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Gluten Free Paris: The Best Gluten Free Restaurants and Bakeries in Paris

Wondering where to eat gluten free in Paris? You’re in luck! We just spent a week eating our way through Paris – all 100% gluten free, since I, Matt, have Celiac Disease – and there are plenty of great options waiting for you. Much like Los Angeles and New York City in the United States, Paris is a massive city filled with people from all over the world where you can get just about anything you could possibly desire. One of the things that you can DEFINITELY find in Paris is amazing gluten free food, from dedicated gluten free Italian restaurants (there are at least three at the time of writing) to crepes, waffles, and of course, pastries.

Given how unfriendly traditional French cuisine can be for Celiacs with flour in sauces, shared fryers contaminating fries, and more, I am always flabbergasted by the number of gluten free restaurants and bakeries in Paris. You’re probably here because you’re not quite sure where to eat gluten free in Paris, or even whether there are any options for you in Paris. 

Let me answer that question for you right off the bat: yes, there are plenty of gluten free options in Paris. There are so many dedicated gluten free restaurants in Paris, in fact, that I’ve decided to only include places in this guide that are 100% gluten free to minimize the risk of cross-contamination. 

My first ever gluten free travel experience that opened up my eyes to the endless possibilities of amazing gluten free food to be had around the world actually involved Paris. Specifically, NoGlu, which was the second dedicated gluten free bakery I had ever been to wayyyy back in the early 2010’s. “Wait, I can have ANYTHING here? Even the croissants? The pain au chocolat? ANYTHING?”

Since then, the number of options for eating gluten free in Paris has exploded. I returned to Paris for a third time in 2021, and Alysha and I spent a week eating our way through (gluten free) Paris, searching for the best restaurants and bakeries in the City of Light.

In this guide to the best gluten free restaurants and bakeries in Paris, we’re giving you our take on the best places to find safe and delicious gluten free food based on personal experience.

Devouring a gluten free, American-style donut from Noglu, because donuts are my favorite food group

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Gluten Free Paris: The Best Gluten Free Restaurants and Bakeries in Paris, France

Normally when I write these guides, I split it into two sections: dedicated gluten free restaurants, and restaurants that are not dedicated gluten free, but do a good job putting measures in place to minimize cross-contamination. 

However, I have some great news for you. Every single place in this guide is 100% gluten free. That means no risk (well, really, very little risk) for cross-contamination with gluten. Which is basically paradise for those of us with Celiac Disease or other reasons for avoiding gluten at all costs. 

At the time of writing, there are at least 13 dedicated gluten free restaurants and 5 dedicated gluten free bakeries in Paris for you to choose from (some with multiple locations). And we made it to (almost) all of them. Below, you’ll find our picks for the best gluten free restaurants in Paris, bakeries where you can make all of your Parisian pastry dreams come true, and other little details like grocery stores with gluten free options. 

The pastry case at Boulangerie Chambelland, which is 100% gluten free

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I speak French. Kind of. Maybe a little. Okay, I can say “Bonjour” and that’s about it. Same-same, right? One of my biggest pain points on my first trip was anxiety around the language barrier in Paris. What if the server didn’t understand me and accidentally served me gluten? Or fries cooked in a contaminated fryer?

That’s why I recommend a French Gluten Free Restaurant Card from Jodi over at Legal Nomads. Jodi’s Gluten Free Restaurant Cards are a big factor in helping me travel the world gluten free by making sure I’m able to communicate my needs even if there was a language barrier. It has cross-contamination call outs and a list of safe and unsafe foods, all translated to French by a native speaker. Get one today to make gluten free travel in Paris easier than ever.

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I’ve used her cards in Germany, Mexico, and Colombia, and they have helped me travel confidently and safely, even when I can’t speak the language. It’s well-worth the $9 to have peace of mind and not have to worry about overcoming a language barrier.

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The Best Gluten Free Restaurants in Paris

If you’re looking for lunch, brunch, dinner, or anything in between, here are your best options in Paris. 

A reminder: every single last place in this guide is 100% gluten free (dedicated gluten free). No cross-contamination! 

There is one exception that I’d like to advocate for, which is Aji Dulce, a place in the 9th Arrondissement where you can get traditional Venezuelan-style arepas that are to die for. We love arepas (we seek them out everywhere we travel, if we can) and these were at the top of the list. Get the queso arepa, stuffed with sweet plantains, fresh cheese, and avocado. They have one thing that contains gluten, and it goes in the fryer, so no yuca fries for you. 

Need a quick guide to the best gluten free spots in Paris? Here are our picks for where to eat if you have limited time and want the best of the best.

  • Pizza at Little Nonna – the Diabolo is our favorite, drizzled with their homemade chili olive oil

  • Pastries at Noglu – tarts, croissants, pain au chocolat, au my!

  • Bread (and pastries) at Boulangerie Chambelland – their pain du sucre is what dreams are made of, and their foccacia and other breads are pretty spectacular too

  • Lunch at Cococo – their bento box was probably the most fun we had eating in Paris

  • Brunch at Cafe Mareva – seriously, is there anything better than (gluten free) waffles? Yes, there is, we learned. Gluten free waffles with avocado, bacon, and a poached egg

Little Nonna

I am always surprised at the number of 100% gluten free Italian restaurants in Paris. At the time of writing this, there are no less than three. 

Little Nonna, which is a few blocks away from the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées, was our favorite of the bunch. If you’re looking for amazing gluten free pizza in Paris, this is the place to go. The crust, which is Neapolitan style, is actually bubbly! And the wood-fired oven really comes through in the taste too, which is a little unusual for gluten free pizza.

It was so good that it had us debating whether or not it was actually better than New Cascadia Traditional in Portland, Oregon, which is our favorite gluten free pizza of all time. Our conclusion is that the crust at New Cascadia is better, but the toppings at Little Nonna come out on top. We had the Diabolo, which is their spicy pizza. Don’t skimp on the chili garlic oil, which is one of the best inventions in history, and should be drizzled generously over basically any food. 

We also had the gnocchi, which is tossed in a tomato-based sauce with fresh mozzarella cheese. It was delicious, but the pizza was definitely the highlight of the meal for us. 

One other thing to know – the pizzas are huge! We got a pizza and the gnocchi thinking that would be enough, and about halfway through the pizza Alysha turned to me and said “we probably should have just stuck with the pizza.”

As a result, we ended up skipping dessert, which consists of tiramisu and cheesecake – all gluten free, of course. 

Definitely make an effort to go to Little Nonna while you’re in Paris – I think it earns the top spot on our list of places to return to on our next trip (and we definitely talked about going back for a second pizza on this last trip). 

Biosphere Cafe

Biosphere Café, which is tucked away in the business-centric district between the 8th and 9th Arrondissements, is a great option for a quick and delicious lunch. As of now, they are only open weekdays, which makes sense given the number of businesspeople dressed to the nines that passed us as we were enjoying our meal.

The menu, which has evolved over the years, is a mix of gluten free gallettes, a savory crepe-adjacent dish from Breton usually made with buckwheat flour (which is gluten free), and more traditional Vietnamese cuisine, all made in house. So are the pastries, which are delightful. 

They have a couple of set menu options for lunch, which are a great way to try multiple dishes. The options include one that has a galette and dessert, one that has an entrée and a main dish OR a main dish and a dessert, and one that has an entrée, main dish, and dessert. We, obviously, opted for the one with the most food. 

I have two tips for you. The first is to order the lemongrass chicken, which was absolutely fantastic, served with rice and greens and coated in a sweet and salty lemongrass sauce. The second is to get a pastry, and make it the cheesecake, if they have it and you can tolerate dairy. It was divine, with a crumbly crust and creamy filling, topped with a generous helping of blueberry compote. 

Tasca

HOW MANY DEDICATED GLUTEN FREE ITALIAN RESTAURANTS ARE THERE IN PARIS?

Tasca is a 100% gluten free restaurant in Paris, just a short walk from the world-famous Eiffel Tower. Literally, steps away. Google Maps says it’s roughly 350 meters. Gluten free pizza, gluten free pasta, and most importantly… gluten free desserts like tiramisu.

I know you’re visiting the Eiffel Tower while you’re in Paris – this should be your very next stop. You’ll be able to enjoy all the Italian classics – pasta, pizza, gnocchi, and more – with none of the cross-contamination concerns that normally come with dining in Italian restaurants. 

I really enjoyed the pistachio tiramisu, which is drizzled with a delicious berry compote, but the pizza at Little Nonna is better. If you only have time for one, I’d go to Little Nonna. However, the location right near the Eiffel Tower is nice if you’re looking for lunch or dinner nearby.

Café Mareva

If you’re looking for a place to get 100% gluten & lactose free brunch in Paris, this would be our top pick. Just off of Canal St. Martin in Paris’ 11th Arrondissement, you’ll find a narrow shop serving up pretty fantastic sweet and savory sweet potato waffles (“gauffres” in French) along with a nice selection of gluten free pastries, tea and coffee, juice, and just about anything else you could possibly want from a brunch place. 

Mareva, who is the owner and founder of the small cafe, is an athlete who realized she was lactose intolerant and generally felt better avoiding gluten. She quit her 9-5 corporate job to bet it all on Cafe Mareva to give people intolerant to gluten and lactose options that both taste good and fit their dietary preferences. 

We showed up on a sunny morning at around 11, and it was packed. We snagged a table outside after waiting for a few minutes, sat down, and immediately decided we wanted one of everything on the menu. After a few minutes of negotiating, we landed on a savory waffle – the “Classic Avocado” (with bacon, of course) – and the sweet waffle du jour, which was a waffle topped with a sprinkling of fresh fruit like kiwi and pomegranate seeds. 

They also have a fried chicken waffle, which obviously looks delicious, but was a little too heavy for us at that particular time. 

We really liked the waffles (though we would’ve liked them to be a bit more crispy), and the classic avocado is what you should order if you’re looking for a savory waffle. 

Cococo

I love meals that include food that is fun to eat. Along those lines, lunch at Cococo might have been our favorite dining experience on the whole Paris leg of our three month European adventure. 

They do Japanese-style bento boxes, which is just a pure and unadulterated fun way to eat. You pick your main dish, and get a big square box divided into nine sections with an explainer as to what each section contains. 

We got the Karaagué – which is fried chicken – and it was fantastic. Plus, every accompaniment in the box had us saying “oh, maybe this is my favorite” over and over again. 

You can also get a bowl with rice, greens, and the main dish of your choosing, but we’d do the bento box, which is a much more fun way of eating.

Everything is 100% gluten and lactose free, and they don’t use refined sugar. 

Kapunka

Thai food is one of my go-to cuisines when traveling, but it usually isn’t 100% gluten free (curries generally are though, which is why it’s a gluten free travel staple).

Kapunka is 100% gluten free, which makes their restaurant near bustling Rue Montorgueil a great option for both lunch and dinner. 

They have a range of the usual dishes you would see at a Thai restaurant – pad thai, curries, chicken satay – all cooked in a dedicated gluten free kitchen. We had pad thai and a curry, and the pad thai was the clear winner. The portions are huge – lots and lots of noodles – and the flavor was great. 

The space is small, so get there early or be prepared to wait.

Yummy and Guilt Free

Beautifully styled gluten free waffles topped with your choice of sweet or savory toppings? Count me in. Once you get past the name – which is a little odd – this is a must-stop for Celiacs in Paris.

Yummy and Guilt Free is a dedicated gluten free (and lactose free, if you’re avoiding dairy) spot in le Marais, across from Hotel de Ville and just a few blocks from Notre Dame, serving up sweet and savory waffles.

The savory comes with classic flavors like croque monsieur (gluten free waffle, ham, emmental cheese, old-fashioned mustard) and a rotating group of more seasonal flavors.

If you’re more into the sweet side, you’ll find waffles topped with sugar or nutella. We opted for the dark chocolate cream, which was just about everything we were hoping for. 

Why not try one sweet, one savory?

The waffle itself had the perfect texture. Light and fluffy on the inside, with a crunchy crust that gives you a great contrast in textures as you bite into the waffle-on-a-stick. 

Their food styling is amazing – just look at the pictures below. You can watch them meticulously making each waffle through the window, and they pipe in the fillings on the sweet waffles by hand!

Grom Gelato

Grom isn’t REALLY a restaurant, but it still deserves a spot somewhere on this list. Grom is a chain of 100% gluten free gelato shops that started in Italy, and has spread around the world. And the gelato is legitimately really good – in Lisbon, my brother had tried the gelato shop across the street (also an Italian chain) and found Grom to be vastly superior. Super scientific, I know. 

Anyway, everything at Grom is gluten free, including the cones. You can even get a cone dipped in chocolate and coated in hazelnuts! 

The standout flavors that we always gravitate to at Grom are pistachio and hazelnut, and their stracciatella (basically chocolate chip) is also great. 

In Paris, Grom has four locations, including one in St. Germain (6th arr.), the Marais (3rd arr.), along Rue Montorgueil in the 2nd arr., and in the Latin Quarter (5th arr.)

La Guinguette d’Angèle

La Guinguette d’Angèle is a lunch-only restaurant in Paris, with two locations to choose from in the 1st arr. and the 9th arr. Their menu rotates, featuring a dish of the day, a lunchbox option, and a cold soup. It’s takeaway only, so you’ll have to grab it to go and find a place to relax and enjoy the vegetarian goodness.

We stopped by and grabbed a delicious vegetable curry with rice. It’s a good option if you find yourself near the Louvre in need of a quick and easy (vegetarian) lunch. 

The one near the Louvre is weekdays only, while the one in the 9th is open on Saturdays. 

Bears and Raccoons (RIP)

100% gluten free shop with sandwiches that is a perfect lunch spot.

They also have some other baked goods, and coffee. It’s a little further out than some of the other options (~15 minute walk from Place de la Bastille). Though I’ve never been there, if I was traveling to Paris tomorrow, it would be on my “MUST EAT” list of gluten free meals.

I love their story. Basically, one of the co-founders has had celiac disease since birth, but there were never very many options for eating out growing up in France. They took a trip to Sweden, where she found tons of options, and said “You should be able to get gluten free fast food in France.”

And here we are. Now you can, thanks to Bears and Racoons. You don’t have to worry about gluten – you can just focus on the delicious food.

Gluten Free Bakeries in Paris

Paris is a city of pastries, known for buttery, flaky croissants and pain au chocolat, and beautiful tarts. Lucky for those of us eating gluten free, there are several amazing gluten free bakeries around Paris to get your pastry fix. 

Chambelland

Go to Chambelland for the bread, stay for the array of pastries. It’s a little bit out of the way compared to the other bakeries in Paris, but well worth the journey. It’s further east, near the Oberkampf neighborhood and just south of Canal St. Martin. 

You’ll find a variety of breads and sweet treats like tarlettes, cheesecake, etc. All 100% gluten free and delicious. And, depending on when you show up, you’re likely to find a line. We were there early on a weekday and were able to waltz right in, but that might not be the case at midday on a weekend. It’s worth the wait, we promise.

We basically got up to the counter and froze like a deer in the headlights. There were so many options! And 9:00 am isn’t exactly the right time of day for an eclair or tart. So we grabbed a couple of things to enjoy right then, and then went back for seconds to get to take back to our apartment. 

In order of preference, here are the things we tried. 

  • Pains de sucre: These are like a cross between brioche and a baguette, but sweet. We tried both the chocolate orange (“bis”) and the Malibu (pineapple coconut) and the chocolate orange was the favorite between the two. It’s crusty and crispy on the outside, and light and fluffy on the inside. 

  • Le pain du village: Their flagship bread, this is some of the best gluten free bread we’ve ever had. It’s made with a mix of rice and buckwheat flours, and it’s light and airy in the middle with a dense crusty exterior, which gives you that great texture contrast when you bite into it. 

  • Rocher: These are like little cake balls, for lack of a better description. They’re a little bite of sweet goodness, and the one we got was filled with coconut, banana, and chocolate chips (YUM). 

  • Tarte de poire: We also grabbed a pear tart for later, and while it was good, it wasn’t the highlight for us (which, to be fair, might be because we had it sitting out for the rest of the day before we got to it). 

Don’t miss the breads – grab some for later, pick up some cheese to go with it, and take it with you to picnic along the Seine or under the Eiffel Tower on a warm summer night. Their foccacia is good too – we got one topped with tomato, eggplant, and feta cheese and ate it along Canal St. Martin.

NoGlu

As I previously mentioned, my first visit to Noglu in Paris over five years ago was a formative travel experience for me. It was one of the first moments when I realized that it’s possible to find great gluten free food in most cities around the world, especially cities as big and diverse as Paris. 

This time, I was coming in with a preconceived notion about Noglu that came from my experience with their location in New York City. It was essentially that Noglu is fine, but there are better options out there these days. At the time they came onto the scene, it was amazing. Now that there are a plethora of other gluten free bakeries around the world, “meh.”

I’m happy to report that Noglu smashed that preconceived notion. In fact, it was so good that we went back a second time 24 hours later. 

They have two locations in Paris – one in St. Germain (the 6th arr.) and one in Oberkampf (the 11th arr). Chances are, the one in St. Germain is going to be the more convenient option for you, since it’s relatively close to the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and the Seine. 

They have a range of baked goods – which include pain au chocolat and croissants. We got an array of baked goods to go (“à emporter” – “ah omm-port-ay”) after realizing that you pay a hefty premium to eat them inside the restaurant. We tried their mini-baguettes (the cheese/chorizo is our pick), their croissants and pain au chocolat (both were surprisingly good), and an American-style donut that blew our expectations out of the water.

They also have a range of tartlets that, in my mind, are quintessentially Paris. The number of times I have strolled by the window of a pâtisserie in Paris to admire the beautiful tartlets in the window is high, and normally I don’t get to actually eat them. Not so at Noglu! We tried a seasonal fig tart and their traditional chocolate tart, and the crust on both was perfect – not too crumbly, which is usually the issue with gluten free tarts. The chocolate was our favorite, with a rich chocolate ganache (or something similar) as the filling.  

In short, Noglu has upped their game from the last time I tried their baked goods, and they should definitely be on your hit list of gluten free bakeries in Paris. 

Onyriza

I would recommend Onyriza, which is a little out of the way up in Paris’ 10th Arrondissement, for the gluten free tarts. Onyriza was started to give people with dietary restrictions – namely gluten and dairy – access to all sorts of pastries that are handmade and whose ingredients are strictly monitored from origin to the shop. 

The owner, Karen Le Guillerm, is a trained pastry chef who, as a mother to a Celiac child, decided to start a gluten and dairy free pastry shop back in 2017. And I would argue that she succeeded in making some of the best gluten free pastries in Paris.  

As you walk into the small shop on Rue du Château d’Eau, the tarts on the bottom shelf of the pastry case will immediately catch your eye. The tarts are gorgeous, featuring seasonal fruits like apples and pears (we were there in mid-September). The Bourdaloue, which is a gorgeous pastry, was full of the brightness and sweetness of a fresh, ripe pear. The crust, which was not too dry and crumbly (which is a common problem in gluten free pastry crusts), was perfectly moist and the texture was great, if not a little dense compared to normal tarts (which is normal for gluten free flour, really). 

It’s a detour, but it’s worth it for the pastries. On a nice day, get them to-go and walk over to Canal St. Martin to enjoy them with your feet dangling over the side of the canal with the other Parisians enjoying the sun. 

Maison Plume

Maison Plume is a gluten, dairy, and refined sugar free pastry shop in Le Marais. The pastries are beautiful, though they are expensive at seven Euros a pop. We opted for a pistachio plume, which is kind of like a Twinkie (but way better, to be super clear) in that it’s an oblong shape with a cakey base that is filled with creme. The filling was a surprise – neither of us realized it was filled until biting into it. 

In addition to being good for people with Celiac Disease and other gluten intolerances, the pastries have a low glycemic index, which is important for the founder’s relatives who have diabetes (which is part of the reason that she started the shop). 

You can definitely taste the lack of sugar, particularly in the cake-y part of the pastries, but the filling is plenty sweet. They do use Stevia for sweetness, which, if you’re sensitive to it, might be a turnoff for you. 

Other 100% Gluten Free Restaurants and Bakeries in Paris

There are a few dedicated gluten free spots in Paris that we haven’t quite made it to just yet, for a variety of reasons. They are: 

  • Mimì – Cave à Manger: A cozy little Italian restaurant in St. Germain. Traditional Italian food, all gluten free. The menu changes constantly, so check Instagram or Facebook to see what’s being offered. 

  • Rice Trotters: Really solid fast-casual lunch spot. Also 100% gluten free. You choose your base – rice or salad – and then your main dish, which consists of different stews featuring flavors from around the world.

  • Apeti: 100% gluten free, vegan, and organic at this fast-casual restaurant with two locations in Paris – one in St. Germain, one in the 7th near the Eiffel Tower. 

  • Foucade: Another gluten free bakery in Paris, though this one wasn’t open when we were around. Everything is gluten and dairy free. Biscuits and pastries are the main draw, though their menu is more expansive on weekends.  

  • Wild & the Moon: A 100% gluten free and vegan restaurant with a couple of locations north of the river. It’s mostly juices and smoothies, which we’re not really into, though they do have a couple of bowls and a more extensive menu as of recently, including a vegan bahn mi and burger that looks pretty good (though expensive for what it is). 

Celiac-Friendly Grocery Stores in France

In general, nearly every single grocery store we visited had a dedicated section for gluten free products. In some cases, finding it was all part of the adventure. But the point is that if you prefer to cook for yourself while you’re in Paris, you’re going to have plenty of options in just about every grocery store you walk into. 

Plus, in the European Union, gluten can’t hide behind things like “natural flavors” like it can in the U.S. Any allergen must be called out in the ingredient statement AND bolded, which makes navigating them easier. Look for “gluten”, “blé” (wheat) , “orge” (barley), or “seigle” (rye). 

Here’s a link to the Celiac Association in France. Some great information on that site about traveling with celiac disease in France, but it is in French (thanks Google Translate!).

When shopping, look for “sans gluten” which means gluten free in French.

Small High End Grocery Stores:

Bigger Grocery Stores with Gluten Free Options

Don’t speak French? Me neither. To navigate Paris with Celiac Disease, get yourself a gluten free French translation card.

Final Thoughts

Paris is an amazing city that everyone should probably visit at least once. However, based on what French cuisine is known for, a lot of gluten free travelers think it’s not safe for them.

Hopefully this guide shows you that you can eat gluten free in Paris no problem, and helps you find the best gluten free Paris eats to make the most of your trip.

Don’t let gluten get in the way of you exploring the world and tackling your bucket list!

Don’t forget to check out my guide to 4 days in Paris.

For more tips on how to travel the world 100% gluten free with Celiac Disease, check out my gluten free travel page and my favorite resources for traveling gluten free.

If you’re heading to Paris, chances are you might be heading to other cities in Europe. Make sure to check out my other guides to gluten free Europe:

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  1. The card is such a brilliant idea! I’m not gluten free but need to be more mindful now that I am doing keto. This has given me some ideas on how to travel while maintaining my diet!

  2. Thank you thank you thank you ! Heading to Paris in a few weeks and this has made me even more excited! 😀

    Will definitely be trying out the pizza! Best GF pizza I’ve had was in Bologna, Italy in 2017! Looking forward to seeing how this compares!

    1. Hey Jacinta! Sorry we’re getting to this late – I hope you enjoyed your trip. Bologna is an amazing city (one of our new favorites, in fact), and I bet that pizza is going to be tough to beat :).

      Cheers,
      Matt

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