Gluten Free Paris France
As with most large cities, there are lots of choices. Entirely gluten free bakeries and restaurants can be found in Paris, which is always exciting Click To Tweet

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.

Gluten Free Belfast Northern Ireland
Although not high on the list of most people’s top places to visit, Belfast proved to be a great decision for a short break and not only for the gluten free food. Click To Tweet

Before embarking on a city break to Belfast I wasn’t sure what to expect from the gluten free food scene there. I did a little research beforehand and couldn’t find much written online about it, but now having been I am pleased to report back that Belfast is a great city for a Coeliac to take a city break to.

There are loads of gluten free friendly cafes and restaurants for Coeliacs to take their pick from and from my experience, the waiting staff all over the city were always friendly and accommodating if I had to explain my gluten allergy to them (if there weren’t visible gluten free menu choices – but in a lot of places there were).

Although not high on the list of most people’s top places to visit, Belfast proved to be a great decision for a short break and not only for the gluten free food. The shopping in the city is great, the Titanic museum was really interesting and a great way to spend an afternoon, there are some grand buildings to appreciate (like City Hall) and if you fancy taking a day trip from the city the magnificent Giant’s Causeway is just over an hour’s drive away.

So when you’re in the city and in need of some good gluten free grub, where should you go? I’ve listed my top gluten free friendly 5 restaurants & cafes:

Top 5 Gluten Free Restaurants & Cafes in Belfast

1. Graze, 404-406 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast. The gluten free food I sampled here was absolutely delicious; all 3 courses! They have a focus on serving freshly cooked food made with local produce and I particularly recommend this restaurant to those who enjoy fish as there were a lot of different gluten free fish dishes on offer. This restaurant is popular and can get quite busy so I would recommend booking so you aren’t disappointed!

2. Home, 22 Wellington place, Belfast BT1 6GE. Located in the centre of Belfast, close to City Hall, this restaurant is a solid choice for a coeliac looking for a hearty meal. Once I informed the waiter of my gluten allergy he cheerily brought over the gluten free menu, which I was pleased to see listed lots of gluten free choices. I had the burger which was really good and served with a gluten free bun and chips, yum!

3. Harlem Cafe, 34 Bedford Street, Belfast BT2 7FF. This is a good choice for a gluten free breakfast Belfast, which is what I had, although they also have gluten free lunch and dinner choices (including gluten free fish and chips), which I’m sure would be really good too. The gluten free breakfast that I chose was really tasty (eggs, bacon, tomato and gluten free toast), large and definitely enough to set you up for the day! There are other gluten free breakfast choices available too.

4. General Merchants Cafe, 481 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 3LL. This cafe/restaurant is located a little out of town but the gorgeous orange and polenta pistachio cake that they served made the walk worth it! A lot of the cakes and tray bakes here were gluten free and looked amazing. A great place to enjoy a coffee and a slice of gluten free yumminess!

5. Fratelli Belfast, 60 Great Victoria Street | Unit 1, Belfast BT2 7BB. A cool Italian restaurant that has a separate gluten free menu listing; gluten free pizza Belfast style, gluten free pasta and gluten free salads (amongst other things). I can highly recommend the ‘Gamberoni Genovesi pizza’, which was tiger prawns, salsa verde and pesto topping a delicious, gluten free pizza base. The cocktails they served here are also worth a mention they were amazing!

Belfast is less than an hour’s plane journey from London and you can often get really cheap deals with budget airlines. If you are looking for a gluten free restaurant, Belfast has many to offer. I fully recommend the city for a gluten free city break, it’s time to book your trip!

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