Berlin’s food culture is still developing, but it has a definite center: food lovers and young food entrepreneurs have found a home in an old market-hall structure in the middle of Kreuzberg. The Markthalle IX project aims to revive old market-hall spirits and invites independent food producers and creative chefs to start their businesses there. It has managed to assemble some of the biggest talents in Berlin, like Sironi, an artisanal Italian bakery that creates delicious breads, and Kantine, a lunch place offering changing daily specials (always including a vegan option), and Glut & Späne, a fish smokery.
The highlight, besides weekly special events like cheese or sweets markets, is the ever-popular Street Food Thursday, which attracts hundreds of hungry guests every week with its varying street-food vendors. Big hits are Big Stuff BBQ’s sandwich and Heisser Hobel’s hot käsespätzle. The latter just won a Street Food Award in London.
If someone wants to be inspired by Berlin food culture and get overly optimistic for its future, this is the place.
For more information, visit http://www.markthalleneun.de/.
Photos: Courtesy of Mary Scherpe