Paris is known for the delicious bread and pastries available on every corner. While my friends have deeply enjoyed this aspect of Parisian life, I am not as lucky, because when I was two years old I was diagnosed with celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease in which gluten is not tolerated. Gluten is an umbrella term for wheat, rye, barley and malt, which are commonly used in bakery items. During my time in Paris, I have compiled a non-comprehensive list of restaurants and cafes that are gluten-free friendly.
On Thursday nights, my friends and I would try different gluten-free restaurants all over Paris. I tracked our adventures and now am sharing them with you.
My list is divided into two kinds: dinner and lunch.
Mimi is a cozy, all gluten-free restaurant run by two welcoming men. The cuisine is Italian, which is prepared just off to the sides of the tables. At Mimi, I had one of the best tiramisus I’ve ever had.
Little Nonna is an all gluten-free Italian restaurant near the Arc de Triomphe. The pasta dishes are amazing, but I haven’t had the pizza yet. They are the only gluten-free restaurant I have been to that has gluten-free bread bowls.
Mexican food is not easy to find in Paris. Thankfully, my friend Chloe found one of the best restaurants around. Tiger Milk has a couple of locations, and each is fantastic. When my mother came to visit, I brought her because I knew she would get a kick out of Mexican food in Paris. The tacos are delectable, and the drinks are strong. However, they are not a dedicated gluten-free facility, and their menu does not have icons next to the gluten-free options, so you will have to ask the servers for confirmation of options.
Hanoi is an Asian-fusion chain located in and around Paris. They have great pho and amazing noodles. They are not a dedicated gluten-free restaurant, however, their menu does have icons next to the gluten-free options. They have a DJ most nights. My favorite location is near the opera. The other locations are in malls or shopping centers.
The Distrito does not have a gluten-free menu, however they have an allergen document. Like most Latin food, most is gluten-free because of the corn tortillas. For my friend Ana’s 22nd birthday we went to Distro Francais in Le Marais. Again, Chloe found it. I ordered the tacos, but the enchiladas were a fan favorite. There are two locations but the Marais is more popular.
On my mother’s last night we went to this restaurant near the Opera. It’s classic French food cuisine. She even got a French onion soup. I ordered a steak and it was delicious. After dinner we got ice cream to share. It was a perfect night. Not many gluten-free options on the menu, but we made it work. The gluten-free options were not identified with icons.
Hippopotamus is a steakhouse chain in Paris. Like many steakhouses, most of the menu is gluten-free with the exception of fried food. I ordered the faux filet and fries. It is not a dedicated gluten-free kitchen and there are not any icons next to the gluten-free items. However, the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful. When I had Covid-19 I ordered from there via a delivery service because it is comforting and hardy.
If you google gluten-free in Paris you will get a list starting with Noglu. It is a dedicated gluten-free facility with a couple locations. When I first arrived, I went to Noglu to have a gluten-free croissant and pan au chocolate, they were delectable. One of the locations is in Bastille, which is very near to the Accent center (where we have classes), so I would go there in between classes to grab a sandwich and coffee.
Cococo is located in the heart of Châtelet. It is a dedicated gluten-free facility with Japanese cuisine. The food comes in a bento box container with different compartments for rice, pickled vegetables, your choice of meat and more. There is an option to order a combination, with the bento box and miso soup. While miso isn’t my favorite, my friends say it is pretty good. Cococo is a great option for a picnic because it’s easy and portable. When my friends who are studying abroad come to visit, I bring them to Cococo and then we sit in the park and enjoy ourselves.
Fitzroy and Lou Lou are sister restaurants. They have a very casual vibe and atmosphere. They are not dedicated gluten-free facilities, however there are icons to identify the gluten-free options on the menu. I really enjoy the chicken parmesan and the fish and chips, their burger is also a fan favorite.
This is a chain of classic French food around Paris. They have a gluten-free menu, but you need to push for it. I really enjoy the marinated chicken skewers and salad. The fries are to die for. There are a bunch of locations but the Bercy village is the best.
On my first day of work my supervisors took me to Yuman. It is a delicious restaurant that is friendly to all dietary needs. They change their menu often but with every change they have gluten-free options. The menu has icons that identify the gluten-free options, however it is not a dedicated facility.
Located within spitting distance from Notre Dame, this cafe is beautiful. While it’s slightly overpriced, the view makes it worth it. The waffles are gluten free and are indicated with an icon. Unfortunately the crêpes are not gluten free but the savory options available for the waffles. This is not a dedicated facility.
As a bonus, here are some more food-related pictures!
Ava Gupta, Staff Writer
Ava Gupta is a junior in the College of Communication studying public relations. Raised in Somerville, Massachusetts, Ava has always enjoyed city life. She is currently studying abroad with BU’s Paris Internship Program! Ava is passionate about women’s rights, traveling, and now learning french. She is overjoyed to be part of the COMmunicator team in Paris!
Lily Roeller, Senior Editor
Lily Roeller is a second semester graduate student earning her Master of Science in public relations here at BU. Prior to BU, Lily graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2020 with a bachelor’s in communication and sociology. She currently is an account supervisor at PRLab, managing two client teams. In her free time, Lily loves hiking with her dog and watching bad movies.