Whenever we have friends visiting, I can’t stop talking about the Berlin food scene and all the things they have to try while they’re here (trying to fit everything into only a few days time) – like the best hummus around the corner, followed by a stroll around Street Food Thursday and not to forget a Sunday picknick at Thai Park!Last but not least, there are the city’s many farmer’s markets, all-time favorites among Berliners as well as visitors. One of the most popular is the Turkish Market – and when I found myself just off the photogenic Maybachufer on a Friday afternoon, I could barely carry my camera through the masses. This market is not only about produce, it’s a meeting point for locals to chat, for Berlin visitors to enjoy the multicultural atmosphere, for youngsters flirting by the canal and all the others indulging the lively and thrilling atmosphere, making this market a one-of-a-kind experience.
So I went again on a Tuesday morning, the second day of the week the Turkish Market happens on a scenic path along the Landwehrkanal. At this time of day it’s less crowded. Some things have changed since our last documented stroll: there are even higher piles of colorful fabrics, even more stalls serving Turkish food and more and more vendors selling organic products, from bread to honey harvested in the city. All in all, there’s an even greater variety of things, I could go on and on about the different kinds of Turkish bread, pita or simit, best served with some cream cheese from one of the many stalls to choose from.
What might be some of the best advice is to be sure to have something to fill your stomach with before shopping, because you might end up with a lot more produce in your basket than you originally intended. It was not the first time that I didn’t know how to bring home my bargains – a bouquet of 15 peonies, 1 kilo oranges and a whole package of figs.
If you’re lucky, the city’s famous Vanilla Marille ice cream parlor also parked its cart next to the market for a sweet treat after browsing the many stalls. Then, the last stop should be the flower stand with almost everything the season has to offer.
On the Turkish Market at Maybachufer, you’ll find everything you need for a dinner at home with friends – or just a picnic next to the canal, listening to the music playing in the background with butterflies in your stomach, falling in love with Berlin over and over again.