Gluten-Free Fort Lauderdale: Gluten-Free Eats in this Florida Hot Spot

With fall waiting in the wings to usher in cooler weather, finding the perfect warm-weather destination quickly rises to the top of my to-do list. Fort Lauderdale often gets overlooked in favor of its flashier neighbor, Miami. Yet the Venice of America is well worth a visit, with its waterfront attractions, cultural destinations and sunny outdoor adventures.

So what’s on the menu in this South Florida hot spot? Thanks to its active culture and healthy vibe, this colorful city is home to plenty of delicious gluten-free fare—and plenty of plant-based options, too. Grab your shades and join me on a tour of the tastiest gluten-free spots in Fort Lauderdale.

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A dish from Fresh First in Fort Lauderdale. (photo: Loren Sonnenberg)

Catch the sunrise to start the day right

I might not be a morning person, but the promise of watching an unforgettable sunrise has a way of making me eager to wake up before dawn. Fort Lauderdale’s sunrises don’t disappoint, especially if you catch the sun coming up over the waves at Las Olas Beach. Arrive early enough, and you’ll have the beach mostly to yourself, allowing for a quiet moment or two before the sun-seeking crowds descend on this sandy stretch.

After you soak up the first few rays of the day, it’s time for coffee and a bite to eat. Breakfast has always been my favorite meal of the day, but Fort Lauderdale’s Fresh First has taken my love for this morning meal to an entirely new level. This completely gluten-free restaurant serves up flavorful dishes with a healthy side of sunshine seven mornings a week.

You’ll feel like you’re in the right place as soon as you step in the door, as owners Eliana and Tarso Teixeira have made their restaurant a welcoming space for friends, families, locals and visitors alike. As part of a plant-based family that also juggles celiac and food allergies, Eliana and Tarso knew that they wanted Fresh First to be a place where their family would love to eat—and a space where other food-challenged families could dine and socialize comfortably.

That’s why you’ll find Fresh First’s menu brimming with gluten-free, vegan and peanut-free dishes that appeal to anyone and everyone. The restaurant also uses organic produce when possible and makes essentially everything in house, including a proprietary flour blend, a signature spicy hot sauce and coconut milk-based ice cream.

If you arrive in time for breakfast, you’re in for a treat. One of Fresh First’s most popular dishes is the Eggs Benedict, a classic that I rarely find gluten free. Between the fluffy buttermilk waffles, the perfectly poached egg, the savory bacon and the rich Hollandaise sauce, this is a morning meal you won’t want to miss.

Of course, if you’re too late for breakfast, Fresh First serves up a mean lunch, too. I recommend the Sweet Potato Burger, a vegetarian burger that comes on a waffle bun, but meaty options like the Chicken and Waffles and the Classic BLT are also tempting. Many of the burgers, salads and bowls here are relatively healthy, but there’s plenty on hand to satisfy your sweet tooth, too. From flourless brownies and waffle sundaes to warm chocolate chip cookies and raw chocolate turtles, Fresh First’s gluten-free desserts hit the spot.

While the welcoming atmosphere and completely gluten-free menu are more than enough to make Fresh First an essential destination in Fort Lauderdale, the restaurant’s convenient location doesn’t hurt either. This sunny spot is just blocks from the cruise port and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, making Fresh First one of the easiest stops during your trip.

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Bowlicious has a comprehensive allergen guide to help you identify dairy-free, nut-free and other free-from options. (photo: Loren Sonnenberg)

Fuel up for outdoor adventures with healthy eats

Fort Lauderdale is home to a long list of outdoor attractions, from state parks packed with wildlife and tranquil gardens overflowing with blooms to historical spots with fascinating museums. When you’re ready for an adventure, head north from Fresh First and take your pick between two of my favorite sites. If you’re looking for a mix of art, history and nature, you’ll want to spend a few hours wandering through Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, a historic home with gorgeous grounds.

If you’d rather skip the art and architecture and explore the great outdoors, set your sights on Hugh Taylor Birch State Park instead. Also known as Fort Lauderdale’s Central Park, it’s just large enough to transport you away from the bustling metro area and into a green oasis. With its easy walking trails, awe-inspiring mangrove forests and ample bird-watching opportunities, this park has tons of activities to do on dry land. But if you don’t mind getting wet, you’ll also want to rent a kayak and paddle along the palmettos and through Birch State Park’s central lagoon.

It’s easy to work up an appetite during a day of outdoor adventures in Fort Lauderdale, but Bowlicious is my pick for staying fueled on the north side of Fort Lauderdale. The brainchild of business partners Matthew Freeman and Gustavo Baldovino, Bowlicious takes inspiration from the macronutrient diet. All of the dishes emphasize balance, and the team takes pride in making sauces, grinding and mixing spices, and preparing everything fresh daily.

The entire menu here is gluten free, from the bowls to the drinks to the desserts. Bowlicious also has a comprehensive allergen guide to help you identify dairy-free, nut-free and other free-from options.

With so many internationally inspired ingredients to choose from, it isn’t easy to decide what to add to your own custom veggie, protein and grain bowl. That’s why I recommend digging into one of the mouth-watering signature chef bowls instead.

I loved the Asian-inspired Ninja bowl, with sweet potato noodles, ginger chicken, spicy green beans and jicama slaw. The vegetarian Botanist, with brown rice, Szechuan tofu, cinnamon sweet potatoes and beet salad, was also a favorite, with vibrant flavors that tie together beautifully. No matter what you choose, don’t forget to pick up a gluten-free cookie for dessert.

Take in the waterfront sights and eat fresh

After a well-balanced meal, it’s time to walk off lunch in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District. Perched along the New River, this is where you’ll find many of Fort Lauderdale’s best cultural and shopping destinations. From retail therapy along Las Olas Boulevard and history at the Stranahan House to exhibitions at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale and shows at the Broward Center for Performing Arts, Riverwalk is the city’s vibrant center.

If you love the healthy bowl trend as much as I do, you’ll want to stop by Bolay for dinner. This South Florida chain’s gluten-free food service certification from the Gluten Intolerance Group sets it apart, making it a smart and safe option on Fort Lauderdale’s southwest side.

Everything at Bolay is gluten free, and the quick-service restaurant easily accommodates other allergies, too. Bolay has an easy-to-use guide that highlights the top eight allergens, so you can choose the ingredients that work best for your dish. Build your own bowl with bases like cilantro noodles or orange basil quinoa, add veggies like ginger broccoli and herb-roasted potatoes or proteins like miso-glazed tofu, and top it with sauces like spicy Thai or cilantro pesto.

If you’d rather nosh on a tried-and-true combo, Bolay has plenty of tasty and nutritious options. Try one of the most popular bowls, like the Surf-N-Turf, which comes with steak au jus, smoky cauliflower and crunchy kale salad. Whether you’re looking for a little spice, an all-American dish or something super fresh, Bolay can create your ideal gluten-free dish.

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Sweet Love is a completely gluten-free bakery that also offers dairy-free, non-GMO and kosher goodies. (photo: Loren Sonnenberg)

Satisfy your sweet tooth with gluten-free goodies

When I’m traveling, I can never resist visiting a gluten-free bakery, especially one as tasty as Sweet Love. Located on the west side of Fort Lauderdale, Sweet Love is a completely gluten-free bakery that also offers dairy-free, non-GMO and kosher goodies. Owner Ana Buendia prides herself on providing treats that everyone can enjoy, no matter what dietary restrictions they might have.

It’s easy to see why the cupcakes and cake pops are bestsellers here, and I found the donuts and pound cakes irresistible, too. Although Sweet Love specializes in desserts and sweet treats like waffles, the bakery offers savory bites, too. Call ahead to order a pizza, and Sweet Love will have it hot and ready when you arrive.

I recommend stopping at Sweet Love before starting an adventure-filled day or while you’re on your way out of town so you can stock up on gluten-free goodies to go. The pound cake and donuts travel particularly well and can keep you going through a garden walk, during a day on the beach, or on the plane ride home.

Ideal for a quick stop during a bigger adventure in the Sunshine State or for a longer stay in South Florida, Fort Lauderdale has tons of gluten-free options to keep you satisfied. Set your sights on this sunny spot, and fuel up for a family vacation or a weekend escape with Fort Lauderdale’s best gluten-free breakfasts, healthy eats and sweet treats.

Good Morning, Gluten-Free Baltimore: Charm City’s Essential Destinations

Located just an hour’s drive from Washington, D.C., Baltimore feels like a world away from the nation’s serious, straight-laced capital. From its relaxing harbor front and large green spaces to its history-packed streets and quirky neighborhoods, Baltimore beckons visitors to savor its unique beauty—especially when the city is in full bloom.

If the mere mention of crab cakes makes you salivate, then Charm City certainly won’t leave you hungry. From diner-style dishes with a Baltimore twist to Latin cuisine sure to make your taste buds salsa to sweet and savory baked goods that’ll inspire you to plan a return trip before you’ve even left, Baltimore boasts amazing gluten-free goodies around every corner. Follow along on my ultimate foodie trip to Baltimore and discover Charm City’s essential gluten-free destinations.

Dig into Charm City classics at the Inner Harbor

Whether it’s your first visit or your tenth trip to town, you won’t be able to resist the magnetic pull of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. With its panoramic Patapsco River views, waterfront promenade and long list of popular sights, the Inner Harbor is the ideal place to start exploring.

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But before you browse the eclectic displays at the American Visionary Art Museum, climb to the scenic summit of Federal Hill Park, or tour nearby Camden Yards, you’ll want to fuel up for the day. My favorite breakfast spot is Miss Shirley’s Café, a Charm City institution that’s been serving up its own diner-style take on Baltimore classics for over a decade.

It’s easy to assume that this bustling spot might be off limits for gluten-free diners, as its menu is peppered with pancakes, sandwiches and decadent desserts. However, I was relieved to find Miss Shirley’s takes food allergies remarkably seriously. Not only does the café support Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) initiatives, but all three locations also follow strict food allergy protocols. In fact, you can expect your server to greet you with questions about any food allergies before connecting you with a manager to confirm your gluten-free needs.

As you peruse the menu, go ahead and give in to the temptation to mix and match the extensive list of breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes. Start with the crab-topped Chesapeake Deviled Eggs and split a couple of savory dishes and sides, like the Healthy Hot Mess Scramble with gluten-free toast, the creamy grits or the black-eyed pea succotash.

Whatever you choose, don’t forget to add Miss Shirley’s famous gluten-free pancakes to your order. They’re made on a dedicated gluten-free griddle and come piled sky-high with garnishes like white chocolate and raspberries. Tasty enough to inspire you to lick your plate clean, these pancakes come in a sizable stack big enough for two, making this the perfect dish to share.

Treat yourself to Latin cuisine in Fell’s Point

After getting your fill at Miss Shirley’s, walk it off with a slow saunter through nearby Fell’s Point. Easily walkable from the Inner Harbor, the Fell’s Point neighborhood is over 350 years old and home to some of the most charming streets in Baltimore. I suggest following in our footsteps by marveling at the 18th-century Broadway Market, the centuries-old brick buildings and the cobblestone streets as you work up an appetite for one of the most memorable meals in Baltimore.

Tucked away just steps from the waterfront, Points South Latin Kitchen features a completely gluten-free menu packed with flavors from Latin America. Owner Bryson Keens, a person with celiac disease and frequent traveler, fell head over heels for Latin cuisine during his family’s adventures in Central and South America. At Points South, he and chef Scott Stauber put their own gluten-free spin on these tantalizing tastes.

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Whether you stop by for lunch or settle in for dinner, you’re in for a true treat. Kick things off with starters like the nicely spiced grilled octopus with pepita romesco or the zesty shrimp ceviche before moving on to the main course. It’s tough to choose between popular dishes like the crab cake sandwich and the lamb ribs with creamy mojo, so I recommend ordering a couple to share.

Even if you don’t think you have a sweet tooth, you’ll want to save room for the final course. The warm Coconut White Chocolate Tres Leches Bread Pudding and the dulce de leche-filled Chocolate Volcano Cake stand out as some of the most delicious desserts I’ve had anywhere, and you won’t want to miss out.

From the bold flavors to the warmth of the space to special events like drag brunches and salsa nights, this spot fully embodies Bryson’s mantra, “Don’t think of gluten-free as less than.” In fact, Points South goes over the top with its rich dining experience, memorable meals and unforgettable desserts.

Discover plant-based pastries in hipster Hampden

Next, head north to one of Charm City’s most eccentric enclaves. The Hampden neighborhood is home to off-the-wall art galleries, one-of-a-kind boutiques and hot spots both new and old. Visit in early June for the delightfully retro HONfest, which captures the endearing essence of this area, or stop by any time of year to see the quirkier side of Baltimore.

Nestled just south of hopping 36th Street, Harmony Bakery is the city’s best venue for hearty gluten-free and vegan fare. Don, Renee and Lisa Gorman, the father-mother-daughter trio behind the bakery, have been in the restaurant business for decades, specializing in everything from macrobiotic to plant-based cuisine. When Renee found that she could no longer tolerate gluten, the family shifted to making vegan, gluten-free and soy-free goodies — and Harmony Bakery was born.

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The bakery produces an impressive array of sweet and savory treats, and when you arrive, you’ll be greeted by bright display cases brimming with tarts, pies, quiches and daily specials. If you’re hungry for something savory, go with the flavorful spinach, tomato and artichoke quiche or the spinach and mushroom tart with cashew cheese. Then step over to the sweet side and sample a Samoa bar with coconut filling, a couple of almond jam cookies or my favorite, a fruit tart with sweet cashew cream.

Even if you visit a couple of times during your trip, you’ll always find a new treat to try. Experimentation is the name of the game for this family-run spot, and the Harmony Bakery constantly turns out inventive recipes and delicious new sweets and savories.

Try local and international fare at a food hall

If you love exploring culture through cuisine as much as I do, then you’ll take any opportunity to tour a market or eat your way through a food hall. While Baltimore is home to a handful of worthy markets, some of which are over 200 years old, I suggest putting the comparatively new R. House at the top of your list. Located in a former auto shop near gems like the Baltimore Museum of Art and Johns Hopkins University, R. House hosts 10 food counters serving some of the tastiest bites in town.

It’s easy to get distracted by the tacos, poke bowls and ice cream in this buzzing food hall, but you’ll want to save your appetite for the colorful arepas at White Envelope. If you’ve sampled your fair share of these corn-based sandwiches before, you might expect to find customary combinations and traditional ingredients at White Envelope. Instead, chef Federico Tischler celebrates creativity and Venezuelan culture with arepas you won’t find anywhere else.

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All of White Envelope’s arepas are gluten free, which makes deciding what to order difficult. Meat lovers will want to sink their teeth into the short rib and plantain puree-stuffed Paint It Black arepa, and vegans have plenty of options, too. But you can’t go wrong with The Immortal Crab Reloaded, which comes stuffed with a perfectly fried crab cake, fresh avocado and tart green mango salsa. With its Venezuelan, Caribbean and Baltimorean influences, this signature arepa captures a delectable combination of cultures in a single bite.

Top it off with a trip to Baltimore’s sweetest spot

Once you’ve enjoyed all the sights, smells and flavors of R. House, explore your choice of the many attractions near the Remington neighborhood. To the west, the expansive 19th-century Druid Hill Park welcomes visitors with walking trails, gardens and the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. To the north, Wyman Park boasts the renowned Baltimore Museum of Art, the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum and your pick of green spaces. When you start feeling peckish, you’ll be just a few blocks away from sweet27, Baltimore’s oldest gluten-free bakery and restaurant.

When this spot opened over a decade ago, sweet27 was a wholesale venue focused solely on baked goods, specializing in cupcakes and other sweet treats. Over the years, owner Suraj Bhatt turned sweet27 into a neighborhood bakery, café and restaurant with a completely gluten-free menu that emphasizes fresh, multicultural dishes. From the Caribbean-inspired goat curry and jerk chicken to the Indian-influenced Bombay chicken and Manchurian cauliflower, sweet27’s menu features an intoxicating mix of spices from around the world.

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Whether you sit down for lunch or dinner, don’t miss your chance to top off your visit with one of sweet27’s classic desserts. At this sweet spot, you can treat yourself to more than a dozen gluten-free and dairy-free cupcake flavors, including red velvet, lemon buttercream, German chocolate and everything in between.

From sweet treats and hearty plant-based goodies to classic crab cakes and Latin favorites, Baltimore truly delivers when it comes to gluten-free cuisine. Consider me completely enamored with Charm City.

Journeys in Gluten-Free Amsterdam

Amsterdam might be known for its many vices, but that’s far from what defines this Dutch city. Visit during the summer, and you’ll witness the city in full bloom, with greenery-lined parks packed with families, floral markets in full swing, and locals sipping coffee alongside the city’s picturesque canals.

In the summer, you’ll also have the chance to experience Amsterdam at the height of its long growing season. Cafés, restaurants and markets across the city flaunt crisp vegetables, plump fruits and delicate greens, not to mention plenty of fresh cheeses and just-caught fish.

As a gluten-free traveler, I reveled in the city’s celebration of its native products. In Amsterdam, gluten-free fare takes a healthy turn, with local ingredients and fresh, innovative presentations.

Immerse yourself in the Centrum

If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to start your tour of the city right in the heart of the action. Home to Amsterdam’s central railway station, the majestic 13th-century Old Church, the Anne Frank House and the Rembrandt House Museum, the Centrum’s origins date back several centuries.

Amsterdam’s city center also is the focal point for its UNESCO-protected canals. Hundreds of years old, Amsterdam’s many canals travel through the city, serving as scenic landmarks among the narrow lanes and historic buildings. The canals also are the setting for the Bloemenmarkt, the only floating flower market in the world. Whether you’re in the market for a bouquet or you’re just window shopping, don’t miss this colorful display in the Centrum.

Work up an appetite as you wind your way along the canals and head toward the area known as The Nine Streets. These cobblestone streets tell the stories of several centuries of history, but they’re also lined with some of the city’s most contemporary boutiques and cafés.

Pancakes, located in the heart of The Nine Streets, straddles the line between historic and modern-day by serving traditional Dutch pancakes jazzed up with creative toppings. Though not all of the pancakes here are gluten free, the knowledgeable staff can guide you toward the safe options.

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I opted for the gluten-free pancake with goat cheese, spinach, garlic oil and pine nuts—a savory mouthful with plenty of flavor. If you have a sweet tooth, go big with the banana with mixed nuts and chocolate sauce, or stick with the simple lemon and sugar.

Discover the cutting edge in De Pijp

Perpetually on the forefront of what’s cool in Amsterdam, De Pijp is one of the quirkiest neighborhoods in the city. Get a feel for the area with a stroll through the Albert Cuyp Market, a lively street market that takes over the area six days a week. Here you’ll find everything from local snacks to secondhand clothes to local souvenirs.

Located just off of Albert Cuypstraat, Cottoncake captures the feel of De Pijp under a single roof. This stylish shop is both a clothing boutique and café, and it’s a solid pick whether you’re looking for a new outfit or hungry for a bite to eat.

After learning she was gluten intolerant, owner Jorinde Westhoff found eating gluten free to be difficult in Amsterdam. She put her newfound gluten-free baking expertise to work, added a hint of her fashion publicist background and opened Cottoncake.

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A boutique on the first floor, Cottoncake features one of the most fashionable cafés in town in its loft area. The perfect spot to linger with a coffee and a freshly pressed green juice, this café also has an extensive gluten-free and vegetarian menu. I found the homemade granola with yogurt and freshly-baked banana bread a light and healthy way to start the day.

Dive further into De Pijp with a stop at Venkel, just down the road on Albert Cuypstraat. This hip spot highlights fresh produce, displaying leafy greens, ripe fruits and root veggies all over the restaurant. Unlike the sterile salad joints I’m used to in the U.S., Venkel truly gets its customers excited about eating plants and other local products.

While salads don’t necessarily fit into traditional Dutch cuisine and fast, casual dining isn’t common in Amsterdam, Venkel owner Elnaz Bahrami is a pioneer of both. Propelled by a personal decision to eliminate wheat from her diet, she developed a wide range of hearty and natural gluten-free recipes. That’s why just about all of the salads at Venkel are naturally gluten free, and every salad is packed with fresh vegetables, meats, grains and nuts.

More than just nutritious, the menu at Venkel also highlights some of the best elements of De Pijp. Many of the ingredients here are hyperlocal, including veggies from neighborhood farmers and honey made right in the city. Even the platters at Venkel are made from the wood of Amsterdam trees.

Go green in the Jordaan

Take a stroll through the Jordaan, one of Amsterdam’s most popular neighborhoods, and you might feel as though you’ve stepped back into an earlier version of the city. When it comes to gluten-free fare, however, the Jordaan is far from antiquated.

My favorite spot in the neighborhood, Piqniq, focuses on the traditional Dutch midday meal and encourages you to enjoy it al fresco. Like its name suggests, Piqniq is organized picnic-style. Instead of offering large, heavy meals, this café invites you to create your own meal out of smaller soups, sandwiches and salads.

Though only part of Piqniq’s menu is gluten free, owner Paulien Gmelig prepares everything with care. Requests from her gluten-free patrons prompted her to start producing and sourcing gluten-free food, since she wanted everyone to feel welcome at the café. You’ll typically find gluten-free sandwiches and even sweets on the daily menu.

While you certainly can dine at this welcoming café, many of Piqniq’s patrons take their meals to go and enjoy them in one of the city’s many parks. For a real Amsterdam experience, call ahead and reserve a basket filled with your choice of gluten-free goodies and have a leisurely picnic at the nearby Westerpark or the popular Vondelpark.

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See what’s new in Oud-West Amsterdam

On the west side of the city, Oud-West Amsterdam has undergone significant changes in recent years. Long known for the scenic Westerpark and other large green spaces, Oud-West also has become a hotspot for both fine dining and innovative popups.

A relative newcomer to the area, Jacketz prides itself on being the first baked potato shop in mainland Europe. If you’ve ever indulged in a stuffed baked potato, you might think you know what you’re getting here. Add a dash of Amsterdam’s healthy, fresh focus and a sprinkling of surprising flavors to the blank canvas of a classic potato, and you have Jacketz.

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This fast, casual chain takes oversized baked potatoes, mashes the tender insides with plenty of butter and adds toppings of your choice. I couldn’t get enough of the beetroot salad potato, stuffed with creamy and vinegary beets and topped with fresh greens and flavorful dukkah.

A few blocks down the street in Oud-West Amsterdam, Spaghetteria is a great pick for a nice sit-down meal in the neighborhood. This contemporary Italian restaurant specializes in homemade pasta, fresh seafood and perfectly paired wine.

While you won’t find homemade gluten-free pasta here, Spaghetteria does offer pre-made gluten-free pasta, which the staff takes care to cook and prepare separately. Choose the penne with spicy tomato sauce or the spaghetti with mussels and a garlicky white wine sauce, and you’ll settle right in to this buzzy pasta spot.

A must in Oud-West Amsterdam, the Foodhallen is a sort of indoor street food haven. This large warehouse-like space is packed with food vendors who expertly prepare everything from frites to kebabs to fresh gluten-free food.

My favorite stop in the Foodhallen, Friska, makes a sushi-wrap hybrid with fresh fish, grains and vegetables. Whether you try the Oh My Goat with quinoa, goat cheese and beets or the Shrimptease with shrimp, avocado and soy chili dipping sauce, you can rest easy that everything here is both fresh and gluten free.

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No matter if you’re looking for a quick snack while sightseeing or you’re seeking ingredients to prepare a feast in your apartment kitchen, you’ll find a handful of great places to shop for food in Amsterdam. For one of the best selections of gluten-free items I’ve found anywhere, head to De Glutenvrije Winkel. Located on the east side of town, this dedicated gluten-free shop has many of the international brands you already know, along with countless European brands and local products. If you need a gluten-free beer or treat to complete your meal, De Glutenvrije Winkel has you covered.

For the city’s best produce and tons of packaged gluten-free treats, head to Marqt, Amsterdam’s answer to Whole Foods. For a great selection of organic foods and certified gluten-free items, make EkoPlaza your destination. For a dedicated store brand on a budget, go to Albert Heijn, which is ubiquitous in the city. All of these stores have multiple locations and are convenient to several of Amsterdam’s top attractions.

Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast or you’d rather explore the city on foot, you’ll find plenty to do, see and taste in Amsterdam. The Dutch capital is a memorable destination year-round, but a summer getaway captures Amsterdam at its freshest.

There’s No Place Like Stockholm: Gluten-Free Scandinavian Treasures

With its uniquely Scandinavian blends of cosmopolitan culture and natural beauty, old-world charm and modern infrastructure, Stockholm easily stands out as one of my favorite European destinations. Whether I’m looking to get lost in the maze of centuries-old streets, rub elbows with black-clad urbanites or cruise along the sparkling waterways, Stockholm delivers.

But if you’re a fan of Italian, Spanish, Greek or other well-loved European cuisines, you might be wondering what’s on offer in Stockholm, especially for gluten-free diners. From classic Swedish meatballs and princess cakes to hearty plant-based dishes and fika treats for every palate, join me on a mouthwatering gluten-free tour of the capital of Scandinavia.

Step back in time in Stockholm’s old town

To get a taste of Stockholm in the 17th century, head straight for Old Town, or Gamla Stan. Nestled on Stadsholmen, an island in the center of the city, Gamla Stan features a network of narrow lanes lined with historic ochre- and rust-colored homes, shops and landmarks. You’ll find plenty to catch your eye along main routes like Stora Nygatan and Präsgatan, but be sure to venture onto the tiny side streets for the cutest shops and the best photo opportunities.

Whether you opt to visit Gamla Stan highlights like the Royal Palace, King Carl XVI Gustaf’s official residence, or the Nobel Museum, which has exhibits about the Nobel Prize, or you just want to take in the area’s historic ambience, leave time to dine at Under Kastanjen (Under the Chestnut Tree). Tucked away under an ancient chestnut tree in a quiet pedestrian area, this restaurant is an essential stop for gluten-free visitors to Stockholm.

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This cozy spot easily caters to regular diners and those with gluten-free needs, as it has two separate preparation areas. One of Under Kastanjen’s bakeries is completely gluten free, so you can indulge in both sweet and savory treats without worry.

Of course, you can’t have a meal here without sampling the gluten-free Swedish meatballs with all the trimmings. The nicely seasoned meatballs pair perfectly with the wonderfully creamy gravy, lightly whipped mashed potatoes, tart lingonberries and crunchy pickles. Be sure to arrive hungry or plan to share, as this hearty dish will fuel you for hours.

Not feeling the meatballs or looking for a little more variety? Warm up with the daily soup or enjoy a sweet treat in the afternoon instead. Fika, a daily cookie and coffee break, is an institution in Sweden, and Under Kastanjen is the ideal spot to wash down a pastry or two with a strong cup of coffee.

Shop and dine on the upscale east side

After touring Stockholm’s Old Town, step back into the present with a spin through Östermalm, the city’s modern and upscale east side. Here, you’ll want to stroll along Strandvägen, the waterfront promenade, before heading indoors to the Swedish History Museum. You could easily spend a day in this sprawling building, tracing thousands of years of history, learning about Viking mythology, and marveling at the glistening gold room.

Exploring museums always helps me work up an appetite, so after you’ve had your fill of Swedish history, I recommend walking a few blocks northwest to Ecoist. Located on one of Östermalm’s buzzy side streets, this small café is a gluten-free and organic oasis that’s always serving up something delicious. This spot serves breakfast and lunch, and I found that by arriving between the two meals, I got to sample the best of both. Note that Ecoist doesn’t publish its menu in English, but the staff can easily translate the daily specials and answer any questions about gluten-free preparation.

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For breakfast, I recommend the buckwheat porridge. This nutritious grain bowl comes packed with cinnamon and apples and topped with dried coconut and almond milk. For lunch, you can’t go wrong with the daily soup. Loaded with herbs and quinoa, the flavorful Mediterranean soup with a side of gluten-free bread and hummus makes for a tasty midday meal. Don’t leave without trying the sweets. I especially liked the raw rhubarb slice, a rich, nutty treat with a lovely touch of tart rhubarb on top.

Get creative on Stockholm’s hip south side

Next, venture over to Södermalm, Stockholm’s hip south side. Easily accessible by foot, subway or car from Östermalm or Gamla Stan, this neighborhood offers a vibrant mix of historic avenues and funky enclaves, with a little something for everyone.

To take in the best views of the city, set your sights on Monteliusvägen. This pathway skirts the northern edge of the island and offers stunning vistas of highlights like Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s distinctive city hall, beautiful Lake Mälaren and much more, completely free of charge.

While in Södermalm, take a few moments to admire the centuries-old homes before walking south toward the funky shops along Södermannagatan. After peeking into the vintage boutiques and browsing through the designer shops, satisfy your shopping-induced hunger near the lively Nytorget.

No matter the time of day, I suggest heading to Älskade Traditioner (Beloved Traditions), a delightfully retro café that drew me inside with promises of gluten-free waffle sandwiches. Owner Susanna Comstedt designed the Wraffle, a waffle-wrap hybrid, as the star of the show at this 1950s-themed café. As she explained to me, the waffle iron gained popularity in Sweden in the 1950s, inspiring her to concoct a creative waffle-focused dish to tie the theme together.

Gluten-Free Stockholm

To welcome everyone to Älskade Traditioner, regardless of dietary needs, Susanna made a point of offering gluten-free and vegan versions of her signature Wraffles. Since the kitchen team uses a separate waffle iron for gluten-free Wraffles, you can order yours without hesitation.

If you’re in the mood for a savory Wraffle, I recommend the gluten-free Eggs Royale, which comes with poached eggs, smoked salmon and a generous helping of hollandaise sauce. Rich and buttery, this waffle sandwich is big enough to share, especially if you’re also planning to dig into a sweet waffle topped with cloudberries, whipped cream or maple syrup.

Soak up sun and fun in Stockholm’s green spaces

Exploring on foot is my favorite way to work off an indulgent meal, and Stockholm has plenty of parks for both casual strolls and more challenging hikes. You’ll find several smaller parks interspersed throughout the city’s many neighborhoods, but I recommend making a special trip to two of Stockholm’s best green spaces.

Just east of Gamla Stan, Djurgården is an extensive island park and my preferred place to stretch my legs without leaving the city. Along with miles of walking paths, beautiful waterfront views and colorful gardens, this park is also home to over 20 museums. While Skansen is a good choice for kids and the Abba museum is ideal for music lovers, my top pick is the Vasa Museum. Here, you can see the reconstructed ship that sank off the shores of Stockholm in the 17th century and hear the mysterious stories of the shipbuilders and the crew.

For even more fresh air, make your way to Haga Park, a Royal National City Park and home to lakes, forests, gardens and distinctive copper tents. These blue structures serve as more than a popular photo opportunity, however. They also house an outpost of Kea Bageri, a completely gluten-free bakery.

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At Värdshuset Koppartälten (The Inn at the Copper Tents), bakery owner Madeleine Olsson prepares an incredible range of gluten-free sandwiches and desserts. I opted to stick to the sweets during my visit, and I particularly liked the well-spiced apple cake and the warm cardamom bun, a classic Scandinavian treat.

To try even more gluten-free goodies, make a trip to Kea Bageri’s main location in suburban Stockholm. Along with a full range of cookies and tarts, that’s where you’ll find gluten-free princess cake, a special Swedish dessert with royal origins featuring cream, jam and cake carefully encased in bright green fondant.

Explore the canals and islands outside of the city

If you’re visiting Stockholm when the sun is out and the weather is warm, set aside some time to get out on the water. Rivers, lakes and canals define the Stockholm region, and hopping on a boat is the perfect way to way to journey outside of the city limits.

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If you’re short on time, a one or two-hour tour of the harbor area can give you a whole new perspective on the city. If you have a little more time to spare, however, I recommend booking a ferry to one of the many islands that compose the Stockholm archipelago. From spring through fall, you can take multiple ferries each day to destinations like Vaxholm, an important 16th-century military outpost, and Grinda, a laid-back island popular with families.

For the ultimate escape from the city, however, Sandhamn is my top pick. Located in the outer archipelago and at the edge of the Baltic Sea, this island is one of the area’s most remote and peaceful destinations. After a two-hour ferry ride, Sandhamn welcomes you with opportunities to hike through the ancient forest, soak up some sunshine on the deserted beach, and enjoy some of the freshest air you’ll find anywhere.

While you can find some gluten-free options on the island, dining choices are very limited in such a faraway locale. I suggest doing what I did and packing some snacks from Stockholm’s gluten-free bakery Friends of Adam to keep you going. This bakery doesn’t have a storefront, but you’ll find its gluten-free bread, muffins, crackers and more at Coop supermarkets and Urban Deli markets throughout the city.

Whether you want to explore centuries of fascinating history or soak up the cool metropolitan vibe, the capital of Sweden awaits. I can’t wait to return to experience more of Stockholm’s countless cultural attractions, easily accessible countryside, and deliciously diverse array of gluten-free goodies.

Exploring the Riches of Gluten-Free Dubai

Dubai is a city celebrated for its cosmopolitan feel, endless beaches and all-over glamour. A sparkling locale on the eastern edge of the Persian Gulf, Dubai holds a spot on many top 10 tourism lists and even boasts the world’s busiest international airport. It’s hard to believe the city barely warranted mention in travel guidebooks not long ago.

With its impeccable beaches, larger-than-life skyline and world-class cuisine, Dubai is perfect for both urban- and resort-leaning vacationers. But what did this bold, glitzy city have to offer to a history- and culture-loving gluten-free traveler like me? I couldn’t wait to find out and was surprised to find it satisfied all of my needs from the historic to the gluten-free gastronomical.

Learn about Emirati culture

The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding is just the place to start, whether you have a little or a lot to learn about the United Arab Emirates and its culture. Located in Bur Dubai, one of the city’s historic districts, the center promotes cultural education with a series of regular events. The cultural breakfasts and lunches are popular but rife with gluten-containing traditional dishes. Gluten-free eaters will likely enjoy the offerings available at the historic tours more.

Sign up for one of the center’s heritage tours, which include a guided walk through Dubai’s Al Bastakiya and Al Fahidi neighborhoods. Cool off with an icy beverage in a shaded café or under the historic wind towers, an early sort of air conditioning in this hot city. Afterward you’ll be treated to Arabic coffee or tea and dates, along with time for questions and answers at the center. If you’d prefer more insight into Dubai’s religious culture, attend one of the center’s daily tours of the Grand Jumeirah Mosque, located on the southern end of the city.

Visit the international districts

Dubai is a melting pot in every sense of the term. Only about 15 percent of the population here is native Emirati, while the remaining 85 percent of Dubai’s residents hail from India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Iran, the United Kingdom and the rest of the world. The result is a unique cultural mix that you’ll encounter from the architecture to the music to the food. For a taste of the city’s global appeal, visit Dubai’s international districts centered around Bur Dubai. No matter what’s on your shopping list, there’s plenty of bargaining to be had in Al Satwa and Al Karama. If you’re craving a homelike Indian or Pakistani meal, there are also countless restaurants serving extensive brunches and dinners here. Many are naturally gluten free, but it’s always a good idea to inquire with the restaurant manager.

For a healthy and worry-free lunch in this area, head straight for the modern Dubai International Financial Centre, which towers over the southern end of Bur Dubai. Inside is the Gluten-Free Kitchen & Café, a completely gluten-free shop that focuses on nutrition and wellness. Owner Areej Jomaa has been baking gluten free for many years, and her expertise shines in the wide range of sweet and savory goodies. The quiches and breakfast sandwiches are great for brunch, while the sandwiches and protein-packed salads make for a tasty and healthy lunch. Don’t leave without one of the Gluten-Free Kitchen & Café’s raspberry tarts, chocolate éclairs or my favorite, the raw coconut brownies.

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Explore the old city

Though Dubai is building a well-deserved reputation for rapid growth and reaching new heights with its awe-inspiring skyscrapers, there’s plenty to see, smell and experience in the old city. Deira, the historic commercial center, is the best place to get a feel for old Dubai.

Here you’ll see alleyways bustling with shoppers, souks or markets, filled with vendors plying their wares and the small blue boats called dhows, moored at the edge of Dubai Creek’s equally blue water. The souks here are the ideal spot to shop for some of Dubai’s traditional goods and test out your haggling chops.

At the Deira Souk, it’s easy to get lost among the narrow passageways, where entire streets are dedicated to particular items such as jewelry or textiles. At the spice and herb souks, for instance, you’ll be greeted by mound after mound of fragrant dried spices, herbs, teas and flowers.

At the gold souk, more than 300 vendors will be ready to sell you everything from gold bracelets to necklaces to crowns. At the textile souk across the creek, you’ll find endless rows of scarves, pashminas and headwear. If you intend to do some serious shopping, it’s best to arrive here with a budget in mind. Of course if you’re just looking, Deira Souk is also a fun place to browse.

Marvel at the Burj Khalifa

Though you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the Burj Khalifa tower from nearly anywhere in Dubai, it’s worth a trip to see the world’s tallest building up close. Get a ticket to go to the top of the tower, and you’ll get to see the city from the world’s highest observation deck.

For a more personal experience, reserve a table at At.mosphere and enjoy a drink at the world’s highest restaurant. You won’t find gluten-free options on the food menu here, so toast with a glass of champagne instead.

The Dubai Mall, a huge shopping center that offers much more than just retail stores, is adjacent to the Burj Khalifa. For a late afternoon nosh, visit Fortnum & Mason, the only international outpost of the U.K. institution that serves a classic afternoon tea.

The gluten-free version comes with your choice of beverage, several tea sandwiches, fresh scones and a selection of gluten-free baked goods. The buttery scones were some of the best I’ve tried, especially with liberal applications of clotted cream and jam.

For a nice sit-down meal after an hour or two of shopping and people watching at Dubai Mall, try Carluccio’s. This Italian chain is based in the U.K. and thankfully has locations all over Dubai. All restaurants have a gluten-free menu featuring everything from antipasti to pasta to grilled meats and fish. The pasta dishes really stand out here, from the Smoky Spaghetti Carbonara to the Frutti Di Mare, with prawns, mussels and calamari in a light garlic sauce.

If you visit later in the evening, you’ll even get to catch the Dubai Fountain’s performance in the mall’s courtyard area, right at the foot of the Burj Khalifa. Yet another superlative, this is the world’s largest choreographed fountain. In the evenings, it puts on an impressive show, complete with music, lights and admiring crowds.

Indulge in Jumeirah

Once a quiet expat community in Dubai, Jumeirah has grown into a large coastal area peppered with luxury hotels and white sand beaches. Whether or not you stay in Jumeirah, this is the best place for a swim in the sea or a snooze under a shady umbrella.

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Jumeirah Beach features soft sand and crystal clear water, while Kite Beach has plenty of activities for visitors of all ages. Get a kite surfing lesson, join a beach volleyball game or try stand-up paddle boarding. At both beaches there’s also ample space to catch some rays and gaze out at the magnificent sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, a luxury hotel built on its own manmade island just offshore.

Back on land, Madinat Jumeirah is one of the area’s biggest attractions. A sort of contemporary take on an Arab village, this complex has an extensive market that looks like a modern version of the Deira Souk, along with multiple hotels and lush grounds. At the bazaar-like Souk Madinat, you’ll find dozens of shops selling everything from antiques to textiles to handicrafts. In the courtyard you don’t want to miss the sweets at the Gluten-Free Kitchen & Café kiosk or the organic market on the weekends.

One of my favorite Dubai experiences is hidden partway through the maze of Madinat Jumeirah in the Al Qasr hotel. Here you’ll find the hotel’s sumptuous lobby space, Al Fayrooz Lounge.

From the lounge’s outdoor patio there’s a gorgeous view of the sparkling Persian Gulf and the Burj Al Arab. But inside is the real jewel. The atmosphere here is elegant, with local touches like rich fabrics and intricate patterns, gigantic dark-paneled ceiling fans, and comfortable sofas for relaxing with friends and family.

Afternoon tea is a specialty at the lounge, and with just a little advance notice, pastry chef Paul Hayward can prepare a gluten-free tea fit for royalty. From quiches to foie gras tea sandwiches, all of the savory items are perfectly delectable. The sweets, including profiteroles with cream, passion fruit cheesecakes, mango tarts, and scones with cream and rose petal jam, are almost too beautiful to eat.

The absolute star of the show, however, is the miniature chocolate fountain for dipping your fruit, jellies and gluten-free cake pops. For a truly decadent gluten-free time in Dubai, don’t miss the tea at Al Fayrooz Lounge.

Ride the dunes

If you’re seeking a little adventure after all that decadence, a trip to Dubai isn’t complete without an excursion into the desert just outside the city.

Opt for one of the extreme dune-bashing rides, which treat the dunes like a natural roller coaster, or book one of the all-encompassing desert safari packages, with camel rides and belly dancing. Some tours are geared toward adults, while others are safe for kids, so if you’re traveling with family be sure to get the scoop beforehand.

Take a day trip to Abu Dhabi

If you can spare an extra day during your trip, make Abu Dhabi your destination. Only 90 miles away, the capital of the UAE is a completely different world. While Dubai features nonstop movement, Abu Dhabi moves at a much slower pace.

If Dubai’s speed has taken its toll, Abu Dhabi is the perfect respite. To travel between the two cities, you can easily take a taxi or one of the frequent public buses. For a family, a taxi is the most convenient option, while the bus is a reasonable choice for couples or solo travelers.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the city’s most fascinating attractions and is the one Abu Dhabi site where I wish I could have spent an entire day. Take a self-guided tour of this massive complex. Your jaw will quite literally drop as you take in the crystal chandeliers, inlaid marble and calligraphy, not to mention the largest carpet in the world. Outside, meditate on the reflecting pools and relax with a wander through the landscaped grounds. Guided tours are also available, and it’s all free.

For lunch head over to one of the nearby hotel restaurants for an upscale gluten-free meal. Inside the Souk Qaryat Al Beri hotel and shopping area, Ushna serves some of the most memorable North Indian cuisine.

Vegetarian starters at Ushna

Many of the dishes are naturally gluten free, but Chef Sandeep Ail is also well-versed in safe gluten-free preparation. From the almost architectural aloo chaat, a wonderfully fresh potato and chickpea starter, to the dal makhani, a buttery black lentil dish, to the flourless chocolate cake, you’ll have a fantastically flavorful meal with a view of the Grand Mosque.

For an incredible Italian meal try Frankie’s Italian Restaurant & Bar in the neighboring Fairmont Bab Al Bahr hotel. The emphasis here is on deliciously healthy food, and you’ll find separate menus here for gluten-free, vegan and diabetic diners.

Chef Gianluca Cazzin can also easily customize dishes and will wow you with gluten-free versions of creamy polenta with burrata cheese or rich gnocchi with pink sauce. The gluten-free tiramisu is a must for dessert.

In the late afternoon take a stroll along Abu Dhabi’s corniche, the boardwalk that stretches for miles along the beach. It will almost certainly be sunny, but you’ll find shady spots and places to grab a cool drink, along with your choice of beaches. Be sure to take a break and dip your toes into the sparkling waters of the protected bay, just off the Persian Gulf.

For dinner, reserve an early table at Hakkasan, inside the Emirates Palace at the western end of the corniche. An outpost of the original Michelin-starred location, the Abu Dhabi restaurant is an intoxicating mix of traditional Chinese and modern Emirati design. Be sure to ask for the gluten-free menu here, but be assured that Chef Lee Kok Hua is a master at gluten-free Chinese cuisine. Don’t miss the signature Roasted Mango Duck, the marvelously artistic Golden Fried Soft Shell Crab, or the cool Housemade Sorbet.

When to go

It should come as no surprise that due to its desert location, Dubai is warm year-round. The temperature is lowest in late fall to early spring, but it’s always warm if not downright hot.

During my February visit the temperature averaged a pleasant 80 degrees. The mercury regularly climbs over 100 degrees from about May to September, though. If you do visit during the summer, rest assured that you’ll find plenty of infrastructure in place to help you stay cool. Dubai’s many shopping malls and Western hotels are well air-conditioned, as is the metro system.

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How to navigate the city

If Dubai lacks one thing, it’s walkability. While you can wander around in specific neighborhoods, it’s simply not possible to cover very much ground on foot. The city stretches for miles along the Persian Gulf and the Dubai Creek, and neighborhoods either aren’t connected or are just too far apart.

Fortunately transportation in Dubai is affordable. Licensed taxis are plentiful, and you can easily hail one at a hotel or shopping center. The Dubai metro will also take you to all major neighborhoods, and the system is easy to navigate.

Where to stay

Dubai has hundreds of hotels, thanks to its booming tourism industry and the city’s preparation for the World Expo in 2020. If you want to experience Dubai at its finest, seek out one of the city’s numerous beachfront resorts, where you’ll find a level of luxury unlike anywhere else. If you’re on a tighter budget, there are plenty of more affordable options, from local inns to international hotel chains.

Live like royalty at Al Qasr, a palatial hotel within the Madinat Jumeirah complex. Designed as a summer abode fit for a sheikh, this hotel is like a luxurious little oasis. Stroll over to the Talise Spa for a beachside massage, take a spin through the waterpark, or do some high-end shopping at the adjacent Souk Madinat. For breakfast request some of the gluten-free delicacies at the hotel’s Al Fayrooz Lounge.

An excellent Western option near Deira, the Hyatt Place Dubai Al Rigga offers friendly and somewhat upscale accommodations with easy access to the rest of the city. The morning breakfast buffet is complimentary for all guests, and you’ll have your choice of about a dozen naturally gluten-free items.

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Fuel up for a day of adventures with fresh fruit, raw vegetables, hummus, cheese, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Don’t hesitate to inquire with the chef if you have concerns about cross-contamination at the buffet.

Whether you’re traveling for the historical aspects, the futuristic elements, or the luxurious accommodations, Dubai is well worth a visit. You’ll find plenty to keep your family entertained or ample time to relax. With a little advance planning you’ll be able to indulge in Dubai’s multicultural world-class gluten-free cuisine as well.

Go to Budapest Hungry: Your Guide to Gluten-Free Travel in Budapest

When I first traveled to Hungary’s capital city in 2015, I was impressed by the grandeur and history, but I didn’t love the few gluten-free dining options I found. A little over three years later, however, I returned to find Budapest a changed city—at least from a culinary perspective. As Katalin Papócsi-Réthy, co-owner of the popular bakery Free, confirmed, “there is a gluten-free movement happening in Hungary.”

Whether you’ve never made the trip before or you’re due for a return visit, this is the perfect time to go. Budapest beckons with gluten-free versions of traditional Hungarian dishes like lángos and sweet cheese pastries as well as mouthwatering takes on classics like croissants and pizza.

St. Stephen’s Basilica + Hungarian Parliament

The moment you set foot in Budapest, you won’t be able to help but admire two of its most iconic structures: the stunning Hungarian Parliament building, which overlooks the sparkling Danube River, and St. Stephen’s Basilica, which holds court a few blocks south. I recommend starting your visit with a stroll around the exterior of the ornate Gothic Revival Parliament building and a tour of the interior, where you can see jaw-dropping artifacts like the Byzantine Hungarian crown jewels.

Then make your way to St. Stephen’s Basilica, which boasts incredible 360-degree views from its dome. You’ll have to climb more than 350 stairs to reach the observation deck, but the panorama is worth the trek—plus, pastries await a short walk away.

Tucked away in Budapest’s vibrant Jewish Quarter, Free-a Glútenmentes Pékség (Free – Gluten-Free Bakery) is an essential stop, even if you’re only in town for a brief time. Co-owners Drs. Katalin Papócsi-Réthy and Péter Papócsi, who are both trained nutritionists, opened this dedicated gluten-free spot after their 2-year-old daughter was diagnosed with celiac. As the first artisan gluten-free bakery in Budapest, Free is beloved among both visitors and locals, who flock to indulge in the breads, sweet and savory croissants, cinnamon rolls and much more.

Although I enjoyed my fair share of cheese croissants and chocolate rolls at Free, the pizza stands out as my favorite. When you visit, time your arrival for shortly before noon, when several varieties of gluten-free pizza emerge from the oven, ready to be devoured by the slice. The delish varieties range from tomato and basil to ham and sour cream. Eat it right away, and take a couple pastries to savor later.

Hungarian National Museum + Great Market Hall

Next, it’s time for a history lesson. As Hungary’s capital city, Budapest is home to plenty of fascinating museums and historic sites, but I found the Hungarian National Museum most interesting. If you aren’t familiar with Hungary’s history, from its founding in the late 9th century and its role in the Ottoman Empire to its experience in the communist era, you’ll want to spend several hours here.

When you’re ready for a breather, treat yourself to a walk through Budapest’s Great Market Hall, which is just a few blocks from the museum. Still as bustling today as it was when it opened nearly 125 years ago, the beautiful structure houses more than 100 vendors selling everything from fresh and dried paprika to fruits and vegetables to meats and cheeses.

You probably won’t spot any gluten-free baked goods at the Great Market Hall, but right down the street, you’ll find Manioka (Manioc), one of Budapest’s best gluten- and lactose-free bakeries. Owner Maria Bartha was inspired to open the bakery about two and a half years ago to share the gluten-free goodies she made for her own health and well-being.

At the time, the baker found very few high-quality gluten-free products in Budapest. Today, she appreciates that the increasing competition from the growing number of gluten-free bakeries keeps her on her toes and encourages her to innovate.

When you visit, I recommend trying her latest creation and sampling at least one of the classics, like the cheese croissants or the túrós táska (sweet cheese pastries). Arrive early for the best selection, and you might be lucky enough to snag one of her indulgent cherry sweet cheese pastries.

Danube River + Széchenyi Chain Bridge

Manioka is just steps from the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, a major landmark and popular avenue for crossing the Danube on foot. Before leaving this side of the city, however, you’ll want to squeeze in one more gluten-free snack.

Hidden away on a residential street in District IX, the aptly named Fun Café is the brainchild of owner Hanna Németh. She eats gluten free by necessity and noticed a distinct lack of healthy, fun-to-eat fast-food options in the city. While she makes savory items like burritos and quesadillas as well as sweet treats like crêpes and waffles, the one menu item you have to try here is the lángos.

A bit like a deep-fried, extra-cheesy pizza, this quintessential Hungarian fast-food dish consists of a flattened disc of fried dough with a combination of toppings. Lángos usually comes topped with cold sour cream and non-melted shredded cheese, but Fun Café offers a tasty array of additional toppings, including bacon and arugula.

Across the bridge

To work off that lángos, walk across the historic Chain Bridge and enjoy a leisurely hike to the top of Gellért Hill. As one of the highest points in the city, this hilltop is the ideal place to gaze out over the Danube, the Parliament building and the Pest (pronounced pesht) side of the city, which falls on the east side of the Danube.

Gellért Hill is also a short walk from Castle Hill, where you’ll find the top attractions on the Buda side—the west side of the Danube. A major component of Budapest’s UNESCO World Heritage site, the Buda Castle Quarter is the perfect place to absorb several centuries of history. Take in the views as you leisurely stroll through the storied Castle Hill grounds, which include the preserved Buda Castle, the Hungarian National Gallery, and often-photographed spots like Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church.

After seeing the highlights of Buda, you’ll want to enjoy a hearty meal at a jovial spot like Dobrumba, a local favorite. This unique spot specializes in Mediterranean cuisine that spans from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco to Mount Ararat in Turkey, meaning the menu features everything from Tunisian shakshuka to Israeli hummus to Greek moussaka.

Although the restaurant isn’t completely gluten free, Dobrumba’s friendly staff is more than happy to walk you through safe, delicious options. The richly spiced shakshuka topped with fresh herbs and the hummus masabacha with veggies for dipping are just a couple of my favorites here.

Picnic at a park or escape to an island

Many of Budapest’s biggest highlights dot the banks of the Danube, but there’s also plenty to see inland. Home to several historical and cultural highlights, City Park is a must-see. At the west entrance of the park, don’t miss Heroes’ Square, which houses a monument celebrating Hungary’s 1,000th birthday and massive bronze statues of the seven Magyar chieftains and other key national leaders.

While you’re here, consider stopping by the iconic Széchenyi Baths, where you can soak in thermal waters rumored to have healing properties. Or just stretch out on the grass and enjoy a picnic featuring sweets from the nearby a40 Desszertszalon (a40 Dessert Salon).

Located a few blocks southwest of City Park, this tiny sweet shop is easy to miss but a treat to discover. Owner Beatrix Kis decided to specialize in good-for-you desserts after finding that a low-sugar, gluten-free diet helped her live the active lifestyle she loves. In addition to being gluten free and low in sugar, many of the sweets are also dairy free or egg free, making this the place to go for complex food allergies.

Although a40’s berry-topped cheesecake is beyond decadent, you can’t visit this dessert shop without sampling the Isler cookies. Featuring jam sandwiched between two delicate shortbread-style cookies and dipped in chocolate, this gluten-free version of a Hungarian classic is the perfect indulgence.

For an even bigger stretch of green space and more picnicking opportunities, Margaret Island is your destination. Located smack in the center of the Danube, this island is a wonderful place to escape from the city with its many miles of walking paths, beautiful gardens and lively outdoor bars.

Since food options are limited on Margaret Island, stop at Nyugati Cöli Bisztró (Celiac Bistro West) for picnic supplies before you head out. Designed for people with celiac, this busy bistro is completely gluten free and offers both daily lunch specials and regular menu items like pizza, burgers and sweets.

You’ll be spoiled for choice here, as the bistro has 80 products in regular rotation and debuts new goodies regularly. Try the hazelnut crème pastry if you’re in the mood for something sweet, or munch on a slice of pizza if you prefer savory. The bistro even has a small market with local and international gluten-free brands, so you’ll find everything you need for an afternoon on the island here.

Whether you’re making a quick stopover during a Danube River cruise or you’re planning a longer stay in the region, Budapest is well worth a visit. With so many scrumptious treats to discover, the Pearl of the Danube is a true gluten-free gem.

Travel Editor Anna Sonnenberg is a food and travel writer who has journeyed around the world gluten free since being diagnosed with celiac in 2012.

Holidays in Vienna

Although there’s no bad time of year to experience the Imperial City’s delights, Vienna becomes truly magical in the winter, especially during the holiday season. With festive Christmas markets to keep you cozy and countless light displays to illuminate the city, Vienna shines the brightest on the shortest days of the year.

Whether you’ve heard stories of the gorgeous cakes and the gilded palaces or you’ve listened to tales of the grand boulevards and the glorious performances, the rumors about Vienna are true. As a former imperial capital, this city is always dressed to impress with magnificent architecture, vibrant music venues, dynamic historical sites and a thriving culinary scene.

Bundle up, get in the holiday spirit and get a glimpse of a few of my favorite finds in Vienna. From savory Wiener schnitzel to sweet Sachertorte, this tour of the Imperial City is sure to hit the spot.

Get your culture fix

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I always look forward to stopping by blueorange, a buzzing bagel shop in Vienna’s hip Fourth District. Warm, welcoming and easy on the wallet, this inviting café offers an extensive menu of breakfast plates and sandwiches, most featuring bagels and all with clearly marked allergens.

While the bagel sandwiches here are tasty and filling, I prefer fueling up with one of blueorange’s signature breakfasts, like the Vegan Power plate. The gluten-free bagels take a few extra minutes to prepare, but a hearty morning meal like this is well worth the wait. Loaded with a selection of raw veggies, hummus, avocado spread and fresh fruit that you can assemble any way you like, this breakfast plate makes for a nutritious start to the day.

From blueorange, Vienna’s Maria-Theresien-Platz is only a few blocks away and the perfect place to warm up while delving into the city’s incredible history and culture. It’s tough to choose between the Vienna Natural History Museum and the Vienna Art History Museum, the two iconic museums that anchor this bustling plaza. Since either one could easily fill a day, I recommend concentrating on the one that most piques your interest.

Naturally, you won’t want to miss the Christmas markets, and one of the city’s most festive traditional markets takes place right outside on Maria-Theresien-Platz. After browsing the handmade ornaments, enjoying the holiday cheer and sipping a mug of mulled wine at the Christmas Village, stroll over to the MuseumsQuartier (MQ). Although it’s only a block or two away, the MQ feels like an entirely different world.

Home to dozens of cultural institutions, the MQ is a sprawling complex with surprises around every corner. To see some of Austria’s biggest names in modern art, browse the Leopold Museum’s galleries, and if you’re feeling edgy, make mumok your destination to see some of Austria’s most progressive artwork. If architecture, dance or kids’ activities are more your speed, you’ll find museums featuring each of them here, too.

Just don’t miss Winter in MQ, the holiday market that takes place in the expansive outdoor courtyard. As the polar opposite of the city’s more traditional Christmas markets, Winter in MQ has a decidedly contemporary vibe, with fun punch recipes, colorful LED displays, DJ sessions and gifts that showcase Vienna’s design mastery.

Indulge in the classics

If you’ve worked up an appetite while enjoying the holiday festivities, don’t worry. While finding gluten-free snacks at the holiday markets isn’t always easy, Allergiker Café is just a short walk or tram ride away from the city center. Initially designed as a university project, Allergiker Café was the first of its kind in Vienna—and years after it first opened its doors, I think it’s still the best.

Inspired by her celiac mother, Margarete Rothaug-Pasteiner, co-owner Franka Rothaug developed a café centered on the concept that everyone should be able to find something tasty to eat, no matter their dietary restrictions. After determining that Vienna indeed had strong demand for an allergy-friendly café, the mother-daughter team brought the idea to life, opening the space together in the city’s Fourth District.

Today, Allergiker Café makes good on its motto “Sweets for all” with a mouthwatering range of gluten-free, soy-free, lactose-free and nut-free confections. Of course, you can’t visit without trying the Sachertorte, a gluten-free version of Vienna’s most famous treat, made with sustainable dark chocolate. If you aren’t a chocolate fan, I recommend the Birgit, a Linzer torte filled with bright berries, or the Sissy, a rich cheesecake. No matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong, as everything at Allergiker Café is gluten free.

Get cozy at a bistro designed just for you

After sampling a sweet treat here and a mug of mulled wine there throughout the day, you might be tempted to skip dinner. Since you won’t want to miss your chance to dine at Gasthaus Zum Wohl, however, be sure to save room for one of Vienna’s most unforgettable meals.

Although Zum Wohl is the city’s only completely gluten-free full-service bistro, this cozy spot appears more like a welcoming neighborhood pub than an allergy-friendly dining destination. After taking a quick glance at the menu, you’ll realize that everything here is deliciously safe for gluten-free diners. So where should you start?

Be sure to try the gluten-free bread, which Zum Wohl makes in house. If you’re hungry for a taste of classic Viennese cuisine, dig into the Baked Bat, a wonderfully crispy, deep-fried pork schnitzel that’s served with savory potatoes and sweet berries. For something a bit less meaty, try the Spinach Dumplings, hearty green pockets accompanied by rich pesto and zesty tomato sauce.

If you’re looking for something even lighter, take your pick from seasonal salads, house-made soups and tons of tasty vegan dishes. With his nutrition coach background, owner Peter Jancek always ensures that Zum Wohl offers a variety of organic juice and coffee as well as homemade lemonade in addition to the bistro’s full range of wines and spirits.

A royally sweet visit to Vienna’s old town

After sleeping off all the fun from the previous day, you’ll be due for another delicious breakfast. Squeeze into Simply Raw Bakery, a tiny café with a big sweet tooth. While this charming spot is hidden away on a quiet side street just blocks from well-known eateries like Café Central and Café Mozart, Simply Raw serves up gluten-free goodness without cross-contamination concerns.

After finding that a raw, plant-based and grain-free diet best helped her husband recover from ongoing health struggles, owner Gabriele Danek was inspired to share their discovery with others. Years later, Simply Raw continues to embrace pure, unprocessed ingredients in both sweet and savory dishes.

Start your day with the protein-packed Grawnola, enjoy a slice or two of the banana bread, or upgrade to the Banana Time, which includes two slices of banana bread with house-made hazelnut spread. Or, if you’re ready to skip right to dessert, treat yourself to a slice of one of the bakery’s nut-based raw cakes, which pair perfectly with espresso.

After fueling up with Simply Raw’s signature picks, saunter over to Hofburg Palace, the center of imperial history in Vienna. Once a royal residence, this palace is packed with fascinating sights that could easily fill an entire week. While you won’t be able to see everything here, I suggest taking in royal highlights like the Sisi Museum, the Spanish Riding School’s famous Lipizzaner horses and the stunning Royal Chapel.

Be sure to save energy for the nearby Belvedere Palace, a must-see site that once welcomed royal visitors and now houses one of Austria’s best art collections. While you won’t be able to see Belvedere Palace’s garden in its full glory during the winter months, the palace’s baroque-inspired Christmas Village is the ideal spot to warm up with a hot drink while perusing royal-themed holiday gifts.

Enjoy classic Viennese treats

Of course, no visit to Vienna is complete without sampling the city’s most famous dish. While Zum Wohl makes an excellent gluten-free Wiener schnitzel, I also enjoyed Gasthaus Nestroy’s gluten-free take on this classic. Although Nestroy isn’t a completely gluten-free establishment, the restaurant fries gluten-free items separately and serves its schnitzel with traditional accompaniments like warm potato salad and tart cranberry sauce.

After a hearty meal, make your way back to the city’s grand boulevard to fit in one last Viennese classic. Catch a show at the Vienna State Opera, where it’s well worth spending a few euro for last-minute standing-room-only tickets, even if you only want to see the opera house’s absolutely stunning interior.

If you’d prefer to take in a musical performance, make it the Musikverein. This gorgeous building is mere minutes from the opera house and hosts the Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony, as well as visiting symphony orchestras and classical performers. It’s also my favorite spot to see a holiday performance and the perfect place to cap off your winter escape to Vienna.

Whether you’re in the midst of planning a holiday getaway to this winter wonderland or you’re already dreaming up destinations for next year’s family trip, the Imperial City is sure to delight. With festivities around every corner, history and culture at every turn, and delicious gluten-free fare all across the city, Vienna might just be the perfect holiday destination.

Travel Editor Anna Sonnenberg is a food and travel writer who has journeyed around the world gluten free since being diagnosed with celiac in 2012.

See it all in Seattle

Words by Anna Sonnenberg

Photos by Loren Sonnenberg

Seattle may have a reputation for gray skies and dreary weather, but don’t let that scare you away from visiting. Each time I’ve traveled to Seattle, sunshine and blue skies have been waiting right around the corner. Since July and August are the sunniest months of year in the Emerald City, I can’t recommend a summer visit enough.

Always go downtown

Sprawling markets are some of my favorite spots to spend time in any city, so I love starting any Seattle visit with a walk through Pike Place Market. Here, vendors have sold an impressive range of produce, seafood, flowers and many other goods for over a century. I love picking up some seasonal fruit when I’m here, but even if you aren’t in the market for anything in particular, Pike Place is still a fun hub of activity.

While there’s no longer a dedicated gluten-free bakery in Pike Place Market, you don’t have to go far to satisfy your appetite. Just east of the market in Seattle’s vibrant First Hill neighborhood, Niche Gluten-Free Café and Bakery has all the gluten-free goodies you desire.

This funky spot is completely gluten free, so you can feel comfortable enjoying anything that catches your fancy. The Paleo-inspired hash bowls, which can come loaded with veggies, Alaskan salmon, Applewood bacon or a veggie burger, are one of the most popular brunch items, while the Niche Club stands out on the sandwich menu. Like a lot of menu items, both of these are dairy free, so they’re great for other allergy-conscious diners, too.

My top pick at Niche is the signature Cheesy Egg Waffle-ini. This ingenious invention is a gluten-free waffle sandwich made panini-style to ensure that the cheese is perfectly melted. You can also get yours with Applewood bacon and apple butter or go for a sweet version slathered with Nutella.

If you really want to treat yourself, though, save room for one of Niche’s scrumptious homemade ice cream sandwiches, a delightful combination of chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream.

Owner and Chef Toby Matasar has over 20 years of experience as a French pastry chef. When she cut gluten out of her diet a few years ago, however, she put her expertise to the test as she experimented with rice and tapioca flours and potato starch. When you visit, you’ll see her creativity shining throughout the menu, whether you’re ordering brunch, lunch or an afternoon pick-me-up.

At Niche, you’ll also feel the love. After all, the motto here is “Eat, drink, smile.” Chef Toby opened this intimate spot to feed people well, and Niche’s deliciously gluten-free meals and treats do just that.

Soak in the waterfront

Seattle boasts some impressive stretches of waterfront, and taking a harbor cruise in Elliott Bay is one of my favorite ways to see the city. If you’d rather stay on dry land, the waterfront is also home to plenty of family-friendly activities, like the Seattle Great Wheel and the Seattle Aquarium.

Not far from Elliott Bay, don’t miss some of the city’s top cultural destinations. The Seattle Public Library’s central branch is known for its eye-catching architecture and stunning top-floor views, and it also hosts events every day of the year. A couple blocks away, the Seattle Art Museum is home to edgy exhibitions and collections of historic art. If you prefer seeing your art in nature, take a wander through the museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, which is northwest of Pike Place.

When you’re ready for a hearty meal, head straight for Pier 54, where you’ll find Ivar’s Acres of Clams, a Seattle institution. Ivar’s has held down this prime real estate for more than 75 years, but the menu here is surprisingly fresh, thanks to the vision of Executive Chef Chris Garr.

Over the past decade, Chef Garr has revamped the seafood shack’s longstanding menu, finding countless opportunities to remove gluten from recipes and add more sustainable seafood to the mix. Today, Ivar’s menu features almost exclusively wild-caught and local fish and seafood, ethically raised pork, and countless gluten-, soy- and peanut-free dishes.

Share an order of the perfectly crunchy gluten-free calamari, which is cooked in a separate fryer and comes with a zesty dipping sauce. Try a bowl of the wonderfully rich and creamy smoked salmon chowder that is made with a rice flour roux. Save plenty of room for the main course, though. You won’t want to miss Ivar’s halibut, which comes wrapped in smoky bacon that takes this dish to a whole new level.

 Get your fill in SoDo

Seattle has a long history as a center of industry, but the city’s industrial neighborhoods have changed significantly over the years. Just south of Seattle’s downtown, the city’s SoDo neighborhood has put a trendy spin on this once-gritty area.

You’ll visit the north end of SoDo if you catch the Seahawks or Sounders play at CenturyLink Field or if you see a Mariners game at Safeco Field. If you want to try the neighborhood’s best food and drink, however, head further south.

For a quick bite, seek out I Love My GFF. This roving food cart sticks to a weekly schedule, and certain days of the week you’ll find it outside the Starbucks headquarters in SoDo. During the summer, you’ll also find owner Andrea Ramos Moore and her team serving up gluten-free eats at the First Hill Farmers Market, the Queen Anne Farmers Market and other spots around town.

No matter where you find I Love My GFF, the menu will always be completely gluten free. Both the Fiesta Bowl and the Sunshine Bowl, the two main menu items, have quinoa bases piled high with beans, seeds, veggies, chicken and cheese. The team can accommodate vegetarian, vegan and Paleo requests, and you can’t go wrong with either bowl. This is healthy fast food at its finest and one of the tastiest food truck meals I’ve had anywhere.

Firmly anchored in SoDo, Ghostfish Brewery takes a decidedly new approach to beer. Rather than brewing with barley or wheat, Ghostfish relies on millet, buckwheat, rice and a range of other gluten-free ingredients. To say that the Ghostfish team is creative would be an understatement. Though the dedicated gluten-free taproom has been open for just over two years, Brewmaster Jason Yerger has already produced nearly 200 different gluten-free brews. If you’ve been less than impressed by mass-produced gluten-free beers in the past, the varieties and flavor profiles at Ghostfish will blow you away.

When visiting Ghostfish, you’ll find flagship brews like Vanishing Point Pale Ale and Meteor Shower Blonde Ale on tap. Depending on the season, you might also find Kai Dog Red IPA, Co-Conspirator Apricot Sour Ale, Watchstander Stout or countless other creative brews on draft. All Ghostfish beers are gluten free, and the brewery also serves up cider from other dedicated facilities.

If you work up an appetite after sampling a flight or two, Ghostfish has you covered. The brewery serves up everything from pub snacks such as beer-battered pickles to small plates like street tacos to full plates, including bratwurst and pulled pork sandwiches. On weekends, you can even indulge in chilaquiles or the Country Burger Benedict. All of the comfort food here is gluten free, making Ghostfish a must for any Seattle visit.

 Don’t miss the quirkiest neighborhoods

Seattle offers tons of opportunities for getting away from the urban sprawl. You can hop on a ferry to scenic Bainbridge Island, spot orcas off the coast of the nearby San Juan Islands or take a hike up Mount Rainier, all within a few hours of the city.

But if you’re short on time like I usually am, you’ll find plenty of places to escape just a few minutes from the city center. Grab a bike or hop in a car, and you can be in Ballard or Fremont in just 10 or 15 minutes.

Located northwest of downtown Seattle, Ballard blends its Nordic history with hip dining and shopping. Peek into some of the unique boutiques along Old Ballard Avenue, grab a table at one of the city’s hottest new restaurants, or shop for local produce at the year-round farmers market.

Just south of Ballard, Fremont is home to the extensive Fremont Sunday Market, some of my favorite coffee at the Fremont Coffee Company and one of Seattle’s best gluten-free bakeries. Flying Apron makes a mind-boggling range of sweet and savory goodies that are both gluten free and vegan, which makes this bakery a smart choice for just about everyone. Make sure you arrive hungry, because you’re probably going to want to order one of everything.

My veggie-packed calzone was piping hot and big enough for two people, but that didn’t dissuade me from ordering an enormous, gooey cinnamon roll to complete the meal. My only regret was not loading up a to-go bag with gluten-free donuts and pastries to enjoy later.

Flying Apron’s motto is, “It’s not about what you can’t eat,” and it shows. Whether you’re looking for something that’s just gluten free or a treat that’s also corn free and soy free, you won’t feel like you’re missing out.

From world-class attractions to outdoor adventures to fantastic food, Seattle truly has it all. Whether you’re planning a quick getaway to see what the Emerald City is all about or you want to dig in and find some new favorite things to do and eat, Seattle won’t disappoint.

Travel Editor Anna Sonnenberg is a food and travel writer who has journeyed around the world gluten free since being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012. She launched her website,, in 2013

Flockin’ to Auckland Gluten Free

New Zealand’s largest city is a gluten-free gem—and breathtaking to boot.

When a destination perches at the top of my travel wish list for long enough, my imagination tends to run wild. My expectations often get unreasonably high, and meeting them can be nearly impossible.

Like many people, I’d hoped to make the long trek to New Zealand for ages. Over time, I developed a mental image of the island nation as a sort of green paradise with the perfect mix of outdoor adventures, healthy food and welcoming cities. And you know what? My recent trip to Auckland exceeded my impossibly high hopes. From the welcoming locals and fascinating culture to the stunning landscapes and wonderfully fresh cuisine, Auckland delighted in every way.

Fall Head Over Heels for This Hilly City

Situated on the northwestern side of New Zealand’s North Island, Auckland is the nation’s largest city. It’s located right on the Waitemata Harbour, and the city’s footprint includes several extinct volcanoes, so referring to Auckland as hilly is putting it mildly. With its lively waterfront area, dynamic downtown and funky outskirts, however, it’s easy to fall for this hilly city.

On a sunny day, the Viaduct Harbour (formerly known as Viaduct Basin) is a prime place to start exploring Auckland. This waterfront area is usually buzzing with activity, thanks to the numerous ferry terminals, restaurants and other attractions. Spend an hour or two at the New Zealand Maritime Museum, where you can soak up the nation’s storied seafaring history, and then grab a seat along the waterfront to watch the ships pass by.

Wander a few blocks inland to Auckland’s Britomart neighborhood, and you’ll find Little Bird Unbakery tucked away amidst shops and cafés. This small spot serves up a range of gluten-free, raw and vegan treats. The menu focuses on healthy, fresh food, with highlights like veggie bowls, salads and raw granola. My favorites are the sweets, which, believe it or not, are both healthy and decadently delicious. I could have eaten several slices of the absolutely divine raw passionfruit cheesecake—and both the raspberry chocolate brownie and caramel slice were fantastic, too.

Little Bird Unbakery

While you’ll find all the raw sweets and light bites you can handle at the Little Bird Unbakery, you should head to the Unbakery in Ponsonby for more space and a bigger menu featuring smoothies and hot local veggie plates. It’s just a short drive or train ride away from downtown Auckland, but hip Ponsonby offers a whole different world of food markets, coffee shops and trendy boutiques.

Peek Back Into Auckland’s History

Auckland is home to a wide range of historical attractions, but before you set out to explore, grab a quick breakfast and cup of coffee at Best Ugly Bagels. This spot specializes in Montreal-style bagels, which owner Al Brown discovered on a trip abroad. After his hand-rolled plain and poppy seed bagels quickly caught on in Auckland, he set out to perfect a gluten-free version.

Best Ugly Bagels

The gluten-free bagel, which comes topped with sesame seeds, is one of the best I’ve had anywhere. While you can pick up a to-go bag of bagels to enjoy during your stay, I recommend ordering one of Best Ugly Bagels’ sandwiches and indulging right then and there. Try the bagel sandwich with avocado, tomato and free-range bacon, which offers the ideal taste combination of fresh, creamy and smoky. Or try the juicy and flavorful bagel sandwich slathered with cream cheese and topped with tomatoes, basil and black pepper.

After fueling up, set your sights on the Auckland War Memorial Museum, with exhibitions covering much more than just battles. Don’t miss the first-floor displays, which highlight New Zealand’s endemic species of plants, wildlife and marine life.

The museum’s collection of Maori objects is also a must-see, as it includes more than 1,000 treasures representing the major tribes from across the nation. You can also see stories of the 19th century New Zealand Wars and both world wars come to life through the museum’s interactive exhibits.

If you want to get in a little exercise with your history, climb to the top of One Tree Hill, the largest volcanic cone in the Auckland area and home to significant Maori history. Located on the southern edge of the city, One Tree Hill Domain and adjacent Cornwall Park comprise the largest park area in Auckland.

Sidestep the sheep nibbling on grass as you stroll through Cornwall Park and ascend One Tree Hill. Once the site of a key Maori fort, it now boasts a Maori memorial obelisk and stunning views of the surrounding area.

Explore the Great Outdoors

You won’t be hard-pressed to find an inviting park in Auckland, but my personal favorite is the Auckland Domain. This sprawling green space contains the Auckland War Memorial Museum and is also home to several gardens, ponds and monuments.

If you have only a short time to spend here, make a beeline for the Auckland Domain Wintergardens. This public garden occupies two glass houses full of both tropical and seasonal plants. Time your visit to the Wintergardens during spring in the Southern Hemisphere, and you’ll get to see gorgeous blooms in every color of the rainbow.

If you can’t get enough of the lush greenery and the gorgeous blooms in Auckland, I don’t blame you. Hop in a car and head to the Auckland Botanic Gardens on the southeastern edge of town. Here you can walk amongst more than 10,000 plants as you explore more than a dozen gardens packed with beautiful perennials, roses, magnolias, ferns, and other native flowers and trees.

Ready for a bite to eat? Head over to Kingsland and treat yourself to a meal at Mondays Wholefoods, which features a menu centered around nourishing ingredients and artistically presented dishes. Gluten-free dishes are clearly marked on the menu, whether you’re stopping by for a late brunch, lunch or just a snack.

I recommend snagging a table on the vine-covered patio and digging into a hearty dish like the eggs Benedict, which is unlike any version you’ve tried before. Mondays’ take on this brunch classic includes beautifully poached eggs, a plant-based hollandaise sauce with a surprising hint of mustard, steamed greens and a delicious cornbread base.

Mondays Wholefoods

If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, try a smoothie bowl, a popular menu item in Auckland. You can’t go wrong with the Unicorn Breakfast Bowl, which features an artistically arranged green smoothie base with orange slices, dried coconut and a sprinkling of seeds.

Do Some Island Hopping

As amazing as Auckland is, escaping the city for a day is essential. Fortunately, its waterfront location makes day trips a breeze. Since Auckland is within a short ferry ride of several islands that are open to the public, all you have to do is choose one with the activities you want. Take your pick of ferry trips that transport you to islands where you can hike, spot wildlife, taste wine and more.

While each island offers something different, I recommend the unique experience that Tiritiri Matangi Island provides. The entire island is a scientific reserve and bird sanctuary in the Hauraki Gulf, and for decades scientists have worked hard to revegetate the land and bring back native wildlife. When you take a day trip to the island, you’re likely to spot native birds like hihis, kōkakos or korimakos, which you’ll see almost nowhere else.

Tiritiri Matangi Island

While you can take a self-guided tour, it’s worth spending a few dollars more for a guided hike. You’ll get to hear a firsthand history of the island and learn how to train your eyes to spot the fast-moving birds. You might even get lucky and spot a pod of dolphins swimming offshore.

Just a short ferry ride from Auckland, Rangitoto Island is one of the newest landmasses in the gulf. A volcanic eruption formed this island just 600 years ago, and you’ll feel hardened lava crunch under your feet as you hike to the top of the crater.

Once you arrive by ferry, you can choose from several trails with varying levels of difficulty. Follow one of the less-traveled trails, and you’ll have the chance to identify up to 200 species of native plants and 40 species of ferns. If you make it to the top of the volcanic cone, you’ll also be rewarded with a stunning view of Auckland.

After a long day at sea, be sure to stop by The Ancient Mariner in nearby Mount Eden. This is the ultimate spot to indulge in the area’s deliciously fresh seafood. Gluten-free diners can also rest easy here. Owners Trevor Norling and Tina Nair have perfected the art of frying and grilling gluten-free fish and seafood.

The Ancient Mariner

Keep it simple and opt for the grilled fish of the day or a salmon skewer from the extensive gluten-free menu. Or settle in and treat yourself to an abalone (paua) fritter or my favorite, the battered New Zealand green-lipped mussels. The Ancient Mariner even has dessert covered. Top off your time in Auckland with the pineapple fritter dusted with cinnamon sugar, a gluten-free sweet you won’t find anywhere else.

Auckland might look small on a map, but you’ll never run out of fascinating things to see or surprising things to do in and around this beautiful city. Grab a healthy bite to eat, smell the flowers, experience the history or hop on a ferry for a quick excursion. As I learned, no matter what you choose, Auckland easily exceeds expectations.

Travel Editor Anna Sonnenberg is a food and travel writer who has journeyed around the world gluten free since being diagnosed with celiac in 2012. She launched her website,, in 2013.

Photos by Loren Sonnenberg.

Gluten-Free Travel: Carolina Dreaming

Raleigh and Durham offer fun, culture—and amazing gluten-free finds


You might know Durham as the barbecue-slathered city in the heart of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, but this funky destination has much more to offer than slow-cooked meat and a top-ranked university. Once a thriving hub of the 19th-century tobacco industry and home to the early 20th-century Black Wall Street, today Durham showcases its colorful history while focusing on its bright future.

The Bull City is my home base, but as a relatively new resident who’s frequently on the road, I still approach Durham as a wide-eyed visitor. I’ve quickly grown to love the area’s innovative culture, breezy green spaces and friendly folks. And as for gluten-free food? The Triangle has plenty. Join me on a whirlwind tour of Durham and its next-door neighbors, Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

discover downtown durham

To explore the heart of Durham, start in the city’s compact downtown area. Browse through cool boutiques, check out historic architecture and marvel at cutting-edge contemporary art. The 21c Museum Hotel offers some of the hippest accommodations in the city, along with rotating exhibitions of works from big-name contemporary artists.

Grab lunch or brunch at Dos Perros, one of the city’s best traditional Mexican restaurants. Since this spot has a dedicated gluten-free fryer, you can enjoy Mexican dishes that are usually off-limits, like chile relleno and flautas. Even the mole here is gluten free, so you can indulge in the smoky pollo con mole accompanied by a margarita on Dos Perros’ sunny patio.

On the north side of downtown, stop by the Durham Farmers Market and join in the lively scene in Old North Durham. On spring weekends, you’re bound to find food trucks, yard games and patio-centered fun where Motorco, Parts & Labor and Fullsteam Brewery meet. Over on the west side of downtown, take a spin through the Brightleaf District. Two former tobacco warehouses anchor the area’s shops, which specialize in records, gifts and local designs.

No matter where you wander, don’t miss your chance to dine at Mateo, one of my all-time favorite spots in town. This upscale tapas restaurant has plenty of local flavor, and the servers can tell you exactly what’s gluten free on the daily menu. Highlights change with the season, but you can always enjoy Spanish-style bites that show off North Carolina’s best seafood, pork and cured ham.

In the evening, prepare to be entertained. The historic Carolina Theatre screens films and hosts intimate concerts, comedy performances and family-focused events. Nearby, the excellent Durham Performing Arts Center is the city’s go-to for off-Broadway shows, musicals and star-studded concerts.

catch a game and sip a cider

Durham’s downtown area might be on the small side, but there’s plenty going on, especially in the spring. April marks the start of the Minor League Baseball season, and cheering on the Durham Bulls is fun whether you’re a big fan or just taking in the atmosphere.

Get there early so you can have time to take a walk through the adjacent American Tobacco Campus. Once a massive complex of tobacco warehouses, the campus now houses the headquarters for Burt’s Bees, North Carolina Public Radio and several great restaurants. Fill up on gluten-free pizza at Mellow Mushroom prior to the game, since the Durham Bulls Athletic Park isn’t known for its gluten-free options.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate the Bulls’ win or you’re planning to skip the game altogether, head a few blocks east to Bull City Ciderworks. For years, this naturally gluten-free cidery has crafted the best adult beverages in town, using creative ingredients like hops, ginger, tart cherries and bacon. The cidery even has its own fledgling urban orchard to produce ciders with a hyperlocal edge.

get some fresh air

Spring brings sunshine and warm breezes to Durham, so you’ll want to make the most of the great weather. Before hitting the trails, stop by Happy + Hale, a bright and welcoming salad and juice spot on Duke University’s main drag. Get a brightly colored smoothie to go or linger over a gluten-free Incredibowl packed with superfoods like quinoa, kale, squash, beets, black beans and pumpkin seeds.

I never leave this spot without grabbing a brownie or a blondie from JP’s Pastry, a local certified gluten-free bakery that makes a mind-boggling array of delicious sweets.

Take advantage of the sunshine and head to Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham’s beautiful public botanic garden. This expansive outdoor space is fun for all ages to explore, and you’ll find smaller gardens with everything from ferns to azaleas to carnivorous plants here.

If you’d rather get up close and personal with animals, visit the Duke Lemur Center in Duke Forest. This fascinating research center gives you the rare opportunity to see about 20 species of lemurs. Be sure to schedule a behind-the-scenes tour ahead of time, as the reservations at this popular place fill up quickly.

After working up a serious appetite, plan dinner at Primal Food & Spirits, Durham’s only completely gluten-free restaurant. Since this spot focuses on primal cuisine, you’ll find tons of braised and grilled meat, seafood and veggies on the menu.

I suggest starting your meal with the deviled eggs, which come topped with candied bacon, or the grilled octopus, which boasts a smoky ancho chile sauce. Make your main dish the rich, creamy shrimp and grits or the braised and grilled Springer Mountain Farms chicken thighs with mushroom vinaigrette.

check durham’s event calendar

Warm weather means festival season in Durham, and if you time your visit right, you can attend one of the Triangle’s hottest events. I had a blast at Moogfest, which combines music, technology and art, and I can’t wait for the annual event to return each May.

expand your horizons in chapel hill

One of the things I appreciate most about Durham is that when I’m looking for something new, both Raleigh and Chapel Hill are right around the corner. Just a 15-minutes drive west of Durham, Chapel Hill is home to an artsy community that’s dotted with public parks and quirky shops.

On Saturday mornings, make a beeline for the Carroboro Farmers Market, where you can pick up fresh bread and baked goods from Imagine That Gluten Free, along with seasonal produce, honey, cheese and much more. Take a stroll through the North Carolina Botanical Garden or see what’s on display at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center or at the Ackland Art Museum, all of which are associated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Next, make your way to buzzing Franklin Street for some window-shopping and a bite to eat. The Mediterranean Deli is known for its great Middle Eastern food, which it serves cafeteria-style, but the real draw for gluten-free diners is the pita. The Med Deli bakes its own gluten-free pita in a certified facility so you can enjoy pita sandwiches or fresh bread with your salad.

visit the state capital

Just a 30-minute drive southeast of Durham, Raleigh is home to some of the Research Triangle’s top museums, historic sites and restaurants. Take a Sunday morning stroll through downtown Raleigh, where you’ll find many of the capital city’s best spots around Moore Square and Nash Square.

Be sure to fuel up at my favorite Raleigh brunch spot, Fiction Kitchen, which serves up Southern favorites with a twist. Everything on the menu is vegetarian or vegan, and many dishes are gluten free. I usually opt for the huge Farmers’ Plate, which comes with grits, cage-free eggs and tempeh bacon, along with a mug of hot coffee. It’s the perfect fuel for a walk through Raleigh.

Just a block or two from Fiction Kitchen, the Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh is a fun spot to see small yet awe-inspiring art exhibits. Nearby, take a tour of the North Carolina State Capitol grounds or check out an exhibit at one of the downtown museums. The neighboring North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina Museum of History offer an interesting glimpse of local history and regional geology.

If you’re in the mood for an early dinner, make your way to Poole’s Diner, a classic diner originally opened in 1945 and recently refurbished by James Beard award-winning chef Ashley Christensen. The Southern menu changes almost weekly, depending on what’s in season. Poole’s is incredibly accommodating for gluten-free diners, so you’ll have no problem finding something to tempt your taste buds.

No matter which part of the Triangle you’re planning to focus on, I always recommend visiting in the spring. In addition to full event calendars and gardens in full bloom, you’ll also find fresh spring ingredients on every menu and an endless array of delicious food to try.

Travel Editor Anna Sonnenberg is a food and travel writer who has journeyed around the world gluten free since being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012. She launched her website,, in 2013.

Raleigh skyline photo by twbuckner

All other photos by Loren Sonnenberg

Eat your way through LA

As a city person, I love nothing more than landing in a new destination and exploring on foot, discovering lively neighborhoods and trying local specialties. In Los Angeles, the sheer size of the city and its many neighboring communities makes covering significant ground almost impossible. Though I’d visited LA and suburbs like Anaheim a number of times, the city had never clicked for me.

During a recent trip, however, I finally found my LA groove. Rather than trying to do it all, I set my sights on four neighborhoods known for their excellent gluten-free food, top-notch attractions and relative walkability. Whether you’re visiting for the Hollywood glitz and glamour and world-class shopping or you’re just passing through en route to the theme parks, take a detour to my favorite spots for dining and exploring in LA.


Travel LA sidebarDowntown LA hasn’t always been a tourist destination. In recent years, however, the central neighborhood has welcomed new cultural centers, funky hotels and hip new restaurants. Today, it’s home to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Ace Hotel with its celebrated rooftop bar, and the Staples Center, which hosts NBA and NHL games.

The area’s restaurant offerings make this neighborhood a true destination, especially with options like Broken Spanish. Chef Ray Garcia, a Los Angeles native, has long been known for his ability to appeal to gluten-free diners, and I found plenty to appreciate at this modern Mexican hotspot.

The Beet Pibil starter, a creative take on a traditional pork dish, is a spicy way to start a meal, and the seasonal tamales put a contemporary touch on a classic dish. Most menu items here are naturally gluten free, and the staff members can easily make safe recommendations.

Want something a little simpler? Broken Spanish’s sister restaurant, B.S. Taqueria, is just a few blocks away and boasts plenty of meaty and vegetarian bites. Here you’ll find new takes on classic tacos, with combinations like lardo and clams or mushrooms and garlic.


From luxury stores to classic theaters to landmarks like the Hollywood sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Bowl, this neighborhood is about much more than celebrity sightings. For me, the star here is the food.

In West Hollywood, Gracias Madre serves traditionally inspired Mexican dishes with a contemporary, organic twist. Instead of using meaty ingredients, Chef Chandra Gilbert prepares inventive plantbased dishes that highlight seasonal fruits and vegetables. If you are craving tacos and tamales, these hearty vegan meals will satisfy your appetite.

I recommend starting with the Salsa Trio, a colorful plate with pico de gallo and mango and pineapple salsas, or the Guacamole con Tortillas, because fresh guacamole is always a good idea. Next, dig into veggie tacos with cauliflower and almond pesto or grilled zucchini and salsa verde, or go for the tamal stuffed with sautéed squash and poblano peppers. Don’t forget to ask for the tamal mojado style, and it will arrive topped with Gracias Madre’s signature, rich mole sauce.

Walk off that great lunch at Gracias Madre by heading south of Hollywood to Beverly Grove. Just past the department stores of the Beverly Center shopping area, West Third Street is lined with small shops and boutiques. If you need something sweet to get through the afternoon, stop at fōnuts, a hidden gem nestled among sidewalk cafés and coffee shops.

This small bakery specializing in baked donuts offers several gluten-free varieties every day. While not all donuts here are gluten free, the bakery takes great care to keep these donuts separate, including housing them in their own display case.

If your eyes are bigger than your stomach, like mine usually are, be forewarned that these donuts are much heavier and richer than your average gluten-free breakfast pastry. I found that the chocolate donuts looked better than they tasted, but I loved the raspberry vanilla donut’s dense, cakey texture and slightly tart glaze.


The Getty might be the most popular museum in LA, but there’s plenty of culture right in the heart of the city. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), located on the northwestern edge of the Miracle Mile, is my favorite museum in the city. If you love photo opportunities like Chris Burden’s “Urban Light,” a mesmerizing outdoor sculpture with 200 illuminated streetlights, or exhibitions of groundbreaking contemporary art, you’ll love LACMA, too.

If you are more interested in prehistoric history, automotive marvels or folk art, you’ll find that on the Miracle Mile, too. Stop by the Petersen Automotive Museum for hot rods and concept cars, visit the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum to see a fascinating fossil excavation site, or tour the Craft & Folk Art Museum to see colorful handmade art from around the globe.

Just a few blocks south of the Miracle Mile, you’ll find another must-visit spot: Powerplant Superfood Café. The moment you walk in the door to what must be the friendliest café in LA, owner Cynthia Moore and Chef Tracy VanBree will greet you, eager to explain the menu, offer recommendations, ply you with samples and spread the “good juju.”

The café’s famous Power Mac Veggie Burger has forever raised my veggie burger standards. This hearty double veggie burger on a glutenfree bun comes topped with cheddar, pickles and a zesty cornichon dressing. If you want to take your gluten-free burger to the next level, you can even opt for a Chili Cheese Veggie Burger or a Bacon Cheese Veggie Burger.

If you’re not in the mood for a burger, though, try the Tempeh Reuben or the Barbecue Cauliflower Salad and finish it off with some of Powerplant’s homemade ice cream. If you’re feeling like breakfast for dinner, it’s never too late for Powerplant’s legendary Vegan French Toast, since the café generously serves breakfast all day. You’ll have no problem finding something you love on Powerplant’s 100 percent gluten-free, completely organic and mostly plant-based menu.


When I need a break from the endless traffic and hustle and bustle of LA, I head for the beach. While it isn’t easy to find a secluded stretch of sand here, there’s plenty of sunshine, people watching and amusements all the way from Marina Del Rey to Santa Monica. And did I mention how great the food is?

Travel LA 3For one of the freshest meals in LA, I love Mainland Poke in Marina Del Ray. This LA mini-chain is a standout in the poke market, thanks to its commitment to sourcing freshly caught fish every day. Most local spots that specialize in this Hawaiian dish use frozen, marinated fish, but you’ll find nothing less than fresh tuna, salmon and octopus on Mainland Poke’s menu.

A sort of poke pioneer in the LA area, owner Ari Kahan ate his way through five Hawaiian Islands before launching the Mainland Poke concept in Southern California. High-quality ingredients are the focus here, and you’ll see everything from sushi-grade fish to seaweed salad to mango to pickled ginger on display right when you walk in the door.

Ari designed the menu so that you can’t go wrong no matter what you add to your poke bowl. He also made it easy to eat gluten free here, since the only gluten containing menu items are optional soy sauce-based sauces that are easy to avoid. My go-to bowl includes salmon, octopus, avocado, pickled ginger, seaweed salad and sesame seeds for an ideal mix of fresh ocean flavors.

Feeling more like a hearty brunch? Just north of Marina Del Rey and a few blocks from the beach, Café Gratitude is my top pick in Venice. Everything on the menu here is plant based, and many options are gluten free, too. The gluten-free pancakes, made with buckwheat, flax and optional cashew whipped cream, are some of the most popular brunch items. If you’re in a savory mood, I recommend the Bonita, a breakfast taco plate with quinoa, black beans, cashew nacho cheese, pico de gallo and corn tortillas. Whatever you choose, though, don’t forget the donuts. Café Gratitude makes a few daily flavors, so you could luck out with coconut maple bacon, chocolate frosted or seasonal berry donuts.

Once you’ve had your fill, head out and soak up some sun on the beach. Go for a dip in the Pacific, stroll or bike along the Venice boardwalk, or get your thrills on Santa Monica Pier. With more than four miles of beach to explore, you’re bound to find a spot that appeals to you.

From the beach to downtown LA, there’s so much to do, see and eat in this sprawling city. Though I know I’ll never cover everything, I’m thrilled at having found some highlights that help me focus my energy. With thoughtfully prepared gluten-free dishes to keep me fueled, I can truly enjoy the laid-back Southern California vibe as well as the glitz and glamour that shine throughout the City of Angels.

Travel Editor Anna Sonnenberg is a food and travel writer who has journeyed around the world gluten free since being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012. She launched her website,, in 2013.

A Gluten-Free Day in London Town

Of all the destinations where I’ve had the good fortune to celebrate the holidays, London is a clear winner. From seasonal markets to festive window displays to cozy pubs serving mulled wine, it’s easy to find holiday cheer sprinkled all across the city.

Whether I’m touring the markets, joining in the holiday celebrations or just exploring new corners of the city, it’s important to stay fueled. Fortunately, I’ve found the United Kingdom’s capital city to be one of the most gluten-free-friendly destinations on the continent. From fast food to fine dining to afternoon tea, London doesn’t disappoint.

Step back in time

londonTo get your bearings in London, I can’t think of a better place to start than the British Museum. Whether you have an hour or an entire day to spend, the museum will guide you through hundreds of years of history with a series of fascinating artifacts like the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon sculptures.

When you’re ready for lunch, head over to Hummus Bros., which makes my favorite falafel in the city. Portions are generous, toppings are plentiful and gluten-free options are easy to identify on the menu. I order mine with extra hummus and tortilla chips, but you can swap in gluten-free bread or rice cakes instead.

For one of London’s best completely gluten-free spots, seek out Beyond Bread on a quiet side street just west of the British Museum. From sandwiches on freshly baked bread to warm cinnamon buns to cakes and cupcakes, everything here is gluten free and delicious. I can’t get enough of the fresh baguettes and seasonal treats like mince pies.

See London’s coolest artwork

Feeling artsy? Walk across the Millennium Bridge, a pedestrian footpath that starts just south of the iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral and offers unbeatable views of the River Thames, London Bridge and the skyline on either side of the river.

On the south side, check out the Tate Modern, my favorite London museum and the place to see once-in-a-lifetime artwork by some of the most exciting contemporary artists from around the globe. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station, the Tate Modern boasts a gigantic turbine hall that sets the stage for larger-than-life creations that you won’t see anywhere else. The museum is also home to one of London’s biggest and brightest Christmas markets. Held right outside, this market has everything from carnival rides to hot food and handmade gifts.

Snack through Borough Market

Just a short walk or Tube ride east of the Tate Modern, Borough Market is my favorite place in London. This expansive food market dates back more than 1,000 years. For over a millennium, Borough Market has been situated at the foot of London Bridge, where traders have sold everything from cheeses to meats to fresh produce to prepared foods.

Today, vendors still offer a wide variety of goodies, and unlike in medieval times, many of the wares are now labeled gluten free. Looking for aged cheese, seasonal vegetables or fresh fish to prepare back in your Airbnb apartment? Take your pick from the market’s best traders. Want a mug of mulled wine or a pint of cider to warm up on a chilly winter day? Pull up a stool and get comfortable, especially if you’re visiting in December.

If you’re looking for some of the best gluten-free goodies in London, you’ll find them here, too. The Free From Bakehouse stand will tempt you with rich brownies, delectable cakes, bite-sized cupcakes and plenty of seasonal treats made in a dedicated gluten-free facility.

My pick for the best stand, however, is Horn OK Please, which serves up fun and flavorful Indian street food. Though the menu changes throughout the week, this spot always has at least a couple gluten-free options, ranging from hearty dosas to colorful chaat, or Indian snacks.

Rock out

Long celebrated for its live music venues, hip nightclubs and vintage boutiques, Camden is also home to one of my favorite London shopping experiences. A combination of open-air stalls and permanent structures, Camden Lock Market dates back several decades. You’ll find everything from clothing to jewelry to furniture here, but I typically make a beeline for the food stands.

Located in the Market Hall, Cookies and Scream is a gluten-free diner’s dream. Everything this small bakery makes is both gluten free and vegan, and treats include chocolaty Chewie Wookie Bars, fudgy Gosh! Brownies and rich cookie dough shakes.

If you’re in the mood for a traditional London staple, head up the street to Oliver’s Fish & Chips in nearby Belsize Park. Wednesday is gluten-free day at Oliver’s, with gluten-free fish and chips fried in separate oil. Whether you’re already visiting Camden or taking a special jaunt to North London, Oliver’s fish and chips with mushy peas are well worth the trip.

Get regal in Hyde Park

No trip to London is complete without a visit to the city’s major attractions. If you’re traveling during the holiday season, you’ll have even more to see, like the huge Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. This Bavarian-themed holiday market might be a little kitschy, but it has enough attractions—including fun houses, carnival rides and fair food—to keep the whole family occupied for hours.

Just down the road from Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace is a must-see. Time your visit to catch the famous changing of the guard ceremony, or spend a couple of hours on a guided tour of the opulent State Rooms.

Keep heading east, and you’ll reach even more quintessential London sights, like Westminster Abbey, the Palace of Westminster and Big Ben. While you can’t climb the Elizabeth Tower, home of Big Ben, unless you’re a UK resident, you can book tours of both the palace and the abbey. Feeling fancy? Add an afternoon tea to your Palace of Westminster tour, and book ahead for the gluten-free version.

Indulge in afternoon tea

For a true London food experience, I love treating myself to an afternoon tea, which includes much more than a hot herbal beverage. Completely decadent, the gluten-free afternoon tea at the Ampersand Hotel’s Drawing Rooms includes a tiered silver tray overloaded with sandwiches like smoked salmon with dill, coronation chicken and goat cheese with chutney. Next up is a pair of buttery scones with accompaniments like clotted cream and strawberry preserves. The top tier, however, is where the pastry chef can truly show off. Eyeing the elaborate, mouthwatering spread of white chocolate-topped apricot jelly, fluffy coconut mousse, salted caramel with hazelnut sauce and a pistachio macaron with cherry sauce, I was in heaven.

If you’re looking for a more traditional experience or you want to enjoy your tea and cakes hundreds of feet above the London skyline, you have several other options. Book a gluten-free afternoon tea at Claridge’s for classic luxury, or go contemporary at T?NG, located on the 35th floor of The Shard, one of London’s most eye-catching skyscrapers. If you’re interested, you might even be able to book a Christmas tea with seasonal treats.

Catch a show or shop till you drop

Broadway fans won’t want to miss the opportunity to catch a show in London’s West End, home to St. Martin’s Theatre, the Lyceum Theatre, the Palace Theatre and many more. Not in the mood for the theater? Just blocks away, London’s Soho and Covent Garden neighborhoods are ideal spots for holiday shopping, whether you’re looking for family and friends—or yourself.

After working up an appetite in Covent Garden, head to Leon for a quick bite. This UK chain specializes in healthy fast food, and each location serves up tons of clearly labeled gluten-free options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the morning, I like the fast and filling Salmon and Avocado Egg Pot or Greek Yogurt Pot, and for lunch or dinner, I go with the Original Superfood Salad or the Sweet Potato Hot Box.

If you have time for a leisurely meal before or after the theater, make it Dishoom. This Indian restaurant is celebrated throughout London, and it’s modeled on the Irani cafes popular throughout Mumbai around the mid-century. Alongside vintage decor, the restaurant serves up a mean menu of contemporary Indian dishes.

Dishoom strives to be inclusive, especially when it comes to gluten-free diners. When dining here, I love starting with the bhel, a light and colorful salad made with puffed rice, tamarind, lime and pomegranate. For a main dish, you can’t go wrong with any of the richly flavorful curries or the spicy lamb kebabs. Top your meal off with a rose and cardamom lassi for the perfect end to any London evening.

With so many seasonal events, cozy markets, and warm and inviting restaurants, it’s no wonder this city is a perennial holiday favorite. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or the 10th, you’ll find plenty of seasonal magic in London.

Travel Editor Anna Sonnenberg is a food and travel writer who has journeyed around the world gluten free since being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012. She launched her website,, in 2013.

Chicago: My Kind of Gluten-Free Town

As a born-and-bred Midwesterner, I have always considered Chicago my go-to big city. Even as an East Coast transplant, the Windy City regularly calls me back to see museum exhibitions, explore its quirky neighborhoods, take long walks along the shores of Lake Michigan and—most importantly—eat.

ChicagoAt first glance, Chicago’s cuisine might not appear very friendly to gluten-free diners. If you look beyond the legendary pizza and hot dogs, however, you’ll find some of the best gluten-free fare in the nation. From deep-dish pizza to donuts to diners, Chicago continually impresses.

Do gluten free right at
Do-Rite Donuts

Eating my way through Chicago usually involves more calories than I care to count, so it’s important for me to offset a few indulgent meals and snacks with long walks through the city. No matter where my route takes me, though, my first stop is always the same.

Do-Rite Donuts is well-known in Chicago, thanks to its wonderful cake donuts and fried chicken sandwiches. While many of the offerings here are off limits for gluten-free diners, Do-Rite has a special gluten-free menu that includes no fewer than five donut varieties. This tiny donut shop even does its baking in-house and uses separate equipment for its gluten-free donuts, which means you can enjoy these delicious all-day goodies without worry.

At both Do-Rite locations, you can take your pick from gluten-free Valrhona Chocolate Glazed, Cinnamon & Sugar, Pistachio Meyer Lemon, Maple Bacon or Birthday Cake donuts. Perfect with a hot cup of coffee, the Pistachio Meyer Lemon donut is worth an early morning trip into Chicago’s downtown Loop any day.

Discover public art in
Millennium Park

After fueling up for the day, it’s time to start exploring Chicago’s parks. Located right on the shores of Lake Michigan and in the center of Chicago, Millennium Park is one of my favorite places to work off a donut or two. Start on the north side and catch interactive highlights like the Crown Fountain and Cloud Gate. Better known as The Bean, this reflective sculpture offers one of the most popular photo opportunities in Chicago.

Depending on when you visit, you might catch a festival or a seasonal event in Millennium Park. Take a stroll through the Lurie Garden to see what’s blooming, spin by the Jay Pritzker Pavilion to see who’s playing, or just enjoy the view of the city’s skyline from this urban oasis.

This expansive green space is also home to the Art Institute of Chicago, which has something new to see each time I visit. Whether you’re a fan of medieval arms and armor, ancient Chinese bronzes or groundbreaking contemporary art, you’ll find something to love at the Art Institute.

Dig into deep-dish pizza
or vegan sammies

After a long walk through the park, it’s time for lunch. With so many options, you’ll have to make some hard decisions. If it’s your first visit to Chicago, you won’t want to miss out on the city’s world-famous deep-dish pizza. Several of the most popular pizza joints in the area offer thin-crust gluten-free pies, but for the real deal, make your way to one of the three Chicago’s Pizza locations. This pizza parlor uses a separate oven and prep spaces to prepare its special pies, so gluten-free diners can feel confident that these pizzas are both mouth-watering and safe to eat.

Go classic with a Chicago Supreme deep dish, which includes pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers and plenty of mozzarella cheese nestled in a buttery crust. Or take your pizza experience to new heights with a stuffed Chicago Vegetarian, which is essentially a deep-dish pizza with an extra layer of dough on top. After trying one of these delicious stuffed pies, I’ll never look at gluten-free pizza the same way again.

If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, pay a visit to The Chicago Diner, which has served hearty vegetarian and vegan food like piled-high sandwiches, grain bowls and veggie meatloaf for over 30 years. This venerable institution also has a gluten-free menu, which boasts options like my favorite, Portabella Truffle Melt with marinated mushrooms and white truffle aioli, or the Soul Bowl with seasoned quinoa and blackened tofu. The gluten-free menu even indicates items prepared in shared fryers, so everyone can make informed dining choices.

For a quick bite, go to Cassava in Chicago’s Lake View neighborhood. Almost everything at this completely gluten-free café centers on the cassava root, a common ingredient in South American cuisine. Owner Jorge Flores and his team make Ecuadoran-style empanadas and Brazilian cheese bread with cassava flour and pack them with grass-fed beef and flavorful vegetables. Here the emphasis is on good health and nutritious ingredients, a welcome departure from many of Chicago’s rich treats.

Have a grand time
at Navy Pier

After a filling lunch, my favorite places to stretch my legs are Navy Pier and the nearby Museum Campus. These waterfront destinations are packed with both indoor and outdoor attractions, so they’re great places to spend the afternoon no matter the weather. Young travelers as well as kids at heart will love everything, from the eye-catching Ferris wheel to the aquarium to the dinosaur models.

On a nice day, head to the Navy Pier’s Centennial Wheel, where you can grab a ticket to soar high above the city. Get the complete boardwalk experience with rides on the carousel, Light Tower Ride and Pepsi Wave Swinger®. Challenge the kids to a round of mini golf or hop aboard a sightseeing cruise and see Chicago from a whole new vantage point.

South of Navy Pier and Millennium Park, Grant Park is home to the Museum Campus as well as the dramatic Buckingham Fountain, which wows spectators with water shows from the spring through the fall.

At the Shedd Aquarium, you’re in for an underwater adventure. Get lost in the immersive environments that mimic the Great Lakes and the Caribbean Sea, or spot jellyfish and rare frogs in special exhibits. If you’re traveling with natural history buffs, don’t miss the Field Museum, where you can step back nearly 5 billion years in time. Get face to face with Sue the Tyrannosaurus rex, check out an ancient Egyptian tomb or see touring exhibits from around the world.

Indulge your sweet tooth

When I need an afternoon pick-me-up, there’s no place I’d rather be than Chicago’s Defloured®. Located in the city’s friendly Andersonville neighborhood, this bakery couldn’t be more welcoming—or more gluten free. From the cookies to the lemon bars to the cake pops to the custom layer cakes, everything on the premises is completely gluten free. Owner Johanna VanDorf believes, “Everyone has a right to dessert,” and I couldn’t agree more.

At Defloured, all of the goodies are equal parts tasty and fun, which can make it hard to pick just one. Try the signature Winkies, chocolate sandwich cookies with marshmallow cream, the frosted vegan oatmeal cookies or the mind-boggling Bomber Bars, which feature a graham crust with a Reese’s peanut butter cup and Heath bar center topped with a sprinkling of potato chips. Of course, dessert isn’t the only course on the menu here. The bakery also prepares savory quiches and scones on weekends, although no stop at Defloured is complete without a sweet treat or two.

Get blown away by the windy city

I love getting a good bird’s-eye view of a city, especially one that’s as dense as Chicago. It’s a fun way to see how neighborhoods connect, spot unknown buildings and parks, and gain a new perspective on a city. In my experience, the John Hancock Center’s 360 CHICAGO is the best place to see Chicago from above. Not only are the lines here short or even nonexistent, but the 94th-floor observation deck also tends to be relatively low-key, making it the ideal place to watch the sun slowly set.

Just one magnificent mile south of 360 CHICAGO and only a couple of blocks from the Chicago River, Sunda is my pick for a nice dinner in Chicago. If you’ve ever hesitated to dine at a Japanese, Chinese or Thai restaurant due to unknown ingredients or fears of cross-contamination, rest assured that Executive Chef Jess DeGuzman and his team prepare creative New Asian dishes with careful attention to food allergens.

Start with a light bite like the Thai-inspired Bang! Bang! Salad, or go for Sunda’s specialty, the Sweet Potato Caterpillar. Almost too attractive to eat, this vegan sushi roll is filled with roasted sweet potato and Asian pear and topped with black garlic and roasted red pepper puree.

Start planning your next Chicago getaway

Each time I visit Chicago, I find myself making a mental list of what to do on subsequent trips. Next spring, I’ll be seeking out some of the Windy City’s only gluten-free hot dogs at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the White Sox. In any season, I can’t wait to take a guided tour of Chicago’s legendary architecture, explore public art in Wicker Park, peruse local shops in Bucktown, and try the gluten-free bagels and weekend brunch at Wheat’s End Café. With so much to do and so many new places constantly changing the landscape, it’s no wonder Chicago is one of my favorite cities to explore.

Travel Editor Anna Sonnenberg is a food and travel writer who has journeyed around the world gluten free since being diagnosed with celiac disease in 2012. She launched her website,, in 2013.

Enjoying Awesome Austin – Gluten Free!

Known for its vibrant live music, proudly quirky culture and dynamic food scene, Austin enjoys top spots on countless local and national tourism lists.

Despite all the rave reviews, though, I managed to evade the Texas capital’s siren song of tacos and sunshine until very recently. The moment I arrived I regretted not planning to stay for at least twice as long as my schedule allowed.

Austin is rightly celebrated for its barbecue, Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. I was thrilled to find that not only are the city’s culinary offerings outstanding, but they’re also incredibly diverse.

Even better, I found gluten-free fare in just about every corner of the city thanks to top-notch chefs, innovative pop-ups and an engaged food scene. I fit the following into a five-day stopover, but I easily could have stayed for two weeks.


Austin is a city of festivals, and the events with the largest footprints take place right in the heart of town. If you’re lucky enough to visit around some of the biggest music and culture happenings, such as South by Southwest (SXSW) in the early spring or the Austin City Limits Festival (ACL) in the fall, you’ll experience the city at its most vibrant.

That’s when it’s also most crowded so prepare yourself for lines, and keep your eyes on the prize, that is, tacos.

Fueling up for a day in Austin is easy, thanks to the centrally located flagship Whole Foods Market. Much more than a standard Whole Foods store, this location has dozens of prepared food stations that serve up everything from breakfast tacos to mouthwatering barbecue to dim sum.

Check with individual food stands to confirm whether daily offerings are gluten free. If you can’t find anything that strikes your fancy, grab a few prepackaged goods from local gluten-free companies including Bearded Brothers and Hail Merry.

A stop at Zilker Park is essential when you’re downtown. Arguably the city’s best park, it encompasses a vast expanse of green on the south bank of the Colorado River.

This is the ideal spot to get some fresh air, bike or run along miles of trails, and visit the Zilker Botanical Gardens or Austin Nature & Science Center. ­The park is also home to the Barton Springs Pool, natural springs that boast a comfortable temperature for nearly year-round swimming.

After getting some sun, you’ll likely be hungry, and that’s a good thing. Austin’s tacos are the stuff of legend, and several local chains vie to hold top rank. Th­e original location of Tacodeli, one of Austin’s best, isn’t far from Zilker Park.

In anticipation of a barbecue-heavy diet later in the week, I focused on the vegetarian menu here, which proved to be a good choice. I was impressed with the variety of vegetarian options, from the basic Heather with black beans and grilled queso to the out-of-this-world Space Cowboy with roasted portobellos and jack cheese.


With Texas’ larger-than-life approach to many things, it’s no surprise that the Texas State Capitol is the largest such building in the nation. Statues and monuments fill the vast grounds, which are well worth a leisurely stroll. To get a glimpse inside, join one of the frequent tours and learn how this fascinating red granite building came to be.

There’s no shortage of dining options around the State Capitol, but nearby Italic was the clear choice for me. Though this modern, upscale Italian spot is Texas-sized, you won’t find Americanized fare here. Instead, the focus is on contemporary interpretations of classic recipes, clean ingredients, and local meats and produce. Italic has a comprehensive gluten-free menu, and Chef Andrew Curren and his team take real pleasure in preparing flavorful dishes that everyone can eat. “There’s pride in doing things right,” he says.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAItalic’s signature dish is the visually impressive and simply delicious half chicken, which features impossibly tender meat, perfectly crisp skin and a generous portion of zesty arugula-pistachio pesto. The menu here changes frequently depending on the season, but I heartily recommend keeping an eye out for the light, crunchy polenta fries, the citrusy rainbow carrots and the warm calamari salad with pumpkin seeds.

For a city that boasts such a lively bar and live music scene, I was surprised to find that Austin doesn’t have many 24-hour dining establishments. The 24 Diner, which is owned by the same group as Italic and where Curren is also a chef, saves the day, as it’s one of the very few spots open around the clock.

Specialties include burgers and breakfast, but this is no greasy spoon. Instead, the diner sources produce and ingredients from about 100 local farms, and the menu changes seasonally. For nearly five years 24 Diner has catered to gluten-free customers, and the hearty frittatas and hashes hit the spot any time of day or night.


Only a few blocks east of downtown, East Austin offers a colorful, homegrown atmosphere with blocks of public art, boutiques, cafés and bars. Though the neighborhood buzzes during the day, it really comes alive at night, when what seems like half of the city stops by to grab a bite or just hang out.

East Austin is the epicenter of food truck culture in Austin, but it’s by no means the only place to find these mobile restaurants. Most of the trucks here reside in semipermanent encampments, giving patrons plenty of space to hold down a table and get comfortable.

One of the best known and most in-demand trucks is East Side King, a dynamic Asian fusion spot. Most menu items feature surprising combinations, and the majority are gluten free, including the beet home fries, sweet and spicy Brussels sprout salad and Thai chicken. East Side King and most other food carts here don’t open until the evening, but they stay open until the early morning hours.


The city stands proudly behind the motto “Keep Austin Weird,” and a good example of this sentiment is apparent in one of Austin’s most popular tourist activities. The Congress Avenue Bridge’s construction has long made it a desirable home for bats.

The city embraces these nocturnal residents by gathering to watch them emerge by the thousands every night. Join in by taking a bat cruise, renting a paddle board or boat, or lining up on the bridge itself shortly before dusk.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASouth Congress Avenue, a mecca for quirky shops, live music and great eats, is just south of the bridge. Take your time wandering up and down several action-packed blocks of this neighborhood. And don’t miss the legendary Allens Boots, which has supplied Austinites and visitors with authentic cowboy boots and western wear for decades.

Sip a margarita and dance to the live music at one of the many outdoor patios, but save your appetite for a fun and funky spot on the northern end of the avenue.

Like a select few top-notch spots across the United States, Lucky Robot understands how easy it is on both customers and kitchen staff to make the majority of dishes gluten free with simple switches such as replacing the soy sauce with tamari. As a result, much of the menu at this hip sushi joint is naturally gluten free, but that doesn’t include any fried items.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStart with fresh tuna or salmon straight from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market, or choose from fusion-style rolls with delectable combinations such as wagyu short rib and avocado. Of course, you haven’t really eaten at Lucky Robot until you’ve devoured one of their Robo Don bowls, stacked to the brim with grilled yellowtail, local veggies and a rich red curry sauce over rice. I recommend taking another leisurely stroll down South Congress to let this decadent meal settle.



In central Austin, the University of Texas for decades has driven growth, business and cuisine along Guadalupe Street. Wild Wood Bakehouse, one of Austin’s few completely gluten-free restaurants, has been at the forefront of the area’s development for more than 10 years.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASunday brunch is one of the most popular meals here, with an all-you-can-eat spread of more than 20 gluten-free dishes such as migas, chile rellenos, waffles, and biscuits and gravy. As a bake house first and foremost, Wild Wood also turns out some of the city’s best gluten-free cakes and cupcakes, along with my favorite, the whoopee pie made with coconut cream.

If you ask ­five Austinites about the best barbecue in town, you’re bound to hear ­ five different answers. There’s no question that my top pick is Black’s BBQ, where the Black family has been perfecting their technique for over 70 years.

The meat is smoked daily at the restaurant’s original Lockhart location, and history and love are apparent in every bite. If you can’t decide whether to order brisket, pork spareribs, beef ribs, turkey, pulled pork or chopped beef, one taste of Black’s fatty brisket will set you straight.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll meats here except the sausage are naturally gluten free, but be sure to ask for a clean knife and cutting surface. Sides such as Norma Jean’s beans and coleslaw are gluten free, as are the sauces, but chances are you’ll ­find the barbecue so good you won’t need sauce.

Like barbecue, Tex-Mex in Austin tends to incite intense debate, but in my book Maudie’s is the clear winner. This local chain has seen Austin’s gluten-free community grow ­first hand and has risen to meet the call of gluten-free diners craving Tex-Mex.

Much of Tex-Mex is naturally gluten free, but Maudie’s takes steps to ensure that items on its gluten-free menu are safe for those who need gluten-free options. From enchiladas to chile rellenos to chile con carne, Tex-Mex delicacies that are usually off-limits are both safe and delicious here.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor the city’s best Mexican cuisine, there’s no better choice than central Austin’s Fonda San Miguel, which has dazzled locals and visitors for more than 40 years. Fonda immediately seduced me with its Mexican hacienda atmosphere, which makes every plate of tamales, carne asada and flan festive. Gluten-free options are clearly labeled, and Fonda’s corn tortillas are prepared fresh on dedicated equipment right before your eyes.




There’s much more to Austin than what lies within the sprawling city’s boundaries. Lake Travis, on the north end, is one of the area’s biggest attractions. This reservoir offers a fun and relaxing place to spend a warm afternoon sunbathing, swimming, boating or ­fishing.

Get your fill of the great outdoors by heading a little further west to Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. Explore about a dozen trails with varying degrees of difficulty, along with ample opportunity for spotting Hill Country wildlife.

If you’re ready for a light bite after a series of treats and heavy meals, put Snap Kitchen on the top of your list. This healthy fast-food spot offers grab-and-go options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whether you opt for lighter salads, hearty bison hash or rich grass-fed lamb lasagna, the emphasis is always on local ingredients and fresh flavors. All meals are carefully labeled for gluten-free diners, so you’ll never struggle to ­find a meal that works for you and your family.


Everything is bigger in Texas, as the saying goes, and Austin is no exception. The city covers nearly 300 square miles, which means attractions are often dispersed far and wide. Do yourself a favor and grab a spot in one of Austin’s central districts, like downtown or around South Congress, so you’ll be in the middle of the action no matter what you want to do.

To treat yourself to a real gluten-free getaway, stay at The Fairview, a bed and breakfast set in a stunning plantation-style home. This intimate spot has six spacious guest rooms and suites, offering a cool and quiet respite just a few blocks east of South Congress. The highlight, however, is the Fairview’s completely gluten-free breakfast menu, with freshly baked mu­ffins and scones, homemade granola and local produce.

For historical appeal, book a stay at The Driskill, built in 1886 and kept in spectacular shape ever since. This luxurious hotel is right in the middle of downtown Austin, making it a great pick for festival goers and visitors who want to dig into Austin’s nightlife.

Just south of Zilker Park, the Hyatt Regency is a great family-friendly option. The hotel offers easy access to the park, Barton Springs and the South Congress area. The Hyatt is also adjacent to the dock where the bat cruises depart, so you’ll have no trouble adding one of the city’s most unique attractions to your agenda when you stay here.


For the best weather and the liveliest atmosphere, visit Austin during spring or fall. The city comes alive with warm weather and countless events in March, starting with more than two weeks of the SXSW music, film and interactive festival.

The Star of Texas Fair and Festival brings barbecue, rodeo and music to town in late March, while film, fashion and art festivals pop up throughout April and May. Temperatures tend to hover in the 70s during the day before cooling off at night, so the spring season is also a pleasant time to be in town.

September and October typically have temperatures in the 80s, which means it’s festival season again in Austin. ACL takes place in Zilker Park over the course of two long, music-packed weekends. The Austin Film Festival, the Grand Prix and the Fun Fun Fun Fest bring music, film and Formula 1 to town in October and November.

Of course, summer and winter aren’t bad times to visit Austin, either. Summer tends to be hot, with temperatures often reaching 100 degrees, but you’ll find indoor activities during the day and lively outdoor patios at night. Winter in Austin tends to be mild with fewer events, which means fewer crowds, shorter lines and a little less action.

From food to culture to history, Austin is truly in a league of its own in the Lone Star State. Whether you’re planning a family vacation, an indulgent getaway or a festival weekend, you’ll find just the right amount of food, fun and quirkiness to keep you coming back for more.

Eat, play and sleep in Austin

24 Diner
600 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

Black’s BBQ
3110 Guadalupe Street
Austin, TX 78705

East Side King
1618 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78702

Fonda San Miguel
2330 West North Loop Blvd
Austin, TX 78756

123 West 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Lucky Robot
1303 South Congress
Austin, TX 78704

4600 West Guadalupe Street, Suite B5
Austin, TX 78751

Snap Kitchen
10001 Research Blvd #190
Austin, TX 78759

1500 Spyglass Drive
Austin, TX 78746

Whole Foods Market
525 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

Wild Wood Bakehouse
3016 Guadalupe Street, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78705

The Driskill
604 Brazos Street
Austin, TX 78701

The Fairview
1304 Newning Ave
Austin, TX 78704

Hyatt Regency
208 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704