Gluten free food has come a long way in the last decade and we are happy to report that this is particularly the case in Sydney. Whether you’re just intolerant or a hypersensitive celiac, the sad days of crumbly bread substitutes, rubbery pizza dough and croissants that aren’t crispy are over.
In their place? A neat collection of dedicated gluten-free bakeries that truly take the pain out of not being able to taste cult baked goods like Cinnabon, Lune, and Lode. In some cases, we’d argue that these GF pies and pastries outperform their wheat-based counterparts.
Keep scrolling to get to know Sydney’s best gluten-free bakeries.
Waverley, Alexandria and CBD
Headed by nutritionist Cherie Lyden, Wholegreen is a Celiac Australia certified gluten-free bakery. Lyden’s mission is to demystify gluten-free pastries for both consumers and the hospitality industry as a whole (he’s also recently published a book). With a flagship outpost in Waverley, each outpost offers a wide variety of sweets and savory treats to try: gluten-free bread, fancy pies, hot dog rolls, stunning eclairs, palms, Danish fare, and more.
Wholegreen’s gluten-free croissant recipe is one of the best in the business. Reaching for the fluffy interior and crunchy, flaky exterior croissants is no easy task, even when it comes to regular flour – but after 57 tries, head pastry maker Johann Vanier thinks he’s figured it out, and we tend to agree.
Sebastian Gluten Free
Sébastien Sans Gluten brings classic, old-fashioned French flair to Sydney’s gluten-free bakery scene. Behind this particular baker is Sebastien Syidalza from Paris, who uses his French training to make wheat-free baguettes. You’ll also find other French icons such as the mille-feuille, tart Saint-Honoré, Paris-Brest, pain au chocolat and of course the many GF spins on the traditional croissant. Also in the mix are Aussie staples and modern bakery staples like sausage rolls, lemon meringue pies, and creatively flavored crackers.
Markets, Online & Miscellaneous Stockists
Yes, Nonie’s specialty is bread. Dwyer makes stunning charcoal bread, as well as focaccia, pita, and paleo bread. He also makes GF crackers, cookies, muffins, muesli and at Easter time the best gluten free hot scones we’ve ever tried. You can find Nonie’s bread on the menus of Sydney cafe piles, as well as at artisan delicatessens and specialty stores like Feather and Bone. You can also shop online here.
If you’re scoping this list for gluten-free buns, look no further. While there are few options for GF donuts in the city, Comeco Cafe is a cut above the rest. These bite-sized bites are gluten-free and dairy-free, made with GF sourdough yeast (brown rice and rice flour). They’re fluffy and crispy and fried to order with a variety of toppings like adzuki red beans, mocha coffee, matcha, passion curd, and more. Alongside the sourdough buns, Comeco offers GF vegan sushi and onigiri plates, rice tortillas, potato muffins, and more.
Balmain and Surry Hills
Nutie is another contender for Sydney’s best gluten-free donuts. Nutie’s donuts, which can be ordered online and then purchased from an outpost at Balmain and Miss Sina bakery in Surry Hills, are also vegan and come with glossy frosting, marshmallows, fresh fruit, and more. Besides the donuts, Nutie also bakes other whimsical, aesthetic treats like custard towers and gluten-free lamingtons topped with maraschino cherries. Who says gluten-free can’t look good? Order here.
Bondi Junction, Markets
Hudson’s is a market stall transformed into a Celiac Australia accredited gluten-free bakery that offers homey goodies with all the feels. Run by Sarah Hudson, this is the place to go for cookies, especially the triple chocolate chip cookies. Made with a mix of Australian chocolate and gluten-free flour, these decadent chewy marshmallows have a cult following for a reason. You’ll also find poppy and sesame bagels, olive bread, vegan brioche buns, muffins, pink frosted finger buns, lamingtons, pizza slices, and more at Hudson’s.
This pint-sized Surry Hills wholegrain bakery proves that treat time can be both healthy and gluten-free without sacrificing flavor. Messy Spoon makes health-focused, nutrient-dense baked goods like almond and buckwheat banana bread, chocolate almond cake happiness balls, and maple and walnut carrot cake, all of which are 100% gluten-free. “All of our products are made to be nutrient-dense and delicious, but as an added bonus, [are] It’s gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and vegan,” says founder Lizzie Fiducia. Visit the bakery for take-out or order your favorites online for home delivery.
Now, check out our guide to Sydney’s best gluten-free restaurants.
Image credit: Nutie, Wholegreen, Nonie’s, Comeco, Nutie, Hudson’s, Messy Spoon