It’s often a surprise for visitors to Berlin to discover that Turkish postwar immigrants created the popular döner kebab here. The city takes its kebabs seriously, and there are several hot spots whose reputation precedes them. One such is Mustafa’s in West Berlin, which has reached a kind of cult status as much for its vegetable (gemüse) kebabs as for its chicken ones. Every day around lunchtime the modest stall has lines that stretch along the road, as people wait patiently for a crispy pita filled with the special mix of vegetables, salad, and homemade sauces, topped off with crumbled goat cheese. Get here outside peak mealtimes if you want to avoid the crowds.
Berlin's Signature Food Dish: Döner at Mustafa's
More than currywurst, more than sausage, more than potatoes, there is ONE food that’s more important than all the others in Berlin. And that’s the döner kebab. Because of Berlin’s big Turkish immigrant population, the kebab and shawarma have become the most common “cheap eat” in Berlin. The kebab meat spins on a stick, getting slowly cooked. And at Mustafa’s, you are comforted knowing that your sandwich vegetables will be fresh and tasty. Mustafa’s isn’t the cheapest döner kebab, but it’s definitely one of the best.