Flohmarkt Boxhagener Platz, Friedrichshain

Berlin has a great tradition of flea markets and this one, situated in Friedrichshain, is a perfect spot for bargain hunting. We’re yet to find jobs in Berlin and money’s pretty tight so we headed to the Flohmarkt Boxhagener Platz, a stone’s throw from our apartment, to see what goodies we could pick up. Map

Top of our wish list were bicycles. We’d heard we could probably pick up a decent bike for 40 euros. So we were delighted when, after a good bit of judicious haggling from me and flirting from Panda, we walked off with TWO bikes for 40 euros. A battered and rickety and rusting pair of has-beens they are, no doubt, but not yet ready for the knacker’s yard, not on your steaming nelly! These old nags have still got a few furlongs left in them:


The flea market on Boxhagener Platz, unlike some of the others in Berlin, is not for professional stall holders so it feels more like a junk or car boot sale. Indeed, it’s mostly junk, but we saw plenty of decent furniture and other tidbits. We’ll certainly be going back if we move apartments and need to furnish the new pad.

Here’s Panda mid-transaction on a deal for a little table, which we got for seven euros:


Our other buys at Boxhagener Platz flea market were: two bike locks (15 euros the pair), a Polaroid camera (8 euros), a guitar lead adaptor (2 euros), multi-socket plug extension lead (3 euros), and 1 never-worn pair of USA Wayfarer II Ray-Bans (a bargain at 60 euros).


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