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 Tiergarten. Don't forget to say prost or zum wohl (cheers and bottoms up, respectively).
Find the Best Restaurants in Berlin
- #1happies#1 of 10,288 Places to Eat in BerlinTripAdvisor (319)$ | European, FusionDunckerstr. 85, 10437 Berlin GermanyRead More »
- #2Ristorante Pizzeria Sapori di Casa#2 of 10,288 Places to Eat in BerlinTripAdvisor (227)$ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Sicilian, Southern-Italian, Mediterranean, EuropeanWilsnacker Str. 61, 10559 Berlin GermanyRead More »
- #3Restaurant Buschbeck's#3 of 10,288 Places to Eat in BerlinTripAdvisor (197)$ - $$ | German, Mediterranean, European, Central EuropeanTrendelenburgstr. 14, 14057 Berlin GermanyRead More »
- #4Ristorante A Mano#4 of 10,288 Places to Eat in BerlinTripAdvisor (2293)$ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, EuropeanStrausberger Platz 2, 10243 Berlin GermanyRead More »
- #5Clubrestaurant am Wannsee#5 of 10,288 Places to Eat in BerlinTripAdvisor (139)$ - $$ | German, Central European, EuropeanScabellstr. 10-11, 14109 Berlin GermanyRead More »
- #6MontRaw Restaurant#6 of 10,288 Places to Eat in BerlinTripAdvisor (97)$ - $$ | Mediterranean, EuropeanStrassburger Str. 33, 10405 Berlin GermanyRead More »
- #7Rueyam Gemuese Kebab#7 of 10,288 Places to Eat in BerlinTripAdvisor (139)$ | Fast Food, Turkish, Middle EasternHauptstr. 133, 10827 Berlin GermanyRead More »
- #8Die Eselin von A.#8 of 10,288 Places to Eat in BerlinTripAdvisor (324)$ - $$ | German, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Central EuropeanSchlossstrasse 61 Ecke Schusterhrusstraße, 14059 Berlin GermanyRead More »
- #9La Caleta#9 of 10,288 Places to Eat in BerlinTripAdvisor (358)$ - $$ | Seafood, Mediterranean, European, SpanishWielandstr. 26, 10707 Berlin GermanyRead More »
- #10La Gondola Due#10 of 10,288 Places to Eat in Berlin