Gluten-Free Globetrotting Your Way Through Portland

Gluten-Free Globetrotting Your Way Through Portland

City Tour, 13 Miles + bonus routes

 This route was curated by Erin Smith of GlutenfreeGlobetrotter.com

This route was curated by Erin Smith of GlutenfreeGlobetrotter.com

As someone living with Celiac Disease for more than thirty years, all of Erin’s travels have always been gluten-free. She’s been to 28 states, 18 countries, 3 continents, and always 100% gluten-free!

According to Erin, Portland is one of the most gluten-free friendly cities in the world with many completely gluten-free bakeries and restaurants. This tour allows you to embrace your gluten-freedom while trying many delectable and safe, gluten-free treats along the way. Come hungry! While we will stop and admire the beauty of Portland's waterfront, mountain views, and rose gardens, the purpose of this tour is to EAT your way through this gluten-free friendly city.

Note from Megan, Bikabout's founder: As another lady "blessed" with celiac disease, I couldn't be more excited that Erin curated this route for Bikabout. I have spread the gospel that Portland is "Graceland for GF" now it will be even easier to simply send folks this fabulous bike route! My one addition would be the Slide Inn for their GF chocolate cinnamon french toast and waffles.

Map & Logistics:

 Click map image to open printable PDF.

Click map image to open printable PDF.

Maps

bikes

  • Clever Cycles - $30+ daily for Brompton folding bikes and family cargo bikes includes a lock, helmet and map
  • Cycle Portland - $15+ daily for hybrid, road and single speed bikes.  Helmets, locks and panniers are included.
  • Everybody's Bike Rentals - $25+ daily for commuter, road or touring bikes. All prices include lights, lock, helmet and bike map. Rain gear and panniers extra.
  • Pedal Bike - $35+ daily for Jamis Commuter, road, tandem or kids bikes and trailers and trail-a-bikes.  Helmets and locks included.

TRAIN STATIONS

System Map - bikes allowed most times of the day

  • Start of the ride - NW 6th & Davis Station on MAX Green/Yellow
  • End of the ride - If you end at Ground Breaker Brewery, take the SE Grand & Mill Station on CL line. If you end at Mississippi Pizza, take the Overlook Station on MAX Yellow

What to bring?

Empty belly, basket or bag to carry baked goods, lights for nighttime biking

Highlights:

A. Prasad  925 Northwest Davis Street | www.prasadcuisine.com | (503) 224-3993

Start your day off with a little stretching and breathing with early morning yoga and a fresh smoothie or juice at Prasad. If you are hungry, gluten-free options are available for breakfast but this is going to be one full day of eating! M-F 7:30am-8pm / Sa-Su 9am-8pm

B. Petunia's Pies and Pastries  610 Southwest 12th Avenue | www.petuniaspiesandpastries.com | (503) 841-5961

This super cute bakery is completely gluten-free. If you come on the right day, you will be able to order gluten-free donuts! No donuts? No problem. Everything on the menu is delicious and the staff is well-versed on food restrictions and allergies. M-W 9am-7pm / Th 9am-8pm / F-Sa 9am-10pm / Su 9am-6pm

C. El Pilon Colombian Food Cart  SW 2nd Ave and Oak Street | www.foodcartsportland.com | 

Everything in this cart gets an A+. The Colombian food is naturally gluten-free made from plantains, tapioca flour, or corn, depending on what you order. The patacones are hands-down the best outside of Colombia and the pan de yuca is yummy. Order an arepa if you aren't full and ask for some salsas on the side. M-F lunchtime

D. New Cascadia Traditional Bakery: Gluten-free Portland  1700 Southeast 6th Avenue | www.newcascadiatraditional.com | (503) 546-4901

Gluten-free baked good for days! New Cascadia is THE place to go for gluten-free bread in Portland. Lunch is served from 11am-2pm, so be sure to check out their rotating lunch menu which is always 100% gluten-free!  M-F 7:30am-5pm / Sa 8am-4pm / Su Brunch 9am-1pm

E. Groundbreaker Brewery and Gastropub  2030 Southeast 7th Avenue | www.groundbreakerbrewing.com | (503) 928-4195

Stop for a gluten-free beer, but just one since you are riding! There is also a 100% gluten-free gastropub menu if you find yourself looking for more food at the end of your long day.  Burger Tuesdays 4-9pm / Wednesday Pub Supper 4-9pm / Regular menu Th-Su 12-9pm

F. Tula Gluten-free Bakery & Cafe  4943 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard #101 | www.tulabaking.com | (503) 764-9727

Time for a treat! Tula Gluten Free Bakery Cafe is 100% gluten-free. Their menu changes daily. I recommend a scone! If you are feeling extra ambitious after your bike ride, pop in to the gym next door for a Zumba class. M-Sa 8am-6pm / Su 8am-3pm

G. Mississippi Pizza  3552 North Mississippi Avenue | www.mississippipizza.com | (503) 288-3231

If you have any room left, finish off your night at Mississippi Pizza for a gluten-free pizza pie and some live music or some live trivia on Wednesdays. Don't forget your bike lights if you are riding at night! Su-Th 11-12am / F-Sa 11-1am

extras

1. Floyd's Coffee Shop Old Town  118 Northwest Couch Street | floydscoffee.com | (503) 295-7791

Coming off your yoga calm, get some caffeine in you at Floyd's. Look for a gluten-free muffin from the Gluten-Free Gem Bakery in the case to the left of the register. They are delivered fresh a few times a week. M-F 7am-7pm / Sa 7am-6pm / Su 8am-5pm

2. Kerr Bikes  1020 Southwest Naito Parkway | www.kerrbikes.org | (503) 808-9955

Rent a single, tandem or quad bike here!

3. Portland Aerial Tram  3303 Southwest Bond Avenue | gobytram.com | (503) 494-8283

Take a brief rest by riding this aerial tram to the top. On a clear day, you will see awesome views of Mt. Hood and Mount Saint Helen's. $4.35 roundtrip. M-F 5:30am-9:30pm / Sa 9am-5pm

4. International Rose Test Garden  400 Southwest Kingston Avenue | www.portlandoregon.gov | (503) 823-3636

Burn off all of those gluten-free treats by biking to the top of the park. The International Rose Test Garden has wonderful views of the city and is a great place to take a rest and even a short nap in the shade. Replenish your water bottle and take a bathroom break too! FREE, 7:30am-9pm

5. Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

As you pedal around the waterfront, take some time to stop and reflect on the beautiful nature right within the city.