Shamefully so, many of the beautiful old market halls in Berlin have been handed over to big investors who like to give them to supermarkets and discounters, under whose regime much of the original charme is lost (see: Ackerhalle at Invalidenstraße). But not in this case: the Markthalle IX (built in 1891) in Kreuzberg was lucky enough to turn its fate, when taken over by an initiative who strives to re-establish the old structures, where a mixture of small and loval vendors and producers creates a lively atmosphere. With the help of raumlabor architects, the renovation progress began last year with a weekly market and various events. Fridays and Saturday various vendors offer their goods, you’ll find the delicious bread of Soluna bakery, the kipper of Glut&Späne, vegetables and fruits from the Spreewald and many more delicacies.
Furthermore, you can have a delicious lunch made of local and fair trade lunch (many of it vegan!) on weekdays at their Marktküche, who also invites various chefs every Saturday to present their culinary art. Markthalle IX is one of those fabulous Berlin projects, that makes me believe that not everything of Berlin’s urban policy is doomed thanks to the profit-first dictum which rules most parts of the city. Now it’s in the hands of us Berliners to visit and use this Markthalle, to make it grow and prosper.
Markthalle IX – Eisenbahnstraße 42/43, Pücklerstraße 34, 10997 Berlin
Subway: Görlitzer Bahnhof
Farmer’s market on Fridays, 12-19h, and Saturdays 9-16h, daily lunch at Kantine Neun, 12-16h