Türkenmarkt - The Turkish Market

Maybachufer, Kreuzberg
Berlin, Germany

Contributed by Project for Public Spaces

A streetmarket in Berlin that will make you believe you’ve been transported to Istanbul.

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Why It Works

Berlin has the third largest Turkish population of any city in the world, so it is no wonder that the Turkish Market one of the city’s liveliest and exciting marketplaces. The largest Turkish market in the city, it runs along the banks of the Landwehrkanal for nearly ½ mile. Kreuzberg, the neighborhood where the market is located, is the center of Turkish immigrant life in Berlin. The exotic flavor (and low rents) has drawn a young and trendy population to the area in recent years. Though the market caters more to the immigrant population, it is not uncommon to see Turkish women in headscarves shopping alongside trendsetting artists and musician-types.

In addition to perhaps the best place for fresh fruit and vegetables in Berlin, you can also find olives, herbs and spices, Turkish pizzas, unbeatable kebaps, and other delicacies. Lots of stalls have enormous rolls of fabric on display, adding even more color to the market stalls. Woman sort through piles of clothing, purses, and shoes looking for bargains.

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