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Chicago, Illinois, is a vibrant and lively city, with a variety of craft breweries and distilleries, a rich history, spectacular art and culture, and a diverse and innovative food scene. Itâs no longer just steaks and hot dogs, although they do serve some of the best in the country the Chicago cuisine goes beyond that and can be found in fine dining restaurants, prominent cocktail bars, and some of the finest bakeries. Whether itâs bread, pastries, or cakes, Chicago is home to some finger-licking bakeries and pastry shops. If you want to know where to find the best gluten-free bakeries in Chicago, Illinois, join us on this flavorful journey.
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As soon as you step into this gluten-free bakery, all your senses will be instantly enchanted. Not only does Defloured make incredibly-appetizing desserts, but they also have a great goal, which is to offer every person the right to dessert, even if they are required to stick to a gluten-free diet. Get ready to taste chocolatey brownies, chocolate chip cookies, red velvet cupcakes, and many more. Their menu also includes bread, cakes, pies, scones and sandwich cookies.
A Gluten Free Bakery
Opening hours: Wed – Fri: 11am – 7pm Sat – Sun: 9am – 4pm
Sugar Shack Donuts And Coffee
Ranked in the Top 10 Tastiest Donuts in America, Sugar Shack’s donuts are rolled and hand cut throughout the day, and they only use the freshest of ingredients. Their selection of flavors is truly eclectic, and they’re ranked by its rareness on their website. Sugar Shack‘s available flavors, including those that are gluten-free, rotate daily, but some of their of my favorites include chocolate pistachio, caramel macchiato, and blackberry lavender.
1932 9th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Shambala Bakery & Bistro
If you happen to find yourself up north of Seattle in Mt. Vernon, Shambala Bistro is a must-stop. All of their products are gluten, peanut, and soy free, and their menu is mostly vegan and vegetarian.
They have a farm out on Camano Island, which is where they grow most of the produce they use at the bakery and bistro. The grains they use organic millet, teff, quinoa, amaranth, and sorghum are also locally sourced from the area.
Its a great spot for lunch get the falafel gyro or one of their delicious pizzas. And finish your meal with either the sourdough donut holes or the baked elephant ear, neither of which is something you find gluten free all that often!
Make sure to read the complete guide to gluten free Seattle to discover the best gluten free eats in the city!
If youre a cider lover, make sure to check out our guide to the best cider in Seattle.
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Other Coeliac Friendly Cafes & Restaurants In Rome
These places are not fully gluten free, but many are accredited by the Italian Coeliac Society or at least offer very good gluten free options.
Health food spot close to the Pantheon with plenty of gluten free options we had a brilliant lunch here. The focus here is slow street food. The slow food movement is an Italian movement against fast food, essentially it is still quick eats but they are made with care, using quality ingredients and usually artisanal methods. Ciao Checca has AIC accreditation and they were really helpful, assuring me about their processes. I had a lovely caprese pasta salad, with a side of roasted veggies and even some warmed gluten free bread. They have a few tables for casual dining in, plus nice toilets and baby changing facilities .
An AIC accredited cafe with extensive gluten free options and strong measures to prevent cross contamination. Big salads, waffles, pizza etc. Takeaway and sit down dining options, close to the Vatican. They only had one gluten-full cake when we visited, stored safely away from the rest of the items and clearly labelled con glutine . Its a casual cafe style eatery, good for a quick lunch.
A takeaway sandwich spot offering gluten free bread, please check whether suitable for coeliacs as I didnt get the chance to.
West Town Bakery & Diner
West Town Bakery has several locations in Chicago and also offers online ordering, catering, and wholesale options. They serve breakfast classics, burgers, sandwiches, avocado toast, as well as some vegan options. Their bakery goodies include pastries, brownies, cake balls, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, donuts, and more. They also serve gluten-free alternatives.
West Town Bakery & Diner
Opening hours: Depends on location
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% Gluten Free Rome Cafes & Restaurants
Plastered all over Instagram, you know this fully gluten free restaurant is ticking the right boxes for gluten free Rome visitors. Mama Eats menu makes your mouth water from just reading through it and they have all the good sutff pizza, doughnuts and all sorts. A must visit for coeliacs in Rome and loads of my coeliac friends have told me it was their favourite place to eat in the city.
A 100% gluten free takeaway outpost of the main Mama Eat restaurant, but with a focus on typical Neapolitan street food. They serve cones of chips and seafood fritto misto, arancini, fried pizza dough with nutella, etc. The doughnuts are delicious BUT when we visited our savoury food was horrible . Hopefully it was an off day as I have seen great reviews from others.
A fully gluten free risotteria focused on rice-based cuisine perhaps a refreshing change from all those gluten free Rome bakeries :). Obviously they have loads of risotto varieties, but also: arancini, rice polenta, torta pie, tiramisu, apple cake and beer all gluten free. We enjoyed our meal here and they had high chairs for kids, some outdoor tables and a nice quite location tucked down a pretty side street.
% Gluten Free Rome Ice Cream Parlours
A fully gluten free gelateria in the centre of Rome. They offer incredible-looking cones and ice creams with wafers. Even the gluten-eaters are raving about it on Trip Advisor! My ice cream was huuuuge and flavours were delicious. I had nutella swirl ice cream and mango sorbet in a pistachio chocolate cone.
A chain of coeliac-owned gluten free ice cream shops that you can find scattered across Rome. There really is plenty of choice when it comes to finding a safe gluten free gelato in Rome. I really enjoyed their gelato as it was very smooth and the gluten free cones are lovely and crisp. Very good value too compared to some of the others.
You must try Grom while you are in Rome. It is another fully gluten free gelateria and their gelato is incredible. I used to live near one when I lived in Italy and I had to exercise some serious restraint to not visit every day. They have cruncy, chocolate-topped waffle cones , lovely creamy ice cream and fruity sorbets, plus crunchy biscuit toppings and wonderful hot chocolate. They have a few locations in Rome.
A fully gluten free ice cream parlour next to the Trevi Fountain, which was recommended to me by a helpful reader. Their ice cream is delicious , although queues get quite long at peak times and the prices are higher than elsewhere due to its location.
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Gluten Free Rome Guide 2022
Italy is probably the most coeliac friendly country in the world. There is a higher occurrence of coeliac disease in the Italian population than in other countries, hence there is amazing awareness of coeliac requirements and plenty of safe gluten free food on offer. Gluten free Rome is immense. There are loads of fully gluten free bakeries and eateries, plus many more coeliac friendly locations to discover.
I often get asked for my tips on Rome so I decided it was about time I wrote my gluten free Rome guide as I have visited a couple of times, most recently in autumn 2019. Then I also put through full updates in February 2022, to reflect any closures or openings.
Below youll find plenty of gluten free food recommendations, as well as coeliac society accredited hotels, my top AirBnB self catering pick and some handy Italian gluten free phrases.
Scroll right to the bottom for an interactive map, which will help you find gluten free friendly places near you while you are in Rome.
While researching, I also discovered that Rome has an amazing gluten free delivery service called Celivery. You can order all sorts of cakes, fresh gluten free pasta and other goodies from various gluten free producers. This could be perfect for families who dont have time to trek around the city but want to try some of the amazing gluten free goods on offer.
Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique
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The Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique uses only premium ingredients to create some of Chicagoâs finest cupcakes, macarons, cake pops, and cakes. Although their products usually contain dairy, sugar, and gluten, they also serve gluten-free cupcakes and gluten-free macarons, except for Sâmores and Key Lime. Even so, there are lots of goodies available even for clients with gluten intolerance
Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 8am – 7pm Sat: 9am – 6pm
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Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats
Sticky Fingers has an awesome weekend brunch menu with wheat-free options available for a ton of their dishes, including pancakes, breakfast burritos, and quesadillas. If you’re just looking for a sweet treat, I highly recommend the Silly Bonez. With chocolate cake, peanut butter frosting, and a chocolate coating, this treat is truly heaven for any gluten-free sweet tooth.
1370 Park Road NW, Washington, D.C.
Wildflour Gluten Free Baking Co
In an unassuming strip mall in Bellevue, near SR 520 and 148th Avenue, youll find Wildflour Baking Co. Before 2020, I had seen them at local coffee shops and the occasional grocery store, but when I was in Seattle for almost two months in the winter of 2020, I managed to make it out to their actual location for the first time.
Im a big fan of theirs now, and theyre going to be a mainstay on my future trips to Seattle. Im especially fond of their biscotti, which are hard to find gluten free, and their biscuits. Particularly the parmesan herb biscuits, which are incredible fresh out of the oven.
Their baguettes and mini baguettes are also good, particularly when you heat them up in the oven, as are their pizza crusts.
Pro-tip: Ask about their day-old baked goods, which are frozen and sold at a discount.
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How To Communicate Gluten
When you have a dietary requirement such as a gluten intolerance, knowing how to communicate your needs in a foreign language is necessary but challenging. Heres how to navigate that barrier in French.
- Je suis atteint /atteinte de la malade cÅliaque: I have celiac disease.
- Je suis intolÃ©rant /intolÃ©rante au gluten: I am gluten-intolerant.
- Je ne peux pas manger de gluten: I cant eat gluten.
- sans gluten: Gluten-free
Now that you know how to communicate your gluten-free requirements in French, its time for some bread and pastries at the best gluten-free bakeries in Paris!
/ Better Bites Bakery
Get ready for your fridge to be overflowing with Better Bites Bakerys packaged goodies! These dairy-, soy-, egg-, gluten-, and peanut-free treats taste like pure indulgence. Founder Leah Lopez started making her Better Bites cupcakes, cake balls, and brownies when her son Gabriel was diagnosed with severe food allergies. Now, you can find her melt-in-your-mouth chocolatey treatsfree of the top eight most common allergensat several grocery stores in Austin.
Now available at Royal Blue Grocery, Whole Foods, Central Market, HEB, and Natural Grocers Website
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Amazing Gluten Free Bakeries In Seattle
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in Seattle way back in 2009, when the only gluten free bread you found at the store was in the freezer, and you had to order gluten free pasta online. Lucky for all of us who need to eat gluten free, things have changed in the past decade.
Now, there are multiple great gluten free bakeries in Seattle and the surrounding area serving up everything from breads and pizza crust, to pastries and sweet treats like muffins, cupcakes, and eclairs. If youre looking for a gluten free bakery in Seattle, whether youre a Seattleite, or youre just here for a weekend trip to Seattle, youre in the right place.
Here are a local Celiacs picks to get your hands on amazing gluten free baked goods in Seattle.
Read my entire guide to eating gluten free in Seattle for more gluten free restaurants, breweries, and more.
Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post, like hotel links, are affiliate links, meaning at no additional cost to you, we make a little bit of money if you click through and book. That being said, we would never recommend something to you that we dont stand behind 100%.
Other Coeliac Friendly Ice Cream Parlours In Rome
This ice cream shop is AIC accredited and their website says that all of their products are gluten free. They have homemade gluten free waffle cones, magnum-style chocolate covered ice creams, plus traditional scoop ice cream too. They do offer normal cones, but will change the paddle for coeliacs and scoop from safe end of the tub upon request. Not worth making a dedicated trip for but worth trying if you are passing.
Gluten free cones available and they can scoop from an-touched part of the ice cream tub using a clean scoop if you ask.
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Dedicated Gluten Free Shops
A fully gluten free supermarket and bakery mentioned above, which also offers hot gluten free food to takeaway such as pizza. My mind was BLOWN by the amazing array of products on sale, including a huge range of fresh pasta and lots lots more.
A gluten free bakery/shop that sells lots of coeliac friendly gluten free products. Items include various beers, baked goods, fresh pasta and bread. They have a few locations, the most central being located on Piazza di San Vincenzo Pallotti.
Roma Senza Glutine
A health food shop focused on gluten free products ideal for grabbing some supplies . Could be a good spot for finding those more exciting gluten free Rome products to take home.
Allergy Free Baking Company
14011 W Quincy Ave. J, Morrison, 0465
Open Wednesday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Allergy Free Baking Company
This charming bakery serves up gluten-free cupcakes, cookies, muffins, breads and more all baked fresh in its dedicated gluten-free facility. A particular favorite item of mine is the freshly baked everything bagel. I had the joy of sampling this bagel right out of the oven yum!
The Allergy Free Baking Company is a 100 percent gluten- and nut-free facility, and the staff says it can easily accommodate dairy, soy, corn and egg allergies or other intolerances.
Co-founders, Nicole and Jeremy Kurland, started baking up allergy-friendly treats after two of their sons and a close friend were diagnosed with multiple food allergies. You can tell everything at the Allergy Free Baking Company is baked from a place of love.
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Where To Stay
Coeliac Society Accredited Hotels
In case you are looking for a gluten free friendly place to stay, the following hotels have been accredited by the AIC the Italian Coeliac Society and offer safe gluten free breakfast options:
- Heart Hotel a well-reviewed hotel close to the Vatican
- Hotel Fori Imperiali Cavalieri a great value hotel with excellent reviews, close to the Colloseum
- Hotel Diana mid-range hotel in the centre of Rome near the opera house
- The Duke Hotel prime location in the centre of Rome.
- St Peters Keys
Self Catering Options AirBnB
If you have not used AirBnB before, I would highly recommend it! We use it pretty much every time we travel and you get to stay in loads of beautiful homes in great locations.
In Rome we stayed at a brilliant AirBnB apartment close to my favourite gluten free bakery in Rome, Celiachiamo Lab . This two bedroom place is owner by a English-Italian family and was absolutely perfect. Spotlessly, cool decor, two bedrooms and with kid toys and a crib available if you need them. It has a nice little kitchen and dining area too if you want to save some money by dining in and there is a supermarket close by: