Last updated on 8.11.2023
Even on the southmost tip of the African continent you can rest assured you’ll be able to find gluten-free treats. Under the majestic Table mountain, surrouded by vineyards, and on the border between the Atlantic and Indian ocean, the bustling city of Cape Town offers some hidden gluten-free gems.
Off the Gluten Path
7 Ravenscraig Road, unit 3, Woodstock, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
Little warehouse cafe in the cool neighborhood of Woodstock with a wide selection of baked goods, cakes, pastries and even sandwiches, pizzas and soups. They also sell long-shelf-life goods, like pasta, sauces, crackers and tortilla chips; everything gluten-free.
Celiac plus points: The whole cafe is 100% gluten free
NV-80 Grill & Bar
The Point Mall Shopping Centre in Sea Point, 8, 76 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
A steakhouse hidden in the middle of a mall, where you can get the famous South African beef made to perfection, with a glass of South African wine.
Celiac plus points: The staff is very knowledgeable about gluten-free diet
Oranjezicht City Farm Market
Haul Road, Granger Bay Blvd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Busy farmer’s market at V&A Waterfront with dozens of food stalls and a few 100% gluten-free options, including fresh biltong.
Celiac plus points: A number of 100% gluten free bakeries and food stalls
Shop 8, Quay 5, V & A Waterfront, Dock Rd, Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
Busy restaurant in the middle of V&A Waterfront with a breathtaking view of the table mountain. In the evening you might even spot the table cloth dropping over the edge of the mountain. The gluten-free options are a few but the staff went over and beyond to make sure everything was prepared safely.
Celiac plus points: The staff is very attentive and knowledgeable about gluten-free diet
18 Huguenot St, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
A bit out of town, in the middle of the wine country of Franschhoek, you can find this casual fine-dining gem, part of the La Colombe group. Be prepared to open your wallet, but the creations they come up with are breathtaking and out of this world. Even if you’re not a fan of a particular food, I can guarantee you will like that food the way the chefs prepare it here. They’re really knowledgeable about celiac dissease and since they prepare everything with tweezers, they can be extra careful with your order. They even tweaked the whole 7-course set menu for us to be gluten-free.
Celiac plus points: The staff is very knowledgeable about gluten-free diet. With every course they brought to the table they emphasized it was prepared safely gluten free