Marheineke, Market Hall, Kreuzberg

Marheineke Market

I walked down Mittenwalder Str, wondering if this street really led to the market hall?  It all seemed too residential; a fat cat in a window here an old woman smoking a cigarette there…and then I walked into the bright square, glaring sunshine bouncing up off the cobblestones, a cacophony of  squealing children, water falling from a great height and general buzz of people soaking up the early summer.

Marheineke Markthalle

How come no one ever talks about this place?  It’s cute as a button! All urban planned with trees offering shade, fountains and a playground for the children.

Love those green awnings

I had come to finally see the Marheineke Market Hall but I was surprised to also find a Bioland and Alnatura flanking the square.  As well as Austria, the restaurant featured in Middlesex and about which Eugenides said  “Anybody who wouldn’t like it is somebody I wouldn’t like.”  (Before you go ahead assuming that I am so clever, I’m not but my friend Luisa, over at Berlin on a Platter,  is: thanks Luisa!)

There is more food around of course, including Soluna Brot &  Öl on Gneisenaustrasse.  Barcomi’s Kreuzberg outpost on Bergmannstraβe.  All of Bergmannstraβe is worth a wander actually, all the way to Mehringdamm on which you can find Curry 36 and  Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap (which people here go bonkers for and I find ok).  Of course you have to remember to leave some room for ice cream from  Vanille & Marille on Hagelberger str.

Oh and to the person that once wrote to me asking where they good find a spätzle grater?  Look no further, I found about 10 different types at  In a la Munde, a store selling all things related to making pasta.  I am taking a course there in two weeks time so I will tell you all about it then.

Love the tree growing in the feta cheese container

Getting back to the market hall.  It’s a picture to look at on the outside, so much so that I made plans to permanently live under its green awnings.  Inside, it’s a different story entirely.  The white floors are already scruffy with wear, the stands looked dwarfed  in the big space and mama is it hot in there!  Overheating aside, there are a good selection of outlets.  Notably Olgas Feinkost for Greek foodstuffs, Geflügel-Oase for all things feathered, Le Bretagne for French goods, El Naranco  for Spanish (including chorizo by the piece) as well as a good butchers, fish mongers and cheese shops.  Vegetable wise, a bit of a let down, nothing really exceptional or notable but that seems to be a Berlin wide issue.

Inside

I had lunch at Le Bretagne, a buckwheat pancake with Emmental cheese, ham and a fried egg.

Buckwheat crepe at Le Bretagne

Layla didn’t want to leave the playground, I got captivated by a game of pétanque.  All in all, a day well spent.  I look forward to taking my husband there and seeing what the rest of the food is like.

A game of pétanque

Sadly it’s closed on Sundays, that’s a pity.  I bet you if they stayed open, they would be rammed!

Marheineke Markthalle
Marheinekeplatz/Bergmannstraße
10961 Kreuzberg

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:00 – 20:00
Sat: 8:00 – 18:00
Closed Sundays

Comments

  1. says

    The scruff is nothing to what it was like 5 years ago! they rebuilt and renovated it entirely, and reoponed in it’s new and shiny state sometime in 2008 I think. It is a really nice place, you’re right, and it’s good to see it through a fresh set of eyes!

  2. says

    We too were disappointed by the place, until we found the bio burger stand. Don’t know what it’s called, but their sandwiches and salads are great. Nice little find!

  3. says

    Just wanted to note that I like your new mobile version of the blog? Did you do that or is it done through wordpress? Anyhow, looks really good now on mobile devices.
    I’ll post the chocolate mousse recipe next week for you!

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