Berlin’s Turkish Markets

I’m in Berlin for the summer and today went on a little outing with my friend ED after yoga class. She’s Australian of Turkish decent and has always bought her fresh produce from the various Turkish markets around town. I on the other hand, love that we have a farmer’s market around the corner from our apartment each Saturday. We both needed to pick up some groceries today and so out of curiosity, I went along with ED to the Turkish markets she frequents.

The loot. 

The loot. 

The market was jam-packed! I loved the diversity of the market-goers; Arabs, Turkish, Asians and a handful of caucasians thrown in the mix. Our farmer’s market is mainly visited by local Germans and tourists. Prices at the Turkish market were low and produce was aplenty and because we were there in the last hour of operations, vendors were very keen to sell off their wares. I picked up 10 avocados, 10 passion fruit, 4 punnets of blackberrries, 1kg of cherries, 2kg of plums, 1kg of grapes, 3 lemons, tomatoes and a bunch of parsley. Can you guess how much I paid in total? €11. Yes, eleven euros.

I of course, was not well-prepared and had to precariously lug everything back home on my bike. Until now, I’m still in two minds about the pros and cons of each market. I like that ours is in walking distance and I can just pop down and buy something easily. However, you can’t deny that the prices at the Turkish market are amazingly reasonable and I loved watching the mix of people. I’ll also have to taste test the produce and then can have a better opinion, but in the meantime, if the weather is good, then venturing a little further on my bike to the Turkish market is fun and makes a good outing. But when it’s cold and wet, then the higher prices at our local market will be just fine for me as well ;o)