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Berlin Specials

Enjoy the regional specialties and discover the variety of typical foods such as Bouletten mit Kartoffelsalat (meatballs with potato salad), Currywurst (curried sausage), Döner Kebab and Berliner Weiße (beer with juice).

Berliner Weiße

Berliner Weiße is a type of wheat beer brewed exclusively in the area of Berlin. It contains only around 2.8% vol of alcohol, making it one of the weakest German beers. It is top-fermented, slightly barm-clouded and relatively sour, so the taste of Berliner Weiße differs significantly from other German wheat beers. It is served in a large goblet with a straw. Due to the sour taste, it is commonly mixed with raspberry or woodruff syrup, creating Berliner Weiße rot or grün respectively. This mixed-drink is very refreshing in the hot summer months and is served throughout Berlin.


One thing that is typical and must not be missed in Berlin is the Currywurst, a spicy sausage cut into slices and seasoned with curry flavoured tomato sauce. Currywurst is sold at fast food stations throughout the city. According to the Berlin legend, currywurst sauce was invented by Herta Heuwer when, while waiting for customers at her sausage stall started to experiment with the ingredients out of sheer boredom.

Döner Kebab

Even though it is originally a Turkish national dish, since the mid 1970s döner kebab (usually just called döner) can be found in many Turkish fast food restaurants throughout Berlin. It is made of roasted meat (= kebab) on a vertical rotating spit (= döner) sliced off to order. The modern version of this fast food was invented by Mahmut Aygün. On opening his Turkish restaurant Hasir in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, Aygün had the idea of serving traditional sliced lamb meals in warm pita bread instead of on a plate. As on that first night, döner kebab is typically served within a small pide (Turkish pita bread) often with added salad.


In every region in Germany, you will find some words, mainly regarding eating and drinking that differ. What otherwise might be called Brötchen (bread roll) is called Schrippe in Berlin. The same applies to a sweet bakery treat filled with jam or plum butter. Whereas throughout Germany this donut-like treat is most often known as Berliner, in Berlin itself it is called Pfannkuchen. If you notice someone ordering a Radler in a restaurant, don’t be confused. He/she is not looking for a bike rider but rather asks for a refreshing drink that is a mixture of beer and soda (it is also called Alster).