I always arrive in Berlin, Germany with a craving for kebab. The city — boasting one of the world’s largest Turkish populations outside of Turkey — is known for its unique version of döner. I set out to explore two neighborhoods, Neukölln and Kreuzberg, both known for their Turkish communities, cheap multicultural cuisine and lately, gentrification – an influx of students, hipsters, yuppies and artists taking advantage of low rents and easy living. The thing about Turkish food in Berlin – it’s not like Turkish food anywhere else, including Turkey. Read more
Berlin’s Mauerpark springs to life every Sunday with one of the city’s biggest, trendiest flea markets. Flohmarkt am Mauerpark sprawls for more than one kilometer alongside the park on Bernauer Straße.
Packed crowds of locals, tourists and hipsters pour through the market, sifting through vintage wares, hoping to score a one-of-a-kind memento. Anyone can sell anything; stall space can be reserved online, one week in advance. While the market is wildly popular for its unique and varied offerings, it’s also a noteworthy culinary destination. Some of Berlin’s best street food is served up along the market’s maze-like passages.
The way I see it, a planned international layover is the best kind of foodie bonus. If you already have a connecting flight home, why not step out of the airport for a night on the town to savor the local fare. On one recent trans-atlantic route this past September, I did just that. It was my fourth connection through Frankfurt this year. While FRA has its perks (sausage! pretzels!) I had a hankering for a heartier, more traditional German meal. The city of Frankfurt is famous for its Apfelwein taverns, local gastropubs serving up house-brewed apple wine, a kind of cider, in both sweet and sour varieties. Read more