There is a ton of great food to eat in Berlin, even when it’s not October!
(Photo by: Heather (Williams) Gruber)
Foodie’s Guide to Berlin, Germany
When people think of Germany, they think of Oktoberfest. But I’m here to tell you that October isn’t the only good month for visiting Germany and Oktoberfest isn’t the only time when this amazing European country offers its visitors fantastic food and drink. Berlin is Germany’s capital and largest city, and you can be rest assured that no matter what time of the year you visit Berlin, you will have plenty of amazing food choices to enjoy – so much so that I’m going to give you a foodie guide to Berlin to help you.
Let’s start with breakfast; after all, it is the most important meal of the day! Something the Germans are particularly famous for is baked goods, and located in the Berlin borough of Charlottenburg is a classic German bakery named Hutzelmann. You will find Hutzelmann on Wilmersdorfer Strasse, and inside Hutzelmann are tons of goodies sure to please you and your kids’ sweet tooths. Hutzelmann’s goodies include what many consider the best kranzkuchen in the city. What is kranzkuchen, you ask? It’s a thick yet flaky pastry filled with nuts and marzipan. I’m already getting hungry – how about you?
If you are looking for a low-key and perhaps less sweet breakfast, the Tagesbrot Coffee and Breakfast Place, which you’ll find in the Kreuzberg borough of Berlin, offers patrons a strong cup of coffee and eggs, breakfast sides, and a variety of breakfast breads. What makes this cafe nice is that it is quiet, comfortable, and reasonably priced. If the kids are whining because they wanted that sugar-laden goodie, yet you wanted a protein-filled breakfast and some serious caffeine, don’t worry: Tagesbrot offers it all, so everyone is satisfied and ready to start their day.
One of the things that might surprise you about Berlin’s food options is how many options you have in this great city. For lunch, you can eat anything from traditional German food to Thai noodle soup to vegan cuisine. Berlin truly is an international city, and you will find countless food choices to satisfy your palate. If you decide you want a light lunch so you can load up on a huge and heavy dinner, check out the Thaiwiese food vendor in Preuβenpark for some hot and spicy Thai noodles. You can also grab some ramen at Cocolo Ramen, located in the Mitte borough of Berlin.
Aside from these two places offering Asian fare, Berlin is also quite famous for its numerous food trucks, or as we call them here in the U.S., “Roach Coaches.” Don’t worry – you won’t find roaches on any of Berlin’s food trucks. In fact, these trucks became world-famous last year, hailed in numerous tourism publications including British Airways Club Magazine. So what makes Berlin’s food trucks so special? Well first, there are a ton of them. Second, the food is super-good and super-convenient if you’re a tourist on the go!
Aside from pastries, Germany is also famous for its chocolate, and when your tummy begins to growl in the afternoon, you would be remiss not to visit one of Berlin’s famous chocolatiers for some sugary goodness. Hands down, Fassbender and Rausch gets the top nod for being Berlin’s best chocolate shop. Fassbender and Rausch is not only a chocolate shop; it’s also a cafe and restaurant, so you’ll find other delectable goodies besides chocolate when you visit the store. Fassbender and Rausch is also located in Mitte.
Now it’s time for dinner, and again, your choices are endless in Berlin. You’ll find any cuisine imaginable during your visit, but I’m going to list some honorable mentions that any foodie should check out:
- Lokal offers modern German food prepared with local ingredients. Located in Mitte, they serve classic German eats, such as a dish called “cote de boeuf” – basically a huge piece of meat served with potato gratin and some fresh vegetables.
- Kats Orange is another modern German restaurant in Mitte. Katz Orange also uses locally sourced ingredients in its dishes, and some fan favorites include the restaurant’s mint beef tartare and pulled pork. Okay, maybe it’s more of a neo-German menu.
- If you want a traditional German dinner – you know, schnitzel and cabbage – then head over to Prater, located in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood. Prater is known for serving some of the best traditional German food and some darn good German beer, too.
- Looking for a good German pub (and who isn’t)? Check out Volta, located in Berlin’s southern Wedding district. Volta has a tapas feel to its menu, serving bite-sized servings of numerous goodies. And since it’s a pub, you know you’re going to find some awesome German beer to wash it all down.
- As you can see, Germans eat a lot of meat. What’s that – you’re a vegetarian? Don’t worry. All of the restaurants I’ve listed here serve at least one veggie meal. You said you were a vegan? Then check out Burrito Baby in the Neukölln neighborhood; it’s one of Berlin’s best vegan restaurants!
Berlin is truly a foodie city, and there are too many great restaurants to list in this blog post. But that’s alright: Sure, foodies like us like to check out the places people recommend, but we also like to discover new and wonderful food finds on our own. Berlin is a deluxe foodie city sure to please even the fussiest of palates. Pack your bags – it’s time to eat!