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The Arminius Markthalle is still somewhat of an insider tip. This of course can change rapidly in Berlin. So it would be advisable to visit this wonderful market hall with all its culinary highlights as long as this lasts. Here you can get great food and experience a more authentic Berlin. It is not as hip and overcrowded as its counterpart Markhalle 9 in Kreuzberg.
This market hall opened in 1891 and initially hosted up to 425 market stalls. It was badly damaged during the war. The restoration took a long time. The market hall reopened in 2010 as a “place of good things”; with traditional market stalls, as well as very good restaurant and café stalls. The restaurants serve high quality food that is innovative and very well prepared. Mostly run by young chefs, these food stalls are becoming more and more popular.
A really nice feature of the Arminius Markthalle is that there are these little restaurant areas, so you can enjoy your meal sitting down at proper tables instead of eating standing up or squeezing in on wobbly benches. The meals are not cheap but the quality of the food justifies the prices. The groceries you can buy at the traditional market stalls are often cheaper than elsewhere and of very good quality.
On Saturdays you can brunch here while listening to live music. There are also many special events such as the long night of wines, which are nice to check out. The dates for these events can be found on their webpage.
If you want to experience a part of real Berlin life and if you adore good food, make the trip to this little gem.