Gluten-Free Dining Made Easy in Shanghai

By 2018-12-20 23:26:08

You'll be surprised at the growing community.

If you're gluten-free, make sure to take advantage of the city's growing community in Shanghai. You might be surprised at what you can find. More and more options are opening up with some restaurants offering gluten-free menus, while others accomodate needs with gluten-free dishes. Of course, while these places have come recommended by members of the community, it's always best to ask and inform of your gluten-free diet.



Rapidly attracting large crowds of expats and locals alike, O'Delice built up fame for its friendly atmosphere and non-pretentious French food. Their gluten-free options come mostly in the form of 'Galettes'; French savoury crêpes from Brittany made of buckwheat flour. Available all day, you'll find flavors ranging from ham, cheese and egg (¥62) to Wagyu beef patty, emmental and truffled wild mushrooms (¥88).

Find it: 1F, 208 Xinle Road, near Donghu Road and other locations;



Mercato Salad

Bridging the organic and natural with elegance and modernity, Mercato is an inviting space with a warm and relaxed environment to dine in. Whilst they don't offer any gluten-free pizza or pasta, there is still plenty to choose from a la carte. You'll find plenty of appetizers including an Italian chopped salad, salami, mortadella, provolone, oregano vinaigrette and pepperoncini; rustic specialties which includes a wood oven roasted Canadian lobster with kombu butter, chili sauce and lime; and mains such as a prosciutto wrapped pork chop with glazed mushrooms, white wine and sage.

Find it: 6F, Three on the Bund, No. 3 Zhong Shan Dong Yi Road; 6321 9922;

Pure & Whole

Pure and Whole

Accelerating the world's transition to a sustainable diet, Pure & Whole offer up delicious clean and healthy plant-based dining in a modern and comfortable environment. They focus on providing great vegetarian fare which includes dishes that can be adapted for a gluten-free diet, such as their: Immunity Soup, Bean Salad, Wild Rice Pumpkin Salad, Masala Curry, Ecstasy Balls and California Salad – minus the pita bread.

Find it: 98 Yangping Road, near Xinzha Road and other locations available;

Strictly Cookies


Strictly Cookies

Bringing a taste of home to people living abroad in China, you'll find two great gluten-free options here – a gluten-free chocolate chip walnut cookie (¥70) and a white chocolate/macadamia nut cookie (¥70). However, for those who are extremely allergic to gluten it's worth noting that while they do their best to keep these cookies separate from the rest, there is not a designated area of machinery to prepare them.

Find it: Available at different locations;



Aiming to redefine healthy eating in today's world, Wheat's goal is to help us urbanites maintain a healthy lifestyle without giving up the pleasure of eating delicious, fresh and rich food. All dishes are cooked with organic and extra virgin ingredients, or replaced by healthier substitutes, and they offer 10 gluten-free dishes for you to choose from. These include: a Tuna Nicoise Salad (¥69), Vegan Power Bowl (¥69), half Teriyaki Chicken with a low-carb cauliflower rice (¥109) and sweet potato pancakes (¥40).

Find it: 380 Dagu Road, Jing'an or 291 Fumin Road, Xuhui;

Other restaurants

There are also a number of other dining options you could consider when looking for gluten-free options. Be sure to double check and ensure your dietary needs are understood.


Find it: 1218 Middle Yan'an Road, Jing'An Kerry Centre, West Nanjing Road; 2203 8888;

Lost Heaven

Find it: 758 Julu Road, 2F-3F, near Fumin Road;


Find it: The Bund, 7 Yan'an Dong Road, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Road


Find it: Various locations in Shanghai;

D.O.C Gastronomia Italiana

Find it: 5 Dongping Road, near Hengshan Road;

Tribe Vegetarian

Find it: A Mansion Building, 103B, 291 Fumin Road, near Changle Road;

Venexia Italian

Find it: Unit 405, No. 345 Tianshan Road, Puxi


Find it: No.2 838 Henshan Road, Puxi and other locations;

Lizzy's All Natural

Find it: 2F, 388 Shaanxi South Road and other locations.

Ginger by the Park

Find it: 91 Xingguo Road, near Hunan Road;

El Bodegon

Find it: 4F, 83 Changshu Road, near Julu Road

Cyclo Vietnamese

Find it: Found 158, 158 Julu Road, near Ruijin Yi Road and other locations.

Bombay Bistro

Find it: 47 Yongfu Road, near Fuxing Road.