Eating Gluten-Free (Sans Gluten) in Paris, France - Part 1
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Mar 8 2010

Eating Gluten-Free (Sans Gluten) in Paris, France – Part 1

For non-French speaking people France can be a difficult country to get around in, especially when trying to follow a strict gluten-free diet.  Fortunately, if you know, you are going to be eating gluten-free (Sans Gluten), then before travelling to France it is important that you print out a French celiac restaurant card which explains that you must not eat anything containing gluten.  I will also recommend you obtain an English to French translation for some of your favorite types of meals, entrees, salads, fish, meat, chicken, beef and desserts.  This is especially helpful when trying to explain how you like your food to be cooked.

So armed with your limited knowledge of French, you decide to eat out. You will find certain restaurants not as cheap as you may be used to if you live in the United States, but there are some of the others which are not as expensive.

Restaurant menus are rarely translated into English, so you must be prepared, or have a translator with you.             

First, I recommend you try Des SI & Des Mets Restaurant, at 63, Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, Tel 01 42 55 19 61  Ask for their Menu Sans Gluten, this is one restaurant in Paris that actually has one and offers a good selection of dishes which are reasonably priced.  Lunch is 26 Euros and brunch is available for 22 Euros.

Next, this is a smaller restaurant called The Biosphare, at 57, Rue Saint Maur, 75011 Paris, Tel 01 48 06 08 81. The Biosphare has a restaurant and a take away section and offers a gluten-free menu.  Last I checked you can order gluten-free dishes and its not overly expensive.

If you want to try a British Style Pub in Paris then try Le Bombadier Pub, at 2, Place du Pantheon, 75005 Paris Tel 01 43 54 79 22.  They offer a selection of bar type meals, a number of which are gluten-free.

Then if you really feel swish and you want to see and sit on the River Seine, go to the Cafe Barge Restaurant, at 5, Port de la Rapee, 75012 Paris  Tel 01 40 02 09 09.  The barge is quite a long 300 tons of boat, the interior has been done out in expensive style, by Roland Bijaoui. The Barge is actually parked on side of the River Seine and offers a good selection, but pricy, of fish, meats and fine wines, a number of the dishes are gluten-free.  Try it for the atmosphere at night in Paris on the River Seine!

There are a  lot more restaurants to come, in Eating Gluten-Free in Paris France, Part 2.

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Worked on computers for 35 years, then decided to quit the rat race so we all moved to Spain, to the Costa Del Sol for 20 years. Developed skin problems so returned to the UK in 2005, where my wife was diagnosed as suffering from the Celiac (UK Coeliac) disease. Found little local support, so created The Crawley Gluten Free Group, now with over 100 members and a free web site, now opened by 128 different countries.

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  1. suzy says:

    Hi just commenting on Des Mi & Des Mets Restaurant in Rue Lepic near the Sacre Coer end. I was just there in Oct 2010 and it is a fully gluten free restaurant and it is SUPER! Even has freshly baked gluten free bread and delicious gluten free fresh food. They even gave me a bag of Madeleines to take home. My friends weren’t coeliacs but had the gluten free food and loved it. Even really delicious desserts. I couldn’t stop oohing and aahing! Highly recommend this restaurant actually the first totally gluten free restaurant in Paris. Go there

    • Sharon says:

      We’re going to Paris in April and I’m really worried about eating. Loved ur article. Will definitely try it!

  2. suzy – thanks for the info about that place. I’d heard about it, but didn’t know the name.

    Sharon – When we were in Paris in the Spring of 2006 (three months after my dx), I ate out every meal (including breakfast) for six days and never ran into a problem getting safe, delicious food. Well, for our hotel breakfast, I could have only the eggs, cheese and fruit. I took my own crackers to use with the cheese. Also, as we’d come from London, I had some mini breakfast cakes from Sainsbury there for one day and then I was out. To this day I don’t know why I didn’t think to ship a case of that stuff home from London and take more to Paris. To order lunch and dinner, I used a dining card from Celiac Travel. At that time, Triumph Dining cards didn’t include a French language/cuisine card. They do now so I suggest ordering the cards if you don’t have them already. Just click the Triumph Dining banner on this page to check them out. Enjoy Paris!

  3. If you are looking for hotels in Paris that can serve gluten free food, you can visit http://www.glutenfreehotelsguide.com/city.php?id=4
    The site lists hotels all over the world which are able to serve gluten free food.

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