Eating Gluten Free in Barcelona

This blog post was originally published on April 7, 2015, and was updated on September 7, 2017.

Whether you have celiac disease or have simply chosen a gluten free diet, eating gluten free in Barcelona is no longer a challenge!

Celiac? Prefer avoiding gluten? Eating gluten free in Barcelona is not always easy, but it can be done! These days, awareness of gluten is on the rise, and supermarkets, pastry shops and restaurants are beginning to cater to those who do not consider gluten a part of their diet. Here is a comprehensive guide to eating gluten free in Barcelona, from gluten-free dishes worth tasting to cool restaurants to check out.

Eat gluten free in Barcelona! The possibilities are nearly endless.

Must-Try Gluten Free Tapas

For many people coming to Spain, one of the first things they think of as far as Spanish food goes are tapas, of course! Tapas come in many shapes and forms and are an especially popular way to eat out. However, loads of them are battered and fried, often times using bread crumbs or flour (think croquettes, fried fish or calamari). But this certainly doesn’t mean one has to avoid them! Here are a few suggestions of delicious tapas that are 100% gluten free and undeniably delicious!

It's so easy to eat gluten free in Barcelona. Many favorite tapas are naturally gluten free!
Believe it or not, ALL of the tasty tapas pictured here—grilled chorizo, pimientos de padrón, patatas bravas, and tomato salad—are gluten free!
  • boquerones en vinagre (pickled anchovies)
  • huevos estrellados (fried eggs with ham or chorizo)
  • escalivada (roasted vegetables)
  • anchoas (anchovies)
  • patatas bravas (fried potatoes with spicy bravas sauce)
  • esqueixada (cod and vegetable salad)
  • ensaladilla rusa (potato salad)
  • pulpo a la gallega (octopus and potatoes)
  • tortilla española (Spanish potato omelette)
Pulpo is a tasty way to eat gluten free in Barcelona!
Pulpo, anyone? This popular tapa is gluten free!

That’s just to name a few, start exploring and discover the world of naturally gluten free tapas that are available!

Eating Out

While there aren’t loads of restaurants that are entirely gluten free in Barcelona, the ones that do exist are fantastic. Without a doubt, you’ll find one that suits your tastes.

Eat your veggies! Salads made with locally grown produce are a tasty way to eat gluten free in Barcelona.
Spain’s wonderful produce makes beautiful salads!
  • Copasetic: This really is gluten free heaven. This lovely cafe-restaurant in the Eixample has a long list of breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner eats, ranging anywhere from gluten free crepes to organic, gluten free beer.
    AddressCarrer de la Diputació, 55
  • El Dinamic de BCN: Parlament street, a strip of local hidden gems, is now very gluten free friendly as well. El Dinamic opened up not long ago, and specializes in tapas as well as comfort food like pastas and stews.
    AddressPassatge de Pere Calders, 4
  • El Cafe Blue Project: This is a very cool cafe in Barcelona’s trendy Born neighborhood, serving up not only a plethora of gluten-free bites but also raw and vegan eats as well.
    AddressCarrer de Princesa, 57
  • Teresa CarlesThis vegetarian restaurant has something for every diet, including some particularly stellar gluten free dishes to boot.
    AddressCarrer de Jovellanos, 2
  • Conesa: You may think this is too good to be true, but Conesa does on-the-go sandwiches with certified gluten-free bread! Try the classic llom i pernil (pork loin and ham) or the escalivada sandwich (roasted vegetables).
    Address: Carrer de la Llibreteria, 1
  • Homo Sibaris: For the beer lovers, this classic craft beer joint has several gluten free bottles to enjoy.
    AddressPlaça d’Osca, 4
  • Forn Boix: Another recent discovery, this bakery has been making bread in the Raval since the 1920s. Today, it has a special section dedicated to artisan gluten free cookies.
    AddressCarrer d’En Xuclà, 23
  • Messie Pizza: Priding themselves on the only 100% gluten free restaurant in all of Barcelona, their pizzas are delicious, as well as homemade cakes and other delicious dishes at their new second location around the corner, Sense Gluten.
    AddressCarrer Torrent de l’Olla, 65
Ensaladilla rusa is one of the tastiest ways to eat gluten free in Barcelona!
Ensaladilla rusa is a favorite for good reason—and it’s gluten free!

Shopping

There are a few different Barcelona supermarkets that have a wide selection of gluten-free products. Firstly, there’s Veritas, the organic supermarket with several different locations throughout the city. Meanwhile, another good option is El Corte Inglés, the mega one-stop-shop department store that lies in the center of every Spanish city. There is a supermarket in the basement that has a pretty impressive section of gluten free glory.

Did you know that the majority of our tours are adaptable for those who avoid gluten? Let us do the work and sit back, relax and enjoy a wonderful food experience in Barcelona! From history to flamenco to markets and more, there’s a Devour Barcelona experience for everyone. 

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  1. […] “Eat better, be happier, live longer.” How could you not want to try a place with that mantra? Teresa Carles is one of the authorities when it comes to healthy restaurants in Barcelona, so check it out for their set lunch menus or delicious dinner options, also including a variety of gluten-free dishes. […]

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