Eating gluten-free in Budapest is fairly easy, as many restaurants have gluten-free options marked on their menu. However, for us celiacs that doesn’t mean much as cross-contamination is still an issue at these restaurants. That’s why I highly recommend eating at 100% dedicated gluten-free restaurants (some are listed below, but there are a lot more in our ebook ….) or asking the chef how they go about handling cross-contamination before committing to eating at a non dedicated gluten-free restaurant. Below you’ll find a list of dedicated and gluten-free friendly restaurants where many celiacs, including myself, have eaten. However, always ask your own questions and trust your own gut when picking the best and safest restaurants for you!
Table of Contents
- Gluten-Free Map of Budapest
- Dedicated Gluten-Free Restaurants in Budapest
- Other Gluten-Free Restaurants in Budapest
- Gluten-Free Hotels in Budapest
- Supermarkets with Gluten-Free Items
- Useful Hungarian Phrases
Gluten-Free Map of Budapest
Dedicated Gluten-Free Restaurants in Budapest
When your health is non-negotiable and you’re not in the position to make your own meals, the next best thing to do is eat at 100% dedicated gluten-free restaurants. This way you don’t need to risk your health, worry about cross-contamination, or get sick while traveling. Luckily, Budapest is littered with them. We listed a few 100% gluten-free restaurants in Budapest below, however, if you want even more options, get your hands on our ebook that lists over 20 dedicated gluten-free restaurants in Budapest as well as thousands of other dedicated gluten-free establishments around the world.
Resembling a wooden ski chalet, this nice and cozy gluten-free haven located in the center of Budapest is exactly what your taste buds ordered. Though not advertised as a dedicated gluten-free restaurant, every meal in this gastropub is 100% gluten-free. With new dishes each week, draft and craft beer, local wine, and an allergy-friendly kitchen, you and your taste buds will enjoy every moment here.
Kertész u. 48, 1073 Budapest
Wherever you search online for gluten-free food in Budapest, this 100% gluten-free restaurant will pop up, and for good reason. Drop not only uses quality ingredients and caters to celiacs, they also cater to those with other dietary needs, especially those with a lactose intolerance. Did I mention they’re open for breakfast all the way until midnight? That means you can get your brunch on at any time of the day. From juicy burgers with non-crumbling buns and creamy salmon penne to delicious Hungarian dishes, you won’t want to pass up this restaurant. Chances are you’ll eat here more than once. I know I did 🙂
droprestaurant.com | Hajós u. 27, 1065 Budapest
Free! – a Gluténmentes Pékség
This gluten-free gem will be a delight to your trip in Budapest. With two locations in the city, you can enjoy gluten-free baked goods, sandwiches, and even pizza without compromising the delicious taste. The bakery is 100% free of gluten and soy. Many of their baked goods are also free of lactose and egg.
Fény u. 16, 1024 Budapest
In the center of Budapest, near the Nyugati Square, you’ll find this dedicated gluten-free bakery, shop, and canteen. You can enjoy everything from baked goods to savory dishes like pizza, hamburgers, and more. I wouldn’t say I am a fan of their pizzas (tastes almost like frozen pizza), but I can say their breads are delicious and soft. I highly recommend them. At Cöli you can also shop for gluten-free products from all over. The bistro can be tricky to find as it is located within the Nyugati Gateway Shop, so be on the lookout for this place.
Jókai u. 40, 1065 Budapest
Köles A Reform Konyha (CLOSED) This restaurant is the pioneer for gluten-free restaurants in Budapest. Being the first of its kind, this canteen serves a few dishes free of chemicals and additives, and it has a menu that changes daily. Unlike most restaurants on this list, it’s a self-service restaurant as well as a bakery with good desserts and baked bread.
koleskonyha.hu | Kertész u. 41, 1073 Budapest
This small hidden gem is definitely worth a visit during your trip to Budapest. The Manioka Bakery offers fresh baked goods daily as well as breakfast. Though they don’t have much for breakfast, their omelete is delicious and so are their baked goods. All of their goodies are exculsivley gluten-free and lactose-free, with some egg-free options as well. I highly recommend coming early as their baked goods are usually sold out or limited by late afternoon.
fb.com/maniokapekseg | Ráday u. 15, 1092 Budapest
Naspolya Nassolda is less of a restaurant and more like a snack shop. They sell delicious raw cakes (a bit pricey), treats, and breakfast in the morning, so don’t come here expecting to eat lunch or dinner. However, if you do want to satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthy dessert, head here. Almost everyone can eat here as all the desserts and treats are seasonal, raw, and vegan. They are also free of refined sugar, egg, gluten, and dairy!
naspolya.hu | 1061, Káldy Gyula u. 7, 1061 Budapest
GluteNo (CLOSED) This small gem in Budapest serves up delicious paninis and brownies. Though the paninis are good, they’re quite small, so you’ll probably need two to fill you up. If you aren’t up for paninis, stop by for dessert and a cup of coffee; I highly recommend the brownie or cheesecake. While enjoying your snack, you’ll find the staff and owner (if she is there) to be friendly and extremely passionate about their food and celiac disease. fb.com/glutenofood | Nagy Diófa u. 32, 1072 Budapest
Other Gluten-Free Restaurants in Budapest
This beautifully decorated Spanish tapas restaurant has two locations in Budapest, one on the Buda side and another on the Pest side. The menu is clearly labeled with gluten-free options as well as lactose-free and vegetarian options. At Pata Negra, you can indulge in over 55 delicious tapas that are gluten-free…now that’s awesome. If you are looking for a more meat-heavy meal, visit their third restaurant, El Asador, which also caters to gluten-free customers. As all three locations are always busy, it’s highly recommended to make a reservation.
patanegra.hu | Various Locations
This small hole in the wall restaurant serves quality homemade Hungarian soups. Everything is made fresh daily and though their menu changes everyday, most of their soups and dishes are usually gluten-free. Be sure to ask the staff working that day what dishes are gluten-free, as the menu changes every day. Just a heads up, their portions are small, so either double up or come here if you are just looking for a snack.
fb.com/hokedli | Nagymező u. 10, 1065 Budapest
Bistro Fine is an authentic, upscale Hungarian and international cuisine restaurant that caters to gluten-free eaters. Almost everything on the menu can be made gluten-free. They also have lactose-free and vegetarian options for those who need them. In addition to enjoying a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, you can also indulge in their delicious gluten-free sunflower bread and Hungarian goulash if you choose! Though a bit more expensive than most Hungarian restaurants, it’s affordable and a great option for fine dining!
bistrofine.hu | Andrássy út 8, 1061 Budapest
Etna II. Étterem és Pizzéria
This restaurant isn’t the best on the list, as their customer service sucks at times, however they do cater to gluten-free eaters. You can enjoy gluten-free pizza (made in a separate area), pasta dishes, and tiramisu for an additional fee. Insider tip: Their first Etna restaurant has better reviews when it comes to customer service.
Baross tér 10, 1087 Budapest
This unpretentious Michelin-star restaurant is located in the heart of Budapest. Expect for meals to be more expensive, especially the 4-6 course meals. However, if you want to enjoy a 3-course menu, I highly recommend going for the business lunch option for ~$30. With delicious food and attentive waiters and chefs, you’ll definitely have an unforgettable culinary experience. Reservations are highly recommended.
costesdowntown.hu | Vigyázó Ferenc u. 5, 1051 Budapest
Though personally I am not a fan of any fast food chains and won’t eat there, I do know some of my readers enjoy fast food. So to make you guys happy, I added McDonald’s to this guide. In Budapest, McDonald’s serves gluten-free double cheeseburgers, and from what I have heard and read, they are safe to eat (as always, you can make your own judgement about that). Apparently the staff goes through training, and when a customer asks for a gluten-free burger, they wash their hands then place the packaged buns in a silicone-type foil before toasting them to avoid cross-contamination. However, I don’t know if the other steps of preparation are cross-contamination free, so please find out before eating there.
Gluten-Free Hotels in Budapest
Supermarkets with Gluten-Free Items
Like many European countries such as Italy, Spain, and France, supermarkets are packed with gluten-free goodies, so there is no need to pack a suitcase filled with gluten-free food. In supermarket chains like Spar and DM you can find everything from gluten-free bread and flour mixes to gluten-free pasta and cookies. Popular gluten-free brands are Schar and Free From. There are some dedicated gluten-free supermarkets in Budapest as well, so your chances of not having snacks to eat and starving are very slim!
Useful Hungarian Phrases
Below you will find a few Hungarian words and phrases that can aid you during your trip, especially when shopping for groceries.
- Cöliákia betegség – Celiac Disease
- Gluténmentes – Gluten-free
- Búzaliszt – Wheat Flour
- Búza – Wheat
- Árpa – Barley
- Rozs – Rye
- Zab – Oats
- Kenyér – Bread
- Ez gluténmentes? – Is this gluten-free?
- Ez tartalmaz glutént – Does this food contain gluten?
- Nem ehetek árpát, rozst és búzát tartalmazó ételt. – I can’t eat dishes made with barley, rye or wheat.
- Tartanak gluténmentes sört? – Do you have gluten-free beer?