Strolling down the streets of Paris is always an incredible experience, the music, the restaurants and the smell of French patisseries on every corner. That’s right, I said patisseries!
One of the most treasured parts of Paris are the fresh bakeries. After endless years of being tortured by the forbidden aromas, Paris has opened it’s doors to a whole new gluten free world – all sans gluten! It is harder to find gluten free and dairy free baked goods (sans gluten et sans laitage) but it is possible too!
Helmut Newcake is Paris’s first 100% gluten-free pastry shop, located on Rue Bichat by the Canal Saint Martin. The head baker, Marie, is herself gluten free! In addition to gluten free tarts, eclairs and cheesecake, this cozy and relaxed tea parlor has more than just pastries.
You can go for lunch, brunch with gluten free goodies, afternoon tea, or just to grab some food to go. You can also check out a wide selection of gluten free products including gluten and dairy free muffins, cakes and more. If you are going for brunch on Sunday, it is highly recommended that you make reservations!
Another place to check out is located in the 8th arrondissement which is the first organic and gluten free creperie and caterer in Paris. This gluten free gem is the Bio Sphère Cafe with a menu overflowing with gluten free baguettes, quiche, crepes, galettes, pizza and other dish options and open on Sundays for brunch. Just a note, whenever you see bio in the French language, it translates to organic in English!
Yet another gluten free treat in Paris are the tasty macaroons or macarons in French. Before trying them, be sure to confirm that they are gluten free by using your translation cards. Typically, macaroons are made from almond flour and are safe for those living gluten free. For those of you, like me, that are gluten and dairy free, you can find macaroons without gluten and lactose (macarons sans gluten et sans lactose) at the Bio Sphère Cafe. For some of my other favorite things in Paris, read about gluten free croissants and Cafe Marly!
And, as always, when traveling to a foreign speaking country, be sure to have your gluten free and/or allergy free translation cards with you to make sure you are safe when shopping or eating out in restaurants around the world.
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Rejuvenate your soul in Paris, the City of Light, while eating gluten free!