Is Mustafa’s Gemuse Kebab Worth the Wait in Berlin?

Mustafa's Gemuse Kebap

Looking for the best kebab in Berlin? Then Mustafa Demir’s Gemuse Kebab should be at the top of your list! For years, this has been known as the one of the most delicious street food spots in the entire city. We have tried these all over Berlin, and it’s still one of our favorites. Yet, is it really worth waiting in the massive line for multiple hours? Here’s our experience eating at Mustafa Gemuse Kebab Berlin, and everything to know before you go.

What’s a Mustafa Gemuse Kebap?

If you’ve been to Germany before then you’ve likely tried a scrumptious döner kebab. They first came to Berlin by way of Turkish immigrants, and have since transformed into the ultimate street food.

While they are certainly popular, we were still surprised to find out that there are over 4,000 kebab shops in Berlin. For the record, that’s more than all of Istanbul!

There are several styles you will see including the durum wrap, turkish pizza, and pita bread. The Gumuse Kebab simply comes packed with more vegetables than others would. 

This is exactly the style they serve at Mustafa Demir’s Gemuse Kebab. Their fresh ingredients, sauces, and flavorful meat has made them one of the best fast food options in Berlin! 

Gemuse Kebap Berlin

How to Get to Mustafa’s Gemuse Kebab Berlin

To try what’s become known as the best döner in Berlin, you’ll need to head to the city’s Kreuzberg district. It’s just a quick train ride from the city center to the Mehringdamm U-Bahn stop. 

On our most recent visit we were heading from West Berlin near the convention center. Even being so far away, it only took us about 30 minutes using Berlin’s great train system.

As you exit the station, you’ll see the stand just a few meters away. However, as you’ll see in this article, there may already be a long queue depending on the time of day.

First Experience at Mustafa Demir’s Gemuse Kebab

Our initial visit to Mustafa Gemuse Kebab Berlin was back in 2018. We had heard the legend of this epic street food stand, and knew we had to try it for ourselves. 

The night we went we came across a long line of people all hungry for the famous dinner. At first we were quite disappointed as we didn’t expect to see such a crazy queue. Yet, that was until we noticed what was going on in the line!

Hungry patrons had grabbed beers from the local grocery store next door, and even currywurst from the nearby stand called Curry 36. We of course followed suit, buying both food and a drink.

This definitely softened the blow of our wait which was almost one hour. After we had our first bite, we definitely understood what all the fuss was about.

Honestly, we looked at the line as part of the experience and it was a fun time. It almost felt like one big street party, and the anticipation grew as we got closer to Mustafa Berlin. 

Mustafa Berlin

Our Next Trip to Mustafa’s Gemuse Kebab Berlin

This year we made our return to Berlin. Since the first visit to Mustafa Demir’s Gemüse Kebab, we had tried many doner’s around the world. 

This includes trips to Northern Germany, and even along the Turquoise Coast in Turkey! During all that time, we always remembered our visit to Mustafa’s Kebab Berlin. So was it really as good as we remembered?? We had to find out!

​This time we decided to get there right when they opened as we were limited on time. We got there about 15 minutes before opening, and there was already a short line of people.

We weren’t too worried though, as this was tiny in comparison to what we remembered from our first experience. We grabbed a couple of Paulaner beers (sticking to tradition) and waited for them to open.

We must’ve started a trend… As soon as we got our drinks from the small store, almost half the people in line did, too!

Mustafa's Gemuse Kebap Berlin Line

Devouring a Mustafa Gemuse Kebab

After about a 20 minute wait we got to the front of the line. When you take into account of the time from arriving early, we spent just over 30 minutes waiting to get our order in! We chose the Hähnchen Döner mit Gemüse with everything and watched eagerly as they started to put it together.

The original Mustafa Demir’s Gemuse Kebab comes with slices of shaved chicken from the massive spinning meat wheel. They put it in toasted bread, and then pile what seems like an endless amount of fresh herbs and veggies on top. It also comes with feta cheese and a spicy sauce on top.

The finished product is a colorful spectacle that certainly it tastes as good as it looks! Many other doner kebabs we’ve tried have been much more meat heavy, with just a sprinkle of lettuce and tomato. However, at Mustafas Gemuse Kebab, they layer on an insane amount of veggies that blend perfectly with the chicken.

​You can also order one with no meat and just veggies, or in a durum wrap instead. Still, to us, there’s nothing like the original!

Mustafas Gemuse Kebap in Berlin

Is Mustafa Demir’s Gemuse Kebab Worth it?

Yes and no! We absolutely think it’s worth trying once. However, if you can time it right you’re in for a much better experience. We’ve heard from other travelers that Mustafa Demir’s Gemuse Kebab can have a wait of up to 3 hours on some nights! 

Listen, we love street food as much as the next foodie… But even that amount of time is crazy to us. If possible, you’ll want to arrive right when they open (or a little before) to avoid the line. 

The secret is definitely out, and some may consider it too “touristy” at this point. Nevertheless, once you get your first bite of a Mustafa Gemuse Kebab, we’re sure you won’t regret it! It’s also a fun idea to combine it with other activities in the Kreuzberg area so you’re not just traveling here for one meal.

Mustafa Demir's Gemuse Kebap

Have any questions about this article or want to share if you think Mustafa Berlin is worth the wait? Let us know in the comments below! 

Safe Travels,
Brigitte and Jake

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2 Comments

  1. Vee
    March 21, 2024 / 3:25 am

    That kebab looks amazing! I’d love to try it out if I ever get to visit Berlin in the future!

    • Brigitte & Jake
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      March 21, 2024 / 3:31 am

      So good! We’ll definitely be back at Mustafa’s next time we’re in Berlin.

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