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10 gluten-free restaurants and cafes in Edinburgh

Finding somewhere good to eat out can be tricky when you have a gluten intolerance, but Edinburgh has plenty of places to grab a tasty gluten-free bite to eat.

Published: July 21, 2017
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GF Edinburgh

(37 Dalry Road, EH11 2BU)

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GF Edinburgh’s tagline is ‘good food, gluten free’, so you can rest assured that everything on the menu is suitable for a gluten-free diet.

You’ll find an array of filled breakfast rolls, bagels, paninis, pasta dishes and cakes here, as well as daily specials such as Thai red curry, in this completely gluten-free takeaway cafe.

Loudons

(94b Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA)

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At Loudons – a cafe and artisan bakery – all of the bread and cakes are made fresh on-site daily, including lots of gluten-free options.

You can enjoy everything from eggs benedict made with a gluten-free English muffin, to a slice of vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free Victoria sponge cake.

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Pumpkin Brown

(16 Grassmarket, EH1 2HS)

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Serving up some of the freshest, healthiest food in Edinburgh, Pumpkin Brown’s menu is clean, raw, plant-based and organic.

Everything is 100 per cent gluten-free, so you can enjoy options like blueberry muffin chia pots, blood orange, beetroot and walnut salad, or sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry without worrying.

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Mia Italian Kitchen

(96 Dalry Road, EH11 2AX)

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Italian might not be the first cuisine that springs to mind when looking for gluten-free food, thanks to all the pasta and bread, but Mia Italian Kitchen have some fantastic options available.

Many of their main dishes are naturally gluten-free, and all the pasta dishes can be made with gluten-free pasta – from lobster linguine to traditional lasagne.

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Sugar Daddy’s

(5 Rodney Street, EH7 4EN)

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Sugar Daddy’s is a completely gluten-free bakery, producing amazing cakes and bakes without compromising on flavour.

The selection of cakes, cookies, brownies and traybakes changes daily, with options like Nutella brownies, lemon drizzle cake and red velvet cupcakes often on the menu.

Burger

(94a Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA)

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If you’re craving a good burger, all the options on Burger’s menu can be made gluten-free by swapping the regular brioche bun for a gluten-free one.

Tuck into classic burgers like the bacon cheese, and the spicy veggie, or keep an eye out for intriguing specials like the ‘Thai Hard with a Vengeance’, with Thai-spiced chicken, sesame slaw and lemongrass chilli mayo.

Grams

(16 Haymarket Terrace, EH12 5JZ)

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Focusing on healthy, delicious food, made using natural, whole ingredients, the menu at Grams is gluten-free, as well as dairy-free and free from refined sugar.

They’re famous for their raw, vegan cakes (like banana and goji berry slices, or mint and raspberry cheesecakes), but also have a great selection of salads and hot meals, such as chicken satay with sweet potato, broccoli, peppers and homemade satay sauce.

Mamma’s Pizza

(30 Grassmarket, EH1 2JU)

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Mamma’s handmade stone-baked pizzas can all be made with a gluten-free base – choose one of their specials, or create your own from a choice of over fifty toppings.

There are also plenty of gluten-free starters and desserts available, like chilli beef nachos, buffalo wings and chocolate fudge brownies.

Hula Juice Cafe

(103-105 West Bow, EH1 2JP)

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Bright and bustling Grassmarket cafe, Hula, specialises in juices, smoothies and healthy breakfast and lunch dishes, many of which are gluten-free.

Opt for smashed avocado and smoked salmon on gluten-free toast with a ‘Sunshine in a Cup’ smoothie, followed by slice of vegan cheesecake.

Illegal Jack’s

(44-45 St Patrick Square, EH8 9ET)

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As long as you avoid the flour tortillas, virtually everything on Illegal Jack’s tex mex menu is gluten-free.

Choose from burrito bowls, nachos, tacos, chilli bowls, chicken wings and lots more – they even serve gluten-free beer.

• This article first appeared on the inews website.

Gillian is a writer and blogger from Edinburgh, with a penchant for drinking cocktails, exploring the city's independent shops and trying out as many new restaurants as possible.

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