New research analysed hundreds of reviews from California to New Zealand to find how many gluten-free establishments the city is home to and the average ratings of these restaurants. The study assembled a list of the top 10 cities in the world for gluten-free eating by crunching thousands of restaurant reviews from 250 cities around the world.
Auckland has 180 gluten-free friendly establishments. The city’s average score is 4.27 out of 5. A quick Google search reveals dozens of lists of cafes, small eateries and bigger restaurants where you can order the “clean” food. A few must-try places are Barefoot in the Bay, which is a vegetarian-specific restaurant, Hog Heaven Café, Masu, which offers gluten-free Japanese meals, and The Midnight Baker.
San Francisco has 132 places that specialize in gluten-free food and its average score is 4.28. You can even go to a place, 1601 Bar & Kitchen, which offers unique and inventive Sri Lankan-influenced dishes, most of which are also gluten-free. If you are craving Italian food, which is hard to find without gluten, go to Bella Trattoria Italiana. It makes its pasta in house and is all gluten-free.
Its average score is 4.29. It’s hard to find a place to accommodate your specific food preferences when you’re in a new city, but Dublin has a lot of options – 330 gluten-free restaurants. You can order gluten-free pizza at Millstone or Firehouse Pizza – Ballymun. The city center has the most locations with places that are Celiacs -friendly.
Maui has the same average score as Dublin – 4.29 – and fewer gluten-free establishments – 138. Hawaii has a lot of farmer’s markets. Try authentic food that you have never tasted before. Eating the way locals do is one of the best ways to save money. The areas with the most gluten-free establishments are West Maui (Lahaina/Kapalua/Napili/Ka‘anapali/Honokowai) and Central Maui (Kahului/Wailuku/Ma‘alaea).
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Denver has 150 gluten-free friendly establishments and its average score is 4.32. One of the most recommended places is Vesta Dipping Grill because it has four, not just one, allergen-friendly menu. Another restaurant that is highly endorsed is Watercourse Foods, which serve the “biggest gluten-free banana pancakes.” Denver also made the list of cities with the best and safest drinking water in the U.S.
Barcelona has the same score but with more eateries where they serve food without the pesky protein – 270. A few places that often come up in lists with “best restaurants” are Copasetic , a food lover’s paradise with a Mediterranean-inspired menu, La Fonda, Mayura, which is one of Barcelona’s best Indian restaurants, and Gut, which also includes vegan, vegetarian, lactose-free, and egg-free options.
Portland’s score is 4.33 with 188 establishments where gluten-free food is an option. When a city has a Gluten-free Food & Allergy Fest, you can be certain they have a lot of Celiacs-friendly options. The organizers have listings, reviews, ideas, and resources for those who don’t eat gluten for whatever reasons. Two must-try places are Ground Breaker Brewery and the Brooklyn House Restaurant.
The average score of Amsterdam is also 4.33 but the number of gluten-free friendly restaurants is higher – 210. The “Venice of the North” also has its own Gluten-free festival. De Italiaan in Amsterdam is a locals’ favorite for gluten-free options. They serve gluten-free pizzas and even desserts. You can go to Beter en Leuk on the East side, which is the trendy area these days, for lunch.
The Windy City’s average score is 4.34. Chicago has 204 gluten-free friendly restaurants. Celiacandthebeats.com recommends two places: Wildfire, which is a chain of gluten-free eateries with an extensive menu that even includes gluten-free beer and bread; and Orange, which is recommended for a delicious breakfast.
Can you say “bezlepkovy”? This is how you say “gluten-free” in Czech. Prague claims the No. 1 spot by a thread. It has 102 gluten-free establishments but its average score is 4.35. Two places that come highly recommended by thehappycoeliac.com are Alriso, where everything is made with rice flour, including pasta, bread, and tiramisu; and Svejk Restauarnt U Karla, which offers traditional Czech cuisine with gluten-free dumplings, schnitzel, and apple strudel.