There are plenty of reasons to visitBerlin– the history, the museums, the shopping. But if you’re struggling to find some motivation to visit the German capital then let your stomach provide the answer. Berlinhas lots of cheap and amazing street food!
Single travellers can often find it tough to track down a place to eat as many – myself included – find it uncomfortable eating alone in a restaurant. So it will be welcome news for those travelling alone – or even for families looking to keep the costs down – that some of Berlin’s tastiest and cheapest meals can be found from food trucks or stands in the streets.
There is no lack of choice either; you’ll find all types of food sold on the Berlin streets.
Berlin has the third largest Turkish population of any city on the planet and this, of course, influences the local cuisine.Berlinhas made the kebab its own, so much so that it actually has more döner stands on its streets thanIstanbul, making for a variety of options for the solo traveller.
The traditional Turkish döner is lamb-based, butBerlinhas put a northern European twist on it, with the beef döner now more commonly sold by the street vendors. The price rarely goes above €3, but if does, you can either put it to the test to see if it’s worth the price or you can walk another 30 metres to the next stand or hole in the wall.
Currywurst was invented inBerlinin 1949 after Herta Heuwer got hold of the magic ingredients from British soldiers. The dish is made sliced pork sausage, seasoned with a hot curry ketchup. It is a quickly prepared dish with the sausage steamed then fried and you can pick up the tasty delicacy for well under €5 at most Berlin snack stands – called Imbißbuden – often served with fries on the side.
You’ll be asked if you want yours with skin on – mit Darm – or skin off – ohne Darm. They say those fromWest Berlin prefer the former, while those from the East the latter.
You will also find plenty of rotisserie racks in the German capital, especially in Neukolln and Kreuzberg. This might be surprising given that Germans typically eat much less chicken than they do pork or beef. But when a juicy hot chicken is spinning around in front of your eyes, it can be near impossible to resist.
As mentioned, the rotisserie stands are very popular in the Kreuzberg area and if staying in Kreuzberg, you’ll even find Das Huhnerhaus, one of the most – if not the most – frequented rotisserie kiosks in the city. For just over €2 you can get half a chicken. I need say no more!