Though Germany already has several perfectly good street foods – namely döner, currywurst and approximately a million different kinds of sausage – street food culture has really taken hold recently, particularly in Berlin. Most major cities now have something going on at least once a month, if not once a week. Here’s a quick tour of the hot spots in Germany’s four largest cities.
Street Food Thursday has been running since 2013 in Kreuzberg, a super-cool neighbourhood just across the river from Neue Heimat in Friedrichshain. The event takes place every Thursday evening from 5pm-10pm in Market Hall 9, allowing visitors to taste the best of the Berlin street food scene, including creative offerings from budding superstar chefs who don’t yet have the capital to start their own restaurant. The result is something of a foodie paradise with cuisine from all around the world, well-made and easy on the wallet.
The Street Food Festival in Cologne has been going for ages and is something of a permanent fixture on the food scene. It takes place on the first weekend of the month in the hipster neighbourhood of Ehrenfeld, about 3km (1.9 miles) from the central station, and features dozens of stalls serving battered Oreos, traditional sausage, and burgers among other foodie delights. In summer, the festival goes lakeside to the Frühlinger See in the north of the city.
Situated in Spielbudenplatz just off the Reeperbahn in the red light district of Hamburg, the monthly Street Food Session is something of a legend in town. Running every Thursday from 5pm-11pm, the session has a rolling line up of 15 or so food trucks serving high-quality, often experimental food. Once you’ve made your choice, get a place at the 100 metre-long table and dig in.
Not to be outdone by the other big cities in Germany, Munich has a thriving street food scene of its own. Every Friday, right next to the main train station, various food trucks gather and offer delights such as calzones stuffed with wild boar and pear, authentic tacos and food straight from the steppes of Mongolia. The market moves around the city, so be sure to check the Facebook page before venturing forth.