We went to Berlin in February and the thing I was most looking forward to was the food. I used to work in a German restaurant so knew what to expect, but Will isn’t familiar with any German food – I couldn’t wait to introduce him to my favourites.
The below foods aren’t exactly, er, healthy – but what’s a holiday for? If you’re wanting a nutritious meal though, Berlin has 100% got what you need. Vegan haven! However, if you’re looking for something a little more traditional, here are the best things to eat in Berlin.
You can get this ANYWHERE in Berlin and it’s best from the pop-up stands, served in cardboard than in a restaurant. There’s even a museum dedicated to the snack! It’s a salty pork sausage, usually chopped up for you to eat with a wooden fork. Perfect with chips as a quick lunch.
A must-eat! Made from veal, chicken or pork, the meat is flattened and covered in breadcrumbs. There are so many variations of dish including schnitzel – my favourite is a Jägerschnitzel (meat with mushroom gravy). We went to Scheer’s Schnitzel, really close to the East Side Gallery. It’s fairly cheap with walls covered in graffiti by patrons. We cracked out a pen and started doodling away.
The ultimate drunk food, the German doner kebab is becoming more and more popular in the UK. I don’t know what it is that makes it so different, but it’s heaven. No thin, soggy pitta breads or mystery meat here! To experience it authentically, grab one for the journey home on the S-Bahn, after getting drunk at an experimental DJ set comprised of microwave pings and horse clops (really).
Bit of a weird one, sweet’art. It’s basically a massive, boiled pork knuckle. It doesn’t sound (or even look) very appealing, but it tastes AMAZING. I chose it as it was a quick way to introduce Will to the meat, sauerkraut and beer of Germany on our first night. We headed to Brauhaus Georgebræu to get ours. Word of warning – order one to share. We got a bit overexcited and basically had two pigs worth sat on the table, and as for the piles of sauerkraut!? Christ. Alternatively, get Schweinshaxe – the same thing but roasted. However, this is more common in Southern Germany.
Weißwurst mit Brezel
Ooookay, so this isn’t strictly famous in Berlin and I actually had real trouble trying to find it there. Sad times, it’s my favourite German dish! It’s a Bavarian pork and veal sausage, served alongside a Brezeln. Totally an experience. You don’t eat the skin of the sausage and can eat them in the traditional way – zuzeln (German for sucking, i.e. cut the end off and suck the meat out of the skin…) – but a little more subtle and polite way in company is to split the skin and cut the meat out. Absolutely amazing with Senf süß (sweet mustard). It’s a popular breakfast – or früstück – to have, with a non-alcoholic wheat beer. PLEASE try it if you can.
Have you had any of these things on your travels? What do you think are the best things to eat in Berlin? Let me know.