At first, Berlin’s winters might seem a little off-putting, but as any local will tell you, there’s plenty in this city to warm your soul – and your belly – during the colder months. Winter just happens to coincide with the most festive and delicious celebrations of the year! Think huddling outside in a winter wonderland, steaming mugs of Glühwein in hand, taking in the smells of mouthwatering wurst, potato pancakes and roasting nuts. What could be better?
But of course there’s more to this season than Christmas markets. It’s simply the perfect time to cosy up indoors with good friends and good food. Whether you try out some new restaurants you’ve had your eye on or organise delivery, there are so many amazing tastes to discover in the capital this winter.
Celebrate the holidays all month long, with mugs of hot mulled wine, sausages warming on giant swinging grills and candied nuts to be savoured beside outdoor fires. Ah, Christmas markets! Nowhere does it quite like Berlin. The city is home to more than 60 different markets, with some running until the end of December. In BIMM Berlin’s neighbourhood there’s the Historical Christmas Market at RAW, with medieval-themed performances and sellers. Admission is free Monday to Wednesday, and 2€ all other days.
A quick trip on the M-10 will take you to a former Prenzlauer Berg brewery – home of the Nordic-themed Lucia Christmas Market. Delectable German and Scandinavian food complements an assortment of hot beverages, including those served in a heated yurt, and there are fires throughout to keep you extra warm. Admission is free.
Looking for something more ‘Berlin’? Head to Alexanderplatz for the busiest market in the city! It’s impossible to miss the sights and smells of this place as it bustles away beneath the iconic TV Tower. There are rides, an ice rink and the largest walk-in pyramid in Europe, not to mention ample mugs of Glühwein and cheeky gingerbread hearts. Admission is free, although some attractions charge a fee.
A long-standing market tradition in Berlin, this one marks the 25 years of the Naschmarkt. This sweet event will focus on Christmas treats, specifically almonds and marzipan. From cakes and vegan doughnuts to ice cream and chocolate, over 40 vendors will be on hand to satisfy your sweet tooth, along with Markthalle Neun’s usual line-up of savoury food stands for when you need a little balance. Entry: 2€.
Positioned just a stone’s throw from BIMM, this is perhaps one of the only spots in Berlin you’ll find freshly made ice cream once summer is over. And as if that alone is not appealing enough, it comes in flavours like zabaione, liquorice and chocolate-studded, dulce de leche-smeared banana split! You can even get takeaway or delivery if you’d rather enjoy the cold stuff in the warmth of your own flat. They serve up thick, delicious hot chocolate too, so every craving is covered.
Come see and taste why black food has taken the culinary world by storm. Black sesame ice cream, charcoal-infused lattes and black vegan cheese are just a few of the things sure to tantalise your taste buds while providing some FOMO-worthy Instagram content. A ticket will get you free samples, a festival entry gift and access to the afterparty with the Badehaus DJs. Tickets: 12€.
Traditional Sunday roasts like beef with Yorkshire pudding, braised lamb shank and pork belly can be had at this English-friendly Gastropub in Prenzlauer Berg. Salt ‘n’ Bone is the place to indulge on those days you really miss your mum’s cooking. In town for Christmas? They’ve got it covered with a special three-course Christmas Eve feast of roast turkey and ham, baked brie and Christmas pudding with brandy butter. Yum!
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