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.Website Googlemaps
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.Website Googlemaps
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.Website Googlemaps
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.Website Googlemaps
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.Website Googlemaps