Gluten-free products have been so popular lately and I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about it. However, many people still don’t really know what it means. So, first I will give you a brief introduction to this topic and secondly I will surprise you with a great recommendation in Madrid.
This unpleasant phenomenon is basically a disorder in which the body of one in 133 people negatively reacts to gluten. That’s more or less 24.000 people in Madrid who suffer from the celiac disease! For these people, the intake of gluten can cause symptoms like gas, diarrhoea, weight loss or gain, weakness, headaches, depression, abdominal pain and/or many more. But, what is gluten? Gluten is the protein which can be found in wheat and wheat relate grains like rye and oat. That sucks, because for celiacs, eating bocadillo de calamares, torrijas, napolitanas and many other Spanish delicacies is kind of impossible.
Whether you’re a celiac, you have friends coming over who are allergic to gluten or you simply want to try delicious pastries which are edible for everyone, go to Celicioso, located in the famous Calle de Hortaleza in the centre of Madrid. Trust me, this place offers delightful premium gluten-free pastries. The founder or Celicioso was diagnosed with the celiac disease and decided to open this bakery where both celiacs and non-celiacs, like me, can enjoy the best gluten-free products. They open from Monday to Sunday from 10:30AM to 09:30PM (Except for 25 December and 1 January).
If you want to go all gluten and ingredient of animal origin-free you have to try their vegan cupcakes! Usually they come in two different flavours but if you’re lucky they’ll also have a third one. Vegan Chocolate Cupcake or Vegan Choco Raspberry? Which do you prefer? I tried both of them and they were one of the best – if not the best – cupcakes I’ve ever had.
Celicioso is very aware of the expensive gluten-free products on the market nowadays and decided to offer its products at a competitive price. Expect prices similar to the ones of ordinary bakeries with gluten.
NOTE: Celicioso is the 2015 TripAdvisor winner of Excellence 🙂
Calle de Hortaleza, 3, Madrid
Metro: L1, L5 Gran Vía