Since we moved to Berlin we have had the privilege of every once in a while exploring Arminius Market Hall in Moabit. Until recently it was just like making a trip to the past. To a Berlin that does not exist anymore. In many ways that identity is still there and we love it for it. But we also welcome the recent movement in making the food and events options at the market more current and higher quality.
To get to this special market hall take the U9 (U-Bahn) Turmstrasse and walk for 5 minutes (see map below). Arminius Market Hall (also known as Markthalle Moabit or Markthalle X) was erected in 1891 and is part of a number of market halls (14 in total) that served Berlin’s population. Most of such markets did not survive The War, though.
Arminius, however, is arguable the most “old school” of the Berlin markets.
The 3,500 square meters of floor space (it actually sprawls over an entire city block!) are sprinkled with traditional produce, meats, dairy, sweets, flowers and more. Very local and artisanal. The crowd is comprised of locals and a few curious tourists.The quality of products is getting better every year. We predict that it will change faster in the coming years and perhaps loose a bit of its character, so come here while you can.
The real transformation has hapenned in the restaurant scene (perhaps announcing the “hipsterization” of it all). We are not complaining, though. We do love a great meal! Over the past few years the gastronomy scene has upped its game and welcomed some great food and craft beer options. Our current favorite vendors are:
- Pignut (Outstanding American Barbecue). They also serve great craft beers.
- Rosa Lisbert (Great German/Alsacian)
- Piekfein (Tasty Craft Burgers)
- Lucha Libre (Fun and inventive Mexican Tacos)
Arminiushalle is open Monday through Saturday. Come here after 5PM to see it at its best. Busy, lively, fun. **The best food options only open after 5PM during the week, with the exception of Piekfein. Check out their websites for opening days/hours.
Address: Arminiusstraße 2, 10551 Berlin