Dig In With Much Bites: Celicioso — A Gluten Free Haven

This world is completely full of gluten. All the yummy things come littered with gluten; cupcakes, pasta, beer, you name it — gluten, gluten and more gluten. If it has no gluten, can one who is seriously coeliac guarantee that what's on offer has been prepared in a gluten free environment, free from all possible gluten contamination? Many a coeliac sufferers lament this seemingly dismal state of affairs that to be guaranteed safety and health, it becomes best to eat at home, just in case.

Of course, one day, someone will create a place where everything on offer will be gluten free and it will all be delicious and all can eat until all can't eat anymore. Until that day comes, those with coeliac disease do their best to keep their health in tip top condition, resting assured that, as in the words of my girl Gabrielle, "Dreams Can ComeTrue."

Well, actually, dreams have already come true. This is the story of Celicioso.

Photo via MuchBites

Photo via MuchBites

PHOTO VIA MUCHBITES

PHOTO VIA MUCHBITES

At first, I could not believe it. There was my friend, who is coeliac, in front of me, eating a carrot cake and drinking beer. I mean, that's normal, because gluten free food has been made by many companies for donkeys (as in for a long time, not for actual donkeys). The shocking part was me, who's not coeliac, not only eating a chocolate brownie with walnuts, but actually enjoying it. "This is not gluten free," I repeated constantly until the last morsel. This was clear evidence that the people at this bakery had created something truly special. Since then, I have gone back many a time to eat there. I have taken many a friend and visitor to this place. With time, I have forgotten that it's all gluten free. It's only when someone asks me about gluten free places in Madrid, that I remember "Oh yeah, Celicioso is Gluten Free." I have come to treat it as a normal bakery and quite possibly, the best bakery in Madrid since I'm an avid baker myself.

PHOTO VIA MUCHBITES

PHOTO VIA MUCHBITES

PHOTO VIA MUCHBITES

PHOTO VIA MUCHBITES

@@Located smack bang in the heart of Madrid, just off Gran Via, you find Celicioso – Gluten Free Bakery.@@ This bakery has managed to put cool and delicious where you wouldn't otherwise think it. The decor at Celicioso is fantastic, to say the least. Looking up to the ceiling, you have beautiful square mood lighting that gives a feeling of peace and tranquillity, especially just having come off heaving Gran Via. The music in the background; slow and just at the right volume playing a selection of up and happening acoustic covers. Then, talking about the piece de resistance [insert French accent], the variety on offer is just mind-boggling. They have cupcakes in all flavors, cookies, brownies, bread, lasagnes, beer – the list goes on and all of which is just beyond delicious. And yes, it's all gluten free.

What is brilliant is that the owners understand what it means to be coeliac, and out of a keen desire to help fellow coeliacs, Celicioso was given birth to. Thanks to this place, Madrid is shaping up to be a wonderful city full of variety for all, regardless of dietary requirements.

So, why not hurry up and give these bad boys a try. You won't be disappointed!


 Wesley is a Milton Keynes native, a rather quiet and uneventful town about an hour north of London. With dreams of one day becoming an internationally renowned chef, life happened, and he convinced himself that a career in Marketing was the sensible course. Prior to finishing his degree, he completed a year abroad at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He loved Madrid so much that he vowed to come back at first opportunity.

As an avid eater, his love for Madrid was somehow tainted by a lack of understanding of the Madrid food scene.Thankfully, as time progressed, Wes got to understand, appreciate and love what was on offer. Throwing caution to the wind, that went my Marketing career and thus began the blogging adventure with MuchBites.