Photo courtesy of Jerry MichalskiBerlin is king of baked goods and bratwurst! At almost any train station within the city you'll find a bäckerei stall selling the most scrumptious looking baked treats, including warm pretzels, muffins, strudels etc as well as delicious and healthy, filled bagels and baguettes. Displays are beautifully presented, the smells are incredible and the quality of the food is surprisingly great!
Photo courtesy of Donna BeckleyOther food choices you're bound to come across at larger stations are Asian noodle stalls and Kebab stalls. Here too, you'll find Currywurst, a traditional Berliner favourite and a definite 'must-try' whilst in Germany. You're sure to come across stalls within the stations themselves, but if you happen to be in the vicinity, the city's best Currywurst stalls are located right on (but just outside of) U-bahn stations- Eberswalder Str. for Konnopke's Imbiss and Mehringdamm for Curry 36.
Cornish Pasties, Train snacks in the UK — Photo courtesy of Hammer51012 Whilst the days of steam and proper dining cars are largely behind us now in the UK, the kinds of food you can buy to eat on a train has got more and more delicious. Food on the train can vary depending on the length of your journey, although most intercity trains still have a bar car or a trolley with cakes, biscuits, chocolates, drinks and sandwiches. But food in most mainline stations including Paddington, Liverpool Street, Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras International is varied, and delicious.
The Cornish Pasty has now made its way out of the South West of England and is a favoured snack, train snack and lunch for many people across the UK. You can buy them warm and flaky in the station, and tuck in as the train draws out of town. Most major London stations also have supermarkets and one stop shops near the platforms. St Pancras International even has a Marks and Spencers food hall, where you can buy mini bottles of champagne, smoked salmon bites, cocktail sausages, sandwiches and full on meals all perfectly packaged with plastic knives and forks for your train journey.
Getting on at Paddington for a sunset ride down to the South West is perfect for picking up a ready mixed cocktail, gin and tonic perhaps, a salad and some foccacia, and settling in for a nice long four hour journey with gourmet bites and plenty to read. And that's the beauty of food in the UK, you can get Italian, Thai, British, French, Indian, Chinese, or Japanese at any London station before boarding your train. And if you're on your way to the continent for a mini break via the Eurostar, then stock up on the best of British food before you leave to eat on the train and to take to your friends across the Channel. Hmmm, it makes me want to book my ticket right now. Happy Travels.