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Gluten Free Guide to Bucharest

Looking for a gluten free guide to Bucharest? Look no further, I created one just for celiacs. Before going to Romania, I did extensive research on Romania and where celiacs could eat. I messaged some locals I connected with who told me that they did have options, but my easiest options would be the larger grocery stores. For the celiacs that are reading, I’ll be honest it was harder to find food in Bucharest for my daughter at the restaurants. The larger Carrefours have gluten free sections, and I highly suggest you pick up some bread and snacks from there. Or bring some with you, which is something we always do. We didn’t find one cafĂ© with gluten free options for a quick snack other than a drinkable yogurt. We also kept lunch meat on hand to make her sandwiches in the afternoon. Often times waiters didn’t seem to understand that it would make her sick if she ate gluten, I think due to lack of knowledge. Even if they do speak English, I suggest you hand them a gluten free card in Romanian, explaining that you can get very sick if you eat it. When you are traveling with a celiac patient it can be tough if they are sick, I hope this guide helps you on your travels.

Gluten Free Options

Nachos at Blue Margarita
  • Aubergine They have lots of gluten free options, my daughter had falafels for a starter and for her main course, hummus with a cutlet. She really enjoyed it and didn’t have any issues. For picky kiddos you will be out of luck here.
  • Blue Margarita This hands down was a fan favorite for all of us, but also the most expensive place at $75 USD. My husband and I both had two drinks and we shared two desserts between us, but that was pretty standard. My Minion had the nachos with shredded beef, she loved it. Totally not gluten free, but the Mexican spicy chocolate molten cake and the churros are a must try!
  • La Crimini My daughter ordered the lamb here and said it was pretty good, and she did not get sick. A word of caution, when we sat down we were told by the waitstaff they did not have gluten free, we asked to speak to someone in charge, who assured us they did have gluten free, which is what we had read online. They were out of the one other meal that was GF, thankfully my daughter isn’t picky. The local wine here was really good.
  • Caru’ Cu Bere This is a local place that I would recommend for the environment, the food was okay, but we loved the atmosphere. Our daughter ordered a pork dish with polenta, she had absolutely no issues. The pork was tough, but tasted fine.

Tread Carefully

  • Bellini my little minion ate gluten free carbonara; unfortunately, she woke up sick the next day, and was sure she had gluten in her food, I’m not 100% sure, but be aware there.
  • The Beef Room we asked about gluten free and they told me they had several options; however, after sitting down most of them were foods my kiddo wouldn’t like. She isn’t picky either, but basically it was a mushroom soup or eggplant. She ended up with a burger with no bun and a few veggies, she threw up the next morning though, so we also think she had gluten.

Non Gluten Free Options

Cappuccino from Oligio
  • Gregory’s Greek Deli & Coffee was my favorite place for quick cappuccinos and the dessert pastries were delicious. I loved the phyllo dough topped with Nutella. They did have pre packaged Greek yogurt smoothies which were gluten free.
  • Second Cup also a good place for coffee and they did have gluten free hot cocoa.
  • Origo the perfect place for specialty coffee, they roast and brew it here. My kids loved the fresh squeezed juice which was gluten free.
  • Gyros Thessalonikis They never claimed to have anything gluten free so we didn’t even try. The rest of us ate here and it was a good cheap meal.

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Trisha
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As an allergy family, it is nice to know that places are starting to offer different options for families. I could totally go for some of those nachos!

ania
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pinned for later, we are gluten free and it will be very useful

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I found that most larger MegaImage, Carrefour and Kaufland grocery stores, along with specialty BioMarkets have reasonable gluten free sections stocked with product mostly from Germany. As for pasta, Grano is a very pleasant, authentic Italian restaurant with several gluten free pastas.

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Thank you for the link to the celiac card in Romanian, I know my bf won’t be able to handle that very well. We will be heading to Cluj, Transylvania soon so I hope I will fare well there.

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