This blog post was originally posted on August 26, 2019 and was updated on September 23, 2020.
In recent years, Parisian bakeries have truly mastered the art of gluten-free baking.
That means that even if you’re gluten-intolerant, you can still have all the delicious French bread, pastries and cakes to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Head to one of these gluten-free bakeries in Paris to devour all of the above in that classic Parisian cafe setting you’ve been dreaming of.
How to communicate gluten-free dietary requirements in French
When you have a dietary requirement such as a gluten intolerance, knowing how to communicate your needs in a foreign language is necessary but challenging. Here’s how to navigate that barrier in French.
- Je suis atteint (for men)/atteinte (forw omen) de la malade cœliaque: I have celiac disease.
- Je suis intolérant (for men)/intolérante (for women) au gluten: I am gluten-intolerant.
- Je ne peux pas manger de gluten: I can’t eat gluten.
- sans gluten: Gluten-free
Now that you know how to communicate your gluten-free requirements in French, it’s time for some bread and pastries at the best gluten-free bakeries in Paris!
The 6 best gluten-free bakeries in Paris
1. Boulangerie Chambelland
To guarantee the highest possible quality of their products, Boulangerie Chambelland exclusively uses gluten-free flour from their own special mill in Provence. Even the Michelin-star chef Alain Ducasse serves bread from Chambelland in two of his Parisian restaurants.
But besides the artisanal leavened bread made from rice and buckwheat flours, Chambelland also offers a mouthwatering assortment of gluten-free cakes, fruit tarts, chouquettes and pies.
2. Helmut Newcake
The first-ever gluten-free bakery in Paris as well as in all of France, Helmut Newcake specializes in creating celiac-friendly versions of classic French pastries. But they don’t compromise on taste, even without the gluten. Everything—from the taste to the quality to the presentation of their pastries—is nothing short of perfect.
Here, you will find a tasty selection ranging from fresh baguettes to delectable tarts. But most notably, this is one of the few bakeries in Paris that sells gluten-free croissants—a rare feat considering that the chemistry of the croissant naturally depends on gluten in order to achieve that light, airy consistency.
If we had to go with just one thing here, we’d pick their light and creamy éclairs. Choose from among several equally delicious flavors: chocolate, hazelnut, nougat and salted caramel.
This welcoming little pâtisserie focuses on artisanal baking, without using any processed sugar or additives.
In addition to the tasty homemade gluten-free bread, Onyriza also has an extensive dessert menu with choices that include fruit tarts, pain aux raisins, muffins and madeleines. The star, however, is the pie. Pick your favorite: blueberry, chocolate, lemon or praline.
4. Foucade Paris
This chic bakery in the heart of the Marais has been reinventing the French pastry since they opened their doors in 2014.
Foucade Paris pride themselves on creating healthy desserts: everything is gluten and lactose-free, low in sugar, and made from natural, unrefined ingredients. They even offer a tasty selection of vegan pastries.
It’s hard to pick a favorite here, but if we had to choose, we’d go with the éclair with canola oil, raw chocolate cream, Hoji tea-poached pear and raw, caramelized hazelnuts.
5. Yummy & Guiltfree
Yummy & Guiltfree is not an ordinary bakery—it’s a 100 percent gluten-free waffle bar. (Yes, you read that right!)
Renowned pastry chef Damien Cassart creates innovative waffle recipes for this father-daughter-owned family business. Their toppings are also one-of-a-kind—savory options include croque monsieur (cheese and ham), fish (cod, olive oil, creamed potatoes, parmesan and lime) and saisonnière (raw and cooked vegetables)!
If you have more of a sweet tooth, go for the chocolate, Madagascar vanilla cream, lemon curd or apple and cinnamon toppings. In the unlikely event that you get tired of waffles or are craving something different, they also sell gluten-free cakes, madeleines and ice-cream.
6. Maison Kayser
In order to avoid traces of other flour in their products, Maison Kayser keeps a separate gluten-free bakery. They also make sure to hire bakers with celiac disease in order to be extra conscious. And that’s not all: they even meticulously double-wrap their gluten-free products, which are kept on separate shelves from other baked goods.
When all is said and done, this is the perfect place to have some delicious chickpea bread, pistachio or dried fruit cakes.