.
After strolling around and having a Bratwurst or fresh oyster, you may want to try one of the numerous coffeehouses or have lunch at Guggelhof, a restaurant at the opposite site of the market were President Clinton, Madame Albright and their German counterparts once had dinner. Or check Kulturbrauerei for upcoming shows.
If you are familiar with German actors and politicians, you may spot one or another here. No one of the more ordinary mortals thinks of bothering them.
Market closes on 4 p.m. but you should come a lot earlier. At 2 p.m. or later the market looks very (for the lack of better words) worn. There are one or two playgrounds at Kollwitzplatz where you can leave your kids.
Getting there: Take the U2 and exit at Eberswalder Strasse. Go down Sredzkistrasse and turn right into Husemannstrasse.
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The University has a market in front of the main building (across the street from the Burned Books Memorial) where teachers and staff sell books for really cheap prices, as a way of compensate for the burning of books in II World War. They are mostly in German, but there are some in English as well.
Definitely worth a look.
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Turkish Market at Maybachufer
Do you know where is Istanbul? It is in Berlin! Visit the old SO 36 (Berlin Kreuzberg) and you feel you're in Istanbul.
Every Thuesday and Friday between 12 - 18.30 is the Turkish Market open.
Buy fresh vegetabeles, olives or take a turkish pizza for lunch . . .
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I was lucky to find some street markets in Berlin. It's really a good sight with people, sellers, bidders, things all kinds displayed on the stalls/platforms/tables infront for everybody to see. It would be along a stretch of a street.
Antiques, books, CDs, old records, shirts, clothes, books, kitchenwares etc etc, are all being sold or trade at street markets.
Look for these markets, buy something that you might not find back home. I bought a bootleg CD of Nina Simone, like all her hits were carmped into one CD & cost me 5 Euros only. I didn't even bargain c'os I was so happy.
The street market that I went to Trodelmarkt was only opned on Saturday & Sunday. I am not sure about this though. The location, now I couldn't remember. I remember I was on my way walking to see The Victory Column, so it should be somewhere in that area ?
There's even a mobile toilet nearby if while choosing something, you have to 'go'. I think it was free !
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Friedrichshain (Boxhagener Platz) Flea market
This Flöhmarkt (fleamarket) is held every Sunday through even the most horrible winter Sundays, and is one of the more offbeat and kitschy fleamarkets in Germany. Just take the S Bahn to Warschauer Bahnhof and head on over to Boxhagener Platz. On sale: vinyl techno records, kitschy fashion, paintnigs, genuine junk, and ubiquitous 1960s plastic east German furniture that you will find in most any shared flat in Berlin. It's as good for people watching as it is for shopping, and you will see lots of vampy and sexy Friedrichshain girls with dyed hair, punks from squats, and aging hippies.
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On weekend mornings and early...
On weekend mornings and early afternoons, visit one of Berlins flea markets (Trödelmärkte), which are great even if you're not looking for anything to buy.
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