Berlin’s favourite kebab? In Kreuzberg. The legendary currywurst? In Kreuzberg. The mother of all street food markets? Of course, in Kreuzberg! What used to be just something to fill you up is now part of Berlin’s hip foodie scene. Today’s take-away snacks are exotic, made from regional ingredients and guaranteed to be freshly made.
Kebabs, currywurst and the taste of the whole wide world
Long queues form outside Mustafas Gemüse Kebab on Mehringdamm. Your mouth will also water as you look forward to fried vegetables, feta cheese, sauce and Mustafa’s secret ingredient all wrapped up in a flatbread. A few yards further on is Curry 36, which offers Berlin’s classic snack with a special tomato sauce recipe.
Ever since 2013, when the first Street Food Thursday was held in Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg, international snacks have become inextricably linked with Berlin. For many amateur chefs, the weekly event is a kind of culinary laboratory where they can test new concepts and recipes. Here are just some of the things on the menu: British pies, Thai tapioca dumplings, Mexican tacos, Allgäu cheese noodles and Nigerian fufu. As well as the culinary summit every Thursday, you can discover your favourite dish at the regular food festivals, including the Breakfast Market, the Naschmarkt, the Stadt Land Food Festival, the Cheese Festival and the Berlin Coffee Festival.
Treat your ears as well as your taste buds
Street food tastes even better with good music – and that’s why they set up Burgers & Hip Hop. The event takes place every few weeks at Prince Charles on Moritzplatz and celebrate the art of burgers.
From street food to a trendy restaurants
Street food trends are also arriving in the restaurants in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.Try Korean cuisine at the Kimchi Princess. If you feel like a really good pastrami sandwich, the Louis Pretty in Kreuzberg is just the right place to enjoy the Jewish-American deli classic.
As well as all these trends in the borough, you can still enjoy an old-fashioned atmosphere. Max & Moritz for example has been serving traditional hearty meals and its own brand of beer, the Kreuzberger Molle, since 1902. When you come to visit, one thing’s most important: choose your restaurant and book in advance!
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