Glutenfrei Berlinale 2012 – Part 2 – Friedrichstrasse

As in Part 1, this is a list of places you can go to around the Friedrichstadt-Palast, although it should not be treated as a list of ‘places to eat gluten free’, but more as a guide of what is available.  I have not eaten in most of the restaurants and cannot guarantee that they have gluten free food.

The Safest Option – Make it Yourself

Probably the best option all round here, as the choice is a fair bit better than at Potsdamer Platz.  There is a Vitalia inside the Friedrich Strasse S-Bahn train station on the ground floor tunnel entrance, on your right if walking down from the palast.

They have one of the best selections of gluten free items in the city, at the back on the right is an entire wall full of goodness.

Plus, if you have access to a kitchen and want to cook, they have a good gluten free frozen selection.

Next to the entrance on the right is a mini BioBackHaus, a bakery chain here, and they have recently started offering freshly baked gluten free bread.  I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but they informed me it should be available from Thursday through to Monday, depending on stock.

Vitalia Website
Vitalia Googlemaps – ignore the misplaced googlemaps location for Vitalia.

There is also a DM just outside the station, a few doors down from the Block House.

Their selection is pretty much identical to the one at Potsdamer Platz.

There are two mini markets available nearby for sandwich fillings, the better of the two being a little further down Friedrichstrasse, more or less opposite the palast, called Bio Company.

Bio Company Website
Bio Company Googlemaps

The other, Edeka City Markt, being a little further inside the Friedrichstrasse S-Bahn station past the Vitalia.


There are a few places between the S-Bahn station and the Friedrichstadt Palast, but most are just restaurants for hotels and tend to be on the expensive/terrible side from what I’ve seen.  Personally, I’d avoid eating on this street and instead get the underground U6 line south 2 or 3 stops to Stadtmitte and visit Cha Cha, it shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to get there.  But, if you want to stay, here are a couple of options.

Best Option – Block House

A fairly standard chain steak restaurant, but they do have a fairly detailed allergy sheet on their website.  It’s only available in German and on the German version of the site here, basically page 3 lists all the gluten free items and page 4 all the lactose free items.  The staff should have a working knowledge of those of use gluten afflicted and therefore should be able to help.


Desperation Option – Bombay

If you’re used to good Indian food, don’t go here (or to most any Indian restaurant in Berlin, they’re all terrible compared to the UK).  But, as with all Indian restaurants, there is a pretty good selection of food if you avoid some of the starters and the breads.


Oranienburger Strasse

There are plenty of restaurants down this street as it is one of the main tourist destinations, most located on the left side of the road as you turn in from Friedrichstrasse.  Here are my two recommendations, but if you want to check out some other places I’d go for a walk down Oranienburger Strasse as far as Tucholskystrasse, turn left and then back round to the left via Auguststrasse.

Best Option – Gambrinus

The place looks pretty tacky from the outside, then combine this with the gambling machines when you walk in and you’d think this place is terrible.  To be honest, in all aspects apart from the food, it is, the service is stereotypical German ‘bad’.  When I’ve been there they haven’t had a clue about Gluten (although I may of just had a bad waitress), but assured me that the sausages only had meat in them.  So not the safest option and you will have to rely on your own wits to pick out what is gluten free on the menu (there is an English menu on their website).  But, it is my personal favourite for German food in the city and the food itself is pretty damn good (if you’re adventurous, try the eisbein)

It’s located just off the main Oranienburger Strasse, next to the corner with Friedrichstrasse.


Desperation but Good Food Option

A couple of doors down from Gambrinus is (supposedly) one of the better Falafel places in Berlin.  I’ve been once and they assured me that the falafel didn’t have any wheat in it (as it shouldn’t), but on this visit to check, the guy didn’t understand what Gluten is.  So, again, the falafel with salad should be gluten free (minus the bread of course), but I have no definite confirmation for this.



Sunday and Late Night

If you’re looking for a few snacks (crisps/chips without gluten, some fruit and chocolate, but not much else) and drinks late at night it’s worth visiting Fresh n Friends.

As the sign says, they’re open 24/7 and they’re of a higher quality than you’ll find in any spätkauf (the German equivalent of a corner shop).  They’re located opposite Oranienburger Strasse on Friedrichstrasse.


6 thoughts on “Glutenfrei Berlinale 2012 – Part 2 – Friedrichstrasse

  1. i’m an italian girl with coeliac disease and i’m moving to berlin the 1st of march. your blog is so helpful, thank you so much.
    i’m a little worried about my future healthy diet ’cause i won’t understand deutsch ingredients 😦
    now i have my mother who as a strong passion for food and especially bread-making: she’s a genius! she has her own mother yeast and bakes twice a week an amazing sourdough bread (not for me).
    now she has done a gluten free mother yeast, for me, to bring to berlin 🙂 hope to have the time to keep it alive and baking.
    what worries me most is that i would like to find healthy products, not only gluten free: i don’t eat food with “extra ingredients” which are no natural or preservatives or food colorings.
    what’s more, in italy people with coeliac disease can have for free about 100€ of food (by pharmacist’s shops for example) because the prices are very very high: 1 kg of classic italian pasta costs about 1 € vs. 250 gr. of gluten free pasta which costs about 4 € …this is absurd.
    in berlin, is the difference of prices so high, between normal food and gluten free food?
    i’m a young penniless girl 😉
    thanks a lot, i’m following you

    1. Hi, sorry for the late reply to your comment. From what I’ve heard of Italy you’ll find it a lot more difficult to find gluten free food here in Germany, but, thankfully, it’s not impossible! There are plenty of organic supermarkets around (biomarkts) which are usually more expensive than their normal counterparts, so prices here are higher for gluten free food but not by such a degree, the gluten free pasta that I usually get is around €2.60 for 250g I think (review). I generally eat naturally gluten free food for the most part and just splurge occasionally on gluten free treats 🙂 The ingredients took me a little time to work out and I spent quite a while walking around with a German English dictionary, but it soon sinks in, they’re not too complicated once you get used to them.

      Good luck! Hope the sourdough bread baking is fun, I still have around 15 different flour types from my experimentation days 🙂

  2. Hi, I have a gluten intolerance and just moved to Berlin a few days ago. I’m living in Kreuzberg though – do you have any suggestions for gluten free restaurants or gluten free food shopping options around here? I’m on Oranienstraße. Thanks for the help!

  3. I just called BioBackhaus: they don’t have gluten-free products anymore at all. A while ago they used to offer something gluten-free from another baker, but I was told it didn’t work out profit-wise.

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