Planning on visiting the Emerald City? You might be wondering how to survive in Sydney on a gluten-free diet. Worry not, we’ve got you covered. After traveling gluten-free in Australia as a celiac for 3 months we discovered all the best places to safely eat gluten-free, as well as where to shop. From the best gluten-free restaurants in Sydney to where to find gluten-free products, here is our gluten-free guide to Sydney.
Table Of Content
- 100% Gluten-Free Restaurants in Sydney
- Celiac Friendly Restaurants in Sydney
- More Gluten-Free Restaurants in the Surrounding Area
- Supermarkets with Gluten-Free Products
100% Gluten-Free Restaurants in Sydney
Move over tacos, there’s a new sheriff in town, and it goes by the name of arepa. Arepa Oz, which is a 100% gluten-free restaurant, takes the Venezuelan street food staple to the next level! Stuffing the corn pocket disc with flavorful meat like pulled pork, or chicken sofrito, and topping it with guacamole, feta cheese, and plantains. Need I say more? It is pure heaven without the worry of cross contamination. Beside arepas, the small menu has empanadas, fries, and cassava as sides. And for dessert you’ll want to devour the nutella arepa with cinnamon roasted plantains!
147 Enmore Rd, Enmore, Sydney, New South Wales 2042, Australia | Visit Website
As a celiac, no visit to Sydney is complete without a visit to Nutie Donuts. Nutie Donuts is a tiny hole in the wall serving up delicious gourmet gluten-free vegan donuts in a 100% gluten-free facility. However, donut lovers beware, these donuts aren’t like your traditional donuts, they are baked, not fried, and have a cake like consistency and a heftier price tag. Nonetheless, these donuts are exquisite and a must have on your gluten-free Sydney trip. Recommended donuts are the cookie dough, and the Instagram worthy Cookie Monster donut. While donuts are their specialty, Nutie also offer an array of other sweet and savory options for lunch and breakfast.
13 Beattie St, Balmain NSW 2041, Australia | Visit Website
Located in the heart of eastern Sydney, Wholegreen Bakery offers a wealth of scrumptious gluten-free goodies that everyone visiting Sydney needs to devour. With every bite you can see and taste the passion used to make each delicious homemade gluten-free goodie. From croissants and pies, to sausage rolls and breads, everything is made from scratch with fresh seasonal ingredients and without preservatives. They even make and sell their own flour mixes. Whether stopping by for a quick bite with coffee, or for lunch, you’ll find that Wholegreen is one of the best gluten-free bakeries in Sydney.
24 Arden St, Waverley NSW 2024, Australia | Visit Website
Rough & Bare – St Leonards
If you are in search of a cafe that cares about your body and that is also 100% gluten-free, look no further than Rough & Bare. Bone broth, salmon salad with avocado, gluten-free sourdough bread, and nutrient rich breakfast bowls are just a few things from the menu that shows Rough & Bare truly cares about providing real, clean, nutritious food. The smoked pork belly, charcoal waffles and grilled wild caught salmon are some of my favorites and must-tries at Rough & Bare.
3/9 Albany St, St Leonards NSW 2065, Australia | Visit Website
Celiac Friendly Restaurants in Sydney
Beach Buns is Sydney’s first Coeliac Australia accredited business, and gives celiacs a whole new outlook on burger joints. This is a place we can eat with confidence and without worries. The owner, who is gluten intolerant himself and has a family history of celiac disease, made it his mission to provide a normal but safe eating experience for those who need to eat gluten-free. He does this by having knowledgeable and trained staff, a separate storage space for regular bread, three options for gluten-free buns, and a menu where everything on it with the exception of the “normal” bread is gluten-free, including the fries, and dessert. Though not a 100% gluten-free establishment, celiacs will feel confident about enjoying a meal here.
Advertised as a “safe place for coeliacs”, Cafe Free is considered among locals as a slice of heaven in Sydney. The owner makes every effort to make the cafe a safe haven for celiacs by not using wheat flour to avoid airborne cross contamination, avoiding the usage of ingredients with “may contain gluten” statements, and designing a menu specifically for celiacs. Though not a 100% gluten-free environment, everything made in house is 100% gluten-free, seasonal, local, and environmentally friendly. The only item that isn’t gluten-free is the gluten-containing bread which is made off site, stored separately, and carefully handled to avoid cross contamination.
Favorites at Cafe Free include the fish and chips, waffles, and the BBQ pork wraps, but whatever you choose will be delicious. The menu is predominantly lactose and dairy-free with several vegan and vegetarian options.
Hale & Hearty Waterloo
A fantastic spot for a gluten-free brunch in Sydney is Hale & Hearty. Though not an entirely gluten-free cafe, Hale & Hearty offers a 98% gluten-free menu served by knowledgeable staff who understand cross contamination. Hale & Hearty specializes in your not so average pancakes. Their savory and sweet, protein rich, gluten-free pancakes are the kind you’ll be dreaming about ‘till the next time you can get your hands on them again. They are beautifully presented and taste phenomenal! Besides having the best gluten-free pancakes in Sydney, Hale & Hearty also serves burgers, salads, and other breakfast items, but don’t leave without trying one of their many pancakes. Hale & Hearty caters to other dietary restrictions as well with plenty of dairy free,vegan, and sugar free options.
859 Bourke St, Waterloo NSW 2017, Australia | Visit Website
Oriental Healthy is where celiacs can go to enjoy an extensive amount of Asian street food. The Southeast Asian, and Chinese based menu is 90% gluten-free and packed with dishes like Thai papaya salad, salt and pepper squid, pho, and massaman curry. The menu also has many vegetarian and vegan options.
423 Cleveland St, Redfern NSW 2016, Australia | Visit Website
Nude Fish Poke Bowl
A colorful combination of raw seafood and vegetables over rice, topped with Japanese inspired toppings, poke bowls are all the rage now. So it’s understandable that a restaurant dedicated just to poke bowls would pop up in Sydney. With 3 locations in Sydney, the poke chain store, Nudefish Poke, serves a range of fresh and tasty poke bowls that not only serve sustainable seafood but are also 100% gluten* and dairy-free. You can choose from the popular mixes, or test your own skills by customizing your own bowl. If you’re not into eating raw meat, they offer cooked bowls with chicken or salmon.
*Celiac Note: Though the Nudefish menu is 100% gluten-free, it is not celiac friendly as ingredients they use may contain traces of gluten.
Various locations | Visit Website
SoCal Neutral Bay
Evoking the laid-back California beach vibe, SoCal offers a delicious Mexican menu that’s mostly gluten and dairy-free. With the exception of three items, all non gluten-free items have a gluten-free option available. Fish tacos, enchiladas, slow cooked bbq meats, and ceviche are just a few of the things you can devour at SoCal. Did I mention there’s also a long list of cocktails and tequilas?
Celiac Note: SoCal does not have a dedicated fryer, so avoid any fried items. Please be sure to inform them that you are celiac so they can tell you which items are celiac-friendly.
1 Young St, Neutral Bay NSW 2089, Australia | Visit Website
I Love Pho
After traveling to Vietnam I fell in love with pho and I am always on the lookout for places where I can eat it safely. In Sydney, that place was I Love Pho. The Vietnamese restaurant in Crows Nest offers an almost 100% gluten-free menu with classic dishes like spring rolls, crispy pork rolls, hotpot, and of course, pho. I Love Pho caters very well to those with dietary restrictions as most of their dishes are not only gluten-free, but also dairy and nut-free, and the meat is halal. They also have a separate vegan menu. I Love Pho is a great gluten-free restaurant in Sydney if you are in search of delicious Vietnamese food.
47 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest NSW 2065, Australia | Visit Website
Celebrating the flavors, smells, and colors of India and Sri Lanka, Indu is a fantastic choice if you’re in search of a unique gluten-free dining experience in Sydney’s CBD. The mostly gluten-free menu offers naturally gluten-free dishes like the Sri Lankan staple; dosas and hoopers. I highly recommend the flame-seared, turmeric cured salmon dosa, it’s delicious. INDU also caters well to other dietary needs such as dairy-free, shellfish-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
350 George Street Entry Via, Angel Pl, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia | Visit Website
More Gluten-Free Restaurants in the Surrounding Area
Health Freak Cafe North Ryde
This western Australia chain is 100% gluten and sugar free. From the pulled pork tostadas and Mexican nacho bowl to the smoothie bowls and lattes, everything is fresh and healthy.
Imperial Gluten Free bakery
This small 100% gluten-free bakery offers gluten-free donuts, bread, and baked goods. You can also purchase their products online.
Choices Gluten Free
Another 100% gluten-free bakery with a product range that covers all the bakery bases; fresh breads, savoury pastries, and sweet treats. Online purchasing available.
A celiac-friendly Italian restaurant where 90% of the menu is or can be made gluten-free. There is garlic bread, pizzas, pastas, mains, and desserts.
Supermarkets with Gluten-Free Products in Sydney
Pretty much any supermarket you walk into will have gluten-free products. You’ll find bread, pasta, chips, wraps, noodle cups, and more. There’s no need to pack a suitcase filled with gluten-free products from home. As per Australian law, everything labeled gluten-free is suitable for celiacs and contains less than 3ppm. A note on seafood; be sure to read the label as many times we found that seafood contained traces of gluten.
Coles: A big supermarket chain in all the capitals of Australia, you will find an extensive amount of gluten-free products there.
Woolworths: Our go-to supermarket in Australia is full of gluten-free products. From sausages to pita bread and cereals, they have it all. You can find gluten-free products in the healthy food aisle or scattered in with the rest of the stuff.
Aldi: A fast and growing supermarket chain in Australia with it’s own gluten-free brand “Has No” with products like gluten-free cookies, bread, and cereal.
Food Works: Another chain with stores throughout Australia with plenty of gluten-free options.
With this extensive list of best places to eat gluten-free in Sydney, we guarantee you won’t go hungry or have to worry where you’ll eat while discovering the city.