Despite having lived here for nearly 4 years, I had never heard of the Thai Park event happening on Sundays. I am still amazed at how often someone tells me about a longstanding Berlin event that I have never heard of. There are just so many unique and nice things to do here that even a few years down the line you realise that you haven’t even scraped the surface of Berlin’s offerings.
And so it came to pass that I heard about where you can find the best Thai food in the city. You don’t have to go far in Berlin to find a plethora of Asian food, but even though I am certainly no expert on Asian cuisine, even I can tell that the quality of it here is highly variable. I was assured though that if it was authentic Thai food I was after, the Thaiwiese Charlottenburg was the place to go.
You can find this weekly gathering of Berlin’s Thai community in Preussenpark in Charlottenburg, just a hop, skip and a jump along from u-bahn Fehrbelliner Platz. The brightly coloured umbrellas and lovely old Thai ladies crouched amongst a sea of cool boxes are hard to miss, as are the delicious aromas that fill the air of a Sunday.
The food on offer here is varied – I am an almost vegetarian and I was thinking that maybe there wouldn’t be much on offer for me, but amongst all the meat and seafood there was the odd vegetarian choice such as spring rolls, dumpling and noodle dishes. The only thing I would say if you’re a full-on veggie is that most of the things are cooked in the same pan/oil as the meat dishes so that might be a bit off-putting.
What I liked most about the Thai park was the atmosphere. It has a real feeling of people coming together, and also although this was my first time there, you could tell that this was a weekly ritual for many families, and it had a nice homely feel about it.
Now I know about this place I think I might become a regular. It’s just the nicest way to spend a Sunday: grab some friends, a blanket and some drinks and spend all day lazing on the grass and nibbling on deliciously deep-fried things.