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The Best Gluten-Free Eats at the Market

The rise of gluten-free eating has been a big one; whether it be for health benefits, dietary reasons or lifestyle changes, more and more people are on the lookout for the best gluten-free eats that they can find.  Without sacrificing taste, texture or quality, of course.

Sound like you?

The next time you stop by the Market for lunch, or maybe you’re here for your weekly shop and need a quick snack to get you through, you’ll be pleased to know we have plenty of gluten-free options to choose from. And to help you along, we’ve created a guide to some of the best, flavour-packed gluten-free eats on offer.

In the Deli Arcade…

Stir The Pot specialises in tasty and nutritious pre-prepared meals and caters for many different dietary requirements. Their new gluten-free pastry range is utterly delicious and seriously eats like standard pastry. We’re talking texture and flavour; we honestly couldn’t tell the difference.

The range includes pies (chicken and leek, or beef burgundy? We can’t decide.), pasties (traditional Cornish, or perhaps Moroccan sweet potato is more your style?) and quiches line the fridge shelves and start from just $7. Feeding the family? They also have family size tarts from $28, in a variety of flavours including tomato and goat cheese, broccoli and pine nut and carrot and parsnip. Eat them hot on the spot, or take them home cold and heat and eat at dinner-time. 

Sweet Greek is another must, selling an array of savoury and sweet gluten-free delights. You simply can’t walk past Kathy’s eye-catching stall without noticing the gluten-free cakes on offer. Think dripped icing and decadent toppings.

Mediterranean cuisine generally lends itself to a gluten-free diet, so there are plenty of meal choices on offer. From roasted lemon chicken to Gigantes, Yemista to salads, these are some of the best gluten-free eats you’ll find.

And while you’re wandering through the Deli Arcade, make sure you don’t leave without a visit to Dragon Sushi. Plenty of freshly made handrolls and sashimi are always on offer alongside bento boxes, and you can pre-order platters if you want a selection to share. Don’t forget the gluten-free soy sauce!

In Harvest Hall…

Kooks Kitchen is well-known for serving up tasty vegan dishes, but what you probably didn’t know is that most of these are also gluten-free. Somehow salads (like most other meals, really) always taste better when they are prepared by someone else, and the team at Kooks creates amazing flavours that makes you want to eat salad every day. Seriously.

A couple of our current favourites include Grilled Sweetcorn (with zucchini, roast red peppers, black eyed peas, black rice and chipotle lime dressing) and Waldorf (with celeriac, pink lady apple, red grapes, chives, endive, candied walnuts and seeded mustard maple vinaigrette).  

Maker & Monger is renowned for its gooey, cheese toasties, and gluten-free eaters need not despair. The American, Fondue and our personal favourite, the Pimento, are all available with gluten-free bread. The Pimento is perfect for winter with its South American inspiration and warming flavours.

Have a hankering for Turkish cuisine? Anatolia Gozleme Kitchen has a tempting range of traditional dishes. Enjoy stuffed eggplant and casseroles from $11 and cabbage rolls for $5.

Farini is also in Harvest Hall and can make family size trays of their delicious pizzas using gluten-free dough via pre-order. Note that you’ll have to order the day before, but the pizzas are amazing, so it’ll be well worth the planning! Priced from $45, the trays have 8 slices and you can choose your topping from the menu.

And if you’re looking for a few sweets to enjoy alongside your coffee, head to Market Lane Coffee where you’ll find GF treats such as their honey and almond bundt cake and florentine biscuits; or Jasper Coffee, where there’s lamingtons (also vegan) and orange clementines.

And in the Market Square…

Seoul Salon is perfect for breakfast, lunch or a quick snack when you’re on the go. They have gluten-free bread available, so there are plenty of sandwich and breakfast options for you to choose from, such as eggs on toast. Our pick has to be their fried rice though, with extra chilli on top, please.

So next time you’re shopping up a storm at the Market and hunger strikes, don’t forget to try one of the tasty gluten-free eats on offer from our friendly Traders.

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