Melbourne is a great place for gluten free, but if you search ‘Melbourne gluten free’ so many places will come up that it can be hard to know where to start! This guide removes some of the overwhelm by outlining the top ten venues local coeliacs recommend in central Melbourne. As always, make your own enquiries to make sure you are satisfied it is safe for you.
If you are from overseas, you will hear people talk about “the CBD” which means the Central Business District. Just outside this area is the Crown Casino on the other side of the river which also has many gluten free friendly restaurants but they will be covered in a future list.
If you are travelling outside the city centre, make sure you look at the 100% gluten free Melbourne page and also the recommended links at the bottom of the post!
A 100% gluten free cafe with two CBD locations. Think healthy food that will keep you nourished during the day. For more information see 100% gluten free Melbourne.
275 Flinders Lane & 349 Little Collins Street
A very popular Mexican restaurant at the ‘Paris’ end of the Melbourne CBD, just down from Parliament and near a number of theatres. A smart but casual option.
NB you may need to queue, but bookings taken at lunchtime and for larger groups.
Level 1, 100 Collins Street
A baked potato store that is 100% gluten free. Seasonal options (such as summer salads) also available. Locations in the city centre, as well as in the suburbs.
5 city locations, including Emporium and QV shopping centre food courts. For more information see 100% gluten free Melbourne.
Thr1ve is a paleo inspired “fresh fast food” store, which is by nature gluten free and their website states ‘always gluten free’.
For a review, please click here.
Emporium food court, 7 days and Collins Place, weekdays only
Vegan healthy food available at foodcourts. Choose from menu or ‘make your own’. The entire menu is gluten free apart from breakfast oats.
Emporium Shopping Centre, Level 3, 287 Lonsdale Street
QV Shopping Centre, Level 1, Shop 59, Corner Swanston St & Lonsdale St,
| Bopha Devi
A Cambodian restaurant that is a great option in Docklands. If you like Vietnamese, you will really enjoy the food here. They have been serving coeliacs for years and understand cross contamination.
27 Rakaia Way, Docklands
| Chocolate Buddha
A casual Japanese eatery in “Fed Square” opposite Flinders Street station. They have a gluten free menu and you can get to know others at a communal table!
Federation Square, 23 Flinders St
|Movida and Movida Next Door
Spanish Tapas done with flair. There are several Movida options around the city but you often have to book ahead. If you are a tennis fan you may spot Australian Open players there during January. Ask for the gluten free menu.
Don’t forget to check out the graffiti in Hosier Lane!
1 Hosier Ln, off Flinders Street opposite Federation Square
| Tutto Bene
In my opinion, the best risotto in Melbourne, but you also have many other choices. If you are after great city views, this is a great option. Ask for the dairy/gluten free menu.
Mid Level Southgate, 3 Southgate Avenue (cross the river near Flinders Street station)
|CODA & TONKA (same owners)
CODA is an Asian fusion restaurant. Let the wait staff choose for you and you won’t be disappointed.
Basement 141 Flinders Lane (Cnr Oliver Lane)
TONKA is a modern Indian restaurant (with some Asian fusion twists). The menu is largely naturally gluten free.
20 Duckboard Place (off Flinders Lane)
Photo credits: all photos are author’s own, except where noted.
For more gluten free Melbourne options and travel ideas, please check the following links:
- Foddies, fructose friendly in Albert Park
- New Freedom Bakery Bendigo
- Sydney airport gluten free
- Melbourne airport gluten free
- Hudsons Coffee Shops Australia
- 100% gluten free London and England
- London Heathrow & Gatwick airport gluten free options
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