Parlez-vous français? Gluten Free in France!
I have always wanted to travel to France. The culture, the sites, the food! So much to see and experience! But wait! How could you travel to France being gluten free?! You can! You can travel anywhere as long as you are prepared and do some research!
Many places in Paris offer gluten free food. For a list of hotels that can serve gluten free food in Paris, check out the Gluten Free Hotel Guide, where you can search for specific cities all over the world, say Paris that provide gluten free cuisine!
There is a fabulous restaurant in Paris called Le Saotico, which is safe for celiacs. Owner Anne Surcour has Celiacs and her husband, Chef Hugues Gournay, has been making her gluten-free cuisine for 20 years. They have an extensive, fresh, local and creative menu with a lovely wine list as well. Charming ambiance and wonderful food, it’s a match made in Paris!
They are at 96, Rue Richelieu, 75002 Paris, near the Opera. The phone is: 01 42 96 03 20 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Bloggers are perfect resources for dining all around the world and David Lebovitz is a blogger “living the sweet life in Paris” He wrote a great piece about Helmut Newcake, the first Gluten-Free Bakery in Paris.Helmut Newcake
36, rue Bichat (10th)
Tél: 09 82 59 00 39 (Open Tuesday through Saturday, Noon to 9pm, Sunday from 10am to 6pm.)
A good phrase to learn when traveling to France would be how to ask if something was gluten free. Say, “sans du gluten?” and the waiter should know what you were saying and be able to help you out! Better brush up on your French! (I look Spanish in school…time to be bilingual!)
Another helpful tip is to stick to things that are naturally gluten free. Steak-frites, salads, omelettes, gallettes (which are savory crepes made with black flour or buckwheat flour, which is gluten free), chocolate, macaroons, sorbet, and marangue were all very delicious- and no one dish is the same at two different restaurants! Even if you have the steak-frites for dinner 3 nights in a row, you’re sure to get a different twist on it every time!
Also a GREAT online resource is Celiac Travel! Check it out!
The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older—intelligence and good manners. F. Scott Fitzgerald