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After booking myself a trip to the awesome city of Berlin, I started planning a busy and fun packed itinerary. Food is always an important part of all my trips so I did some research online and decided to book a Berlin food tour with a company called Secret Food Tours. I booked the tour at the start of my 3 days in Berlin so that if I liked a particular food or restaurant, I could return again later in the trip. Berlin is one of the best cities in Europe for food so I couldn’t wait to join this tour!
I liked the sound of this particular tour as it takes place in East Berlin’s bohemian district Friedrichshain, which is well known for its flourishing restaurant scene, historical culture and alternative and artistic vibe. It is also home to one of the most famous (and hardest to get into) techno clubs in the world – the Berghain (I am still yet to experience this club myself and it is probably unlikely I ever will!).
The neighbourhood is also where East and West Berlin used to be divided and the remains of the Berlin Wall can still be seen at East Side Gallery – where the walls are painted with murals depicting tales of modern political history.
Our group met with our sweet and friendly tour guide Becs outside Warschauer Straße station at 6pm for the start of our 3 hour food and walking tour. The group size was much smaller than normal tonight for some reason so it was quite nice and intimate with just myself and two really friendly Irish girls (sisters!)
Berlin food tour stop 1: Chicken Shawarma
For the first stop of our food tour, we walked to a small fast food cafe to sample Döner (kebab). This dish was actually invented in Berlin in 1972 by the Turkish born German restaurateur Nadir Norman (Berlin has the largest Turkish community outside Turkey!)
We were all presented with a chicken shawarma dish each, which comprises of marinated meat (slow-cooked on a spit), served inside a warm naan with a fresh cucumber/lettuce/tomato salad and a drizzle of tahini. The dish was so large that we all just ate half of it as we wanted to save belly room for more food later, which was a shame as it was really delicious!
For our accompanying drink we were introduced to the German soft drink brand Fritz, which was created by 2 friends in 1999 who thought they could improve upon the Coca Cola recipe. Their Kola drink became incredibly successful, and to date they have launched a further 12 soft drink flavours. I opted for a bottle of the original Kola drink, whilst the others tried orange and rhubarb. The Kola uses lemon juice instead of citric acid so it had a nice zesty taste.
Berlin food tour stop 2: RAW Gelände
After our kebab we took a walk through an area called Raw Gelände – a former train repair yard that was converted 20 years ago into an area with artist work-spaces, warehouse-sized clubs, an indoor swimming pool, beer gardens, a skate park and… erm…a climbing wall. As you would expect from Berlin, the street art in Raw Gelände is awesome.
Berlin food tour stop 3: Flammkuchen
A trendy bar was our next food stop to sample some local beers and to try Flammkuchen – a German style ‘pizza’. This dish comprises of a large round thin crust base, a layer of crème fraîche and a generous amount of toppings which traditionally include bacon and onion – and this was the exact version we got to try. It was incredibly more-ish and I’d love to eat this dish again next time I’m back in Germany.
Berlin food tour stop 4: Turkish treats
We popped into a pretty Turkish sweet shop selling a variety of beautiful looking treats including baklava. Becs purchased a selection of sweet and sticky golden syrup spiced nuts with sesame seeds in a paper cone for us to nibble on whilst we walked to our next stop…
Berlin food tour stop 5: Traditional Currywurst
After a short walk we stopped at a very popular outdoor stall that was selling the cult street food snack currywurst. The dish was invented in Berlin just after World War II, and comprises of a sliced smoky German sausage, served with a curry flavoured tomato sauce. We just tried the sausage by itself, but I much prefer it when it is accompanied by fries (to be honest I was getting so full by this point that eating fries would not have been a great idea).
Berlin food tour stop 6: Schnitzelbrötchen and dessert
Our final stop was a small family run restaurant where we got to try Schnitzelbrötchen – a schnitzel sandwich served in a soft bun with a cucumber mayonnaise. Schnitzel is a cutlet of pork which is pounded thin, breaded, and then fried and is a traditional German/Austrian comfort food.
To wash this down we enjoyed a refreshing bottle of Apfelschorle, a famous soft drink in Switzerland, Germany and Austria which consists of carbonated mineral water and apple juice.
Dessert (which by this stage of the evening I was finding it increasingly difficult to eat anymore) was a slice of rich and creamy cheesecake – the perfect ending to our evening culinary adventure!
This was such a fun and relaxed food tour, and a great way to spend an evening in Berlin. Becs was an absolutely fantastic tour guide and was incredibly knowledgable.
The tour lasts 3 hours and costs €59 per person for a group tour (all food, desserts, drinks and a professional tour of the city are included in the price). You can book onto this tour or check out their craft beer experience by visiting the Secret Food Tours website here. Make sure you arrive hungry as there is a lot to eat!
Backpacker: Pfefferbett Hostel / Grand Hostel Berlin Classic / Wombats City Hostel / PLUS Berlin
Flashpacker: i31 Hotel / Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Checkpoint Charlie / NH Collection Berlin Mitte Friedrichstrasse
Check out my other Europe blog posts:
- Top things to do in Berlin
- A guide to visiting Vienna on a budget
- Top things to do in Budapest, Hungary
Words and photography by Caroline Keyzor and is copyrighted. Please do not use without permission.
Disclosure: The tour place was complimentary but as always, opinions are all my own.
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