The jury is still out on whether gluten intolerance is just a fad or a legitimate health concern. It seems every other week there is a new report arguing one way or the other, presenting the latest research as fact.
Whatever your view, it can’t be denied that an increasing number of people are seeking out gluten-free products, and are feeling better and more energised for it.
Whilst one might not expect Madrid to be a global trendsetter in many ways, it might be surprising to learn that the capital has long been at the forefront of the gluten-free movement, even before it became trendy.
The Madrid Association of Celiacs and Gluten Sensitive People has been regulating restaurants and bakeries in Madrid and advising chefs and diners alike for at least 20 years now.
The helpful association provides an extensive directory, listing an array of places which provide gluten-free products in the capital, and today ShMadrid gives you a shortlist of some of Madrid’s most popular.
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Discover gluten-free options in Madrid
This twin restaurant chain is the go-to place for those in Madrid on a gluten-free diet. At Da Nicola, they have an entire gluten-free menu which includes handmade pasta, bread, and desserts.
Try the popular gluten-free lasagna or vegetarian lasagna, washed down with a gluten-free beer. (Plaza Mostenses, 11, in the neighbourhood of Conde Duque)
El 38 de Larumbe
Lovers of fine dining also won’t be disappointed in Madrid – one of Spain’s top chefs, Pedro Larumbe, caters for gluten intolerance in his classy restaurant El 38 de Larumbe.
Try a 6-course tasting menu, which includes a full gluten-free option, for €57. (Paseo de la Castellana, 38, in the neighbourhood of Castellana)
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Those who are following a gluten-free diet probably miss bread and other bakery treats most of all. Travellers will be pleased to know that Celioso is a bakery in which every item is gluten-free! So you have lots of options here.
There is a huge selection of artisanal bread and loaves, cakes, biscuits, sandwiches, and mouthwateringly soft croissants, and they will definitely keep you coming back for more.
American travellers in particular, seek out the American style cookies and carrot cake. (Calle de Hortaleza, 3, in the neighbourhood of Chueca)
What is your favourite place in Madrid for gluten-free meals or products?