The Emerald Isle’s Gluten-Free City
When I think of Ireland, Dublin immediately springs to mind, as well as green lush countryside and of course their famous dark brew – Guinness! Although not a tipple for gluten free beer drinkers, you cannot deny it’s luring black silkiness is still a temptation!
Dublin is the capital city of Ireland and with nearly 2 million people gracing the houses and suburbs of the city; it has a natural, friendly and typically ‘Irish’ atmosphere!
A country built on the backbone of Viking settlers and dating back to the 9th century, you will be faced with awesome museums, historical buildings and some of the best pubs and restaurants in Europe.
I assumed eating gluten free in Dublin would be a challenge, having not had great experiences in traditional pub style restaurants before, I arrived expecting to live on fruit for a few days!
Pubs seemingly choose not to embrace gluten free food, usually through lack of knowledge or education! If you run a bar with a focus on alcohol, why bother to keep your food menu current – right?!
Well, thankfully I was pleasantly surprised and I managed to find lots of places to eat, drink and play in this awesomely bustling Irish city.
Although Dublin is crowded with hundreds of quirky pubs, many as traditional and atmospheric as they were when they opened hundreds of years before, unfortunately as anticipated many of them failed to offer gluten free food options.
Many of the gluten free places I found were independent restaurants who realised there was a big ‘gap’ in the dietary requirement needs of the locals and millions of tourists who visit each year.
Take the time to carry out your own research and see if you can find that traditional Irish pub who offers a gluten free option, other than salad! If you happen across one, let me know!
Never one to be beaten, I yet again took to the streets and sniffed out the best places for you to enjoy your time eating gluten free in Dublin!
Gluten-Free Breakfast on the Emerald Isle
Dublin is a great ‘walking’ city, all the major attractions are close together and you can easily stroll around the streets in the knowledge you are never too far away from somewhere delicious to eat.
Antoinette’s Bakery (permanently closed as of 30th June 2017) – CHARMING is the optimum word for this place. Bunting, pretty décor and wooden tables await you. Offering a fantastic range of baked treats, including gluten free toast and pastries. It is a bakery rather than a restaurant, so ideal if you just fancy a quick but tasty gluten free bite! Great coffee and a friendly service await.
Address: Antoinette’s Bakery, 6 Kevin Street Lower, Dublin (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday – 10 am – 4 pm
Queen of Tarts – Over 4000 positive reviews and voted 30 out of 2500 restaurants in Dublin, it is easy to see why! A fantastic and quirky place for breakfast. All the food is freshly mad and locally sourced. Opened by pastry chef sisters, their focus being on wholeheartedly making sure you eat the best food available and you are given the true Irish impeccably friendly service. Eating gluten free just got awesome.
Address: Queen of Tarts, Cows Lane, Dame Street & Cork Hill Dame Street, Dublin (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 8 am – 7 pm
Saturday – 9 am – 7 pm
Sunday – 9 am – 7 pm
With so many independent restaurants banging loudly on the gluten free door, be sure to check out the following gluten free breakfast places. Eat brunch at The Fumbally, Fumbally Lane for quirky décor and healthy gluten free food. Small, family run and 100% gluten free kitchen, Gluttony is a GEM of a place. Gluttony, Jane Cottage, Newtownpark Ave, Newtown is worth the little extra walk.
I am typically drawn to healthier places to eat, but on the odd occasion, I just want to feel comforted by a big plate of something a little naughty. Albeit a burger or fish and chips, I am not into the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ labels we give food! Everything in moderation!
Bunsen – When that burger hankering hits. The homemade delicious melt in the mouth burgers will leave you in meat heaven. Freshly made to order and served on a toasted gluten free bun that is as soft as a pillow will remind you just how good a burger can be! Simply great gluten free burgers at affordable prices too!
Address: Bunsen, 22 Essex St East, Temple Bar (City Centre)
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – 12 pm – 9.30 pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday – 12 pm – 10.30 pm
Sunday – 12 pm – 9.30 pm
The Millstone – Close to a traditional Irish pub, but with a LOVE for creating delectable and delicious food, it’s a bonus it happens to be gluten free too. Not the cheapest place, but certainly worth the extra money you will spend, they do offer early bird set menu deals. Tuck into homely, traditional Irish dishes in a comforting and warm setting.
Address: The Millstone, 39 Dame Street, Dublin (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 11.30 am – 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 11.30 am – 11.30 pm
Short on time for lunch? These gluten free lunch eateries might be able to help! SABA to go, 13 Rathgar Rd for Vietnamese food at its gluten free best. For a little style Cornucopia, 19/20 Wicklow Street delivers organic, vegetarian and gluten free food in a beautiful and relaxed setting.
Gluten-Free Dinner Dublin Style
Dancing, great food, and laughter
A visit to Dublin would not be complete without dancing along to some traditional Irish music. Finding a place with great food and music is hard enough, but when you throw gluten free into the mix your choices are greatly diminished! Fear not, I happened across a
gluten free, Irish music playing gem.
The Old Storehouse – Well known by locals and loved by tourists. A large menu with plenty of gluten free options. Food is simple, traditional and well cooked, so do not expect Michelin style plates! The live music makes the entire experience a true Irish night to remember. Staff were friendly although be prepared to not ask too many questions about gluten free food! They know what they need to know about the menu and that’s good enough! Busy, loud and great fun.
Address: The Old Storehouse Bar & Restaurant, Crown Alley, Temple Bar (City Centre)
Monday – Friday 12 pm – 11.30 pm
Friday & Saturday 12 pm – 12.30 am
Sunday – 12 pm – 11.30 pm
Viva – When the need for Tapas strikes. I love to try different foods, chefs in each city present food in their own unique styles. This Spanish restaurant offers great tapas in a very authentic setting. Bright red tablecloths and traditional food await. The gluten free choice is not extensive, but what they do serve tastes fabulous and authentic. Good wine, great food, and atmosphere will make for a good night out!
Address: Viva, 27 Richmond Street South, Portobello, Dublin
Tuesday – Friday 5 pm – 11 pm
Saturday & Sunday – 12 pm – 11 pm
For a couple of other options to wet your gluten free appetite in the land of rainbows and pots of gold. Brambles restaurant, Terenure Rd for upmarket food, most dishes can be altered to be gluten free too! For truly awesome gluten free food Douglas & Kaidi, Dundrum Town Centre is certainly worth the detour.
Dublin is known for its incredible nightlife, it’s endless bars to drink until merry and for shopping galore.
I will remember Dublin for its eateries serving diverse gluten free food, Independent restaurants serving food this good will always win my city eating vote.
Head to Dublin and dine out in gluten free independent happiness!