Noglu Bakery and Restaurant
Situated across from each other in the covered Passage des Panoramas, both members of the Noglu family offer delights geared to those with food intolerances. With the main focus on gluten-free, the restaurant menu also has options in combination for those that are lactose-free and vegetarian. The restaurant serves a great lunch menu with a thick cut of flaky and satisfying quiche. They also serve an impressive burger, or veggie burger, complete with a fluffy bun. The delights continue through to the bakery. They have successfully created a baguette with a crisp buttery crust and moist delicate inside. It is even fit to make an actual sandwich with, a big deal for those used to the usual offerings of typically tiny gluten-free bread slices. The standout desserts are the gooey yet light molten chocolate lava cake and chocolate chip breakfast brioches.
Noglu, 16 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris, France, +33 1 40 26 41 24
Helmut Newcake has elevated gluten-free to another level. This establishment has taken on the challenge of adapting classic French recipes to be gluten-free. Chef Marie Tagliaferro is herself gluten intolerant, which has driven her to pioneer these new techniques and flour mixes. Her attempts to create gluten-free solutions to classic French recipes are a tremendous success. Finally, the gluten-free world can rejoice because she has done it, and partaking in any of her baked goods is a truly wonderful experience. The profiteroles, éclairs, and lemon meringue tarts are especially divine.
Helmut Newcake, 28 Rue Vignon, 75009 Paris, France, +33 9 81 31 28 31
Chambelland is another excellent choice for celiacs. They even grind their own flours at a designated mill to ensure there is no cross-contamination and is certified organic. An assortment of fruit tarts, cookies, brownies, and an enticing selection of focaccia breads make this bakery a must-try. They also offer soups, salads, and hearty sandwiches for lunch.
Chambelland, 14 rue Ternaux 75011 Paris, France, +33 1 43 55 07 30
Thank You, My Deer
Open bright and early at 9 am, this off-the-beaten-track haunt is ideal for breakfast. Specializing in gourmet sandwiches and health foods, the café is also a good place to stock up on gluten-free pasta and granola. They also have an online shop where you can purchase baskets of bread mix and beer, cookie mix, and handmade chocolates.
Thank You, My Deer, 112 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris, France, +33 1 71 93 16 24
Bears and Raccoons
Another great sandwich shop with the added benefit of gluten-free beer. Their sandwiches are often served hot too, which can often be a rarity in the world of gluten-free. Don’t be too shy to order a couple to take out for the next day. They will be just as good, and the bread won’t go soggy on you. The café is a cute spot for a quick eat and the rare find of a good gluten-free beer.
Bears and Raccoons, 21 Rue Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris, France, +33 9 51 67 87 71
Bio Sphere Café
One of the worst parts of eating gluten-free is the loss of restaurant-style pizza. However, Bio Sphere Café offers ooey-gooey cheesy and saucy pizza that serves up a soft crunch too. They often sell out, so make sure to arrive on the early, just in case. The café also serves buckwheat crêpes, macarons, pies, and Paris-Brest.
1 42 93 45 58
La Crêperie de Josselin
Using a base of buckwheat flour (contrary to the name, it doesn’t actually contain the protein), this crêperie maintains the French-Breton tradition while also serving crêpes suitable for those eating gluten-free. Try from an assortment of savory ham and cheese-filled crêpes to sweet crêpes like banana, chocolate, and coconut ice cream, flambéed in rum.
La Crêperie de Josselin, 67 Rue du Montparnasse, 75014 Paris, France, +33 1 43 20 93 50
Another Breton crêperie of note is Little Breizh. Sister store of Breizh, either is ideal for those seeking gluten-free options and traditional French food at reasonable prices. The galettes are flecked with thick dark chunks of specialty milled buckwheat, which add a rustic sense to the meal. Little Breizh offers big crêpe portions, so be prepared for a large meal. On the off chance you make it through a savory crêpe, have another sweet treat for dessert, like the salted caramel.
1 43 54 60 74
Y&G Bar à Gaufres
This waffle stand is really a little bar serving up gluten and lactose-free treats. The waffles come on a popsicle stick, and the squares are piped with your filling of choice be it praline, honey, or chocolate. Take your waffles over to the bright blue garden chairs and relax while enjoying your guilt-free snack.
For those who need a break from French fare, Baffo is an Italian restaurant offering BIO brand gluten-free pasta on request. It’s an easy switch to make, but not all restaurants have caught onto it. Feast on tagliatelle scoglio or pappardelle with pesto worry free. Baffo is ideal for enjoying a romantic and modern gluten-free dinner.
Baffo, 12 Rue Pecquay, 75004 Paris, France, +33 7 61 88 73 04