December’s fast approaching which means ‘tis (almost) the season to be jolly, and indulge in some seriously tasty treats. If you’re thinking of going to a Christmas Market this year, prepare for temptation at every turn. Nothing compares to the scents you’ll find there, from smoky German sausages and buttery waffles to rich, fragrant mulled wine. If you’re a self-confessed foodie like me, knowing where to start might seem impossible. But don’t worry, I’ve pulled out a few of my Christmas Market food favourites and listed them all below. Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or a savoury craving, you’ll definitely find something to kick-start your appetite and capture your imagination.
No trip to a Berlin Christmas market is complete without getting stuck in to their famous sausage selection. Whether you’re into pork, beef or veal, you’ll find plenty throughout the stalls, sizzling in their ‘schwenkgrill’ cages that hang from the ceiling. Don’t miss out on Germany’s famous ‘currywurst’; chunks of bratwurst served with spicy ketchup, with ‘frites’ (chips) on the side or a baguette to soak up all the sauce.
As a kid, one of my favourite things to see around the Christmas Markets were the gingerbread houses. They’re the image of Christmas, and I couldn’t think of anything better than dunking some buttery, spicy biscuit into a cuppa on a cold day. They’re also a great stocking filler, and at some markets you can get them customised with someone special’s name: the perfect piece of Christmas to bring home.
Real hot chocolate
Now, if you want to taste some proper hot chocolate, there’s only one place to go to: Bruges. Belgium’s the chocolate capital of the world, so if you head here on a Christmas Market break you can drink the stuff by the gallon! Forget the instant powder we have at home. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy rich chocolate pieces melted into hot, creamy milk: a great choice for kids, or simply if you’re not fond of mulled wine.
Goulash bread bowl
Thinking of heading to Hungary around Christmas time? I went to Budapest in March and couldn’t help but treat myself to generous servings of goulash on those chilly evenings. If you head to a Budapest Christmas Market, you can really push the boat out with goulash served in a hollow bread bowl. Tender meat, sweet vegetables and fresh, crusty bread: I can’t think of a better meal after a long day wandering around the stalls.
The undefeated winter warmer amongst all the Christmas Market food and drink has to be mulled wine. Known as ‘Glühwein’ in Germany, (roughly translated to as ‘glowing wine’) you’re sure to have some rosy cheeks after a couple of glasses! Infused with cinnamon, citrus fruits and spices, it’s the perfect way to warm up on a fresh December day. If you love the flavours but want to pass on the booze, don’t worry, there are plenty of non-alcoholic versions bursting with juicy berries and cherries.
If you’ve got an incurable sweet tooth like me, you know it only gets harder to resist sugary treats at Christmas time. And what better way to curb your craving than a warm, buttery waffle? When it comes to waffles, the Belgians do it best, but you’ll be able to find them at nearly every Christmas Market. Fresh fruit, melted Nutella or festive cinnamon icing; what’ll be your topping of choice?
So there you have it, my top Christmas Market foodie picks. Which one can’t you wait to try this winter? If you haven’t decided which Christmas Market to visit yet, pop instore to speak to one of our travel experts who’ll help you choose the perfect one for you.