March 9, 2019

IMPORTING THE SUPERIOR CUISINE:

This Hipster Neighborhood is a Food Paradise in Europe (PARITA SHAH, 11/13/18, National Geographic)

Berlin is no longer playing catch-up with other culinary capitals but is a destination and foodie center in its own right, due in no small part to the influence of its Turkish immigrant population.

Nearly three million people of Turkish descent live in Germany today, making it the single largest immigrant group in the country. The biggest wave arrived in West Germany in the 1960s to replenish the labor supply cut off by the newly constructed Berlin Wall. The Turks arrived looking for reasonable rents, and headed to a part of West Berlin that had been largely destroyed in World War II.

That neighborhood, Kreuzberg, became a haven for Turks and other foreigners, including those who immigrated from the Maghreb and West Africa. The current mix of immigrants and underground, antiestablishment Germans transformed the neighborhood into a true hipster's paradise today. Since it's the best place in Berlin to get a taste of Turkish cuisine, Kreuzberg should be a part of any foodie's itinerary.

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