Spain’s Best Gluten Free Spots Near Historic Sites
Wondering where can you find gluten free food near the Royal Palace in Madrid, or the Picasso Museum in Barcelona? Well, here ya go!
During my 3 weeks in Spain, I ate my way through all the best gluten free options in the country. While there were plenty of options, what I found the most difficult was figuring out when to visit each place as there was no list of what historic sites were near which gluten free cafes.
Instead of stressing like I did about where to eat next to all the main attractions, you have this handy list!
Here are the best places I ate and what to do around them so those of you like me, who plan your travel around food, can do so with ease!
Go early, go hungry, leave happy.
A small little bakery located a bit away from the central tourist spots, Jansana Bakery is an oasis for Celiacs! With dozens of options ranging from empanadas to baguettes to the specialty of Catalonia, Xuixo, nothing was short of fabulous. During my week in Barcelona, I visited Jansana twice (it would have been three times but they close early on the weekends.)
Near by things to do: Casa Batllo, Casa Amatller
While sadly their fryer isn’t dedicated gluten free and therefore not safe for celiacs, they do have 100% GF arepas made without cross contamination and they are FIRE. I got mine stuffed to the brim with guac, beans, plantains, and cheese. It was delicious. If you’re only gluten intolerant or prefer at GF diet but cross contamination is OK, they also have a ton of other GF options like empanadas and fried plantains with queso.
La Taguara is located in the heart of Barcelona.
Near by things to do: The Cathedral, La Ramblas, Picasso Museum, plus the Sagrada Familia is only a 15 mins walk!
La Oriental Sin Gluten
Not too far from the Royal Palace and The Arguelles, La Oriental has the best GF pastries I have ever had. La Oriental has been around since 1950 and has two storefront located next door to each other, one labeled “sin gluten” and one labeled “con gluten.” They have a very wide variety of GF treats including giant empanadas. napolitana, tarts and more. Their Petisu Grande, much like an eclair, was easily the best thing I ate in Spain. If you’re in Madrid, don’t skip this place!
Nearby things to do: Royal Palace, Sabatini Gardens, Arguelles
Solo de Croquettas
100% gluten free croquettas, don’t mind if I do! With tons of vegan and vegetarian options, this place was #1 on my Madrid list. We tried most of the menu and there wasn’t a single croquetta we didn’t like. My favorites were the goat cheese red pepper and the Oreo. These croquettas are lightly breaded and mainly the filling which is exactly they way I like them! (If you haven’t read my insta post about not liking fried dough- here it is.)
They do tastings which include wine pairings that you can order online and unfortunately we didn’t have enough time, but if you do, do it! You won’t regret it.
Near by things to do: Gran Via, Prado Museum, Parque de El Retiro, Plaza Mayor, Mercado de San Miguel, Basilica de San Miguel.
Read all of my Madrid suggestions here!
After being served meat the night before El Piano was a saving grace for me when it comes to food in Granada. Walking up to the storefront and seeing a sign that said “Vegan, Safe for Celiacs” I nearly cried. Since the place is 100% GF my mom and I splurged a little and shared the sampling platter. This came with a plate of their amazing fritters (my fave part), hummus and papadums, curried lentils, chili, and another warm dish that I’m not positive what it was but it was amazing. To top it off, I got a delicious Granda chai soy latte and a Kombucha. Its located just 10 minutes from Alhambra and is a can’t miss for any vegetarian / gf travelers.
Near by to do: La Alhambra, San Agustin Market, Museo Sefardi, Gran Via, Albacin, The Cathedral.
When TheSweetWanderLust tells you this place is on her list of top 3 ice creams in the world, you go. She was not wrong! With nearly all of their flavors labeled GF and over 20 flavors, Bolas was truly a treat.
I tried their goat cheese and fig and pistachio flavors before opting for a bowl of their alcoholic spiced flavor and their Seville which included raisons, spaghetti squash and nuts. It sounds weird I know, but it was amazing. My mom got their Belgian dark chocolate which was rich and bitter just the way you want a dark chocolate to be and Stracciatella. Honestly, you can’t go wrong no matter what flavor you get. There is a reason they are ranked #2 for dessert in Seville on TripAdvisor.
Near by to do: The Cathedral, Alcazar, Museo de Baile Flamenco, Plaza de Espana (tbh everything it’s a small city and nothing is more than 10 mins apart.)
This place has a full GF menu, just ask!
For 18 euros, I got their “night menu” which included a drink, starter, main, and dessert. My parents had already eaten so it was just me eating and I gifted my dad the drink, Pepsi zero. For a starter I got zoodles in a delicious pesto sauce topped with parmesan and pine nuts. Next, I had their GF penne with Gorgonzola cream sauce and truffle oil. OUT OF THIS WORLD. Even my diabetic dad went in for a few bites. I had to ask the waiter and consult with instagram multiple times before I believed the pasta was actually GF, it was that good. Lastly, they brought a flourless chocolate cake topped with a hazelnut chocolate sauce and Rice Krispies. It was a bit dry for my taste but my GF mother devoured it. All in all, def worth 18 eruos and it is centrally located which is always a plus.
Near by things to do: Placa de la Reina, The Cathedral of Valencia, The Central Market of Valencia, Torres de Quart
Creperie Bretonne Annaick
Located literally across the street from La Pappardella, Creperie Bretonne Annaick is the perfect spot for a sweet treat or full delicious meal. My mom and I had our last meal in Valencia there which consisted of wine, savory crepes, and a sweet crepe. All of their savory crepes are gluten free and you can order the sweet crepes with the gluten free batter which I 100% recommend. I got a delicious zucchini and brie crepe with rocket, pesto, and a fried egg!
Its situated just steps from the Cathedral of Valencia and just a few minutes from the shopping district making it the perfect place to go for lunch or dinner as its really in the middle of everything.
Near by things to do: Placa de la Reina, The Cathedral of Valencia, The Central Market of Valencia, Torres de Quart, All the shopping!
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