Food in Berlin

Berlin has long been a melting pot of culture, brought to boil through its convenient location right in the middle of Europe. That ‘melting pot’ has never been more evident than through Berlin’s beautiful affair with gastronomy - a mixture of styles and influences from across the world. Don’t worry, though, as despite what the analogy implies, Berlin’s proverbial pot has all but melted and the varieties of food to experience in the city has never been greater.

Not your typical German menu

Currywurst by mucksterLike much of German cuisine, Berlin’s traditional fare has a tendency to be filling rather than fussy. Two strong examples of this are Würzfleisch – roasted and spiced meat covered in gravy and cheese and served with bread – and Eisbein, a roasted pig knuckle served with sauerkraut. However, due to Berlin’s incredibly multi-cultural make-up the city has adopted the foods of dozens of nations, and what is traditional in Berlin is now not so clear cut.

Many might argue that the Döner kebab, a snack of Turkish origin, is now as Berliner as the Brandenburg Gate. In fact, it has been reported that it was here in Berlin where the modern-style Döner kebab was first invented. Another peculiar dish specific to Berlin is the Currywurst. Consisting of boiled, then fried pork sausage, drizzled in ketchup and dusted with curry powder, we appreciate the end result doesn’t sound overly satisfying. However, it will surprise you, as this snack has fans all over the world and has become an institution in itself within Berlin. (It even has its own museum in the city!)

Berlin also proudly holds the title of having the most Michelin-starred restaurants in all of Germany. With a grand total of 13 restaurants currently holding this prestige title, when it comes to food, the city outshines its more opulent cousins Munich and Hamburg. The creative ambience that has ushered in so many artists of all kinds over the years is evidently rubbing off on Berlin’s food scene, making the city a true culinary powerhouse.

With so many restaurants to choose from, here are some of our favourites.

6 restaurants worth visiting in the city

The Bird – A lively New York style steakhouse

The Bird is a bar that presents a serious dichotomy. The food couldn’t be less Berlin – as an American-style diner – but the atmosphere, curiously, couldn’t be more Berlin. The amazing steaks and burgers (arguably the best in Berlin) and the Bird’s fair prices attract a clientele from all corners of the city’s society, with the multilingual staff and the cosy ambience keeping them there.Döner Kebab by add1sun

Hasir – where the Döner was first invented

This Kreuzberg institution is worthy of a visit for one thing alone – it is where the Döner kebab as we know it today was first invented. The fresh ingredients and authentic flavours have meant this place has remained a favourite for kebab lovers in Berlin for the last 40 years.

Curry 66 – the spiciest Currywurst in all of Berlin!

This renowned Friedrichshain restaurant is a hotspot in more ways than one. Serving arguably the spiciest Currywurst in town, this diner is always full of fans of the famous dish, if not for the exceptionally charismatic workers who will make you feel at home. The food here really is delicious, although we recommend you start at the bottom of the scale when it comes to the sauces…

Sauvage – something out of the ordinary

Sauvage is a restaurant with a difference, serving only food that aligns perfectly with the diet of Paleolithic man (the first restaurant in the world to do so). Don’t worry, though, as the food isn’t served in the same fashion that cavemen may have enjoyed, but in an exclusive setting where the creative menu and calming ambience work together perfectly to create a dining experience like no other.

pork knuckle by numeniaZum Schusterjungen – traditional Berlin

This typical Berliner restaurant has been serving up traditional food in Prenzlauer Berg for over 90 years. The typical alt-Berliner (old Berlin) style food they serve is as hearty and satisfying as you would expect. A great rustic Berliner atmosphere makes this a quint-essential Berliner Küche and a must on any visit.

Mani – for a little bit of luxury

This restaurant, situated inside the hotel of the same name in Berlin Mitte, offers diners affordable luxury. With an exquisite set-up you can eat fare from all over the globe, exquisitely prepared and fabulously presented. What’s more the amazing food is sold at reasonable prices that won’t leave your wallet empty.

We hope this guide has given you the basics as to what to expect from Berlin’s dynamic food scene. Most importantly, though, be bold with your choices, and don’t be afraid to try something new. After all, that is what Berlin’s all about.