The best of Berlin’s markets
Berlin, the fabulous place for markets especially during the festive months. You can pick up some super bargains – Berlin flea markets are great for low-priced treats.
Markets and shopping streets
Berlin markets are some of the most vibrant and interesting in Europe. Whether you want to update your wardrobe with things no one else will be wearing, find that one obscure vinyl, or pick up a vintage lamp for your lounge or bedroom, there’ll be a market to suit your every need.
- Hackescher Markt and Alte Schönhauser Straße – for small individual stores
- Bergmannstraße – for little boutiques and shops for browsing
- Kastanienallee– small alternative shops
- Flohmarkt am Mauerpark – Berlin’s biggest flea market every Sunday, also great for young local designers and jewellery
Rummage for a bargain at a Berlin flea market
Whether it’s to hunt down a bargain or simply enjoy a wander around the stalls, a visit to one of Berlin’s flea markets may be well worth the trip for those visiting the city.
Everything from second-hand books, clothing and records to Russian icons and authentic German lederhosen can be found at these bustling markets.
One of the most famous is found on Strasse des 17. Juni which offers more antiques and handicraft than thrifty bargains. There are also items such as pictures and furniture on sale. Anyone who loves getting a little nostalgic should pay a visit to Flea Market Arkonaplatz for everything sixties and seventies, while the newly established Flohmarkt am Mauerpark has a local feel for tourists to enjoy. Bargain finders need not despair if the weather turns grey when they are rummaging, as Hallentrodelmarkt Treptow is an indoor flea market located in a former bus depot near the site of the Berlin Wall.
During the festive season, Berlin plays host to over sixty Christmas markets.
According to Berlin.de, Hackescher Markt is one of the best shopping addresses for anyone looking to avoid the mainstream clothes chains and familiar brands. Instead, the many shops in the area offer “off-culture fashion ranging from extraordinary shoes to fashion from young designers”, the site notes. This means people may be able to pick themselves up something a little unusual which could always serve as a reminder of their time in Berlin. Furthermore, Hackescher Markt is recommended for anyone who wishes to experience some of the “unique flair” of the former East Berlin, which was once separated from the majority of the city by the Berlin Wall. Eager shoppers may also be pleased to know that Berlin is the first federal state of Germany where shops can decide their own opening hours.
If you’re looking for more underground markets, or want to know where the locals snap-up their bargains, then come and ask us at the Generator Berlin East hostel. We’d love to help!