Manifesto Market | Berlin

Hub with 22 restaurants plus 2 bars

On two floors, Manifesto Market aims to delight visitors with high-quality culinary variety.
On two floors, Manifesto Market aims to delight visitors with high-quality culinary variety.

In the second half of this year, Manifesto Market will open a 4,400-square-meter culinary space at Potsdamer Platz, bringing a new and innovative gastronomic focus to the city. The food market concept, which originated in Prague, is part of the pedestrian-friendly and vibrant redevelopment of Potsdamer Platz in Berlin led by Brookfield Properties, and is set to become one of the largest food hub concepts of its kind in continental Europe.

Before the pandemic, the plan was to have Italian food market Mercato Metropolitano occupy the space, but it was recently announced that Manifesto Market will now move into the storied space in Berlin.

The company's first opening outside of the Czech Republic will feature a curated selection of diverse cuisines, bringing a total of 22 restaurants, two bars, a speakeasy and a Chef's Table under one roof. In addition to select food and gastronomic highlights, Manifesto is focusing on an extensive cultural and educational program as well as entertainment experiences. The space is also suitable for hosting concerts, film screenings, lectures and culinary shows, according to the release. Manifesto will open seven days a week.

Promoting equality

Starting or expanding an independent restaurant business is always a challenging decision, it said. With its concept, Manifesto wants to help female entrepreneurs with good ideas get off to a fast, low-risk start. In order to also concretely promote female gastronomy talent and equality in the industry, Manifesto guarantees to rent at least one of the spaces explicitly to women-led and women-owned businesses - regardless of what stage the business is in or whether it is already active in the gastronomy industry. Effective immediately, women with innovative and sustainably operated foodservice concepts can apply directly to Manifesto for the available space.

"At Manifesto, we have always placed great emphasis on supporting and promoting female talent. Especially in industries and professional fields that are still heavily dominated by men. For example, we deliberately give female architects and property managers a chance to work together. The hospitality industry is another area where we want to make a difference and achieve equal opportunities. That's why we deliberately want to lease at least one of the spaces to female-owned businesses , " comments co-owner couple Martin Barry, CEO, and Hollie Lin, CGO.

The gastronomic offering at Manifesto will be curated according to various criteria. For example, established restaurateurs as well as innovative, talented local chefs and artisanal producers are sought to offer a diverse range of authentic international cuisines. Manifesto aims to offer chefs the opportunity to get their business off the ground with low initial investment, few staff requirements and an efficient customer strategy.

Chefs will be supported through 360° marketing, data-driven operations and various cultural events so they can focus exclusively on their specialty.

High-quality design concept

Archtitecturally, Manifesto relies on an urban, high-quality design concept that pleasantly atmospherically connects the variously sized restaurant, bar, lounge and dining areas. The food and beverage outlets will be located on two floors connected by a central, imposing staircase. This will also serve as a kind of amphitheater for film screenings and live music events. Below it will be a play area for children.

The Food Hub is the centerpiece of the redesigned area at Potsdamer Platz, formerly known as the Arcades. The main entrance faces the spacious glass-roofed atrium and has direct access from two adjacent streets.

Manifesto Market Berlin will also allow for a centralized delivery option with a third-party vendor. Customers can order from as many restaurants as they like, and receive all meals in an order delivered together or provided in a heated box for pickup. Customers can thus enjoy Manifesto's variety of dining options at home and in the office.
About Manifesto:
The Manifesto brand was founded in Prague in 2018 by American entrepreneur and architect Martin Barry and his partner Hollie Lin. Manifesto Berlin will be the fourth and largest food hub. Manifesto's original mission is to transform ordinary, unused places into unique experiences in physical and virtual environments through temporary or permanent real estate projects. Using modern technologies, Manifesto builds, designs and manages innovative spaces, creating a stable and accessible gastronomic ecosystem. In this way, it offers independent restaurants and kitchens low cost of entry and higher profit margins. In 2022, the award-winning brand will launch its international expansion in Germany. Manifesto Food Hubs are designed as cashless zones and strive to implement sustainability at all levels of operations.