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What to Eat in Berlin

Berlin's food options are wide-ranging, with an abundance of traditional German cuisine, a thriving ethnic food scene and even healthier, vegetarian options. Still, you shouldn't miss the opportunity to nosh on authentic dishes Berlin is known for. 

A variety of sausages – everything from bratwurst to bockwurst (pork and veal) to the unique currywurst (sausage covered with ketchup and curry powder) – are ever-popular, as are staples like Wiener schnitzel (flattened, breaded, fried veal). German cuisine relies heavily on pork – so much so that you'll find eisbein (pork knuckle) served with potatoes and sauerkraut. Pop over to Zur letzten Instanz, the oldest restaurant in Berlin, for some traditional eats. It is one block off the Klosterstraße U-Bahn station. 

Berlin also has a large Turkish influence (more than 200,000 Turks call the city home) and that's spilled over into the gastronomy. For a look at a variety of delicacies, check out Turkish Market along the banks of the Landwehr Canal in the Neukölln neighborhood (hop off the U-Bahn at U Kottbusser Tor or Schönleinstraße). Additionally, be sure to try a döner kebab sandwich, which was first introduced by Turkish immigrants (urban legend says it was invented in Berlin). The dish includes a special bread filled with thin slices of beef (or chicken or lamb ... take your pick) and topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and a yogurt-based sauce. You'll find these sandwiches at numerous street vendors all over the city. 

Finally, no trip to Berlin is complete without some (or lots) of bier (beer). Beer is a big part of German culture; the legal drinking age for fermented beverages is 16 (or 18 for distilled alcohol). Germany also takes the quality of its suds seriously. There are a number of regulations, known as Reinheitsgebot (literally translated to "purity order"), that limit the number of ingredients used in the brewing process to only malt, hops, yeast and water. There are biergartens all over the city, but one of the most beautiful, Cafè am Neuen See, is found in TiergartenDon't forget to say prost or zum wohl (cheers and bottoms up, respectively). 

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  • #1
    happies
    #1 of 10,288 Places to Eat in Berlin
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 319 reviewsTripAdvisor (319)
    $ | European, Fusion
    Dunckerstr. 85, 10437 Berlin Germany
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  • #2
    Ristorante Pizzeria Sapori di Casa
    #2 of 10,288 Places to Eat in Berlin
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    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Sicilian, Southern-Italian, Mediterranean, European
    Wilsnacker Str. 61, 10559 Berlin Germany
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  • #3
    Restaurant Buschbeck's
    #3 of 10,288 Places to Eat in Berlin
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    $ - $$ | German, Mediterranean, European, Central European
    Trendelenburgstr. 14, 14057 Berlin Germany
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  • #4
    Ristorante A Mano
    #4 of 10,288 Places to Eat in Berlin
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    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    Strausberger Platz 2, 10243 Berlin Germany
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  • #5
    Clubrestaurant am Wannsee
    #5 of 10,288 Places to Eat in Berlin
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    $ - $$ | German, Central European, European
    Scabellstr. 10-11, 14109 Berlin Germany
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  • #6
    MontRaw Restaurant
    #6 of 10,288 Places to Eat in Berlin
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    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European
    Strassburger Str. 33, 10405 Berlin Germany
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  • #7
    Rueyam Gemuese Kebab
    #7 of 10,288 Places to Eat in Berlin
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    $ | Fast Food, Turkish, Middle Eastern
    Hauptstr. 133, 10827 Berlin Germany
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  • #8
    Die Eselin von A.
    #8 of 10,288 Places to Eat in Berlin
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    $ - $$ | German, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Central European
    Schlossstrasse 61 Ecke Schusterhrusstraße, 14059 Berlin Germany
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  • #9
    La Caleta
    #9 of 10,288 Places to Eat in Berlin
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    $ - $$ | Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish
    Wielandstr. 26, 10707 Berlin Germany
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  • #10
    La Gondola Due
    #10 of 10,288 Places to Eat in Berlin
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