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This “Gluten free in Paris” post was updated in November 2019.
Gluten free in Paris. Those two words used to be an oxymoron. Not possible in the same sentence. Nope.
I would watch longingly as Parisians lined up for their evening baguette, tucked it under an arm and strolled home.
I strode hopefully into boulangerie after boulangerie and one patisserie after another asking my classic question, “Avez-vous quelque chose sans gluten?” “Do you have something without gluten?” A die hard sweet tooth and croissant-lover, I roamed the streets of Paris scouring the shelves for delectable treats, without gluten.
The aroma of freshly baked croissants and the tempting arrays of enticing patisseries bombarded my senses. My mouth watered in anticipation. Often a bewildered face answered my question with a brisk, “Non. Rien.” (N-O-T-H-I-N-G…)
I decided not to give up and sometimes, the salesclerk would pause and disappear to ask the baker.
My heartbeat sped up just a little. Once in a while, I hit the gluten free Paris jackpot: a sumptuous chocolate lava cake, colourful, chewy meringues, macarons that melted on the tongue or a delicate chocolate almond cookie.
It was gluten free in Paris heaven. Gluten free Paris did exist.
These heavenly successes led to a concerted, organized plan. And hence my “Gluten Free in Paris Mission” sprung into high gear, a concerted effort to find gluten free restaurants and food in Paris. When travelling solo in Paris, the gluten free mission is a bit of an obsession
Here’s the latest in the gluten free Paris ongoing search.
Gluten Free in Paris | Delicious Choices by Arrondissement
Bears and Raccoons | Paris 11
I tested out Bears and Raccoons in the summer of 2019 and would happily return. The menu is completely gluten free and the cake I sampled was delicious, along with the coffee. Next time, I am returning at lunchtime for one of their sandwiches. A gluten free in Paris success!
Address: 21 Rue Richard Lenoir (11th arrondissement)
Attractions Nearby: Atelier des Lumières and Père-Lachaise Cemetary
Big Love Italian Restaurants | Paris 3
Big Love, in Le Marais, is part of the Big Mamma group which has several Paris locations. Although not technically a gluten free restaurant in Paris, this location of Big Love serves pizza with a gluten free crust. Say what? Be prepared to wait in line at this popular restaurant but WOW is it worth the wait. A lively atmosphere, ingredients fresh from Italy and delicious gluten free pizza.
Address: 30, Rue Debelleyme (3rd arrondissement)
Closed: Open daily
Métro: Filles du Calvaire
Attractions Nearby: You’re in Le Marais..wander.
Chambelland | Paris 11
I return to Chambelland, my favourite gluten free bakery in Paris on every return visit. An entire bakery dedicated to gluten free delights. What more could you want? There is a wide variety of artisanal bread and a scrumptious array of treats such as lemon meringue tarts and brownies. There is no cross-contamination as Chambelland has its own mill which produces rice, buckwheat, sorghum, and millet flours. An absolute must for celiacs.
Plan on going for lunch. There are a few tables inside and on a lovely day grab a table outside. I always buy extra focaccia for a picnic by the Seine.
Address: 14, rue Ternaux (11th arrondissement)
Métro: Parmentier, Oberkampf
- Atelier des Lumières, 38, rue Saint-Maur, 10- minute walk
- Picasso National Museum, 5, rue de Thorigny, 15-minute walk
Also Available: In Paris: Wednesdays, find Chambelland bread available at Gluten Corner | 28 rue de Lagny | 20th arrondissement
In Brussels: If you are heading to Belgium, Chambelland has a bakery in Brussels.
Gluten Free In Paris | Crêperies
There are crêperies all over Paris. Such an easy snack or meal to pick up if you are heading to lots of attractions in one day. A galette, of Breton origin, is a large crêpe made of buckwheat flour. Great news for those of us that are gluten free. BEWARE! Many crêperies in Paris offer galettes but they mix buckwheat flour with wheat flour making them inedible for those with gluten allergies or sensitivities. Make sure you ask for “galette sarrazin” (buckwheat galette) or galette de blé noir (buckwheat galette).
Breizh Café | Paris 2+3+6+17
I absolutely adore galettes (in fact I have a whole post on them here). I tried the Breizh Café location in Le Marais, sat at a tiny table outside and devoured the heavenly galette with some authentic cider from Brittany. Another gluten free restaurant in Paris to add to your list, as the galettes are made solely with buckwheat flour.
Chez Alain Miam Miam | Paris 3
At the Marché des Enfants Rouges, Chez Alain Miam Miam serves gluten-free galettes solely made with buckwheat flour. He also grills sandwiches so this is not an entirely GF operation. There will be a long line up here and the results are totally worth the wait. I tested out the galette végétarienne which was amazing. There is no place to sit so take your lunch to the nearby park and find a bench to devour the goods!
When I visited, Alain was opening a restaurant close to the Marché at 26 rue Charlot. He was still going to keep his popular food stall but also run the restaurant.
Address: Marché des Enfants Rouges, rue de Bretagne;(3rd arrondissement)
Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays (other food stalls are open Tuesday but not Chez Alain…. firsthand experience!)
Métro: Filles du Calvaire; Arts et Metiers
- City Park – Square du Temple Elie- Weisel; 3-minute walk EAT HERE!
- Place des Vosges; 12-minute walk
- Picasso National Museum, 5 rue de Thorigny; 6-minute walk
Grom |Paris 2+3+5+6
Grom in Paris = gluten free Paris heaven. The true Italian gelateria has the gelato stored in metal canisters, is stirred up upon request and then served in a delicious gluten free cone. Everything at Grom is gluten free. It’s a win-win on all accounts.
Helmut Newcake | Paris 1+9
Helmut Newcake was the original gluten free bakery in Paris and continues with the “WOW-factor” as they are now selling gluten free croissants and pain au chocolat. I sampled the croissant with great curiosity – how can anyone recreate the ultimate croissant? Lo and behold, though small in size, the Helmut Newcake gluten free croissant is light, fluffy and flavourful. Two thumbs up!
Both gluten free restaurants have the option to eat in or take away. Both are close to many attractions. Grab a snack and wander to a “jardin” or the Seine to enjoy.
Address: 144 rue Saint-Honoré (1st arrondissement)
Closed: Sundays and Mondays
Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre; Louvre-Rivoli
- Louvre Museum, rue de Rivoli, 4-minute walk
- Palais Royal; 9-minute walk
- Sainte- Chapelle, 8 Blvd du Palais, 15-minute walk
Address: 28, rue Vignon (9th arrondissement)
Closed: Sundays and Mondays
Métro: Havre-Caumartin; Madeleine
- L’église de la Madeleine, Place de la Madeleine; 4-minute walk
- Place de la Concorde; 11-minute walk
- Place Vendôme, 10-minute walk
- Fauchon (French gourmet and delicatessan company); 2-minute walk
Maison Plume Pâtisserie | Paris 3
Maison Plume Pâtisserie is a delightful place to stop and have a snack in le Marais. All their pâtisseries are gluten-free and sugar-free. A real find! Tuck a package of their Coeurs Sablés in your pocket for a snack date later!
Address: 61 rue Charlot
Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays
- Place des Vosges; 15-minute walk
- Picasso National Museum, 5 rue de Thorigny; 8-minute walk
Noglu | Paris 2+7+11
I finally made it to Noglu in June 2019.
Noglu has been on my list of places to test out for several years. But you need a reservation and I always forget to make one. AND I could never remember the name until recently when the penny dropped… NOGLU = no gluten! Now I’ll remember.
My daughter and I ate in the location at Passage des Panoramas. What a disappointment. After all the rave reviews, both our meals were average at best. With all the other options popping up in Paris, I most likely won’t return.
Address: 16, Passage des Panoramas (2nd arrondissement)
Métro: Grands Boulevards; Bourse
- Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, 40, Boulevard Haussmann; 10-minute walk
- Musée du Chocolat, 28, Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle; 9-minute walk
Address: 69, rue de Grenelle (7th arrondissement)
Closed: Open daily
Métro: Rue du Bac
- Musée Rodin, 77, rue du Varenne; 10-minute walk
- Musée d’Orsay,1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur; 10-minute walk
- You are in Saint-Germain des Prés, find a park to relax and enjoy the GF treats!
Address: 15, rue Basfroi (11th arrondissement)
Métro: Charonne, Ledru-Rollin
- Aligre Market; 9-minute walk
- Place de la Bastille; 15-minute walk
Wild and the Moon | Paris 1+3+4+9+11
All right. You want vegan and gluten free in Paris? Wild and the Moon has 6 Paris locations. If you happen to be in Dubai or NYC, they have you covered there too!
Why go? As Wild and the Moon says,
“We go for wild, local, gluten-free, ethically sourced, seasonal and plant-based ingredients, that bring a little bit of nature in our busy lives.”
I’ve been here many times now for pressed juices and various bowls of deliciousness. It has a lovely atmosphere and is worth the healthy stop.
Address: 55 rue Charlot (3rd arrondissement)
Métro: Filles du Calvaire
- Right in Le Marais, enjoy a snack or meal and saunter the lovely streets of Paris 3
Other Locations: Check right here to see all the locations of Wild and the Moon
Yummy and Guiltfree | Paris 2+4+9 +Gare de Lyon
Yummy and Guiltfree is gluten free in Paris on stick. Add a little bow and your gluten free waffle is ready to sample. Yummy and Guiltfree took years to develop a recipe that has people returning to over and over. I am one of those fans who graced the first storefront which no longer exists.
Why keep returning?
The gluten free waffles, also lactose-free, can be enjoyed in both the savoury and sweet departments! Just sayin’… both are divine and I make a beeline to Yummy and Guiltfree on every visit to Paris. Recently, I hunted high and low in the Gare de Lyon to find it tucked away on the lower level. Yummy and Guiltfree, as always, dished up a wonderful taste sensation. Even my daughter was impressed.
There are three locations of scrumptious waffles:
Address: 3, Rue du Temple (4th arrondissement)
Métro: Hôtel de Ville
- Notre Dame Cathedral; 10-minute walk
- The Centre Pompidou; 4-minute walk
- Hôtel de Ville; 2-minute walk
Address: 9, Blvd Montmartre (2nd arrondissement)
Métro: Grands Boulevards
- Passage des Panoramas, 11, Blvd Montmartre; 2-minute walk
- Palais Garnier, 8, rue Scribe; 13-minute walk
- Musée Grévin, 10 Blvd Montmartre; 2-minute walk
Address: Gare de Lyon, Hall 3, (12th arrondissement)
The next train trip out of Paris, believe you me I already know what I will be snacking on!
Métro: Gare de Lyon
- Coulée Verte René-Dumont; 9-minute walk
- Jardin des Plantes 8, Rue Cuvier; 20-minute walk
- Aligre Market, Place d’Aligre; 8-minute walk
If you are wanting to cook in your Airbnb or have a picnic, you will find that these stores carry a selection of gluten free groceries in Paris. Pop in and see what they carry. I love comparing items they have to similar items at home and discovering brand new delicious things to eat! Keep your eyes open for: Naturalia, La Vie Claire, Bio C’ Bon and Biocoop.
As Julia Child said,
“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.”
So naturally, the French have figured out how to create delectable gluten free food to satisfy the taste buds and be gentle on the body. My “Gluten free in Paris Mission” continues every time I return to the City of Light. Let me know what you’ve discovered.
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