Grand Cayman is surprisingly easy to find gluten free dining options, even for the pickiest child traveler living the gluten free lifestyle.
Our tip: Rent a car if you would like more freedom to move around the island to open up your gluten free dining options.
Rental agencies are a short walk across the street from the airport. We used Hertz and even though we were Gold Rewards Members we did not get an upgrade. The compact car we rented did not accommodate our large suitcase. So just plan ahead and rent the size you actually need to fit your family plus stuff. Don't walk in hoping to get a courtesy upgrade. This will save you time in the end. This is a popular destination. They get enough tourist traffic here to only provide upgrades to those willing to pay.
The island has a very low crime rate and is relatively small in terms of size. BUT...driving is on the opposite side of the road if you are a US driver. So Americans...be warned!
Favorite gluten free kid friendly Grand Cayman locations:
Seven Mile Beach/Caymana Bay/Yacht Club
Anchor and Den (Marriott) – Kid Allergy's favorite gluten free breakfast options for grab n go or decadent sit down spread. They also have fun themed dinner nights that accommodate gluten free diners.
The Brooklyn Pizza & Pasta – gluten free pizza & pasta (kids eat free Sundays when we were there!) in the very posh Caymana Bay Area.
*UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2018*
The Brooklyn Pizza & Pasta. One of the Kid Allergy Travel Community has weighed in and unfortunately a child with celiac did get sick dining here. I do recall that the kitchen and waitstaff were not particularly good at paying attention to details when we dined there--although not to the point of slipping gluten in to Kid Allergy's food (thankfully). Their mistake was just pepper related. They did make a pizza we ordered for my four year old with jalapeños instead of green peppers. So.....perhaps be very cautious when considering this place as a gluten safe environment.
Morgan’s Seafood Restaurant – ocean-to-table for those looking for an upscale and personal dining experience on the water overlooking docked boats.
Tortuga Beach Grill & Bar (Westin) – beachside dining that promises gluten free bread but the staff was very uneducated about cross contamination. Basically, they grilled the grilled cheese sandwich on gluten free bread directly on a shared grill without taking any precautions against cross contamination. Read more about that experience in the Westin vs Marriott review under Best Dining.
Edoardo’s – authentic intimate Italian fine dining. Don't let the strange location next to a strip mall scare you away. The service is spectacular and the small rooms provide a cozy experience without crossing over in to uber romantic (I mean, I did have kids with me!).
Agua – Italian with South American influences fine dining. Unique take on some of the dishes if you are up for something adventurous. Again, in a strip mall.
Luca (Caribbean Club) - (new to this list as of September 2018) serving contemporary Italian food seaside in a fine dining setting. Kid Allergy Travel did not actually have the opportunity to personally visit, but one of our community members that lives on the island recommended it for the excellent gluten free dining options available.
Grocery Stores carrying gluten free items:
McRuss – open Sundays and smaller neighborhood market with beer and wine.
Kirk Market – some have called it the “Whole Foods” of Grand Cayman carrying almost all the same brands. They carry no alcohol here.
Fosters Food Fair IGA – large grocery chain across from Ritz Carlton
Hurley’s - large grocery chain near airport
Stores to Purchase Wine, Beer & Spirits:
Blackbeard’s (across from Westin) – coupon on map of island given at check-in if staying at the Marriott Grand Cayman
Jacques Scott Wines and Spirits – free delivery Mon-Sat online or via phone @ 345-wine (9463)
McRuss (across from Kirk's)- small local store selling beer, wine and fresh produce. Open Sundays!
Cayman Spirits Co. & Distillery
NOTE - Alcohol is sold in liquor stores and only some grocery stores. No alcohol sales are available on Sundays in stores of any kind. Plus, Kirk’s does not sell alcohol at all.
Tukka - Australian cuisine that serves delicacies like lionfish and kangaroo. Stay and play after dining. Challenge the family to a game of corn hole, visit the iguanas or try the swing tied to the large branch of a tree right alongside the ocean.
Kaibo Beach Bar Restaurant Marina – toes in sand casual dining along with game tables and a vibrant bar scene.
NOTE - They did not have gluten free bread as advertised on their menu online & on the laminated copy of the menu handed to us while at the restaurant. There are other gluten free options available but just don't have your heart set on a safe gluten free bread based item in case this happens to you.
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