Gluten tag from Berlin!*
Before I got diagnosed with coeliac disease I booked a trip to Germany, a country famous for it’s beer, currywurst and pretzels. Not ideal for the gluten free amongst us.
To avoid any unnecessary pain, I did a lot of research ahead of my holiday and found some coeliac friendly gems, so I hope this is helpful if you are planning on visiting Berlin any time soon.
Specialising in freshly made buckwheat pizzas, this restaurant was a great find, not only was my pizza delicious, the staff were incredibly friendly.
I ordered a buckwheat ‘sophia’ pizza, consisting of olives, pepperoni, garlic and mozzarella, all washed down with a Lammsbräu Glutenfrei beer.
It’s important to note that in Germany ‘pepperoni’ is not pepperoni as we know it, it’s actually pepper, which I didn’t realise until my food arrived! Not to worry though, I like peppers and these ones were fresh, crunchy and had a nice mild heat to them.
When the chef here found out I was coeliac, he gave me a list of Berlin restaurants that have gluten free options, which saved us on our second night. Big thank you to the staff at Cielo for being so amazingly helpful.
Just around the corner from where we were staying, this cool coffee shop has a great hangover curing, healthy brunch menu, with gluten free bread available on request.
I went for the ‘build your own breakfast’ option, which comes with 2 eggs (poached or scrambled) on toast and then you choose your extras. Here’s a bad photo of my creation:
The food here is lovely and very reasonably priced considering the portion sizes, plus I’ve never had a more perfectly poached egg! They also have an extensive choice of coffee but no English breakfast tea, only black, white, green or peppermint. I had a white tea after the waitress recommended it and it was incredible! I’m now trying to find out where I can get some in London.
This excellent restaurant was recommended by our friend at Cielo as ‘one of the best meals I’ve ever had’ and he was right.
The restaurant itself was beautiful, at the back of a courtyard, it is set around a well stocked bar with a cosy candlelit atmosphere. Unfortunately the camera on my phone just isn’t good enough but there are some great photos on this I Heart Berlin post.
The staff were friendly and knowlegable about the food, wine and cocktails and when asked, provided me with an allergy detailed menu.
Between the three of us we shared two starters, duck sausage and calamari. The sausages were small but tasty and although the calamari came with fennel, it wasn’t overpowering like it can sometimes be.
I had the Secreto Ibérico with beetroot, grilled pear, pointed cabbage and potato gratin as my main. Although my friends were disappointed with their choice (the Duroc pork), mine was excellent. It was great to have a completely gluten free meal of such high quality which delivered on both flavour and portion size.
Apologies for the lack of photos but take my word for it, the food was delicious and as a holiday treat, well worth the expense.
- Transit – thai restaurant with two Berlin locations
- Spreegold – brunch, lunch, dinner, coffee and paleo pancakes
- Allan’s Breakfast Club & Wine Bar
- Gingi Sushi
It’s always worth checking opening hours, we found that many restaurants were closed during the week or only open in the evenings.
Gluten free options certainly aren’t mainstream in Berlin but there are a few decent places you can go to have a good meal, however, planning is key. Berlin is massive and coeliac friendly eateries are spread out. I found myself having to make do with cheese platters and jacket potatoes when trying to get lunch on the fly, which isn’t very exciting or healthy but sometimes very funny.
*pun courtesy of my friend Louise