Berlin is not renowned as gastronomic destination. As in other parts of the country, Berlin’s food can have a tendency towards being stodgy or downright unimaginative.

Foreign cuisines tend to be blanded down while German staples – pork and potato based dishes — can get boring fast. But the situation is certainly improving.

The influx of Turkish immigrants have contributed to the diversity of Berlin’s cuisine; the doner kebab has all but established itself as Berlin’s late-night snack of choice.

With a new generation of chefs coming to the fore, restaurants are becoming more adventurous particularly in young, affluent areas like Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg.

Vegetarians are well catered for and Berliners have turned breakfasting into a major event with cafes and restaurants offering all-you-can-eat buffets.

Oh, and don’t leave town without trying one of Berlin’s famous currywerst — as you can probably guess from the name it’s a sausage doused with curry.



Berlin offers a head-spinning array of cafés, bars, clubs and pubs catering for every kind of booze hound. They tend to stay open quite late which is a bonus

Berlin’s water is safe to drink