Europe, France, general

Gluten-Free in Paris: Bakeries and Groceries

Paris is the land of baguettes, pan au chocolat, croissants, and more gluten-filled bread products than the eye can see. Never in all of my travels and 34 years of living with celiac disease did I wish I could eat gluten as much as I did in Paris. But I NEVER cheat on my gluten-free diet so I did research on gluten-free instead. It isn’t worth the pain, agony, and days of recovery, not to mention all of the damage I would cause my body if I took even a bite of a regular baguette. But damn, that French bread looked good. Every corner has a boulangerie, patisserie, and épicerie, all places to buy delicious Parisian breads that are NOT gluten-free. Alas, this made the trip slightly frustrating.

But on the flip side, there are a few gluten-free bakeries in Paris where a celiac traveler can enjoy some delicious bread products. The French take their bread very seriously and this goes for their gluten-free bread too. There are also wonderful farmers markets and speciality shops that make gluten-free life in Paris a little easier.

As with every trip, I did a ton of research before I left. I am glad I put together a list of gluten-free bakeries, restaurants, and markets before I left for Paris. With my printed list and a really great map that I purchased at the top of the Arc de Triomphe, I was able to navigate and eat gluten-free across the city.


Helmut Newcake
36 Rue Bichat, 75010 Paris, France

Helmut Newcake was a lunch destination on one of the very first days of our trip to Paris. It was Saturday so we each chose a plate from the small lunch menu (about 5 choices) and also dessert. I was thrilled to see baguettes so I ordered on of those too. The waiter gave me a slightly strange look and said “To eat alone?” and I said yes. I did share with my boyfriend Victor but I ate about 80% of it on my own. No shame! On Sundays, you can make reservations for brunch at this location of Helmut Newcake. It is a small restaurant, so definitely call ahead for a reservation! There is also a second location, although I never made it there.



Chambelland Boulangerie
14 Rue Ternaux, 75011 Paris, France

I went to Chambelland Boulangerie three times during my trip to Paris. Needless to say, this was my favorite gluten-free bakery in Paris! Chambelland has a beautiful display case full of pastries, cookies, and breads. The breads were so amazing, it is hard to believe they are gluten-free. Large beautiful loaves of bread lined the glass cases each day at Chambelland Boulangerie.  Chambelland seems to bake just enough for the day and many days they sell out by late afternoon. My top suggestion is to go early and get your gluten-free bread for the day. Also, make sure you get one (or many) of their amazing desserts. My absolute favorite was the raspberry tartlette with some of the freshest raspberries I have ever eaten in my life. While eating lunch at Chambelland, I heard at least three people walk in and exclaim “I can eat everything here?!” If you have celiac, you would probably say the same thing! The prices here were very reasonable as compared to gluten-free baked goods at home. One of the flat loaves of bread was about 5 Euro which is cheaper than most loaves in the US.

16 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris, France

NoGlu was the place that was hyped up the most for me before my trip. Almost every celiac I know who went to Paris all said NoGlu was a must. Victor and I managed to get there the very last day of our trip. I guess we were too hungry to notice the bakery in the beautiful Passage des Panoramas when we arrived. (Seriously, this Passage was gorgeous and one of the things I loved about our trek to NoGlu.) We only saw the bakery/takeaway when we left and had just finished lunch at the restaurant. I didn’t buy anything at the bakery which was probably a mistake but the lunch at NoGlu was quite expensive and we skipped dessert. I actually wish we had eaten at the takeaway spot instead because we would have saved a LOT of money and also had room for dessert. NoGlu just opened a location in New York City, so I will have to go and try the pastries there. Of course it is not the same as eating them in Paris! But if the treats I tried last week at a NYC NoGlu baking event are any indication, the rest of the baked goods from NoGlu will be delicious.


Markets and Shops

Eat Gluten Free
5 Rue Caron, 75004 Paris, France

This small shop was right near my Airbnb so I knew I had to go. It is open Wednesday-Sunday in a great part of the city. I was so happy to find them still open late on a Sunday afternoon. This place is like a gluten-free heaven in the middle of Paris. Everything in the store is 100% gluten-free and much of it (if not all) is imported from Italy. This place is a must, especially if you are feeling frustrated with not finding much gluten-free food in the markets of Paris. There is a small Italian restaurant just across the way from this shop and they will prepare you a gluten-free meal too. I think they have the same owners. I bought many food souvenirs from this shop which also helped me get through some hungry mornings in Paris. Definitely add Eat Gluten Free to your itinerary!

Marché Popincourt
Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, between rue Oberkampf and Rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud
Open Tuesday and Friday, 7:00 am to 2:30 pm

I love farmers markets; so when Victor and I stumbled across this one on the way to Chambelland, I was thrilled. The produce looked like some of the freshest I have ever seen. There were beautiful fruit, vegetables, eggs, cheeses, meats, and fish as far as the eye could see. There were also vendors selling housewares, clothing, shoes, and more. It was so fun to walk around and feel like a Parisian doing some daily shopping.


La Maison Plisson
93 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris, France

This place is GORGEOUS! Victor and I were strolling up Boulevard Beaumarchais. He was admiring the motorcycle shops and I was just window shopping. When I saw this place, I knew I had to go in. There is a little bit of everything in this store and restaurant combination and it is wonderful. If I could move into the basement of Maison Plisson, I would. Wine, chocolate, mustards, oils, spices, jams, even more wine, even more chocolate. It was like a epicurean heaven. While I didn’t see that many gluten-free options, there were a few on the shelves. Upstairs, there is a charcuterie counter, cheese counter, produce, and even a restaurant. For those of you who have been to Eataly in NYC, this is like a smaller more carefully curated destination market. I loved this beautiful market and would highly recommend a stop here for any foodie.


Many locations throughout Paris

I didn’t shop here, but the sign in the window caught my eye. “No Gluten? YES!” Besides at the gluten-free bakeries and restaurants that I researched ahead of time, I didn’t see many references to gluten in Paris. This particular store (I forget what street we were on) had a small selection of gluten-free food. From the Naturalia website, it looks like they are quite aware of gluten-free at their stores and online shop.



I went in to probably every supermarket I saw in Paris. I wanted to scope out the gluten-free scene. There were limited choices, but at least something in every store. I found familiar brands like Schar and new-to-me brands like Gerblé (Make sure you find the Sans Gluten!)*** Not all products were located in the same area of the store, so you might have to look around a bit to find gluten-free food.

Here are my suggestions for everyday groceries in Paris. Check each website for locations.


I hope you find this bakery and grocery guide helpful. Stay tuned for the next part of my Paris adventures and where I ate during my time in France!

*** NOTE: I have been told that Gerblé Sans Gluten might not be safe for consumption. I have written to the company to inquire about production and ingredients and will report back their response as soon as possible. As with any recommendation I make on this website, it is ultimately up to you to research each product you eat and eery restaurant you are eating in.


Gluten-Free Food and Gifts at the Hester Holiday Market in NYC

Hester Holiday Market, One Penn Plaza, NYC
Hester Holiday Market, One Penn Plaza, NYC

If you find yourself in midtown Manhattan now through December 23, 2014, be sure to stop by the Hester Holiday Market at 1 Penn Plaza. Nestled in a pedestrian alley between K-Mart and some smaller stores and right next to Penn Station this is a centrally-located, quaint holiday market from the same people that bring you Hester Street Fair every summer. I used to work right above Penn Station so I was pleasantly surprised when I learned about this holiday market.

Smaller than other New York City holiday markets, such as the one in Bryant Park, I was happy to see that there were a number of gluten-free options in the vendor tents. I also loved so many of the gift tents that I had to resist spending all of my money on the artisan offerings.

Hester Holiday Market, One Penn Plaza, NYC
Hester Holiday Market, One Penn Plaza, NYC

This is a very limited run market so be sure to stop by this week for some delicious gluten-free treats and unique items for those on your gift list this holiday season.

Some of my favorite finds at this holiday market include:

  • Squish Marshmallows: gluten-free options of “marshmallows of magnificent magnitude.” I don’t usually like marshmallows but I love anything rocky-road. The rocky-road marshmallow hand-toasted by the owner of Squish was so yummy. I would definitely go back for more! Not all flavors are gluten-free so be sure to ask at the booth which are GF!
  • Shop B2: funky pillows plus sweatshirts with french fries equal a fun shop to buy novelty gifts this holiday season.
  • Macaron Parlour: macarons are usually made from almond flour so many of these flavors should be naturally gluten-free. There was no one in the booth when I stopped by so I didn’t get to ask if all were gluten-free. Please ask before you buy!
  • Frittering Away: serving up both hot and cold drinks, this is the perfect place to get a warm beverage while you shop in the chilly New York City air.
  • Kizmet Kitchens: raw, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free chocolates, sunflower seed butter, and raw cocao mix. Some of the bars contain GF oats, so be sure to ask which ones are without if you cannot tolerate oats.
  • Cafe Patoro: gluten-free Brazilian cheese breads also known as pao de queijo. Baked on site, these warm, little breads are naturally gluten-free and so delicious!
  • Dempsey & Gazelle: I loved all of the funky rings, earrings, headbands and more at this booth. I wanted to buy at least 10 things in the shop, but resisted. I will definitely need to return before the market closes. They also sell their funky items online.
  • Mr. Ellie Pooh: their tagline is “conservation through innovation” and these products are certainly innovative, so say the least. All of the paper is handmade from recycled paper and elephant dung. Yes, that’s right, Elephant POO, hence the name of the shop. It’s not as gross as it sounds and they have some really cute items. I love elephants!
New York

Gluten-Free Food at the Bryant Park Holiday Market

It is that time of year when New York City comes alive with all things Christmas. The lights, the Christmas trees, the music, the markets, the food! New York City is just bursting with holiday cheer. I love being a tourist in my own city during the holidays. There are just so many twinkling lights to see and so many pop-up markets to enjoy.

2013 Bryant Park Christmas Tree
2013 Bryant Park Christmas Tree

One of the popular holiday markets in New York City is the Bryant Park Holiday Shops, formally known as the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. This “village” takes over the entire park with it’s crown jewel, an ice skating rink, at the center of the park. Gone is the lush grass of summer with the newly laid ice for the winter!

According to the Winter Village website, “The Holiday Shops include more than 125 boutique-like shops offering exquisite gift ideas from distinctive apparel to jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and much more. There’s something for everyone – adults, kids, and even pets.”

I noticed that the 2014 Winter Village has more gluten-free choices than ever before. You can now shop, ice skate, see the Christmas tree, and eat your way through the Bryant Park Winter Village.

Bryant Park Winter Village
Holiday shops open daily through January 4, 2015
Ice skating until March 1, 2015

***Tree lighting! December 2 ,2015!***

Bryant Park Winter Village Gluten-Free Options
This list in alphabetical order, see the Bryant Park Winter Village map for kiosk location details.

Big Apple Cider: Serving up fresh, New York State, hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks.

Big Apple Cider
Big Apple Cider

Blossom Du Jour: An offshoot of the popular restaurants, this 100% vegan kiosk sells some gluten-free, packaged snacks such as gluten-free gingersnaps and gluten-free chocolate cupcakes. They also sell packages of goji berries, gluten-free energy squares, and dark chocolate. According to the packaging, the products are produced in a shared facility with wheat so use caution when eating.

Gluten-free snacks from Blossom du Jour
Gluten-free snacks from Blossom du Jour
Gluten-free gingersnap from Blossom du Jour
Gluten-free gingersnap from Blossom du Jour
Gluten-free cupcake from Blossom du Jour
Gluten-free cupcake from Blossom du Jour

MissTea’s Organic Tea: Made in Brooklyn, these local, organic teas come in both caffeine-free and with caffeine. You can purchase hot tea to go or you can buy a nice gift set for friends and family.

MissTea's Organic Hot Tea
MissTea’s Organic Hot Tea

No Chewing AllowedThis kiosk is incredibly sweet-smelling and the guys working inside entice you with free samples of their chocolate French truffles. They also sell hot chocolate and chocolate bars. Note, the truffles are not made in a dedicated gluten-free facility.

No Chewing Allowed Candybars
No Chewing Allowed Candybars
No Chewing Allowed Truffles
No Chewing Allowed Truffles

Pickle Me Pete: Pickles, lots and lots of pickles!


RaakaThis chocolate is not only gluten-free, but it is USDA organic, nut-free, soy-free, vegan, and Kosher!

Raaka Chocolates
Raaka Chocolates

The Jam Stand: At this self-proclaimed “Brooklyn’s happiest food company”, you can buy jam in many delicious flavors. The thing that caught my eye is that you could sample the jams on little wooden spoons and not the usual pieces of bread that usually are a major concern for cross-contamination. The jams are made in a gluten-free facility and all are gluten-free except for the Bourbon Jam. The company was quite knowledgeable about alcohol distillation but they said to be on the safe side they would not list the Bourbon Jam gluten-free.

The Jam Stand jams
The Jam Stand jams

The Lucky Sailor: FRENCH FRIES!!! This stand has three dedicated fryers and all it sells is gluten-free Belgian fries. The sauces are produced off-site and while the producer says they are gluten-free, the owner of The Lucky Sailor says he cannot guarantee 100%. If you are celiac, you might want to skip the sauce and just go for the fries.

The Lucky Sailor Belgian Frites. YUM!
The Lucky Sailor Belgian Frites. YUM!

This Pie is Nuts: I first learned about this company over the summer at the Astoria Flea. Since then, I have followed Diana, the founder of This Pie is Nuts, on Instagram and watched her work like a machine to build her business. I swear, Diana and her husband never sleep! These pies are paleo, vegan, and gluten-free!

This Pie is Nuts
This Pie is Nuts

Top Arepa: “The traditional Arepa is a staple food in Colombia & Venezuela and consists of flat round cakes with melted cheese inside.” Arepas are traditionally gluten-free and this kiosk keeps a separate griddle for the gluten-free areaps/toppings.

o separate griddles
Top Arepa with two separate griddles

Two Tablespoons: Two Tablespoons gets around… in a good way! I’ve seen them at Madison Square Eats and at Broadway Bites. Now they are in Bryant Park serving up gluten-free chili and loaded baked potatoes. A healthy and gluten-free way to warm up in the park!

Two Tablespoons gluten-free, vegan, and organic!
Two Tablespoons gluten-free, vegan, and organic!

Woops Macarons: Macarons are made from egg whites, sugar, and almond flour, making them naturally gluten-free. The macarons are filled with either buttercream, jam, or chocolate ganache and come in a wide variety of flavors and beautiful colors. They are not made in a dedicated gluten-free facility. The cookies at Woops are NOT gluten-free.

These macarons are naturally gluten-free
These macarons are naturally gluten-free
Beautiful rainbow of macarons
Beautiful rainbow of macarons



New York

Gluten-Free at Broadway Bites in New York City

Urban Space NYC continues to bring awesome markets to public spaces in New York City. The latest opening is Broadway Bites at the intersections of 33rd Street and Broadway, a hugely busy location in the heart of Manhattan. Just steps away from Macy’s and the Empire State Building, Broadway Bites is a great place to stop for a bite to eat and a rest.

As with all of my excursions, I am always on the look out for gluten-free food. Broadway Bites pleasantly surprised me when they reopened on October 6th. There are many options throughout the open-air market that were gluten-free friendly.

Palenque Homemade Colombian Food
Fryer is used for only yuca empanadas and yuca fries. Arepas are also gluten-free, except for the vegan option.

Onigiri by Tampopo
Sushi-like rice balls with gluten-free marked on the menu. Ask about sauces

Bangkok Bar
Server said everything but the Thai Basil Chicken Rice Bowl was gluten-free.

Two Tablespoons
Gluten-free chili and mac-and-cheese!

Bar Suzette
Gluten-free crepes available, but the griddle is shared! Must be cleaned between preparation.

Macaron Parlour
All macarons are gluten-free.

Broadway Bites is open daily from 11am to 9pm. I suggest going after 2pm and avoiding the midtown lunch rush. This market is only open until November 14th, so don’t delay stopping by for some gluten-free food.


As with any gluten-free dining, it is your responsibility to ask about the gluten-free options and other allergens at each vendor. 

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Gluten-Free at NYC Street Fairs: 9th Avenue Food Festival

Street fairs in New York City are a sure sign of summer. On any given weekend in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs, you can turn a corner to find the roads blocked off and hundreds of people walking down the middle of the street. Even though many of the street fairs are exactly the same vendors, I always go to them when I see the street closed off. There is just something so “New Yorkish” about these fairs. The cheap lemonade, the mozzarepas, the crappy t-shirts, the blaring salsa muic, the man selling fruit magnets. If you have been to one of these fairs, you know exactly what I am talking about!

One of the bigger street fairs in New York City is the Ninth Avenue International Food Festival. At just under 3/4 of a mile long, this fair is a large, two-day festival each May. Fifteen city blocks closed down to car and bus traffic with more than 50 vendors. Given the name of the festival, you are sure to find many international treats along the route. Now, there may not be many gluten-free items available at a fair like this but if you do enough looking around you are bound to find a few!

One of the bonuses during these fairs is that many local vendors and restaurants are open and having specials for their customers.  Along 9th Ave, Nizza NYC and Five Napkin Burger both have gluten-free menus and were both packed during the food festival.

There is not one official New York City street fair schedule, but you can use these links to help you plan your visit to the next fair:

Have you been to any New York City street fairs this summer? If so, did you find any great gluten-free treats?

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