When you are coeliac, finding a speedy lunch in town can be daunting and often takeaways and sandwich shops are the worst offenders. Here is a quick scoop up of lunch places that are good on gluten free. Some are ideal for a takeaway, though they each offer sit-in options.
Interestingly, for all its food awareness and focus on quality, the actual in-store gluten free signage is rather poor – though improving all the time. However, if you look online before you go, the choices are good and delicious. There are pots of quinoa and rice curry; soups and salads. Strangely the sushi is not gluten free. You can ask for guidance, but in time I think the labelling will get better.
Hanover Street, Shandwick Place, Castle Street
The original and oldest Edinburgh wholefood café, Hendersons is a good spot for a quick and very filling lunch, or for takeaway in the upstairs shop. Signage is again, not brilliant, but the staff are friendly and you will find plenty of choice. Downstairs is a bit dark and has a retro 70s feel, but the choices are good and they have recently done a refurb.
Café Modern One
I reviewed this café following a weekend lunch with friends. Great choices and a gorgeous garden to sit in, make this a destination in itself, in addition to the wonderful art! Sister cafes can be found in the other modern art gallery, the Portrait Gallery, the Surgeon’s Hall and in the Signet Library.
Belford Road in both modern art galleries, Portrait Gallery Queen Street
How much do I love this place? It has a wonderful vibe, a brilliant range of breakfasts (including extensive vegan choices) and does takeaway as well as sit-in. I did a review last summer and I was blown away by the choices, service and overall coolness of the place.
10 Melville Place
A great favourite of mine, with tons of choice and clarity for the coeliac diner, I cannot praise Urban Angel enough. There is a takeaway counter in the entrance of this restaurant/café, which has good choices and great service. Urban Angel is also a good spot for a weekend breakfast and it serves gluten free bread, muffins and cakes from a very local bakery. There is plenty of seating, daily specials, great service and a well marked-up menu plus very knowledgeable staff. Worth a detour. Review here
Hula Juice Bar
At lunchtime this great place on the Grassmarket, is heaving. It is not surprising as the service and food are both top notch. You can takeaway smoothies and all sorts of salads and sandwiches. Gluten free eaters are well catered for. Review here
103 West Bow
There is a Yo! Sushi on the corner of Princes Street and Hanover Street which also does takeaway. The online takeaway menu is very clear about what contains gluten and there is a reasonable selection of items that does not. Clearly you need to be careful not to splash the gluten containing soy sauce over your food, but if you were buying takeaway you could buy a bottle of gluten free from a supermarket.
78 Princes Street
Other good spots for your Edinburgh gluten free sarnie include the chains, of course: Marks & Spencer; Sainsburys; Co-op, Starbucks, Costa. Several people have told me that the M&S express stores now sell some gluten free wraps and sandwiches and that they are good.