A croissant lover’s paradise, Paris at first glance can seem like a nightmare for anyone gluten free. I have come to learn that the opposite is in fact true. Within the past couple years, an array of gluten free dedicated patisseries, cafes and lunch spots have popped up around the French capital leaving us spoilt for choice. I have been lucky enough to venture to Paris on multiple occasions in the past few years and have finally brought together a selection of my favourites in what I hope will be a handy guide for any non-gluten-eaters heading to the most romantic (and pastry-heavy) city in the world!
This original and 100% gluten free bakery and patisserie now has two Paris locations. An array of breads, cakes, sandwiches and mouth watering tarts will leave you panicking over just how much choice you have! Across the way from this original Paris location in Passage des Panoramas you will find NoGlu’s restaurant where you can enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner with daily specials and only the freshest ingredients. This famous spot not long ago opened a sister restaurant in New York City. Closed on Sundays.
16, Passage des Panoramas
69 Rue de Grenelle
This charming coffee and tea shop, where everything in the cake counter is 100% gluten free, is the perfect hideaway after a busy day of sightseeing or shopping. The cake and tart menu is subject to change, with a seasonal special making a guest appearance. A couple of savoury quiche options are also available if you aren’t in the market for something sweet. All products are made onsite and a selection of pre-packaged cakes and biscuits are also on offer to take home. I highly recommend the praline loaf cake which is to die for! Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
15 Rue Marie Stuart
Your only destination for gluten free eclairs should be Helmut Newcake. While other cafes may offer you a gluten free alternative to this classic French cream-filled pastry, you will not find any better than here, in this 8th arrondissement haven. The chocolate, coffee and salted caramel flavours are all to die for, with a chocolate and hazelnut flavour on offer also for the lactose free celiacs out there. This beautiful patisserie also has a selection of melt-in-the-mouth patisserie cakes and bread to take away or enjoy in store with a coffee. At lunchtime, you can stop in for a homemade soup and freshly baked gluten free bread as well. A must visit! Closed on Sundays.
28 Rue Vignon
Home to the freshest gluten free bread in Paris, Chambelland is a staple for any celiacs visiting or living in Paris. Baguettes, Foccaccia, you name it and Chambelland probably has it. Chocolate bread is even on the menu, which will make it hard to choose when it comes to sweet options. The bakery offers two daily sandwich flavours on delicious flat bread – a meat option and a vegetarian option but the meat option sells out quickly so grab yours early in the day and head to a nearby park for a wonderfully picturesque lunch. A small number of tables are tucked away in the corner for anyone wishing to pause for a minute during their busy Parisian day. Closed on Mondays.
48 Rue Ternaux
Another addition to Paris’ beautiful gluten free bakery scene, Foucade offers a decadent selection of entirely gluten and refined sugar free cakes, pastries and biscuits. The selection on offer always features a number of seasonal sweet treats as well as several staple items like the homemade dark chocolate and praline mikado biscuits. I highly suggest you pull up a chair in one of this bakery’s two stores and enjoy a coffee as you work your way through the display case.
61 Rue de Bretagne
24 Rue des Moines
Both closed on Mondays
Just when you thought that Paris couldn’t get any better for gluten free, Onyriza popped up! Another 100% gluten free and therefore coeliac safe spot, this cute little cafe offers a great selection of fresh tarts, cakes, biscuits and savoury vegetarian lunches for those who have time to stay a little longer.
38 Rue du Château d’Eau
Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Lunch, Brunch and Coffee
This gluten free concept with a healthy twist is perfect for lunches and snacks to go. Established by the wonderful and organic-inspired Angèle A Baigné, you will find an array of gluten free options prepared with the finest, freshest ingredients which will not leave you feeling guilty like so many gluten free cake shops have the ability to do. Angèle now has two locations in Paris – one sit down tea room in the 11th Arrondissement with a lovely menu and a takeaway nook in the 1st, which you cannot miss come 12pm as the queues of hungry lunchtime patrons eagerly await their scrumptious lunch boxes and fresh juices. For those with a sweet tooth – the tarte au citron here is unbeatable and a must-try.
34 Rue Coquillière
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
2 Rue du Général Renault
Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Arguably the most Instagrammed cafe in Paris, Ob-La-Di is so small you may not even be able to get in, especially if you come armed with shopping bags. However, I suggest you grab a coffee and whatever the gluten free cake of the day is and take it outside to one of the small benches directly outside the shop entrance. This is not a gluten free dedicated eatery by any means, but some cakes are suitable for non gluten eaters and really are something quite special.
54 Rue de Saintonge
This 100% gluten free cafe in Paris’ 8th Arondissement is famous for its gluten free pancake selection which come with just about any filling or topping you can imagine. What most people don’t know is that this lunch spot offers up gluten free croque madames – or grilled ham and cheese sandwiches topped with a perfectly fried egg – which are to die for. Finish off your meal with one of Biosphere’s homemade lemon tarts – you can thank me later!
47 Rue de Laborde
Closed on Sundays
Spend an afternoon in this unique vegan concept store where you can not only enjoy delicious coffee and cakes but shop for gluten free treats (and clothes too!) in the adjoining shop. This little cafe is covered from head to toe in luscious plants and work by local artists which I could quite happily stare at all day long. If you’re in the mood for something more substantial to eat, the fully vegan menu offers up burgers, sandwiches and depending on the day, the house mac’ and cheese will be made gluten free too. Just be sure to check with the staff on duty what the gluten free options of the day are.
42 Rue du Chemin Vert
Closed on Mondays
Eating Italian food in Paris should not be frowned upon, especially when there is a 100% gluten free pizza menu on offer. Big Love Caffè, part of the Big Mamma group, unsurprisingly got a fantastic write up in Vogue for its Neapolitan gluten free pizzas, which are all made in a kitchen where only gluten free flour is handled. It was probably one of the best pizzas I have ever eaten, with a mind boggling dough base so good, that I got the gluten fear several bites in. “Nothing this good can be gluten free,” I said to the waiter who proceeded to tell me that he is met with this reaction several times a day. The pasta dishes are not gluten free so stick to the pizza. You will not be sorry!
30 Rue Debelleyme
One of my absolute favourites in Paris – LouLou is a modern bistro with an Australian twist and a menu loaded with gluten free options to boot. Gluten free diners can enjoy a number of novelties including a loaded club sandwich or indulgent fish and chips. LouLou Friendly Diner also serves up brunch and breakfast where you can enjoy buddha bowls and a selection of gluten free muffins, banana bread and more. Don’t forget – happy hour drinks are served Monday to Friday from 4-7:30pm!
90 Boulevard Saint-Germain
All of your pizza dreams can come true in Paris – and they will be presented to you in the shape of a heart! This classic Italian restaurant goes above and beyond for gluten free customers who can choose between their signature pizzas or a number of pasta dishes. You’ll even be served your own bread basket upon arrival. It’s hard to save room for dessert here but do know that you have options! Enjoy your pizza in the restaurant or in a to go box and munch along as you see the sights of the world’s most romantic city.
19 Boulevard Bourdon
Closed on Sundays and Mondays
Le Relais De Venise L’Entrecote
The original location of what has now become a global chain, branching off into other major global cities including London and New York, still remains the best around. A paradise for meat eaters, this eatery has no menu and offers the tenderest steak, frites and secret recipe sauce to all hungry patrons. While the restaurant has no gluten free bread on offer, the main attraction is entirely gluten free, including the sauce. Be warned that the plate you are first given will not be your last, and once you have finished the wait staff will top up your plate with more food. The mouthwatering experience makes the waiting time worth it, so do not give up!
271 Boulevard Pereire
Fresh to the Paris gluten free scene, this Brooklyn-esque sandwich shop opened its doors to the public in 2017. A 100% gluten free zone, Bears and Raccoons is famous for its menu of luscious sub sandwiches which most non-gluten eaters will find a novelty. Made on the softest, chewiest sesame sub rolls these sandwiches are jam packed with fresh meats, vegetables or cheeses and are served warm with a variety of crisps available to have on the side. The shop serves a range of beers in cans from Canadian brewery Glutenberg and is therefore the perfect casual dinnertime spot on Thursdays and Fridays. Highly recommended!
21 Rue Richard Lenoir
Late night hunger can often catch up with you, especially if you are on holiday and not sticking to a traditional time frame. The kitchen at O’Scià’s traditional Italian trattoria is open until 10:45pm so is perfect for that nighttime pizza and Aperol Spritz craving I seem to get all too often. The team here usually suggest you call ahead and check that gluten free bases are available but last time I chanced it and grabbed the last one! Fate perhaps?
42 Rue Tiquetonne
Parisian supermarkets are fantastic for gluten free. Those of you in search of packaged bread, biscuits, pasta and other items will be able to source them from stores including Bio c’ Bon, Monoprix and Carrefour, all of which have multiple locations across the city. Check their websites for your nearest branch.
An amazing selection of dry and frozen gluten free goods can also be purchased at La Maison du Sans Gluten in the 10th Arrondissement of Paris. This petite treasure trove of gluten free treats is closed on Sundays.
12 Rue d’Hauteville
Gluten Free Food Tour of Paris
For those of you wanting to be led around some of the city’s top gluten free spots in style, Chiara of Baci Di Dama is your first port of call! Chiara is one of the gluten free world’s most established bloggers and organises day tours around Paris with multiple stop offs at some of the most beautiful and gluten free friendly cafes and restaurants. Chiara also organises cooking classes on demand should you have the energy after your tour so contact her for more information via her website!
Anyone with a bit more time in Paris can also take gluten free cooking classes with wonderful chef Celine. Again, venture to her webpage for more details and what she has in store for you!