I stumbled across the famous Maybachufer Turkish Market in Kreuzberg when I was on my way to check out Webworker. The market is right by the river bank and it’s a cultural hot spot for food, music, textiles, and art. I was taken away by the vast amount of affordable spices, homemade mezze and antipasti, fresh veggies and fruits, authentic Turkish sweets, and aromatic rose oil, all in a vibrant atmosphere.
The open-air market is only open on Tuesdays and Fridays, starting as early as 10 a.m. If you are going there to grocery shop, I would suggest getting there early or going on a Tuesday to avoid the tourists and the massive surge of people. On a Friday afternoon, you end up in a stand-still line trying to dodge mothers with prams and visitors stopping way too many times to take photos (hmm, hope I’m not sounding too jaded).
Getting to the Turkish Market is fairly simple as it’s right beside the Schönleinstrasse station (U8). The area near-by is full of Turkish restaurants, fruit and veggie stalls, and fabric shops. I’ve only been in the neighbourhood a few times, but Kreuzberg is definitely growing on me and it’s a more multicultural and happening area than were I am now, in Prenzlauer Berg.