Marheineke Markthalle opened in 1892 but was damaged severely during the World War II. Now this renovated indoor market, probably the only remaining of its kind in the city, is an exotic location for edible products that are organic and regionally produced. You will also find special ingredients from the Middle East, Greece, Italy and Spain. Make pit stops at the many cafes, food stands or the restaurant Matzbach to savor eclectic cuisines. You will also find artisanal shops like locksmiths and shoe-makes. This vibrant market is also home to art exhibitions and a radio station.
A city with a population of almost four million people can get pretty hungry. To feed all those empty stomachs, the Berlin authorities built a series of huge market halls where fresh fruit, vegetables and meat are traded. Although it caters first and foremost to wholesalers, retailers and restaurants, the Großmarkt also has a handful of stalls which sell produce to the man on the street. It's nevertheless interesting to watch the traders in action and to see the food before it lands on a plate in a restaurant.
The original Alexanderplatz, locally called 'Alex' by Berliners, was completely flattened during World War II. Its present day appearance is a prime example of East German town planning: a huge, windswept pedestrian area surrounded by featureless 1960s high-rises. But those who are familiar with Alexanderplatz from Alfred Döblin's novel of the same name will find that none of the hustle and bustle of the square has disappeared. Alexanderplatz is still very much a commuters' thoroughfare and is regarded by locals as the true center of Berlin. Named after Russian Tsar Alexander I who visited the Prussian capital in 1805, Alexanderplatz was at the center of the mass-demonstrations which brought the Berlin Wall tumbling down in November 1989.
The historic Kreuzberg Railway Market Hall is over 120 years old and has stood the test of time. Overtime the market place was renovated and reopened by three entrepreneurs who bought the building with a vision of developing a place where the diverse needs of the local urban community could be met. With a focus on promoting regional distributors and producers, the market houses plenty of organic and responsibly sourced products. The market is an exceptional representation of the vibrant and creative Kreuzberk neighborhood it resides in.
Arkonaplatz is a little square at the border of Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg that is just a few minutes walk away from the famous Mauerpark. While many people visit the Mauerpark market on Sundays, this hidden gem isn't even half as crowded. The prices might not be cheaper, but the quality is generally better. From furniture and antiques to clothes and records, almost everything sold at Arkonaplatz is of better quality than on the bigger markets. Moreover, the square itself is a nice place to hang out on a Sunday since you are surrounded by cafés and restaurants, which are definitely worth a try.
The Berliner Trödelmarkt, one of Berlin's oldest flea markets, has become increasingly popular over the years, and prices have risen accordingly. However, if you are any good at haggling, you may be able to find a nice memento to take home with you at a bargain price. Most vendors are professional collectors and many stalls offer genuine antiques and real rarities. The range of goods on offer includes pretty much everything under the sun, with books, records, clothes, crockery, furniture, toys, East German nostalgia and Berlin memorabilia to choose from. The market stretches from Ernst-Reuter-Platz to Tiergarten S-Bahn station. At the adjacent crafts market you will find a plethora of fresh and creative pieces to choose from.
Media Markt is your one-stop solution for consumer appliances and media entertainment needs. Whether it is a new phone, camera, or a television set or a refrigerator that you want to buy, Media Markt is the place you should head to. They have numerous offers running and you can compare prices and features with ease. Check their DVD collections before leaving, you might find something that you like. They do not accept credit cards.
Shop for clothing, furniture and other goodies at Flohmarkt am Arkonaplatz. The market also has something in store for the music and book lovers. Vinyl records, books of different genres and other accessories can also be bought here. There is also an attractive array of secondhand items available in the various booths. Not only are the good priced reasonably, but you usually won’t even any complaints about the quality. The flea market is also surrounded by cafes, in case you want to recharge your batteries after the shopping spree.
Situated amid the vaults and archways of the main railway station, a visit to this antique market is a must for any tourist. Boasting of approximately 35 sellers, the Berliner Antik und Flohmarkt's stalls are replete with old artworks, etchings, vintage dolls, soft toys, jewelry, watches, lamps and other home decor products. Patiently browse through the counters and discover knick-knacks, gifting items and memorabilia that will always preserve the memory of your visit to this fascinating German city. It also attracts locals looking for keepsakes of a bygone era. After an engaging round of shopping, visitors can lounge at one of the nearby restaurants.