Despite what many foreigners might think, Currywurst
is not the only culinary asset of Berlin. Döner kebabs also rule the game with probably as many kebab spots as Späti
. Anyone pretending to hate bebabs might be either a liar or has certainly never tried the right one. The nay-sayers need to reacquaint their tastebuds with one of these Döner locales and after they’re done, we’re confident they’ll have changed their minds.
The number one rule for properly eating a kebab in Berlin: club all night long, then go to grab a warm and crusty kebab on your way home and take your time savoring the melting soft baked veggies, the cheesy crumbles and the tender pieces of well-cooked meat. Falling asleep in the morning with the food warming your stomach is what a proper kebab experience is truly all about. We can thank the Turkish immigrants for that, who came after World War II and developed the kebab culture in the German capital, making the dish one of the most prolific fast-food in the city.
Even in the right location, the risk of finding very bad ones still exists. To not lose time by randomly testing out the first spots you come across, you can ditch the wannabes and jump to the tastiest kebab spots below, the ones who rule them all.
Mustafa Demir's Gemüse Kebap
Food Truck, Turkish, $$$
Mustafa Demir’s Gemüse Kebap
Impatient kebab lovers, no need to freak out at the never-ending queue in front of Mustafa’s: you can still change your plans and head to its ‘little brother’, aka Mustafa Demir’s Gemüse Kebap, located on Warshauer Straße, right in the heart of Berlin’s night life. Even though the place is far from having the same reputation as the one in Mehringdamm, the döner kebabs served here are definitely worth a little detour. Some tasty and tender chicken meat, a generous amount of coriander and spinach leaves come along with some roasted veggies and soft baked potatoes that enhance the chicken döner. At the opposite of its acolyte, no pressure here, the seller takes his time to properly top your döner with fresh cheese, a drizzle of lemon juice and last but not least, the pinch of sumac that makes the difference.
Mustafa Demir’s Gemüse Kebap, Warshauer Str. 27a, 10243 Berlin
Mustafa Demir’s Gemüse Kebab | © Solène Roussel
Either on your way home after a party or heading to Mauer Park’s Flohmarkt, you’ll always find room for a K’UPS kebab. Whether it is a chicken döner or a gemüse kebab, this little guy gives Mustafa’s a run for its money: the heavenly crusty bread and perfectly baked veggies with the right amount of spices are without a doubt some of the factors pushing regular customers to come back. And wait for it! Did we mention that you can also choose some wholegrain bread instead of the classic one? The queue has usually just the right length to make you get even more excited about your meal.
K’ups Gemüsekebap, Kastanienallee 102, 10435 Berlin
Efficient, quick and perfectly-balanced are the words to describe the döner from Doyum Grillhaus. This is the place to go if you’re literally starving for a good kebab that will be made at the speed of light. The bread as well as the meat are soft, no dryness here. The sweetness of the red cabbage is also much appreciated, as well as the kraüter sauce that is rightly dosed and doesn’t leave an annoying garlic taste in the palate. This might be the best choice for you if you’re not able to choose between eating a tasty kebab or going on a date.
Doyum Grillhaus, Admiralstraße 36, 10999 Berlin
Doyum Grillhaus | © Solène Roussel
Who ever said that döner kebabs were exclusively for carnivores? Vöner kebabs answers vegetarians’ prayers everywhere: wheat proteins aka tasty Seitan slices, veggies, spices, herbs and homemade sauces like peanut butter or tahini-garlic. The price is sensibly higher (5€) than a classic kebab but the size will definitely fill you for the next few hours, as well as the cutest monster on the shop sign will make you smile.
Vöner, Boxhagener Str.56, 10245 Berlin
Vöner | © Solène Roussel
Serving döners as well as shawarmas, Imren isn’t kidding with the quality of the ingredients. Fresh and tasty meat is served in soft bread, on which the server will spread the tastiest yogurt sauce. Healthy options and great taste, what else? Beyond tasting amazing, your food will be served with some complimentary Turkish tea. The place can be a little bit crowded sometimes, but crowded is a small word once you already experienced Mustafa Gemüse Kebap.
Imren, Boppstraße 4, 10967 Berlin
Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap
A meaningful list wouldn’t be totally complete without mentioning Mustafa Gemüse Kebap. This spot is so famous, it’s not unusual to see enormous queues snaking out of the door. If you really want this kebab you’ll have to be patient – this is like the food version of Berghain – but the taste and size of the holy grail are worth the wait. And don’t panic yet, we swear that if you’re smart enough you’ll find the right moment to avoid the never-ending queue!
Mustafa Gemüse Kebap, Mehringdamm 32, 10961 Berlin