August 23, 2011 14 Comments
This was a Sugarhigh tip: a mini street food market in front of Kjosk. Kjosk operates out of a white double-decker bus on a corner plot which used to be a garbage dump. Presiding over the scene are graphic black and white depictions of hanging animals, 3 stories high, painted on the outside of the adjacent apartment building.
Entirely surreal and to me a so typical “only in Berlin” scenario. Sure, big companies all over the world are trying to thrill us with pop ups, props and oddities of all sorts. But this place felt uncontrived, authentically odd if you will.I read in this article in the New York Times that the Kjosk is the brainchild of Rosmarie Köckenberger and is simply a convenience store housed in a bus. There are picnic tables, buckets of straggly plants, dirt – lots of it and a ping-pong table.
I didn’t expect much of the mini street food market. I’ve been to a few of these Facebook food events this summer in Berlin and it’s usually not much more that a guy with a stack of Tupperware boxes serving food that has sat around for too long in the heat. I’ve also been to the fancy ones, like Pret at Diner and have considered myself lucky to come back with my wallet even if the contents had been thoroughly emptied. Read more of this post