Tulum Travel Guide: 13 Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants

Our time in Tulum was full of delicious meals and to be honest, you almost can't go wrong with food there. But since I have celiac disease, we have tried many of the more gluten free friendly restaurants and figured we would share them with you.  Not all of these places have gluten free substitutions (i.e. gluten free pasta or gf bread), but they have food that doesn't contain gluten. But again, keep in mind that if you are eating in Tulum, you're almost always eating well!

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1. Juanita Diavola / This is a part of Coco Tulum which is where we stayed in Tulum in 2017, and it's one the best beach clubs there too. So since you are already there, go grab you some mango chia seed pudding. They have other gluten free options as well like your basics eggs, bacon, fruit, etc. We also ate dinner here one night and I had risotto which was delicious. This is a pizzeria but they have several options beside the risotto- fish + steak.

2. La Malquerida / This was the first place we ate after arriving to Tulum on this last trip, and it was within walking distance of our Airbnb. I had grilled fish with rice and it was the perfect first meal of the trip. You can't beat eating fresh fish when you are staying at the beach!

And bonus- get a photo in their cute swings.

3. Ki-bok / Forget eating gluten-free for a minute. You need to go there to have the greatest cocktail I've ever had in my life. They have a mint frozen cocktail that is made with gin but I asked them to sub it for vodka (I loathe gin). I ordered two because it was so good. My mom who doesn't drink anything but wine even drank two. We also recreated that recipe here.

I digress- this is a cute coffee shop during the day and up stairs they do have an outdoor after night thing. We ate dinner there one night and had breakfast twice (once this trip + once last trip). They have great coffee and your basic eggs/omelettes/sausage/bacon/fruit/avocado.

4. El Pez / We've eaten here at total of 6 times over 2 trips, so needless to say we love it. I have mostly eaten breakfast here but we did eat dinner here. I usually get either an omelet or scrabbled eggs with avocado and fresh fruit and either sausage or bacon. They also have other seasonal options that are really great. For dinner I usually get fresh fish and it has never disappointed. The service here is next level. I really can't recommend it enough. 

5. DelCielo / We ate breakfast here and it really has a cute atmosphere. I loved the decor! They have a lot of healthy options- fruit, juices, and smoothies. We shared a fruit plate and I had gluten free pancakes. Any place with gluten free pancakes is win in my book! They also have great coffee- so another win. 

6. Tunich / This is another cute spot on the beach side of town. They have lots of juices and smoothie options and great coffee too. I've been there on the last 2 trips. One time I had an omelette and another time an açaí bowl. Their menu does change and was a little different from our last trip. 

7. Raw Love / This is my favorite place to grab a snack in Tulum because they have several gluten free healthy dessert options. If you are vegan/vegetarian, they have options for you too! They serve juices, smoothies, golden milk, and coffee. I've had several different baked goods there over the years and they are always delicious! I have visited this place all 3 times I've been to Tulum. It's right on the beach and they have hammocks. It's a great place to chill. 

8. Hartwood / I've eaten here every time I've been to Tulum (3 trips so far), and it does not disappoint. The servers are helpful in letting you know what's gluten free and what isn't. I always get fish and a variety of side dishes like sweet potato, jicama salad, and yucca. All were delicious :) They also have a corn ice cream that's really good, even though that sounds weird. 

9. El Vegetariano / This restaurant was right across the street from our Airbnb. We ate here twice on our last trip. They have gluten free dessert options and I ate a quesadilla made with corn tortillas. The people who run this place are very nice and accommodating to gluten free needs. 

10. Nomade / We ate breakfast and late lunch here. This made our beach club must visit list and it will not disappoint. The decor was exceptional. They do a breakfast buffet and there were several gluten free options. I wish I would have taken better notes on what I actually ate here but I remember being satisfied and happy with my choices. 

11. The Real Coconut / Their entire menu is gluten/grain/dairy/refined sugar free. They have gluten free pancakes (insert praise hands), chia seed bowls, eggs, yogurt, avocado toast, bread, etc. I mean this is the gluten free motherload. We only ate here for breakfast but after looking at their lunch and dinner menu, I wish we could have fit that in as well. The restaurant is right on the beach so it has an excellent view + the decor is nice as well. It's a part of Sanara Hotel which looks beautiful. 

12. La Estanica Jujena / You have to go here for the decor alone. They also have gluten free pancakes which if you haven't figured out, makes this place a win for me. They offer the usuals too- eggs/omlettes, bacon, etc, coffee, juices, fruit, etc. 

13. Habitas / We had the best meal on our entire trip this year here. We had a smorgasbord of food- moro rice (a curry rice dish), fish tacos, elote, and an arugula salad that were incredible. This also made it on our best beach clubs in Tulum list- go check out the blog post to see more photos and see why. So yeah, you should go here.

Here are a few things you can look for at any restaurant while in Tulum to play it safe:

Eggs/Omelettes / Every place that serves breakfast has some sort of egg option. And I've never had an egg dish that wasn't delicious.

Grilled Fish / You are on the coast so use this chance to eat as much fresh seafood as you can!

Flan / This is a naturally gluten-free dessert and it's so good. If you've ever had creme brule, it's similar to that.

GuacamoleWe have tried guacamole at almost every place we've eaten at in Tulum. TATA Tulum has the best. They make it table side and it's insanely delicious. Just make sure you check about how the chips are made. The good thing is that most places don't have a lot of gluten-y options, so for the most part you won't run into cross contamination problems.

Elote / Mexican Street Corn is a delicious side that you have to try at least once while actually in Mexico. My favorite experience was when we bought some on the road to Valladolid.

Chilaquiles / Again, check how the tortillas are made, but you should be safe ordering chilaquiles. And they are everywhere in so many different versions. Savannah ate this at almost every breakfast.

Ice Cream / Ice Cream anywhere in Tulum is an easy dessert that you don't have to worry about. And bonus- this place made it onto our 10 Most Instragrammanble spots in Tulum list.

Fresh Fruit / The fruit in Tulum is as sweet as their desserts, so if you see someone selling it on the side of the road- do yourself a favor and get some. Make sure you get the yellow mangoes. They are truly nature's candy.

Coffee + Matcha + Acai Bowls / There are little places all over Tulum serving acai bowls, but Matcha Mama also serves Matcha. I'm pretty sure no one else in Tulum does this! Neither of us really like Matcha but I did get a great iced coffee here. Plus you can grab yourself a very popular IG photo while you're here!

This list is just the tip of the iceberg for gluten free friendly food in Tulum. Really the types of cuisine you will find in Tulum tend to be pretty gluten-free friendly, and most servers are gluten aware. So basically you can't go wrong eating in Tulum. And don't hesitate to ask for a gluten free menu and/or ask your server what gluten free options there are.

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