Eating in the pitch dark, Korean barbecues, vegan burgers, round-the-clock breakfast or outlandish ice cream creations – Berlin can undoubtedly be described as a gourmet hotspot where many trends have emerged. It isn't just the currywurst that started its triumphal advance through Germany here: the famous doner kebab was also invented in the capital. If you come for the Berlinale, there’s more to do besides hunting autographs, marvelling at movie premières or celebrating wild parties with other film fans, because there are many restaurants close by offering a dazzling range of culinary experiences. And you might even find a familiar face from the movie business sitting at the next table.

Experience the Berlinale 2019

The biggest public cinema event in the world, where tickets are on sale for all the showings, will this year be bringing a touch of Hollywood glamour to Berlin for the 69th time. As always, around 300,000 tickets will be sold to cinema enthusiasts, and the films competing for the prestigious Golden Bear are not the only attraction. The heart of the festival is the Theater am Potsdamer Platz, where you have the best chance of meeting your favourite stars. When hunger strikes after hours of excitement at the red carpet, there are plenty of hip dining establishments to choose from. At the Sony Center itself, you can enjoy Australian cuisine at the Corroboree, experience traditional Berlin hospitality at the Lindenbräu or treat yourself to an after-dinner cocktail at the stylish Jostys.

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If you have a Berlin CityTourCard, then go to Coa Wok & Bowl right on Potsdamer Platz for a 25% discount on one of the contemporary Asian wok dishes that you can enjoy in the Hong Kong-inspired open dining atmosphere.

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Film and cuisine around the Friedrichstraße

As well as the Theater am Potsdamer Platz, the film festival takes place at may other special venues. Your value-for-money Berlin CityTourCard gives you unlimited free travel on public transport as you hop from one event to the next. If you go to a showing at the imposing Friedrichstadt-Palast, then there are countless places where you can go for an evening meal. Take a stroll through the bars and restaurants of lively Oranienburger Straße just around the corner and let yourself be inspired: Cuban, Asian or Mediterranean – the choice is yours. Fine restaurants await you on magnificent Friedrichstraße. If you’re short of time or you just fancy some fast food, the nearest McDonalds is not far away. Two branches on Friedrichstraße are among the urban food spots in partnership with the Berlin CityTourCard, with savings of 35% on selected offers.

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Cinema highlights and food in the City-West

Until a few years ago, the Zoo-Palast was at the heart of the glamorous event that will bring Hollywood flair to the city from 7 to 17 February 2019. After its refurbishment, the listed building is once again hosting numerous Berlinale events, as is the splendid Delphi Filmpalast – be sure to get one of the coveted tickets for a showing here, because here too, there are many restaurants you can go to nearby. For those with a big appetite, the Hard Rock Café is just a short walk away, but the burgers are cheaper in McDonalds at Zoologischer Garten railway station, where you can get a discount of up to 35%. At the Bikini designer shopping mall you can get a steak at Block House, natural food at Funk You, gourmet variations on the hot dog at The Dawg, and much more besides. Don’t wait around – buy the Berlin CityTourCard for your Berlinale trip now, because it not only gets you around the city, it also gets you discounts on culinary treats.

Choose here your Berlin CityTourCard for your stay in Berlin during the Berlinale.

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