A one-stop shop for the sweetest cakes, pies, tarts, brownies, scones, cupcakes, cookies, macaroons, marshmallows, chocolates, honeys, and jams Germany’s capital has to offer, the Berlin Naschmarkt has been satisfying the city’s sweet tooth since 2011. Located at the Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg, the Naschmarkt takes its name from the German verb naschen (“to nibble”) and offers a fun atmosphere in which to sample sweets from vendors who follow Slow Food philosophies.
The idea for the Naschmarkt struck founders Pamela Dorsch and Udo Tremmel on the kind of rainy day that practically requires a slice of cake to get through. In Berlin, the best treats are often found at small shops, cafes, or street markets scattered throughout the city, but no one wants to schlep through seven neighborhoods looking for the perfect pastry—and especially not in the rain. Following the examples set by several other cities in Europe, the Berlin Naschmarkt solves that problem; it’s a single destination for sweet-tooth satisfaction.
In addition to offering a seductive spread of scrumptious sweets, Berlin Naschmarkt partners with Slow Food Berlin in order to insure every raspberry-coconut tart, pistachio-mint macaroon, and triple-chocolate brownie on offer is prepared according to the highest standards. Slow Food Berlin is part of the worldwide Slow Food movement for a fair, sustainable, ethically conscious food culture, and the Naschmarkt strives to make sure these ideals don’t stop at dessert. Vendors must adhere to Slow Food quality criteria; that means no genetically modified or synthetic ingredients, additives, preservatives, or chemicals. It also means that you’ll be sampling your Berliner Pfannkuchen from a Berliner who has handcrafted that pastry from local ingredients in a local kitchen, shop, or café. Producers who pay attention to regional specialties, seasonal crops, organic farming techniques and fair trade principles are especially welcome. Although sweet treats sometimes get a bad reputation for being high in sugar and low in nutritional value, the Naschmarkt’s emphasis on high-quality ingredients and conscientious production means you can enjoy your red velvet cupcake (or caramel-toffee cookie, or honey-lavender scone) guilt-free.
Entrance fee: 3 €, Children & Adults free.