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Abroad Bites: Berlin & Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bakerita.com Abroad Bites Okay, so this post is a little long-time coming, but things have been crazy hectic and I just had not had time to roundup my Berlin & Amsterdam trips yet! These trips are combined into one post, because they were all together in one week. They happened during my school’s Reading Week…you know, the one they give you to study. Oops. When in Europe, I’m taking all given time off to travel!

I had been to Amsterdam before, when I was about 12, with my mom, sister, and aunt, but Berlin (and Germany in general!) was an entirely new experience for me. And I loved them both.

Berlin is a city unlike any other I’ve ever been to. It has such an eclectic, interesting mix of grungy, graffiti-ridden walls, combined with gorgeous historical buildings. Of course, the history is also fascinating and is evident all of the city, with memorials everywhere, and the Berlin Wall. The nightlife was insanity as well – they start to party at 2 AM. It was overwhelming/exhausting, but when in Berlin. Thank goodness we were only there for 3 nights, because one can only rally so many days in a row! We also had quite a few interesting food experiences, not all of them particularly favorable. More on those below!

Amsterdam was also incredible, and just as precious and charming as I remembered it being. We had some REALLY good food in Amsterdam, and had a wonderful time exploring the city. Of course, we had to check out the Anne Frank House, which is a must see when in Amsterdam. I had been the first time I went, but I’m glad I went again. Seeing it through older eyes was a must different experience. The Red Light District (which I have no pictures of – they aren’t allowed) was another very fascinating experience, and led to a dinner/movie night with some friends to watch a documentary about twin prostitutes who had worked there for 50 years (Meet the Fokkens, if you’re interested)!

Amsterdam and Berlin were both incredibly unique and exciting cities, and I’m so glad I got to experience both of them. I highly recommend them if you get the opportunity – there truly isn’t any place like either of them. Now, for a plethora of food/scenery pics, just keep scrolling :) First up, Berlin!

IMG_9724 This picture was taken from the top of Bundestag Building in Berlin, which houses the Parliament. The inside was really cool as well, and had gorgeous views of the city. When you got to the top, there was an opening in the ceiling where we laid and looked up at the sky! Pretty awesome, and free! Always nice when traveling on a budget :)

IMG_9719 This was our first meal in Berlin and it was DELICIOUS. It’s a currywurst, which is essentially a sausage topped with a curry-flavored ketchup. Those are potatoes and onions on the side. It was from a little restaurant/cafe across from the Bundestag, and I have no idea what it’s called, but currywurst is everywhere in Berlin, and for good reason. Yum.

Mustafas Gemuse Kebab in Berlin, Germany | Bakerita.com Doner Wrap at Mustafas Gemuse Kebab in Berlin, Germany | Bakerita.com Dinner was at Mustafas Gemuse Kebap. This place got a lot of hype, and I mean A LOT. Enough that we waited in line for AN HOUR for our food, outside, in the freeeeezing cold. Such commitment, considering we couldn’t feel our toes or fingers by the time we got our food. We all ordered the doner kebab wrap. It was really good, and I would definitely get it a lot if it were convenient and in my city, but after the misery we felt from waiting, I’m not sure I would do it again. If you’re there in the summer though – definitely check it out if you want a good doner wrap. The sauces were amazing, and it had grilled veggies in it which added such a delicious touch.

La Vespa in Berlin Germany | Bakerita.com Pizza at La Vespa in Berlin Germany | Bakerita.com Coffee & Pizza at La Vespa in Berlin Germany | Bakerita.com Caprese Salad at La Vespa in Berlin Germany | Bakerita.com We stumbled upon this little place, called La Vespa, and decided to stop in for lunch. It was a total locals joint, and the pizza slices were HUGE and absolutely delicious. One of my favorite pizza slices I’ve had in a while (and I eat a lot of pizza). The sauce and crust were amazing, which is essential for a good pizza (obvs). The caprese salad was also delicious, but pretty standard, as caprese usually is.

Television Tower in Berlin Germany | Bakerita.com This is the Berlin Television Tower, and it is HUGE. So tall, and you can take an elevator to the top from incredible city views. We didn’t, because it was expensive and we were trying to be budget travelers, but this building came in handy everyday because it was right near our hostel. Because it was so tall, we could look up anywhere and follow it home.

Berlin Wall Berlin Wall Art in Berlin Germany | Bakerita.com

The following are all pictures from the Berlin Wall. It was so incredible to walk along it and see all of the art that was put up following the collapse of the wall. These are some of my favorite murals.

Berlin Wall Art in Berlin Germany | Bakerita.com Berlin Wall Art in Berlin Germany | Bakerita.com Berlin Wall Art in Berlin Germany | Bakerita.com Berlin Wall Art in Berlin Germany | Bakerita.com Berlin Wall Art in Berlin Germany | Bakerita.com Berlin Wall Art in Berlin Germany | Bakerita.com Berlin Wall Art in Berlin Germany | Bakerita.com Berlin Wall Art in Berlin Germany | Bakerita.com Gorgeous, aren’t they? The Berlin Wall is a must do in this city.

Ritter Sport Chocolate Store in Berlin, Germany | Bakerita.com Let’s talk about chocolate!!! A visit to the Ritter Sport chocolate store was a must do, especially considering they have a “make-your-own chocolate bar” center.

Ritter Sport Chocolate Store in Berlin, Germany | Bakerita.com This is where we could create our own chocolate bars….so many choices!

Ritter Sport Chocolate Store in Berlin, Germany | Bakerita.com This place was seriously chocolate heaven. They had soooo many flavors, and all the chocolate was so cheap! I filled up a bag with lots of minis so I could try all of the flavors. :)
Ritter Sport Chocolate Store in Berlin, Germany | Bakerita.com This woman was packaging all of the custom chocolate bars. We were waiting impatiently for ours. Yum!

Ritter Sport Chocolate Store in Berlin, Germany | Bakerita.com Why yes, that is chocolate coming out of a faucet. Ain’t nothing wrong with that, except that they wouldn’t let me drink out of it.

Olympia Chocolate at Ritter Sport Chocolate Store in Berlin, Germany | Bakerita.com This chocolate bar was what dreams are made of. Apparently it was brought out for the Olympics one year as a special edition, but people demanded it be brought back because it was so good. Let me tell you, it is. It’s milk chocolate with yogurt, honeycomb, hazelnuts, and honey. It was AWESOME.

IMG_0569 Now this meal was a weird one. Let’s start with beer – this was the most successful part of the meal. That’s because you can’t really mess up beer.

Berlin, Germany | Bakerita.com This was one of our appetizers. It sounded amazing – bread with fried onions and other good stuff. Reality: cold bread with a weird fatty substance, topped with too-hard, weird onion bits. Not good. Our other appetizer was too unappetizing to put a picture of. That was supposed to be a cheesy spread that was in reality and lumpy cheese mixture that was placed in scoops on a plate with pretzel sticks. Appetizer round: 0 points.

IMG_0574 The pretzels were slightly redeeming, but in Germany, I expected amazing pretzels, and these were just decent. In comparison to everything else though – pretty darn good. In that pot was white sausages which we were supposed to suck out of the casing. Ummm…no thanks. They didn’t have much flavor, and eating them was quite an awkward experience. When our waiter was picking up our food, he told us he hated this meal because it was so weird to eat. Could you have told us that when we ordered three of them?!?!

IMG_0575 IMG_0576 Dessert was apple strudel and apple fritter. Neither was bad, per se, but nothing to write home about either.

Berlin, Germany | Bakerita.com On the plus side, there was a pretty amusing German band in cool outfits. +1 point for that. Not the best final meal in Berlin…

Berlin Cathedral in Berlin, Germany | Bakerita.com Finally, this is the Berlin Cathedral. Absolutely gorgeous building, especially all lit up at night! Overall, Berlin was an incredible city, and I highly recommend visiting if you can! Now onto Amsterdam…

Falafel Pita in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bakerita.com Abroad Bites Our first meal in Amsterdam was falafel pitas, from a little hole in the wall place near our hostel. I have no idea what the place was called, but it was delicious!! I’ve only recently discovered falafel, and I’m now really into it. Yum.

Strawberry & Nutella Crepe in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bakerita.com Abroad BitesWe also got crepes, for obvious reasons. This one was Nutella and strawberry, and while delicious, they definitely could’ve used more Nutella. They were stingy.

Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bakerita.com Abroad Bites Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bakerita.com Abroad Bites Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bakerita.com Abroad Bites Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bakerita.com Abroad Bites We spent the most of our first and second day exploring the city, wandering around the canals and just winding through the streets!

Strawberries & Whipped Cream Pancakes at Cafe de Klos in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bakerita.com Abroad Bites Bacon & Cheese Pancake at Cafe de Klos in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bakerita.com Abroad Bites We were determined to get pancakes, so one morning for breakfast we went on a mission to find them! Izzy got strawberry and  whipped cream (yuuuum), but I decided to go savory with bacon and cheese. Hers is definitely prettier, but both were majorly delicious, depending on what you were in the mood for :)

Heineken Experience in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bakerita.com Abroad Bites Heineken Experience in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bakerita.com Abroad Bites Heineken Experience in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bakerita.com Abroad Bites Quite a few people told us that the Heineken Experience was a must do! It was really cool to see how the beer was made, and the whole thing was really interactive (and you get beer!). Pro tip: no taking small sips of beer, you need to “chug like a man” (tip your head back far and get a big ole’ mouthful of beer + foam) for the full flavor experience.

Waffle with Nutella, Strawberry & Whipped Cream at Edit: I originally forgot the put in this waffle when I posted this, but I had to come back and add it. OMG. This place was really close to our hostel, and every time we would walk by it the smell would have us all gazing inside, so one day we gave in and all got waffles. I got mine topped with Nutella, strawberries, and whipped cream. It was heaven. It almost tasted like a sugar cookie in fluffy waffle form…oh so good.

Burger at Brasserie Luden in Amsterdam, Netherlands | Bakerita.com Abroad Bites On our last full day, we woke up late and had a huge breakfast/lunch. I got this burger, and omg. The bun was what dreams of made of. I’m big on crunch, and this burger bun was deliciously crunchy. The burger itself was absolutely amazing, and everything is made better with cheese, fried onions, and bacon. It’s from an adorable restaurant called Brasserie Luden.

There it is, folks! Berlin and Amsterdam, all wrapped up into a super-picture heavy post. Hope everyone’s Monday’s weren’t too bad, and have a good week! Next up on Abroad Bites…Budapest!

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Comments

  1. Love reading of your travels… And the pictures and the food….definitely have the travel bug now!

  2. Oh my gosh – I love, love, love this post! Absolutely fantastic pictures and I love the documentary of what you ate. Some of that food looked so good I wanted to reach into the screen and eat it! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Whoa so much delicious looking food! And the photos are gorgeous of the cities themselves! So glad that you are having a great time!!

  4. This post is making me SO hungry. I’d like that burger and that waffle, in that order! Also, sucking sausage out of casings sounds…creepy.

  5. crepes, waffle, chocolate, and burger==YUMMMEHHHH!!!

    My best friend LOVED Berlin when she went, it’s really shocked me how much everyone loves it! It is really lovely!

  6. Oh, your Amsterdam photos are bringing me back to the time I lived there for a month in college. LOVED it. The food, the people, the sights… everything. I want to go back!

  7. Amsterdam and Berlin are both still on my bucket list–and now I want to move them up higher! Gorgeous pics. And that pancake? I die!

  8. Loved seeing all of these pictures, Rachel. SO much delicious food. My favorite was probably the one of the “Olympic” chocolate bar. Looks and sounds so awesome. Alright, off to finding some American chocolate somewhere in our house. Your post made me hungry :)

  9. Oh wow, I just stumbled across your blog and am now drooling over/living vicariously through all of your travel and food photos! (although I’m a little sad about the stingy nutella crepe. Nutella stinginess is a major no-no :P )

  10. Thanks for sharing all the great pictures and stories! I have wanted to go to Germany for years and years. I took a year of German in college and I come from a German family. Thanks for sharing a bit of Germany in your pictures! Hopefully I will be able to go one day soon!

  11. I am so happy you are taking time to share these posts with us. We are literally seeing Europe through your eyes…and belly!! I’ve never been to Berlin but been to Amsterdam a few times coz one of my best friends live there.

  12. Loved these pics – thank you for sharing. Looks like such fun all-round but I’m totally hung up on that Ritter Sport store! Make your own flavor – wow! I always love all the awesome flavors they have out already and the thought of making one of my own..I want to do that so bad!!

  13. I love reading your travel posts! Berlin and Amsterdam sound AMAZING – they are on my list to visit and you’re encouraging me even more!

  14. I wish I was there! Gorgeous pics. :)

  15. How nice! My father is from Germany and he is a chef who was taught in Berlin! That means I’ve enjoyed several currywursts, and bratwursts and schnitzels and bretzels and apple strudel etc etc :) Glad you like them!

  16. Mustafa’s is my FAVORITE place for doner kebab! It’s totally worth the hour long wait (even in the snow!) because there is simply nowhere else that does it better. I spent a few months in Berlin and waited in that line in the snow countless times…I’d say it’s part of an essential Berlin experience! :p

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