DIN­ING

Al­ways up for a tasty food mis­sion, Hilda Hoy scoped out all the places to feast on Berlin’s best street­style eats this month.

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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).

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