Looking for a gluten free croissant or a vegan cafe au lait?
Only a few places offer these kinds of French specialties for people with food intolerances.
Before gluten was even a thing, we were already eating crepes with buckwheat flour and they are easy to find in any creperie restaurant.
Did you know that gluten is a sort of sugar naturally present in the grain, and when mixed to yeast or sourdough, turns into gaz and helps the bread rise and cook better. Some cereals contains a lot of gluten but some don’t have any, like buckwheat, as it’s technically not a cereal. Therefore, there is no gluten in rice products, buckwheat and quinoa but there is in wheat, barley and rye.
Industrialization made some countries food policies tolerate the use of chemical gluten to replace the needed amount of flour so that bread would rise faster and cost less money. That’s why today so many people are suffering from gluten intolerances.
In France, we were lucky to keep our old traditional bread but also got hit by the gluten wave with the popularity of white bread and other industrialized food.
If you are not celiac or strongly intolerant to gluten, I would suggest to give it a new try when in France, just by eating wholegrain bread, with sourdough. As bread is originally a fermented product, sourdough is the “living ingredient” full of good bacterias that feed on gluten to produce gaz.
If you are celiac or strongly intolerant to gluten or lactose, then just take notes of all the places mentioned below, they all are linked to the website or Facebook page and you will be able to find them.
If you are in a hurry and don’t feel like looking at maps, just contact me and I will give you a tour of some of the best places to check out.
Near Montparnasse train station, where the trains still take people to Bretagne and the Atlantic Ocean where the crepes are originally from, you will find the biggest concentration of creperies in just one street, rue du Montparnasse.
Although you can find “crepes au nutella” near every monument, touristy area in Paris, they are not as good as the original galette de sarrasin or galette de froment. These places usually make their crepes batter from an industrialized powder and fill them up with Nutella so you are just eating a bomb of chemicals and sugars.
- Look for the new crepes places Mardi, or Breizh café*, they serve savory and sweet crepes all day and they have different addresses, all close to the center of Paris.
As for pastries, you will find gluten free and vegan options in all the best Coffee Shops of Paris, carrot cakes, brownies or banana bread but if you are looking for French gluten free pastries it’s only at:
- Sitron, Noglu or even Helmut Newcake and at VG Patisserie that you will find some beautiful lemon tarts, choux and flans.
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I guess that if you are vegan or gluten intolerant, you will probably already know that you can find a lot of informations on Instagram but looking for hashtags #glutenfreeinparis or #veganparis but sometimes just one article in a blog can sum it up quite quickly!
I hope this will help people to plan their trip to Paris and not worry about what they will be able to eat because it’s one of these places to travel to for food right?