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Markthalle Neun

the definitive guide to the best vendors

Mar 16th, 2017

Transcending politics, religion, language and beliefs, the hallmark of any city is its food scene, and nowhere in Berlin is the beating heart of our city more evident than at Kreuzberg’s Markthalle Neun. This magical marketplace has become a microcosm for the modern Berliner mentality – a place where you’ll find Asian, African and Antipodean vendors cook native dishes alongside local artisans, in an overall atmosphere of unity and oneness.

“The space has survived WW2 annihilation and near inevitable commercialisation to stand before you the independent icon it is today”

Markthalle Neun first opened its doors on 1st October 1891, named ‘number IX’ because there were fourteen such market halls located across city at the start of the 20th century. There are many reasons why this place is so special but let’s start with its history: the space has survived WW2 annihilation and near inevitable commercialisation to stand before you the independent icon it is today. The latter involved many lengthy battles over the years as residents and supporters fought to keep a prime piece of real-estate out of the hands of property developers and supermarket chains. Thank god Bernd Maier, Florian Nedermeier and Nikolaus Driessen bought the space from the City of Berlin in 2011, else Markthalle Neun would very probably have become a strip-lit Rewe with a Starbucks cafe attached like poor old Mitte’s Ackherhalle.

Markthalle Neun’s event calendar regularly unites the finest food and beverage people in Berlin with the rest of the world – a wonderful weave of genius programming and innovative ideas which connect the city with the surrounding producers it so emphatically promotes, all the while affirming the market’s position as Berlin’s culinary epicentre. Annually the hall hosts the gargantuan Stadt Land Food festival, Cheese Berlin, Wurst & Bier and the RAW Wine fair amongst others, monthly it holds The Breakfast Market, and weekly it still finds time to impress with its ever-expanding Street Food Thursday event series.

But whilst these fantastic events attract the crowds, a visit to Markhalle Neun on a quieter, pedestrian weekday still offers a plethora of fantastic, fixed vendors you need to check out. In recent years, the Markthalle team have worked hard to expand their permanent vendor roster beyond just an initial scattering of stalls, and these days a weekday lunch in Markthalle Neun is just as exciting as any other occasion. Behold the Markthalle Neun stalwarts you need to check out!

Bone

Serving what is possibly the tastiest and best-value lunch the Markthalle Kantine has ever seen, Bone’s bold soulfood sees the crowds queue up every lunchtime to get a piece of their worldly menu. German classics such as Könisberger Klopse & Semmelknödel often feature alongside Asian inspired dishes as the team draw their influences from far and wide. Keep an eye out for their ‘Trinity’ if you’re feeling hungry – it’s their classic take on meat, potato and veg and has included protein in all its forms from Jerk Chicken to Brisket. Elsewhere, their Kim-Chi Poutine is the stuff of hungover dreams.

Bone Berlin fried chicken

The Trinity is the most expensive dish and usually costs 8.50€

Mon – Fri: 10:00 – 16:00
Sat: 10:00 – 16:00

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Monsieur Collard

Stéphane Collard is possibly one of the nicest Frenchman you’ll ever meet. Specialising in wine and cheese (though he often has pâtés, saucisson and other French staples available as well), this stellar chap will make it his mission to find you the perfect wine or piece of cheese and if you can’t remember what you had last time, he’ll help you find it all over again. Stéphane’s cheeses get delivered on Thursday mornings so head there Thursday lunchtime to sample his full selection in all its glory before the hungry Street Food Thursday crowds demolish it. Tip: Ask for the Chavignol – a gloriously intense goats cheese from France’s Loire Valley.

Monsuier Collard Berlin Markthalle Neun

A selection of pate and three cheeses will cost around 9€

Tue & Fri: 12:00 – 20:00
Thur: 17:00 – 22:00
Sat: 10:00 – 18:00

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Big Stuff

One of the first fixed food stands to grace Markthalle Neun, Big Stuff have been smoking meats all day e’rry day since 2013. The weekday choice is between pulled pork, pork belly, beef short ribs and beef brisket but instead of forcing a decision just go for the Big Stuff Tray which presents the day’s juicy meats alongside smoked potatoes, coleslaw, salad and three BBQ sauces (classic, spicy and steak). Smoked, meaty dreams are made of this…

Big Stuff Berlin Platter

The Big Stuff Tray costs 16€

Tue – Sat: 12:00 – sold out

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Kumpel & Keule

The cool kids of Markthalle are this artisan butcher crew who pride themselves on the highest levels of transparency when it comes to the art of butchery. Their glass-sided storefront lets you observe every part of the skilled process, after which you can ask for any cut of meat to be grilled in front of you there and then. You’d be a fool to leave Markthalle without trying one of their dry-aged beef burgers (one of the best burgers in Berlin), but their impressive selection of freshly made sausages are also worth eating your way through.

Kumpel-Und-Keule-Berlin-Sausages

The dry-aged beef burger is 8€

Tue & Fri: 10:00 – 20:00
Wed & Sat: 10:00 – 18:00
Thur: 10:00 – 22:00

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Alte Milch

Matthias Becker seeks out the best cheeses from around the world and sells them in small batches from his Alte Milch stand. He never has more than a handful on offer, all carefully curated to represent the very best in modern-day cheese making from Germany and Europe’s most specialised producers. Matthias’ super friendly, hospitable demeanour makes any encounter at Alte Milch an absolute pleasure, and it’s impossible to leave his stand without a bag full of cheesy packages.

Alte Milch Berlin Markthalle Neun

Cheeses cost around 25€ per kg on average

Tue & Fri: 12:00 – 20:00
Thur: 17:00 – 22:00
Sat: 10:00 – 18:00

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Aunt Benny Cake

Friedrichshain’s finest found a permanent home at the Markthalle in late 2016 specialising in what everyone wants most in life – cake. It’s difficult to pick a favourite; their New York cheesecake is monstrously – almost alarmingly – creamy, and their chocolate cake slices are so huge they indulge all of your senses (and vital organs) at once. Aunt Benny is infamous for its Carrot Cake though, so if you’re only going to pick one piece let it be this. The secret? Its cream cheese frosting is delicately laced with ginger, which is as deliciously intoxicating as it sounds.

aunt benny cake Berlin Markthalle Neun

Cakes are about 3,50€ per slice

Tue, Wed & Fri: 12:00 – 18:00
Thur: 12:00 – 22:00
Sat: 10:00 – 18:00

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Rosa Canina

There are three Rosa Canina shops in Berlin but the one at Markthalle is legions above the rest for one main reason – you can pimp their Moscow Mule flavour with a chug of vodka for the perfect icy cocktail. Flavour creations from these guys are always interesting and well executed, think Pineapple & Sage, Black Sesame and Raspberry & Basil. Or, do as I do, and add a scoop of White Chocolate & Ginger to a piece of Aunt Benny’s Double-Fudge Chocolate Brownie for the perfect Markthalle hack.

Rosa Canina Berlin Chocolate, strawberry, pumpkin seed

Price per scoop: 1,40€

Tue, Wed & Fri: 12:00 – 18:00
Thur: 17:00 – 22:00
Sat: 10:00 – 18:00

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Kame

Kame’s Onigirazu or ‘sushi burgers’ are sushi rice layers stuffed with fillings including Japanese omelette, fresh salmon or Sukiyaki beef. The latter is the winner for sure, check it out alongside 1€ sake shots (which take the chill off winter evenings), sweet treats including Matcha Cheesecake, and very cute Japanese breads.

Kame Berlin Markthalle Neun

Onigirazu cost around 6,00€ depending on the flavour

Tue, Wed & Fri: 12:00 – 18:00
Thur: 12:00 – 22:00
Sat: 10:00 – 18:00

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Mani in Pasta

Brothers Angelo and Gioacchino Celona along with good friend Lorenzo Corisi bring Sicilian cuisine to Markthalle by way of their handmade pasta and seasonally inspired recipes. Watch the brothers make tagliatelle, ravioli, spaghetti and more in their open kitchen, before selecting the one you want to munch on from their menu board. Winter dishes have included Bianchetto Winter Truffle, their daily specials; deer ragù and baby squid, and their classics such as Arrabbiata use chilli from Markthalle’s SoulSpice.

Mani in Pasta Berlin markthalle Neun

Pasta Arrabbiata is 6,50€, Bianchetto Winter Truffle is 12,50€

Mon – Wed, Fri – Sat: 10:00 – 18:00
Sat: 10:00 – 22:00

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Sironi

Sironi’s founder, Alfredo Sironi, comes from the heart of Northern Italy and offers a fine selection of Italian pastries, fresh pizzas, Focaccias and Ciabattas as well as his now infamous bread as the only Markthalle vendor to open 6 days a week. Ideal as an on-the-go snack stop, Sironi’s tomato focaccia is pretty hard to beat in terms of rustic Italian simplicity executed right, and you’ll easily get change from a fiver making it one of the cheapest lunches in the area. Ask the guys for their pick of the day though, baking is a precision game and no two batches are going to be identical.

Sironi Berlin Markthalle Neun

A slice of Foccacia costs 2,50€

Mon – Wed & Fri: 8:00 – 20:00
Thur: 8:00 – 22:00
Sat: 8:00 – 19:00

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Küstlichkeiten

Küstlichkeiten supply their prime catches to some of Berlin’s best restaurants but from Thursday to Saturday you can also try their fresh seafood – brought direct from The Wadden Sea and The North Sea – at Markthalle Neun. Their wild oysters are some of the most delicious you’ll find in Berlin. Tip: Pair them with a Bloody Mary from the Big Stuff bar.

Kuestlichkeiten Markthalle Neun Berlin

Six wild oysters cost 12,50€

Thur: 17:00 – 22:00
Fri: 12:00 – 18:00
Sat: 10:00 – 18:00

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Weinhandlung Suff

At Weinhandlung Suff’s not so gigantic stand you’ll find up to 200 wines, 30 of which you can taste straight away. Supplying some of Berlin’s finest sommeliers from their bricks and mortar shop, Weinhandlung Suff’s second location is a relaxed way to drink your way through some Berlin’s best wine lists.

Weinhandlung Suff Markthalle Neun

A glass of wine starts at 2€

Tue, Wed & Fri: 12:00 – 20:00
Thur: 12:00 – 22:00
Sat: 10:00 – 18:00

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Heidenpeters

The Heidenpeters beer is brewed directly under your feet in the Markthalle Neun cellar before being transferred from barrel; to pump; to glass in their upstairs brewery bar at the side of the Markthalle Kantine. Special ingredients such as orange peel, coriander seeds and star anise find their way into the product during the brewing process, making Heidenpeters’ craft beer one of the most in-demand in Berlin. Their bottles are also available to takeaway.
Heidenpeters Markthalle Neun Berlin

Beers on tap start at 3€

Tues & Fri: 14:00 – 20:00
Thur: 17:00 – 22:00
Sat: 12:00 – 20:00

Cafe 9

What started off as a cosy, counter coffee stop is now such an essential part of the Markthalle kiez that the Cafe 9 guys recently expanded to triple their original size in order to keep caffeine-needy Kreuzbergers happy. Cafe 9 are committed to inspiring people about good coffee, be it through their house blend, coffees from other roasters, or through event participation at the Stadtland Food Festival and Berlin Coffee Festival.

Cafe 9 Markthalle Neun Berlin

Coffee starts at 2€

Mon – Wed, Fri – Sat: 7:30 – 18:00
Thur: 7:30 – 21:00
Sun: 7:30 – 16:00

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