Being in a new country brings a lot of new experiences with it. Just to make sure that you don’t get scared of all the new tastes offered by Berlin delicacies, we listed all the food and drinks here in Berlin that you should try.
What to eat in Berlin: Darf ich bitte die Karte sehen?
First of all, Berliners are a big fan of meat, so it’s no surprise that we have started our list with the Currywurst. You can enjoy this German sausage with pommes frittes and its special sauce. The sauce is made up of ketchup, worcestershire sauce and curry powder. You can find this type of food in a lot of places here in Berlin, especially in the more touristic areas such as Alexanderplatz.
There’s no chance of you missing the many Kebab-shops in the streets of Berlin. Originally a Turkish dish, Döner Kebab made its debut in 1969. It’s safe to say that the city of Berlin perfected it! The Beef, veal or lamb gets cut from a vertical rotisserie and goes in a pitta or a wrap with salad, chips or both. There are also vegetarian versions of the dish so that everybody can enjoy it!
The origin of the Bratwurst is a bit blurry, but Berliners are happy to claim it! It’s our quickest and easiest dish in the entire list. The tasty Bratwurst with a mix of different meats doesn’t cost a lot – you can buy it for 1 euro at the right place. And don’t worry, you don’t have to go very far to taste it. Just keep your eyes open when passing a street corner, the chances are there is a vendor waiting for you. Quick, easy and delicious!
Next up is Senfeier. If you still don’t know what to eat when in Berlin, check this out! Senfeier is our only dish that does not traditionally contain meat. It means ‘mustard eggs’ and every Berliner has childhood memories of the time that their grandmother made it for them. It looks a bit strange at first glance with its variation off eggs, potatoes and mustard, but it is certainly worth a try. Mahlzeit!
What could possibly be more traditional for Berlin than something called ‘The Berliner’ in other parts of Germany? This doughnut variation known as Krapfen or Berliner Pfannkuchen (more used in Berlin!) is perfect for an afternoon coffee break. There is no central hole, and is filled with a flavourful jam. On top, the pastry is covered in powdered sugar or icing.
What to drink in Berlin: Ich hätte gerne etwas trinken…
We know Germany for their many breweries and tasty beers. When ordering a drink in Berlin, you will notice a nice variety of different German beers. The Berliner Weisse is the only beer invented in Berlin. It has a slightly sour taste and has developed a philistine image. The origin of this beer is in 1900 and the drink used to be known as the ‘Norden Champagne’ by the troops of Napoleon. Usually you can buy it in the more touristic places and is perfect when you are looking for something refreshing.
Next up is the popular lemonade Fassbrause which is known to be the non-alcoholic beer of Germany. It has a herbal, fruity, beer-like taste. Here in Berlin, you find it on the menu of every traditional German restaurant. It is praised by some and cursed by others, but in Germany we enjoy mixing soda and beer for a sweeter taste. Curious of how it tastes? Ask for ‘Radler und Diesel’.
Street Food Thursday: more than Currywurst and Döner kebabs.
It’s Thursday, you have just finished working or studying and don’t you feel like shopping and cooking? Are you tired of the same boring everyday dishes? Or maybe are you just new in Berlin and still discovering places?
Well, Street Food Thursday is the answer. Street Food Thursday is a platform for chefs who do or don’t have their own restaurant, who wants to let you try their specialties. Many little things from different corners of the world for little money it’s the focal point. Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg, which is one of the biggest indoor market in Berlin with international food vendors & shops, becomes once a week a meeting point for different cultures and experiences.
Thursday is about to become your favourite day!
From 17 to 22 chefs from all over the world offer a taste of their culture and experiences, because one of the best way to get to know a place is through food. Thai, Italian, Spanish, or even typical German to be transported as on vacation for the time of a dinner while still in Berlin, all surrounded by an informal and friendly atmosphere.
It can be a moment to escape from the weekly routine and stimulate the senses, speak the language and meet new people. Of course there are also good wine and beer to complete the evening. Indulge yourself for one evening with new taste experiences, updated every week. You can find the program on the Facebook page event of Markthalle Neun.
Food and Drink in Berlin: Something for Everybody
As last, Berlin is one of the capitals in Europe with the most vegetarian, vegan and sustainable-orientated food! There is something for everybody. We have a mixture of cultures, and luckily for us, that means that all kinds of food and drink are available in Berlin! Want to be sure you receive the food and drinks that you want? Order them in German! Don’t know how? Find out about German courses at DAS-Akademie!