For many people, the protein known as gluten is a great mystery, but for many others it is the focus of their diet. The simple task of going shopping or choosing a restaurant becomes a complicated dilemma, especially if you don’t speak the local language.
Unfortunately, there aren’t very many restaurants or establishments in Madrid that are suitable for people with celiac disease yet, which makes the situation even more difficult. In spite of this, the Asociación de Celiacos de Madrid (Madrid Celiac Association) certifies those establishments that meet the requirements. This means that the employees have had specific training in handling food and preparing dishes.
For this reason, we’ve put together this small guide so that celiacs can enjoy Madrid without worrying about their food.
Bakeries for Celiacs
In these bakeries and patisseries, you’ll find all sorts of traditional cakes and baked goods that are gluten free, or as the Spanish say, “sin gluten”.
This is without a doubt one of the most famous bakeries among people with celiac disease in Madrid. You’ll find a multitude of gluten free sweets and cakes. Address: Calle de Hortaleza, 3
Some other excellent bakeries located downtown where you can find baked goods, cakes, empanadas, etc. without gluten are Confitería Marques (address: Calle de Fernando el Católico, 76) and La Oriental (address: Calle Ferraz, 47 ). As a last resort, you can always go to Starbucks, which has a small selection of gluten free products. You’ll find a Starbucks in practically every corner of the city.
A visit to Madrid isn’t complete without trying churros, one of the most traditional elements of the local gastronomy. Until very recently, they were completely forbidden for celiacs. But luckily, very close to the Puerta del Sol, the churrería Maestro Churrero offers churros that are completely suitable for people with celiac disease. Address: Plaza Jacinto Benavente 2 / Website www.maestrochurrero.com
Despite being a wine country, Spaniards love to drink beer or cerveza. Unfortunately, not all bars offer gluten free beer (cerveza sin gluten) – some don’t even know it exists.
- Cervecería La Alemana
Address: Plaza Santa Ana, 6
- Cafeeke (Belgian Bar)
Address: Calle de Cuchireros, 3
- Cervecería San Julian
Address: Calle Alberto Aguilera, 30
Bars & Restaurants
There are some traditional dishes like “callos a la madrileña” or “tortilla de patatas” which naturally contain no gluten. The restaurants we’ve listed below have all or part of their menu adapted for people with celiac disease.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Not all restaurants and bars have gluten free beer. When in doubt, you can order hard cider (sidra) or wine (vino).
- Taberna la Concha
Address: Calle Cava Baja, 7
- La Bola
Address: Calle de la Bola, 5
- Bar Lambuzo
Address: Calle de las Conchas, 9
Address: Calle de Valverde, 28
Large restaurant and café chains also usually have dishes that are adaptable for celiacs. Two of the most popular chains in Madrid are VIPS, where you’ll find a wide variety of dishes (pasta, salads, burgers, steak, etc.) and Rodilla, a chain specializing in sandwiches.
Pizza & Pasta
Having celiac disease doesn’t mean you have to give up pasta or pizza. In these restaurants, you can try delicious pasta dishes that are completely gluten free.
Address: Calle Gil de Santivanes, 2
- Emma y Julia
Address: Calle Cava Baja, 19
This chain, which is very popular in Madrid, has restaurants in several locations in downtown Madrid and in the major shopping malls.
Fortunately, the selection of gluten free products has grown considerably in recent years. Luckily, this trend also extends to ice cream.
Our favorite ice cream shop in Madrid is Sani Sapori, where they make ice cream the old-fashioned way using fresh, high quality ingredients. Address: Calle de Lavapies, 31 / Website: www.sanisapori.es
Gluten Free Stores
For those who are living in Madrid or who need to go grocery shopping, we recommend two stores where you can find all sorts of products for people with celiac disease, diabetes, and other allergies and sensitivities.
Address: Calle Roncesvalles, 3
Address: Calle Lanuza, 19
We hope you find this post helpful during your stay in Madrid. If you have any questions or concerns, we are at your service. You can contact us directly at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org