Kiosk culture in the Ruhr

Written by Garry and last edited by Garry on

 
Interior view of kiosk in Essen Heisingen, Ruhr Metriopolis
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Frontal view of a kiosk in the Ruhr Metriopolis
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Frontal view of a kiosk in the Ruhr Metriopolis
© Amazing Capitals / DeiaGreg

Kiosks are invaluable at certain times. Tucked into side streets and off main roads, they are able to fulfill spontaneous needs. Even though larger shops open longer nowadays, these convenience stores normally offer drinks, alcohol, snacks and a small selection of foodstuffs at hours that others are not permitted to or choose not to open.

Yet in the towns of the Ruhr Metropolis that include Bochum, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Recklinghausen, Oberhausen, Dortmund and others, they perform another mer subtle service:

Debating Life, Politics, the Economy and Sports

Traditionally people from literally all walks of life gather from time to time in a spontaneous group in the vicinity of a kiosk and enjoy debating. Perhaps over a beer or even a candybar, every topic under the sun is bounced around, reflected upon and opinions shared.