Vegetarian East Berlin food and gluten-free pizza: a weekend in Berlin

So, it’s been a few weeks since I posted— a job search, a weekend in Berlin and a trip to Croatia are to blame. Luckily, now I have a ton of new photos to post— and more suggestions for fellow vegetarians traveling in central Europe!

Gluten-free pizza at Cielo Di Berlino.

Gluten-free pizza at Cielo Di Berlino.

First, I’ve had some of the best gluten-free pizza in Europe so far in Berlin. (Vienna is tied.) If you’re gluten-free and traveling to Berlin, this is the best blog ever: Gluten Frei Berlin. It’s full of honest restaurant reviews and plenty of links and suggestions. Which is how I found Cielo Di Berlino. The crust is a homemade buckwheat crust, lovely flavor and consistency, just a wonderful thin crust. (Also: this pizza totally passes the cold-pizza test. I bought a second pizza, and it made a wonderful breakfast.)

 

Gluten-free beer at Cielo Di Berlino.

Gluten-free beer at Cielo Di Berlino.

Bonus: gluten-free beer.

 

Vegetarian meal at the DDR museum restaurant.

Vegetarian meal at the DDR museum restaurant.

Second thing I recommend: the DDR museum. It’s a wonderful, hands-on museum— and it’s easy to lose yourself in exhibits. In addition, there’s a connected restaurant with a nice vegetarian section. It’s a well-put together and translated menu, with little stories about some of the dishes.

The menu at the DDR restaurant.

The menu at the DDR restaurant.

I am not sure how often East Berliners actually ate vegetarian, but it was a great touch to see. However, my dining companion remarked that the crackers with the appitzer were really true to the original— as in, “tasteless.” The downside of “authenticity!” (Also, this museum is easily the most fun of all the communism museums I’ve been to.)

Yes, Berlin, you are.

Yes, Berlin, you are.

Since I was traveling with someone, I went to more ethnic restaurants— Thai, Arabic, Indian— for meals. And Berlin was all the things I like about traveling in German-speaking countries— and as a bonus, I was there the day that Germany beat Portugal in the world cup. It was like an unofficial, all-day festival: folks wearing the German flag as a cape, leis with the flag’s colors, and singing in the street and on subways.

(Also: I need to go back to Ohlàlà V Tartes Shop, which does a vegan, gluten-free brunch once a month.)

The vegetarian bake from  the DDR museum.

The vegetarian bake from the DDR museum.

 

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