What to Eat in Berlin
Until the end of the 19th century, Berlin food and drink tended to be simple, hearty fare. That changed slowly with the introduction of ingredients and techniques brought to the city by French Huguenots, Jewish people, people from Eastern European countries, and immigrants from Turkey, the Middle East, and Asia. The result is that, in the 21st century, Berlin has become Germany’s foodie capital. Take a look at some of the most iconic foods and places to eat and drink during your 48 hours in Berlin.
One of Berlin’s most popular snack foods, currywurst was invented by Charlottenburg-based snack stand owner Herta Heuwer in 1949. Her new dish was an instant hit. Currywurst’s usually served with hot chips or bread rolls. If you want Berlin’s best, head to Curry 36 on Mehringdamm, Kreuzberg. Other must-try Berlin foods include Apfelstrudel, eisbein, Königsberger Klopse, and doner kebab.
Berlin’s as famous for its beer as it is for its biergarten (beer gardens). Most of these idyllic spots are open from April through September and are best visited on a sunny afternoon or a balmy evening. Most beer gardens offer outdoor seating in gardens or on terraces or decks, a range of craft beers on tap, and food that’s perfect for snacking and sharing.
Enjoy the quintessential biergarten experience at Prater Garten, established in 1837. Arguably Berlin’s most beautiful beer garden, this fine establishment at Kastanienallee in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg serves its own beer, pretzels, and other snacks and beverages under a canopy of trees. Head to Prater Garten’s restaurant next to the beer garden for meals such as Leberkäse, crispy duck with potato dumplings, trout with butter almonds, and daily soups.