A Gluten Free Eater’s Guide to Europe

Who would’ve guessed that Europe, the land of so much bread, pasta and cake would end up being one of the best places for gluten free eating? For people with Celiac Disease like me, dealing with it while traveling can be stressful and can sometimes take the joy out of a trip. Nobody likes that, luckily in Europe eating gluten free is fairly easy.

Many of the countries in Europe have plenty of options for gluten free eaters. Among the best places are Spain and Italy. Below you’ll find a list of places that I have visited myself in various countries around Europe. You’ll find more bakeries on here rather than restaurants (I have a sweet tooth!).

 

 

Italy

Although you’ll find lots of glutinous pizza and pasta in Italy, you’ll be surprised to find a nearly equal amount of gluten free pizza and pasta. In Italy, the words “Celiac” and “gluten free” are known almost everywhere. Even the pharmacies (with the green cross symbol) will usually carry a few gluten free items.

Since there are so many gluten free options, you’ll be able to try gluten free versions of all the best Italian foods. A few foods you can’t leave Italy without trying are Arancine (fried rice balls with meat), Cannoli (Fried tube-shaped shells filled with ricotta) and any kind of pasta!


Good words to know:

In Italian:

-Gluten free : Senza glutine

-I have Celiac Disease : Io sono Celiaco (Male)/  Celiaca (Female)

-Wheat : Grano or Frumento


Gluten Free Travel Card for Italian


Rome

Ah, Rome. You can’t visit Italy and not go to Rome. Being the Capital of Italy and the ancient capital of the Roman Empire there’s so much to see and do! Luckily, eating gluten free is a breeze here and it’ll make your time in the Eternal City even better.

View of the Tiber River, Rome
Scenic view of the Tiber River

1. Mama Eat:

Address: Via di S. Cosimato, 7/9, 00153 Roma RM, Italy

Business Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 AM-1 AM

Phone Number:  +39 06 580 6222

Delicious gluten free pizza in Rome
Delicious gluten free pizza in Rome

Like Italian food? (Well, who doesn’t?) Mama Eats is your place to try gluten free versions of many of the best Italian foods.

Located in Trastevere, this place really is a gluten free heaven! Take a look at this pizza.

Notice anything special? Gluten free pizza with a doughy and not thin, crispy crust!

Of course there’s also gluten free pasta and even gluten free arancine.  Don’t forget to have dessert here too! There’s crepes, tiramisu and more! You might want to go on an empty stomach… and a full wallet, there’s so much to try!

 

 

 

2. Mama Frites:

Address: Borgo Pio, 28, 00193 Roma RM, Italy

Business Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 AM-11:30 PM

Phone Number: +39 06 4550 8771

Gluten free fried dough in Rome
Gluten free fried dough in Rome

Mama Frites is owned by the same people as Mama Eat but it includes street food. Yes, you heard me correctly, street food… and gluten free… in the same sentence!

This place has all the gluten free Italian sweets and bites that you might crave when you’re exploring Rome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Pandali:

Address: Via di Torre Argentina, 3, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Business Hours: Monday-Sunday 8:30 AM- 4 PM

Phone Number: +39 06 6813 6731

Right by the Pantheon is Pandali, a quaint cafe and bakery with all sorts of gluten free options for lunch and snacks. You’ll find tarts, cookies, breads and more!

4. Voglia Di Pizza:

Address: Via dei Giubbonari, 33, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Business Hours: Monday-Sunday 12 AM- 12 PM

Phone Number: +39 06 687 5293

In Campo de Fiori, you’ll find Voglia di Pizza, a small restaurant with gluten free pizza and pasta. They also have gluten free tiramisu!

 

Palermo

Palermo, and Sicily in general, might not be on everyone’s Italy bucket list but it really should be! From the sunny beaches to the snowy Mt. Etna there’s a lot packed into this island. Being the largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has been under control of various powers through history such as the Greeks, Arabs, Normans, and even the Vikings! Thanks to this, Sicily’s culture is as vibrant as the landscapes it contains. Furthermore, if you thought Italian food was good in general, wait until you try Sicilian food! Add in the ease of gluten free eating, and you might never want to leave Sicily!

View of Via Roma in Palermo
Looking down Via Roma in Palermo

1. Zero Glutine Life:

Locations:

  1. Piazza Principe di Camporeale, 30, 90138 Palermo PA, Italy
  2. Via dell’Orsa Minore, 288/290 – Palermo – 90124
  3. Via Falcone Morvillo, 18 – Bagheria – 90011
  4. Via Trinacria, 40/42 – Palermo – 90144

Business Hours: Monday-Saturday 7:30 AM- 8:30 PM/Saturday 7:30 AM – 2 PM

Phone Number: +39 091 682 3460

Gluten free pistachio cream croissant in Palermo
I’ll have 10, please.
Gluten free Cannoli
Holy Cannoli!

This is easily my favorite bakery in Italy and possibly even in Europe! Everything is gluten free here, from cannoli to pistachio cream filled croissants (see left), you’re sure to find something to enjoy. They also have frozen products as well as other pre-packaged products such as those from Schar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Siracusa

Just south of Catania is Siracusa, a historic city founded by the ancient Greeks. Back in its day it was a major power in the Mediterranean world as well as the birthplace of the mathematician Archimedes. Today, you’ll find plenty of ancient Greek history and architecture as well as lots of seafood and most importantly gluten free food!

Fresh seafood in Siracusa
Fresh seafood in Siracusa

1. Gran Caffe Del Duomo:

Address: Piazza Duomo, 18/19, 96100 Siracusa SR, Italy

Business Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 7:30 AM – 12 PM/Monday closed

Phone Number: +39 0931 21544 

 

Gluten free croissant in Siracusa
Sorry for the bad picture, I just wanted to eat it!

At the heart of Siracusa in Piazza Duomo is Gran Caffe del Duomo. Here you can enjoy coffee and a gluten free pastry as you watch the people pass by Il Duomo di Siracusa.

This was the place I had my first gluten free croissant and it was amazing! In the US gluten free croissants are nothing more than a fabled legend. However, in Italy, my dreams of a flaky, buttery cheese filled croissant came true. It was nothing short of my expectations!

 

France

I’m sure many of you will be happy to know that France, a country famous for cuisine, has started to become very gluten free friendly over the past few years. Although Celiac is not as well known as it is in Italy, many restaurants have gluten free options and many supermarkets feature various gluten free products.


Good words to know:

In French:

-Gluten free : Sans Gluten

-I have Celiac Disease : J’ai la maladie coeliaque

-Wheat : Blé


Gluten Free Travel Card for French


 

Paris

The City of Lights, home to the Eiffel Tower and many picturesque streets. It’s hard not to enjoy Paris! There’s a lot of food to try, museums to visit and places to take selfies at (I’m talking about all of you at the Eiffel Tower!). Many restaurants will have some gluten free dishes as well as many bakeries with gluten free treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. However, I was surprised and a little saddened to not find any gluten free croissants in Paris. Luckily, there were plenty of gluten free crepes to make up for it! One thing to note, is that lots of the gluten free pastries are more expensive than what you would find in other countries, but it’s Paris, so what do you expect?

The Sacré-Cœur peeking out from a street in Montmartre
The Sacré-Cœur peeking out from a street in Montmartre

1. Chambelland:

Address: 14 Rue Ternaux, 75011 Paris, France

Business Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 9 AM- 8 PM/ Sunday 9 AM – 6 PM/ Monday closed

Phone Number:+33 1 43 55 07 30

At Chambelland, you’ll find everything from sweet gluten free tarts to various types of breads to pair with your wine and cheese picnic in the park! One of my favorites was the sugar covered bread sticks. Crispy on the outside, doughy on the inside, and just to die for!

2. Helmut Newcake:

Address: 28 Rue Vignon, 75009 Paris, France

Business Hours: Tuesday- Saturday 11 AM- 7 PM/ Sunday and Monday closed

Phone Number:+33 9 81 31 28 31

At Helmut Newcake, you’ll find all sorts of foods to satisfy your gluten free culinary needs. There are quiches, breads, tarts and cream puffs.

3. Yummy and Guilt Free:

Locations:

  1. 3 Rue du Temple, 75004 Paris, France
  2. Hall 3, Gare de Lyon, 75012 Paris, France

Business Hours: Wednesday-Friday  11 AM -9 PM/Saturday 10 AM–9 PM/Sunday 10AM–8PM/Monday-Tuesday 11AM–8PM

Phone Number: +33 1 45 66 56 68

Gluten free waffles in Paris
Waffles at Yummy and Guilt Free

What can I say, this place was definitely yummy! This place is so good, it’s always packed with people. Yummy and Guilt Free serves gluten free sweet and savory waffles on popsicle sticks. They are not only scrumptious, but also very Instagrammable! You cannot miss this place when Paris, there is even a shop in Gare de Lyon Station.

 

 

 

 

4. NoGlu:

Address:  16 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris, France

Business Hours: Monday- Saturday 11 AM-6 PM/Sunday Closed

Phone Number: +33 1 40 26 41 24

Hidden in the Passage des Panoramas is NoGlu. On one side of the passageway is the restaurant, and on the other side is the bakery. A good spot for lunch as well as a good spot to pick up a snack. The cream puffs and eclairs are delicious!

 

5. Biosphère Café:

Gluten Free crepe in Paris
Caramel crepe to go

Address:  47 Rue de Laborde, 75008 Paris, France

Business Hours: Mon-Fri 12–6PM/ Saturday 12–10PM/ Sunday 11:30AM–3PM

Phone Number: +33 1 42 93 45 58

 

Another small cafe with gluten free breads, tarts, macarons and crepes! The crepes are amazing and are available to go as well.

Spain

After leaving Italy, I didn’t expect another country to impress me with their gluten free food like Italy did. Yet, to my surprise, Spain really went above and beyond. Not only are there lots of options, but the food is also really good. The Spanish pastries definitely compete with Italian pastries. Milhojas, Xuxos, Churros, there’s so much good stuff!


Good words to know:

In Spanish:

-Gluten free : Sin Gluten

-I have Celiac Disease : Yo Soy Celiaco (male)/ Celiaca (Female)

-Wheat : Trigo


Gluten Free Travel Card for Spanish


 

Barcelona

Let me just tell you it boldly, Barcelona is very touristy, and pretty expensive! Nevertheless, it’s all for good reason. Barcelona has it all: rolling hills, warm beaches, unique architecture and of course, gluten free food. Multiple times I would be walking around the city and spot the words “Sin Gluten” or the gluten free symbol. I’d get overly excited and bookmark it on my map to come back to later.

View of Barcelona at Sunset from Bunkers del Carmel viewpoint
Watching the Sunset from Bunkers del Carmel

Sunset View of Barcelona from Bunkers del Carmel

1. Pastisseria Jansana:

Gluten free cinnamon roll and napolitana in Barcelona
Gluten free cinnamon roll and napolitana in Barcelona

Address: Carrer de Balmes, 106, 08008 Barcelona, Spain

Business Hours: Monday- Saturday 8:30 AM – 8 PM/ Sunday 9 AM – 2 PM

Phone Number:  +34 931 70 07 14

 

One of the best gluten free bakeries I’ve been to. I loved it so much I went there at least 5 times when I was in Barcelona. Here you’ll find everything from classic cinnamon rolls to croissants and even Spanish delicacies like xuxos and ensaimadas. Pastisseria Jansana is sure to fill your sweet tooth!

 

 

 

 

2. Conesa Entrepans:

Address: Carrer de la Llibreteria, 1, 08002 Barcelona

Business Hours: Monday- Saturday 8:15 AM – 10:15 PM/ Sunday Closed

Phone Number:  +34 933 10 13 94

Gluten Free Sandwich from Conesa in Barcelona
Gluten free pork bocadillo

 

Looking for a good lunch spot? Conesa Entrepans is the perfect place! They’re famous for their bocadillos (Spanish sandwiches).

They serve all different kinds of sandwiches with gluten free bread. They also have a few gluten free cookies for sale too! You can’t leave Barcelona without getting a sandwich here!

 

 

 

 

 

3. Dietètica Glòria:

Address: Carrer d’Entença, 175, 08029 Barcelona, Spain

Business Hours: Mon,Wed,Thur. 9 AM- 2 PM/ Tue, Fri 9 AM- 8:30 PM/ Saturday 9:30AM–2PM /Sunday Closed

Phone Number:  +34 933 29 92 51

You won’t find any freshly baked foods here, however what you will find is nearly all the gluten free pre-packaged products you could dream of. I’m pretty sure they have the whole collection of Schar foods. (If you don’t know Schar, it’s a European gluten free brand that is the best in my opinion). They have everything from frozen meals to breads to churros! I went here on my last day in Barcelona to buy gluten free stuff to take home. I already miss this place!

 

4. Pasticelía:

Address: Carrer de París, 165, 08036 Barcelona, Spain

Business Hours: Thu-Fri 9 AM- 8PM/ Sat 10 AM-2 PM, 5-8 PM/ Sun Closed/ Mon-Wed 9 AM–2 PM, 4:30–8 PM

Phone Number:  +34 931 59 79 59

Located in the Eixample district is Pasticelía, a modern bakery with lots of different options of cakes, cookies, breads and pastries. Everything in the store is gluten free!

 

5. Forn Boix:

Locations: 

  1. Carrer de la Llibreteria, 1, 08002 Barcelona
  2. 08001, Carrer de l’Hospital, 20, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Business Hours: Monday- Saturday 7 AM – 9 PM/ Sunday Closed

Phone Number: +34 933 02 27 82

Gluten free Magdalenas and yogurt with views of Pyrenees Mountains
Magdalenas and yogurt for breakfast in Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park

With two locations by Las Ramblas, Forn Boix is a bakery that has a few gluten free items. They have a table that holds the gluten free items which include different kinds of breads, cookies and magdalenas (Spanish muffins). I really enjoyed their magdalenas. They sell them, by the box which I think includes 8. I loved them so much I brought them with me when I went hiking in Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park.

 

6. Granja M. Viader:

Address: Carrer d’en Xuclà, 4-6, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

Business Hours: Mon-Sat 9AM–1:15PM, 5–9:15PM/ Sunday Closed

Phone Number: +34 933 18 34 86

In El Raval is Granja M. Viader, a cafe with a few gluten free items. A good spot to have breakfast before exploring the surrounding area.

 

7. Creps Barcelona:

Locations: 7 various locations around Barcelona

Business Hours:  Depends on selected location

Throughout Barcelona you’ll find the various Creps Barcelona shops. These fancy Parisian style shops have a variety of gluten free crepes to choose from. Although it is a bit on the pricier side, it is worth getting crepes here at least once while in Barcelona.

 

8. Petritxol Cafe: 

Address: Carrer de Petritxol, 11, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Gluten free Melindros cookies and chocolate
Gluten free Melindros cookies and chocolate

Business Hours: Monday-Sunday  9:30AM–9PM

Phone Number: +34 933 01 82 91

 

Just near the crowded Las Ramblas is Petritxol Cafe. Here you’ll find a few different gluten free cookies including melindros (Ladyfinger cookies) which you can get with dipping chocolate. A good alternative to the famous gluten filled churros and chocolate.

Madrid

 

1. Celicioso:

Address: Calle de Hortaleza, 3, 28004 Madrid, Spain

Business Hours: Monday – Sunday 10:30 AM – 9:30 PM

Phone Number: +34 915 31 88 87 

At Celicioso, you’ll find classic cakes, cookies, muffins as well as options for lunch too!

 

2. Sana Locura:

Address: Calle del Gral Oraá, 49, 28006 Madrid, Spain

Business Hours: Tue- Fri 7:30 AM – 8 PM/ Sat 9 AM -3 PM, 5-8 PM/ Sun 9 AM – 2 PM/ Mon Closed

Phone Number:  +34 917 29 57 47

Gluten free Napolitana in Madrid
Cream filled Napolitana

 

In the Salamanca neighborhood you’ll find Sana Locura. One of my favorite bakeries in Madrid. They have a variety of delectable gluten free pastries such as croissants, palmeras, napolitanas and other things like pizza and quiches.

They even had a cheaper deal to buy a bag of day old pastries (Of course I got two of those!) I actually bought a big bag of pastries and then at the next park bench I saw, I sat down and ate like half of them!

3. Confitería Marqués Madrid:

Address: Calle de Fernando el Católico, 76, 28015 Madrid, Spain

Gluten free apple tart in Madrid
Delicious apple tart

Business Hours: Tue- Sat 10AM–3PM, 5–8:30PM/ Sun 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM/ Mon Closed

-Phone Number: +34 910 18 19 60

 

In this small confectionery and bakery you’ll find all sorts of delicious gluten free pastries as well as handmade chocolates.

4. Celikatessen:

Address: Calle de Valderribas, 30, Mercado de Pacífico (lower level), 28007 Madrid, Spain

Business Hours: Tue- Fri 11AM–2PM, 5–8PM/ Sat 10 AM – 2 PM/ Sun-Mon Closed

-Phone Number: +34 607 69 26 88 

Located in the lower level of Mercado Pacifico is Celikatessen. Here you can preorder various types of breads or buy some of their cookies and muffins for sale.

 

5. Maestro Churrero:

Address: Plaza de Jacinto Benavente, 2, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Business Hours: Sun – Thu 7:30 AM – 11 PM/ Fri- Sat 7:30 AM – 2 PM

Phone Number: +34 913 69 24 06

Gluten Free churros and chocolate in Madrid
Crispy churros and hot creamy chocolate. Yum.

Guess what… Gluten free churros! Yep, here at Maestro Churrero they have gluten free churros and chocolate, a Spanish classic. Lucky for me (maybe not for my health) this place was right by my hostel so I came here multiple times for breakfast. This was the only place I found in Spain that has gluten free churros, so don’t miss it!

 

Girona

Less than an hour from Barcelona is the colorful, medieval town of Girona. It’s definitely worth the short train ride.If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, a few scenes were filmed here at the cathedral! It’s also home to the Xuxo, a deep fried, sugar coated, cream filled pastry (They’re not even trying to make it healthy!)

View of colorful houses along the river in Girona
Girona Cathedral and the colorful houses of Girona

1. Bye Bye Blat:

Address: Plaça Salvador Espriu 7, 17002 Girona, Province of Girona, Spain

Business Hours: Tue-Sat  8:45AM–1:45PM, 4:30–8:30PM/ Sun-Mon Closed

Phone Number: +34 669 71 71 70

The only gluten free cafe/bakery in Girona has various pre-packaged and freshly baked gluten free foods.

 

Zaragoza

Zaragoza is most famously known for the magnificent Basicila of our Lady of the Pillar. The inside of the church is beautiful and you can even go up one of the towers for a great view of the city. Don’t miss seeing the cathedral at night when it is all lit up too!

View of Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza
The Majestic Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Zaragoza

1. La Mar de Cookies:

Locations:

  1. Calle San Pablo, 95, Zaragoza, 50003 Zaragoza, Spain
  2. Calle Francisco de Vitoria, 21, 50008 Zaragoza, Spain

Phone Number:  +34 648 44 96 35

 

With two locations in Zaragoza, this bakery has more than just cookies. They have milhojas (Stacked layers of puff pastry and cream) as well as croissants, breads and cakes.

 

Morocco

Ok, I know Marrakesh isn’t Europe, but because it’s close to Europe many people extend their trip here, so figured I would add it to the list! Even if you weren’t thinking about going to Morocco, you should! It’s very different from Europe which is why I loved it so much. From the hustle of the cities to the dreamy deserts and snow-capped mountains, Morocco has a lot to do!

Gluten free products found in Morocco
The extent of gluten free products in Morocco

Unfortunately, eating gluten free here is different from Europe. The upside is that the cuisine is naturally gluten free. Morocco is famously known for tagine, which is a type of slow cooked roast that you’ll find everywhere. The bad news is there’s not a lot of gluten free foods that aren’t naturally gluten free. For my 3 weeks in Morocco I had the same brand of rice cakes, cookies and crackers. However, even though there was minimal variety, I was surprised to find gluten free crackers or cookies even in a few of the small shops you’ll find throughout the country.

 

 

 

 


Good words to know:

In French:

-Gluten free : Sans Gluten

-I have Celiac Disease : J’ai la maladie coeliaque

-Wheat : Blé


Gluten Free Travel Card for French

Gluten Free Travel Card for Arabic


 

Marrakesh

Being the most touristy place in Morocco, some people really love Marrakesh and others really dislike it. I for one, really enjoyed it though. There was something amazing walking through Jemaa el-Fnaa square at night with the bright lights illuminating the hundreds of food stalls, while droves of people watched street performers dancing and playing music among the lanterns.

People walking around Jemaa el-Fnaa Square in Marrakesh
Busy night at Jemaa el-Fnaa in Marrakesh

1. Naturia Bioshop:

Address: 9, Rue des Vieux Marrakechis, Marrakesh, Morocco

Phone Number: +212 5244-30000

A small health shop in the new town that includes a lager selection of gluten free products than you would find in most stores in Morocco. They had pastas, cookies, and of course more rice cakes!

2. Café Clock:

Address: Derb Chtouka, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

Business Hours: Monday-Sunday 9AM–10PM

Phone Number: +212 5243-78367

Located in the Medina is Café Clock a restaurant with gluten free food as well as performances and cultural activities. The orange cake was amazing and a great break from the gluten free cookies I ate so many of.

3. CTM Bus Station Kiosk:

Address: Rue Abou Bakr Seddiq, Marrakesh, Morocco

Phone Number:  +212 665-102102

Try to imagine you’re me, about to depart for the desert when you stop in the bus station snack shop to buy some potato chips and lo and behold there’s gluten free food. Not just any gluten free foods, but Schar foods! As I said previously in the article, I love Schar products and somehow out of all places, the bus station had Schar cookies and crackers. Ironic, but I’ll take it! I’m not sure if they are still stocked with the gluten free products but it’s definitely worth a look.

 

Essaouira

Who knew Morocco has such a beautiful coast? In the 60’s this fishing village became a playground for celebrities like Jimi Hendrix. Today, it is a cultural and artistic center where you’ll find lots of aspiring painters, sculptors and musicians. Most importantly, there is also a good gluten free restaurant!

View of Essaouira and surrounding area
The charming seaside town of Essaouira

1. Pasta Baladin:

Address: Rue Laalouj, Bab SKALA, Essaouira 44000, Morocco

Dish of Gluten free Pasta in Essaouira
Gluten free pasta in Essaouira

Business Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12–4PM, 6:30–10PM/Monday Closed

Phone Number: +212 678-419274

Gluten free pasta. I repeat, gluten free pasta in Morocco! Of course, I was so excited to eat here that I didn’t even care how expensive it was. I got pasta with pesto and it was fantastic. After having barely any starchy foods, that really hit the spot for me!

 

 

 

 

 


If you’re looking for good gluten free recipes for when you’re back home, check out my cookbook full of different gluten free pastries and sweets here.


Gluten Free Eaters Guide to Europe


 

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