No visit to Berlin would be complete without eating at least one traditional, Turkish dÃ¶ner. While the dÃ¶ner may not be native to German culture, it has become a popular food option in Berlin. With a high population of Turkish people living in the city, Turkish food and culture has become an important part of Berlin culture. To fully experience Berlin would require dabbling a bit into the Turkish influence.
DÃ¶ner stands line the streets of Berlin and are often the inexpensive lunch option for Berliners. DÃ¶ner stands are also open later than most restaurants so they are often a dining choice for clubbers or those staying out late.
DÃ¶ners will typically cost anywhere between two to five Euros — depending on the kind you order. The sandwich is typically served with lamb meat, but be aware that you can order a vegetarian or chicken dÃ¶ner as well. A salad made of chopped lettuce, cabbage, onions and cucumber is then added to the meat in thick flatbread. And your choice of sauce will top the salad. Most stands will typically have a hot sauce, herb sauce, curry sauce and garlic sauce to choose from. My advice? Always order the â€œHausegemacht SoÃŸeâ€ â€“ the homemade sauce that is unique to each dÃ¶ner stand.
Also, word to the wise: plan on making a huge mess while eating your dÃ¶ner. It is difficult to eat one without getting it everywhere!
While there may be many dÃ¶ner stands to choose from in Berlin, not all of them will give you a quality or worthwhile dÃ¶ner experience. When I lived in Berlin, I had my fair share of good dÃ¶ners and bad dÃ¶ners. And eating a bad dÃ¶ner is enough to ruin the experience for you forever. It became my goal to discover the best dÃ¶ner finds in Berlin before I finished my study abroad. The following are my top three favorite finds:
1. Yorckstrasse DÃ¶ner: Take the S-bahn to the Yorckstrasse S-bahn station. The dÃ¶ner stand is located just outside of the station. Exit anywhere and once youâ€™re on the street, youâ€™ll find the dÃ¶ner stand. This is my all-time favorite dÃ¶ner. Be sure to ask for the â€œHausegemacht SoÃŸeâ€ because you wonâ€™t want to miss out!
2. Charlottenburg DÃ¶ner: Take the U-bahn (U2 line) to Sophie-Charlotte Platz. Exit the station on Bismarckstrasse and walk a few steps until you reach SchlossStrasse. Take a left on the street and walk past the small park. On the corner youâ€™ll see a dÃ¶ner station. This dÃ¶ner is delightful and inexpensive!
3. Shark DÃ¶ner: Take the S-bahn to Hackescher Markt. After exiting the station, look for a gigantic Starbucks. Shark DÃ¶ner is located right across the street from the Starbucks. Hackescher Markt is a thriving area in Berlin and Shark DÃ¶ner is located right in the middle of the hustle and bustle.
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