A gluten-free diet excludes any foods containing gluten; a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and possibly oats. 

Most breads, cakes, pastas, noodles, beers and pizzas are all made with gluten, meaning that eating out can sometimes be a little tricky if you're adhering to a GF diet - but if you head to one of these Cardiff establishments, you're sure to be be very well catered for. 

With their devotion to sourcing the world’s best teas, Waterloo Tea have been consistently raising the bar for Cardiff’s cafe scene since they first opened in Penylan in 2008. Whilst they’ve expanded to the city centre’s attractive Wyndham Arcade and to Penarth, there’s been no let-up in quality. Loose leaf teas come with a timer so you know how long it takes to brew the perfect cup, whilst coffee is made using beans from some of the best roasters around – including James and HasBean. Waterloo’s determination to seek out the best from around the world extends into to their globally-influenced food which features dishes spiced with sumac, za’tar and dukkah. With a menu of predominantly veggie and vegan dishes, there are always plenty of GF options available - and mighty delicious they are too.

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Asador 44 was the long-anticipated addition to Tom & Owen Morgan's "44" family of Spanish speciality restaurants in Cardiff, and a venue that promises to guide Cardiff's discerning palettes through the captivating flavours of northern Spain. Within touching distance of diners, the chefs at Asador work with industry and precision over a wrought iron grill encircled by crystal-clear glass (inviting captivated glances from inquisitive patrons), crafting charcoal-sealed, hand-carved, flame-licked dishes of blushed Chuletón beef, milk-fed lamb and Carabinero prawn. Sommelier Furgus Muirhead carefully recommends rare vintages from an almost entirely Spanish collection (the bottle of Welsh Ancre Hill being the exception) and hosts bustle past air-aged beef carcases en-route from Queso cave to table. Let these expertly trained staff know your GF needs and you're bound to be well looked after.

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The Brass Beetle has stolen a pizza our heart, with its dark wooden tables and brass detailing juxtaposed against the regal green walls. Meanwhile, the large open kitchen allows you to watch the simmering glow of the wood fire oven whilst you sip on a cocktail. Delivering some super special pizza toppings, including sweet chorizo drizzled in hot honey, cockles, and pancetta on laver bread to name but a few. And the best news is that they can make any pizza GF by request, just left the lovely staff know. Our favourite GF order? A stack of golden and gooey halloumi fries.

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Cardiff’s first 100% vegan restaurant is run by cheerful chappie, Adam, who also happens to be a Hare Krishna monk. At Anna Loka, even the most militant of meat eaters will be licking their plates after a meal; weekend brunch is a must, and the 'Cali' a vegan version of the classic full English, will cure the heaviest hangover. There’s more healthy but hearty grub on the menu in the form of salads, wraps, burgers, curries, cakes and more; and there are plenty of gluten free options available too. We guarantee that you’ll leave Anna-Loka with a spring in your step.

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Bar 44 needs little introduction. They have received national attention and admiration for their Spanish-influenced dishes, and their appreciation of authentic ingredients is second to none in the city. To reminisce about a meal at Bar 44 is to remember shavings of the finest jamón, the freshest fish, and a table full of tapas: this is joyous food, best shared (or not!) with as many as possible. There are always plenty of gluten free options available at lunch and dinner, and and we've got to recommend that you try the sherry here too - you'll be a convert, we promise!

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This popular cheese delicatessen in the Castle Arcade is well known for selling a huge range of cheese from artisan producers and local suppliers, but did you know you can also dine there? Madame Fromage have accompanying restaurants in the arcade that serve delicious, homemade food that's often prepared right in front of you. Enjoy hearty portions of Welsh classics such as its slow-cooked lamb cawl, or warming soups, tartelettes and platters. We recommend a slow and relaxing lunch hour here, while you soak up the atmosphere of the buzzing and vibrant Victorian arcade location.

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At Stag Coffee, there is a strong emphasis on great affordable food, indulgent beverages and stags. Lots of them. The Stag uses Coal Town Roast, with 100% speciality grade Arabica coffee from South West Wales. Although they are thinking local here as the meat is sourced comes from Prings, the butcher's over the road, they certainly are acting globally with their world beating portion sizes. At Stag Coffee they call a mocha what we would normally refer to a coffee and chocolate milkshake with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles. "Lighter options" are their heavenly Chorizo Scrambled Eggs or Scotch Pancakes with eggs, Bacon and Maple syrup. Pay an extra 50p to have any of the pancakes upgraded to gluten-free.

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This picturesque cafe, perched on the end of a leafy Victorian-terraced street, is a proper hidden gem. Healthy, fresh and sustainably sourced ingredients are used to create a mouth-watering menu of breakfasts, brunches and lunches, whilst local cheeses, chutneys and homemade cakes and breads are available on the deli counter all day long. There's also a daily selection of organic fruit and veg available to buy from the stall out-front. The Penylan Pantry are known best for their mega cakes though, with plenty of gluten-free and dairy-free options to boot.

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In keeping with traditional Greek values, this clean, bright and homely restaurant on Crwys Road bears the name of the family's matriarch. And very proud she must be, too, for this place is about as unpretentious and lovely as can be. Every dish on the menu at Maria's is prepared fresh to order, and all the classics are present; there's hearty fare like moussaka and souvlaki, mezze (think calamari and marina (fried whitebait) - and of course, Greek salads bursting with sun ripened olives, juicy tomatoes and tangy feta. Avoid the pitta and you're in for a real gluten-free feast.

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Wild Thing is on a mission to save the planet: this lovely and cosy cafe is 100% vegan, low waste and ethical. We love their motto - Be kind to the planet , be kind to yourself. The team will ensure you get your 5-a-day with their delicious, hearty and veggie-packed dishes. At Wild Thing, you'll find no such things as single-use containers or wasted food: these guys even redistribute all their leftovers. All of Wild Thing's menu offering is sourced from ethical and local suppliers, their coffee is roasted in Cardiff by the lovely people at Hard Lines, and their cakes are as healthy as can be. You can't go wrong with these guys!

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Published -27th August 2019