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Only a few years ago, a culinary elite from the more moneyed cities of Düsseldorf and Frankfurt might have insisted there was no truly outstanding food in Berlin. Sure, it’d be all too easy to stumble through a weekend in Berlin fuelled on nothing but doner kebab and Club-Mate, but the Hauptstadt boasts all manner of life-changing meals you shouldn’t miss out out on. The art, as always, is knowing where to look.
For a cheap and cheerful midday plate of hummus and fresh veg, head to Neukölln’s Sonnenallee, or to the one of several venerable Israeli joints in Prenzlauer Berg. Meat-eaters should try Kreuzberg’s köfteci and ocakbasi for stomach-warming grilled lamb, lentil soup and fresh bread served late into the night. Alternatively, you could shell out to see what this year’s Michelin hype is all about – the buzz is well earned, by the way – or snuggle up at one of an array of newly opened bistro-cum-wine bars cropping up around Berlin’s coolest neighbourhoods. How’s that, culinary elite?
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