Whether you’re eating gluten-free because you have coeliac disease or because you’re making the switch for lifestyle reasons, Dubai
has options that will work for you. Skip the bread and enjoy a grill with baba ganoush, hummus and fresh veggies. Here are the top restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner that understand gluten-free dining.
Cafe, Healthy, $$$
This hippie cafe offers healthy options for everyone. Try the pancakes, they’re sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free.
Gluten-free pancakes | Unsplash / Pexels
Bistro, Cafe, Healthy, $$$
This Paleo gem is great for breakfast and lunch. They create foods that are free from sugar, gluten, dairy and soy. To keep their dishes fresh, the menu changes every 3 months.
Spinach and Chicken Salad | Pexels
Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, $$$
This beach restaurant caters to gluten-free and vegetarian lifestyles. They are obsessed with – you guessed it – eggs.
Rye bread toast and poached egg with green salad and cherry tomatoes | © Anikona Ann / Shutterstock
Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, $$$
Salad with squash and kale | Stacy Spensley / Flickr
A health orientated cafe with gluten-free, dairy free and vegetarian options. Go here for lunch and try one of the flavourful risottos or salads.
Bistro, Healthy, $$$
This Paleo restaurant creates foods that are free of sugar, gluten, dairy and soy. To keep their dishes fresh, the menu changes every 3 months.
Goat cheese lentil salad | © futuristman / Shutterstock
Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, Contemporary, $$$
This popular restaurant specialises in creating new healthy delicacies. Try the salmon zucchini or buckwheat flapjacks.
Homemade diet flap jacks with pistachio and nuts | © merc67 / Shutterstock
Restaurant, Fast Food, $$$
This 24-hour eatery has some of the tastiest and healthiest burgers in the city. Try the organic, grass-fed, free-range burger in a lettuce wrap.
Black Angus hamburger with guacamole | © SKABARCAT / Shutterstock
Pizzaria, Fast Food, $$$
Looking for a quick bite? Freedom Pizza, formerly known as NKD, is a popular fast food joint that is known for gluten-free pizzas and quick delivery times.
Potato and chicken gluten-free pizza | © zoryanchik / Shutterstock
Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Fusion, $$$
Take in breathtaking views of the city and enjoy a high class afternoon tea that caters to all types of diets, including gluten-free at the Burj Al Arab.
Restaurant, Healthy, $$$
Known for their high tea, this restaurant has an assortment of unique meals that cater to all needs. Try the gluten-free waffles.
Waffles | © Nabil Boukala / Unsplash
Bakery, Healthy, $$$
Want an afternoon snack but not feeling like going out? This delivery service opened after the huge success of its predecessor Kitsch Cupcakes. I recommend the cupcakes, but they have real food too.
Homemade Cakes | Pixabay
Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Dine out for dinner at this famous Italian restaurant which has a dedicated gluten-free menu. The gluten-free range includes tasty pastas, sauces and breads.
Restaurant, Peruvian, $$$
This renowned Peruvian restaurant comes with a separate gluten-free menu. If you only try one restaurant on this list, make it this one.
Traditional peruvian fish trucha served in a restaurant | © Jiri Vondrous / Shutterstock
Restaurant, Indian, $$$
Rang Mahal, a sophisticated Indian restaurant, is run by celebrity chef Atul Kochhar
and is famous for having flavour packed dishes that also happen to be gluten friendly.
Indian prawn curry | © Bonchan / Shutterstock
Restaurant, Thai, $$$
Feel like eating Thai? This romantic restaurant has a separate gluten-free menu with similar alternatives to their standard menu.
Pad Thai | Pixabay
Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
This exceptional Japanese restaurant has a gluten-free menu that includes many popular items. Try a selection of their grilled dishes and sushi, or call ahead of time to customise your menu.
Bakery, Healthy, $$$
If you’re in need of a gluten-free sugary dessert, look no further. Sugaholic Bakeshop makes succulent cakes that cater to all dietary needs. Place a customised order by phoning ahead.
If you have a sweet tooth and don’t feel like hunting around town, this dedicated gluten-free delivery service bakes a variety of organic and healthy sweets, ranging from cookies to cakes.
Gluten-free hazelnut cookies with chocolate and pistachios| © lpshutter / Shutterstock
Bakery, Cafe, Healthy, $$$
Sweet Connection owner Areej Jomaa is so passionate about gluten-free baking that she makes her own flour. If you find yourself closer to Jumeirah, the sister company, The Gluten Free Kitchen & Cafe
is situated in Mercato Mall.
Homemade gluten free bread | © Katarzyna Wojtasik / Shutterstock
Siddharta Lounge by Buddha-Bar
Bar, Asian, Mediterranean, $$$
Sip on a cocktail while soaking in the stunning 360 degree view of The Marina. If you get hungry, order a selection of gluten-free tapas.
View of the Dubai Marina | Zizome / Pixabay
Bar, Restaurant, Asian, $$$
Asia Asia | © Solutions Leisure Group
This popular lounge is known for its fresh take on Asian fusion cuisine and caters to customers with gluten intolerances. Go for dinner or just for a bite with drinks.
Sushi | © Lisovskaya Natalia / Shutterstock
Restaurant, Bar, Italian, $$$
Enjoy a drink by the ocean with a scrumptious gluten-free treat, like the crema catalana or the hazelnut and stracciatella parfait.
Crema Catalana, a typical catalan dessert | © funkyfrogstock / Shutterstock