Always up for a tasty food mission, Hilda Hoy scoped out all the places to feast on Berlin’s best streetstyle eats this month.
This is the season for eating al fresco and enjoying Berlin's ongoing infatuation with street food.
Winter in Berlin means bundling up and staying indoors. So when summer rolls around, it’s time to strip down, let loose,
and keep it casual. This is the season for eating al fresco, and Berlin’s ongoing infatuation with street food means there’s lots of fun outdoor eating to enjoy all month long. Since launching in 2013, Bite Club has quickly established itself as the city’s most fun food party, bringing together food trucks, DJs, cocktail specials and a young, lively crowd at a variety of outdoor locations (www.biteclub.de). On 3 July, join their Big Bite Club BBQ at Funkhaus Rummelsburg, a funky recording studio and cultural event space down by the river in the district of Lichtenberg. On 22 July, Bite Club will be throwing a second event at another waterside spot closer to the center of the city, Kreuzberg’s Arena club. What’s on the menu? Crispy Sicilian arancini risotto balls, sizzling Jamaican jerk chicken, slow-smoked Alabama-style ribs, Korean chicken wings, cheesy German spätzle noodles, ice cream sandwiches – and so much more. Throughout the summer and the rest of the year, two weekly street food markets are go-to spots for casual, international cuisine. The original is Street Food
Thursday at Kreuzberg’s Markthalle Neun ( Thursdays 5 pm–10pm, Eisenbahnstr. 42, www.markthalleneun. de), a weekly gourmet smorgasbord that’s still incredibly popular several years after its inception. Gourmet highlights include the delectable pulled pork sandwiches from Big Stuff BBQ and pale ales made on site by the Heidenpeters microbrewery. Seeing as the market takes place inside, this is the place to go when the summer weather isn’t cooperating. Street Food auf Achse (Sredzkistr. 1, www. streetfoodaufachse.de) is a similar weekly food market, on the other side of the city in Prenzlauer Berg’s Kulturbrauerei, a former brewery complex turned cultural center. Get comfortable on one of the courtyard lounge chairs and feast on Russian pelmeni dumplings, savory Indonesian pancakes, Chinese dim sum delights, Argentinian empanadas, and golden Breton-style crepes. For another lively food scene, head to Wilmersdorf’s Preußenpark, right by U-Bahn Fehrbelliner Platz, referred to by everyone as the Thai Park, on a Saturday or Sunday around lunchtime. Rain or shine, women from Berlin’s sizeable Thai and Vietnamese communities flock here to cook fresh, authentic, and so-very-tasty Thai delicacies right on the grass (see p. 14 for details).