Outside of Thailand, it is hard to find top-quality Thai food. You can find close enough dishes and sometimes not-even-close dishes. Yet, if you look hard enough (and I truly have) you can find those hidden gem places. And in Berlin, I found it. Thanks to various travel blogs and word of mouth, I heard about a Thai Market in the south-west (Charlottenberg-Wilmerdorf) corner of Berlin. Every Saturday and Sunday, Thai friends and family head to Preussen Park, set up stands and sell everything from Pad Thai to Tom Yum to Papaya salads to dishes I don’t even know the name.
Dozens of vendors sit beneath their brightly coloured tents, yelling things out in Thai at the hungry passerbys as all the hungry people eye up their next dish. I was no exception. I made sure to walk around the stalls twice before settling on a spicy Pad Thai and a blended strawberry drink. Then joining the other hundred people, I laid on my blanket on the grass, soaked up the sun and ate till my heart was content.
And after eating, you can head to the perimeter of the park and get a Thai Massage or join in on some of the afternoon drinks and conversations.
General tips if you go:
- Bring cash. No cards accepted here.
- Bring your own tupperware container. They will serve dishes on paper plates and with plastic cutlery, but if you want to be environmentally friendly (please do!) bring your own containers. Bonus to that–take home leftovers.
- Have an open mind and try everything! You won’t be disappointed.
- Bring a blanket to sit on in the park