It’s strange days indeed when you can’t find toilet paper but it’s easier than ever to get gluten-free and vegan snacks, meals and treats delivered to your door. Despite Covid-19 bringing the hospitality industry to its knees, the pandemic has also seen some of Sydney’s top specialist cafes and bakeries hot-shoe-shuffling to adapt to the NSW government’s new restrictions. Gluten-free and vegan eateries are offering hampers, take-home meal packs, extended operating hours and delivery services to cater for those with dietary requirements. Here are a few of the best.

Nutie Donuts
Gluten-free doughnut outlet Nutie has kept both its Surry Hills and Balmain stores open for takeaway. It’s doing take-home packs for pick up, with $5 delivery on orders of $30 or more to suburbs within a 20-minute drive of either store. There’s a different set-menu pack every day. This week’s Sunday pack, for example, is Swedish meatballs, potato salad, pecan pie and cold-pressed juice. Preppers can also order frozen cookies to bake at home, as well as boxes of doughnuts, jars of mozzarella and kimchi, and other treats.

The best part? You can buy another meal pack at cost price ($27), and Nutie will deliver it for free to an elderly or mobility-impaired person in need.

Email to order.

Oh My Days
Glebe’s fully vegan bakery Oh My Days is still open for takeaway seven days a week, taking orders via both Instagram direct message and email. Expect its signature vegan croissant, as well as vegan danishes, gluten-free bread and the entire South American-influenced menu, including tacos, quesadillas and burritos.

Plus, in collaboration with online retailer the Cruelty Free Shop, it’s selling hampers packed with sourdough loaves, vegan meats, pastries, cheese and cups of coffee. They start at $40 for two, with optional extras such as ground coffee, fresh vegan pasta and house-made granola. You can pick up in-store, but the bakery’s also delivering to surrounding suburbs, including Newtown, Camperdown, Forest Lodge and Glebe.

Call 02 9552 2390 or to order.

Wholegreen Bakery
Wholegreen Bakery has modified its Waverley shop front and is now doing takeaway from the front window. It will also soon offer a click-and-collect service on its new website (order by midday for next-day pick up). While the owners have had to temporarily shutter their recently opened Sydney CBD location, they’ve moved to operating seven days a week from their eastern suburbs digs, and are offering five varieties of vegan and gluten-free bread, sweet and savoury muffins, two types of brownies, three different pies, pasties and a veggie frittata.

“I have customers daily saying the gluten-free aisles in the supermarkets are empty,” owner Cherie Lydon tells Broadsheet. “We are open and able to provide them with food that they can safely eat”.

Cafe Free
On the north side of the bridge, people with coeliac disease are also well catered for. Cafe Free in Neutral Bay has pivoted to takeaway, offering grab-and-go items and take-home dinner packs that you can order in-store or online. The menu includes fish and chips, waffles, burgers and Singapore noodles.

“Coeliacs have limited choices, and it’s unfair that they can’t simply grab some takeaway when they don’t feel like cooking,” says owner Zoe Doyle.

OMG Decadent Doughtnuts East Sydney
OMG Decadent Doughnuts is delivering fresh gluten-free, nut-free, yeast-free vegan fried donuts. They’re normally found at markets all over Sydney’s east, but in light of coronavirus-related restrictions, in the coming days they’ll be delivered for a fee to suburbs in the east, west, north and south.