Party Earth Review Running roughly a half mile along Berlin’s scenic River Spree, the Türkenmarkt (Turkish Market) has been attracting thrifty shoppers and curious sightseers for as long as most Kreuzberg residents can remember. Depending... ... read full review
U: Schönleinstrasse, Kottbusser Tor
Tu, F–Sa 11am–6:30pm
Disclaimer: Like most flea markets, days and hours are not guaranteed
Kreuzberg / Neukölln, Berlin –
Running roughly a half mile along Berlin’s scenic River Spree, the Türkenmarkt (Turkish Market) has been attracting thrifty shoppers and curious sightseers for as long as most Kreuzberg residents can remember.
Depending on the weather, the day, and sometimes just the vigor of the vendors, the hastily thrown-together stalls can cover one or both sides of Maybachufer Street and offer the largest selection of Turkish goods in the city.
Exotic fruits and seasonal vegetables, flowers, desserts, cheeses, fabric, and fresh fish and meat purveyors are most plentiful on Tuesdays and Fridays, when it’s normal to see old Turks haggling over the price of ginger, artsy craft hounds buying a bolt of silk, and the average Berlin family sharing a mountainous kebab.
On Saturdays, the vibe turns toward the bohemian as more booths appear catering to the local artist crowd, including second-hand books, cheap canvas, handmade tools, and original visual art. A dazzling array of locally made jewelry, clothing, and imported curios attract the youthful hippies and alternatives that are always in attendance.
Regardless of the day, patrons can have their taste buds tickled with the international selection of delectable goodies from Turkish kofta or a Ghanaian buffet to barbequed German bratwurst.
Whether it’s for tasty fresh mango, ten yards of cotton, or a delicious meal and a stroll, the Türkenmarkt is as friendly to the palate as it is to the bank account.
Diverse crowd including grocery shopping Turkish women, trendy cool teenagers sipping fresh fruit juice, and in-the-know tourists running their camera batteries dry. All ages.
Bands set up occasionally, but it’s very informal. People-watching and shopping.
Huge assortment of mostly Turkish produce, cheese, bread, and meat, as well as prepared dishes from Turkish and Ghanaian to German and Brazilian.
From a few cents for a few buttons to several hundred Euros for a roll of fine quality raw silk. Food and drink tend to hover around €1–€5.
Tuesdays and Fridays for the best bargains on produce and fabric, and Saturdays for arts, crafts, and clothing.
The River Spree, which runs right next to the market, is a major venue for walking, picnicking, running, or just sitting on a bench and enjoying the sun.