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.

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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.

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