Visiting Berlin means visiting one of the world’s epicenters of foodie culture. In addition to a wide range of classic German dishes, the city has seen an influx of international influence as a result of the Berlin Wall coming down in 1989 and the city’s proximity to a wide variety of different countries with different cultures. So whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer savory snacks, and whether you are here for a business trip, a fun vacation or a long layover, there is something finger-licking good here for everyone.
Schnitzel und Bier | ©Bopuc/Flickr
Generally served on top of a warm and slightly tart potato salad, this deep fried delicacy is a dish one MUST eat before leaving Berlin.
When in Berlin, visit Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap, one of the city’s highest rated kebab shops. Though some may think it’s a tourist trap, the bottom line is: tasty, authentic food is still tasty, authentic food.
If you’re a fan of smoked fish, fresh meat, lots of cheeses, and a fun atmosphere, Rogacki is the place for you. This old school German deli/market hall is a must-visit highlight in Berlin, and is likely the deli with the best quality and largest selection of ingredients.
Masurian Sauerbraten | ©Jessica Spengler/Flickr
Literally translated to “sour roast”, sauerbraten is is a slow-cooked, tender and juicy beef, typically served with cheesy spätzle or a side dumpling. Somewhat difficult to find in restaurants as it’s more commonly a homemade dish, if you visit Spätzle und Knödel, you won’t be disappointed.
Soft egg noodles + lots of cheese; there’s really no way you can go wrong here….
Taking a Bite out of Berlin | ©Caribb/Flickr
Croissants are to Paris what pretzels are to Berlin. Different regions and neighboring countries have their own, unique take on the simple delicacy, but all are fluffy, warm, salty, delicious goodness.
Currywurst | ©abstrkt.ch/Flickr
A street vendor staple, currywurst is a Berlin classic. So much so, that there’s even a museum devoted to its history! But, what is currywurst? It’s steamed pork and fried sausage cut into small pieces and seasoned with curry ketchup. Love it or hate it, you gotta try it.
Ich bin ein Pfannkuchen! | ©Matas Petrikas/Flickr
Berlin has been perfecting the art of donut making as far back as history can see. Whether you crave them chocolate covered or custard-filled, your craving will be satisfied here. Visit Bäckerei Siebert, Berlin’s oldest bakery, for some of the city’s most affordable and delicious pastries.