As a young Melbourne school girl studying French, I always dreamed of going to Paris and indulging in an authentic pain au chocolate and my all time favourite food, crêpes :-).
Fast forward many years and I have been lucky enough to visit Paris quite a few times, but my coeliac disease diagnosis has made eating a bit more difficult, and walking past the many crêpe stands and seeing all the croissants at the breakfast buffet can make a visit feel like food torture!
However, gluten free Paris does exist! As in the UK, there are now quite a few places that cater for gluten free, including many 100% gluten free options*. I’ve had a number of requests for information on Paris, so this post is a compilation of the options I am aware of. Don’t forget your translation card if you haven’t got more than school French!
If you didn’t know, the last two numbers of Parisian postcodes indicate the arrondissement, with number one being the centre of Paris and they then spiral out in a clockwise direction. For some information on the different arrondissments in Paris, this is great summary.
*100% gluten free is noted, but as some things may have got lost in translation, please ensure you do your own checking!
Le bio Adam et Eve (1st arrondissement)
Small organic cafe that specialises in vegetarian and gluten free meals (hot & cold) and sweet treats also available. Also some dairy free options. Take away pre-made salads available. See Facebook for daily specials.
41 rue st Honore, (between Rue Rivoli and Les Halles) 75001 Paris
MÉTRO : Chatelet, Les Halles or Pont neuf
Foucade Paris (1st arrondissment)
100% gluten free. A tea room and coffee shop. Sweet treats and breakfast/brunch available. “Pastries offered by Foucade Paris are guaranteed gluten free, lactose free (for the majority), without pork gelatin and no dyes or additives.” (Translated from website)
17 rue Duphot, 75001 Paris Tel: 01 42 36 11 81Tue-Fri 10am-7.30pm, Sat 11am-7pm
No Glu (2nd arrondissment)
100% gluten free with both savoury and sweet dishes (some are also lactose free). I hear the bread is fantastic! You will find soup, quiche, cakes etc. as well as more substantial meals. It is very small and gets very busy so you are advised to book. It is a 15 minute walk from the Louvre.
16 Passage des Panoramas, Paris 75002 Phone: 01 40 26 41 24
Open Mon-Sat 11am-5.30pm for brunch/lunch/snacks; Tues-Sat 7.30pm-10pm for dinner
There are two reviews below with more information:
Breizh Cafe (3rd arrondissement, Marais)
I have visited this cafe for their buckwheat galettes, but alas no photo as it was pre-blogging days! It was exceptionally busy, so it is a good idea to book or go a bit outside of traditional meal times, but you still need to be prepared to wait. As I don’t speak French, I didn’t ask if there was a separate cooking area for the galettes, but I wasn’t sick after eating there.
109 Rue Veille du Temple, 75003 Paris Tel: 01 42 72 13 77
Wild & the Moon (3rd arrondissement, Marais)
100% gluten free. A clean eating cafe that states it is organic, vegan and gluten free! Click here for a review by Paris to Go.
55 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris Tel: 09 51 80 22 33
Mon-Sat 8am-7pm, Sun 10am-7pm
Yummy and Guilt Free (4th arrondissement, Marais)
100% gluten free. Gluten and lactose free waffles run by a lady with a gluten intolerant family member.
Source: Yummy & Guilt Free Facebook
14 Rue du Temple, 75004 Paris
MÉTRO : Hotel de Ville
Loulou’ Friendly Diner (5th arrondissment, St Germain)
An Australian concept in a French brasserie. A casual cafe with burgers, sandwiches and brunch, along with coffee, juice & smoothies. The website states in English “Loulou’ propose you free-gluten dishes and beverages”, but not sure if it is 100% gluten free.
90 Boulevard Saint Germain, 75005 Paris Tel 01 46 34 86 64
Open 7 days from 8am-11pm
MÉTRO : Cluny–La Sorbonne (Line 10), St Michel (Line 4)
Opened by a pastry chef with a gluten intolerant wife, this patisserie/bistro/tea room is 100% gluten free. Eat in and takeaway.
11 Rue Dupuytren, 75006 Paris
Biosphere café (8th arrondissement)
100% gluten free. A small patisserie and creperie which makes homemade pastries and freshly baked gluten free bread (including baguettes!). Light lunches available, such as quiche and salad and gluten free gallettes. Gluten free beer available. Bookings advisable. For a review by Gluten Free Mrs D (2015) click here.
47 Rue de Laborde, 75008 Paris Phone: 01 42 93 45 58
Open Mon-Fri midday-6pm, Sat midday-10pm
MÉTRO : Saint Augustin line 9 or Miromesnil line 13
Helmut Newcake (9th arrondissement)
100% gluten free patisserie that people have been raving about. Please note the cafe in Canal St Martin is closed, but takeaway options are still available in this location.
28 Rue Vignon, 75009 Paris Tel: 09 81 31 28 31
Open Tuesday to Saturday 11.30am-7pm. Closed first 2 weeks of January.
Hard Rock Cafe (9th arrondissement)
They have an allergens document on their website with a number of options for gluten free.
14 boulevard, Montmartre 75009 Paris
7 days, 11.45am-11.45pm
Nous Fast Food- 16 rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris (Tues-Fri, lunchtime only)
Nous Restaurant – 8 rue de Châteaudun, 75009 Paris (Tues-Sat)
Thank You my Deer (11th arrondissment)
100% gluten free cafe, providing homemade bread and cakes made with the best natural ingredients and zero artificial preservatives. You will find sandwiches, salads, pastries and weekend brunches. Also specialty coffee to go with your treats!
112 rue Saint-Maur, Paris 75011 Tel: 01 71 93 16 24
Tues-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat-Sun midday-6pm (brunch)
MÉTRO : Oberkamph
Bears and Raccoons (11th arrondissment)
100% gluten free. Fast food (eg sandwiches) and groceries. Vegan options available.
21 rue Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris Tel: 09 51 67 87 71
Mon-Wed 11am-3.30pm, Thurs-Fri 11am-3.30pm & 6.30-9.30pm, Sat 11am-9.30pm
MÉTRO: Voltaire ou Charonne, line 9
Chambelland (11th arrondissment)
100% gluten free bakery. A wide variety of patisseries, soups, breads (including focaccia style) and sandwiches. A good option for breakfast or lunch while travelling.
Check their Facebook page for the menu for the week. For a 2014 review by David Lebovitz click here.
14 rue Ternaux, 75011 Paris Tel: 01 43 55 07 30
Open Tues-Sun 9am-8pm
MÉTRO: Parmentier, or 5 mins walk from Oberkamph
Creperie Broceliande (18th arrondissment,near Sacre Coeur)
They have a sign out the front saying their crepes are 100% buckwheat.
15 rue des Trois Freres, 75018 Paris
Marks & Spencer Food
The British food store M&S have some of their Made without Wheat range in their Paris stores, so even on the Champs Elysee you can pick up an M&S sandwich! The photo is from the UK, but the packaging is similar in Europe.
From looking at a few reviews, I gather that over 50% of the sushi options are now gluten free (using Google Translate!), but I cannot find anything on the website to indicate if the menu is now labelled gluten free. I don’t believe there is gluten free soy sauce and of course steer clear of battered items.
As far as I am aware, McDonalds in France do not do gluten free buns as may other European countries do.
BUYING GROCERIES IN PARIS
This is not a comprehensive list, but should get you started!
Supermarkets/Health Food stores – Auchan (has free from aisles), Monoprix, Naturalia, Marks & Spencer (see above)
La Maison du Sans Gluten
A shop dedicated to gluten free products!
12 rue d’Hauteville, 75010 Paris Tel: 01.40.60.60.60
USEFUL WEBSITES & RESOURCES
The first time I visited Paris as a coeliac was part of a driving trip around France. As we were going to be in some remote areas, I bought a book produced in the USA, Gluten Free France, which also has a comprehensive Paris listing. It is not cheap, but if you don’t have time to do the research yourself online, it is a very handy resource. For some more information about the 2011 edition, click here. If you speak French, there is a Paris version prepared by locals (see box below).
Websites in English:
Blog posts on Paris:
Websites in French:
French Gluten Intolerance Website www.afdiag.fr
GF Paris Facebook Group www.facebook.com/Gluten-Free-In-Paris
GF Paris blog & guide book www.glutenfreeinparis.com
GF France blog www.glutencorner.com
I was surprised at how any 100% gluten free venues exist in Paris and this will make up for having to walk past all the crepe stands on the street! Enjoy your visit!
For more ideas on travelling gluten free, please check the following links:
- 100% Gluten Free UK page (including London)
- Visiting the UK
- Reykjavik, Iceland
- Melbourne, Australia
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