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Discover the best of Berlin’s fine food this Christmas

Get in the Christmas spirit

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Berlin has two essential ingredients of the Christmas season in abundance: fantastic food and festive cheer. Take a tour of local neighbourhood foodie haunts under the twinkle of Christmas lights and find the perfect gifts for food-loving friends and family. From classic shopping hotspots like KaDeWe and Galeries Lafayette to off-beat street food at Markthalle IX, there’s something to satisfy all discerning taste buds.

Nothing says Christmas like gourmet treats. This season, experience the whole gamut of Berlin’s Christmas fare – and find the perfect gifts for loved ones who love their food. We take you on a tour of some of the city’s best spots for fine food and gourmet gifts.

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Tip 1: Christmas charm in Charlottenburg - Rogacki

Cheese selection
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For fans of tradition and local history, the Rogacki deli on Wilmersdorfer Straße is an old-school fine food haven selling everything from fresh meat, cheese and fish to baked goods and mouth-watering desserts. Founded in 1928, Rogacki has been around for almost a century, and is a local institution for those in the know.

Where: Wilmersdorfer Str. 145/46, Charlottenburg

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Tip 2: Markthalle Tegel - a true insider tip

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If you’re looking for a proper local experience, take a trip to Markthalle Tegel. This indoor market is home to independent vendors selling a wide range of items from everyday fruit and veg to international delicacies. It was recently renovated and only just reopened in October 2021 – so it’s the perfect spot for soaking up some fresh local vibes and picking up one-of-a-kind food gifts.

Where: Gorkistraße 15, Tegel

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Tip 3: Makrönchen Manufaktur -  a sweet spot for tasty treats

Makrönchen Manufaktur
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If you’re into your cakes and puddings, then the leafy streets of Schöneberg hold some top tips. Makrönchen is an absolute must for fans of French macarons: it sells a stunning selection of these brightly coloured delights, either packaged in an elegant gift box or served with a cup of coffee in the shop’s own cutesy café.

Where: Apostel-Paulus-Straße 4, Schöneberg

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Tip 4: Fine food at Goldhahn & Sampson

Arabic cuisine in Berlin
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In Prenzlauer Berg is another top tip for those who love their flavours: Goldhahn und Sampson sells a carefully curated selection of food and wine for connoisseurs of fine dining. They also stock an astounding array of cookbooks – and even offer their own cooking classes. An ideal spot to find a gift or voucher for food-lovers or aspiring chefs.

Where: Dunckerstraße 9, Prenzlauer Berg

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Tip 5: Surprise, surprise ... Kiezhelden-Box

Kiezhelden Weihnachtsbox
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Christmas is a season for spreading joy – and what better way to show a little love than by supporting local businesses? This winter, you can give the gift of a festive evening in – or enjoy one yourself – courtesy of Kiezhelden. These selection boxes are packed full of seasonal surprises from Berlin boutiques and manufacturers.

From sweet and savoury snacks to Christmassy candles and locally brewed glühwein alternative ‘Berliner Winter’, it’s got everything you need to create a Berlin Christmas ambience – and supports local business owners in the process. These bundles of festive fun can be ordered online and collected from Akazienstraße in Schöneberg from 1 to 15 December.

Where: Akazienstraße 28, Schöneberg

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Tip 6: Blomeyer's cheese from artisan production

Blomeyer´s Käse
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Hop across bustling Bismarckstraße and you’ll find Blomeyer’s Käse, a cheese shop stocked with all your inner cheese fiend could desire. Browse the extensive range of local German cheeses alongside other artisan nibbles from fresh bread to bacon jam. If you like to balance your savoury snacking with a sweet bite, simply pop next door to Wald Königsberger Marzipan. This wonderland of traditional sweetmeats is packed with beautiful marzipan creations in stunning designs – an ideal spot to pick up fabulous food gifts with an authentic Berlin Christmas feel.

Where: Pestalozzistraße 54A, Charlottenburg

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Tip 6: For over 100 years – Ursula Kierzek Weine Sekt Spirituosen

Clärchens Ballhaus
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Anyone who knows their wines or cocktails will want to experience Kierzek-Berlin in the eastern district of Lichtenberg. This independent specialist merchant stocks over 600 varieties of whiskey, almost 100 different gins, and wines from every corner of the globe – alongside an array of glasses and cocktail accessories to go with them.

Where: Weitlingstraße 17, Lichtenberg

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Tip 8: Enjoy the weet life -  „Das süße Leben“

Chocolate Berlin
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For chocolatey indulgence, head over to traditional chocolaterie Das süße Leben on Salzburger Straße. With vintage décor and an outstanding array of seasonal and Berlin-themed products, there’s no better place to find a token of love for the sweet tooth in your life.

Where: Salzburger Straße 7, Schöneberg

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Tip 9: Simply the best -  „Vom Einfachen das Gute“

Weihnachstsessen
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Just a few minutes from buzzing Rosenthaler Platz, Vom Einfachen das Gute is run by die-hard foodies who are passionate about sourcing the best possible produce. This dinky boutique deli offers wines, meats and cheeses from independent farmers and manufacturers, many of them local to the region.

Where: Invalidenstraße 155, Mitte

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Tip 10: Everything for the French joie de vivre at Maître Philippe

Maître Philippe & Filles GmbH
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For the next stop on your festive foodie tour, head to the famous Kurfürstendamm boulevard. During the Christmas season, the street is aglow with a dazzling Christmas lights display. And just around the corner is the iconic KaDeWe department store, whose sixth floor is bursting with luxury treats and tipples. Discover the extensive deli and cheese counters or browse the array of quality teas and scrumptious cakes.

A little further south from Ku’damm, you’ll find Maître Philippe & Filles, a stunning French-Portuguese delicatessen stocking everything from seafood to Champagne. This extravagant selection of Mediterranean produce is hand-picked by the members of the family business themselves.

Where: Emser Straße 42, Wilmersdorf

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Tip 11: Specialities of the Turkish cuisine at Lemon Feinkost

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A little further south in the beating heart of stylish Friedrichshain is a deli and café celebrating the cuisine of the city’s Turkish community. Lemon Feinkost on Wühlischstraße serves a selected menu of Turkish classics from musakka to miniature manti dumplings. The deli counter also sells a tasty range of Turkish treats to take away.

By the way: On the other side of the Spree river in vibrant Kreuzberg is one of the city’s hippest indoor markets: Markthalle IX. This local favourite offers a blend of international street food eats and artisan produce, all gathered under the hall’s stunning glass-paned roof.

Where: Wühlischstraße 17, Friedrichshain

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Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter visitBerlin.de/blog

Kristin

doesn't smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face Berlin's rich cultural life - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog.

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