Top 5 Gluten-Free Globetrotter Meals Across the Globe (So Far)

I have a very long list of places I want to travel to, but I also have a wonderful list of places I have been where I’ve eaten some wonderful gluten-free meals. Here is my top 5 list of gluten-free meals across the globe so far.

1. Pasta in Italy. It was less about the food and more about the location and circumstance. I was within walking distance of the Vatican in Italy, sitting at an outdoor table, sipping on wine and eating gluten-free pasta. I was so happy to find a safe, gluten-free friendly restaurant in Italy. This was the first of many gluten-free pasta dishes I ate while in Italy. I highly recommend Italy to any Celiac for a vacation.

La Soffitta Renovatio Ristorante
Piazza del Risorgimento 46/A, 00192
Roma, Italia

Gluten-free pasta at La Soffitta Renovatio Ristorante

Gluten-free pasta at La Soffitta Renovatio Ristorante


Cucina senza glutine! (Food without gluten)


2. Cooking class and 5-course meal at Baan Thai Cookery School. When I first made a reservation for this class, I had someone from my hotel explain in Thai that I needed to have a shellfish-free and gluten-free meal. The school said this would not be a problem. This 4-hour-class started with a pick-up at my guest house in Chiang Mai, Thailand where I met fellow classmates from around the globe. We walked to the local market to buy Thai vegetables to prepare with our meal. For each course, we moved from the dining table back into the kitchen. It was so much fun to learn about traditional Thai meals, ingredients, and meal preparation and then enjoy your meal with others. We took home a recipe book and I went back to the market to buy the traditional Thai spices we used in our meals. This was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon learning about Thai cuisine and meeting friends from around the world, while eating a safe gluten-free meal.

Baan Thai Cookery School
11 Rachadamnern Rd.
Soi 5 T.Sriphoom A.Muang
Chiangmai 50200 Thailand

Me in the kitchen of Thai Cooking School

Me in the kitchen of Thai Cooking School


Amazing selection of fresh produce in Chiang Mai, Thailand market


3. Patacones in Portland. El Pilon is a food truck in Portland featuring traditional Colombian food. The truck is almost entirely gluten-free and event has GF icons on their menu. My favorites include beef empanadas, pan de yucca, and patacones with aji. Seriously, the patacones are one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten in my life!

El Pilon
SW 2nd and Oak Street
Portland, Oregon


Lunch from El Pilon: patacones with chicken, empanada, and pao de queijo

4. High Tea in Edinburgh. My mom and I went to Wales and Scotland in October 2013. Before our trip, we decided we wanted to have a traditional British afternoon tea during our trip. My mom found the Scotsman Hotel who could provide a 100% gluten-free high tea. Finger sandwiches, scones, cookies, and cakes, plus unlimited pots of tea made for a perfect gluten-free high tea. It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon in Edinburgh.

Scotsman Hotel
20 North Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom


Gluten-free high-tea at the Scotsman Hotel

5. Schnitzel and Beer in Prague. Schnitzel is a traditional, Czech dish that is deep-fried MEAT. With a little research, I knew that Švejk Restaurant U Karla (read my review) served gluten-free schnitzel and beer. I met up with a student from TravBuddy who was also in Prague at the same time as me and we had a lovely dinner sharing stories from around the globe. I was so excited to eat a traditional Czech gluten-free meal that I went back to this restaurant a second time before I left Prague.

Švejk Restaurant U Karla
Křemencova 7, 110 00 Praha 1,
Prague, Czech Republic

Small photo, big flavor. Gluten-free schnitzel at Švejk Restaurant U Karla


Beef goulash with roasted sausage, onions, homemade gluten free dumplings

About Erin Smith

Living with celiac disease since 1981 and eating gluten-free long before it was "trendy", Erin Smith has a unique perspective of growing up in the gluten-free community; Founded Gluten-Free Fun in 2007; Founded Gluten-Free Globetrotter® in 2011; Founded GlutenFreelancer® in 2014. Erin was the lead organizer of the NYC Celiac Disease Meetup group, a social community of more than 2,000 members for over a decade. She is the founder of the Santa Cruz Celiac support group. Erin currently resides in New York City and lives 100% gluten-free.
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9 Responses to Top 5 Gluten-Free Globetrotter Meals Across the Globe (So Far)

  1. Kaila511 says:

    These all look incredible, but I love the cooking class and 5-course meal at Baan Thai Cookery School. Looks like so much fun!

    • Erin Smith says:

      Thanks! The cooking class was so much fun. It was so nice to be in control of preparing my own safe, gluten-free meal while sharing stories with others. I met people from Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Europe. It was a very memorable experience!

  2. Janet S. says:

    If there is any way possible would you please be able to find out if any of your follower’s have been to Roatan Honduras. I will be there fo r8 days in the end of July on the west part of the Island and am very nervous about eating there. Each time you post wonderful travel experiences while eating gluten free I print them and put them in my celiac file for future travel. I am so happy to have discovered your blog.

    • Erin Smith says:

      I went to Roatan, but I was on a cruise so I could eat on the boat. I will ask around.

      I am so happy that my blog inspires you to travel! I never want Celiac to stop anyone from seeing the world.

  3. Cece says:

    Awesome roundup! It’s amazing how one experience like this can make a trip truly unforgettable. When my husband and I were in Barcelona, we toured the famous La Boqueria with a chef for over an hour, bought our ingredients, and made a full gluten/dairy free meal back at her studio. It was an amazing experience to be hands on and learn about the history and culture of Spain, we will never forget it.

    I’ll have to check out that place in Portland-I’ve been to the GF Chef food pod in my neighborhood, but I know I’ve got to get to all of the other ones this summer too!

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  6. v8mile says:

    Love the photos, and the story behind them! The Thai class looks particularly interesting. And it’s really neat you found a gluten-free version of the Czech dumplings— I struck out trying to find a gf as well as vegetarian version.

  7. I know this is a really, really old post, but I am just seeing this now and it’s so fun! Loved reading some of your favorite GF places from around the globe!

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