Once upon a time, the words ‘gluten-free’ and ‘Paris’ would not have existed in the same sentence. Fortunately, those days are long gone.
Although I don’t have any food intolerances myself, my mum is vegetarian and follows a strict gluten-free diet. So, on a recent girl’s trip to Paris, we had to scout out the best restaurants, cafes and eateries to cater for her somewhat restricted diet.
I must admit, at first I was sceptical. Would France, the land of pastry, bread and crepes, really provide for a gluten-free and vegetarian diet? Well, various online articles and blog posts confirm that many restaurants now offer gluten-free options, with some entirely dedicated to gluten-free and vegan dishes.
So, after doing a fair amount of research, we hit the ground running and hoped for the best! And we were pleasantly surprised. Read on for my gluten-free guide to Paris.
We stayed in a great Airbnb apartment just off the Champs-Elysees. Despite researching beforehand, I hadn’t found any recommended gluten-free restaurants near our apartment. We arrived in Paris late and hungry and were doubtful we would find anywhere close by. However, after a quick walk up the Champs Elysees, we stumbled upon an Italian restaurant called Casa Luca which offered a veggie quinoa dish. Although the restaurant wasn’t cheap, with the average main coming in at around €20, it was convenient for a quick stop and the food was delicious.
Casa Luca, 82 Avenue Marceau, 75008 Paris, France
This was a restaurant I read about in a blog post and I highly recommend it. Scandi style decor, a relaxed vibe and friendly staff make this a great place to spend an evening. Not only are there several gluten-free and vegetarian options on the menu but all the desserts are gluten-free too. The veggie balls, beef meatballs, cheesecake and blondie were all delicious and come highly recommended. It’s also worth mentioning that most of the food here is organic, healthy and very high-quality.
Nous, 8 Rue de Châteaudun, 75009 Paris, France
As the name suggests, Noglu’s menu is entirely gluten-free, with many lactose-free and vegetarian options also in the mix. I can’t explain the joy on my mum’s face when she realised she could eat almost everything on the menu! She’s used to having only one or two options to choose from, so it was so nice for her to have a wide selection. We both chose the chocolate chip brioche and coffee but also stocked up on a few items for later in the day. The cafe itself is a modern, minimalistic style coffee shop with reasonable prices. Everything we tried was delicious!
I know there is also a Noglu restaurant not far from the Opera House, Palais Garnier, although we weren’t able to try it out ourselves.
Noglu, 69 Rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris, France
We stumbled across Yummy and Guiltfree completely by accident as we wondered around Le Marais. Yummy and Guiltfree specialise in sweet and savoury gluten-free waffles, while also providing gluten-free cones for their ice-cream. A great choice for a light but delicious lunch or a tasty sweet treat!
Yummy and Guiltfree, 3 Rue du Temple, 75004 Paris, France
This patisserie is 100% gluten-free (sans gluten in French) and specialises in pastries and decadent desserts, while also offering lunch options. I swear you wouldn’t know the pastries here are gluten-free unless someone told you; the desserts are spectacular and very tasty. My mum had the chocolate hazelnut eclair and, solely for the purposes of market research, I stole a bit too!
Helmut Newcake, 28 Rue Vignon, 75009 Paris, France
Although I noted tons of places to check out, we simply didn’t have time to visit them all! Here are a few that were recommended to me. Sadly, I can’t vouch for them personally but I’ve heard wonderful things about all of the below gluten-free eateries…
From what I hear, Thank You, My Deer is a fantastic cafe/restaurant with a variety of breakfast, brunch, lunch and pastry options, all completely gluten-free, with many veggie and lactose-free choices too. I really wish we had tried this cafe while in Paris but unfortunately time ran away with us. The menu changes daily so there is always something new to try and everything is 100% homemade.
Thank You, My Deer, 112 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris, France
A very Insta-worthy cafe in the Marais that offers a range of vegan and gluten-free baked goods. Even if you don’t follow a GF diet, you should head here for the decor alone! I know I will definitely be paying a visit next time I’m in Paris.
Ob-La-Di, 54 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris, France
Reviewers of Bears and Racoons rave about the delicious food and fantastic, welcoming service. This trendy cafe offers a whole host of fresh sandwiches and sweet treats, all completely gluten-free. They are open daily throughout the week with a late-night restaurant on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Bears and Racoons, 21 Rue Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris, France
Chambelland is a trendy bakery in the 11th arrondissement, specialising in bread made from buckwheat and rice flour ground in their own mill in Provence. Apparently, their focaccia bread is too good for words. They also serve a selection of pastries and cakes.
Chambelland, 14 Rue Ternaux, 75011 Paris, France
This laidback cafe serves healthy, organic and often gluten-free options for breakfast, brunch and lunch. From savouries in the form of soups, salads and sandwiches to sweet treats and freshly baked goods, you’ll definitely find something to love.
Cafe Marlette, 51 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 Paris, France
Cafe Pinson is a trendy cafe, juice bar and restaurant with two locations in Paris. Their menu includes a variety of healthy, organic, vegan and gluten-free options made from high-quality, seasonal ingredients. They are open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, with the Rue du Forez location open until 10pm six days a week.
Cafe Pinson, 6 Rue du Forez, 75003 Paris, France and 58 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris, France
Top Travel Tip
If you’re like me, you probably read dozens of blog posts every day that recommend cool places to wine and dine. But, when you’re on the ground at your destination, it can be hard to remember all the places you read about. And let’s face it, you’re never going to trail back through all the blog posts to remind yourself of those ultra-cool places.
That’s why, whenever I receive a recommendation, I save it on Google Maps. That way, when I need to find somewhere to eat, I can check Google Maps to see which places in the local area have been recommended. It saves a tonne of time and also means you can avoid being disappointed by the not-so-great cafes, bars and restaurants.
Learn more about French food culture with this great blog post from Elizabeth Everywhere.
Do you have any recommendations for gluten-free and vegetarian cafes and restaurants in Paris? Let me know in the comments.
This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.