Ahh, Paris. The city of old charm, fashion, romance, and gluten. So much gluten. Everywhere.
I recently returned from a 2 week trip to Europe, during which we visited Iceland, Paris, and Amsterdam. As always, I was so worried about finding food that I could eat in these places. It was so much easier to eat when all I had to avoid was gluten. Now, throwing no dairy in too, it’s pretty stressful to eat out, especially when there is a language barrier. I figured Amsterdam wouldn’t be an issue, but I was worried about Iceland and Paris. It turns out it’s not too hard to eat gluten free in Iceland if 1. you’re an adventurous eater who is okay with eating horse, foal, puffin, or shark and 2. you don’t mind paying about $40-$80 per meal. So I basically never ate out in Iceland, but more on that in another post.
The second place I was worried about was Paris. When I think of Paris, I think of baguettes, macarons, croissants, and all of the other gluten-filled baked goods that are literally everywhere in this city. So I was beyond excited when I started finding little dedicated gluten-free cafes and restaurants throughout the city! Apparently this is a relatively new phenomenon – gluten free pretty much didn’t exist in Paris until maybe 5 years ago. But the best thing about these dedicated GF facilities was that they all had clearly marked dairy free options too! This is not something I even find in the US, which is always a little crazy to me since its estimated that over 50% of people with Celiac Disease also cannot tolerate dairy. And so something happened that I thought never would – Paris became not only a landmark and experience destination for me, but I got to visit it as a foodie destination too! Here are some of my favorite places to find gluten free food in Paris:
8 Best Places for Gluten Free Food in Paris
NoGlu was, without a doubt, the best gluten and dairy free food I had on my entire trip, including the other countries we visited. They have 2 locations around Paris, so you should hopefully find one near where you’re staying. Their menu changes daily according to what is available and in season, which is not only environmentally responsible, but it means you’re getting some of the best and most fresh produce of the season. NoGlu is open for Lunch and Dinner most days, and the 75002 location also has a takeaway location just across from the restaurant with daily soups and baked goods! Our first night in Paris we came to NoGlu and shared a plate of avocado toast with figs + honey as a starter, and then I had the baked salmon with mushroom risotto, figs, and asparagus – all gluten and dairy free! We also had our first taste of classic Paris – a gf/df clafoutis for dessert!
We also ate here on our last night, and I ordered the burger on a vegan bun (their normal buns have butter), with a side of potatoes and a piece of vanilla fig cake for dessert!
This place is a dream. I never thought I’d get to have an eclair, baguette, or bioche in paris – but I found all of that and more here. The entire bakery is gluten free, with dairy free options clearly marked (sans lactose). They also serve lunch items like sandwiches and salads. I had read that this bakery sells our but the afternoon/evening, so make sure you go in the morning to get the best selection! I stopped in on our 2nd day in Paris and could barely control myself – I wanted everything, but settled for a chocolate hazelnut eclair, a salted caramel eclair for my partner (not dairy free), a rhubarb meringue treat, this little honeyed corn cake I can’t remember the name of, a big loaf of sugared brioche, and of course a baguette! I don’t think the baguette was dairy free, but I tried it anyway because it was a baguette, and I was in France (duh), and felt totally fine, so there must not be much dairy in it. We had the eclairs that morning, and used the Brioche to make avocado toast in our room the next morning!
3 – Biosphere Cafe
If you’re looking for gluten free crepes, galettes, or macarons – this is your place. They are also extremely accommodating for dairy free customers, too – about half their macaron flavors were dairy free, and they have vegan cheese for their galettes! We were a little too late to have breakfast here, due to having my passport stolen and spending our morning at the US Embassy, so we each ordered a galette for lunch – mine had bacon, mushrooms, and vegan mozzarella! I also had a fresh juice from their juice bar, and we ordered some macarons to go.
This restaurant is not dedicated gluten free, but we stopped in one night for a glass of champagne, and the staff gave us multiple options on the menu that were gluten free! They literally only serve 2 things – duck (canard) and champagne. If you’re looking for a good, traditional French duck meal with authentic champage to accompany, this is your place! It’s also located right by one of NoGlu’s locations in the Passages de Panoramas. This little enclosed alley is worth visiting during your stay in Paris 0 it’s incredibly charming.
Other Notable Mentions:
There were other dedicated GF cafes I was dying to try in Paris, but since we were only visiting for 3 days, we weren’t able to try everything. Here are some other places worth checking out if you have the time!
5 – Yummy and Guilt Free – serving super delicious looking dessert, fruit, and savory waffles
6 – Cafe Mareva – savory lunch waffles (like a BLT waffle!) that I was DYING to try!
7 – Thank You, My Deer – dedicated GF facility serving gluten free baking mixes and granola
8 – La Petite Bouclerie – gluten free crepes!