Gluten Free Madrid
Eating gluten free in Madrid definitely doesn’t mean you have to miss out on trying the world-famous Spanish cuisine. You can still indulge in typical Mediterranean dishes like tapas and paella without the risk of consuming any gluten. Click To Tweet

 

Madrid’s association for Coeliacs and gluten sensitive people boasts a list brimming with more than 50 fantastic restaurants. Each of these establishments has been individually tested and certified as gluten free and safe for coeliacs, giving you plenty to choose from. Here are just 5 incredible gluten free restaurants in Madrid we recommend for delicious eats.

Top 5 gluten free restaurants in Madrid

Celicioso

Address: Calle Hortaleza, 3

A fun play on the words “celiac” (coeliac) and “delicioso” (delicious), this bakery is famous throughout the city for its wonderful baked goods made without even the slightest hint of gluten. From indulgent peanut butter cupcakes and creamy cheesecakes to wonderfully chewy cookies and savoury sandwich breads, Celicioso has everything you need to satisfy any type of craving. The best part is this bakery is 100% gluten free, so you can order anything you like!

El Nerú

Address: Calle Boradores, 5

Drinking beer with friends is a huge part of Spanish culture, but it’s not easy for people with a gluten-intolerance to join in. Until now! El Nerú is a cider house in the centre of the city which offers a fantastic choice of locally-brewed gluten-free ciders, plus a couple of gluten-free beers. They’ve also got an incredible tapas menu with a handful of gluten-free options, such as Asturian pork and beans, as well as hake fish served in a cider-prawn sauce.

La Concha

Address: Cava Baja, 7

Another fantastic option for tapas when you’re gluten free in Madrid, La Concha is a small tavern nestled in amongst the many bars in the La Latino area that offers a full gluten-free menu. The dishes closely mimic those on the standard tapas menu, with delicious options such as smoked cod, homemade meatballs in tomato sauce and mini squids cooked in their own ink. The gluten-free items are even the same price as the standard items – something you rarely see!

El Arrozal

Address: Calle Segovia, 13

Most locals agree that you get the best gluten-free paella from El Arrozal. And we’re not going to argue! This restaurant specialises in rice dishes and has a separate gluten-free kitchen where they make all their coeliac-friendly dishes, from paella and grilled meat to salads and desserts. There’s a huge variety of paellas to choose from (16 the last time we counted!) most of which are available in single-serving portions, making them perfect if your dining partner fancies something else.

Lambuzo

Address: Calle de Las Conchas, 9

Lambuzo is a small, family-run restaurant that serves up a delectable selection of Andalusian specialities. Although they don’t advertise a gluten free menu, the staff at Lambuzo cater exceptionally well for anyone avoiding gluten. Simply let your waiter know and they’ll return with all kinds of tempting gluten-free options that will be freshly prepared especially for you.

Eating gluten free in Madrid definitely doesn’t mean you have to miss out on trying the world-famous Spanish cuisine. You can still indulge in typical Mediterranean dishes like tapas and paella without the risk of consuming any gluten.

Gluten Free Tenerife Spain
Although you’ll struggle to find any completely gluten-free Tenerife restaurants that cater entirely to Coeliacs, there are plenty of restaurants that serve a decent selection of gluten-free options. Click To Tweet

Tenerife is a tiny volcanic island off the northwestern coast of Africa which, along with Gran Canaria and five other small islands, makes up the Canary Islands. Home to year-round gorgeous weather and a wonderful landscape brimming with everything from natural beaches and hiking trails to purpose-built resorts and award-winning water parks, this island is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, visited by millions of tourists from around the world each year.

One of the best parts about being on holiday in gluten free Tenerife is eating out and trying the local food. And although you’ll struggle to find any completely gluten-free Tenerife restaurants that cater entirely to Coeliacs, there are plenty of restaurants that serve a decent selection of gluten-free options.

To help you get started, here are some of my favourite gluten-free Tenerife restaurants which serve up delicious eats:

Best Gluten-Free Tenerife Restaurant for Breakfast

Olive Garden Deli

Address: Floor 1, Avenida San Francisco, 6, Los Cristianos

Whatever you do, make sure you visit Olive Garden Deli on an empty stomach because you’ll need it! This homely café serves some of the most amazing breakfasts in Tenerife, including a host of gluten-free options. From light and fluffy American-style waffles drizzled with maple syrup to homemade gluten-free toast sliced into huge wedges and slathered with butter, the portions are so generous here you’ll end up taking half of your meal back to your room for later!

Best Gluten-Free Tenerife Restaurant for Lunch

Milano Eis Café

Address: Urbanizacion Playa Fañabe, 9, Costa Adeje

One of the best places on the island if you’re a fan of Italian food, Milano Eis Café offers a full gluten-free menu brimming with pizzas and kinds of pasta, which contain absolutely no gluten at all. Better yet, there’s even a couple of gluten-free beers to choose from to wash down your lunch. If you’re not in the mood for Italian, there are plenty of Canarian grilled fish and meat dishes which can be made gluten-free, too.

Best Gluten-Free Tenerife Restaurant for an Afternoon Snack

Harriet’s Tea Room and Restaurant

Address: Local 56 Central Commercial, Playa Fanabe, Costa Adeje

This typical British tea room is a wonderful place to visit for a comforting taste of home. From rich fruit cakes loaded with sultanas and decadent brownies drizzled with chocolate sauce to sandwich cakes piled high with fresh cream and crumbly almond slices with buttery flaked nuts, Harriet’s Tea Room and Restaurant offers a huge selection of gluten-free baked goods. If you’re in the mood for something a little more hearty, they also serve sandwiches, burgers, jacket potatoes and salads.

Best Gluten-Free Tenerife Restaurant for Dinner

Union Café Bar

Address: Avenida Juan Carlos I, 33, Arona

Offering up the perfect blend of gluten-free dishes and healthy eats, Union Café Bar is the place to go when you want to indulge without piling on the pounds. They’ve got a huge gluten-free menu which includes gourmet vegan burgers, freshly prepared salads, sweet potato chips and loads more nutritious, gluten-free twists on traditional fast food. If you visit in the morning, you’ll also find a plethora of healthy breakfast options, plus smoothies and exotic fruit juices.

If Tenerife is on your travel bucket list and you’re worried you’ll end up going hungry, don’t be! The food scene might be a little behind the times when it comes to restaurants offering exclusively gluten-free food, but you’ll still find plenty of choices when dining out, no matter where you go. And if all else fails, you can always put on a polite smile and ask the chef if they’ll make you something special.

Gluten Free Gran Canaria
Tourism is the main industry of Gran Canaria with lots of resorts, hotels, restaurants and activities to do all around the island. Click To Tweet

The volcanic island of Gran Canaria makes up one of the seven Spanish Canary islands. It’s located in the Atlantic Ocean, around 210km off the coast of Africa. Due to the island’s location it experiences year round sunshine and has it’s very own microclimate. Tourism is the main industry of Gran Canaria with lots of resorts, hotels, restaurants and activities to do all around the island.

Question is, for a coeliac traveller, what are the gluten free food options like over there?

On first glance, when strolling through a resort and scanning the menus outside each restaurant, it doesn’t seem like there is a great deal of choice on offer. However, if you speak to the waiting staff, most of who speak very good English, they are usually more than obliging to help you pick something gluten-free off the menu or tell you how a meal can be adapted. In terms of gluten free meals actually being highlighted on restaurant menus, I found this was quite rare in Gran Canaria but there were a few restaurants that did this.

Having travelled around a lot of the island and after visiting many of the towns and resorts,

I have picked my top 3 gluten free friendly restaurants in Gran Canaria:

Mana 264

Avenida Estados Unidos 54 Local, 131-18, 35100 Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain

This was a funky, dimly lit restaurant that served spanish cuisine, including tapas style food. They, unlike a lot of restaurants in Gran Canaria, actually marked on their menu card what was gluten free and what food was not, which was great for a coeliac. A few of the tapas choices were gluten free and others were able to be adapted.

Basils

108 Local, 35138 Puerto de MoganMogan, Gran Canaria, Spain (permanently closed)

A cosy, small restaurant on the edge of the harbour, with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. This restaurant served mediterranean style meals, from pizza to paella. Once I had explained to the waiting staff about my gluten allergy they brought out a menu card which described the ingredients of each dish and if there were any allergens, they also explained how dishes could be amended to be gluten free. Fish dishes are really great here and even better when washed down with a nice glass of sangria and looking out to sea, heaven!

 

Ristorante Pizzeria Piccola Italia

C.C. San Agustin 2a Planta Loc. 156 | Calle Las Dalia, Gran Canaria, Spain

Quite a large restaurant located in San Augustin, Maspalomas. This place was really worth seeking out as they served both gluten free pizza and gluten free pasta, the only place I came across in Gran Canaria that did, so lots of choice for the coeliac visitor! The waiting staff appeared to be very knowledgeable regarding allergies. I recommend the gluten free pizza margherita, the base was really good and the creamy mozzarella and tomato topping was delicious, they did not skimp on the cheese here!

As Gran Canaria is a Spanish island, tapas is a very popular menu choice there and a lot of them are actually gluten free. Listed below are a few of the most popular dishes that are also naturally gluten free (always confirm with restaurant):

  • Patatas Bravas: Potatoes cooked in a tomato sauce.
  • Pimientos de Padron: Cooked small, green peppers seasoned with salt.
  • Gambas al Ajillo: King prawns fried in a garlic and chilli oil.
  • Serrano Ham: A cured spanish ham, cut into wafer thin slices.
  • Tortilla da Patatas: A spanish omelette, usually made with egg, onions and potato.
  • Olives
  • Manchego Cheese.
Sin Gluten! Eat Your Way Around Gluten Free Spain
The Biocasa health food shop in the old town central district is huge and offers a great range of gluten free foods. Click To Tweet

Living with a food allergy or intolerance can be a challenge even in our own country. I remember the hours spent searching supermarket aisles, reading ingredients labels, trying different brands to finally find a range of foods that not only taste delicious but more importantly food I felt I could trust.

For me going on holiday or traveling, meant packing as much gluten free food as I could. Oats, bread, pasta, and snacks would all be stuffed into my suitcase. I did not want to risk living on a diet of fruit, vegetables, and rice or even worse – getting sick!

On many occasion I would be asking ‘Do I pack the cute orange shoes or that extra pack of gluten free oats’?! Tough decision and yes we have all been there!

I did not know what to expect from Spain, a Mediterranean diet with bread (and red wine) at the heart of every meal. I assumed gluten free would not be easily available and I would be sat watching everyone else tucking into their morning tostadas!

Upon arriving in the beautiful city of Malaga, the choices of places to eat was pretty impressive. Most restaurants offer a gluten free bread option, as well as gluten free tapas.

If like me, you like to prepare your own food Malaga has one of the best health food shops I have been in for a long time. The Biocasa health food shop in the old town central district is huge and offers a great range of gluten free foods. You will spend way to much time looking through all of their quirky and beautifully packaged food.

Move further down the coast to Vera Playa, Garrucha and Mojacar and you are welcomed into rural Spain.

Has gluten free made it’s way to the smaller and more traditionally ‘Spanish’ towns?

Thankfully the answer to this is YES!

Spanish supermarkets such as Consum and Mercadona have aisles dedicated to gluten free food and you will be able to buy pasta, bread, pastries, soups and many more food items you would ordinarily buy at home.

spanish gluten free logoMost food in general in the supermarket will also be labeled with a gluten free logo too – for example nearly all of the crisps have a logo detailing if they are gluten free, as well as other food products.

I was really surprised at how much easier it is to actually shop in Spanish supermarkets because of the clear markings.gluten free chickpea flour

The Spanish LOVE to cook with different flours, so chickpea flour and rice flour are super cheap and easy to find. I was able to make some delicious chickpea pastry!

Search around as many gluten free products are also neatly nestled in with other food.

The towns of Vera and Garrucha both have amazing health food shops, small but perfectly formed and offering other gluten free food options.

gluten free muesliHerbolario in Garrucha stocks many well-recognised brands as well as quirkier food brands too. I found this delicious gluten free ‘low sugar’ muesli in Herbolario in Garrucha.

Eating out ‘gluten free’ in Garrucha and Vera is relatively easy, menus offer lots of fresh fish and deliciously cooked tapas. When it comes to gluten free bread, Spain can offer you several varieties, which can be found not only in supermarkets but also in restaurants and coffee shops.

If you do not speak Spanish, communicating will obviously be a challenge, but as long as you can say ‘Sin Gluten’ most servers will understand what you mean.

We have recommended a couple of places, you can feel safe in the knowledge you can eat, get merry and be happy!

Eating Gluten free in Garrucha

  1. La Cantina De Flor Paseo del Malecon, 80, 04630 Garrucha, Almería – Coffee Shop with great tapas and breakfast
  2. Alcala Calle Mayor, 150, 04630 Garrucha, Almería – Coffee Shop by day and tapas bar by night. Lovely terrace in the old town
  3. Gnomo Feliz Ctra. Vera – Garrucha, Desvío Puerto Rey, 04620, Almería – Delicious restaurant with great views and traditional Spanish food

Eating Gluten free in Vera

  1. Pepe’s bar and grill Plaza del Hospital, 6, 04620 Vera, Almería – Lovely restaurant offering main meals and tapas
  2. Juan Moreno Ctra. de Ronda, 3, 04620 Vera, Almería – Traditional restaurant offering home cooked delicious food

 

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Beautiful Gluten Free Barcelona Spain
Like any city and depending on how much time you plan on staying, Barcelona is home to some beautiful markets. Markets where you can pick up fresh fruit, veg, cheese and other traditional delicacies. Click To Tweet

Traveling in Spain has certainly opened up my eyes to just how ‘common’ gluten free diets have become – thankfully for us, this is a good thing!

Southern Spain has impressed me; with small towns home to many small but awesome cafes and restaurants offering gluten free menu options. For a country with a HUGE reliance on wheat for many of their meals, it was certainly a welcome surprise.

Yay, I could eat the same food as everyone else!

I always hoped a city like Barcelona would live up to its reputation of offering diverse and amazing cuisine, and even more so for those with Coeliac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Like any city and depending on how much time you plan on staying, Barcelona is home to some beautiful markets. Markets where you can pick up fresh fruit, veg, cheese and other traditional delicacies.

For me, having the option to buy and cook my own food is a ‘backup’ plan I like to know I can fall back on. I have walked away from restaurants with the rumble of hunger in my stomach way too often, you soon become a pro at planning when you have a dietary requirement like gluten intolerance.

Get ready to feast your eyes on our top picks of places you can eat gluten free in the beautiful and romantic city of Barcelona.

Buenos Dias or good morning, let’s start with gluten free breakfast of champions in Barcelona.

There are a host of bakeries you can pick up a snack time breakfast treat (see below bakeries), but if you want to sit down and enjoy your breakfast in polite surroundings then look no further!

  1. Brunch & Cake Carrer d’Enric Granados, 19, 08007
    Such a cute name for a lovely little breakfast place. Offering an impressive range and well thought out creative menu. Gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian are all well catered for.  It does get busy, so be prepared to queue or arrive at 9am!
  2. Menssana Carrer Sardenya 48, 08005
    Reminiscent of a breakfast space you would find in California, the laid back feel of Menssana immediately puts you at ease. An interesting and varied menu offering delicious, fresh gluten free food. Staff are also very helpful and knowledgeable!

Gluten Free Lunch and Dinner

There is never enough time to eat in all the places you want, so the below are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to lunch and dinner options in bountiful Barcelona.

  1. Flax & Kale allers 74B, 08001
    As someone with a dietary requirement, when you see the word Kale in the name of a restaurant, you know there will be something you can eat. This lovely restaurant serves fresh food in a calm atmosphere. The service could have been better, but the food menu and taste certainly made up for it. Vegetarians and vegans are also catered for too. A lovely relaxed place for a spot of lunch.
  2. L’Antic Bocoi del Gotic Baixada de Viladecols, 3, 08002
    Certainly, a mouthful to pronounce, but definitely worth a visit. A lovely, cozy restaurant offering traditional Spanish food. Impressive gluten free menu and impeccable service make for a very special dinner.

Sugar and spice and all things nice (and gluten free of course)!

  1. Jansana Gluten Free Bakery C/Balmes 106, 08008
    Donuts, cakes, muffins and other lovely little fancies are waiting to be devoured. A very swish, modern and ultra cool bakery where you can sit in or take away. A true gluten free gem.
  2. Pasticelia Carrer de París, 165, 08036
    Our next sweet option is the traditional Pasticelia. A very cute traditional bakery offering a lovely range of gluten free treats. Choose one of their small and delicate Spanish fancies and sit on one of the many benches outside and watch the world go by. Great atmosphere, with friendly service.

Eating gluten free in Barcelona is easy and with so many options available, you really will be spoilt for choice. Let’s face it, choice makes a refreshing change for people with dietary requirements.