As integral to the Berlin weekend as brunch and techno, flea markets – or Flohmarkts – should be a mandatory weekly fixture in your diary. I mean, what beats a good rummage through some bargain second-hand clothes on a sunny morning?
Although found in most cities, the flea market culture here reflects Berlin’s rejection of flashy materialism and embrace of all things cheap, casual and innately stylish, going some way to explain why it can’t shake that ‘poor but sexy’ moniker. Whether it’s a mid-century coffee table, quirky plant pot or Icelandic jumper you’re after, you’ll be sure to find something you like – even if it’s not actually what you came for.
So grab a coffee, your friends, and follow tip Berlin’s pick of the best flea markets in Berlin – from arenas and town halls to parks and canals.
Note that all Sunday markets will be closed on the last two Sundays of November for the public holidays Volkstrauertag and Totensonntag.
Running since 2010, this biweekly canalside market is a colourful staple of the Neukölln Sunday. Deliciously simple street food, coffee and seasonal flowers can be found in pleasing proportion to the artisan stands and piles of second-hand clothes.
There’s always music drifting from somewhere, and people linger by the water to catch up and compare bargains.
Address: Maybachufer between Friedelstraße and Pannierstraße, Neukölln
Directions: U-Bahn station Schönleinstraße
Opening hours: From March 2019 every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, www.nowkoelln.de/
Antique and book market at Bodemuseum
Set against the impressive backdrop of Berlin’s most illustrious museums, this antique and book market is the perfect antidote to Mitte’s tourist bustle. Since 1992 more than 60 dealers have come to proffer their wares here every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday.
A true mecca for any bibliophile and the place to find rare collectors’ items, it’s also great for records, toys, crockery, postcards and stamps. Magpie heaven.
Address: Am Kupfergraben, Mitte
Directions: S- and U-Bahn station Friedrichstraße
Opening hours: Sat, Sun and holidays 11am-5pm, www.antik-buchmarkt.de
The non-identical twin to Neukölln’s Flowmarkt, Kreuzberg’s biweekly offering runs throughout the summer and features a similar mix of clothes, food, art and handmade goods set in the leafy surrounds of Prinzessinnengärten.
Register online if you’re keen to book a spot, or turn up at 9am on a Sunday with your own table, if there’s still room.
Address: Prinzenstrasse 35, in Prinzessinenngärten
Directions: U-Bahn station Moritzplatz
Opening hours: Approx. March to October every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 10am-5pm, http://www.kreuzboerg.de
Arena indoor flea market
Boasting one serious advantage, particularly for winter shoppers: a roof. Come rain or shine, this covered market on the Spree offers an eclectic assortment of electrical goods, sewing machines, car tyres, furniture and lamps.
It remains popular thanks to the fair prices, with vendors prepared to negotiate if you’re lucky.
Address: Eichenstraße 4, Treptow, next to Arena Berlin. Stall reservation/info: 0172 303 57 75
Directions: S-Bahn station Treptower Park
Opening hours: Sat + Sun, 10am-4pm, all year round, flohmarkt-berlin.com/trodelmarkt-arena-treptower-art-center-berlin
Flea market at Marheinekeplatz
Situated in the charmingly bourgeois Bergmannkiez, this market offers the usual colourful fare of clothes, toys and general bric-a-brac to be snapped up early by dedicated bargain hunters.
For the more leisurely visitor, an extended brunch at one of the neighbouring cafes is the perfect complement to an afternoon’s gentle browsing.
Address: Marheinekeplatz, Kreuzberg, 0172 958 91 57
Directions: U-Bahn station Gneisenaustraße, Bus 248
Opening hours: Sat 10am-4pm and Sun 11am-5pm, www.troedelmarkt-marheinekeplatz.de
Flea market at Boxhagener Platz
The Sunday flea market at ‘Boxi’ has become one of Friedrichshain’s real gems. The pleasing mix of commercial and private stalls attracts both tourists and residents from across the city.
Tote bags, jewellery, vintage furniture and clothes are just some of the treats to be found, with an array of lively cafes and bars from which to watch the action.
Address: Boxhagener Platz 1, Friedrichshain,
Directions: Bus 240, tram 21
Opening hours: Sun 10am-6pm (but doesn’t get going until 11.00), Facebook
Flea market at Friedrichshagen
Out in a countryside car park near Friedrichshagen S-Bahn station, up to 100 sellers gather every Sunday to tempt you with their goods.
Between the usual amateur bric-a-brac stands, a few professional dealers offer collectibles and antiques, so it’s worth making the journey if you’re an intrepid bargain hunter.
Address: Dahlwitzer Landstraße/Schöneicher Straße, Friedrichshagen
Directions: S-Bahn station Friedrichshagen
Opening hours: Sun 8am-4pm
Flea market at Mauerpark
The mother of all Berlin flea markets. The Sunday Mauerpark experience should be top of everyone’s list when they visit the city. Aside from great furniture finds and colourful vintage clothes, there’s delectable street food, wine, coffee and even a plant nursery to be found at this bustling institution.
The perpetual carnival feel is helped by the nearby park karaoke session and locals picnicking on the sunny hillside overlooking the stalls.
Address: Bernauer Strasse 63-64, Prenzlauer Berg, 0176 29 25 00 21,
Directions: Tram M10, S- and U-Bahn station Eberswalder Straße
Opening hours: Sun 10am-6pm, all year round, http://www.flohmarktimmauerpark.de/
Flea market at Arkonaplatz
For anyone keen to make an extra buck or two, the market at Arkonaplatz is the perfect place of offload all manner of junk, trinkets and collectibles.
Small and eclectic enough to be genuinely enjoyable, browsers will find everything from prints, saucepans and sideboards to silk dresses and winter coats.
Fans of bold ‘70s kitchenware will leave particularly happy.
Address: Arkonaplatz, 10435 Berlin-Mitte, 030 78 69 764 or 0171-7101662,
Directions: Tram M10, S- and U-Bahn station Eberswalder Straße
Opening hours: Sun 10am-4pm, www.troedelmarkt-arkonaplatz.de
Antique market at Ostbahnhof
The Sunday market at Ostbahnhof is a goldmine for antique and art lovers, with an impressive collections of furniture, stamps and records on display.
Not the place to nab second-hand clothes or knick-knacks, it’s worth checking out for the reasonably-priced collectibles and relatively relaxed atmosphere.
Address: Erich-Steinfurth-Straße 1, Friedrichshain, 29 00 20 10,
Directions: S-Bahn station Ostbahnhof
Opening hours: Sun 9am-5pm, http://oldthing.de/Berliner-Flohmarkt/Antikes-und-Sammeln/Grosser-Antikmarkt-Ostbahnhof
Flea market Straße des 17. Juni
Billed as ‘the original Berlin flea market’, the Flohmarkt Straße des 17. Juni began in 1973 as the first of its kind in Berlin.
Situated close to Tiergarten and the imposing Ernst-Reuter-Haus, it’s still going strong today, offering a mind-boggling selection of books, autographs, CDs, records, shoes, clothes, porcelain, jewellery and old paintings to the tourist throngs.
Address: Straße des 17. Juni, S-Bahn station Tiergarten, 26 55 00 96,
Directions: S-Bahn station Tiergarten
Opening hours: Sat + Sun 10am-5pm, www.berliner-troedelmarkt.de
Flea market at Rathaus Schöneberg
Every Sunday, the square in front of Schöneberg town hall teems with junk, bric-a-brac and hip designer pieces. The selection is huge, so come early and take your time to uncover the best deals by haggling with the vendors. Friendly banter is expected here, and gives the pleasingly mixed crowd a relaxed and jovial mood.
Address: John-F.-Kennedy-Platz 1, Schöneberg, 03322 21 08 68,
Directions: U-Bahn station Rathaus Schöneberg
Opening hours: Sat + Sun 8am-4pm, www.berlin-flohmaerkte.de/rathaus-schoeneberg.html
Flea market at Fehrbelliner Platz
Art lovers should head to Wilmersdorf for a rummage through the treasures displayed by artists, art dealers and hobbyists each weekend. There’s also the chance to pick up some pre-loved fashion pieces, household appliances, rugs and ornaments under the leafy boughs of Fehrbelliner Platz. Balance the browsing with coffee and cake from the park cafe next door.
Address: Fehrbelliner Platz 1, 10707 Berlin Wilmersdorf,
Directions: U-Bahn station Fehrbelliner Platz
Opening hours: Sat + Sun 10am-4pm, www.fehrbi.info
Night market at the Citadel
For an altogether more adventurous shopping experience, head to the annual night market at Spandau’s Renaissance fortress. Held alongside the citadel’s music festival, revellers can browse all kinds of bargains that somehow seem more tempting in the balmy summer night.
To reserve a stall for next year, book yourself in online.
Address: Citadel Spandau, Am Juliusturm, Spandau,
Directions: U-Bahn station Zitadelle, Bus X33, http://nachtmarkt-berlin.de