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 made two trips there this year 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
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
A coffee shop and lunch spot, Thank You My Deer prepares a selection of fresh dishes each day which sell out quickly. The restaurant is entirely gluten free and has a frequently changing menu, which can be found on the restaurant’s Facebook and Twitter pages. I think it’s particularly lovely for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays but as there are very few tables, it is advisable to get there early to avoid disappointment. The shop also has a selection of products to take home like gluten free bread mixes and granola. Closed on Mondays.
112 Rue Saint-Maur
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
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
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!