Traditional German Street Food

Traditional German Street Food

Your nose is your best guide on your culinary adventure through Germany. Trust your nose. It will never steer you wrong. The smells wafting across a crowded market square, along a busy sidewalk, or next to the Bahnhof (train station) in any German town or city will call to you.

There’s an art to German street food culture, but don’t worry; it comes naturally. Licking sticky fingers without shame, wiping your greasy chin with the back of your hand, or shrugging off the occasional food-stained clothing all go with the territory. And it’s a small price to pay for the full German experience. You’ll be sharing your food stories with friends for years or until they finally buy their own plane ticket to Germany.

PEDESTRIANS in Germany have an answer to America’s drive-though fast food craze: “Schnellimbiss”. The word “schnell” means “fast” and “Imbiss” means “snack” or “bite”. However, servings are often large enough to satisfy a big appetite. Here’s the difference between a Restaurant, an Imbiss, and a Schnellimbiss. Restaurants have a waitstaff and range from upscale and pricy to pub-like and affordable. An Imbiss is a casual dining concept, typically without a waitstaff, in a building with indoor or indoor/outdoor seating.

The “SCHNELLIMBISS” can take the shape of a tiny hut, an attractive kiosk, a portable stand, an outdoor walk-up window, a well-equipped food truck, a motorized cart, or a humble pedal-powered hot or cold box. But, it’s not unusual to find a Schnellimbiss housed in a permanent structure within a train station, an airport, or a shopping mall. To be successful they only require three key ingredients: crowds of hungry people, well-prepared food, and a health safety certificate from the governing authority.

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