Musement takes a look at ten foods you absolutely must try in the German capital.
Berlin is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Therefore, its cuisine is abundant and varied, and the city has a multitude of cafes and restaurants serving specialties from Germany and beyond.
Although the international food selection in the German capital is extensive, we are going to focus on ten of Berlin’s most typical dishes that you should try on your trip. There are plenty of things to do in Berlin, including an array of amazing art galleries and museums,so keeping satiated is a top priority.
From street food like the famous currywurst and delicious pretzels to elaborated plates such as eisbein and königsberger klopse, here are ten German dishes not to miss in Berlin!
Currywurst is one of the most popular sausage varieties in Germany, and many locals will recommend that you try it during your stay in Berlin. It is a pork sausage with curry powder and ketchup on top that is usually served sliced and with french fries on the side. Currywurst is really popular and is sold by many street vendors, so you won’t have a problem finding one! Most curious of all: Berlin is home to the Currywurst Museum, which is dedicated entirely to this specialty.
Berlin’s typical eisbein consists of simmered meat served with sauerkraut, potatoes, and boiled peas. Other parts of Germany have a version of eisbein made with roasted meat. Whichever way it is prepared, the important thing is to find a restaurant where it is cooked the way it should be so that you can enjoy it at its best. In Berlin, we recommend these establishments: Zur Letzten Instanz (with a reservation) and Brauhaus Georgbraeu.
The traditional schnitzel enjoys international fame, beloved by both kids and adults all around the world. It’s worth noting that this crunchy breaded fillet–usually of pork, chicken or beef– served with french fries more original to Vienna than to Berlin, but you can still find some great versions in the German capital, such as the one at Sheers Schnitzel.
Another world-famous snack is the pretzel, or brezel in German. You will find this type of knot-shaped bread in bakeries, cafes, and street stands…and in various flavors too: with cheese, seeds, chocolate, etc. Versatile pretzels are the perfect way to quell your appetite on the go when you’re between meal.
Kartoffelpuffer is a type of round potato pancake made of sliced potatoes, flour, egg, and onion that has been prepared in a frying pan. It can be served as an appetizer, side dish or snack. In fact, it is sold by street vendors and even at Christmas markets. Suggestion: try dipping kartoffelpuffer in applesauce—the contrast of flavors is delicious!
6. Königsberger Klopse
Made of meatballs (ingredients include minced beef and pork, egg, onion, anchovies, and flour) cooked in broth, this dish is served in a cream sauce made of lemon juice and capers and accompanied by potatoes. This satisfying hearty dish will give you hours’ worth of energy to continue exploring the German capital.
This typical potato soup from Berlin is commonly served as a starter, and you’re likely to find on the menu at many restaurant menus in the city. Made of potatoes, vegetables, and sausage, this creamy concoction is a perfect way to warm up during winter.
8. Berliner Pfannkuche
The Berliner Pfannkuche, known here as a Berliner, is the optimal snack for anyone with a sweet tooth. Similar to a filled donut, the pfannkuche has jam on the inside and a sugar glaze on top. These typical pastries can be found in bakeries, supermarkets, and street stands. But be warned—it’s difficult to only eat one!
9. Apple Strudel
The German apple dessert, apple strudel, is the perfect finale to any meal as well as the perfect snack to enjoy with your coffee. The enveloping aroma of cinnamon together with the sweetness of the apple is truly comforting. If that’s not enough, the dessert is usually served warm and accompanied by vanilla cream.
10. German beer
Okay, this isn’t food, but beer is such an intrinsic part of Berlin’s culture that it deserves to be mentioned. Beer lovers will find a paradise of more than 5,000 different beers in Berlin, so you should include some tastings in your visit. And as a good tourist, try ordering in German! The magic phrase is Ein bier, bitte!