Since I moved to Berlin I have often heard about a great Asian market, Vietnamese market to be precise, located somewhere in Lichtenberg. I’m usually not against riding a few kilometers to get good products, be it a burger or spicy food but I never had the occasion – until last summer 2014 – to visit this peculiar spot.
The place is no secret, Google Maps shows it, it is huge and located in an area which looks a bit like Detroit after the crisis. Almost all the windows along the street are broken. Only the letters of the name Dong Xuan Center written on an invisible arch are there to welcome you. A large parking place to your left and at least six giant market halls in front of you. A tour into these halls is definitively an exotic experience. The shops are mostly intended for professionals to purvey their stock, but if you want to open a nail shop you are at the right place.
And there are restaurants. I’ve had the best Pho soups ever in Berlin, it’s cheaper than in the city center, it’s bigger, it’s more delicious. During the weekend many families come. It’s authentic, you forget about the surrounding architecture. You get the full food experience with all the condiments on the table that go with your soup: spicy sauce, lemon, minced red chili, marinated sliced garlic. Each meal I had reminded me of my beloved home chinatown – the thirteenth arrondissement of Paris. Enjoy.
Dong Xuan market | Shopping, Restaurants (Vietnamese) | Vietnamese soup € 6
Wed – Mon 10:00 – 20:00