Calle Hortaleza 3, Madrid
The café scene in Madrid is one of the best in the world. It seems like there are at least two or great three cafes on each street, and the options are endless. Whether you continue to visit an old favorite or want to find a new interesting one, Madrid has so many cafes to offer.
I recently discovered that I am gluten intolerant and found myself limited in the cafes that I could choose. While teas and coffees are usually safe in most places, I have not been able to enjoy a baked goody with my drinks. Since cake and cookies are some of my favorite things and a necessary afternoon pick-me-up, I have been on the search for a good café with gluten free options!
Little did I know that there is a café and bakery designed specifically for people with gluten intolerance or coeliac disease. Celicioso, located in Chueca right off Gran Vía, offers amazing baked treats all without gluten.
The owner started the bakery after being diagnosed as gluten intolerant and not being able to find her favorite foods without gluten. Today it has become one of the most popular locations in Madrid for those who want to find treats free of gluten. I went for the first time on a rainy Sunday afternoon, craving something sweet that would not upset my stomach after eating it. The amount of options available was amazing!
Since I haven’t been home in a while and was also craving my mom’s homemade banana bread, I decided to get the Celicioso version of banana bread to go with my tea. I could barely tell that it was made without gluten products, and was happily surprised by how tasty it was. My coffee date also indulged in a piece of carrot bread and a macadamia nut and white chocolate cookie. They all were incredibly rich and delicious.
On top of the food being delicious, it was so nice knowing that I could eat anything there and not have to worry about any discomfort later. And the food is good not just for people who cannot tolerate gluten, but for everyone! The café and restaurant were packed to the brim with people. While many people would think that living in Madrid with a gluten intolerance would be difficult, I am finding that it is not as bad as I imagined!
Guest writer : Hi! My name is Sydney, and I have been living in Madrid for the past six months. I am originally from Denver, Colorado in the United States. I have a passion for all things travel related and food! You can find me browsing the Madrid cafes or running in the Retiro when I am not exploring the rest of Europe.
Instagram: @recipesfromabroad / Website: recipesfromabroad.weebly.com