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Dubai | Gluten Free Food Guide

. 6 min read .

Sticky Rice

A cute tiny place serving cheap and delicious Thai food. Papaya salad is quite spicy but super refreshing. The chicken rice was light. Highly recommend the pad thai. For dessert they of course serve mango sticky rice and a bomb mango sundae with soft-serve. Oh and don't forget the thai iced tea!
Located outside the buzz of the city in Jumeirah Village Circle.

Shake Shack

Ok I know this might be cheating but those cheesy fries and their lemonades are worth it.
They don't have gluten free buns but you can ask for the burger lettuce wrapped instead.
If in the mood for dessert, their frozen custards are fatty but damn delishious.
PRO Tip: grab some extra cheese sauce

La Carnita

The ambiance of that place is amazing. The dim lights and awesome rusty deco is on point. The menu has a lot of GF options. Our choice was to go for tacos. All are served on corn tortillas and the gluten free options are amazing. Nachos and Cali Salad were delish.
Their margarita is crazy good as well. We had to have more than 1.

Milkcow & Sweet Salvation

There are a few places to get soft serve but these were our two favorite spots. GROM is another alternative for gelato and granita (lemon ftw!).

Poke & Co

We had these bowls at least 5 times in 3 weeks of being in Dubai.
They are arguably the best poke I have had around the globe. Whatever you order you cannot go wrong but make sure you get extra wakame and if you feel like it, grab an acaii bowl or brownie (not very good but ok to satisfy chocolate cravings) for dessert.

Freedom Pizza

We took this one to go. We tried their classic GF dough(on the left) and their cauliflower dough(on the top right). We vote the later and suggest take out. Plenty of locations as well.

PF Changs

Look this is definitely not the best food out there but when desparate and in need for delivery they have some gluten free options. The best one is Chang's Spicy Chicken by far. Their pad-thai is also GF but very spicy, watch it.

Amongs few

The deco in this place is fire. Both inside and outside searing although outside balcony is right on a busy street. Good food (not all menu is gluten-free but plenty of good options) and coffee and thankfully not freezing cold like most places in Dubai. More of a cafe than a restaurant.

Friends Avenue

At Motor city. Alternative location at the marina but rather busy especially for brunch. Great vibe and menu. Their chicken satay salad is really damn good! Great coffee as well and they have GF brownies as well!

Bounty Beats

A gluten free only spot located in the Marriot around the Marina area.
Both inside and outside seating available. Super nice ambiance. Though their coffee is not really good, their food is pretty great! The pizza is really good, pasta as well, nachos and sweet potato fries all really good.

The Lime Tree Cafe

There really were no words for this carrot cake.
The hardest part will be resisting buying everything on display: the banana cakes, sticky toffee date cake, lemon cake , dark chocolate cake, caramel brownies...
Best for deserts and coffee and not savoury options.

Wild & Moon Cafe

Located in a super hip area. Great for healthy bowls and juice. Also great to get some work done on the upper deck.
They also make shrimp tacos and banana pancakes.
PRO Tip: Moon River was by far my fav juice.

1life Kitchen & Cafe

Located in the design district.
It had our favourite pancakes we have tried in dubai. The shakshuka was also one of the most delicious I have ever tried.
An outstanding place to work from but the uppoer floor can get quite chilly.

Comptoir 102

One of the cutest places we have been. The vibe is amazing.
Though I did not take pictures of the food, they have a great selection of breakfast items. We got the guac, gluten free crackers and some eggs followed by some reeeally good pancakes once again. Not the buckwheat ones. Those were not really good imho..

Wokyo Noodle Bar

Not your average high end noodle place but their bowl was very good. They also have thaim milk tea soft serve and fantastic service which is a nice bonus.

SEVA Experience

Bali vibes with a nice seating area outside. Like an oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle. All food is vegan as well as gluten free. Had the arepa but to be honest I did not like it. The acaii bowl though was good.