Fall is a season full of festivities in Germany. Being the bustling metropolis that it is, Berlin captures much of the flavors of fall throughout the country’s numerous districts, while also offering fall dishes traditional to other parts of the world. As the weather gets brisker and the nights get longer, it’s important to cope with some quality comfort food. Dig in to our top 10 picks for fall treats in Berlin.
Opened in 2010 in the heart of Friedrichshain, Ohlala serves gluten free and vegan desserts. Each autumn, Ohlala also offers a vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte made with homemade pumpkin spice syrup: a definite fall staple thanks to the likes of Starbucks. Ohlala specializes in French pastries and serves savory quiches and crêpes, filling a niche of cultural cuisine that is often hard to come by in Berlin. Ohlala is arranged in a café delicatessen style with a large display case full of decadent desserts that you won’t be able to refuse whether you are vegan or not.
A little restaurant and café located in West Berlin, Meine Mama, or ‘My Mommy,’ offers some of the coziest meals for fall in the whole city. A particular highlight is warming yourself up with a bowl of homemade chili con carne. If meat isn’t your thing, go for the pumpkin ginger soup, another classic fall favorite. Whatever you choose, Meine Mama is all around one of the best restaurants to get some fresh, quality comfort food to ease into shortening days and sweater weather.
Brammibal’s Donuts also makes exclusively vegan products. They’ve made our top 10 list for autumn treats because of their seasonal collection of donuts. This fall, the flavors include apple pie, pumpkin cream cheese, carrot cake, rosewater cardamom pistachio, maple caramelized walnuts, orange cardamom, spéculoos, and chai cranberry donuts. If this weren’t enough, Brammibal’s also makes organic, Fairtrade hot cocoa. Donuts are available through order on Brammibal’s Facebook page, at Kontor everyday, and Let it Be on Tuesdays.
Located in trendy Prenzlauer Berg, Antipodes Café serves up hearty soups perfect for brisk fall weather. Catering to vegetarians and meat lovers alike, try the zesty lentil tomato soup or roasted veggie and beef stew. Each order comes with a warm slice of fresh bread and butter. Additionally, their coffee and brunch hold to the standards of the New Zealander expats who own it, and they have received many accolades for this from their compatriots down under.
Also located in Prenzlauer Berg, this French crêperie serves organic apfelwein (hard apple cider), which is a very traditional fall treat in Germany. In addition to their extensive menu of sweets, Suzette’s also offers savory meals along with a wide selection beers, wines, and spirits. The restaurant has an inviting interior with large French windows that make it a pleasant and sunny place to enjoy a meal on a fall afternoon.
This classic Bavarian style beer hall is a must visit if you’re looking to sample some traditional German staples like pretzels, roasted pork, wurst, and great beers. The Augustiner am Gendarmenmarkt made our list for best fall treats because of its acclaimed Apfelstrudel. The dessert is served warm with ice cream or doused in a decadent vanilla cream sauce. Waitresses are dressed in classic dirndl, white blouses and checkered lace up dresses, adding to the Bavarian aesthetic. Located near the famed Brandenburg Gate, this is a perfect place to stop for an authentic German dining experience. A meal here will surely help to set you up for winter hibernation because you’ll leave with full belly and ready for a snooze.
Oktoberfest am Alexanderplatz
When it comes to autumnal celebrations in Germany, it’s difficult to avoid talking about Oktoberfest. Even though Berlin is a ways a way from Bavaria, this doesn’t mean that Oktoberfest gets overlooked in Germany’s capital. Take part in the festivities at the center of Alexanderplatz for Oktoberfest am Alexanderplatz from the September 25 till October 11. The Paulaner beer will be flowing; there will be live music; and lots of Bavarian Oktoberfest favorites will be served, including hendl, traditional Bavarian roast chicken that is popular Oktoberfest fare.
With its gilded walls, large chandeliers, elegant draperies, and dark leather upholstery, Oxymoron Restaurant and Lounge will make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time to a soirée set in the 1920s. The restaurant serves zwiebelkuchenas an appetizer, the traditional onion tart served in the southern Palatinate region during the autumnal wine festivals. Additionally, they have some of the best kaffee und küchenaround, another very traditional German treat that is perfect for a chilly day.
Although it is not traditional to Germany, who doesn’t love maple syrup? In Canada and the northeastern United States autumn is the time when this sugary golden liquid is extracted from maple trees. For a memorable dining experience, head to Kreuzberg for Ron Telesky’s Canadian Pizza. The pizzas are created after the owner’s impression of Canadian style pizza with thin crust and unusual combinations of toppings. If you are feeling adventurous, you can get pizza with chili infused maple syrup on it. It is particularly yummy drizzled on the sweet potato rosemary pizza.
A great way to spend a Saturday morning in autumn is perusing through a farmers market and admiring the bounty of the harvest. Located in a leafy park in Prenzlauer Berg, Kollwitzplatz Farmers Market is a perfect place to take in the fall foliage. Venders sell fresh seasonal produce, cider, fruit preserves, kettle corn, and excellent coffee. Come and get your farm to table on.