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Navigating Tokyo’s Gluten-Free Bakery Scene

By Margherita Mar 29, 2024

Despite the traditional consumption of rice, Japan is big on bread. Japanese bread has absorbed European influence and adapted to the Japanese taste, to create perfectly crafted baked goods, pastries, and delicious bread. Even if you are celiac or on a gluten-free diet, no need to worry, as Tokyo’s offer of gluten-free bakery options in Japan, will not leave you disappointed.

Is It Gluten-Free? Best Gluten-Free Bakery in Tokyo

Discover some of the best bakeries and patisseries in Tokyo for some of the best gluten-free Japanese bread.

biossa  (Bunkyo)

Slice of cake from gluten-free bakery

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Situated just a 10-minute stroll from Myogadani Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line, this bakery specializes in entirely gluten-free bread. The absence of wheat flour in their production eliminates contamination concerns. Not only dedicated to gluten-free baked goods, but the bakery also prioritizes deliciousness, and both gluten-free and non-gluten-free customers highly recommend it. biossa also conveniently sells its bread online, ensuring accessibility beyond its physical location.

Try: buns, muffins

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Rizriant (Kichijoji)

Rizriant, a “patisserie without gluten”, is a charming pastry shop specializing in gluten-free rice-flour pastries, located about a 10-minute walk from Kichijoji station near Seikei University. The shop was born out of the patissier’s personal wheat allergy, leading to its reopening as a rice-flour pastry shop in Inokashira in June 2018, and later relocating to the current location.

Named after the French word “riz” meaning rice, and “riant” meaning smiling, Rizriant aims to bring joy to its customers through Lilian’s delightful creations. The pastries, crafted with rice flour from Niigata Prefecture and butter from Hokkaido, are free from artificial sweeteners and preservatives. While primarily catering to those with wheat allergies and gluten intolerance, Rizriant strives to create treats that appeal to everyone. Keep an eye on their Instagram and Facebook pages for updates on the twice-monthly sales of their baked goods, macaroons, and fresh pastries. 

The coffee shop space offers a cozy setting to enjoy their treats, with evening hours on Fridays and Saturdays for those craving a sweet and savory combination. Orders typically ship within 2 business days, carefully packed to ensure safe delivery. 

Whether you have specific delivery preferences or questions about allergens, Rizriant is committed to bringing smiles to its customers’ faces with every bite of their scrumptious rice-flour pastries. 

Try: shortcake, mont blanc

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RICEHACK Gluten-Free Bakery (Omotesando)

The gluten-free bakery located midway between Omotesando and Meiji-Jingumae stations, just a brief 6-minute walk away, is a testament to the innovative work of Setsuko Otsuka, a leading figure in the rice flour product development in Japan. Setsuko Otsuka’s expertise in rice flour technology likely contributes to the bakery’s success in producing such delicious and sought-after gluten-free options.

RICEHACK Gluten-Free Bakery offers a variety of gluten-free delights, with standout offerings including rice-flour pizzas, which have gained considerable popularity among customers.

Try: rice flour pizza

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Comme’N GLUTEN FREE (Setagaya)

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Comme’N GLUTEN FREE is bread heaven for celiacs.

The menu offers a variety of options including bread, baked goods, sandwiches, and hot dogs. The standout items are the sandwiches, particularly the luxurious egg sandwich made with premium Nasu Goyo eggs and wheat-free handmade mayonnaise. Additionally, customers can create their own gluten-free sandwiches by choosing from four types of gluten-free bread, various sauces, vegetables, and fillings to suit their preferences.

Try: egg sandwich

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Kome Co. (Koto)

Kome Co, utilizes only 100% rice flour in all their products, ensuring that all items are gluten-free, as they refrain from incorporating wheat flour in any form. 

Kome Co is also not only a bakery, because here you can find perfectly crafted eclairs, Japanese strawberry shortcakes, and gateau chocolate.

Their mission is to assist individuals interested in rice flour, those who appreciate its qualities, and those leading a gluten-free lifestyle. 

Try: choux pastry

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Gluten-Free Bakery Delights in Tokyo Not to Miss

In conclusion, while Japan’s culinary landscape traditionally celebrates rice, its adaptation of European bread culture has led to a vibrant bakery scene offering an array of delectable baked goods. Exploring Tokyo’s gluten-free bakeries promises a delightful experience without compromise for individuals with celiac disease or following a gluten-free diet. 

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