Gluten Free Variety Found In Upper Hutt!

For those of us living or visiting a bit further out of the city, it’s great to know that there are a few Gluten Free options available to us and Columbus Coffee has more than a few!

Situated inside Mitre 10 Mega Upper Hutt, why not combine weekend DIY shopping with Brunch, a snack or even a late lunch to eat without the rush.

Sweet treats to fuel DIY supplies. Louise Cake at Columbus Coffee within Mitre 10 Mega Upper Hutt.

This is a chain cafe with branches in many locations through the Wellington Region and indeed the whole of New Zealand. I cannot really speak of the other branches at this time but I am often at this one on weekends, at least to pick up a coffee.

I’ve been able to have the above sweet treat, to a savoury light lunch, through to a full big breakfast type meal at this particular outlet. These are several items on the set menu, usually at least 5 things in the cabinet and often a special on the board too.


The food is always pretty yummy, the service is friendly and fast, particularly if you pick your timing well – this place gets busy! – a testament to their food.

Cabinet food
Most of this section of the Cabinet was Gluten Free and all food is labelled.

The crepes, salads, frittata, Louise slice and orange almond cake were all gluten free on this day. They often also have gluten free brownies – a popular favourite.

Menu items include a Paleo Bowl, Benedict Rosti and a Garden Goodness Bowl.

If you’re in Upper Hutt and looking for food and maybe to solve a few DIY or gardening problems on the side, definitely check out Columbus in Mitre 10 Mega. Let me know what different options they have when you do!

A Taste of France in Wellington

La Nordique. Buckwheat Gluten Free Crepe. Cafe Breton

I love Cafe Breton. We go there for coffee every workday – it’s our ritual. They are situated on Brandon Street just off Featherston and are open everyday with a late night til 9pm on Fridays!

The cafe don’t do a lot of Gluten Free counter food (if any?) but what they DO have is Gluten Free Crepes – in abundance! The buckwheat crepes are naturally so but they will make their many different sweet flavours GF on request.

I’ve had their crepes a while back but since moving out of the city, it had been a while. We decided to make our Friday morning extra special and stay there for breakfast – whilst also completing our workday ritual.

My crepe was full of smoked salmon, rocket, veggies and served with a side salad and cream. It was super yummy and got me through a looooong morning of back to back meetings without a tummy grumble to be heard.

My partner had the La Bretonne which was Breton pork sausage, onion jam, mustard and a side salad. He also added the optional egg. I can assure you he skipped lunch and seemed very happy with his big French breakfast.

Their menu says that all salads can be made Gluten Free on request and the also specifically have an omelette and a mixed seafood platter that come GF by default. The soup of the day is gluten free and if you want something sweet other than a crepe you can take your pick of a caramel flan or chocolate mousse.

And for a final good word to say about Cafe Breton, all of the staff are very charming! Highly recommended.