From an old-school sausage stand to the city’s best Biergarten, a local Berliner shares the essential eateries and markets to hit on a cuisine-centric trip.

Photography by Antony Sojka

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Seasonal drink “Rhubarb Collins” made by Charlotte, head bartender at ORA.

If any city embodies the concept of high-low, it’s Berlin, a city where internationally renowned art galleries exist amid graffiti-adorned buildings and world-class musicians play symphonies as some of Europe’s best club music thumps on. The same can be said for Berlin’s varied food offerings: a mix of currywürst stands and historic Biergartens, plus Michelin-starred mainstays and buzzy new cocktail dens. Got three days for a full-on snacking spree? Follow this local guide to the best of Berlin’s gastronomy scene.

Day One: Cinnamon buns, oysters, and Wiener schnitzel

Get yourself to (“Time for Bread”) when the doors open (7 a.m. on weekdays, 8 a.m. on weekends) to snag some of the bakery’s cult-favorite cinnamon buns along with a coffee to go. With three locations in the city, it’s an easy first stop no matter where you’re staying. …


This sprawling metropolis is surprisingly family-friendly. Here’s the best way to see it with your crew in three days.

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Giraffe feeding time at the Berlin Zoo.

As you might expect from a country that invented the concept of kindergarten, Germany’s capital is among the most kid-friendly big cities in Europe. Think whimsical playgrounds in practically every neighborhood, Eis (ice cream) shops on seemingly every corner, and an efficient, stroller-friendly public transportation system that’s free for children five years or younger. It’s a good idea to purchase day tickets, which allow for unlimited bus, train, and tram rides — and if your kids are proficient at pedaling, plan on some biking time too.

Day One: Bike rides through royal hunting grounds, the zoo, and a kid-friendly biergarten

One of the best spots to explore on two wheels is the Tiergarten, the city’s green lung. (You can rent bikes, child seats, and helmets from at Europa-Center on Tauentzienstraße; reserve online.) The scenic, 520-acre property is the former hunting ground of Prussian royalty; Frederick the Great opened it up to the public in 1740. …


Follow this foolproof plan to hit the city’s best art and history highlights.

Photography by Antony Sojka

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Details of a building in Hackesche Höfe.

It’s packed with storied landmarks (Brandenburg Gate, Berliner Dom) and home to UNESCO World Heritage palaces, but the big draw of Germany’s capital city isn’t only its history — Berlin also has a thriving cultural scene that’s ever-evolving. These days it’s a hub for boundary-pushing architecture and design, contemporary art, and cutting-edge fashion. Here’s a time-maximizing guide for hitting all the highlights.

Leigh Crandall

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