Travel Tips: What To Eat In Berlin
I posted on the things to do in Berlin a few months back, but didn’t cover too much of the food culture. Eating in Berlin doesn’t have to be bogged down in the heavy sauces, meats, or abundance of carbohydrates that equate themselves with traditional German food. Here is my short list of Berlin’s “must-eat” foods, from the obvious to the (likely) unexpected:
Currywurst: Pork sausage is dipped into a curry-laced ketchup mixture, cut into bite-size chunks, and placed on a paper tray with a little plastic fork and a mound of fries – also served with a dipping sauce of ketchup or mayonnaise. The best we had was at Curry36 where both the sausage and the fries were dusted with an extra layer of curry spice.
Döner Kebab: Berlin contains the largest number of Turkish immigrants in the world, so it only makes sense that their food culture would be heavily influenced by the flavors of Turkey. The Döner Kebab is a traditional kebab, complete with meat, cucumber, cabbage, and tomato, dressed with garlic, spicy, and/or yogurt-herb sauces, and shoved into a flatbread. Some locations serve it with a slight twist in either secret-sauces or sautéed vegetables, but even the basic is tasty. We got ours at Mustafa’s, a cultish little street stand near Curry36 that always seems to have a decent line (for good reason). (more…)
Where to Go: Berlin
Berlin. It’s just a city abuzz:
Where to Go: Berlin
In Berlin, or really wherever you travel, there are things you should do and others you probably shouldn’t. This list is highly subjective.
DO eat street food. It’s cheap, it’s readily available, and it’s delicious.
DON’T expect to pay for that street food with a credit card. It isn’t going to happen.
DO walk as much as you can. That’s how you find the street food – and the best neighborhoods.
DO take public transportation. The U-Bahn and S-Bahn systems are convenient, clean, and efficient (similar to the BART in San Francisco – except the ones in Berlin have been disinfected). The bus system is also easy to understand if you can’t take the trains.
DON’T take a taxi. They’re expensive and keep you from really experiencing the culture.
DO be diligent and aware of your surroundings and belongings.
DON’T be afraid. Berlin is no more dangerous than any large city and the people are friendly and helpful. (more…)