Food & Drink

The 10 Best Gluten-Free Eateries In Auckland, According To You

By Alice Rich
2nd Dec 2021

A delicious looking dish at East

Ten years ago no one knew what the word gluten even meant. These days every man and his dog has a gluten intolerance and nooooo it’s not just a trend. It’s a real thing.

We’re lucky to have so many tasty options when it comes to eating gluten-free in Tāmaki Makaurau but who does it best? We got the intel on your top gluten-free eateries of the moment and apparently them lockdown vibes have got you wrestling one heck of a sweet tooth (and a hankering for carbs). For our coeliac friends, while these places do offer gluten-free food it's always best to call ahead to ensure they can safely accommodate coeliac needs.

So in no particular order, read on for best gluten-free eateries in Auckland, as chosen by you. 

East

Auckland CBD

With a team of chefs specialising in cuisine from Japan, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka, East is a true fusion of modern Asian flavours and culinary traditions, and much of the plant-focused menu (which just so happens to be 75% vegan) is gluten-free. Dishes include edamame with black shiso salt; steamed mushroom cheung fun with homemade XO sauce; som tam, gado gado and larb salads; pad see ew noodles; Southern Thai yellow curry and kaffir lime and lemongrass crème caramel. Alice just can't get enough, YUM.

OMGoodness Specialty Breads

Silverdale

Sheyne and Lily have gone boujee AF with their afterwork wines, enjoying pairing their favourite dips and cheeses with the OMGoodness bread range and ‘cwackers’. Evidently their roast pumpkin and fennel seed is “absolutely glorious” paired with hummus. When OMGoodness owners Scott and Ruth realised their daughter wasn’t able to eat gluten, Scott worked hard to develop a gluten-free alternative his daughter would love, and it paid off in bucketloads. The bread is spongey and delicious, and Khadija still can’t get over the fact it’s gluten-free.

The Caker

Karangahape Road

Xin almost cried when they bit into The Caker’s gluten-free Lemon Raspberry mini cake. “Holy f***ng c***! Talk about a party in my mouth.” The Caker’s creations always look too good to eat (but you won’t be able to resist). Their small kitchen means they’re unable to cater to coeliacs but if you’re avoiding gluten for a different reason their gluten-free cakes, of which there’s a pretty large range to choose from, are as delicious as they are drop-dead gorgeous. 

Amaranto Food Truck 

Warkworth & Matakana  

Heaven exists and it comes in the form of a little yellow food truck packed with gluten-free, handmade pasta which Mahalia likens to a “bowl of actual joy”. Created by husband and wife duo Tommaso and Luisa, Amaranto has been making the streets of Tāmaki Makaurau that much better since 2018. Their recipes are inspired by the Italian regions of Piedmont, Marche and Campania, with a gluten-free spin, of course. Serving homemade Italian delights like spinach and ricotta ravioli, smoked provolone croquettes and potato gnocchi, you can get all of the Italian, bellyache-free. 

Doughnuts, doughnuts everywhere. Filled with vanilla cream and other delectable fillings. Charlie Mia

Kingsland

Not on The Shore but need a sweet somethin’ somethin’? Charlie Mia’s your pick this side of the bridge. Their spongey, gluten-free doughnuts are next level and having recently cracked gluten-free flaky pastries—hello body-lovin’ almond croissant—you’ll want to buy all the things. Self-proclaimed ‘optimist and dreamer’, Charlotte Verstappen is the baker and Natural Medicine student behind the recipes, inspired by the idea that health is something we should enjoy and it should be able to be prioritised, without giving up the treats we love. 

Mister’s Real Food

Auckland CBD

By far one of the most diverse gluten-free offerings in Auckland, you’ve been really missing Mister’s over this lockdown—Tarin even had a dream about the tteokbokki rice cakes. They had us at gluten-free French toast (yep, it exists) and their fully customisable lunch bowls keep Kayleigh coming back for more. You can’t wait until they reopen in 2022 and neither can we. 

Wen and Yen

Titirangi & Albany 

Born from a sweet daydream, Wen and Yen packs a punch… of gluten-free goodness that is. It’s a total gluten-free (and vegan) dessert heaven and you’re loving everything from filled doughnuts and cinnamon buns to pies in both the Christmas and mince variety. Harley says the mixed flavour mini doughnut box has become her go-to at picnics. “It’s such an easy way to make sure there are treats for everyone, plus they’re damn tasty.” And Louis is “living his Tim Burton fantasy” with their chocolate raspberry cake. 

Baker & co. 

Glendowie

Everything is made in house at Baker & co. and the team pride themselves on using the best quality ingredients including free-range eggs and meat. Almost all of their menu items are gluten-free or have a wicked gluten-free alternative so pay a visit for breakfast, brunch, coffee or treats. We’re eyeing up their pancakes with whipped passion fruit butter and vanilla syrup and Bec can’t get enough of the suburban bakery’s “old skool GF goodness”. “Their melting moments, babycakes and triple choc cheesecake are where it’s at.” We couldn’t agree more. 

Coco’s Cantina

Karangahape Road

It’s no surprise Coco’s Cantina remains a cult favourite. Having been a Karangahape Road staple since 2009, friends are counting down the hours until they can kick back and enjoy the gluten-free pasta Happy Hour. In the meantime, their polenta chips with confit garlic aioli have been tiding you over. The team describe their food as seasonal, rustic and made from quality ingredients, and the dining experience as like being at a friend’s house. We love that through level 3 they’ve been supporting Lifewise and Orange Sky. 

A delicious, gluten free crab dish from cafe hanoi.Café Hanoi

Britomart

When you’re in the mood for Vietnamese, Café Hanoi’s your go-to. With a pretty extensive (and delicious) gluten-free menu offering authentic Hanoian street food you’re in your element. Chloë digs how committed to environmental sustainability the restaurant is and Shanise loves how one bite floods her with memories of past travels to Vietnam. A particular favourite is the green prawns coloured with pandan leaves, served with house-made chilli sauce for an extra kick. What a way to level up your seaside picnic game. 

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Kingi

Britomart

Sleek seafood restaurant, Kingi, caters to all diets. Smoked kahawai and pickled egg, hemp heart granola with raspberry and peach, wood-roasted oyster mushroom antipasti… The menu is a celebration of independent fishermen and women around Aotearoa, their fish is line-caught using sustainable fishing methods, and their meats and produce are locally sourced and organic whenever possible. Sustainable, responsible and diet savvy, whether you’re feeling breakfast, lunch or dinner, this place is ace (we had to). 

The Midnight Baker 

Dominion Road

“Thank god for Freedom Loaves”, rejoices Tom. He’s been enjoying having buckwheat loaves delivered to his door through level 3. Each slice is packed full of protein, fibre and healthy fats to kick that hanger to the curb—Alix says it’s like elven bread the way it fills you up-making it a stellar pick for a snack or meal. Top it with a generous slather of The Midnight Baker’s house-made Almond and Spiced Cookie Better Butter to live your best life. 

Vegan Tempeh Croquettes.  Pickled Baby Corn, Shallots, Sweet Chilli Relish Vegan Mayonaisse, Cucumber at Tok Tok.

Tok Tok

Takapuna

Every mouthful at Tok Tok is a moment of pure joy. With a tonne of gluten-free options to choose from, you won’t know where to start. Fortunately, the wait staff are super helpful with recommendations to make sure you don’t miss out on the most popular fusion gems. Fill your table with pops of colour then feast.

GoGo Daddy Thai Canteen

Ponsonby

The staff at GoGo Daddy take dietary requirements really seriously so you can rest easy knowing they’ve got you. Order a bunch of plates of ‘big delicious’—they’ll arrive at your table, whip-fast —and tuck into some of the best Thai food you’ve ever tasted. P.s. the crispy salmon salad is next level. 

Pici

Karangahape Road

Did you know that the delectable Italian pasta bar that's recently opened in St Kevin's arcade offers gluten-free pasta? Whether you’re in the mood for a prawn bisque, a vegetarian dish or even just salt and pepper simply swap out any of Pici’s pasta dishes for a cheeky gluten-free number and you’re good to go!

The waffles at Hemi

Hēmi Eatery

Victoria Park

Sitting on the edge of Victoria Park, this place serves healthy and seasonal deliciousness. Their cacao banana waffles, granola, buckwheat polenta, breakfast mince, market mushrooms and vege patch dishes can all be gluten-free, as can their range of tasty salads. Fun fact: Hēmi has partnered with local F45 gyms to provide meals for the iconic F45 Challenges so you know their health game is strong. 

Honey Bones

Grey Lynn

So dang cool, Honey Bones is the slickest. Plus, almost their entire menu can accommodate gluten-free needs. Buckwheat bowls, a quick butty, Cilbir eggs, pea pancakes and zesty zucchini fritters could all be in your future. Or maybe you'd like to load up large on The Full Bones. We've got our eyes on the Turkish scramble. They don't take bookings so you'll probably need to wait for a table, but it'll be so, so worth it. 

Geeks On Sainsbury

Morningside 

While we love Geeks On Sainsbury for its coffee and bagels, we can't go past their epic gluten-free feasts. Their eggs bene (choose between Pokeno bacon, Aoraki smoked salmon or pan-fried tofu) comes with a gluten-friendly layered agria potato or a moreish pork salad. Think sunflower seed-crusted pork, house-made chutney, shredded apple and roquette salad on roasted veggies. The rest of their menu is pretty damn dope too. 

Best Ugly Bagels

Newmarket, City Works Depot, Commercial Bay, Auckland Airport

Montreal-inspired, these hand-made, wood-fired bagels are top-notch. Happily, the gluten-free variant is only $1 extra and is just as crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside as the standard ones. There are at least 17 toppings on offer, ranging from simple spreads like P.B.J, Best Ugly classics like Tuna Melt and the pastrami-mustard Yodi, the uniquely Kiwi Swiss Melt (which is basically a mousetrap) and even a bagel-shaped ode to the Jelly Tip. 

Catroux

Westmere

Westmere icon, Catroux, ticks all the boxes with a range of healthy meals to go, generous salads, indulgent cabinet treats and a menu stacked with dreamy brunch dishes. They have gluten-free options across their whole range including their take-home Cottage Pie, a Fitness Bowl that'll leave you 100% satisfied and dairy-free Goodness Muesli Pot complete with coyo, packed rhubarb and raspberry blitz. We could eat all these things over and over but what we're absolutely living for is their gluten-free Muffin Of The Day. With flavours changing daily this is a total showstopper; get in quick before they're sold out!  

The gluten-free burger at the Butcher's Son.

The Butcher's Son

Herne Bay

Plant-based and inspired by dishes from around the world The Butcher's Son is almost entirely gluten-free (they even have a coeliac-friendly fryer). Their monster burgers—in 'Beyond Cheese', 'Sunfed Chicken' or Falafel—with a hefty serving of kumara or spud fries are perfect when the hungry beast within needs to be fed, or there's a bunch of shareable plates, salads and bowls (and chocolate waffles!) to get amongst. Also on offer is a 100% vegan wine list, including cocktails and botanical pairings to take your meal to the next level. As for ambience, there are plants a-plenty including some sassy, vege-inspired artwork that always make us chuckle.

Crave Café

Morningside

We've found the ultimate Eggs Benedict and it's gluten-free. The aptly-named Benediction is practically a religious experience. Served on crispy potato hash, there are three flavour ways to choose from, plus flexibility to make a plant-based option. Whether you're feeling the house-cured NZ king salmon with beetroot hollandaise, braised beef cheek with chimichurri or free-range bacon with chorizo crumb and chipotle crema, Crave will ensure your morning is off to a stunning start. 

Dear Jervois

Herne Bay

You may find it difficult to nab a table at Dear Jervois on the weekend, being a popular spot among Ponsonby locals. One of the first in the field to enter the health fad scene, Dear Jervois is still going strong. Boasting a menu full of gluten-free and dairy-free options, it’ll make eating out a breeze. Our mouth is watering at the gluten-free waffles topped with bacon and caramelised banana. Who said eating gluten-free had to be healthy? Go on, indulge a little.

Al Volo Pizza

Eden Terrace

Al Volo has some of THE BEST pizza in Auckland, and praise the food gods because they offer gluten-free bases for all of them. Their pizza menu is extensive and is perfectly Neapolitan, with simple and fresh ingredients. All the pizza sizes are 33 cm and perfect for one person or why not try a selection of pizzas and have a pizza party? 

The delicious ice cream cake at Giapo which is gluten free.

Giapo

Auckland CBD

If you're in the mood for a decadent, delightful dessert, look no further. For all those who thought they'd never be able to eat ice cream cones ever again, this is for you. Giapo's cones are halal, vegan, kosher, egg-free and, yes, gluten-free too. Better still, this goes for ALL their cones, even their Colossal Squid! They now offer a handy click-and-collect service through their Giapo App so you can skip the queue and get straight down to indulging. 

Kiss Kiss

Mount Eden

This neon fusion eatery packs a whole lot of gluten-free dishes. Taro chips with plum sauce, free-range chicken nibbles with Sriracha, stir-fried Asian greens, pad thai, larb and the Kiss Kiss signature buddha bowl… there's plenty to keep you going. And if you have room for dessert, you absolutely can't go wrong with their mango sticky rice. 

Wise Boys

Grey Lynn, Commercial Bay

Created by brothers, Tim and Luke, Wise Boys prides itself on being "a one-stop shop for a face full of indulgent plant-based burger goodness" and luckily, the gluten-free among us need not miss out. Five of their signature burgers have gluten-free options—their Classic Cheese, Moroccan, Spicy Mex, Smoke and Fire and Hungry Jack—and their rotating specials can often be made gluten-free too. 

Masu

Auckland CBD

We really feel for those gluten-free peeps who can’t enjoy a Japanese meal, with limited places offering gluten-free options. Unknown to many, Masu offers an entirely gluten-free menu, so you can save yourself the hassle of working through the entire menu to figure out what you can and cannot eat. Talk about effortless dining.

Daisys of Jervois

Herne Bay

The hunt for the perfect gluten-free cheese scone led us to Daisys. Served hot and buttery, and baked fresh daily, every bite is AH-MAZING. They also do date scones for when you're after a little sweet somethin' somethin'. And if scones aren't quite your jam, never fear, the gluten-free spread here is ever-expanding. Think berry muffins, choc coconut clusters and keto savoury items like lasagne and pies. Drooling yet? We are.

Culprit

Auckland CBD

We fell hard for Culprit when they introduced their new-wave Trolley Derby and we've been madly in love ever since. With an ever-changing seasonal menu, gluten-free diners need only notify the team and they'll whip up something inclusive and no less magical. 

Prego

Ponsonby

If you’re lookin’ to dine somewhere a little more upmarket but still conscious of your tummy's needs, then Prego restaurant is the place to go. Ponsonby Road stalwart Prego offers an authentic Italian menu with many tasty gluten-free options. Some of the dishes include crispy skin duck breast with puy lentil ragu, mushroom, wilted spinach and orange; ora King salmon, ponzu vinaigrette, pickled fennel and anise Crème Fraiche and a pea risotto with pancetta, mint, pecorino romano and mascarpone; plus pizzas and pasta. Delizioso!

A delicious chocolate donut from Little Bird Organics

Little Bird Organics And The Unbakery

Ponsonby 

Ever get miffed that being gluten-free you can never eat from a bakery? Not to worry, because Little Bird has evolved the art of baking with their “Unbakery.” Everything they sell in their bakery section is raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined cane sugar-free and vegan. We’re talking cheesecakes, slices, macarons—you name it. And you’d be surprised at how delicious these recipes are. Not to mention, they’re on the healthier side of things. Little Bird is also a café with a full menu offering the same healthy alternatives to some of your favourite dishes. It's the perfect brunch date location for a super delicious meal and somethin’ sweet after—they even do take away, so you can indulge at home (guilt-free) later.

Woodside Cafe

Birkenhead

Hold the phone because this little Birkenhead gem is 100% gluten-free. Yep, you read that right. Not only does Woodside cafe offer a completely gluten-free menu, but they also have dairy-free and vegan options, too. Their produce is grown in their family gardens, as is their honey, partly sourced from their family hives. And what they don’t grow themselves they source from New Zealand suppliers. Set up in a quaint little villa, with lots of white tones and greenery, it's a beautiful spot. You’ll feel ever so relaxed in this space while you enjoy a meal that is good for your soul—and your tummy.

Goodness Bistro 

Britomart 

Go here for bread, buns and sweet treats that’ll make you go ‘OMG!’. Bite into their open buns— an absolute steal at $7—and you’ll be treated to a burst of freshness, and layers upon layers of goodness. Other Goodness Bistro offerings include herby ‘cwackers’ which go down a treat with a lick of hummus, generous servings of chia pudding, spongy organic loaves of bread and a rainbow sandwich that’ll ‘take over your entire being’. The team also sell no-knead pre-mixes so you can recreate their signature delights at home.

7 Siri

Sandringham

Tonnes of traditional Sri Lankan dishes are gluten-free thanks to rice, rice flour and urid/lentil flour being major culinary staples. 7 Siri's 'bathmalu' dish—six curries on rice wrapped in a banana leaf—is always a good time, or you can feast upon filled rice flour 'dosa' pancakes or dainty cup-shaped appa. You're probably going to want everything, which they're totally prepared for with buffets on offer Friday through Sunday nights and a vegan-only one on Thursdays. 

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Image credit: East by Wono Kim, Charlie Mia, Cafe Hanoi, Tok Tok, Hemi by Wono Kim, The Butcher's Son, Giapo, Little Bird Organics and The Unbakery.

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