Gluten free in Lisbon: 10 places to eat and drink
Before my trip, I was worried about eating gluten free in Lisbon, but I ended up having some great meals — and even found a gluten-free version of the city’s famous pastries. Planning a trip of your own? Here are some options:
1. Time Out Market (Mercado da Ribeira)
This huge market has several stalls that offer gluten-free options. It’s a great place for a casual dinner, and I felt comfortable eating alone. I had a cod dish with sweet potatos and cream sauce at Cozinha da Felicidade, which labeled gluten-free options on its menu. I loved trying the ginja, a cherry liqueur, at Casa da Ginja. Other options I spotted were Organic Market, which has gluten-free and dairy-free meals, Arcádia for chocolates and Santini for ice cream.
This bakery near the market has a huge assortment of gluten-free options. I felt as if I’d walked into gluten-free paradise. I bought a box of pastéis de nata, Portugal’s famous custard tarts, and ate them over the next couple of days. Zarzuela also offers GF sandwiches and pizzas.
This bakery, across the street from Zarzuela, also sells some gluten-free sweets, including pastéis de nata. Go early: They were out when I visited in the evening.
Telepizza has several Lisbon locations. Its cross-contamination procedures are detailed on its website and were developed in partnership with the Associação Portuguesa de Celíacos.
5. La Trattoria
La Trattoria, an Italian restaurant, has an extensive gluten-free menu.
This restaurant clearly labels gluten-free items on its lunch and dinner menus. Bonus: It looks beautiful inside.
I stumbled across the charming restaurant in the Alfama and asked a waiter if they had gluten-free options. I loved the frango a bras, a mix of chicken, potatoes, eggs and onions that ended up being the best meal of my trip. Bonus: They have live Fado music in the evenings.
Take a ferry across the Tagus River (Rio Tejo) for fresh seafood in Cacilhas. I had cod with potatoes at Cervejaria Farol.
The flagship Castelo de São Jorge location sells wine and port that you can sip as you enjoy the panoramic views over the city. They have two other trucks located in the Belém district at Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries.
Celeiro is a grocery store chain that has several locations and carries many gluten-free options.