Street food has conquered the world. From London to Lima, you’ll find trucks, carts and stalls selling everything from poutine to pulled pork. Few cities have embraced the phenomena like Berlin. The German capital has a long tradition of currywurst and kebab huts on its streets, but now you can explore beautiful old market halls, historic breweries and super-hip cargo containers where an array of exciting street food awaits.
Street Food Thursday
Perhaps one of Berlin’s best-known street food events, and certainly one of its busiest, Street Food Thursday has been a weekly staple for hungry Berliners since it was founded in 2013. The world of sidewalk snacking seems to converge upon Markthalle Neun in this bustling corner of fashionable Kreuzberg every Thursday, with a different line-up each week. From traditional English pies, to Middle Eastern fattoush, there’s a wide scope of international treats to try as well as plenty of craft beer and local wine. Regular attractions include Big Stuff BBQ, whose burgers come highly recommended, and Glut & Späne, purveyors of fine ceviche, gravlax salmon and smoked trout. If you can’t make it on a Thursday, fear not, spin-off events such as Vinyl & Breakfast mean you can pick up that rare Neu! import while tucking into a salt beef bagel on a Sunday.
Meaning ‘street food on the move’ this weekly feast comes to the cobbled courtyard of a former brewery every Sunday. The KulturBrauerei also plays host to bars, clubs, a cinema, bicycle rental and a museum of everyday life in the former DDR. But when the trucks and stalls roll into this part of Prenzlauer Berg, it’s all about the food. The roll-call of vendors is ever-changing, but recent highlights have included Raclette Leopold, with its fine cheeses; Pies & Love, whose Texas Jailhouse pie has caused quite a stir; and Ugandan street food specialists Rolleggs. It’s mainly an outdoor event, which is fine during a Berlin summer, but when the winter comes around you’ll be glad of the fire baskets scattered around the place. Should the skies open, you’re welcome to take your food inside neighbouring Frannz Club to stop it getting soggy.
Street Food Auf Achse
KulturBrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg, BerlinWebsite
On the banks of the river Spree, next to the Badeschiff floating swimming pool, this twice-monthly street food event is one of Berlin’s coolest. That’s largely thanks to Kreuzberg’s seemingly endless supply of hipsters, but Bite Club has substance to go with all that effortless style. Among its trucks and stalls you’ll find some of the most creative and delicious street food in Berlin: fill your boots with Jamaican smoked chicken with rice and peas at Jerk My Day; pay a visit to Mogg & Melzer for perfect pastrami; become acquainted with hearty Irish fare at HelloGoodPie; or slurp a bowl of tasty hand-pulled Shanghai noodles at Chung King. One you’ve made your choice, step on board the Hoppetosse dining boat for unrivalled views of the river at night.
Named after the tented hawker stalls of South Korea, this monthly event is a celebration of Korean street food culture. Housed in the painfully hip Platoon Kunsthalle - a vibrant cultural centre made up of 28 cargo containers - this collection of Korean gastronomic gems is small, but perfectly formed. Among its highlights are the kimchi nachos and kimchi cheese quesadillas from Mokbang Kitchen; mandu dumplings and fishcake soup from Gong Gan; and hodo kwaja walnut cakes stuffed with red bean paste from the Hoodoo Cookie Lady. Throw in a load of K-Pop, DJ battles and Korean drinking games and this late-night street food party is one you’ll be unlikely to forget.
To the west of the city centre, over in the Moabit neighbourhood, this is a slightly less frenetic affair with a ‘real Berlin’ feel. The Arminiusmarkthalle is a beautiful redbrick construction, built in 1891. Under its expansive roof, you’ll find a thriving produce market along with a smattering of palm trees and, occasionally, a piano player. It’s a sign that this is no ordinary market hall, as a selection of enticing food stalls confirms. Highlights include the Alabama-style ribs, wings and pulled pork of Pignut BBQ; regional German food (including currywurst) at Genusswerk; and Austrian schnitzels and blutwurst at Hofladen.
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