Crêpes, particularly banana and nutella ones, are top of my list of foods I miss as a Coeliac. It is pure torture for me to walk past a crêpe stand (and every time it happens it makes me go home and make crêpes and eat them for days to make up for my loss!)
However, if you have a crêpe craving, you can find one a bit more easily these days, usually at a shop that is preparing ‘galettes’ – French crêpes made out of buckwheat flour (no relation to wheat, but check it is pure buckwheat and not also mixed with normal flour). These are normally reserved for savoury toppings, but work just as well with sweet toppings 🙂
Here is the list I have started for both crêpe and pancakes, but there are probably more out there, so let me know if you have a favourite place. Please note, you need to check regarding cross contamination – ie using the same griddle to cook as wheat crêpes, utensils, sauces etc).
Also check the London list of 100% gluten free venues, as many of the cafes will do pancakes for breakfast or for Shrove Tuesday.
This post was last updated February 2017.
Free-from sweet treats for all, including crepes! “All recipes and ingredients are vegetarian, dairy, egg, nut and gluten free.”
Soho – 130 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1F 8ZN Tel: 020 7434 4370
Mon – Wed 12 noon – 10pm, Thu – Sat noon – midnight, Sun 11am – 10pm
My Old Dutch
Several options for gluten free crêpes as there are three restaurants to choose from (also do takeaway):
Central London – 131-132 High Holborn, Holborn WC1V 6PS Tel: 020 7242 5200
Chelsea – 221 Kings Road, SW3 5EJ Tel: 020 7376 5650
Kensington – 16 Kensington Church Street, W8 4EP Tel: 020 7937 6090
All stores open 7 days from mid morning until at least 9.30pm (some stores open until 11.30pm).
Launched in May 2016, three stores are doing gluten free and dairy free crepes. For a review by Gluten Free Dining, click here.
Spitalfields – Old Spitalfield Market, London E1 6BG
Islington – 51-53 Camden Passage, Islington, N1 8EA
London Westfield – White City shopping centre
All stores open 7 days.
NOTE: there is news that in the future (after March 2017) all stores nationwide will be offering gluten free – stay tuned!
Crêpes ‘n’ more, Mayfair
Galettes are made from 100% buckwheat flour and are also dairy free.
Mayfair Market, Brown Hart Gardens (off Duke Street), Mayfair, W1K 6TD
Tube: Bond Street Market open Wednesdays 11am-3pm
Where the Pancakes are, Southwark
There is a gluten free batter alternative (NB it contains oat milk if you are sensitive to oats) with GF marked on menu (but menu clearly states kitchen contains allergens).
Arch 35a, 85a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0NQ
NOJŌ, Camden Market
Guilt free crepes that are gluten free with options that can be sweet, meat, vegetarian or vegan!
Camden Market – North Yard, Camden Stables Market (near the Amy Winehouse statue)
7 days early morning until early evening (later on Fri/Sat)
Gluten free buckwheat crêpes advertised. This is an outside stall, so is takeaway only.
Camden Market – West Yard, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AF
Planet Pankcake (previously Mini Dutch Dippers), Greenwich market
Not exactly a crêpe, Dutch proffetjes are more like a little pikelet, but I think they fall into the same yummy category as crêpes!
See my blog entry on Greenwich Market here. The stall is open Tue/Wed/Thurs/Sat. Follow them on Twitter @planetpancakes to see where else they are – I’ve also seen them at Spitalfields market.
Greenwich – College Approach, Greenwich Market, SE10 9HZ
La Petite Bretagne, Hammersmith
Their website states their buckwheat crêpes are gluten free and I’ve enjoyed a savoury one for lunch when in the area. Open 7 days until 10pm (open 8am weekdays, 1oam weekends and public holidays). Plenty of seating and also takeaway. It is opposite the Hammersmith & City line station of Hammersmith, just around the corner from the main Hammersmith tube station.
Hammersmith – 5-7 Beadon Road, W6 OEA Tel: 020 8127 5530
Senzala Crêperie, Brixton
A little cafe in Brixton Village market – they do buckwheat crêpes (eat in or take away). Open 7 days.
Brixton – 41-42 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8PS
Le Merlin, Hackney
The buckwheat crêpes here are naturally gluten free, and each day only a dedicated crêpe machine is used for the galettes to avoid cross contamination. The crêpier is from south Brittany, so you get an authentic experience at Le Merlin.
There are plenty of lovely savoury options with even the cheese and charcuteries imported from France, but if you prefer a sweet crêpe, you can also have those toppings on a galette.
Hackney – 78 Lower Clapton Road, Lower Clapton, Hackney, London E5 0RN
Tues-Thurs – 4:30pm – 10pm, Fri -11am – 10:30pm, Sat – 10am – 10:30pm, Sun 10am – 8:30pm
The Pancake Man
A mobile crêperie run by a Frenchman, so the galettes are authentic 100% buckwheat and gluten free. They are cooked separately from the wheat based crêpes.
A mobile crêpe stand based around north west London. GF and vegan available. Keep an eye out for them!
Les Deux Amies, Croydon
Two French friends run this stall, so you will get an authentic crêpe experience! Gluten free and dairy free/vegan versions available.
99 George Street, Croydon CR0 1LD
Gluten free buckwheat crêpes available (I sadly, had just had lunch at Busabai Eat Thai and did not have room for a crêpe, so cannot report back on this!). This is an outside stall, so is takeaway only.
50 Pingle Drive, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 6WD (1 hour from London)
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For more London dining options, please check the following links:
- London restaurant reviews
- 100% gluten free London
- Chain restaurants offering gluten free options
- Camden market gluten free
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