How to Eat Like a Local in Berlin

How to Eat Like a Local in Berlin

You may think that eating like a local in Berlin will see you having endless servings of currywurst. The ubiquitous street food dish is indeed a staple in Berlin but that is not all that Berliners eat. In fact, the locals also enjoy food that originated beyond the borders of Germany. With a great variety of cuisine available in Berlin, eating like a local presents an opportunity for you to sample different types of cuisine. 

You could even go one better and not only eat LIKE a local in Berlin, but also dine WITH locals. Check out our chefs in Berlin who cannot wait to cook local cuisine for you in their homes. 

1. Curry 61 

The currywurst is undoubtedly one of the dishes that one must try in Berlin and you will have no problem finding a street food vendor selling this delicacy. However, if you are keen to have your fix of currywurst at a place frequented by Berliners, head to Curry 61. You can choose to have your currywurst on its own or accompanied with fries or bread roll. Note that stall is small and its standing tables are usually occupied so you are almost certain to be having this delicacy on the go. 

2. Rosenthaler Grill und Schlemmerbuffet

When it comes to popular street food in Berlin, the doner is perhaps the closest rival. This delicacy was introduced by Turkish immigrants in Germany following WWII and soon became a favourite among locals. Today, the doner is as widely found in the streets of Berlin as the currywurst and one of the places the locals frequent to get their fix of this treat is Rosenthaler Grill und Schlemmerbuffet. This eatery is open 24 hours and serves generous portions at affordable prices – it is little wonder why the locals like this place. 

3. Burgermeister

This eatery is situated under a bridge and was formerly a public toilet, but that does not deter locals from patronising. In fact, Burgermeister is immensely popular with Berliners as it serves up delectable burgers at economical prices in an unconventional atmosphere. The queues may be long but it is proof that this no-frills eatery is a favourite with the locals. Seating is limited at this eatery so you may have to share a dining space with other patrons or opt for a takeout.    

4. Monsieur Vuong

Berlin is home to a large Vietnamese community and it is perhaps no surprise that there are plenty of eateries serving delicacies from this South-East Asian country. Monsieur Vuong is one of the most popular Vietnamese eateries with the locals in Berlin, serving quality and tasty dishes at reasonable prices. There is a constant stream of patrons at this eatery and locals are not put off because service is quick and the staff are friendly. This eatery is not vegetarian but can accommodate non-meat eaters and prepare vegetarian versions of dishes on request. 

5. Cafe Krone

With a cosy ambience and tasty food, Cafe Krone is a favourite for breakfast or brunch with locals. The coffee and cakes served at this cafe are also popular with the locals and there are vegetarian and vegan options available on the menu. Beyond its food, service at this cafe is attentive and friendly, which keeps locals returning and both indoor and outdoor seating so as to accommodate more patrons. 

6. Home-based dining experience

There is perhaps no better to eat like a local than to enjoy a home-cooked meal prepared by a local at their homes. At BonAppetour, we have friendly hosts in Berlin who are happy to share their delicacies with guests and are able to cater to different dietary needs or preferences. With our hosts, you can enjoy fusion cuisine or even have a cooking class with them! 

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Dumplings around the world

Dumplings around the world

Dumplings feature in most cuisines around the world. Whether they have savoury or sweet fillings and whatever their shape and size, there is no denying that dumplings are universally loved by many.

Let's give them the attetion they deserve by exploring different dumplings from around the world so that you know what to order when next on your travels.

1. Czech Republic

Dumplings are known as knedliky in Czech Republic and are prepared by boiling them a batter comprising flour, eggs, milk and dry bread cubes. They are typically served with savoury meaty dishes and dipped in the gravy that accompanies the meat dish.

2. Japan

Japanese dumplings, more popularly known as gyoza, are savoury dishes that contain minced meat and chopped vegetables wrapped in a thin dough and are pan fried before serving. This dish actually originated from China, where it is known as jiaoziGyoza is served at most eateries around the country and are typically eaten as a side dish to mains. 

3. China

Apart from jiaozi, another dumpling dish China is also known for is xiao long bao. This dumpling originated in Shanghai and contains a flavourful broth that retains the flavour in the minced meat while keeping it moist. It is typically dipped in vinegar and ginger before one bites into the dumpling. 

4. Italy

Ravioli is the name for Italian dumplings and are one of many pasta dishes in Italian cuisine. They are typically filled with meat, cheese and vegetables, which are sandwiched in two thin layers of pasta dough. Ravioli can be served with a tomato-based sauce or cream-based sauce, or even a combination of both. 

5. Sweden

Swedish dumplings are known as Kroppkakor made from potato and typically filled with pork or ham, onions and spices and wrapped in a layer of mashed potato. They are usually accompanied with melted butter and lingonberry jam when served. Different regions of Sweden have various takes on this traditional dish. 

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