Thai Park: The Delicious Berlin Serendipity

In Berlin, the summer starts in Thai Park, a DIY food festival on Sundays at Preußenpark.

I have been five years in this town and I never get used to the last days of winter. The weather is unstable, you get teased for a hot day in town and the next one takes you back three months of winter. always.the.same.shit. Berlin teases you with sun today and slaps you with rain tomorrow. You start getting desperate, your mood is correlated to what you see out the window every morning, and you eventually ask yourself “how long can I live here with this damn weather?” You haven’t seen actual sunlight in the last 6 months.

Thai Park is a cultural institution and its story can’t be filled with more Berlin nostalgia

Then, every year, all of a sudden somewhere in May you check your trusty weather app and you see that there is going to be an all-around hot and sunny weekend in Berlin. The app states “30 degrees celsius”, but you see this on a Tuesday, you are skeptical, you know you can’t trust Berlin weather, but then Friday arrives and the forecast remains constant, Your mouth suddenly waters ,“El cuerpo lo sabe”: You are in for a long time outside this weekend. You are promised freedom from the chains of the grind and darkness, you are in for a treat, you double check your calendar, start gathering your friends wondering what to do with this golden ticket and WHAM! you get that message from a friend: “Wanna try Thaipark this weekend?

Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

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Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

© Adlan Mansri/HEREYOUARE

Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

© Adlan Mansri/HEREYOUARE

The skies open and a beam of light hits you. Those are the words you been longing to hear, your stomach opens, your nose teleports to the sweet and salty smells of that park, and happiness overcomes you.

Now it is a fantastic DIY food festival where you can try all sorts of treats

Thai Park is a cultural institution and its story can’t be filled with more Berlin nostalgia. Once upon a time around 20 years a bunch of families of Thai background started doing picnics in Preußenpark, and eventually people started to ask them for food, they got smart and now it is a fantastic DIY food festival where you can try all sorts of treats, and enjoy an absolutely memorable day in the park.

Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

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Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

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Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

© Adlan Mansri/HEREYOUARE

Fast forward today, now someone takes to the task of making Facebook events to signal accurately if it’s gonna happen this weekend. Weather is the supreme leader here, and you depend on it. So as soon as you see that sun out on a weekend you know is time to go. Some people hate these Facebook events (First time this year it got so crowded food basically ran out early), but to me, they are just another step of Berlin finding its way to tell itself: come sit down and eat.

This place happened by chance, by pure Berlin serendipity

I love every single minute there, including the man selling cocktails, the dude renting hookahs, the people having a long day at the park, the Thai people making a good bank on a weekend, and especially the fact that this place happened by chance, by pure Berlin serendipity. This is a place that is associated with summer, good weather, the best Berlin vibes, and the community of cultures that makes this city unique in the world.

Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

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Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

© Adlan Mansri/HEREYOUARE

Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

© Adlan Mansri/HEREYOUARE

The summer starts here. If you don’t believe me, go check it out yourself, but don’t forget to bring a big container for bringing snacks back home.

Thai Park happens at Preußenpark on sunny weekends. You can find the Facebook location and events here: Thai Park on Facebook

Thai Park

Thaiwiese, Brandenburgische Str. 10707, Berlin, Allemagne

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Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

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Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

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Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

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Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

© Adlan Mansri/HEREYOUARE

Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

© Adlan Mansri/HEREYOUARE

Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

© Adlan Mansri/HEREYOUARE

Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

© Adlan Mansri/HEREYOUARE

Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

© Adlan Mansri/HEREYOUARE

Thai Park Berlin by Adlan Mansri

© Adlan Mansri/HEREYOUARE

Photo credits Adlan Mansri

Danilo Sierra is a Honduran-raised, Berlin-based art director and web designer. He likes photography and brutalist websites.
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