With a location in the chic Mitte/Prenzlauer Berg borders, it makes sense that Arkonaplatz is one of Berlin’s better groomed street markets. Items here are stylish but eclectic; they range from vintage shoes (a well-known stallholder called Roman sells a particularly excellent collection, but alas only once a month) to remarkably stylish 1960s East German tableware and even old neon signs. There are plenty of gems to find here, though be warned that knock-down bargains are a little thinner on the ground.
Flohmarkt Arkonaplatz, 10435 Berlin, +49 (0)17 1710 1662
Before the wall came down, people used to say that West Berlin was the second largest Turkish city in the world. While that’s no longer the case, Berlin’s Turkish community is still a vital, prominent part of the city’s character, as this lively Kreuzberg market demonstrates. Selling everything from beach towels to roast chickens, this workaday market still has plenty to tempt visitors as well as locals. As well as excellent fresh Mediterranean produce, you can pick up marinated olives, rose tea, unusual spice mixes and delicious homemade Turkish delight spiked with apricot and pistachio.
Türkenmarkt Kreuzberg, Maybachufer, 12047 Berlin
Strasse des 17 Juni Trödelmarkt
Berlin’s best-known flea market also has its grandest setting on a broad east-west avenue running through the central Tiergarten park. There’s some strict quality control going on here as the market sells only antiques and vintage ornaments. Contents range from the extremely specific – a whole section selling unusual needles – to the accessible, such as a very wide range of classic jewellery. Given the pretty surroundings this is a great place for a stroll, but don’t expect to be strolling alone as the market is hugely popular.
Strasse des 17 Juni Trödelmarkt, 10623 Berlin, +49 (0)30 2655 0096
The play on words in the name of this Neukoelln flea market says it all – the place is very popular with a young and fashionable crowd whose stalls throw up some cute, interesting things to browse or buy. Held on Sundays twice monthly from spring to autumn along the southern bank of the Landwehr canal, it mixes vintage clothes and music with handmade art and crafts from local artists. This being a modern affair, the market even has its own merchandising, producing its own bags and a monthly mix CD for sale.
Nowkoelln Flowmarkt, Maybachufer 31, 12047 Berlin