Berlin's seven best kebab shops will make you never want to eat anything else again

Updated: Sep 14, 2019

By Jess Barker

While kebabs might mainly be eaten at the end of boozy nights in Britain, the story is altogether different in the undisputed doner capital of Europe: Berlin since being brought to Germany by Turkish immigrants, the doner has taken on a life of its own.

Walking around the city it seems you're never more than a stone's throw away from a kebab shop at any given moment. The quality of the meat, salad and seasoning, means that after you've eaten at some of the places on this list, you may never want to eat anything else again...


1. Mustafas Gemüse Kebap

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There's a reason that this kebab shop has tens of thousands of followers on social media and sometimes sees people queuing over an hour to receive their snack, both day and night. Located close to Hallesches Tor in the heart of Kreuzberg, this kebab shop in one of a kind.


2. Imren Grill

Its trademark beef doner is considered to be among the best in the world, and it only takes one visit to find out why. The salad is crisp and the bread, often overlooked but so crucial to any kebab, is some of the best you'll find in Berlin. If you're not in the mood for a kebab, then its Turkish-style pizza is superb as well.


3. Tadim

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This one-of-kind Berlin restaurant has developed a serious reputation since it opened in 1997. Its famous veal doner is a unique twist on the classic dish, and the lahmacuns (Turkish pizzas) it serves are cooked fresh in a clay oven. Kebab competition is fierce with so many eateries around Kottbusser Tor station, but Tadim stands above the rest.


4. Original Chicken Gemüse Kebab

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Specialising in chicken kebabs, this under-the-radar kebab shop is located close to Gneisenaustraße station and perfect for anybody who wants to avoid the queues associated with some of Berlin's more famous Turkish takeaways.


5. Lasan

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Another of Kreuzberg's best kebab merchants, Lasan offers some of the most delicious Kurdish food in the German capital. The restaurant has a large seating area, meaning it is perfect for those who want to eat-in rather than wolf their meal down on the go.


6. Rüya

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Located in Charlottenburg and not to be confused with the similarly named Rüyam chain, Rüya is off-grid compared to others on this list but serves a delicious chicken kebab. If you're staying in a local hotel, or perhaps visiting the Museum Scharf-Gerstenberg or Museum Berggruen, then this kebab shop is worth checking out.


7. El Reda

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Specialising in Iranian and Lebanese food, meats served at this eatery are grilled on skewers, rather than being sliced like Turkish-style doner kebabs. Nevertheless, generous helpings of rice and side-salad make the Mitte-based restaurant a delicious visit.


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