Where to Dine in Sydney with Kids When You Have a Food Intolerance
One of my oldest and dearest school friends is allergic to nuts, dairy, seafood, fruit and eggs. I used to think that water and air were her only safe options! However, after doing some research I found that Sydney is blessed with many restaurants, cafes and bakeries that cater to those with food intolerance and allergies.
So, to the 4 million Australians who have an allergy or intolerance, here are some of my top picks for dining out in Sydney. Bon Appetite!
Nutie Donuts (located in Balmain and Surry Hills) is all about “have your cake and eat it too”. Whether you are in the mood for sharing or a pick-me-up, Nutie Donuts has a huge selection of savoury and sweet options and, yes, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan treats – baked and not fried – that the whole family can enjoy.
D'oh! I almost forgot to mention that they also have takeaway options: Big Breakfast kit for 2, Nutie Lunch and dinner pack, and Assorted Donuts (6 pack) to tempt.
Find out more about Nutie Donuts.
Warren and Holt, Marrickville
Open for breakfast, brunch and lunch 7 days a week, Warren & Holt offers a relaxing eating experience for the whole family to enjoy. Allergy-friendly, vegan-friendly and using unrefined good fats in cooking, sourcing meat from local butchers and priding themselves on using the finest organic beef, poultry and eggs only. This place oozes quality.
With tasty treats to tempt the kids, such as pikelets with maple and banana which are gluten- and dairy-free, or a Berry Vanilla Thickshake which will keep even the youngest critic silent. Housemade 48-hour bone broth or a Reuben Toastie will warm-up any weary traveller that may pass-by on a rainy day.
Find out more about Warren and Holt.
This brand new beachside vegetarian cafe is making waves for its wholesome burgers, wraps and bowls. Their menu has lots of different options for people with dietary requirements and allergies and most dishes can be adjusted to suit your needs (just let the friendly staff know of any allergies when you order). To make it easy there is a range of vegan and gluten-free favourites on the menu. Kids can get a $10 burger and parents are raving about the Millennium Burger made with a curry lentil pattie. Yum!
Find out more about Pilgrims Bronte.
Youeni Foodstore, Castle Hill
With generous portions, Youeni Foodstore will tempt even the fussiest. Open 7:30am to 3:30pm, 7 days a week, Youeni offers vegan, keto, high protein meals and pastries promoting healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle attitude to the masses. If you are a foodie and need your daily dose of food porn, check out Youeni on Instagram or Facebook for delicious items like their mouth-watering Eggs Benedict, which is made from garlic and oregano roasted portobello mushrooms, poached eggs, thyme & tarragon hollandaise, crispy greens, pickled Goji berries and toasted pepita, served on toasted sourdough. Yum!
Find out more about Youeni Foodstore.
If you are looking for the holy grail of vegan, gluten, dairy, nut and wheat-free treats then... this is it!
Bondi Wholefoods has put so much care into their menu to make it accessible for almost everyone. Kids shakes, all-day breakfast (sweet and savoury) and lunch, Shakshuka, Mushroom Truffle Toasties, a massive selection of Juices and Kombuchas and a huge variety of cakes and sweets to tempt, like Baked Chocolate Brownies which are dairy-, egg-, gluten- and nut-free and vegan, you’re spoilt for choice!
Find out more about Bondi Wholefoods.
Beach Bun Burgers, Sandringham
After a six-month process of sending their food to the testing lab, Beach Buns Burgers in south Sydney was given two thumbs up by the NFP organisation Coeliac Australia, making them the first Sydney cafe with gluten-free accreditation. You can enjoy a cheeseburger, hot chips, chicken burger and shakes while knowing that there is no gluten in sight
Find out more about Beach Buns Burgers.
The Rocks Café
Whether you are looking to stop-by for a Classic BLT or a Grilled Kangaroo Fillet, The Rocks Cafe has something for everyone. With a European and Modern Australian twist menu and plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available, this quaint cafe is located in the heart of The Rocks.
Find out more about the Rocks Cafe here.
Do you know a great spot for those with food intolerances? Please let us know!
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