Turkish immigrant Kadir Nurman is credited with inventing the doner kebab in Berlin in the 1970s, and the kebab is now the number-one fast food in the city. Since the doner was devised, it has been a welcome addition to Berlin’s food scene, and has helped make street food ever more popular. Made with grilled meat cooked on a rotating skewer and stuffed into a pitta or flatbread along with a generous helping of salad, it is one of Berlin’s favourite takeaway treats, with many vendors offering their own take on a dish that has become a modern classic.
Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap
Frequented by locals and discerning visitors alike, Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap is a highlight on the Berlin street-food scene. Made with fresh pitta-style bread, the reasonably priced kebabs are packed with generous helpings of chicken and fresh salads, topped with sauce and goat’s cheese. The queues that form outside the restaurant are a testament to the food’s quality.
Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap, Mehringdamm 32, 1091 Berlin
A food highlight in the Kreuzburg area, Adana Grillhause is a genuine Turkish experience in the district often referred to as Little Istanbul. The menu offers a wide range of Turkish specialities from mezes to meats; the lamb pirzola (chops) and the kebabs are a real treat. The Turkish barbecue is a must-visit for meat lovers and the menu focuses on an impressive range of charcoal-grilled dishes.
Adana Grillhaus, Manteuffelstrasse 86, 10997 Berlin, +49 (0)30 612 7790
Doyum, tucked away in the Kreuzburg area, is well worth tracking down for its authentic Turkish grill. All the meats are roasted over an open fire for an exceptional taste. Try the veal Doyum doner, served in a toasted flatbread made in-house to ensure top quality. Order the doner kebab to go, and enjoy it while exploring the area, or dine in and make your way through the exciting Turkish menu.
Doyum, Admiralstrasse 36, 10999 Berlin, +49 (0)30 6165 6127
Kreuzburg is home to many popular street-food haunts; for one of the best places for Turkish dishes, head to Tadim. A popular spot among the Turkish community, Tadim is famous for its veal doner, served with thin flatbread and the perfect ratio of salad to meat. The restaurant is also hugely popular thanks to its Turkish pizza, which draws in hosts of locals.
Tadim, Adalbertstrasse 98, 10999 Berlin, +49 (0)30 6160 9280
Imren has become a Berlin institution thanks to its exceptional Turkish cuisine and is widely credited with offering the best beef doner kebab on the city’s street food scene. The restaurant has several branches in the city; the largest and most popular is located on Boppstrasse in Kreuzburg. Imren’s meat-marinading technique is said to be the secret of its perfect kebabs, and making all sauces and baking all flatbreads in-house make this a top contender for the best doner in Berlin.
Imren, Boppstrasse 4, 10967 Berlin, +49 (0)30 6165 0036