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3 Berlin Food Specialties

Based on pork, goose, different types of fish, peas, beans, and potatoes, German food is one of the world’s heartiest cuisines. No doubt there’s very little chance you leave Germany feeling hungry.

Berlin, like other capitals, is filled with very popular international cuisine restaurants, but if you prefer typical Berliner food, here you have some specialties you can’t miss during your stay in Berlin: Brühwurst, Bratwurst, Currywurst, etc.

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If you like sausages and meat, you cannot let the opportunity of eating a sausage go by in Berlin. A few classical spots for having a German sausage include the Alexanderplatz, where you will see men and women carrying large pieces of equipment on which they grill sausages (they are called Grill-walkers).

You can also try Curry 36, where you can have typical currywurst, a grilled pork sausage cut into slices and seasoned with ketchup or tomato paste blended with curry and generous amounts of curry powder. Currywurst is often sold as take-out food and is usually served with French fries or bread rolls. I can’t really think of anything more German!

Eisbein mit Sauerkraut

3 Berlin Food Specialties: Eisbein-mit-Sauerkraut

Eisbein mit Sauerkraut is heavily marbled pork covered with a thick layer of crispy fat, or “crackling”. The meat is tender and aromatic and must be cooked or braised for a long time. It is usually sold cured and then used in simple, hearty dishes. It is often paired with Berliner Weisse (see below).


3 Berlin Food Specialties - Berliner

Can there be anything more Berliner than a food called Berliner? This is a doughnut made from sweet yeast dough fried in fat or oil, with a marmalade or jam filling and usually topped with icing, powdered sugar, or conventional sugar.

Along with the popular Spritzkuchen (cream puffs), the Berliner is a popular afternoon snack available at every corner bakery, and a must on New Year's Eve and carnival. Berliners in fact, call this pastry Pfannkuchen.

Berliner Weisse

Some Berlin Food Specialties - Berliner Weisse

Called the “Champagne of the North” by Napoleon, the Berliner Weisse is the favorite drink of Berlin. It is especially popular on hot summer days. By German law, the Berliner Weisse can only be produced in Berlin and its surrounding areas. Because of its tartness, the Berliner Weisse beer is often enjoyed with an added shot of raspberry syrup or Waldmeister, an herbal syrup made from woodruff leaves.

Add about a small shot glass full of syrup into the glass and pour the Berliner Weisse over it. The syrup changes the color of the beer. A beer with raspberry syrup is known as a “Red Berliner Weisse.” Once with the Waldmeister syrup is known as a “Green Berliner Weisse.”

If after some days in Berlin you have had enough meat for a year you can always go to one of its many international cuisine restaurants. Contrary to what you would think, one fabulous food to eat in Berlin is sushi. You’ll find lots of great sushi restaurants where you can give a break to the meat. But if you are not into sushi you can be sure you will find some other typical food from all over the world without leaving the city.

Berlin definitely has a lot to offer when it comes to food and it would be a pity if you missed it!

How about you? Have you ever had any of these treats in Berlin?

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  1. Yes, Berliners are SO delicious!! I love them too!

  2. Juliann | Browsing the Atlas says:

    I love currywurst!!! On my last trip to Germany I gorged on it morning, noon and night. I think I sampled currywurst from every place that offered it. Now that I’m back in Ohio, I fould a specialty foods store that sells the sauce, but it’s just not the same.

    1. @Juliann, that is dedication! I feel the same about kebab, haven’t really had a good one in the US, but I think I need to do more “research” in New York!

  3. Crystal Renee says:

    I have never heard of a Berliner until now. I would love to try one, but would probably have to make them myself, and I am not that great of a baker!

  4. I’ve been living in Berlin for over 50 years and I’m always amazed at where it attracts tourists and what they eat.
    PEisbein with Sauerkraut is ok, and probably belongs to it, even if I do not like it.
    Currywurst with Pommes is a must in Berlin, but not at Curry 36. This is tourist food. At every other Currywurstbude in the city there are just as good brushes and they are usually cheaper.
    So now to your “Berliners”. In Berlin they are called Pfannkuchen, please. Everywhere else the name is ok, but as there are no rolls in Berlin but Schrippen the things are called Pfannkuchen. We do not eat ourselves;)
    I think I have to write a food guide for Berlin

  5. Nadalie Bardo says:

    Such yummy options to choose from! Traveling is really a food lovers paradise.

  6. You had me at food ;). My hubby’s heritage is German so we took a trip there a few years back. Although we did not make it to Berlin, we had a great time exploring the Bavarian region. The food was so simple yet so delicious. I have to admit that I came home with a “carb baby” though. LOL!