Ahh, Berlin in summertime… the return of the long-hibernating sunshine, lazy afternoons spent lounging on the river and canals and, of course, all the delicious festivals such weather allows. Studying in this city is ideal – there’s always something going on to extend life outside the classroom, especially come summer. The warm weather ushers in outdoor events in droves, and eating tops the list of things to do.
In case you’re not yet sure if Berlin is the city for you, or if it hasn’t quite won you over yet, let these delicious happenings convince you.
Bite Club has become something of a Berlin institution: street food served right next to the water, DJ tunes rocking you, quite literally, when they’re spinning on the adjoining boat, and epic sunsets over the Spree. In addition to their regular line-up, they host special events like the upcoming Showdown, where fried chicken in various forms – from Butter Bronson’s buttermilk fried chicken on brioche buns to Discowings’ chicken wings coated in a variety of sauces – will be offered in abundance. So sit back, relax and embrace the chicken, and you have the makings of an ideal summer evening right there!
What began as Street Food Thursday and a modest food market has become a Berlin foodie event destination. In a city where nightlife is king, Markthalle Neun’s once a month Breakfast Market is the answer to the ubiquitous post-clubbing early-Sunday question: where can we get a rejuvenating brunch? Rather than insist your friends agree on one kind of fare, this market offers everyone rows of stalls to pick from. Biscuits and gravy? Waffles? BBQ sandwiches? Here, you can try them all.
Stay tuned on social media for different themed editions of the market, such as the Jewish Breakfast Market or the recurring Breakfast and Vinyl, where you can peruse records to add to your collection between bites of your egg sandwich.
If veggies are more your thing, Berlin is the place to be. The burgeoning vegan scene was given its own dedicated market in 2014 and it runs several times a year as a celebration of this lifestyle and a platform for the exchange of ideas – this time at a very central riverside location. And if all those tofu burgers, doughnuts and ice cream aren’t enough, there are also vendors, workshops, lectures and, of course, musicians and DJs to spread the love of vegan life.
While Street Food auf Achse has grown to be a weekly event, it’s still kept the somewhat quieter, less crammed crowd than many of the more established markets – but that’s not to say its offerings aren’t just as tasty. Like Markthalle Neun and Bite Club, this growing market housed inside an old brick brewery complex is upping its game to include special themed editions as well. A plethora of food stalls with only tacos and tamales or ice cream and cake would satisfy even the most gluttonous among us. You can even get a sneak peek at who will be crowned Northern Germany’s best street food provider at the competition in August.
It could be argued that Berlin’s craft beer scene has nearly reached a tipping point for oversaturation, with more local breweries than can be counted on two hands and feet. But being able to hone in on exactly what you like has never been easier with Berlin Beer Week – a celebration spanning two weekends at venues all over the city, filled with so much more than just beer. With everything from tap takeovers to special beer edition local products (IPA sausage, anyone?) and set menus with beer pairings, this comprehensive celebration of Berlin beer is a truly great reflection of some of the best this city has to offer.
The third annual Berlin Hummus Festival brings together different cultures and flavours around, you guessed it, hummus. Be it Syrian, Lebanese or Egyptian, the organisers of this event just want to share the many interpretations of hummus, along with an afternoon of DJs and musicians offering Middle Eastern electronic beats in the summer sun.
If street food is your thing, then this one’s not to be missed. Throughout the summer, different countries will be narrowing down their choices (see Northern Germany’s finalists at Street Food auf Achse above) to send to this final battle in a round-up hosted by Bite Club and British Street Food where the ultimate prize is to be crowned The Best at this event’s second-ever competition. Take a look at the food line-up from last year’s competition here to get yourself nice and hungry.
All photos by Kate Wirth.