Lisbon: The Gluten Free Suitcase Guide

The sun always seems to be shining on Portugal’s hilly capital, which is not only one of the world’s oldest cities, but one of the richest when it comes to culture, nightlife and good food. However, as the home of the Pasteis de Nata – or custard tarts – Lisbon can, at first, seem impenetrable for a gluten free traveller. I can assure you that this is most certainly not the case. While so much of Portuguese cuisine is naturally gluten free, a lot of restaurants and producers have gone out of their way to prove that they are moving with the times and catering to gluten free diners specifically. Here’s hoping this guide convinces you to book those flights you’ve been considering!

Pastelaria Zarzuela

If you arrive hungry and in need of breakfast, lunch or a sweet treat, Zarzuela should be your first destination. Located in the hilly and historical Bairro Alto district, this bar and bakery is Lisbon’s most well-known gluten free spot, known for its cross-contamination awareness and Pasteis de Nata! The bakery also produces gluten filled treats but keeps them strictly separate from the gluten free items, in separate and clearly marked display cases. As well as the vast array of cakes, pastries and sweets, patrons can sit down and tuck into a gluten free toasted or fresh sandwich, pasta dishes and homemade gluten free pizzas. All go perfectly with a bottle of Daura Damm beer so pull up a chair! Closed on Tuesdays.

R. Barnadino Costa 21-23
1200-052 Lisbon

Brown’s Hotel Group and Restaurants


If you’re looking for gorgeous accommodation which offers a great gluten free breakfast and access to a bar, look no further than the Brown’s Hotel Group. I had the pleasure of staying at the group’s central location for a whole week and realised that the gluten free bread there was second to none. Put a call in to the hotel prior to your arrival and they will ensure you are provided with the crustiest and warmest of bread baskets each morning. The rolls are heated in an oven away from the toasters used for regular bread so there is no chance of cross contamination. The breakfast buffet has an ample selection of cured meats, cheeses and fresh fruit as well as eggs, bacon and gluten free cereal upon request.

Rua da Assunção nº75
1100-042 Lisbon

Rua dos Sapateiros 73
1100-579 Lisbon

Rua da Vitória 88
1100-619 Lisbon

Time Out Market Lisboa


Foodies from near and far will rejoice when they step inside the recently refurbished Mercado da Ribeira market, which in 2014 was taken over by travel guide publisher Time Out. The market is now home to a multitude of upmarket food stalls, which in many cases are headed up by top Lisbon chefs and offer wine pairing to compliment the dishes on offer. Seafood dominates the agenda here, which makes sense given the market’s close proximity to the river bank. The only problem inside the Time Out Market is that there is too much choice, with many of the stalls listing the GF options clearly on their billboard-style menus. I personally recommend you start your market journey with a glass of the chilled Vinho Verde of the day at Manteigaria Silva and wander over to top chef Alexandre Silva’s kitchen for the black rice with sauteed scallops and seaweed or some hearty and fresh Bacalao atop a bed of spinach. If you’re not stuffed, snack on some freshly sliced ham from various vendors or an ice cream from Santini, where the staff will show you a gluten free allergen chart and open a new barrel of ice cream before serving you to avoid cross contamination.

Av. 24 de Julho 49
1200-479 Lisbon

Flower Power

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A true hidden gem in the Bairro Alto district, Flower Power is a flower and art shop turned restaurant which prides itself on using only the freshest ingredients. You’ll find a number of traditional Portuguese dishes on the menu, including the most delicious baked bacalao and on the dessert menu: one of the best chocolate cakes I have ever had, made up of lots of layers of thin chewy meringue. The waiting staff here go above and beyond to tend to anyone with a dietary requirement and you’ll enjoy your meal surrounded by beautiful art – what more could you ask for?

Calçada do Combro 2
1200-086 Lisbon

Nicolau Lisboa

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Arguably the most Instagrammed cafe in Lisbon, Nicolau’s pastel colours and organic menu offerings draw in patrons from all over the world. You will undoubtedly have to wait for a table here but the gluten free crepiocas are worth the wait. They are clearly marked on the menu as gluten free, as well as the buckwheat pancakes and a selection of cakes. It’s a good idea to mention your dietary requirements upon arrival regardless as the hustle and bustle in this cafe is non stop. There are two additional locations in Lisbon – Amelia and Basilio – but their gluten free options are more limited so it’s definitely worth paying Nicolau a visit!

R. São Nicolau 17
1100-547 Lisbon



While people may not set out to eat McDonald’s in a place as gastronomically rich as Lisbon, sometimes it will just happen. With numerous locations across the city, McDonald’s is a goldmine for gluten free patrons desperate to get their hands on some nostalgic and coeliac-safe junk food. Portugal offers a gluten free bun as a substitute on every single hamburger with the exception of the deep fried chicken and fish fillets. As always, the classic french fries are safe and fried in their own separate fryer so a complete meal of indulgence is possible! McDonald’s in Portugal also offers a number of gluten free extras including soups and salads. Those of you craving something sweet can enjoy a gluten free cone for your ice cream after your meal. A selection of locations are listed below.

Centro Comercial Continente de Lojas 008
Av. Nações Unidas 1-4
1600 Lisbon

Praça Alvalade 14A-15D
1700-000 Lisbon

Aeroporto de Lisboa
Alameda das Comunidades Portuguesas
1700-008 Lisbon

La Trattoria


It doesn’t matter where I am in the world, at some point during my travels I will crave what has got to be my favourite cuisine – Italian. While Lisbon may be peppered with Italian restaurants, the one that really goes out of its way to cater to the gluten free community is tucked away in the hills of the Campo de Ourique neighbourhood. Say you’re gluten free at La Trattoria and you’ll be immediately presented with the most wonderful of bread baskets, featuring ciabatta, breadsticks, olives and truffle ricotta dip. This restaurant has an extensive gluten free menu which includes a Melanzane Alla Parmigiana starter which could win awards – so crispy and cheesy, surrounded by bubbling tomato sauce and a crispy side salad for extra freshness. Choose from a number of sensational pasta dishes for your main or hearty meat and fish options and expect to leave stuffed and happy!

R. Artilharia 79
1250-038 Lisbon

A Marisqueira Do Lis


Seafood lovers will not want to miss out on a night indulging in langoustines and fresh clams at this traditional Marisqueira. This no frills restaurant is permanently full of locals and seems to not have been inundated with tourists despite its delicious offerings. Choose from an array of naturally gluten free fresh shellfish and prepare to be amazed at the vast platters that then arrive at your table. The portions make it perfect for sharing and the ideal prep for drinks later on. Patrons should be prepared to wait for tables if arriving after 9pm but I promise it will be worth it! Closed on Tuesdays.

Av. Alm. Reis 27B
1150-008 Lisbon

Sacramento do Chiado


If by now you haven’t had enough bacalao or codfish, I recommend you head straight to Sacramento do Chiado where the best Carpaccio de Bacalao of your life awaits. Order this to start and enjoy it solo or with some of the fresh gluten free bread that the restaurant brings upon request. While the decor may be garish, with deep reds and faux crystal chandeliers, you’ll want to stay at this contemporary Portuguese eatery for mains and desserts. The steaks are particularly good here, as are the traditional fried potatoes and vegetable sides. Incredibly accommodating staff made the experience all the more enjoyable.

Calçada Sacramento 40 a 46

Restaurante Conqvistador


What could possibly be better than taking in one of Lisbon’s most historic sites while enjoying a meal? Restaurante Conqvistador is located high up in the hilltop neighbourhood of Castelo, which is home to the medieval Sao Jorge castle. Have a seat outside on the tables set up on the cobblestone street or inside the tiled restaurant and start with a plate of freshly sauteed king prawns and some marinated olives. While this restaurant would not seem an obvious choice for the allergy or coeliac crowd, it cooks up a number of Portuguese specials daily that are again, naturally free from gluten. The veal in jus is a house speciality and comes complete with a fried egg and flash fried potatoes that are so thin they are essentially crisps – perfect for soaking up the moisture of the leftover sauce. Absolutely worth the hike!

Tv. de São Bartolomeu 12
1100-078 Lisbon



Last but not least, Bomjardin is a must-visit for the meat eaters out there. The concept of this old and historical eatery is simple – spit roasted chicken with piri piri seasoning and an array of sides. Do not dwell too long on the extensive menu because chicken is what this place does best. Choose your size and your piping hot plates will be with you in a flash. The fries are entirely safe for coeliacs and will be quickly topped up should you require more. The salads are large and also a good sharer to add green to your beautiful beige meal, which can be enjoyed al fresco or indoors. Order a bottle of Vinho Verde and enjoy!

Tv. de Santo Antão 11
1150-312 Lisbon

Nosolo Italia


This Italian restaurant is located on the water edge with a wonderful view of the old port – Belem. You’ll be handed a gluten free menu upon arrival when you state your requirements from which you can choose a number of pasta dishes or pizza. One thing to note about this restaurant is that it is by no means a 100% gluten free kitchen so while the staff try their hardest to keep gluten free items separate, there is a risk of cross contamination. I enjoyed a lasagne (a rarity!) at Nosolo Italia and had only a great experience. The wine list is pretty decent too!

Avenida Brasília, 202, Santa Maria de Belém
1400-038 Lisbon


Lisbon is home to multiple supermarkets, the larger ones of which are incredibly well stocked when it comes to gluten free snacks. Jumbo Pao de Acucar in the Amoireras Shopping Centre should be your one-stop-shop while you’re in Lisbon, with a reasonably priced and eclectic gluten free range. Be prepared to leave with multiple bags and stock for your Gluten Free Suitcase on the way home! Also check out Pingo Doce stores, dotted around the city for their Sem Gluten range.

Boston, MA: The Gluten Free Suitcase Guide


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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

120 Beverly St
Boston, MA 02114

Flour Bakery + Cafe


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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

550 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

Shake Shack


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.

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.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace
1 S Market Street
Boston, MA 02109

Luke’s Lobster


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!

75 Exeter St
Boston, MA 02116

290 290 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02108


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!

327 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115

Fenway Park: Home of the Red Sox


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.

4 Yawkey Way
Boston, MA 02215


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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

62 Second Ave
Burlington, MA 01803

30 Milliston Rd
Millis, MA 02054


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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!