D.C. Offers Many Delicious Guilt-Free Options For Gluten-Free Baked Goods

When it comes to picking a restaurant to dine in, those who need gluten-free meals or have restrictions are sometimes left with little or nothing to chose from when perusing the menu. And trying to find mouth-watering baked goods like waffles, bread, cupcakes and muffins? Forget about it – until recently. Washington, D.C. has a number of top-notch bakeries or restaurants that offer baked goodies for those with or without dietary needs.

If you desire choice, Rise Bakery is where you want to go with everything on the menu being made gluten-free. French macarons are a great option to satisfy your sweet tooth and you'll find several great options in the nation's capital like Happy Tart Bakery and The Sweet Lobby. Since breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day, hit up Wicked Waffle where they prepare gluten-free waffles on a designated iron.  

Whatever baked good you desire, the district has great places that will make them to fit your every dietary needs.

Lady Camellia
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Macaron Bee was a favorite among D.C. residents and visitors alike for their made from scratch gluten-free macarons. The company owners decided in 2017 to expand the brand and create Lady Camellia, a pastry and tea room where friends and family...  Read More

Red Velvet Cupcakery
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Featuring locations in both Penn Quarter and Reston (Va.) Town Center, this bakery offers both gluten-free and vegan options for patrons with dietary needs. Employees make the batter for the gluten-free cupcakes first and use specially marked...  Read More

Buzz Bakeshop
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With two locations in nearby Virginia – Arlington and Alexandria, this bakery is dedicated to bringing fresh baked goods to the masses including those with gluten dietary needs. Dig into gluten-free items such as peanut butter cookies, coconut...  Read More

Olivia Macaron
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Owner Ana Claudia Lopez was inspired to start Olivia Macaron thanks to her daughter for whom the business gets its name. Leaving a finance career, Lopez decided to follow her passion for baking an opened up the store in 2013 which now has three...  Read More

Wicked Waffle
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Taking two years to perfect their recipe, this restaurant offers light and fluffy gluten-free waffles for guests with dietary needs. Using a specially designated waffle iron, their ingredients include rice flour, eggs, tapioca starch and corn...  Read More



Now here is a lobby group in the district that everyone can enjoy! Advocating for guest sweet tooth rights, this Barracks Row delight brings elegant French macarons to the masses including those with gluten dietary needs. Made with five...  Read More



This destination is heaven for those who crave both sugary treats and crafty caffeinated concoctions. Any type of baked good you can think of – they offer: biscotti, breakfast breads and coffee cakes, brownies, muffins, pies and quiche to name...  Read More

Sweet Crimes
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A creative baker since she was a kid, Keri Lijinsky discovered how hard it was to find delicious baked goods after discovering she was gluten intolerant. Spending years perfecting her gluten-free recipes, she opened Sweet Crimes in April 2016...  Read More



Finding delicious gluten-free baked items can be tough but look no further than this bakery. Making all items from scratch, classic French pastries have been transformed into gluten-free treats using products such as eggs, butter, cream, premium...  Read More

Rise Bakery
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When people who need gluten-free options go to restaurants, they usually must comb through the menu to discover one or two options available. That's not the case at this Adams Morgan venue because everything is gluten-free here. Owner Mike...  Read More


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Gina Gallucci White is an award winning freelance writer with articles appearing in such regional publications as Frederick Magazine, The Daily Record, Montgomery Magazine and The Gazette. She...  More About Gina