The food scene in Berlin is much like the cityscape: trendy, alternative and diverse. In fact Berlin has got a worldwide reputation for its vegan food options and is popular with foodies from around the globe. Although I grew up close to Berlin, there is still so much to see, do and EAT in Berlin. One of the districts that I have only been to a handful of times is Berlin Neukölln and what better way to get to know a place than through food. So I decided to find out more about this up-and-coming part of Berlin by doing a Berlin Neukolln Food Tour with eat-the-world.
Who are eat-the-world?
Eat-the-world are a German tour operator offering culinary and cultural walking tours across Germany. Up until recently their popular food tours were only run in German, but they have expanded and now also offer English tours for all the non-German speaking visitors of Berlin.
The great thing about eat-the-world is that they only work with independent restaurants and eateries. Not only are they supporting local businesses with their tours, but they also give you an insight of what life as a local is like. The tours concentrate on less-touristy areas so you can experience Berlin like a local. Their motto is to experience an area through food and its people, which is something that really resonates with me.
Berlin Neukolln Food Tour
The Berlin Neukölln Food Tour is run every Friday and Saturday at 1/2pm and lasts approximately three hours.
The food stops are an exciting mix of savoury & sweet as well as international and regional specialties representing the diversity of Neukölln. Some of the samples on the tour may contain meat, but don’t worry, if you’re a Veggie or Vegan you can state that in the booking process and they will make sure the samples accommodate that.
In 3 hours we tried 7 flavoursome dishes from around the world & Germany and time traveled from the Bohemian village Rixdorf to the trendy heart of Neukölln.
At each location our guide made sure to tell us a little bit about the establishment itself, as well as the owner and their background story. The eat-the-world walking tours are not just about culinary delights; they also focus on the cultural aspect of the area.
I’ve picked three of my favourite stops from the food tour to introduce you to.
This brightly-coloured and seriously instagrammable restaurant offers a menu that leaves little to be desired. A quirky exterior, décor that looks like it once belonged to the coolest grandma in the world and super friendly staff make Coco Liebe a very warm and welcoming place to hang out.
Our guide ordered one of Coco Liebe’s signature dishes for us to try: a Vegetarian Lebanese Pizza topped with Mozzarella cheese, apple, mint & pomegranate creating an explosion of flavours. This was my favourite dish of the tour and I will definitely be back for seconds.
Prachtwerk was our second and last sweet stop of the day. My first thought was that one sweet sample would have probably been enough; as I usually prefer savoury food. It only took one bite of their delicious carrot cake for me to completely change my mind.
Cake and coffee in the afternoon are a huge part of German culture, a tradition that everyone with a sweet tooth should definitely try. Prachtwerk is a great place to get a taste for that German afternoon ritual, because you don’t just get to try one, but a selection of four of their delicious cakes.
I loved the fact that we had some time to sit down at Prachtwerk and really enjoy the atmosphere. This Café & Bar transforms from a modern Café by day to a live music venue and bar by night.
Towards the end of the food tour we stopped at OS’ Kitchen an independent eatery that serves delicious, traditional Arab cuisine with a modern touch. The restaurant is based in the heart of Neukölln and only uses fresh, local ingredient to create their signature dishes.
We got to sample two of their Falafel varieties and let me tell you I was in chickpea paradise. While Falafel are quite easy to find in most cities in Germany, I always struggle to find a place that sells or serves good-quality hummus.
Berlin Neukölln you truly are one tasty & exciting district! The walking tour has shown me that I don’t spend nearly enough time in Berlin Neukölln.
The eat-the-world food tour is great value for money at only 33€ per person and the perfect way to get to know Berlin Neukölln. This is the right option for you if you want to experience Berlin on foot, away from the typical tourist attractions. The food sampled during the tour is very international and not just the typical German cuisine.
I would highly recommend visitors of the city to go on the tour at the beginning of their stay, because I promise you, you will want to come back to some of these places for a second helping.
This food tour was complimentary, but as always all opinions are my own.
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