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My Favorite Places to Eat in Berlin

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My Favorite Places to Eat in Berlin

One thing about Berlin that pleasantly surprised me was all of the incredible food! I had never known Berlin to be a “foodie” capital, but I think it definitely should be. You can get anything there and no matter what it is, it’s going to be delicious. Here are a few of my favorite places to eat in Berlin, Germany:

Fraticelli

Fraticelli is an Italian restaurant located near Alexanderplatz. You can eat inside or outside and since it was a beautiful, breezy September morning, I decided to eat breakfast at one of the tables outside. One thing to keep in mind though, if you’re not already aware, is that Berlin is full of bees! This makes it a little difficult to enjoy eating outside, since they’ll constantly try to fly into your food and drinks, so next time I think I would eat inside. The service at Fraticelli is pretty slow (they seemed seriously understaffed), so this isn’t the place to grab a meal if you’re in a rush, but if you have some time to spare then the food is totally worth the wait. They even have blankets to put over yourself if you get cold!

I had a cappuccino with cream and a glass of prosecco to drink. To eat, I had the brunch plate for two (obviously I shared it, it was a lot of food). The brunch plate had all kinds of yummy breakfast foods, like fresh fruits, various sliced meats and cheeses, scrambled eggs, sausages, grilled chicken, salmon, granola, nutella, butter, jam, and a basket of bread rolls. It was really a breakfast to remember. This meal was so filling, but in a healthy way instead of the “I’m about to explode” fullness you feel when you eat a lot of fried or greasy foods.

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Il Buco Di Heidi

Il Buco Di Heidi is a little French cafe and another breakfast stop during my stay in Berlin. Once again, you can eat inside or outside and I chose to eat outside, which led to the same problem: bees everywhere. If you’re not a fan of bees, don’t eat outside in Berlin (obviously, something I kept forgetting). The service here was very quick, so it’s very easy to spend only about half an hour here and be on your way. The atmosphere is very much what a French cafe should be, cute and cozy.

To drink, I had a an elder and rhubarb German spritz drink. It was so refreshing and tasted amazing. Please don’t make the mistake of just getting a small glass like I did because it actually is really small! To eat, I had an omelette with smoked salmon. The portions here are generally not very big, but the food is healthy, fresh, and delicious while looking pretty, too!

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Alexanderplatz Sausage Cart

Okay this isn’t a restaurant, but if you eat anything in Berlin, please eat a sausage from one of the carts in Alexanderplatz! They’re always there, day and night (I would know because I had a sausage for dinner once and then again for breakfast another day, I couldn’t help myself). I’ve never really liked sausages, but German sausages are really the best ones in the world, by far. It might sound like I’m exaggerating, but trust me, you need to try a sausage in Berlin. They’re crispy and full of flavor, even the bread they’re served on is soft and tastes great. If I could get on a plane and go get one right now, I would.

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Burger Vision

Who doesn’t love a good burger? Burger Vision is the place to go if you’re craving a burger in Berlin. They have all kinds of burgers, from your classic double cheeseburger, to Hawaiian burgers, chicken burgers, veggie burgers, and more. The staff was super friendly, they even took the time to explain what some of the German words around the restaurant mean in English.

The burgers are excellent, made fresh right in front of you and they’re huge, juicy, and full of flavor! The fries and onion rings are just as delicious as the burgers. I had a Hawaii burger, which is a cheeseburger with pineapple. I’d never had a burger with pineapple, but it actually tastes really good  and I’ve even started adding pineapples to burgers I have at home sometimes.

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Seven Places You Should Visit in Berlin, Germany

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Seven Places You Should Visit in Berlin, Germany

Berlin, Germany’s capital city, merges a rich history with a modern, artistic edge and has an endless amount of things to do. I never once felt bored during my stay here, far from it in fact. Here are seven places I went to in Berlin that you should definitely check out during your visit!

 

Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz is a major square and and transportation hub in Berlin, as well as one of its most famous sights. If you’re in Berlin, you’ll probably end up at Alexanderplatz whether you planned to or not, since its a convenient central place for shopping and getting around. I was there every day during my time in Berlin, whether it was to exchange currency, shop for new clothes (the H&M there is amazing), transfer trains, or even grab one of those delicious German sausages. It may not seem like it, since Alexanderplatz appears very commercial now, but it is also a place that holds a lot of history. Alexanderplatz was actually a market during the Middle Ages and most of it was destroyed as a result of a bombing in World War 2. The square was rebuilt and Berlin’s famous TV-tower, Fernsehturm, was one of the results.

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Berlin Zoological Garden

I’m an animal lover, so of course I was excited to check out the Berlin Zoological Garden and I highly recommend it! It’s the oldest zoo in Germany and like many buildings in Berlin, had been destroyed during World War 2, but completely rebuilt again. It’s a unique zoo because of its wide open spaces, beautiful scenery, and an impressive variety of animals. They probably have your favorite animal at this zoo since they have nearly everything, from elephants and lions to penguins and pandas, a petting zoo and even an aquarium. So many baby animals too! I couldn’t get enough of watching all of these amazing animals, many of which had huge habitats that were an accurate replica of their natural habitats. If you love animals, this zoo a must.

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Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

I actually went here out of curiosity without knowing exactly what it was and I’m glad I did. The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church has been preserved as an anti-war memorial representing peace. It has a damaged appearance as a result of being heavily bombed in World War 2. Inside is a mini museum, taking you through the church’s history. I didn’t know anything about this place before going inside and was in awe that I was standing in yet another piece of history. Right next to the ruins is the new church where services take place. It’s a modern style building with blue shimmering light coming from the inside. A service was going to take place shortly after we stumbled upon the church, so we decided it wouldn’t hurt to experience it. Everyone is welcome to join in. Whether you’re religious or not, it’s just one of those experiences that make you feel like you’re witnessing something meaningful. The service took place completely in German and since I know very little of it, I didn’t stay for the entire thing, but it’s worth at least a peek inside.

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Berlin Wall East Side Gallery

How can you go to Berlin without seeing the Berlin Wall? This was one of the places I had looked forward to seeing most and it did not disappoint. Art has always fascinated me and the street art on the Berlin Wall East Side Gallery is incredible. So many ideas are represented on these walls, from pop culture inspired pieces to political statements. The Berlin Wall East Side Gallery is much more than an art gallery though, it’s an important piece of history (can you tell that this is the case with pretty much everything in Berlin?). The Berlin Wall once served as a barrier that divided the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and the Federal Republic (West Germany) from 1961 to 1989. Its purpose was to prevent East Germans from fleeing to West Berlin, but more than 5,000 people were able to cross anyway. About 3,200 were arrested at the border and more than 160 were killed. The wall was taken down in 1989 to symbolize Germany’s unification and the East Side Gallery is what has been preserved from it.

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Museum Island

This was one of my favorite places in all of Berlin! Museum Island is what it sounds like; the northern part of an island in the Spree river located in central Berlin, home to five world famous museums, plus the Berlin Cathedral and a gigantic bookstore. The five museums are the Pergamon Museum, Bode Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, and Altes Museum. The Berlin Cathedral is a stunning church building both inside and out. If you pay to go inside (don’t forget your student ID for a discount), you can walk all the way up to the top for a stunning view of Berlin. Also in Museum Island is Buchhandlung Walther Konig, a bookstore that’s much bigger than it looks on the surface. You can’t tell as soon as you walk in, but if you simply keep walking further and further into the store you’ll realize that it’s actually huge with an overwhelming amount of books. Many are in German, but there are plenty in English and even some in other languages like Japanese. They cover a vast amount of topics such as art, photography, politics, different countries, and even just life advice. Museum Island is a breath of fresh air for any artist or art lover.

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Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is the symbol of Berlin. From gift shops to designs shaped like the Brandenburg Gate decorating the trains, it’s pretty obvious that this is an important part of what makes up Berlin. The gate was erected between 1788 and 1791 as a masterpiece inspired by the Propylaea in Athens. The gate has taken on many meanings from when it was originally commissioned as a symbol of peace to being used as a political party symbol to today being used as one of Berlin’s symbols of unification. Of course, like all great landmarks, the Brandenburg Gate is usually incredibly crowded. Tourists from all over the world come to see it, so odds are you’ll end up with either a crowd of people in any pictures you take or you’ll have to wait around for a long time for the crowds to start dissipating. Regardless, this is a must-see in Berlin.

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Last Cathedral Horror Rock Bar

Last but certainly not least is a much more local place to go to in Berlin, The Last Cathedral Horror Rock Bar. I noticed it because it just happened to be right next to the apartment I was staying in during my visit (which was super exciting for me). Loud rock and heavy metal music blasts from the bar every night until about four in the morning and all types of alternative fashioned (leather jackets, piercings, dyed hair and all) Berliners spend their time there, dancing and drinking. The inside of the bar is full of skulls, creepy old fashioned art, and even tables shaped like coffins. Even the bathrooms are edgy and filled with graffiti. All of the drinks are horror themed, like the one pictured below called The Zombie. I never thought that a rock horror bar was a real thing, but it’s the coolest bar I’ve been to and if I lived in Berlin, this would be my number one hangout spot. This isn’t a typical tourist stop though, so don’t expect the people going to the bar or the bartenders to understand you unless you speak German!

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