Eating Gluten-Free in Germany, Part 2
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Feb 8 2010

Eating Gluten-Free in Germany, Part 2

This is part two of our series on gluten-free information for Berlin, Germany.  You can view the first installment here. 

Some of the restaurants in Berlin, Germany are quite expensive, but you can also find several more affordable options.  As always, don’t forget to ask for an English version of a restaurant’s gluten-free menu and tell them that you have celiac disease and can only eat gluten-free food.  If you do, they will usually understand and help you to choose.  Also a majority of all Berlin’s restaurant employees speak English.

Here are a few more restaurants in Germany that offer gluten-free menus:

Maxwell Restaurant, found in Bergstrasse 22, Berlin  Tel:30.2807121 - They have a full and quite extensive menu in English, with a good selection of dishes, many being gluten-free, just be careful with the gravy’s and sauces, which might contain flour. The restaurant itself has a tremendous history, it started life as a brewery in  the 19th Century, so if you enjoy character, with excellent cuisine and mirrored walls, then this is a place to visit, in Summer you may eat out in the ‘al fresco’ courtyard.

Sophieneck Bar/Restaurant, located in Grosse Hamburger Strasse 37, Berlin    Tel:30.2834065  - This is another restaurant with a great history. In the early 19th Century it was a laundry, but it changed quickly to  become part of a Coaching Company, housing coaches and horses. In 1924 Getrud and Ernst Batzer arrived from West Prussia, they bought the rear part of the Sophieneck and in 1926 opened as a bakery. The centre part of the Sophieneck was an undertakers. The staff at the restaurant today will tell you that the pub is only haunted by friendly ghosts, who like good beer. The restaurant/bar served homemade German food up until the 40′s, it then was used as a warehouse.  In 1984 the bakery moved to Sophienstrasse 30, where the bakery remains today. In the summer of 1984 the German State began the re-construction of the Sophienstrasse. In 1986 the restaurant re-opened. Today, the people who run the restaurant, took over in 1994.

The Balthazar Restaurant, in Kurfurstendamm 160, Berlin, Tel:30.80408477 - Is a splendid restaurant, found in Berlin’s equivalent, to the French Paris, Champs Elysees. The restaurant, under  the guidance of the owner and Head Chef, Holger Zurfbruggen, offers a sumptious selection of International dishes,with many gluten free, served on tables, covered by starched linen tablecloths, under beautitful chandeliers, quite an experience. One of it’s claims to fame is its stupendous, 12 course menu, with guests being served from the 12 litre Balthazar Bottle, make certain to go there with a good appetite.

HITIT, Turkish Restaurant, Danceklman Strasse/Knobelsdorf Strasse, Berlin   Tel:30.3224557 - This restaurant offers a great selection of Turkish Dishes, many are gluten-free, there is a choice, from approximately 150 dishes. Inside the building the restaurant has its own waterfall.

Lutter & Wegner Restaurant, Charlottenstrasse 56,  Berlin      Tel:30.2029540  -  There is a full English version of their menu and many items can be selected which are gluten-free. This is a famous, but very pricey restaurant.  However if you try the Bistro, you will find nearly all the items from the main restaurant menu, at a fraction of the main restaurant’s prices.

In Berlin there are hundreds more restaurants to try, too many for us to mention, just ask your Concierge at your hotel, and remember to mention, you only eat gluten-free dishes, good luck.

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Worked on computers for 35 years, then decided to quit the rat race so we all moved to Spain, to the Costa Del Sol for 20 years. Developed skin problems so returned to the UK in 2005, where my wife was diagnosed as suffering from the Celiac (UK Coeliac) disease. Found little local support, so created The Crawley Gluten Free Group, now with over 100 members and a free web site, now opened by 128 different countries.

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Comments

  1. Maria says:

    Me ha oarecido estupenda esta página para las personas que somos celiacos. Yo tengo que viajar a Berlin el mes siguiente y me ha sido de mucha utilitdad esta información.
    grácias

  2. Many places in Berlin offer gluten free food. For a list of hotels that can serve gluten free food in Berlin, please visit http://www.glutenfreehotelsguide.com/city.php?id=18.
    The site(http://www.glutenfreehotelsguide.com) lists hotels all over the world which are able to provide gluten-free food.

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