I had to look up my posts from June 2011, the last time our family visited Paris. Not a mention of Gluten Free food at all....that tells you something. Because it was just a couple of days, there was no time to seek out things, short of a decent Steak Frites, there was no safe gluten free bet when visiting this great city with 45 million international visitors.
Things have changed since. Compared to Barcelona and Milan, Paris is still behind overall (try to find GF Pizza or Pasta at a regular Ristorante) but at least now there are two dedicated gluten free places to choose from. First to open was Helmut Newcake in September of 2011 and more recently NOGLU opened their doors with a 100% gluten free menu.
We ate at both and they are doing brisk business with locals and tourists alike. No review, too much typing, but I add a couple of links below for you to check out opinions and more pictures.
Victoria got talking to a couple of fellow Celiacs from Los Angeles and the Czech Republic at Newcake, which gave me the time to explore the immediate 'hood around Rue Bichat.
Right across the street is a Cafe with WiFi, so if you get yakking gluten free, send spouse over there for a coffee and surf the Ipad.
As we had more time in Paris this year, we actually looked and asked more than last time. We arrived early at Noglu (on Mondays they don't open until Noon), so when when we strolled the Boulevards around the area, surprise surprise, we found a Chipotle. Yes, right down the street.
And all Celiacs know that besides their flour Tortillas all else is gluten free. Rejoice, safe fast food in Paris. They even had a corporate transplant from Austin on staff, David knew all about the issues.
Though nothing special when it comes to gluten free baking (every Hausfrau knows how to bake a meringue), I never had a Merveilleux before. But there is a shop in Passy that sell just that and only one flavor that was NOT gluten free. We had a coffee flavored meringue and we are going back before we leave, that's how good it was.
We also had lunch at an Algerien place where you pick your own skewers of meat, from Turkey to Offal, bring it to the charcoal fired grill, sidestep the Couscous with Rice and you got yourself a great gluten free meal. Just check the price beforehand to avoid discussions afterwards that your skewer was twice the price because you too a big one.....
And then there are the other 40000 restaurants in town. Away from the tourist spots, owned and operated by husband and wife teams, some as small as 20 seats, you are bound to find good safe gluten free food.
With a smile and an "Excuse moi", they will listen to your concerns about being safe and prepare a duck breast with potatoes for you in separate pans. Bring the Triumph dining card if you must, or write down your own Google translated comments.
L'ADDITION @ NOGLU
PIZZA AT HELMUT NEWCAKE
IN DER NOT FRISST DER TEUFEL FLIEGEN.....
DAVID FROM AUSTIN KNEW ALL ABOUT GF
SUB WITH RICE INSTEAD OF COUSCOUS....
MY FIRST TIME EATING ONE OF THOSE.
SO MANY PLACES TO CHOOSE FROM
THE SMALLER THE BISTRO, THE BIGGER THE CHANCE OF GLUTEN FREE