Louise Carr de Olmedo
It can be tough to be in Buenos Aires when you don’t eat gluten. At first it’s possible to live perfectly happily on gluten-free steak and wine but after a few days you’re bound to crave something a little different – and your waistline will thank you for the change in pace, too.
But where do you go for your empanada fix? Your pizza craving? Or your medialuna extravaganza? You don’t need to miss out when you’re gluten free in BA. You just need this guide.
GF in Palermo
Consult Ohsawa staff for details of their gluten-free offerings – the menu does not always show the gluten-free items available, but there are usually some perfectly decent options for lunch, snacks and dinner. The light and bright new location in Palermo is lovely – the ideal spot for brunch, or an atmospheric evening meal.
Thames 1633 (Also in Caballito: Puán 633; Martinez: Gral. Paunero 1927; Microcentro: Maipú 694; and Belgrano: Cabildo 1304)
Just one look at the elaborate cakes in the window of Celigourmet makes it clear you’re in the right place for your cream, chocolate and dulce de leche blowout. Celigourmet is best for its huge cakes and tortas, and also sells alfajores, empanadas, savoury breads, and microwaveable ready meals from locations across the city. The Palermo location is a shop rather than a café so it is best for takeaway options.
If you want to sit down for lunch or grab a quick snack between shops, try Sintaxis which is situated a few blocks from Plaza Serrano. As well as being a cosy, friendly place to eat it serves one of the most extensive gluten-free menus in town. Fill up on salads, empanadas, and homemade pastas, with a tempting array of desserts to finish off. The bread is outstanding, and there’s also a kids’ menu.
BUENOS AIRES VERDE
A cosy, bright and welcoming place for all foods vegan, raw, and gluten free. Plenty of choices on the extensive menu, which are all clearly marked. I loved the raw crackers; gluten free and full of rich, toasty flavour with a hint of curry. Buenos Aires Verde is also a good place for activated nuts and seeds – perfect for the celiac diet or those that rely on nuts as a source of protein.
Room for dessert? Pretty much all the dessert options are gluten free.
A wide variety of wheat-free options include Quinoa risotto, Yamani rice with fruit chutney and Indian spices, polenta with brie and sundried tomatoes, miso soup, crunchy Yamani rice pizza, no-flour empanadas, raw soups and salads. For satisfying a sweet tooth, try a raw gluten-free chocolate cake or some fresh, raw ice cream – or pick from the seasonal gluten-free cookies and flans. Bio also has regular classes in gluten free cooking.
GF in Colegiales
El Salvador 6026
A cool and classy gluten free deli and restaurant run by the Celigourmet tribe, La Pastroneria is an upscale addition to the gluten free scene in BA. Come here for pastrón, pizzas, pastas, salads, and more – the pizzas are especially welcome when you’re craving this BA staple.
GF in Recoleta
GOUT TO GO, GLUTEN FREE
Montevideo 1480 (Also in Barrio Norte at Juncal 2124)
An inviting and altogether gluten free takeaway and deli from the founders of the Gout café. Here you’ll find most of your favourite desserts like macaroons, brownies, apple pie, cookies, cheesecake and flan. Plus, the shop sells a tempting variety of imported and regional gluten free products like sweets, pasta, and grains.
Baking daily (with love, according to the website!), this family-run business delivers medialunas, cheese, herb, and garlic breads, pizza, bruschetta, and yummy baked specials to your door. Take a look at the website and order online here.
Thin and crispy, deliciously moreish, delivered to your door – and completely gluten free? You can’t have all that in a pizza, surely? Pizza Vegan is here to prove you wrong with its inventive menu of vegan and gluten free pizzas for delivery in the city. Check out the Super Mario with vegan cheese, grilled mushrooms, garlic and parsley, and toasted sunflower seeds.
With four locations for delivery in Palermo, Caballito, Recoleta and Belgrano – order online.