Eating Out

Bratwurst, Currywurst and all sorts of other ‘wurst’ can be seen everywhere in Berlin, but the most popular type of cuisine by far is Italian. The restaurant chain ‘Vapiano’ is a pasta and pizza based ‘do it yourself’ joint, where you can order your food and watch it being cooked directly in front of you! All for just around 8€ a head. If it’s more ‘typisch Deutsch’ you are after, ‘Maredo’s’ offers meat galore with steaks the size of your hand.

Unlike Britain, cafes in Berlin are open till late and are often more popular than bars at night. Some, like the ‘Schwarzes Café’ in Charlottenburg are even 24hr, offering food and drink around the clock. If you wish to combine the two in a unique atmosphere, the place to be is definitely the ‘Weinerei’ on Veteranstrasse’ in Mitte. This trendy restaurant/bar is decorated like your Grandma’s living room and offers a unique paying system in that its 1€ entry for all you can eat and drink and then when you leave, they ask you to pay however much you think the night was worth. You will normally find it full of English-speaking and other international students.

Also worth a visit is the Gourmet floor of Berlins answer to Harrods, ‘KaDeWe’ on the Kufuerstendamm. With a whole floor dedicated to obscure and traditional cultural food varieties, hours can be spent testing the free samples and eating freshly cut seafood, whilst watching rare fish swim at your feet. If it is more of a quick fix you are looking for, Berlin’s vast number of bakeries can satisfy the pickiest of eaters, with pretzels and rolls being their speciality.