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If you’re on the hunt for a gluten free treat we’ve got great news for you. These days, no matter where you are in the world, you’ll likely be able to find a delicious gluten free dish to satisfy any craving. The best places to look when you go off in search of the best quality gluten free food include restaurants, coffee shops, cafes, supermarkets and of course specialist shops. Follow our tips and you can’t go wrong!

Restaurants

Knowledge about gluten free diets is on the up, as many more people decide to avoid gluten for health reasons. This is great news for anyone who must avoid gluten, because it means that many more restaurants are catering to gluten free people. The key to finding a great gluten free restaurant is all in the communication. Make sure the restaurant team know about gluten free diets and are trained in how to avoid cross-contamination. Make sure your server knows about your dietary restrictions. And make sure you ask if they’ve got a gluten free menu! You might be surprised at how many restaurants do.

Coffee Shops and Cafes

Chain coffee shops such as Starbucks, Costa and Caffe Nero all offer gluten free options as standard now. You don’t need to worry about cross contamination either, because the gluten free food at these establishments is always pre-wrapped and prepared off-site. Look out for gluten free cakes, brownies, sandwiches and lots more.

Supermarkets

With the rise and rise of gluten free diets, supermarkets across the world have begun to cater for those avoiding gluten. Nowadays, if you head to any big supermarket, you’ll often find a ‘free from’ aisle, where there’ll be a fine selection of gluten free options, alongside food for other allergy sufferers such as those who must avoid nuts or dairy. The free from aisle is where you’ll find basics like gluten free bread and pasta, as well as more enticing treats like gluten free cakes, biscuits and other snacks.

Specialist Shops

If you head to a specialist shop such as Whole Foods you’re likely to discover a very tempting range of gluten free treats indeed. Shops like these are known for catering for those with special diets, so whether you’re a coeliac or you’re gluten intolerant you’ll be in heaven when you find their gluten free section. We adore the Whole Foods gluten free cupcakes – who says you need to miss out when you skip the gluten?!

Travelling

Many people don’t realise that if you’re travelling by plane, you can also find gluten free meals. If you’re off on your travels soon, make sure you let your airline know at booking that you must follow a gluten free diet. Almost all airlines will be delighted to serve you a gluten free meal and gluten free snacks throughout your flight, so you won’t need to worry about bringing along your own food. The same applies to long-haul train journeys, so do investigate the options whenever you book a ticket.

Gluten free food options have gone from strength to strength in recent years, and now the choices are limitless! It’s just a case of finding them. Make sure you check out the gluten free options in the supermarkets in your area, and if you’re off travelling just follow our tips and you’ll be able to find something to suit you, no matter where you are in the world. There’s no need to miss out on anything just because you’re gluten free!

 

The most important thing you can do when eating out on a gluten free diet is to ensure that the restaurant is fully aware of what you can and cannot eat. Click To Tweet

A gluten free diet can often make eating out more of a challenge. Whilst many restaurants are proud to cater for those who need to avoid gluten, there is always an element of risk involved. To ensure you don’t get accidentally glutened when you’re eating out at a restaurant, make sure you follow our five top tips.

Awareness is Key

The most important thing you can do when eating out on a gluten free diet is to ensure that the restaurant is fully aware of what you can and cannot eat. Take the time to speak to the manager when you make your booking, and then mention that you’re gluten free again as soon as you arrive. That way, the kitchen should be in doubt as to the importance of providing a gluten free meal for you.

Ask About Gluten Free Menus

A restaurant with a gluten free menu is always music to our ears! Not only does the provision of a gluten free menu mean you’ll have plenty to choose from when you head to the restaurant, it also means that the restaurant’s team will likely have been trained in coeliac disease and gluten intolerances, amongst other dietary requirements, so will fully understand the importance of keeping your meal gluten free.

Look For Coeliac UK Accreditation

Restaurants which are doing a great job of providing gluten free options for those with dietary requirements can apply for accreditation with Coeliac UK, a top charity designed to help those diagnosed with Coeliac disease. Look out for the charity’s logo in restaurant windows or on menus. If it’s there, you’ll be guaranteed a great gluten free dining experience.

Use a Gluten Free App

There are a number of fantastic apps out there which can help you seek out the top gluten free restaurants in your area. Download a gluten free restaurant finder and you’ll be in no doubt as to whether the restaurant can cater for your dietary requirements. Make doubly sure that you won’t get accidentally glutened by reminding your server of your needs as you place your order.

Prepare a Gluten Free Information Card

Eating out when you’re gluten free is tricky enough as it is, but when you bring a language barrier into the equation it can become a whole lot more difficult! If you’re travelling abroad somewhere where you’re not confident speaking the local language, you can prepare an information card in the local lingo, and present it to waiters wherever you dine. This is a great way to ensure you’re well catered for and nothing is lost in translation!

 

Eating out when you’re on a gluten free diet can be a little difficult, but it’s just a matter of communication. Make sure that the restaurant is fully aware of your requirements and never dine anywhere if you’re not confident that your instructions have been understood. If you follow our five tips you can relax in the knowledge that your meal

Australian Chain Restaurants Offering Gluten Free Options
Australia is ahead of the curve when it comes to catering for gluten intolerant and coeliac diners. Most Australian restaurants have at least 1 dish which is gluten free or have dedicated gluten free menus. Click To Tweet

Australia is ahead of the curve when it comes to catering for gluten intolerant and coeliac diners. Most Australian restaurants have at least 1 dish which is gluten free and many  have multiple gluten free dishes or dedicated gluten free menus.

Here is our list of recommended Australian chain restaurants offering gluten free options:

  1. Grill’d, healthy burger chain offering two different gluten free burger bun options
  2. Guzman Y Gomez, Mexican food made to order, lots of gluten free options
  3. The Burrito Bar, Mexican restaurant with lots of gluten free options
  4. Sake, Japanese contemporary restaurant with gluten free soy sauce available on request
  5. Bavarian Bier Cafe, Bavarian food and bier restaurant/bar with some gluten free menu options
  6. Zambrero, Mexican restaurant franchise with some gluten free options
  7. The Coffee Club, all-day breakfast and cafe menus with low gluten options
  8. Mad Mex, authentic Mexican grill, over 50% of their menu is available gluten free
  9. Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar, gourmet pizza delivery chain with gluten free bases
  10. Domino’s, pizza delivery chain with gluten free pizza bases
  11. Nando’s, Portuguese PERi PERi chicken restaurant chain with gluten free options
  12. Pizza Hut, delivery chain offering gluten free pizza bases
  13. Doughnut Time, on Fridays they offer gluten free doughnuts
  14. I Heart Brownies, Brisbane gluten free brownie bakery with 2 locations in Brisbane
  15. Burger Urge, provide gluten free buns but are not suitable for Coeliacs
  16. Taco Bills,
  17. Sumo Salad,
  18. Muffin Break,
  19. Hungry Jacks, gluten free breakfast menu, salads, sides and desserts all over Australia

We try our best to keep our listings and information up-to-date but please always check with the restaurant and make them aware of your allergies to be extra sure.

Which airlines provide gluten intolerant meals?
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View the table below to see which Airlines provide gluten free/gluten intolerant meals. Great care has been taken to compile this information, however please always check with your airline and flight schedule as inflight meal provisions can change at anytime and vary depending on flight schedules and classes.

Gluten Intolerant Airline Meals

Airline

Gluten Free Meal

Comments

Aegean Airlines
Aer Lingus
Aeroflot
Aerolineas Argentinas

Yes

Not available on all flights
Aeromexico
Air Calin

Yes

Air Canada

Yes

Air China

Yes

Air Europa
Air France

Yes

Air India

Yes

Offers online preordering
Air India Express
Air Malta

Yes

Air Mauritius

Yes

Air Nauru

Yes

Air New Zealand

Yes

Air Niugini

Yes

Air Pacific

Yes

Air Serbia
Air Tahiti Nui

Yes

Air Transat
Air Vanuatu

Yes

AirAsia

No

May contain gluten’ warning on website menu
AirAsia X
Air Austral

Yes

airberlin
Alaska Airlines
Alitalia

Yes

Allegiant
American Airlines

Yes

ANA
Asiana Airlines

Yes

Only available on certain legs
AtlasGlobal
Austrian Air

Yes

Avianca
Azul
B
Bangkok Airways
British Airways

Yes

Brussels Airlines
C
Cathay Pacific

Yes

CEBU Pacific Air
China Airlines

No

Can’t be certain meals are gluten free
China Eastern

Yes

China Southern

Yes

Condor
Copa Airlines
Czech Airlines
D
Delta Airlines

Yes

Dragonair
E
easyJet
Edelweiss Air
Egyptair

No

EL AL
Emirates

Yes

Ethiopian Airlines
Etihad

Yes

Eurowings
EVA Air

Yes

F – O
F
Fiji Airways
Finnair

Yes

FlyBE
Frontier
G
Garuda Indonesia

Yes

Germanwings
Gol
Gulf Air
H
Hainan Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines

No

I
Iberia
Icelandair
IndiGo Airlines
InterJet
J
JALways

Yes

Meals are ‘low gluten’, there is a fruit platter option though
Japan Airlines
Jet Airways

Yes

JetBlue
Jetstar

No

K
Kenya Airways
KLM

Yes

Korean Air

Yes

L
LAN Alliance

Yes

LATAM Brasil
LATAM Chile
Lion Airlines
LOT Polish Airlines
Lufthansa

Yes

M
Malaysia Airlines

Yes

Middle East

No

Other special meals available but not gluten free
Monarch
N
Nok Air
Norfolk Air

Yes

Norwegian Air Shuttle
O
Oman Air
OpenSkies
P – W
P
Peach
Philippine Airlines
Porter
Q
Qantas

Yes

Qatar Airways
R
Regional Express
Royal Brunei
Royal Jordanian
Ryanair
S
S7 Airlines
SAS
Saudia
Scandinavian Airlines

Yes

Not available in Europe or on domestic services
Scoot Airlines
Silkair
Singapore Airlines

Yes

Skylanes
Soloman Airlines

Yes

Only on some flights
South African Airways

Yes

Southwest
SpiceJet
Spirit
Spring Airlines
Spring Japan
SriLankan Airlines
Sun Country
SWISS

Yes

T
TACA
TAP Portugal
THAI Airways

Yes

Thomas Cook Airlines
Thomson
tigerair
tigerair Australia
TUIfly
Turkish Airlines
U
United Airlines

Yes

V
Vanilla Air
Vietnam Airlines

Yes

Only international flights
Virgin America
Virgin Atlantic

Yes

Virgin Australia

Yes

Viva Macau

No

Volaris
Vueling Airlines
W
WestJet
Wizzair
WOW air

Remember when taking food on board you are only allowed 100ml of liquid in each container. Also, leave any opened or unsealed food on the plane so you don’t have any trouble with customs and immigration. Be sure to check the customs website for the country you are visiting about any restrictions on food or medications. Carry all liquids in a separate transparent bag. It might also be helpful to take a doctor’s letter and translation cards. View our other gluten free travel tips.

 

Basic Travel tips for Travelling Gluten Free
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Follow these common gluten free travel tips when travelling

  1. Carry a medical note
    If medically diagnosed carry a letter from a medical practitioner stating any prescription medication being taken, as well as advising of your medical condition which requires special dietary food. Most countries have a customs website with regulation information – check the site for any restrictions on bringing food and medication into the country.
  2. Learn helpful words and phrases
    Before arriving in another country, learn the words for various foods and ingredients containing gluten. This will help you read food labels, menus and explain which foods you cannot eat in more detail if necessary.
  3. Carry translation cards
    If visiting a country where you don’t know the native language, carry translation cards describing your condition to avoid any dietary mishaps as your condition may not be widely understood.
  4. Travel insurance
    If applying for travel insurance, those with coeliac disease will need to disclose their condition, this shouldn’t affect your cover. A number of companies provide insurance without adding a surcharge for coeliac disease.
  5. Flying
    When booking, notify your airline that you need a gluten free/gluten intolerant meal. Take gluten free snacks in your hand luggage in case the gluten free meal does not appear, or in case there is a departure delay.
  6. Accommodation
    Advise your hotel of any dietary requirements in advance and ask if any inclusions or onsite eateries have gluten free options. If necessary you could email them a translation about coeliac disease/gluten intolerance.
  7. Eating out
    When eating in restaurants, do not assume that the items on the menu are the same as those at home. Check with the wait staff about the ingredients and cooking methods.
  8. Medication
    If you’re on any medication, take enough for the trip – there may not be a gluten free equivalent in the country you’re visiting.
  9. Travel Sickness
    Ginger helps to reduce symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, vertigo and cold sweats associated with motion sickness. There are also many gluten free motion sickness tablets available at pharmacies. Some of the known gluten free brands include Benadryl, Bonine and Rite Aid Pharmacy Motion Sickness Relief. Also, try the motion sickness bands which uses acupressure to relieve nausea.
  10. Anxiety
    Travel anxiety affects many people and can be caused or worsened by worrying about catering for dietary requirements. Read our tips for dealing with anxiety.
  11. Research
    Use our helpful resources and directory to find gluten free friendly places to eat at your destination.

Follow these travel tips to make your gluten free holidays worry free!

For restaurant recommendations at your destination, search our gluten free restaurant directory.

 

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