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Bitemojo Food Tour – Step Into Prenzlauer Berg Neighbourhood

There are many approaches to experiencing a city – and no wrong ones! Places are like people, they have many layers to them. The surface of the city doesn’t paint…

There are many approaches to experiencing a city – and no wrong ones!

Places are like people, they have many layers to them. The surface of the city doesn’t paint an accurate portrait of its persona. There are cities that I thought I’d enjoy immensely for their architecture or interesting history. However seeing them in person, they fell flat. Likewise there are also cities that are deemed ugly or boring but once you get to know the culture, the secret spots, the people, suddenly you’re in tune with the city’s newfound vibrancy.

One of the cities that keeps calling to me is definitively Berlin. Our affair started a year ago. I first visited Berlin in October, 2016. Like all first comers I ticked off all major touristy sights. I visited some of the finest museums Berlin had to offer (and they have a lot to offer – over 10 museums)! I got to hang out with Berliners in Kreuzberg, do beer yoga (it’s fun as it sounds), try tasty German brews and dance the night away in Berghain. Like most cities it was only scratching the surface.

The second time I visited was exactly a year later, October 2017. Through my conversations with the locals (their English is impeccable by the way) I found out what I was missing out on! Food!

Yes, I tried everything that street carts have to offer! Donner, currywurst and to be fair, ten other types of wurst. Much as I enjoy street food, I decided that I need to expand my menu.

One of the things that makes Berlin such a great city is that it’s so culturally diverse. So I wanted to experience that diversity through my favourite medium, food.

I’ve been told that Prenzlauer Berg has a serious food scene.

PB neighbourhood, I was told that it’s like Kreuzberg but for young families (also former residents of Kreuzberg). Due to being a much gentrified district and as such, a perfect scene for a cafés & eateries. It’s a big mix of scenery. From colourful boutiques, green oases, interesting shops, a JR mural (and other great examples of street art) to a wide range of eateries.

Hence I booked a food tour through an app called Bitemojo. I never did a tour through an app so I was curious how the whole process would look like.

The only thing you need for this tour is an empty stomach and a smartphone! The tour costs 25 euros, and for that price you get 6 delicious bites & 6 hidden gems of Prenzlauer Berg.

How Does Bitemojo Food Tour Work:

  1. Download the Bitemojo app
  2. Choose a Tour to Your Fitting
  3. See at what time the tour is available
  4. Get to the starting point and enjoy!

Prenzlauer delivered. The tour took me to six different restaurants all specializing in different types of cuisine.

Ataya

bitemojo food tour

First one was a small restaurant offering some of the best vegetarian/vegan cuisine in Berlin. The owners are a lovely couple from different cultural background. She is from Cagliari, Italy and he is from Dakar, Senegal. As a result, the food they create is a harmonious fusion of influences from both continents.

My first bite was ravioli! A perfect example of the African-Italian fusion. The recipe was inspired by the cuisine of Sardinia (as their tomato sauce), but the couscous is Senegalese. From dough to the sauce – everything is homemade!

Pasticceria Mangiarte

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Next stop was my favorite, Pasticceria Mangiarte. The owner Ivan hails from Taranto, Italy. He’s a baker and a painter – and I certainly agree, that his pastries are masterpieces. I had a bigne with Chantilly cream and an espresso to accompany it with. The Chantilly cream melted in my mouth.

bitemojo food tour

I had to order some other delicacies and I tried some type of delectable pastry with passion fruit. It was divine, a truly religious experience. The prices are really reasonable (a piece was 1 euro!) and everything, and I mean everything is homemade. Every batter, filling, glaze and cream!

The Panini Shop

the Panini Shop

Another business owned by a married couple! A panini shop, the only store in Berlin that specializes in paninis only! Next to classic Italian paninis they offer their own recipes too.

I had their Sweet Chicken on sesame bread and some orange juice. The bread was evenly toasted, the salad was crunchy and not soggy from the sauce (which I hate when happens with paninis) and chicken was perfect. It was delicious. My friend had the Burger panini which was even better. Their menu offers a really nice selection, and for dessert you can get some cookies too.

Neue Liebe

Neue Liebe cafe

I finished the tour at a cosy café. It offers freshly baked vegan cakes.

I had a slice of lemon bread with a great cappuccino. It was served with pomegranate. It was a great place to end the tour. The atmosphere is very chill and intimate. Perfect place to wind down.

Sightseeing in Prenzlauer Berg

When you’re navigating your way between these amazing eateries, you’re discovering the neighbourhood around you. The map that takes you to your next bite also informs you about the sights that you’re passing by. From Zeiss Planetarium, specialized Swedish candy shop ‘Herr Nilsson Godis’, Helmholtz Square and many other interesting gems off the beaten path.

Prenzlauer Berg

The tour offers all in all 6 bites, but alas I didn’t have luck because two of the places that were on my map were closed that day. But Bitemojo food tour is very fair and offers you Bitecoin (very clever name) to exchange for a bite at another restaurant of your choosing in Berlin. They have a large list of venues where you can go for a bite! Bitemojo keeps your unused bites valid for 6 whole months!

Blumen

Oh well, I guess I’ll have to drop by Berlin again in next 6 months! 🙂

There are a lot of advantages to doing a tour like this. You get to start at what time you want, you can take as much time you wish at a restaurant without feeling like you’re holding up the group.

Neue Liebe

On the other hand, I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re a solo traveller. When I travel alone, I like doing group tours because it usually leads to meeting interesting people that later on you can hang out with for a few hours or go for drinks!

If you’re wondering what to do next in Berlin, check out our guide here.

 

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Where To Try Craft Beer In Belgrade

Belgrade’s craft beer scene is getting more noticeable each day. What started with just one or two brands now expanded to almost 10. Here’s a breakdown of where to try craft…

Belgrade’s craft beer scene is getting more noticeable each day. What started with just one or two brands now expanded to almost 10.

Here’s a breakdown of where to try craft beer in Belgrade.

Pivopija Beer Shop

This beer shop is located in Zemun neighbourhood and offers more than 40 types of beer. Try Dogma Crna Krava made by Dogma Brewery. There’s a small sitting area too.

Address: Bezanijska 37

Miners Pub

This is one of the most popular pubs in Belgrade with excellent beer choices. It’s great for hanging out with friends and you can also play foosball or darts. The place can be a bit chaotic and smokey in winter but that’s the case with almost every Serbian bar unfortunately. Try some beers from the Kabinet brewery – the most popular craft beers in Serbia at the moment.

Address: Rige od Fere 16

Samo Pivo

Another very popular beer only place in Belgrade with more than 50 types of beer on offer. Arrive before 9pm or you probably won’t get a table. They also have a summer garden and the staff is very helpful and knowledgeable.

Address: Balkanska 13

Majstor Za Pivo

One of the biggest craft beer stores in the Balkans. You’ll find over 150 beers here.

Address: Hercega Stjepana 15

Pub & Bar Kabinet

This bar also has a nice atmosphere and it’s much easier to find a table here than at ‘Samo Pivo’ for example. They feature Kabinet beers and bottled beers from all over the world.

Address: Milutina Bojica 2

Berliner

This place is different than the others as it also serves food, mostly German (as you could tell from the name). There’s a good selection of beers and food wise, they serve sausages, burgers and hot wings.

Address: Brace Krsmanovic 6

The Black Turtle Pub

The Black Turtle represents a chain of pubs with four pubs in the city center and a mini-brewery established in 2000. They are famous for their blueberry, lemon and strawberry beers.

Honorable mentions

  • Beerville

  • Cigla & Krigla Pub

  • Gunners Pub

  • Srpska kuca piva

  • Pivski Zabavnik

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Berlin’s Bargain Bites

Berlin is a city in which you can eat almost anything you can think of. Besides local cuisine, the city is known for its incredible international offer and for its…

Berlin is a city in which you can eat almost anything you can think of. Besides local cuisine, the city is known for its incredible international offer and for its fantastic value for money. The open-air markets are particularly popular among locals who enjoy visiting and sampling food from various mobile kitchens. For instance, Kreuzberg hosts the so-called Street Food Thursday where you can try whatever you can imagine! However some dishes have the cult status and here are the best Berlin’s bargain bites;

Currywurst

This dish consists of pork sausage which is cut into slices and seasoned with tomato sauce and a curry powder on top. It often gets served with the French fries but you can also opt for a bread instead. The best place to try it is at Curry 36. It’s very popular among locals and there’s a little standing patio area where you can even bring your own drinks. This is an authentic Berlin fast food stall and in my opinion, a must for the first time visitors. They even have a bio currywurst on their menu. The Currywurst museum in Berlin estimates that approximately 70 million currywursts are eaten in Berlin alone every year.

Where to try it

  • Curry 36 in Mehringdamm

  • Curry 195 in Charlottenburg

  • Witty’s in Schöneberg (famous for organic sausages)

  • Konnopke’s Imbiss in Prenzlauer Berg (This was the first outfit in East Berlin to serve currywurst. Opened in 1930 and it’s still family-owned to this day).

currywurst at curry 36 berlin

Döner kebab

Probably the second most popular choice after currywurst, doner kebab can be found basically anywhere you look. The sliced meat and salad are usually wrapped in a flatbread and you have the choice between different sauces such as hot sauce, garlic sauce or yogurt sauce. Locals swear by Mustafa’s kebab which can be found at Mehringdamm 32. However, the queue here is abnormally long and people sometimes wait for 3 hours to get their order . Curry 36 is in the same street so you can try to get both! Berlin kebabs are usually unbeatable and here are some other great places where you can try this popular dish:

  • Hasir Restaurants (they have several locations in the city)

  • Babel in Prenzlauer Berg

  • Imren Grill & Restaurant in Schöneberg

  • Schlemmerbuffet in Mitte

Donner Kebab, Cologne, Germany

Falafel

This traditional Middle Eastern dish is another popular fast food option in Berlin. The best places to try it are:

  • Dada Falafel in Mitte

  • Habibi in Schöneberg

  • Rissani in Kreuzberg

  • Falafel Dream 2010 in Wedding

 

Mondays at Il Forno : Falafel

Pho

If you’re a fan of the Asian cuisine try this Vietnamese noodle soup which is usually served with beef or chicken. There are many Vietnamese places in Berlin and the great ones are;

  • Monsieur Vuong in Weinmeisterstrasse

  • Onkel Ho in Prenzlauer Berg

  • District Mot in Mitte

  • Co Co Deli in Mitte

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Healthy Fast Food Restaurants

Berlin is a great city for vegetarians and vegans and some popular fast food options include veggie burgers, tofu currywurst, organic fries, seitan sausage and more.

Some of the best places are;

  • Veganz in Prenzlauer Berg (This is actually a vegan store with every vegan product you might need but they also have a small bakery and a cafe with great vegan desserts!).

  • Yellow Sunshine in Kreuzberg

  • Nil in Kreuzberg (Sudanese restaurant with many vegan choices)

  • Vego Foodworld in Prenzlauer Berg

Eat with locals

With Locals is a website where local people can offer their skills to travelers. This includes preparing authentic and delicious food! I love websites like this because they bring people together through food and experiences and it’s great for socializing when abroad. Berlin chapter has a lot of experiences on offer and a rich selection of different cuisines so I genuinely recommend this website next time you’re in town.

withlocals

Self-Catering

The city has a wide selection of supermarkets, but it seems that Rewe and Edeka are catered mostly towards budget travelers. Talking about Edeka they made an awesome promotional video which went viral and you should totally check it out 🙂

Have any other suggestions? Feel free to comment below.

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Some Bavarian Dishes You Simply Must Try

Bavaria is the largest state in Germany, and not only is it home to some amazing scenery, architecture, and one of the most famous football teams in the world, there…

Bavaria is the largest state in Germany, and not only is it home to some amazing scenery, architecture, and one of the most famous football teams in the world, there is a lot of seriously good food on offer. There are many reasons why a trip to this region would be a pleasurable experience and the cuisine on offer can serve to enhance that experience even more.

Bavarian food traditionally includes meat and knodel dishes, and the prominent use of flour. In the state capital of Munich the cuisine differs slightly from the rural cooking, because the people from the city could generally afford more expensive cuts of meat. Here are some Bavarian dishes you simply must try;

Munich Weisswurst Feb08

Beef and veal dishes are very common in Munich. One of the most popular sausages from this region is the Weisswurst. It’s white sausage made from minced veal and pork back bacon and flavoured with parsley, lemon, mace and onions. They can be eaten any time of the day but the traditional time to consume them would be between breakfast and lunch.

Sausages like these and others are highly popular in the region, and ideal snacks for watching the football. If you love sport a visit to the world famous Allianz Arena is an absolute must on a trip to the region.

Aside from the vast array of sausages on offer, there are some very hearty and fulfilling main dishes to enjoy when visiting the restaurants. German food is generally quite stodgy to soak up the strong beer, and an ideal dish to do this with is Schweinshaxe. This is a roasted ham hock, often referred to as pork knuckle. It is marinated and pre-boiled in caraway seed and garlic brine, roasted until the skin is crisp, and accompanied by mustard, horseradish and pickled chilli peppers. It is often served with potato dumplings and red cabbage, or sauerkraut and potatoes. These side dishes are particular useful for soaking up all the delicious juices from the pork.

Wiener Tafelspitz

Tafelspitz is another robust meal. This is a cut of beef or veal that is boiled in a broth of root vegetables and spices and served with horseradish sauce. It is the national dish of Austria but is equally popular in Bavaria. Tafelspitz is the name given to the cut of beef. In Britain for example it would be referred to as topside.

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After all these filling mains it might seem odd to suggest something for desert. But the sweets on offer are just too good to pass up. Bavarian cream is a delicate dish and a superb way to end a meal. It is similar to pastry cream and flavoured with liqueur, and normally served with strawberries and a caramel sauce.

The dishes mentioned here are just the beginning. There is such a variety of amazing food available in this beautiful region of Germany. Go and visit there and try it for yourself.

Do you have anything else to recommend? Let us know in the comments below.

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Six Best Places to Eat in Madrid

Spain is one of the most popular holiday and tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, if not the entire globe. Many Spanish hotels and resorts can be very expensive, especially in…

Spain is one of the most popular holiday and tourist destinations in the Mediterranean, if not the entire globe. Many Spanish hotels and resorts can be very expensive, especially in Madrid. But as a traveling holidaymaker who simply has to visit Madrid for its fantastic sceneries, attractive history, amazing culture and various tourist attractions, you do not have to break the bank to have some quality food whenever you are visiting the Spanish capital. Here are six best places to eat in Madrid, where you can find both quality and affordable prices!

1) Donde Sanchez

This is one of the best affordable restaurants for Castilian and other Spanish delicacies when traveling to Madrid. Sample sweets from the village of Campo de Criptana; enjoy traditional craft beers from La Mancha; refresh your day with the best of Spanish wines; and buy all kinds of cheese, oils, pates and chorizos. Donde Sanchez also has a small area for gourmet products and a tasting bar that acts as an art gallery. You can even get tapas from as low as 1 euro!

Location: Mercado de Anton Martin, Calle de Santa Isabel 5, 28012 Madrid, Spain.

The first ingredient Project 365(2) Day 290

2) The Pan tumaca

Even if you are a few hundred miles away from Barcelona, the world’s Catalan capital and the second largest city in Spain, you can still have a taste of the fabulous Catalan food and culture right here in Madrid at affordable prices! Apart from being homely, delicious and nutritional, Pan tumaca’s food can cost you as little as 10 euros for a good 3-course lunch.

Location: Mayor, 31 near Sol metro.

Eggplant Cubed with Honey Drizzle

3) Bar Omaira

If you wanna have a taste of Venezuela without having to visit South America and get a hint of Latin American food and culture in Madrid, then Bar Omaira is the place to go! The Venezuela-born owner of the restaurant, also known as Omaira, has worked hard to bring Venezuelan food specialties like “empanadas”, “cariada” and “arepas“ from across the Atlantic especially for you. All this at the most affordable prices of between 5 and 10 euros per portion.

Location: Mercado de Anton Martin, Calle de Santa Isabel 5, 28012 Madrid, Spain.

Shredded Beef Arepa - Cruzao Arepa Bar AUD9

4) Fiaschetteria La Saletta

This restaurant is Italian, and one of the most popular in Madrid for that matter. In the past, they were a big restaurant located in the Madrid CBD but today are situated in a slightly smaller place in Mercado Anton Martin. However, what has not changed is their quality, amazing and affordable Italian delicacies, which is a combination of the most superb Italian flavors. The most popular dishes here include Rigatoni Amatriciana, Lomo with Mustard and Crema de Verduras, with a 3-course lunch meal going for as little as 10 euros.

Location: Mercado de Anton Martin, Calle de Santa Isabel 5, 28012 Madrid, Spain.

Michaelangelo Special Pizza - Michaelangelo, Aspendale Gardens

5) La Biotika

La Biotika is a famous vegetarian restaurant whose affordable meals can set your pocket back by as little as 10 euros only. The restaurant specializes in Macrobiotic veggie cuisines, particularly vegetarian burgers.

Location: Amor de Dios, 3, Madrid, Spain.

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6) La Taqueria de Birra

Dubbed “Little Mexico” by the lovers of Mexican cuisine traveling in Spain and Madrid, this budget Mexican restaurant offers delicious Mexican meals for as little as 10 euros. They are hot, spicy and filled with Mexican pizazz. Enjoy a taste of Mexico right in the Spanish capital!

Location: Pza. Comendadoras, 2, Gran Via area, Madrid, Spain.

Mexican Food

Besides these six best places to eat in Madrid do you have any other recommendations? Feel free to comment below.

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The best activities to do in Barcelona this summer

The Catalan capital is a scorcher during the summer months but despite this, it’s always great to get involved in some activities in Barcelona with locals whether it’s the heading…

The Catalan capital is a scorcher during the summer months but despite this, it’s always great to get involved in some activities in Barcelona with locals whether it’s the heading to an epic Barça football match or just taking in a bit of the local culture by visiting one of the city’s many art galleries. The city has a whole host of things to do during summer that everyone should take advantage of. Here are just a few favorites activities to do in Barcelona this summer.

Learn to make authentic Spanish paella

Paella is a must in Barcelona, but even better, a professional cooking class with a Spanish home cook! This is ultimately one of the best experiences you can have even if you don’t cook! Believe me, I’m no wizard in the kitchen and I can barely make ice as it is, but under the chef’s guided hands, I found myself preparing this traditional dish with great ease and entertainment in a congenial environment. Accompanied with great friends and more than one bottle of wine, this experience allows you to explore delicious local recipes and discover the culinary secrets of Spain.

Visit Barcelona’s best street market, La Boqueria

But in order to enjoy the best paella, it requires a visit to the finest street market, La Boqeruía. Spanish chefs generally choose to shop in this traditional market as one can find all ingredients imaginable to cook with and more! Filled with local foods and artisan products, La Boqueria has it all from delightful arrays of colorful sweets to fully reddened lamb’s heads fresh from the farm. Its vibrant scene truly gives you a taste (literally) of Spanish cuisine and culture as you weave your way through the bursting stands and of course, all the people!

Barceloneta at sunset

Naturally, one of the leading summer hot spots is the beach, especially Barcelona’s crowned jewel, Barceloneta. Yet to skip the crowded sands filled with sunbathers toe to toe, the best time to go is right before dark to watch the Spanish “atardecer,” or sunset! By day, Barceloneta is a lively point overflowing with people, but by night, it transforms into a quiet, beautiful oasis scented with the sea salt ocean air and set with the warm glow of the boardwalk lights. Bring a delicious picnic and some good friends to find the perfect spot on the beach to relax and watch the sky explode in color. By this time, the temperature has lowered to a reasonable degree but not low enough that you don’t hit the waves!

Yoga at Barceloneta

Learn the rhythms of Flamenco dance

Forget the Whip Nae Nae, there’s a new hot dance to try! Flamenco is a long-ridden Spanish dance deeply rooted in the heart of Spain that boasts color and flair amidst its traditional heritage. But the best way to experience the world of flamenco is to take firsthand lessons from those who know Flamenco the best: its dancers! From experts, you have the opportunity to learn the authentic choreography and style to truly spice up your summer! Don’t worry about technicalities, it’s all in the hips! And take it from me, it’s even more fun when you make a fool out of yourself.

See Barcelona from the Mediterranean Sea

Don’t try to escape the summer heat, embrace it on a private sailboat! Enjoy the beautiful coastal views and soft sea breeze for the ultimate summer hack perfect for rowdy groups of friends like mine. If you are like us and were not blessed with the knowledge of how to sail, local professionals are more than happy to take you aboard to escape the hustle and bustle of the city!

With this, put a spin on your usual travel plans and stray off the beaten path to discover a deeper Barcelona that will be worth the memories – it’ll be one for the books!

This article is written exclusively for EuroTribe by trip4real. Trip4real is a trusted community platform that connects locals with travelers from all over the world.

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