Berlin is one of the most attractive European capitals for many reasons, whether it’s due to its impressive nightlife, or for its artistic diversity and the variety of subcultures that thrive in this exciting city. Like any good German city there are many markets, called Flohmarkt (or flea markets) where are all types of articles are sold, including retro or vintage furniture, second hand clothing, bicycles, and decorative articles, amongst many other things much to the delight of shopaholics, which will surely brighten up their weekend. All at a very low prices, corresponding to a very good market. Once again, our aim is to guide you a little bit amongst the tangle of markets and parks that you can find here in Berlin and therefore we would like to recommend the top markets in the German capital.
The most well-known market by all Berlin residents and visitors alike for being without doubt the best by far in the city, is the Mauerpark Market, situated in the park that links the Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte and Wedding neighbourhoods, and which extends over the old western border situated between the east and the west of Berlin. This is undoubtedly the most colourful and hippy market in the entire German capital. This is the typical way of passing a Sunday, especially during the summer and winter months for all of Berlin. There aren’t many professional merchants in this Market thus there is a lot of haggling going on. Furthermore, all around the market there are street artists whilst the majority of the Sunday visitors take a look around and bag some bargains that they find in the numerous stalls bearing fashion items, books, furniture, and even bicycles. And when you get tired of hunting out a bargain you can pass by the Bearpit karaoke, a truly musical experience which you will surely enjoy.
The Friedrichshain market around Boxhagener Platz is another interesting location for fanatics of these markets with a street party feel that highlights the neo-hippie atmosphere that characterises the Friedrichschain neighbourhood. This Market has everything. With books at ridiculously low prices, old CDs and vinyls from every era you can think of, dusty but charming furniture, and of course clothing of all different styles from all the different eras of your choice. To conclude, this market is quite a rainbow of colours, and a variety of styles and fragrances that lends it a very special charm.
If what you’re looking for are antiquities without worrying to much about the price, then head down to the Straße 17 Juni marketin Charlottenburg-Tiergarten. This is one of the most well know markets in Berlin, where you can buy antiquities such as old furniture, and wooden or silver plated frames, amongst many other high quality and original vintage products. You won’t find the city and somewhat eccentric and bohemian variety in this market, but more of a sober and quiet atmosphere characteristic of the Charlottenburg district in West Germany. However, it is really a charming place and it has an old western Berlin feel to it, with professional merchants, and unique and unusual articles.
Claudia – Marketing Team