Gluten Free Paris: Restaurants Open In Evenings

On my recent trip to Paris I was again reminded how the gluten free restaurant and cafe scene is really booming there (spoiler; it’s not like this in the rest of France). However, many of the gluten free places in Paris are bakery/cafe type establishments and they mainly operate during day time hours only. I find this a bit frustrating and it presents a problem if, like me, you are looking for an evening meal with safe gluten free options.

I have been to NoGlu before (you can read my review here). Whilst it’s open in the evening, I was a little disappointed not to be bowled over by the food on my previous visit. I was expecting more innovative dishes than the naturally gluten free items the menu mostly contained. Consequently I was looking for somewhere different to try. Also on my list was a restaurant special enough for dinner with two great friends of mine who live in Paris and neither of whom is gluten free.

So I was delighted to discover that My Free Kitchen was open in the evenings as I hadn’t eaten there on previous trips. My Free Kitchen is located less than 10 minutes walk from Gare du Nord. This was an easy walk even with my luggage, laptop and a tonne of magazines to read while I was away. Everything at My Free Kitchen is gluten free and lactose free.

My Free Kitchen

The interior of the restaurant was light, white and Scandinavian-style fresh. On shelves, packages of their cake mixes – which you can buy – were displayed.

My Free Kitchen

It was after 9pm by the time I arrived (they close at 10pm) so was a little quiet. My Free Kitchen post their daily changing menu on their Instagram page. I hadn’t really given a great deal of thought to the day’s menu until I was standing in the restaurant. It was chilly in Paris that evening so I went for a hot dish, hachis parmentier, known on the other side of the Channel as cottage pie. It was tasty but the portion was huge and I couldn’t finish it all.

My Free Kitchen

The staff at MFK were very friendly and welcoming and I didn’t feel out of place dining alone there (in fact I’m rarely bothered about this). Organic wine is sold by the glass (EUR 5). I will definitely be coming back to eat at My Free Kitchen again. Next time I’ll try one of their gluten free pizzas, which you can also take away or have delivered via Deliveroo, handy if you’re staying in an AirBnB within the delivery area.

Sadly, for my meal with friends I couldn’t find the right balance of safe gluten free option and more special restaurant for the next night’s dinner. So instead, the next evening we went to a lovely modern take on a Parisien bistro they recommended. Where I had steak and chips, which I always seem to do in France!

If, like me, you’re looking for somewhere in Paris to eat with gluten free options, I’ve compiled a list of places which are open in the evening. (NB These restaurants are also open during the day). This list specifically includes places which are open for an evening meal, i.e., I have not included places closing at 7.30 or 8pm. Also note, some of these restaurants have more than one location. I’ve specified the location (by arrondisement) which is open in the evening.

  • Bears and Raccoons (11th arrondisement) – open to 9.30pm  Thursday, Friday and Saturday
  • PNY Hamburgers (three locations; 3rd, 10th & 11th) all open to either 11 or 11.30pm 7 days a week
  • Cafe Pinson (3rd) – open to 10pm Monday to Saturday
  • Breizh Cafe (3rd) – open to 11pm Wednesday to Saturday and 10pm Sunday
  • Nous (9th) – open 7 – 10.30 pm 7 days a week
  • Saveurs Veget’Halles (1st) – open to 11pm Monday to Sunday
  • Noglu (2nd) – open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday 7.30 – 10pm

NOTE: Opening times for restaurants in Paris can vary considerably, especially during August when they may close for several weeks and/or work on reduced opening hours. Please ensure you check the website for any restaurant you wish to visit to make sure it’s open on the day/time you plan to eat there.

I’m a frequent visitor to Paris so I keep a Pinterest board for any new Paris restaurants I stumble across. You can follow it here.

Have you been to Paris recently? Do you have any gluten free restaurants which are open on weekday evenings to add to the list above? If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. 


gluten free paris

Gluten Free Tips France

In recent years Paris has seen the blossoming of many wonderful gluten free restaurants (blog posts from my recent trip here). France used to have a reputation for being difficult for vegetarians with its meat based meals and as being equally hard for coeliacs with its croissants, wonderful patisserie and general lack of understanding on why anyone would not want to each such delicious food items.

So in advance of our trip to south west France, I wondered whether Paris’ new interest in catering to those with allergies / intolerances would have filtered down to the rest of France. In short, the answer was a big non.

It wasn’t impossible to eat out, and in fact we ate out somewhere different every day during our holiday, but it was a challenge. And luckily for my recently returned anaemia, it involved a lot of red meat. We may bemoan our chain restaurants in the UK but at least they can be relied upon to have standard procedures, staff training and information readily available on allergens. France is a country of (mainly) small independent restaurants and they simply do not have the same information as you might be used to back in the UK/US. It is possible to eat out you need to be prepared!

Here’s a few observations and tips if you’re planning to visit France:

Be wary of non specified items the menu: At each meal, the dish described on the menu was not exactly as was to be served. Where there was a description on the menu, it turned out be more of a general idea than a full list of component parts. Ingredients (sometimes of the wheaty variety such as croutons or nuts sprinkled on salads) were simply not listed on the menu meaning a high potential for unexpected passengers in your meal. On one occasion I was served a steak with a <surprise> great mound of pasta, which I promptly had to send back to the kitchen.

  • You will need to ask the waiter to describe every item in the dish to avoid potential allergens from being in your meal
  • I’ve written previously on eating gluten free in France, you might find some of these tips helpful
  • Check on cross contamination with chips/fries as you would at home. I usually scan the menu first to see if there are any other breaded items listed which may be cooked in with the chips and then ask
Look, no meat!

Look, no meat!

(Lack of) allergy labelling: During 10 days in France I didn’t see even one single allergen noted on a menu. Neither did I see a note on any menu or any sign displayed in any restaurant asking diners to speak to staff about allergens in the their dishes. I thought the EU allergen labelling rules applied Europe wide, but seemingly not in the part of France I was visiting.

  • Don’t expect menus or restaurants to display/have readily available the level of allergen information we are used to having in the UK. Use translation cards to explain your dietary needs or learn the words in French for the allergens

Vegetarians: Generally I found very little choice for gluten free vegetarians on menus. And if your child is a gluten free vegetarian, they will have very few/no options for eating out. Omelettes were featured regularly on many menus which is at least one possibility. We even discovered l’Omelettaria in Bergerac where there were a number of veggie options and this was the only place I saw which had a child’s vegetarian meal offered (so long as they like eggs, that is!).

  • Explore the fabulous local weekly markets and pick up beautiful fruit and vegetables. Make up for limited choice to eat out in restaurants by having wonderful picnics in a picturesque spot instead

Service stations: We drove from London down to the south west of France so stopped a number of times, mainly thanks to two small voices in the back of the car screaming “Daddy, park car! Get out! Walk!” Whilst I’m thrilled at how they’re turning into small people able to communicate what they want, singing 62 verses of Old Macdonald’s Farm in one go deserves a break.

Service stations in France are located at regular intervals along roads. Aire stations (which under French law must be no further than 20kms apart) range from those with petrol stations, restaurants and small convenience shops to those which are little more than a clearing alongside the road with a picnic table (and no toilet).

The only pre packaged item I found to eat in any Aire station with a shop/restaurant we stopped at was this tuna salad – complete with test tube of oil/balsamic. It also contained a chocolate chip cookie but both the cookie and the salad were in separate sealed packaging so OK. Otherwise in some service stations there were packs of cheese and ham – but they weren’t sold in all service station shops.

  • If you can, do what the French do and pack a picnic and find a nice roadside Aire station to stop at. Sadly my food organisational / time management skills do not extend this far so I took some emergency snacks in case there was nothing gluten free.

Kids meals: While I am not a particular fan of kids meals, in France many of the dishes from the regular menu were not really suitable for my just-turned 2 year olds. The default kids meal everywhere involved steak haché (basically a good quality hamburger but no bun) and frites. This should be gluten free as it’s essentially just chopped steak with seasoning. Some places had a poached fish fillet and other chicken nuggets (not gluten free) but generally there was little choice. However, as above, I discovered that what was listed on the menu was often not as provided. Mostly the menus stated dessert was ‘Un glace’ – an ice cream. What, in fact, the restaurants offered under the auspices of un glace varied from delicious homemade ice cream to a fluorescent coloured ice pop in a frozen plastic tube to a bowl of Smarties.

  • If you want to avoid disappointing the kids, make sure you ask at the outset what’s on offer (or simply pay the extra to order what they want!)

In general I found it was possible to eat out gluten free in France but I ate a LOT of steak and confit de canard. I speak French quite well but in any case I always travel with the language cards as a backup.

Have you travelled to France recently as a gluten free diner? How did you find it? Perhaps you live in France? I would love to hear your feedback on gluten free dining in France.

Resources for gluten free restaurant dining:

Gluten Free Roads – Very useful app but didn’t have many places listed near where I was in France

Sortir Sans Gluten – Searchable for restaurants (in French but easy to navigate)

French Coeliac Society – their guide (in English) to eating gluten free in France. Contains some phrases to help explain your dietary needs

Manger Sans Gluten – searchable map for gluten free shops and restaurants (also in French but super easy to navigate)

Gluten & Nut Free Paris: Helmut Newcake

Of all the gluten free places in Paris I wanted to visit on my trip, Helmut Newcake was at the top of the list. I’ve seen literally hundreds of photos blogged, tweeted and instagrammed about their stunning gluten free creations since the opened a few years ago. Yet, in the end, it turned out to be my final stop.

Helmut Newcake is a 100% gluten free bakery which has two locations. The larger cafe is close to the trendy Canal St Martin at 36 rue Bichat, 75010 Paris. The other, smaller location is located at 28 rue Vignon in the 9th arrondissement. I visited the latter shop. I’d read that it was takeaway only at this location so I was anticipating a small counter style outlet. In fact, they are two high tables with bar stools so if you wanted to eat in (which I did), you could.

Like Chambelland, I’d emailed Helmut Newcake in advance of my visit to check out the nut free options. They’d only told me there were some and should check in store on my visit. I was very pleasantly surprised to find there were in fact quite a few options.

Helmut Newcake - Gluten Free Mrs D

I couldn’t eat the items with pastry bases as these contained nuts (shame, don’t they look so pretty?) but many of the other products were fine.

I was overjoyed to find I could eat this salted caramel eclair. Anything salted caramel is a total winner in my book and this was no exception.

Helmut Newcake - Gluten Free Mrs D

I visited en route to the Eurostar and I’d wanted to take some items home to London with me. However, on the day I visited the weather was sweltering hot so I decided bringing any cream based cakes back to London would probably be a bad idea.

Helmut Newcake - Gluten Free Mrs D

Instead I chose this. I have no idea what it’s called, but it’s possibly the best cake I’ve ever eaten. Kind of a chocolate cake in a cake. With a sort of crusted top. The chocolate part in the centre was a different texture to the outer structure. If you see this, don’t leave Helmut Newcake without (at least!) one.

Helmut Newcake - Gluten Free Mrs D

They looked much more beautiful before their trip back on the Eurostar to SW London

I also bought these biscuits. I learnt a lesson here. I always think about bringing treats home for Mr D. I learnt now I need to bring them home for the mini Ds too (well, at least for the one who has the sweet tooth) because most of my biscuit was handed over to Mini D1. Once I’d given her a small piece she was pretty insistent about me handing over as much as she could squirrel away into her cheeks.

In terms of the range of products on sale in the two Helmut Newcake outlets, the chap at rue Vignon told me they were exactly the same. So whichever location you choose to visit, you can be assured of tasting a superb gluten (and nut) free creation.

Location: 36 rue Bichat, 75010 Paris and 28 rue Vignon, 75009 Paris
Would I go back? Certainly! As far as gluten free cakes and patisserie in Paris is concerned, I saved the best to last.

Gluten (and Nut) Free Paris: Chambelland Bakery

I very rarely write on this blog about my nut allergy (I’m allergic to almonds, hazelnuts and chestnuts). Although the consequences of me eating nuts are more immediately severe than eating gluten, I generally find it easier to avoid nuts than gluten. I think it’s lucky I’m not particularly fussed about eating cake, despite what you will see in the blog posts about Paris!

The trouble is that of all the nuts a Coeliac could be allergic to, almonds are probably the worst. The ubiquitous gluten free brownie usually contains them. Many cake companies use ground almonds to enhance the texture of gluten free cakes, biscuits and pastries. So on the odd occasion I do fancy a sweet treat AND I manage to find a gluten free option, my excitement is almost always quashed with the response that the gluten free cake contains almonds.

Knowing this, and that I’d have limited time in Paris to visit patisseries, I emailed a couple of the gluten free bakeries in Paris to check whether they also had nut free options.


Chambelland kindly provided the following list of options which are both gluten and nut free. Unfortunately anything with a pastry type case/base was not an option for me as they contained nuts but there were plenty of fantastic alternatives:

– Le browkie (a cross between a cookie and a brownie)

– Les chouquettes (choux pastry sprinkled with pearl sugar)

– Les cakes au citron et au chocolat (lemon and chocolate cakes)

– Le rocher à la noix de coco (a sort of coconut macaroon)

– Le coco chambel (bar made with sesame, chocolate chips and honey)

– Le moelleux au chocolat (basically a cold version of a melting middle chocolate pudding)

After a long day in the office it was touch and go if I’d get there. I’m so glad I did. The bakery is very elegant. Even though I arrived towards their closing time, there was a long line of Parisiennes picking up their gluten free sweet and savoury treats.

Chambelland is a 100% gluten free bakery. They use rice and buckwheat flour in their products which are naturally gluten free.

The breads here are outstanding (NB one bread on sale contained hazelnuts). I’d like to come back and pick up some slabs of their bread to take for le picnique with some fabulously stinky Epoisses and oozy, gooey Camembert in one of Paris’ parks.

Of the sweet treats I bought, this moelleux au chocolat was outstanding.

Chocolate heaven

Location: 14 Rue Ternaux, 75011 Paris


Would I go back? Bien sur! I’m dreaming about a cheese feast in Paris with a slab of the Chambelland bread.

For more posts on Paris, please click here.

NB Whilst Chambelland is 100% gluten free, they do have nuts on the premises and in some of their products. If you have a serious nut allergy, please do your own due dilligence before visiting. 

Gluten Free Paris: NoGlu

I’d been looking forward to visiting NoGlu for dinner for quite some time. I’ve read plenty of blog posts and photos tweeted about this 100% gluten free restaurant in Paris. It is also one of only a handful of gluten free restaurants open in the evenings.

NoGlu is located on the bustling Passage des Panaoramas, the oldest of the Parisian covered passages. The passage’s name has always seemed a bit familiar to me but I’d never known why. I discovered why when I met my great friend N at NoGlu for dinner. I’d visited the passage a long time ago when N had been living in an apartment directly above the Passage.

NoGlu occupies two floors. On the ground floor is the open kitchen with a single row of counter level seats facing it. We were seated in the dining room on the first floor. On the night we visited, a couple of tables were occupied by French speakers but at the majority of the tables were seated Brits and Americans. There are a few tables outside and it would be worth reserving these if you’re there on a hot night as it gets warm inside the restaurant.

The regularly changing menu is written up on a blackboard.

NoGlu gluten free menu

For starter N and I chose the burata with heritage tomatoes and seared tuna tataki which we shared. I loved the burata, it was so flavoursome. However I was a bit disappointed all of the starter options were naturally gluten free meals. I would’ve liked to have chosen something which contained at least an element of something which was normally contains gluten but had been made gluten free.

For main I chose the chicken burger. I was really impressed with the quality and non flakiness of the burger bun. The chicken burger wasn’t entirely what is expected, the burger was made of pieces of chicken rather than minced chicken made into a burger patty. But nonetheless tasty an I enjoyed it. N chose the sea bass fillet for her main.

As usual, I’d been in touch with NoGlu when making the reservation to discuss what nut free as well as gluten free menu options they would have. They advised their desserts did often contains nut but said they’d let the patisserie know and hopefully on that day a dessert would be prepared which didn’t contain any nuts. Lucky me, it was gluten free profiteroles:

gluten free profiteroles

These were so good and worth a trip to Paris in itself just to try them.

If you’re in Paris and gluten free, NoGlu is a must-visit on your trip. If you can’t visit the restaurant, they have a small takeaway shop in a unit opposite the restaurant which is open during the day.

Where: 16 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris
Cost: EUR 55 per head for 3 courses and a couple of glasses of wine
Would I go back?: Absolument! Good value, delicious cooking in a historic location at a very reasonable price