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A Gastro Melting Pot – Our Berlin Food Tour with Eat-The-World

by Meg · 13 comments

The beautiful Landwehrkanal

Tony and I traveled to Berlin simply to visit a couple of our close friends that are spending the summer here.  We had very little knowledge and expectations of the city prior to arriving.  What we discovered is that Berlin is one giant melting pot… In it’s history, neighborhoods, culture, and food. If you are interested in planning a trip to Germany and decide to stay in a hotel in Berlin, Venere lets visitors find cheap deals all year around.

When talking with locals, they often comment on how everyone living in the city is a “New Berliner” and that you barely run into any “Old Berliners”.

Dynamic immigration and asylum politics in West Berlin in the 1960’s set off waves of immigration into the city.  The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 only added to Berlin’s international popularity. Today, Berlin is a constantly changing global metropolis that is home to a large population of international inhabitants.

To further demonstrate Berlin’s incredibly diverse environment, I will put it all into context through our love of food!

Tony with his ice cream is a happy man!

In every city we have visited on our RTW trip, the local restaurants have primarily favored their country’s cuisine.  In Istanbul, it was Turkish food nonstop.  In Italy, I ate pastas and pizzas as if I were on an all-carb diet… While I can’t complain, sometimes this lack of variety got a little old.

Furthermore, on all the other food tours we have been on around the world, we have focused on that particular country’s gastronomy.  However, during the food tour of the Kreuzberg neighborhood in Berlin with the company Eat-The-World, we NEVER even ate German food!

On our tour, we learned about the social divides, the international influence, and the history that has surrounded this unique neighborhood since its formation in the 1920’s. All of this while sampling delicacies ranging from Turkish food, Italian food, organic health food, and even Indian food.

Turkish sampler platter


More often than not, if you go to an Indian place in… say Italy, odds are that the food is going to be sub-par.  But here in Berlin, almost every international cuisine is heavily represented, and since so many foreigners have flocked to Berlin, the international food scene is DELICIOUS!

Who would have guessed that Tony and I would find the best doner kebabs of our entire journey in Germany?

Love spinning meat on a stick!

Random tidbit: Berlin is home to the largest Turkish community outside of Turkey!

Who would have guessed that our most mouth-watering slice of veggie pizza was not consumed during our trip in Italy, but Berlin instead?!

Veggie pizza to die for!

The whole tour took us by surprise.  What we thought would be a day of bouncing around from restaurant to restaurant turned out to be a day where we also learned a great deal about the history of Berlin and Kreuzeburg.  It was the perfect balance of culinary delights and cultural highlights… Like how I just rhymed that?

Berlin is an underrated food mecca and Eat-The-World is a wonderful food tour company for those with both curious minds and curious bellies!

Your Turn:  What city has taken you by surprise, either in their food scene or in general? Please share below in the comments section!

Many thanks to Eat-the-World for sponsoring our food tour.  All opinions, as always, are our own.

About Meg
Exhausted from traveling every week as a Business Management Consultant early in my career, I took a year off in 2012 to travel at my own pace. I am a high-energy girl that loves being active, eating food, drinking wine, and exploring the world with my partner-in-crime (and husband), Tony! I now reside in Portland, Oregon and continue to write about travel, food, wine, and the awesome adventures we have in the Pacific NW!

Stephanie - The Travel Chica July 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

Looks delish! Personally, I prefer Turkish food over German food.

Meg July 28, 2012 at 11:30 am

I would have to agree with you there! In Berlin, they are famous for their “Currywurst”, which is basically chopped up hot dog with a curry/ketchup sauce. If it’s between that or a Doner kebab, I will take the Doner kebab EVERY TIME!

JR July 28, 2012 at 11:28 am

it is not fair everytim I read one of you Blogs about food I am so hungry. I did not realize Berlin was that much of an international city. It is also amazing too realize that you were only 4 years old when the WALL fell. Amazing.

Meg July 28, 2012 at 11:32 am

Hahaha sorry JR! It’s crazy how fast us “kids” grow up 😉

Emily in Chile July 29, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Rodolfo made Berlin sound like somewhere I would love, and you just sealed the deal. I want to go on this tour!

Meg July 30, 2012 at 3:27 am

You definitely would love it! Tony and I never knew it was such a cool city prior to arriving here, but it probably is the city we would most want to relocate to out of all the places we visited… besides Santiago of course 😉

Although, we have barely done any touristy stuff here because we have just enjoyed living like locals and spending our days relaxing in cafes and going to markets…. We are only here 5 more days though, so we gotta scramble to see it all!!

Magz July 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Tto quote: “Berlin is home to the largest Turkish community outside of Turkey!”

Ahem… I think I heard a similar fact about Framingham and Brazil once. I am SO fact checking.


Meg July 31, 2012 at 3:05 am

haha well that Framingham “fact” was just darn ridiculous. I am still looking for that source….

Leanne Pittsford August 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm

We can’t wait to try the tour! ps – we miss you already. Come back! (love your close friends in Berlin)

Meg August 6, 2012 at 9:02 am

You should totally do it! We miss you guys too. We arrived safely in Thailand and love it here… Although I slept 16 hours today… it was quite the long journey!

Michael @ Changes In Longitude October 30, 2012 at 1:15 pm

We can so relate to getting tired of a cuisine. After a few months in Asia we got noodled out and then a few months in the Middle East had us hummused out.

In terms of food surprises, we hadn’t expected all the French pastry and donut shops in China.

Larissa and Michael

Meg October 31, 2012 at 1:15 am

Thanks guys! As shameful as it is, in recent months we have been eating some Western Food here and there just to add some variety into our diets. But Berlin had a great food scene. And oh my lord, French pastries sound AMAZING right now!

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