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The Best Gluten-Free Bakery in Paris


Bread is one of many, many reasons I love visiting Paris. Amazing fact: 32 million baguettes are eaten daily in the country of France. I'll let you in on a little secret...a million of them are eaten by me. But for someone like my husband who has a gluten allergy, a trip to France—proud home of baguettes, croissants, tarts and profiteroles—can feel pretty daunting.


Even though I don't eat a gluten-free diet myself, I love to scout out gluten-free places so Josh can enjoy local foods when we're traveling. Josh was diagnosed with Celiac disease about 10 years ago, so he has to be pretty careful with what he eats. It's fairly easy for him to monitor meals at home, but having a food restriction gets tougher to manage when we're traveling.

Fortunately, there are some simple ways you can make it work. If you or someone you are traveling with eats gluten free, I recommend learning how to ask some basic mealtime questions in the native language of the place you're visiting. For example, before we got to Paris, I practiced saying "Does this have gluten in it?" (Ce la a'til du glutine?) and"Without gluten, please!" (Sans glutine, s'il vous plait!) so we could better communicate his allergy and do our best to avoid sounding like demanding tourists. It was also helpful to know the words for flour (farine) and bread (pain) so I could better describe what it meant to be gluten-free.