With a pulled-pork burger in one hand and an ice cream sandwich in the other, Hilda Hoy explored the booming street-food trend in Berlin.
Let your taste buds travel the globe by sampling Berlin's street-food scene.
Not so very long ago, eating on the street was considered rather déclassé. But in the last couple of years, street food has gone mainstream and Berlin, taking a tip from cities like New York and London, now has a bevy of markets where gourmands can sample arrays of tasty international cuisines in a casual environment.
The capital’s street-food scene was launched at Street Food Thursday inside Markthalle Neun (5–10pm, Eisenbahnstr. 42, www. markthalleneun. de), a weekly gourmet smorgasbord that’s still incredibly popular two years after its inception. Highlights – which you won’t find anywhere else – include the delectable pulled- pork sandwiches from Big Stuff BBQ, freshly smoked salmon and ceviche from Glut & Späne, and pale ales made on site by the Heidenpeters microbrewery.
Prefer to save your feasting for the weekend? Visit the Village Market (Revaler Str. 99, www. neueheimat. com) in Friedrichshain’s Neue Heimat, held every Sunday from noon to night (though some trucks sell out earlier). This sprawling, graffiti- covered brick complex, formerly a trainyard, is now home to diversions as varied as nightclubs, art spaces, and a climbing gym. The Village Market channels the youthful vibe of its surroundings, with drinks and music to keep the fun going well into the night. Look forward to sticky, whiskey- glazed ribs and homemade pierogies, healthy smoothies, and ice cream sandwiches, as well as live music and a kids’ play area.
The newest addition to the scene is Prenzlauer Berg’s Street Food auf Achse (Sredzkistr. 1, www.streetfoodaufachse.de). Also held on Sundays (11am- 5pm until the end of October), the culinary newcomer is located in the Kulturbrauerei, a former brewery that is now home to concerts, club nights, and a movie theater. Get comfortable on one of the courtyard lounge chairs and feast on Chinese dim sum, Argentinian empanadas, and delicate French macarons.