Flea markets crop up all around Berlin, but one of the best of the bunch is the Mauerpark event. It takes place every Sunday afternoon in the Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood, and has everything from vintage clothes to antiques on sale.
Make tracks for the city’s best-known square, Potsdamer Platz, and you’ll come across the Mall of Berlin. This whopping retail spot is home to more than 250 stores on multiple levels, so you’re sure to find plenty of recognisable high street names.
Big-ticket items are in good supply along Kurfurstendamm street, which is considered the most famous and luxury shopping avenue in Berlin. You’ll see a few familiar names at the eastern end, but as you follow it west you’ll start to spot Chanel, Armani, Louis Vuitton and Gucci stores.
Auguststrasse is a great place to start your night out in Berlin – this neighbourhood has a Mediterranean feel thanks to pavement cafés and open-air terraces. There are dance bars and art galleries where you can switch things up, too.
Lots of areas in Berlin claim to be the nightlife hub, but the title’s just about clinched by Oranienstrasse. It’s crammed with trendy bars, and the clubbing scene is first class.
This dish is like a cross between pasta and dumplings. Spaghetti-like strands or little parcels are gently boiled, before being topped with lashings of cheesy sauce and a side of tangy red cabbage.
Visiting Berlin and not having a currywurst is practically unforgiveable – you’ll see them all around Germany, but the best ones are here. Chunky bockwurst sausages are sliced into portions, before being drenched in sweet curry sauce and served on a bed of skinny fries.
You might think you know a good doughnut, but pfannkuchen change the game. These Berlin favourites aren't a million miles away from the classic jam doughnut, but come with a light powdered sugar topping instead of a granulated coating.
This eggy dish is a real local fave, despite sounding a little rogue. Boiled eggs are sliced in half and simmered in a creamy mustard sauce, and then dolloped on top of a mound of mashed potatoes.
Schnitzel aren’t necessarily a Berlin staple, but they’re definitely one of the dishes you’re likely to see in a lot of restaurants. Thin cuts of chicken, pork or veal are coated in breadcrumbs, and are deep-fried until golden and crispy.
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