Turkish Markets

One of the best places to get fresh food now that the weather is warm is the Turkish market in Kreutzberg. The neighborhood of Kreutzberg lies almost directly south from where I’m living, but it was on the West side of the wall. It’s still one of the cheaper areas of Berlin, although things are gentrifying little by little. There is a canal running through the neighborhood with shady trees, plenty of space for pedestrians and street musicians, and the occasional restaurant overlooking the water. The canal is big enough for boats to pass through filled with tourists, not to mention the obligatory ducks and swans. It’s about a 30 minute bike ride from here, but well worth the effort because on Tuesdays and Fridays it transforms into the biggest market I have yet found in Berlin. Really it’s miniscule compared to what you would probably find in Turkey, but I’m not complaining!

The above picture is my Estonain pal from German class, busy buying cucumbers. Going to these markets is our new favorite activity now that we don’t have to be in class every day. The shopkeeper wouldn’t sell the cucumbers to her until she turned around for my picture.

There are great deals to be found there, especially for fruits and vegetables. It’s also one of the best places I’ve seen for fresh(ish) fish and spices. There are plenty of textile and cheap clothing stalls as well, where you can buy some of the tackiest t-shirts I have ever seen (if you feel so inclined.) It’s difficult to not buy more food than you can comfortably carry home on your bike. (Did I mention the ride home is uphill? This becomes less pleasant when carrying a watermelon, for example.)

Some shops specialize in all sorts of spreads and different types of hummus, etc., and beautiful olives. This guy was giving out samples to anyone who wanted to try something.

It all just makes me want to go to Turkey…

more dorky little paintings
the park got a little wild

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