For someone on a gluten free diet, travel in Argentina is a delight. Not only are the staple foods Celiac-friendly, but all products list whether or not they contain gluten by law. This includes; candy, spices, ice cream, yogurt, beverages, condiments, ect. Due to Argentina’s Italian roots, it is also widely understood when you say “soy celiaco/a” (I´m a celiac) or “sin trigo” (without wheat).
Grocery stores don’t seem to carry a wide variety of gluten free products, but ‘dieteticos’, which are Argentinian health food stores carry a variety of goods. As usual, the bigger cities had a wider variety of gluten free products, but most stores carried some kind of gluten free cookies and pasta.
The best store I discovered was Dietitico Viamonte in Buenos Aires which carried many kinds of gluten free bread, cookies, crackers, pasta, cereal and even delicious empanadas! It was lovely to be able to try this classic food during my travels in Argentina. Here is a list of a few places I came across during my trip, that had gluten free options –
Gluten free goods in Buenos Aires:
Viamonte 859, Buenos Aires
The best variety of gluten free good I´ve seen in all of Argentina
Munchies Ice Cream
Lists which ice cream is gluten free right on the board. Make sure to ask “necessito plastico” to ensure you get a plastic cup rather than a cone.
Humboldt 1551, Buenos Aires
Italian restaurant located in Palermo that has a gluten-free menu
Gluten free goods in Cordoba:
El Colmenar Dietetica
27 de Abril 61 | Phone: (0351) 411-2996
Some gluten free food items
Av. Emilio Olmos 66
Rivadavia 251 | Phone: 421-6354
The Argentine food, in general, was also quite gluten-free friendly. Many of the lunches or dinners I had included grilled meats, fresh salads with a simple oil and vinegar dressing and sometimes rice. This made the trip so much more enjoyable because I wasn’t paranoid about getting sick. They understood my needs, and the regular cuisine was already quite safe. It’s always good practice to contact the Celiac association for anywhere you are planning to travel, as they can provide updated lists of restaurants and grocery stores. Here are some places to contact:
Celiac Associations in Argentina
Asistencia al Celiaco de la Argentina
Asociacion Celiaca Argentina
Asociacion en pro de al de Ayuda Celacio
Fundacion Celiaca Argentina “ANCAS”
Phone: (0351) 473-1100
Even though the language barrier was much easier than in other countries I have travelled (Spanish is manageable for an English speaker to learn a few phrases), I always recommend carrying language cards when you travel. Here is a free option, but also check out my language card comparison for other options –
A good bet for someone who doesn’t speak Spanish is to get a language card which explains your food needs. Here is a link to some free printable language cards:
I also strongly recommend learning a few basic Spanish words or phrases so you can better emphasize your needs.
Useful Words to Know
para celiacos…… for celiacs
sin T.A.C.C………….gluten free (an abbreviation for four cereals that contain gluten, usually used to label gluten free foods)
Other Helpful Links
Enjoy your time in Agentina! Its a beautiful country with lots of options for the Celiac/gluten free traveller. Please feel free to message me with any new resources and I’ll add them to this list. Safe Travels!