The German capital is fascinating with its exciting mixture of innovative dash and urban chic
. In its unconventional nightspots or fine restaurants, dining gluten free in Berlin is not a problem
20 years have passed since the wall came down, and Berlin, with its decadent charm, fast pace and its “poor but sexy” image attracts night owls, culture enthusiasts and seasoned shoppers from all over the world
. The contrast between east and west is no longer what characterized the city: the new capital is imbued with cosmopolitan appeal, with the Bahnhof Zoo and Ku'damm that still echo with memories of the dear old Federal Republic, and districts like Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain that are now fashionable stages for a youthful, trendy lifestyle.
There are a great many exclusive clubs in these districts
, and locations for parties that come and go with incredible speed, but the most important events are those that return every year like the Popkomm, the Berlinale, the Carnival of Cultures or the media art festival, the Transmediale. Going shopping downtown does not mean just strolling along the traditional touristy shopping streets between Hackescher Markt and Friedrichstraße: the little boutiques on Kastanienallee, Eberswalder Straße or in the Bergmann Kiez and Kreuzberg zones are filled with the strangest, most trendy products, chic and witty at the same time. Even the huge flea markets held every Sunday at Mauerpark and Boxhagener Platz are enormously popular with Berliners and tourists alike.
The vast selection of international restaurants
at reasonable prices makes it easier to eat gluten-free away from home
. The restaurants specialised in gluten-free dishes are still relatively rare, however, but the menu offered for lunch at the delightful tavern on Krausnickstraße is really worthy of note or, for the more demanding palates, there is the award-winning restaurant Pfingstberg at Potsdam. When you visit west Berlin, it is worth dropping by one of the 5 Johann Mayer bakeries, that sell fresh gluten-free products every day. For independent tourists, the supermarket chains and groceries like Real, Edeka-Reichelt and DM offer a wide assortment of gluten-free products.