GF in Paris

Just spent 3 nights in Paris. I naively thought (I'm fairly new to GF) I could eat out providing I stuck to plain things like grilled fish and steaks. Not so. I came back more ill than I've been in a long time. We're not giving up on Paris - we love it - but cosy bistros are out from now on unfortunately. In future we'll rent an apartment and have meals in. Then hit the cafes for a glass or two.

A website I stumbled on all too late is very useful and informative on GF Paris, is

davidebovitz.com

And one baker I can recommend from first hand experience is this one. Good for lunch or takeaway.

Chambelland

Rue Ternaux

Metro: Parmentier

They do very nice focaccia style breads, and have terrific sandwiches and cakes etc. Open Tuesday to Saturday daytime and half day Sunday.

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  • Hi ro127m,

    Sorry to hear of your difficulties.

    I think that most of us GF folk have made the mistake of being too trusting and naive at some point or other (I know I have - especially in the beginning).

    I hope that you've recovered now and can chalk it up to experience.

    Merry Christmas

  • We have travelled on the continent without any problems, even Italy wth all their pasta etc, but France and Paris in particular was

    A nightmare.

  • What a shame! I love Paris and me and hubby have been 3 times I think but not since I became wheat intolerant and our son diagnosed with coeliac. Thanks for the info, the bakery sounds fabulous. Out problem is out son is allergic to egg so even if a cafe provides gf bread/ cakes it will contain egg. We ate out in the Cotswolds on Sunday and ended up paying for gammon, roast potatoes and carrots £14.75 because he couldn't have anything on the children's menu. The chips were fried with the fish, scampi, nuggets etc I had soup but I was so jelous of my husband having a big fat juicy burger with onion rings. Hey ho at least mine was more healthy! Lol

    Merry Christmas

  • Hi don't despair you can still get to Paris we managed it with our 3 year old who is highly allergic to egg, dairy, wheat, chicken and nuts! We just took his epipen every where with us and prayed my handbag would get pinched. We mainly bought allergy friendly products from the supermarket and he lived on hot chips and fruit in the evening. It was risky, but all was well and we had a wonderful few days in Paris.

  • Fab thanks for that charliesmum!

  • Glad to hear that you had a good and safe time in Paris. I agree that it's worth a small risk as it is an unmissable city.

    You talking about chips, oddly enough I thought it was maybe the chips that gave me the problem - perhaps cross contamination from the frier. But who knows? And it might interest you to hear that my wife did get her handbag pinched, or at least her purse taken from it by a pickpocketing young boy. That was at a metro station. But there was no great harm done - only a few Euros lost -as we had split up our main money and her's was left in the hotel safe. A lesson learnt though. Will be even more careful next time, and there will be a next time for sure.

  • I've just spent a weekend in Paris. I have an app on my iPhone that explains coeliac for use at restaurants. I found it very useful and had no problems. Apart from staring at beautiful cakes, pastries and croissants that I couldn't eat! it is expensive to eat out though and next time I'd like to rent an apartement but they are expensive too!

  • The app is called GF Restaurant Cards and says the same thing in 50 languages.

  • Thanks for the info violetcathy I need that for my local Chinese takeaway!!!

  • I've just spent a weekend in Paris. I have an app on my iPhone that explains coeliac for use at restaurants. I found it very useful and had no problems. Apart from staring at beautiful cakes, pastries and croissants that I couldn't eat! it is expensive to eat out though and next time I'd like to rent an apartement but they are expensive too!

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