SHAN­NON BEN­NETT’S

BEST OF BER­LIN

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MUSTAFA’S GEMÜSE KEBAP

(Mehring­damm 32, Kreuzberg) The best doner ke­babs in the world, ac­cord­ing to Ben­nett. “It’s the ground zero of ke­babs,” he as­sures me, af­ter ex­plain­ing the strong Turk­ish in­flu­ence on Ber­lin’s food scene. A long line snakes from the booth serv­ing three types of ke­babs for €3-4 each. Fresh pitas, gen­er­ous lash­ings of chicken, sauces, herbs, spices, goat’s cheese and ve­g­ies make it ar­guably the best-value lunch around. Grab a Grolsch from the con­ve­nience store on the cor­ner and drink it in line while you wait.

PRATER GARTEN (Kas­tanien­allee 7-9, Pren­zlauer Berg; prater­garten.de) “It’s the old­est beer gar­den in Ger­many, and I think it serves the best pizza in Ber­lin,” says Ben­nett. Enor­mous leafy old trees dom­i­nate the large out­door space, along with hun­dreds of bright-yel­low ta­bles. There are large pret­zels for snacks and plenty of pil­sner. Be­ware, the gar­den is only open April to Septem­ber (closed in win­ter), while the restau­rant is open all year.

KATERSCHMAUS (Holz­mark­t­straße 25; katerschmaus.de) Think art, mu­sic, food. “You have to visit this place, plus the piz­zas are amaz­ing,” says Ben­nett. There’s a restau­rant, four bars and three night­clubs all set by the pop­u­lar canal. In­ven­tive takes on re­cy­cled fur­ni­ture and the quirky crowd make it feel some­thing like the set of Mad Max.

CURRY 36 (Mehring­damm 36, Kreuzberg; curry36.de) This chain of sausage shops is named af­ter the post­code of Kreuzberg in an homage to its street food. “Line up and grab a pa­per plate of grilled sliced sausage smoth­ered in tomato sauce and curry pow­der,” rec­om­mends Ben­nett. “It’s sur­pris­ingly sub­tle and smooth. Plus it’s re­ally cheap and the chips are great.”

TIM RAUE (Rudi-Dutschke-Straße 26; tim-raue.com) “Tim Raue is the best restau­rant in Ber­lin right now,” says Ben­nett. Cur­rently num­ber 48 on The World’s 50 Best list, it boasts bold Asian flavours and is the spot to splash out at. Chef Raue’s stand­out dish is said to be the wasabi lan­gous­tine.

CLOCK­WISE (from left): chef Tim Raue; a ke­bab from Mustafa’s; Anne Frank Zen­trum in Mitte; a spe­cial­ity of sausage chain, Curry 36; ex­quis­ite food by Tim Raue.

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