Sydney For Coeliacs – Where To Find The Best Gluten Free Grub In Sydney
Dining out can be a minefield for coeliacs in some parts of the world. Faced with a menu of pasta, bread and cakes, those who suffer with a gluten allergy are often left with just a few leaves or can feel socially awkward asking for a special meal.
In Sydney, however, going gluten free is not considered a taboo. The prominence of the Paleo diet (which is strictly gluten-free) and popularity of clean eating means there are a number of eateries in Sydney that cater for coeliacs – and we mean with more than just a smoothie. A coeliac in Sydney can have their cake and eat it too!
Whether you’re coeliac yourself or just looking to eat more healthily, read on to discover delicious gluten free grub in Sydney that you can indulge in guilt-free.
Whilst Bondi Junction’s Paleo Cafe won’t be winning any interior design awards with its plastic seating and pops of orange, their whole menu is coeliac friendly. Designed by ‘Paleo Pete’ Evans, the menu follows the strict Paleo edicts of no dairy, grains, gluten, sugar or preservatives.
You may be wondering ‘what on earth does this leave’ but the truth is they make rather tasty dishes from the list of allowed foods such as organic meat, nuts and eggs.
Their breakfast menu is a particular strength with its flour-free pancakes, bowls of pulled pork, and poached eggs and avocado on protein bread. They also make the most delicious gluten-free muffins, as well as shakes that taste like a meal in a glass. You have to be an early weekend riser to catch brekkie though – they stop serving it at 11.30am.
Paleo Cafe, Shop 5, 310-330 Oxford St, Bondi Junction
If you’re too late for brunch at the Paleo Cafe, the nearby Aboutlife Supermarket and Café is a great alternative. The sunny outdoor seating at Aboutlife Café is popular with the health-conscious Bondi locals so you may need to hustle for a table. Breakfast is served till 3pm though so at least there’s no rush to get your breakfast order in. (You won’t regret going with the Paleo Breakfast Superhash.)
In addition to the café, Aboutlife has a natural supermarket where you can stock up on a whole host of gluten-free snacks and organic beauty products once you’ve finished eating.
Aboutlife, 31 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction. You’ll also find Aboutlife stores in Double Bay, Rozelle, Cammeray & Surry Hills.
Bread & Circus
Bread & Circus in trendy Alexandria is where you can find gluten-free grub with a side of hipster. Found in a converted warehouse, Bread & Circus features the type of communal tables and pale pink crockery that Sydney Instagrammers go gaga for.
The regularly changing menu focuses on organic, seasonal produce but long-term stalwarts are their biodynamic eggs and avocado or flourless lemon pancakes with caramelised banana and ricotta. They also serve generous Mediterranean style salads at lunch and offer them with a side of grilled halloumi. (Who can say no to halloumi?)
Their wide range of herbal teas and fresh juices are also delicious, particularly as they are served in dainty pink cups that are guaranteed to earn you Insta likes!
Bread & Circus, 21 Fountain Street, Alexandria
Thr1ve is the place to go when you’re looking for gluten free grub on the go. With several outlets dispersed around the CBD, Thr1ve serve “real food, real fast” – it’s like the coeliac answer to Subway!
A great option for a gluten free lunch is a Thr1ve green bowl, which consists of 2 bases (such as seasonal greens and veggie mash) and warm marinated meat of your choice. One of the most satisfying salads known to man is the lemon and herb chicken bowl with pesto and red peppers. (In my humble salad-dodging opinion!)
Thr1ve also serve a number of paleo-friendly snacks and coffee, so it’s the perfect place to refuel mid-shopping spree.
You can find Thr1ve in Sydney at the MLC Centre, Australia Square and Westfield Pitt Street.
And finally, proving that gluten and sugar free desserts can actually taste good is Alexandria’s Pana Chocolate. Situated handily close to Breads & Circus, Pana Chocolate hand make desserts and chocolate bites from healthy, raw ingredients and you’d be hard-pressed to know they’re missing the usual key ingredients!
Their cakes, which include Caramel Choc Chunk and Raspberry Ripple, are dairy, soy, gluten and refined sugar free, and they taste just as good as they look. They also sell bars of velvety, rich, organic chocolate to take away too. It’s practically guilt-free indulgence – you might as well order 1 of everything!
Pana Chocolate, 21 Fountain St, Alexandria
Jayne Gorman is a freelance travel writer and award-winning travel blogger who blogged her way around 40 countries before her 30th birthday. Now Sydney-based you’ll often find her sniffing out the latest street art and sweet treats around the city.