Berlin has foods from all over the world and a population that is equally diverse. Yet when we travel to a particular country we also want to try the local foods and regional specialties. When you visit Berlin, there are a great number of dishes and snacks you should try, but today we’re going to concentrate on finding the best sausage and the best sweets.
Sausage is ubiquitous throughout Germany and each region has its own take on Wurst, as sausage is called in Germany. Different mixtures of meat, the addition of a variety of spices like marjoram or lemon peel, and the sauces that accompany the sausages give each sausage a unique taste.
Of course, in Berlin the Currywurst (curried sausage) is king. It even has a museum, the Deutsches Currywurst Museum, devoted to it where you can read about the interesting history of this dish. Currywurst is a fried pork sausage that is served cut into slices and doused in curry ketchup with an optional sprinkling of additional curry on top. It can be found at just about every snack stand in the city, but there are some that have a bit of a cult status, such as Curry 36, which is located at Mehringdamm 36 in the Kreuzberg district, or Konnopke’s Imbiss, which is located under the subway station Eberswalder Strasse in Prenzlauer Berg.
You can also get excellent bratwurst in Berlin, which you can eat with either mustard or ketchup. This is such a popular snack, you’ll even see guys walking around the Alexanderplatz with a grill strapped to their bellies. My favorite bratwurst is the organic bratwurst of the Neuland brand which is sold at the stand near the KaDeWe department store at the subway stop Wittenbergplatz.
Speaking of the KaDeWe, the top floor of this luxurious department store is a food lover’s paradise. They have chefs on hand to cook up things fresh right before your eyes as well as a number of stands offering sweets and cakes. They also have a great selection of German chocolates where you can find gifts for those back home.
You would, however, be truly missing out if you didn’t take advantage of the coffee and cake tradition during your stay in Berlin. Traditionally, people like to take a break in the afternoon to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and eat a piece of cake. And Germans know how to make really delicious cake!
The cafes in Berlin are so cozy during the winter months and are the perfect spot to warm up with a good drink and something sweet. Two of my favorite spots are Café Einstein, which is near the Brandenburg Gate at Unter den Linden 42, and Sowohl als Auch, which is located at Kollwitzstrasse 88 in Prenzlauer Berg.
The best part is that you can see the cakes in the vitrine and pick which one looks best. If you’ve been pounding the pavement all day taking in all the sights, treat yourself to a piece of chocolate cake or rich, buttery apple cake. You can also ask to have extra whipped cream on the side.
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