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Where's the Best Allergy Friendly Cafe in Melbourne?

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by Lorraine A (subscribe)
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Published June 8th 2016

Having food intolerances often makes going out to cafes and restaurants challenging. I often sift through the breakfast menu salivating at the thought of pancakes, bircher muesli and all the other goodies on offer only reach the very bottom of the menu that says toast (gluten free available for $2 extra) and more often than not, it's the only thing I can find on a menu that's gluten, fructose and dairy free. Not the most exciting diet by anyone's standards but sometimes it's just nice to get out to a cafe where you're not limited to one or two choices without having to go and chat with the staff about what ingredients are in the food and if they could adjust the dish accordingly to suit your allergies. Personally, I don't like to make a fuss and I'm sure many of you don't either so my question is Where is the best allergy friendly cafe?

Here is a list of allergy friendly cafes that can be found in and around Melbourne. If you have been to any of these or can recommend one of your favourites then we would love to hear from you.

Foodies fructose friendly cafe and food store located at 181 Victoria Avenue Albert Park make the vast majority of the food on the premises so they can cater for all tastes, allergies and intolerances. The cafe menu offers low FODMAP , fructose friendly, gluten free and other allergy friendly foods. For more info visit their website here or read some reviews here.

Red Robyn Cafe is located at 393 Camberwell Rd, Camberwell and is 100% focused on the needs of allergy sufferers. They cater for fructose and nut allergies, intolerances, gluten free, dairy free, vego friendly and egg free foods. For more info, have a look at Red Robin Cafe's website here.
You will find the cafe is rated 4.1 out of 5 on Zomato (formerly urbanspoon) based on over 1,085 reviews which can be seen here.

Monk Bodhi Dharma specialty coffee and roastery located at 202 Carlisle St Balaclava have a great menu with items listed as being (GF) gluten free, (VG) vegan, and (SF) sugar and soy free. You can view the menu or read reviews here. The sister cafe Admiral Cheng-Ho specialty coffee located at 325 Johnston St Abbotsford is also very popular.

LBSS (Little Big Sugar Salt) is located at 385 Victoria St, Abbotsford and serve a range of foods to cater for both the allergy suffers and for those without. There are gluten free, dairy free and vegan friendly options available and you will find the dishes marked on the menu which can be found here. Going off the latest reviews, this is one I want to try.

Fox in the box cafe, restaurant and FODMAP food store located at 169 Martin St Brighton is dedicated to serving meals that don't include wheat, gluten and onion. They cater for restrictive food, FODMAP friendly, intolerances, hypersensitivities, allergic food reactions, lactose and dairy free. For a look at their menu, visit their website here or have a look at some reviews here.

Pardon My French Creperie, formerly a South Melbourne market icon has now moved to a permanent premises located at 396 Chapel St South Yarra. This is the place to go for sweet and savoury gluten free crepes. If you can't find something on the menu that speaks to you then you can always make a special request. For more info you can visit their facebook page here or read a review here.

For anyone with gluten intolerances that loves bakery food then Gluten Free 4 U is going to be a god send. It has everything you will find in a normal bakery minus the gluten and with some products also being dairy free, soy free, egg free, yeast free and fructose free. Products include donuts,vanilla slices, pies and sausage rolls, cakes, biscuits and so much more. They are located at Moorabin and Kew and have a comprehensive website that can be found here.

Mr Nice Guy located at 151 Union Rd, Ascot Vale is a bakery that is 100% egg-free, dairy-free, lactose-free, cochineal & gelatine-free, as well as certified Kosher, with soy-free, gluten-free, wheat-free, corn-free, Fructose free & low gi options!to visit their website click here or to read reviews click here.

Outside of the city Mocha and Lime located at 11 Green St Healesville offers an all day breakfast menu that can be made gluten free. To view their website click here or to read some reviews click here.

For a comprehensive list of cafes and restaurants for allergy sufferers by 'friendly little kitchen' click here.

For the gluten free eating directory click here.

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Thank you for the list! Look forward to checking some out!
A totally gluten free gorgeous little cafe in Warrandyte called 'Yarralicious' is also well worth checking out..small, family run & super friendly with amazing brekkies & cakes :)
by amytr (score: 0|5) 1280 days ago
Red Bird, Gipps Street, Abbotsford.
by Mary (score: 0|5) 1280 days ago
Hi Lorraine,
Great list! You've mentioned some of my favourite cafes. I also love Pomona in Preston for their delicious spelt sourdough, gluten free options and their accommodating nature.
Thanks for mentioning my blog Friendly Little Kitchen as well :) I have also just launched A Friendly Gathering with a friend and have a low FODMAP and gluten free friendly event coming up in September. Would love for you to check it out!
Many thanks,
by steph (score: 0|2) 1218 days ago

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