Back in 2009, when I first came to Germany, I used to ask friends what they’d recommend as a quick, traditional German meal. Their answer, between smirks, was a kebab. It wasn’t until later that I realized they weren’t joking but pointing out the reality of how German food continues to develop after the arrival of new cultures in the country, globalization and the rise of a more environmentally friendly and health-conscience generation.
The kebab is just one example of the new German cuisine that has been developing over the past 20 years, and Berlin is the place where this new trend has started and from where it’s now spreading all over the country.
A country of many cultures
People say Berlin is not a German city and I definitely agree. The German capital is home to foreigners from almost every country in the world and a place where traditional German food has become more of a delicacy and a rarity rather than a common lunch option. Berlin is a melting pot and Germans living in Berlin enjoy the city’s multicultural atmosphere – and menu.