To the market – Kollwitzplatz, Berlin
The market at Kollwitzplatz takes place every Thursday and Saturday, on this square in the neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg – a neighbourhood that was once the centre of bohemian life in East Berlin and has become, since the fall of the wall, one of the trendiest districts of the city and a central flashpoint in the gentrification debate. Here’s what our friends at Slow Travel Berlin have to say about the market itself:
“The specific stalls are prone to change, but you can always find organic butchers, fish vendors, sweet sellers, clothes makers and a slew of reliable folk selling specialist items like Nudel & Co’s wide variety of fresh, hand-made pastas, Martin Franz’s boutique chocolates and a variety of home-made oils, jams and other lecker delicacies from Germany and beyond.
Like all good food markets, this one will probably make you feel peckish before long. Luckily there’s lots to eat and drink auf der Hand, from good coffee and fresh juices to kebabs, falafels, fish Brötchen, waffles and Bratwurst. One particular highlight are the chirpy duo who serve up fresh wok-fried king prawns (from Asia) and oysters or mussels (from France) with a glass of wine or prosecco. Don’t worry about missing it – the delicious smell will stop you in your tracks.”
Of course, a market like this one can be expensive, and more often than not when we have gone there it has to browse, perhaps grab a snack, and then do battle with the pushchair-park in an attempt to get access to the playground. Since we moved north to Wedding eighteen months ago I have not been back on market day, although whilst I was walking Ku’damm last week Katrin Schönig was there, and she has made this gallery of photographs for Under a Grey Sky:
Photo Gallery: Katrin Schönig