If you are in Berlin and looking for bargains, the flea market at Mauerpark is a must-visit. One of the most renowned such markets in the city, it is also one of the busiest, with crowds of people looking to grab a bargain and soak up the electric atmosphere. Berlin hipsters and international visitors make a beeline here to find items to treasure, from vintage clothes and vinyl records to jewellery and furniture and everything in between. Those seeking respite from shopping should make for Mauerpark’s amphitheatre where karaoke sessions take place. Bring a picnic or dine on hot delicacies available at stalls or at nearby cafés.
When: every Sunday 8am-6pm
Located in the student quarter around Simon-Dach-Strasse in the Friedrichshain district, Boxhagener Platz hosts a flea market that is a favourite with Berliners, many of whom affectionately refer to it as ‘Boxhi’. It is smaller than some of the other markets in the city yet its discerning merchants offer an enticing array of second-hand products that are well worth browsing. Finds range from antiques and books to furniture and vinyl records. Be sure to stay for lunch as the area is home to several charming eateries.
When: every Sunday 10am-6pm
Strasse des 17 Juni
Those wanting to combine culture with shopping should head to the flea market on Strasse des 17 Juni, located on both sides of Charlottenburg Gate near the Tiergarten. One of the oldest and most famous antique markets in Berlin, it is a port of call for discerning antique and craft lovers. Visitors can browse for everything from collectors’ cards to stamps, postcards, antiques, furniture, jewellery and much more.
When: every Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm
Located on the scenic Landwehr canal, Nowkoelln Flowmarkt is one of the most attractive and lively of Berlin’s flea markets. The idyllic location is a big draw for many of Berlin’s hipsters, and, of course, they also come in search of bargains. The stallholders tend to be creative types who offer everything from vintage clothes to art, music and original handmade craft. If you’re in search of colour and a cool vibe, this is a must-visit.
When: every second Sunday
This flea market in front of Schöneberg town hall is a shopping hotspot with historic appeal; the small square where it is held was the location of US president John F Kennedy’s famous ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’ speech in June 1963. The 70 stalls here present everything from second-hand clothes to books and gadgets, and there are snack bars offering plenty of refreshments.
When: Saturday and Sunday 8am-4pm