It’s no surprise that the Mauerpark Flea Market in Berlin is beloved by visitors and locals alike.
Where is the Mauerpark Flea Market?
You can find the market itself each every Sunday, located next to the Mauerpark on Bernauer Staße. If you’re not sure where exactly to find it, just head in that direction and follow the masses of people. And believe me, you will encounter a very eclectic mix. From students to families to hippies to clubbers (who haven’t quite made it home after Saturday night out), there is something for everyone at this market, which has earned absolute cult status in Berlin.
What can you buy there?
There are the usual antique, vintage, second hand and handmade items typical at most flea markets. While some of the stuff could definitely go be considered a bit on the junkier side, a lot of the things for sale were actually super cool.
There were venders selling clothes, household items, vinyl records, furniture, antique and vintage items, bicycles, shoes- basically anything you could imagine.
I ended up buying some handmade jewelry from one table. The guy was a geologist who made it all himself out of rocks and household items such as spoons and forks. It wasn’t too expensive and really good quality- I wear the necklace all the time and there is no hint of wear. Plus, a girl that was with me also made her own jewelry and was really knowledgeable about the different stones and she verified they were in fact authentic.
It’s Not Just for Shopping Either…
What I loved most about this flea market was the atmosphere. Apart from the typical vender stalls, there were also tons of food trucks selling anything from Turkish to African to Italian style foods. Even if I had no interest in buying anything I would make a trip to the market for the food alone. It was delicious and super cheap.
In the backdrop of all of this commotion is the different reggae or techno beats, coming from stalls, food trucks or the open air Schönwetter Club situated in the center of the market. Inside their fences you can find a live DJ, beers and cocktails, food like organic sausages and a cool, laid-back beach atmosphere (equipped with sand and beach chairs) that seems to be the norm here in Germany during the warm weather.
When you’re done with the market and the weather’s warm, head over to the amphitheater section of the Mauerpark where you can find live karaoke, which starts at 3pm from spring till autumn. There were at least a few hundred people there when I visited, which means to get a good spot you have to get there early!
Featured image from MrT HK via Flickr.