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Caffe Strada Ivanhoe – 100% gluten free Melbourne

If you are looking for great tasting gluten free bread, this café and bakery has a great reputation among Melbourne coeliacs.  This is particularly good if your family or friends don’t like gluten free bread, as it tastes almost “normal”!

If you are not from Melbourne, Ivanhoe is around 10km north east of the city centre.

Caffe Strada Ivanhoe sign_opt

They open during the day (including breakfast), six days a week and the menu has a good variety to suit any food mood.  There a is a decent sized menu, plus there some items that will appeal to kids.   Breakfast is served until 3.30pm, so if you are a late riser, getting breakfast after lunch time is not a problem!

You can see a number of the menu items displayed in their cabinet, along with an array of cakes and other sweet treats.  There are some ready made sandwiches, so if you are in a hurry this is a good take away option.

Caffe Strada sweet & savoury cabinet _optCaffe Strada cakes cabinet_opt


You can’t beat starting the day with a fresh juice – how lovely do these look?

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There is also a wide range of hot drinks, and of course for coeliacs, the elusive hot chocolate even comes with marshmellows 🙂

Caffe Strada Hot ChocolateMy husband likes a ‘fry up’ style breakfast, as most Englishmen do!   You can of course have bacon, but this is a bit healthier with smoked salmon instead.  I haven’t managed to sneak a bite of the hash browns yet, but they are on my list for next time.

Caffe Strada gluten free breakfast

I have really enjoyed their corn fritters with poached eggs and smoked salmon and this has kept me full from breakfast until afternoon tea time!  If you are after something a bit plainer, why not try some toast with some butter and jam?

Caffe Strad corn fritters_opt Caffe Strada toast_opt


Since my very first visit I have been a fan of the pulled pork turkish toasted sandwich, with the coleslaw giving some added crunch.  I have this almost every time as it is just so scrumptious!

Caffe Strada turkish pulled pork sandwich

I have also tried the pulled pork as a burger with an egg – also delicious!

Caffe Strada pulled pork burger_optCaffe Strada pulled pork burger close up_opt

For a lighter lunch I have enjoyed the croquettes.

gluten free croquettes

You will also find pies, soup, salads, fish & chips, fructose friendly sausage rolls and a lot of other options to choose from.  A sample menu is available online if you would like to see the the other meals on offer, including vegetarian options.

Bakery – bread and cakes

The shop has several shelves with a variety of breads available, although if you are after something in particular, you are advised to order in advance as they often sell out.

Caffe Strada gluten free bread

Below is a toastie I made at home from the above loaf – the bread is a great size, texture and taste and also freezes very well.   The baguette is a home made version of, you guessed it, pulled pork!

Caffe Strada toastie (home)_opt Caffe Strada roll (home)_opt

Peruse the cabinets to see what cakes are on offer – the chocolate eclair is one of the best I have tasted, although the creme was a little frozen.

Caffe Strada Choc eclair_opt

You can also get cupcakes, slices and the good old Aussie lamington.

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At Easter, look out for hot cross buns!  These vegan chocolate hot cross buns were awesome with some melted butter (I’m not vegan!).

gluten free hot cross buns

Their bread is available at a number of other cafés and shops (including Andrew’s Breadshop at Queen Victoria Market in central Melbourne and Leo’s supermarket in Kew, Hartwell and Heidelberg and Manna Fields in Essendon).   Visit the website for more details of suppliers.

If you haven’t tried Caffe Strada bread, you really should!  Visiting a 100% gluten free cafe is always great, but Caffe Strada really stands out because you can feel ‘normal’ by having a sandwich and there are so many options to keep everyone happy, gluten free or not.

My only criticism of the cafe, is that in winter it is cold inside (even with the heater going full blast), so go prepared!  If it is a nice day, there is also a small amount of outside seating.

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Caffe Strada also hire out their premises as a function venue or can provide catering at your home.


197 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe VIC 3079  Phone: 03 9497 4875
(Ivanhoe train station is only a 5 minute walk away.)

Mon-Fri 7.30am-4.30pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4.30pm

Last updated Feb 2018

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About the Author: Caroline was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2006 and likes to share her gluten free finds around the UK, Australia and the rest of the world! See more on her in the 'About' page. .


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