Tooting: The Gluten Free Suitcase Guide

Those of y’all who follow my Instagram account will know by now that I LOVE my neighbourhood. I grew up in South East London and six years go switched things up by moving South West to Tooting. In the past six years alone, this area has seen an immense amount of change, especially when it comes to food! Home to the famous Tooting Market and Broadway Market, this area has something for everyone, and is especially great when it comes to gluten free. Enjoy reading through my guide and seeing for yourself just how awesome this southern corner of the capital is!

Barra 10

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Argentina has come to Tooting! Hands down, my favourite restaurant in the area, Barra 10 boasts an array of traditional Argentine dishes, many of which are naturally gluten free. Venture here for perfectly cooked steak, wine from the famous Mendoza region, oh and a provoleta – barbecued provolone cheese – for a quintessentially Porteño experience! Coeliacs note that if you wish to eat chips with your steak (you’ll want to, they’re FANTASTIC), then ask to reserve a portion of chips when you book a table and the team will happily fry them separately for you to avoid cross contamination. Make sure you finish with a scoop of homemade Dulce de Leche ice cream. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Where? 
16 Broadway Market
Tooting High Street
London SW17 0RL

Brickwood Coffee and Bread

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This South West London favourite is nestled away inside Tooting market and one for the brunch lovers. Not only do they serve up a MEAN gluten free fry up, these guys offer gluten free versions of all their toasties which are LEGENDARY. I always opt for ham hock and smoked truffle mayo. The coffee is great to boot and it served the people of Tooting well during lockdown. Fancy a cocktail? Brickwood is open on Fridays and Saturdays for tipples as well.

Where? 
Tooting Market 21-23
London SW17 0SN

Boom Bap Burger

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I’ve tried a lot of burgers in my time, and since going gluten free seven years ago, I’ve tried even more. However, top of my list for anyone visiting Tooting has got to be Boom Bap Burger, which offers delicious gluten free patties, packed full of flavour, and perfectly sguidgy gluten free burger buns to boot. Coeliacs should check with staff on the day to see if the french fries have been fryed separately before ordering as this can bit hit or miss. If they’re safe, go ahead and order the cheesy fries because they’re EPIC. Closed on Mondays.

Where?
Unit 2, Tooting Market
20 Totterdown Street
London SW17 8TA

Mamma Mia Pasta

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If you’re a gnocchi fan like me, you won’t be disappointed that gnocchi is your only gluten free option at this family-run pasta restaurant inside Tooting Broadway Market – you’ll be ELATED. Gluten free gnocchi is still incredibly hard to come across on the London restaurant scene and here at Mamma Mia Pasta, the chef will top it with any sauce you desire, whilst taking extra care to avoid cross contamination. I highly recommend you opt for the slow cooked tomato and basil sauce with burrata – absolute winner! State your allergy or dietary requirement and you’ll be wonderfully taken care of. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. 

Where?
Tooting Broadway Market
The Cave
29 Tooting High Street
London SW17 0RJ

VBELLY

Tooting’s vegan hotspot VBELLY is located inside Tooting Market and is both reasonably priced and perfect for a takeaway. Try the nachos if you’re feeling snackish or ANY of the desserts which are all gluten free. Ask the team about the specials, in case any more gluten free items crop up. Closed on Mondays.

Where?
Unit 13, Tooting Market
20 Totterdown Street
London SW17 8TA

The Gorringe Park

This isn’t just my favourite pub in Tooting because it’s local but because a large portion of the menu is gluten free! And the items safe for us to eat are not just steak, or grilled fish and mash – they include things like croquettes, breaded camembert, calamari and much much more! The Gorringe Park has a separate fryer for all of its gluten free items, meaning the chips are safe to eat – something which sadly seems to be a rarity in pubs these days. If you’re in the mood for culture with your meal, pop on down to the pub cinema in the basement, which shows several movies daily and is free – just buy yourself a drink or a snack and enjoy!

Where? 
29 London Road
London SW17 9JR

Juliet’s Quality Food

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I definitely can’t complain when it comes to Tooting’s brunch offerings. Juliets Quality Foods – headed up by the founders of Balham’s famous Milk Cafe – – is always spot on when you’re in the mood for eggs, perfect flat whites and retro hip hop, all at the same time. Gluten free diners can choose between several dishes but are likely to be drawn to signature numbers like sweetcorn fritters with kasundi and the Young Betty –  this restaurant’s answer to Eggs Benedict or Royale – served atop homemade cornbread with your choice of bacon or local smoked salmon and drizzled with Espresso Hollandaise. Those in the mood for sweet treats can also order a slice of the pistachio and polenta cake with buttercream frosting – it’s truly delightful AND gluten free!

Where?
110 Mitcham Road
London SW17 9NG

Green Monkey

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Tucked away behind Tooting Bec station, Green Monkey is a hidden gem for gluten free. Serving up delicious coffee, Green Monkey has a selection of sweet and savoury gluten free treats on offer including EPIC toasties to go or eat in (try the halloumi and avocado – TRUST ME), a whole array of brunch dishes with delicious gluten free sourdough on the side as well as one of the best brownies I’ve ever had, and vegan and gluten free caramel shortbread. Another hero during lockdown – thank you Green Monkey!

Where?
2d Tooting Bec Road
London SW17 7TS

Mud

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Another spot for the breakfast fans out there, Mud serves up all sorts of egg-based dishes seven days a week. Gluten free eaters can replace regular bread with gluten free bread on most breakfast dishes or can tuck into the buckwheat pancakes which are served wtih caremalised pear puree, pecans, lemon balm and maple creme fraiche. I tend to go big here and order the Eggs Benny with pork belly, and usually finish with at least three coffees just to bring me out of the food coma. Be sure to flag your requirements upon arrival so the team at Mud can take care of you!

Where?
141 Mitcham Road
London SW17 9PE

Nuvola – A Little Bakery

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I’m usually in the market for something sweet after all of the savoury treats that Tooting has to offer, and so tend to head on over to Nuvola – A Little Bakery. This organic bakery is not a gluten free dedicated facility but always has at least two delicious gluten free baked goods on offer. Run by former pastry chef Nuvola Tivoli, this bakery prides itself on handmade cakes made only with the best ingredients, which will make you even prouder to support such a great local business! Closed on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Where?
Unit 25, Tooting Market
Totterdown Street
London SW17 0SN

Rosa’s Thai Cafe

As well as a plethora of independent shops and restaurants, Tooting has a number of reliable chains which offer solid gluten free options. Rosa’s Thai Cafe is one of those, offering a detailed gluten free menu upon request. Take your pick from a number of fragrant curries, stir fries, Asian salads and more and you’re sure to be well looked after.

Where?
70 Tooting High Street
London SW17 0RN

Honest Burgers

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A restaurant these days which needs little introduction, Honest Burgers has long had a home in Tooting. A great and fuss-free option for gluten free diners who want to tuck into a familiar and great-tasting burger, Honest Burgers offers all patties on a gluten free bun as well as coeliac-safe rosemary fries and onion rings. Wash it all down with a gluten free Daura Damm beer and you’ve got a winning combination!

Where?
72 Tooting High Street
London SW17 0RN

The Athenian

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You won’t even miss the pitta bread when you tuck into some naturally gluten free Greek street food at The Athenian. On offer for gluten free folk, the Naked Souvlaki box comes jam packed with fresh Greek salad, herbs, grilled meat and is made even better by a portion of grilled halloumi on the side. Staff members will change their gloves for you if you state your allergies and are intent on giving you a stress free ordering experience. The Athenian is part of a chain with locations now all around London and I couldn’t be happier to have it in Tooting!

Where?
Unit 3, Tooting Market
21-23 Totterdown Street
London SW17 0SN

Cardamom Club

Last but not least: Cardamom Club has been my favourite Indian food delivery restaurant since I moved to Tooting. This independent Tooting Bec takeaway has good allergy awareness and always delivers delicious meals that are piping hot. While I’ve tried a number of dishes from here, my number one has got to be Butter Chicken – a perfect combination of spice and creaminess. The Paneer Tikka is also fantastic, and makes for a great starter and is perfect for sharing!

Where?
18 Trinity Road
London SW17 7RE

Toulouse: The Mini Gluten Free Suitcase Guide

Known for its cassoulet and confit de canard, Toulouse can be a food lover’s paradise. The city pulls in multitudes of tourists each year, especially during the summer months when the masses head to the wine region. It’s a beautiful city to walk around in, with lots of culture and a rich history. But how good is it for gluten free food you ask? Finding gluten-free friendly eateries can still be a challenge and so I’ve pulled together a mini guide to the provincial city, which will be perfect for anyone staying nearby and venturing in for the day or in Toulouse for a city-break over a weekend. Bon Appétit!

Lucas et Marie Sans Genes

A highly popular free from spot, Lucas and Marie Sans Genes is a 100% gluten free bakery, which also specialises in vegan products too. From beautiful pastries to homemade bread, you’ll be spoilt for choice here and will not have to worry about traces. The bakery prides itself on creating food that is free of up to 14 key allergens and is entirely organic. A lovely family run business created by mother Marie and her son Lucas, this place is a must-visit for coeliacs and vegans alike who will go absolutely crazy over the pastry selection – trust me! Closed on Sundays.

Where?
28 Rue des Polinaires
31000 Toulouse

Yard – La Burger Factory

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If you’re craving a proper hamburger while you’re in Toulouse, this is your one-stop shop. This fast food joint is incredibly gluten free friendly, and offers most burgers on a soft and squidgy sesame seed gluten free bun! I was assured that the regular fries and sweet potato fries are also safe, so just be sure to state your dietary requirements at the beginning so the staff make sure to take extra care of you. I opted for a classic cheese burger, which is entirely gluten free when the house Yard sauce is removed and it was absolutely delicious. Yard gets brownie points in my book for also offering a gluten free beer on the menu – the perfect accompaniment to your burger!

Where?
51 Rue du Taur
31000 Toulouse

Invita

Another organic hotspot, Invita is a great destination for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch while you’re in Toulouse. The menu, which is entirely vegetarian, has a great array of options from salads to gluten free pizzas (yes you read correctly!) to galettes. What’s great about Invita is their availability of a weekday meal deal, where you can get two courses for €16 or three for €20. As I hate missing out on dessert, I’d personally recommend you opt for three courses! If you fancy a pizza or vegetarian lasagne course, head to Invita on a Friday or Saturday when they are available. Vegan options are also aplenty!

Where?
18 Rue d’Aubuisson
31000 Toulouse

Pastel & Sarrasin

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Everytime I venture to France I crave crepes and galettes. Luckily for the gluten free community, more and more places are starting to offer a gluten free friendly alternative so that everyone can feel included. Pastel et Sarrasin is a must-visit during your time in Toulouse as they not only use the freshest of ingredients to top and fill their pancakes, but they offer a gluten free batter on the menu too. This expansive restaurant has lots of indoor seating and sets up tables outside on warmer days so you can watch the world going by while you feast. WARNING: As Pastel et Sarrasin deals with non gluten free flour in its kitchen as well, the company warns that traces in the preparation area are a possibility but they take as much care as is possible to avoid that by keeping the gluten free batter away from the rest and cleaning the pans before use.

Where?
75 Rue du Taur
31000 Toulouse

Silex & Fourchette

Are you both gluten and lactose free? Then Silex & Fourchette must be your first stop in the city. This is the first “paleo” restaurant I have seen in continental Europe, so imagine my excitement, especially as paleo food is all naturally gluten free! Silex & Fourchette serves lunch five days a week and has a monthly Sunday brunch for only €18, which includes a lot of food, so check the company website to see if brunch falls on your weekend! The most photographed and ordered item here is undoubtedly the paleo burger, which comes with sweet potato fries and is definitely worth a try! Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Where?
138 Grande Rue Saint-Michel
31400 Toulouse

Aux Douces Heures

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While not an obvious gluten free spot, Aux Douces Heures is the perfect place to stop for a coffee and a rest while you are whizzing around Toulouse. The regular menu at this French tea room is not gluten free, but the team at Aux Douces Heures make sure to always have at least two freshly baked gluten free sweet treats to accompany your coffee or tea for a pick-me-up. The cakes are kept separately from the rest of the restaurant’s offerings and are usually displayed in the window next to a welcoming gluten free sign. The chocolate tart makes a regular appearance and is deliciously rich. Closed on Mondays.

Where?
9bis Rue des Lois
31000 Toulouse

Shopping

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Supermarkets in France have come a long way in the past few years, and that includes smaller city branches. The two biggest supermarket chains in Toulouse are Carrefour and Monoprix, both of which have several stores across the city, so you are never too far from gluten free snacks or necessities. I was able to find gluten free bread, pasta and cookies in all shops I went into so check the company website for your nearest store and stock up!

Amsterdam: The Gluten Free Suitcase Guide

UPDATED IN JUNE 2022!

If canals, culture and good gluten free food are your thing then you will not be disappointed by Amsterdam. Every time I venture to the Dutch capital I count myself lucky, not least because of the spiffing public transport which allows me to hop from gluten free destination to gluten free destination with relative ease. Feast your eyes upon the diverse options in my guide, which I have pulled together after several trips to this gem of a city! From traditional Dutch fare to Italian delicacies – Amsterdam has it, so eet smakelijk!

G in West

This beautiful 100% gluten free convenience store and cafe will blow your mind. Not only do they have two rooms of gluten free pantry items, snacks and frozen goods, G in West offers up fresh sandwiches, toasties, hot empanadas in several flavours and an array of cakes to choose from to accompany your coffee. You can also browse the gorgeous gifts for sale and local crafts, which makes this store so much more than just a mini supermarket! You’ll recognise many of the brands of gluten free products on sale here and will enjoy seeing a few new and less widely-available names on the shelves too! Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Where?
Jan Pieter Heijestraat 76
1053 GS Amsterdam

Loulou Pizza Bar

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This place is a brand new gem I was delighted to try when I ventured back to Amsterdam in 2022 after several years of postponed trips. While not a 100% gluten free kitchen, this place offer coeliac-safe gluten free pizzas, which are prepped ahead of time in a gluten free facility and then cooked safely in the restaurant kitchen. I was super sad to see my previous favourite Mastino V close down but having Lou Lou Pizza Bar is the next best thing.  Delicious GF bases and toppings as well as a gluten free beer on offer to wash it down with. Perfection! This restaurant has two locations but I would recommend booking at both and letting the team know in advance you will be ordering a gluten free pizza just to make sure they don’t run out!

Where?
Weesperzijde 42A
1091 EE Amsterdam

Maasstraat 18
1078 HK Amsterdam

Luza’s Caffeine Club

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Forever searching for the perfect sandwich, I was delighted to come across Luza’s – a new gluten free friendly café – on my most recent trip to Amsterdam. This gorgeously quaint café will serve you Parisian vibes with your sandwiches and tea and is the perfect place to enjoy a quiet moment in the Dutch capital. While most sandwiches can be made on homemade gluten free bread, you may wish to try one of the gluten free quiche options, which alongside a number of free from cakes are proudly displayed in the café window. All food is prepared in an open kitchen in the corner of the restaurant and could not be fresher!

Where?
Van Woustraat 47
1074 AC Amsterdam

Miuz Gelato Artigianale

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A BRAND NEW and 100% GLUTEN FREE gelateria, Miuz is worth the queues. I managed to get there the week they opened in June of 2022 and it was absolutely incredible. An array of delicious homemade flavours including gluten free apple pie, straciatella, pistachio and so many more are on offer as well as a selection of beautiful ice cream lollies. This place only has gluten free cones so no need to worry about cross contamination. I would recommend going here early to avoid the crowds and to also make sure you’re served before they close!

Where?
Overtoom 117
1054 HE Amsterdam

Stroom

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In case you fancy a brunch or a sandwich on delicious, homemade gluten free bread you should definitely head to Stroom. Located in the De Pijp area, this Brooklyn style coffee shop come sandwich bar has one of the most gluten free friendly menus in Amsterdam. Almost all sandwiches can be prepared on free from bread, including toasties, which can be paired with a variety of soups too. Perfect spot for a lazy or working lunch.

Where?
Ferdinand Bolstraat 151
1072 LH Amsterdam

Pesca

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One of the best dinner experiences I’ve ever had in Amsterdam, Pesca is a true treat of an evening. For seafood lovers only, this place allows you to choose your own fish from the fresh fish counter, where the gluten free options are extensive. Once you’ve chosen your fish, the staff will recommend how it should be cooked and will also suggest sides to match. Fear not – Pesca fries its chips separately so they’re coeliac safe (just be sure to tell the staff of your dietary requirements when ordering). We feasted on the most sensational razor clams in seafood broth (pictured), home cured salmon, whole freshly grilled seabass, chips and the freshest gem salad. You’ll be asked to pay a deposit online when you book but fear not, they make this up by serving you a chilled glass of Cava upon arrival to drink while you peruse the fish display!

Where?
Rozengracht 133
1016 LV Amsterdam

Loetje

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Famous Dutch steak restaurant Loetje knows its stuff when it comes to gluten free dining, and lists all allergens in its clearly marked and accessible menu. As this eatery is known for its meat, staff will urge you to try the traditional Dutch beef steak, which comes swimming in a rich and delectable gluten free gravy. French fries, naturally, are the perfect accompaniment to this meat fiesta, and here they are fried in their own oil to avoid any risk of cross contamination with other fried items served onsite. Vegetarians needn’t shy away however as they will be catered for too. Loetje now has several locations across the city but my favourite is listed below.

Where?
Ferdinand Bolstraat 188A
1072 LV Amsterdam

The Meets

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Another new spot to add to your De Pijp list, The Meets is a gluten free, vegan haven with plenty of free from options which not only are delicious but healthy too. It’s the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch with incredibly allergy-aware staff who triple check everything for you according to your allergy or dietary requirement. Take your pick from the clearly labelled menu from a selection of soups, salads and wraps or if you’re feeling something sweet opt for a vegan twix bar and wash it down with a beautifully instagrammable turmeric latte.

Where?
Cornelius Troostplein 3,
1072 JJ Amsterdam

Pancakes Amsterdam

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With three Amsterdam locations, gluten free tourists won’t have to skip the quintessentially Dutch pancake experience when they are in town! Here, most pancakes on the menu – both sweet and savoury – can be made using the house gluten free batter, which is buckwheat-based. Gluten free pancakes are prepped in separate pans, according to staff, and so risk of cross contamination is very low. I can never resist a savoury pancake when I am here and often leave no room for dessert so sharing is highly recommended! Get ready to queue – Pancakes Amsterdam is highly popular with gluten free and non gluten free patrons alike!

Where?
Berenstraat 38
1016 GH Amsterdam

Prins Hendrikkade 48
1012 AC Amsterdam

Prinsengracht 277
1016 GW Amsterdam

Lottie’s Bar at The Hoxton Hotel

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The perfect place to come for pre-dinner drinks and snacks, Lottie’s bar is one of the hottest bars in Amsterdam. Situated inside the stunning Hoxton Hotel, this bar has a beautiful drinks menu, which puts a spin on well-known classics. If you’re peckish, the wait staff will mark up on the menu what they have available gluten free. I opted for a delicious seasonal soup and then we shared a gorgeous burrata with heritage tomatoes and the freshest homemade basil. Walk-ins available but if you fancy dining in the restaurant I would recommend calling ahead to book.

Where?
Herengracht 255
1016 BJ Amsterdam

Omelegg

Never have I seen such an homage to eggs! Omelegg (if you hadn’t guessed from the name) serves up everything egg-based and has a humongous menu to boot. While this institution of a restaurant does not have any gluten free bread, the omelettes are so generously sized that you won’t miss it. Just about every omelette combination can be served with delightfully dressed mixed leaves on the side instead of toast to make a delicious breakfast, brunch or lunch. The restaurant also serves Shakshuka and fry ups for those egg fans wanting something a little different to the traditional fare. Luckily for us, Omelegg has two locations. Go early to avoid disappointment!

Where?
Ferdinand Bolstraat 143
1072 LH Amsterdam

Nieuwebrugsteeg 24
1012 AC Amsterdam

Blushing Amsterdam

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If you’re looking for a decent coffee spot in Amsterdam near to all the museums, Blushing is great for allergies. They have a variety of gluten free snacks and cakes on offer to go or eat in and even have several gluten free breakfast and brunch options on the menu for those with a bit more time. The staff were very conscious of dietary requirements and took extra care when preparing my coffee.

Where?
Paulus Potterstraat 30A
1071 DA Amsterdam

Cafe Piazza

In case you’re in the mood for pasta, Cafe Piazza has a number of delicious options on its gluten free menu. Sit down and mention you are gluten free and a long list will be reeled off by staff – something which made me feel immediately at ease in this modest Nieuwmarkt eatery. As well as fresh starters and main dishes starring different types of meat and fish, gluten free diners can tuck into a rustic lasagne or a simple spaghetti with homemade pesto sauce, to name but a few of the heavenly carb-loaded options. Save room for dessert – chocolate lovers won’t want to skip the Tartufo Nero.

Where?
Kloveniersburgwal 5
1011 JT Amsterdam

Vapiano

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Sometimes all you need is a chain to get your pizza fix. International restaurant group Vapiano does exactly what it says on the tin – fast, cheap and tasty pizza in a number of locations across the city. Gluten free pizzas are cooked separately and on their own special foil tray to avoid cross contamination and can be enjoyed straight out of the box with a decently priced glass of wine onsite or taken to go for those not wanting to sit in the middle of the hustle and bustle. For your closest restaurant, check out the company website.

McDonald’s

Yes, Amsterdam is one of the few cities that offer the Mcdonald’s experience to gluten free visitors and I can confirm it is fantastic. Most classic burgers can be made on a fluffy, sesame seed gluten free bun, served with the classic french fries which I can’t seem to get enough of. If you don’t want to miss out on the more quintessentially Dutch food options during your stay in the city, save this indulgent stop for your route home and enjoy at the Amsterdam Schipol Airport branch. For your closest restaurant, use the online store locator.

Haesje Claes

Typical Dutch cuisine is known for being hearty, warming and often laced with wheat flour. At one of Amsterdam’s oldest restaurants Haesje Claes however, gluten free folk needn’t feel left out – there is a whole menu for you! From a selection of naturally gluten free fresh fish starter plates to filling stews and fried dishes – this canal side restaurant has it all! I asked the waitress what she recommended last time I went and was not disappointed. I started off my meal with some salted herring, smoked salmon and a gluten free beer, before moving on to a Stamppot stew loaded with meatballs, sausage and bacon. Those wanting lighter fare can opt for pan fried fish if they need to ensure room is left for gluten free dessert pancakes!

Where?
Spuistraat 275
1012 VR Amsterdam

Bagels and Beans

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This long-standing Netherlands chain became accessible to gluten free diners a few years ago when it introduced a gluten free bagel. Bagels and Beans now make breakfast or lunch as a gluten free tourist incredibly easy. Stop by and choose from a number of cream-cheese flavours or more sandwich-like fillings, all of which can be prepared on a toasted gluten free bagel. With over 20 locations in Amsterdam, how can you go wrong? Use the online store locator to find your nearest branch.

De Glutenvrije Winkel

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Not only is Oostpoort’s gluten free hot spot De Gluten Vrije Winkel your one stop destination for every single gluten free pantry or frozen item you might ever want, it also offers fresh cakes, bread and amazing sandwiches you can eat in or take away, with a number of dairy free options. Owner Nadia has been passionate about bringing the best of gluten free to her customers ever since her son was diagnosed a coeliac. Wonderful family business which I already can’t wait to visit again! Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Where?
Pretoriusstraat 37
1092 EZ Amsterdam

Meanwhile, general supermarkets in Amsterdam are often fantastic for gluten free options, with the wonderful Albert Heijn firmly in the lead. Here you can stock up on an array of gluten free pantry items, including gluten free caramel waffles or Stroopwafels, which I highly recommend you fill your suitcase with on the way home!

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Marqt, meanwhile, is home to a vast array of gluten free and organic products, including more widely available goods from labels like Schar and Genius. Don’t forget to pick up a packet of chocolate-covered gluten free waffles here by Damhert Nutrition!

Boston, MA: The Gluten Free Suitcase Guide

UPDATED IN SEPTEMBER 2022!

Boston, which also goes by the moniker Bean Town, is a haven for fresh New England seafood and Red Sox sports. My mother was born about 30 minutes north of this amazing city and so I have many a fond memory of fried clams, stadium hot dogs and donuts from the gluten days. Experiencing the port city from a gluten free point of view however continues to feel like I’m getting to know Boston all over again. While some of my old favourites had become off limits, others, I learnt, cater wonderfully to gluten free. I hope that this guide I have pulled together helps you enjoy Boston as much as I always do!

Kane’s Donuts

Probably the best gluten free donut you, or I, will ever have, I am happy to say, is available in Boston. Thanks to the innovative ways of Maria and Paul Delios, children to the late great Peter Delios and founder of Kane’s Donuts, a fresh selection of gluten free donuts is prepared every day. This wonderful family business also has a monthly special gluten free donut depending on the season which is always a winning flavour combination and enjoyed by gluten free and non gluten free eaters alike. Kane’s have two Massachusetts locations with plans to soon open a third. I could not recommend this place enough!

Where?
Two International Place
90 Oliver Street
Boston, MA 02110

120 Lincoln Avenue
Saugus, MA 01906

Faccia Brutta

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Eating at this beautiful eatery on Newbury Street was one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had in Boston. Faccia Brutta opened in 2022 so is a fairly new addition to the hustle and bustle of Newbury Street and what a place it is! Serving up insane fresh pasta dishes, small plates and so much more, Faccia Brutta is incredibly gluten free friendly. Over 90% of the menu can be adapted to be gluten free and the gluten free dishes are all prepared separately and safely. We ordered just about the whole menu here and I have absolutely no regrets whatsoever. Make sure you get the mozzarella sticks to tide you over while you wait for your fresh GF pasta or chicken Milanese – you will be so glad you did! Booking essential.

Where?
278 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

Trident Booksellers & Cafe

Book and breakfast lovers will rejoice when they discover that this Newbury Street haven brings the best of both together in one happy and fulfilling setting. Trident Booksellers has been serving up fabulous breakfasts in the midst of an atmospheric bookstore since 1984. Patrons can sit at the old style diner bar or at a selection of low tables before or after browsing the extensive collection of books for sale. Gluten free bread is available which the clued up waiting and culinary staff are happy to bring you in place of regular bread with most egg dishes and the staff are clued up on cross contamination. While breakfast is always my prime focus here, Trident Booksellers is also open for lunch and dinner. For meals later in the day I would strongly advise that you indulge in the gluten free nachos, overflowing with cheese, jalapenos, refried beans and tomatoes or the tacos.

Where?
338 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115

Thinking Cup

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Thinking Cup is known for its freshly brewed coffee, hot and cold sandwiches and big crowds! While in here it is not always easy to find a free table, you can always rely on being able to grab any breakfast or lunch sandwich on gluten free bread. A selection of gluten free baked treats including vegan snickerdoodles and brown butter rice krispy treats are also available from the cake counter which make the perfect accompaniment to a hot cup of joe. Thinking Cup has two locations in addition to its Newbury Street store, the latter of which has always been my favourite!

Where?
85 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

236 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02113

165 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02111

Tavern in the Square

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This sports bar and pub is infamous for its gluten free options. So much of the menu can be made gluten free including fried pickles, chicken tenders, wings, nachos, potato tots and so much more. We loved sitting at the bar at the North Station branch and enjoyed several appetisers for a late lunch one day, washed down with many a cocktail. It can be super hard to get a seat here, especially on game days, so be prepared to wait.

Where?
120 Beverly St
Boston, MA 02114

Flour Bakery + Cafe

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While not an entirely gluten free destination, Flour Bakery offers up homemade gluten free bread which can be used for any sandwich, with the exception of grilled options. After much asking around, I soon realised that most gluten free people go here for the breakfast egg sandwich which comes complete with a deliciously fluffy souffle egg, bacon or ham, cheddar, arugula (rocket), tomato and fiery dijonaise. The team were helpful and clued up on cross contamination when I visited the Clarendon Sreet branch but do be sure to triple check you are happy with their practices when you go. Flour Bakery + Cafe also has three Cambridge locations – check out the website for further details.

Where?
30 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115

1595 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118

12 Farnsworth Street
Boston, MA 02210

131 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116

The Friendly Toast

This all day eatery located in the Back Bay is famous among gluten free diners for its giant gluten free pancakes, which, depending on how you feel, can be made either plain or with blueberries, chocolate chips or bananas. If pancakes aren’t your thing, opt for one of many egg dishes or hearty homemade omelettes with a smorgasbord of flavour combinations to choose from. Bread by Udi’s is also provided for gluten free diners as a replacement in old favourites including The Friendly Toast’s Eggs Benny and, while not specified on the menu, can be used to make french toast! For toasted bread, check with wait staff about cross contamination before ordering. This eatery’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are all served throughout the day. Hint: order a grilled cheese on gluten free bread and dip it in a bowl of the gluten free Tomato and Feta Bisque. You’ll thank me later!

Where?
35 Stanhope St
Boston, MA 02116

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar

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If you love Mexican food and a great atmosphere then head on to Southie’s finest taqueria! We happened to be here on Taco Tuesday so the deals were immense but ultimately just meant we ended up ordering even more food as it was such a good deal. From queso dip with freshly fried tortillas, to tuna tostadas to baja fish tacos… This place has it all. Plus incredible margaritas – oh, and did I mention the oyster menu?! Such a vibe – cannot wait to be back in Boston for this place alone! Booking advised.

Where?
412 W Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

Jennifer Lee’s Bakery

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If you’re looking for a 100% gluten free bakery then this is your paradise! This gorgeous little bakery tucked inside Boston Public Market is entirely vegan, with all products free from multiple allergens as well. The cakes here are beautiful and they have the biggest selection of whoopie pie flavours I’ve ever seen! Savoury items also available.

Where?
100 Hanover St
Boston, MA 02108

B&G Oysters

If fresh seafood is your thing, head to this chic South End eatery for oysters, lobster and much more. While this spot has no specific gluten free menu, the servers are happy to point out what items on the menu are either gluten free friendly or easily adapted. B&G Oysters is known for its fried oysters and when I visited a few years ago the chef kindly whipped up a gluten free batch just for me! So be sure to ask nicely. With a fabulous wine list, you’ll definitely want to stop here for a long lunch! Also open for dinner.

Where?
550 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

Shake Shack

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New York hamburger chain Shake Shack has been going strong in Boston for the past few years and now has two locations in the city. UK travellers will be thrilled to know that Shake Shack in the US is far more gluten free friendly than what they’re used to, offering up gluten free hamburger buns to free from patrons. Be sure to ask the cashier what hamburger options are safe for celiacs – I personally want nothing fancier than a cheeseburger here because, when it’s done right, is there anything better? Please note the fries are not safe for coeliacs.

Where?
234-236 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116

77 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

The Fisherman’s Net

Tucked away inside the famous Faneuil Hall Marketplace, this chowder stand is probably the best surprise I’ve had in a long time. There’s not much for us gluten free folk inside this famous marketplace so when I saw that The Fisherman’s Net served up only gluten free New England clam chowder I couldn’t believe my luck! Served piping hot in either a cup or bowl – what more could you need? The manager on duty also put me at ease and showed great knowledge of cross contamination.

Where?
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
1 S Market Street
Boston, MA 02109

Luke’s Lobster

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This fantastic chain sources its lobster from the home of the world’s finest – Maine. Famous among celiacs, this humble seafood shack offers a gluten free version of its famous in house lobster roll and it is delicious. All soups are also gluten free, including Luke’s clam chowder which is a real luxury these days as most chowders across New England are still thickened with wheat flour! Word of warning – these lobster rolls sell for almost $20 a pop, with sides going for an extra $2 each. Save your pennies – it will be worth it!

Where?
75 Exeter St
Boston, MA 02116

290 290 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02108

Sonsie

A long term favourite of mine and my family’s, Sonsie embodies chic Newbury Street dining at its finest. With a bistro feel and doors that open onto the pavement when the weather is good, this restaurant gets a thumbs up for atmosphere as well as its flexibility and willingness to provide gluten free friendly dishes. Sonsie has three fully gluten free menus for the likes of you and me – brunch, lunch and dinner. This includes killer gluten free hamburgers, pizzas and bistro specialities including fresh seafood, steaks and salads. If you have room left for dessert, don’t forget to try the famous flourless chocolate cake!

Where?
327 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115

Fenway Park: Home of the Red Sox

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An experience noone should miss in Boston, especially during game season, is a round of baseball at Fenway Park. Years ago, I would have had to have eaten pre-game as the famous Fenway Frank wouldn’t have been an option. Now however, I make sure to fast beforehand! With the option of gluten free hot dogs (yes including the bun!), personal pan pizzas and sweet treats, you will find plenty to eat! Gluten free beer is also available at multiple concession stands throughout the stadium, while hot dogs can be purchased from an entirely gluten free cart on the Home Plate Concourse. Gluten free pizza is available from Pizzeria Regina, also on the Home Plate Concourse.

Where?
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215

Deuxave

Fancy neighbourhood dining isn’t done better than at Deuxave. This French inspired Back Bay restaurant is the perfect spot for a dress up dinner while you’re in town. While there is no dedicated gluten free menu, the chef is willing to adapt a number of dishes to make them gluten free friendly. With a fantastic array of seafood and meat dishes, you’ll be spoilt for choice! Booking ahead necessary.

Where?
371 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Legal Seafoods

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Gluten free seafood paradise is how I would describe Legal Seafoods – a chain which started in Massachusetts and now has a presence in multiple states. Despite being such a large chain, the restaurant has not lost its flare and if anything, has blossomed, especially when it comes to its development of gluten free options. Legal Seafoods has one of the most luxurious gluten free menus around, including fried clams, shrimp, calamari, chowder and more. Be sure to stop at one of the city’s locations rather than the Boston Logan airport branches, where the gluten free options are nowhere near as ample! Check out their website for your nearest location or head to my favourite branch in the Copley Place mall – details below.

Where?
100 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

Jersey Mike’s

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If you’ve been missing a sub sandwich, look no further than subway sandwich chain Jersey Mike’s which offer gluten free versions of all their subs on Udi’s sub rolls. The nearest branch if you’re staying in downtown Boston is about a 15 minute drive but I promise it will be worth it! The team wiped down the entire surface and changed gloves to prepare my sub, and took fresh ingredients from the back to avoid cross contamination. Heaven!

Where?
1786 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

Violette Bakers

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A 100% gluten free bakery located just across the Charles River from Boston in Cambridge, MA, this gorgeous spot has ample dairy free options. I ate one of the best eclairs I’ve ever tasted here just before we flew home and even got a freshly baked gluten free pizza to go, which the team wrapped up for me to take on the plane. This spot is mostly takeaway, with a couple of chairs and tables set out front for anyone who wants to pause and enjoy some of the most amazing baked goods without rushing off. Violette Bakers also offers freshly baked gluten free bread to go on a daily basis. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Where?
466 B Washington St
Brighton, MA 02135

Twist Bakery & Café

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A family-owned 100% gluten free bakery with two branches in Massachusetts, Twist is such a treat. While not located directly within Boston, the Burlington branch is only a 30 minute drive from the city and well worth the journey. This place has a huge selection of sweet and savoury baked goods and an incredible breakfast and lunch menu. We opted for two different types of grilled cheese sandwich and got a box of cakes for the road and I simply cannot wait to go back.

Where?
62 Second Ave
Burlington, MA 01803

30 Milliston Rd
Millis, MA 02054

Shopping

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Supermarkets in Boston are great for gluten free snacks, should you need food on-the-go or to make meals with if you are staying in non-hotel accommodation. My favourite shops include Trader Joe’s on Boylston Street and Star Market at the Prudential Centre. Both have a fantastic selection of gluten free treats for inner city grocery stores and are worth a perusal if nothing else!