Paris; world-renowned for being the city of love and romance and is one of those cities that you just have to visit at least once, to take in the magnificent sights of the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame, the Louvre etc. But let’s address the most pressing question on a coeliac’s lips – what’s it like for gluten free food in Paris?
As with most large cities, there are lots of choices. Entirely gluten free bakeries and restaurants can be found here, which is always exciting, but you have to seek them out so doing your research before you go really helps. Paris is a city on a large scale, so you want to know where you’re going before you start walking – you may end up with sore feet and hungry if not!
Top 5 Gluten Free Friendly Restaurants in Paris
1. Galette Cafe, 2 rue de l Universite | Saint Germain des Près, 75007, Paris. This is a great place to go for lunch and located just across the river from the Louvre, it makes a perfect end point to relax after taking in all that culture! Galettes are a french speciality, they’re thin pancakes made with buckwheat flour which is naturally gluten free – music to every coeliac sufferers ears! This cafe serves sweet and savoury galettes, with loads of choice in topping. The savoury galettes are all gluten free however the sweet ones also include wheat flour. This problem can be easily overcome though, as once explained to the waiters they were more than happy to request a sweet topping served on an entirely gluten free galette base. Make sure you go here hungry, particularly if you are thinking of indulging in a sweet and savoury course, you won’t be disappointed!
2. Bears & Racoons, 21 Rue Richard Lenoir, 75011. This is an entirely gluten free restaurant and boy have they done it well! Loads of choice on offer (as you’d expect), with gluten free sandwiches, gluten free made to order subs, gluten free cookies, gluten free cakes etc. all on their menu. Everything we tried was amazing, the bread that they use for the sandwiches was really tasty with a great texture and taste. I also recommend the cookies, they were delicious! As well as their restaurant they have a small shop selling lots of gluten free goodies for you to take away. They are also dairy allergy aware.
3. Pierre Herme (multiple locations around the city). This is a typical, fancy, Parisian pastry shop. As a coeliac traveller I am used to passing pastry and cake shops in cities worldwide without a second glance, knowing that most if not all the produce on offer is off limits to me. In steps the Macaron. These beautiful little bites of deliciousness are in fact gluten free and EVERYWHERE In Parisian pastry shops! They’re made from the naturally gluten free almond flour and come in a variety of different flavours. I sampled a few from various cafes and pastry shops but I found the ones from Pierre Herme were the most delicious. Maybe you should conduct your own survey while you’re there!
4. Hank Burger, 55 rue des Archives, 75003, Paris. This is a small burger bar with a difference. Hank Burger’s main focus is vegan food but they also have lots of gluten free options available too such as gluten free chips, gluten free burgers and gluten free burger buns. For those who are partial to a beer every now and again, they also serve bottled gluten free beer – perfect to wash down the burger with! It’s quite a little place and can get really busy so be prepared to wait at peak times, but the wait is worth it believe me!
5. Noglu, 16 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris. This is an entirely gluten free cafe and bakery which serves exceptional gluten free meals and bakes. This is the place to come to sample authentic and gluten free brioche and croissants, they are amazing! It is also really good for dinner too, with gluten free pizza and gluten free burgers both on offer, as well as other delicious dishes.