The Best Flea Markets Are in Berlin: Flohmarkt Mauerpark
Posted on December 2, 2011
For quality vintage you would pay a fortune for in some cities, Berlin’s got it in bulk and cheap. My must go-to market when in town is the one at Mauerpark. I even arrange trips around being there on a Sunday (the only day it’s open). Trust me, you’ll wish you hade a shipping container to load up when you visit this market.
We showed up before noon on a cold and rainy early spring Sunday in a part of town that seemed industrial and barren. After a short walk from the subway station to Bernauer Strasse we finally we fell into the hordes of people, both locals and tourists, funneling into the grounds to spend the afternoon.
You don’t have to worry about showing up hungry to this market. There are plenty of venders offering tradition Berlin style eats as well as Turkish and international. I would suggest grabbing something at the beginning because you may not find your way out again for a while.
My best score of the day was a pair of vintage Mondi eyeglasses circa 1980 made in Germany I had my prescription put into. I paid 30 Euros for them! There were actually several stalls at the market full of vintage glasses and sunglasses. I should have gotten several pairs. I also got a lovely silk scarf from a “1 Euro pile”, a 60’s dress and a Fuji instant camera for 7 Euros.
Also if you are into Soviet memorabilia, vinyl, German flatware or German film cameras, you’ll have a ball here.
What I absolutely could not get over though was the amount of late 60’s and 70’s style furniture. Even some nice Dutch Modern. The majority of it was in good condition and extremely cheap. We’re talking 10 Euros for a couch or set of four chairs, 20 Euros for a hand made dresser.
The market can seem to go on forever and it is huge. So if you are a serious ‘antiquer’ I would leave your Sunday wide open for this one.Mauerpark Fleamarket Bernauer strasse 63-64, Mitte Tel: 0176 29 25 00 21 Open: 10-18 Sundays