I found the mecca for gluten bigots: Helsinki, Finland. Seriously.
My pre-trip research indictated was ridiculously easy to eat gluten free and that most restaurants had GF menu items clearly marked. Cool, I thought most will have at least some options. I had no idea to what degree of awesomeness I would find there though.
Basically everywhere had gluten free menu options. And not just two of three. Like many. And most places I went even had GF bread on hand. And everything was really good, not just GF good. Here's where I went:
- We enjoyed breakfast was at our hotel, Hotel Kamp. I was staying there and they made me a gluten free french toast that was absolutely to die for.
- McDonalds. Again a hate fast food, but decided I really wanted to have fries and a milkshake for lunch.
- On our first night we had dinner at Kappelli. I had the vegetable casserole which was lovely. For dessert we shared a creme brulee - you just can't go wrong with it. We also lucked out and were seated in a corner table which was surrounded my glass to the outside, so it was quieter and more intimate.
- Cafe Ekberg was an excellent stop for lunch/brunch. I had a ceasar salad with chicken. We also discovered the budapest, a divine GF pastry with creme. Yum!
- We had the one of the most amazing beef briskets at Kaarna Baari & Keittio. Also a delicious apple crumble to finish it off (no photos as I ate it too quickly!
- My favorite lunch was at Karl Fazer Cafe. I had soup and they had GF bread on hand (check out the rolls pictured! And they were as good as they looked!). And another budapest.
Also worth noting: the grocery stores are stocked with awesome looking things. We went to Stockmann and bought a few things, and I think it was S-Market that had unfrozen bread and rolls which had me drooling (and I would have bought to bring home had we not had one more stop).
|At Cafe Ekberg|
|Budapest at Cafe Ekberg|
|Beef brisket at Kaarna.|
|Karl Fazer Cafe. Those rolls were the best.|
|Budapest at Karl Faser|