16 Ott Flea markets itinerary, how sundays should truly be spent in Berlin
by Maria Luiza Mainart from Brazil
If you’re a fan of flea markets (or “flohmarkts” in German) Berlin will be one of your favorite European cities, if not your favorite. You can find many Top 10 lists of best flea markets in Berlin all over Google, but if one single Sunday is all you have, I’ll make your life easy. Most of them happen on Sundays, so start early, because depending on how many things you buy at each market, you might need to go back home (or to the hostel/hotel/airbnb) for a quick stop to unload.
First stop will be “Boxhagener Platz” (also known as “Boxi”), which is basically a simple square that comes to life with the flea market on Sundays (and the kids playing at the little kids park), with eclectic products, discos, books and street artists.
The later you go, the busier it gets, and the fewer things you find, because they do sell a lot of good stuff for very cheap price. Some sellers even let you decide how much you’ll be paying for an item (hard to believe, I know). It’s also one of the best parts of the city to walk randomly, but don’t do that if you’re on the clock.
You’ll be hungry after this, get some transit (they’re all wonderful and punctual) and cross the “Oberbaumbrücke” for a quick stop at “Burgermeister”, a very famous and cheap burger place. It’s located in an old public bathroom, one block away on the other side of the bridge. There’s always a big line, but it’s always worth the wait.
Now it’s time for “Arkonaplatz”, perfect for vintage finds, many locals sell their stuff here and create a genuine neighborhood atmosphere. Definitely a lovely flea market, so many good things you’ll find, and it’s also less crowded. It’s very close to the king of kings of flea markets, the one and only “Mauerpark Flohmarkt”.
It’s Berlin, so there’s always a history class behind it. The current area of the park was part of the “death band”, strip of land between the two walls that divided the city. It was a dead land for a while after the wall came down; today it’s a park and it has become one of the main meeting points for Berliners (and touristic point for travellers), where everyone can relax, make picnics, barbecues, play sports, etc.
During summer there is the famous karaoke starting at 3pm, which is amazing by itself. Coming here at the end of the afternoon means finding less people and cheaper stuff, since the sellers are already tired of dealing with the crowd, and they also want to get rid of the merchandise.
It’s not just about the best flea market of Berlin (maybe of Europe), it’s also the best atmosphere with young and creative people, music everywhere with different singers and bands performing. It’s one of a kind, a must-see and must-buy. A plus is that they have a few tents of food (bratwurst, beer, etc.), so you can grab a snack while you’re there. One whole day of shopping and you haven’t even spent €50!