Barcelona: The Gluten Free Suitcase Guide
My memories from Barcelona when I was little are filled with bread, croquettes and other gluten-filled Spanish delicacies. When I took my first trip to the Catalan capital as a member of the gluten free crowd therefore, I was worried. Turns out, there was no need to worry in the slightest. Barcelona has quickly become one of my favourite global spots for not only gluten free Spanish food, but gluten free pizzas, cakes and more. Everywhere you need to visit when in Barcelona is detailed in this trusty guide that is sure to leave you craving another trip purely for the food!
Did you ever dream of getting your hands on a gluten free cronut (aka, croissant meets donut)? Well, your dreams can now become a reality as this 100% gluten free branch of Barcelona chain “The Chok Shop” offers them in multiple flavours, as well as a shop full of chocolate-based baked treats. Try the cake pops and truffles on your way out – such a treat! Please note the other Chok Shop branches are not gluten free so make sure you head to the below address!
Carrer de les Ramelleres, 26
The newest 100% gluten free bakery on the Barcelona block, Casa Lupita is a true gem of a place, where resident dog Lupita will greet you upon arrival. Here you can get your hands on the BEST brioche toasted sandwiches and the most beautiful sweet treats. The lovely owners also offer a glorious selection of vegan delights too and are known for their cake masterpieces. Sandwiches, cakes, resident pooch – I mean tell me what there isn’t to like about this place?! Closed on Mondays.
Carrer del Coronel Sanfeliu 10
A new addition to the gluten free scene in Barcelona, this 100% gluten free eatery has more of a cafe vibe, as you have to walk past the long counter filled with sweet and savoury treats to get to the seating area. In the summer, seats are available outside and a perfect location to enjoy Gula Sana’s vast ice cream selection in a gluten free cone of course! Enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch or an early dinner here and don’t forget to try the Red Velvet cake!
Carrer de la Diputació, 361
If you want the best gluten free croissant of your life, go straight to Amiette – one of Barcelona’s 100% gluten free bakeries which has really hit the nail on the head when it comes to free from pastry and bread. You have a choice of plain croissants or those filled with ham and cheese or sweet fillings like chocolate and custard. I recommend going first thing in the morning when they are fresh out the oven. This bakery is purely a take-out destination, so why not grab some treats and take them to a local park? Or eat them in the street, outside the shop as I did because I couldn’t wait! Closed on Sundays.
Carrer de Calàbria, 65
Patisseria Jansana Gluten Free
A gluten free staple in Barcelona, this beautiful bakery in the Eixample neighborhood has been spoiling customers for years with their stunning sweets and savoury treats. The selection is neverending, and you will never come out with just one item – it truly is impossible. Grab a sandwich to go on fresh bread of your choice, with a number of fillings, which are made on the spot or eat in, with a coffee, and enjoy some of the more delicate savoury open faced sandwiches. The croissants here are also top notch, as are the donuts, cookies, macarons and eclairs.
Carrer de Balmes, 106
Perfect spot for breakfast or brunch, Pasticelia is another 100% gluten free haven located in the Esquerra de L’Eixample neighorhood. Like Jansana, Pasticelia will prepare you a sandwich of your choice on fresh bread to take away or eat in. The chocolate croissants here and palmeras are not to be missed, and should preferably be enjoyed on one of the bakery’s comfy chairs with a cafe con leche. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Carrer de Paris, 165
This 100% gluten free gem has been open for several years now, serving locals with unbeatable freshly baked gluten free bread and cakes. Customers can pick their loaves off of a trolley which showcases all varieties of bread that Celiadictos bake each day and is constantly topped up. The cakes here were some of the prettiest I’ve seen – including the merengue pie and apple tartlette. Be sure to grab an Ensaimada – a traditional Mallorcan pastry that resembles a sausage roll – they are absolutely incredible! Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Carrer de la Pobla de Lillet, 5
Gluten free tapas are still a rarity in Barcelona so gluten free people will rejoice in knowing they can safely eat croquetas, empanadillas and more at the famous Cal Marius bar. The menu, which also prominently features pastrami on gluten free bagels or baguette, is 100% gluten free. Regular gluten bread can be ordered upon request if you are dining with a non gluten free diner. Be sure to check out Cal Marius’ impressive gluten free beer menu whilst you’re there to accompany your meal! Closed on Tuesdays.
Carrer de Mallorca, 449
La Fabrica Empanadas Argentinas
What a joy that this Argentine empanada shop now offers gluten free and coeliac safe empanadas! Available in a handful of flavours, these GF savoury hot pockets are heated in separate packaging and in a separate oven to avoid cross contamination. This shop has three locations across the city, see below for the details of the shop I visited.
Carrer del Call 19
Did someone say 100% GLUTEN FREE TAPAS? Head on down to El Raval neighbourhood for a culinary treat which fuses Catalan and Italian flavours. The menu features ossobuco croquetas, chicken fried patatas bravas, a tortilla to die for, jamon and so much more but better still, you don’t have to worry one bit about cross contamination! Perfect spot for dinner but be sure to book in advance as this hotspot is popular, and I’m not at all surprised! Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Carrer Nou de la Rambla 35
The perfect spot for brunch, Copasetic is a long-time favourite of mine, located in the Eixample neighbourhood. Take your pick from a numer of gluten free options on the menu from hamburgers to eggs florentine. I can never say no to a savoury crepe here however, which I usually order stuffed with ham and cheese, followed by a homemade gluten free cake – the selection of which changes daily. Closed on Mondays.
Carrer de la Diputació, 55
Sometimes what you need in a city like Barcelona is a quick place to grab a bite. Conesa Entrepans is a regular sandwich shop which offers most of its sandwiches on gluten free baguette, which are toasted on their own separate grills to avoid cross contamination. A decent option for when you’re rushing around sightseeing – their ham and cheese baguettes are incredibly moreish! Closed on Sundays.
Carrer de la Llibreteria, 1
This Spanish fast food restaurant has more than 10 branches around the city and a coeliac-safe menu upon request. The menu features a number of grilled sandwich options which are all prepared separately and can be accompanied by gluten free friendly french fries. Sometimes all you need is gluten free junk food! For your closest restaurant, check out the company website.
This 100% gluten free restaurant is a great shout for brunch when you’re in Barcelona. M2 Gluten Free makes good use of local, fresh produce to create several delicious open faced sandwiches and egg dishes. There’s no worry about cross contamination here which makes eating a breeze, and there are even vegan options. If I were you, I’d opt for the open faced turkey sandwich with tomato and avocado on delicious gluten free toast.
Avinguda Diagonal, 505
If you want real Italian food whilst you’re in Barcelona, look no further than Il Piccolo Focone. This restaurant has a gluten free menu which includes the most incredible pizzas, pastas and desserts – all of which are prepared safely. I always start with the fried artichokes before tucking into a pizza. Finishing with the gluten free tiramisu is also advisable! Closed on Sundays.
Another 100% gluten free tapas haven, this new Barcelona restaurant is the perfect spot for dinner and offers up the best classic Spanish tortilla I have had in a while as well as incredible albondigas, with extra sauce for dipping. Plan C also boasts delightful deep fried mozarella sticks, the crunchiest chicken bites and even a homemade canneloni small plate. Another must-book-in-advance place. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Carrer de Valencia 168
This classic jamoneria FINALLY offers gluten free bread so you can get your hands on a GF jamon sandwich of dreams! The gluten free sandwiches are prepped in a separate area to avoid cross contamination and are available in a variety of flavours. These sandwiches are on the pricier side but worth a try to enjoy the novelty of grabbing a fresh sandwich to go. This well-known chain has multiple shops across the city – please check their website for your closest location.
Yes, Barcelona is another city where you can enjoy gluten free McDonald’s! All McDonald’s in the city have carefully marked gluten free menus, which include almost all beef burgers and fries with the option of a gluten free bun. If you’d rather enjoy the city’s other gluten free options during your stay in Barcelona, you can enjoy a gluten free McDonald’s in the airport on your way out.
This 100% gluten free pizzeria is a great lunch or light dinner option. The bases here are thin and crispy and come with a variety of toppings, which can be accompanied by one of the delicious salads on offer. I have never seen a larger gluten free beer selection, which includes a number of international beers as well as Spanish.
Carrer de Siracusa, 15
Another 100% gluten free tapas restaurant, but this time with a French twist. En Ville is a gorgeous space located near Las Ramblas and is ideal for dinner. All tapas are gluten free on a menu that proudly displays a gluten free bread option on its first page. While En Ville offers a number of delicious main dishes, I was not able to get past the tapas and even ordered a second round of the croquetas de jamon which were absolutely melt in the mouth. Save room for dessert – En Ville serves up a gluten free giant cream puff which comes with hot chocolate sauce to pour over. Closed on Sunday.
How long has it been since you ate dim sum? Well at Out of China your gluten free dreams can come true as free from options are available for most of the dim sum selection. It’s therefore hard not to go crazy with the dumpling selection but if possible save room for some soup or a main dish. You’ll also feel safe at Out of China – as soon as you say you are gluten free or coeliac, your very own gluten free soy sauce pot will be delivered to your table.
Carrer d’Aribau, 112
Everyone needs to eat paella when in Spain. Whilst far from Valencia – the home of paella – no frills eatery Envalira serves up the best Spanish rice in Barcelona, with a clearly marked allergen menu presented to all diners. Take your pick from a number of fresh and grilled starters, and be sure to follow those with traditional paella and arroz negro – black rice coloured with squid’s ink – an absolute delicacy. Closed on Mondays.
Plaça del Sol, 13
Your one stop shop for gelato whilst in Barcelona should be Gocce di Latte – an ice cream shop which has a 100% gluten and dairy free branch on the same street as its regular store. It’s a cross-contaminatin free zone and stays open late so is perfect for those late night sweet cravings. Cash-only.
Carrer d’Espaseria, 14
Barcelona has a multitude of supermarkets which have a huge offering of gluten free products from cookies, breads and snacks to chilled pastas and frozen pizzas and tapas. The top chains for gluten free are Mercadona, Carrefour and Alcampo. Check out the company websites for your closest branches.