Everybody dreams of visiting the "Ville Lumière" at least once but while it is considered a paradise on earth from a culinary point of view
, it still has a long way to go when it comes to gluten-free foods...
The city by the Seine has always had a powerful attraction for tourists from all over the world. There is no “low” season in Paris
. This need not frighten us, because Paris has the advantage of being a real metropolis. The tourist districts are well defined. If you don’t want to wait in line for hours to visit the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre
, you can avoid the mass of tourists and just let yourself be carried away. As a direct consequence of the French centralism, Paris is the core of the cultural life of the country,
with a variegated program of activities that can be found on any calendar of events such as Pariscope or Officiel des Spectacles. Most people are happy just window shopping outside the haute couture boutiques. And after admiring the luxury shops and designer boutiques, you can really splurge at one of the many lively flea markets, which they call Marchés aux Puces, even if you haven’t got much to spend. A few, like the Marche d'Aligre, the Puces de la Porte de Montreuil and Puces de Saint-Ouen-Clignancourt are open every day except Monday.
Coeliac sufferers will unfortunately have to forgot the baguette, croissant and crêpes
. In general, it is not easy to find gluten-free foods and meals in Paris:
in France, fine cuisine is an essential pleasure. People eat and enjoy every sort of delicacy without remorse and look skeptical when anything remotely resembling a "diet" is mentioned
. Restaurants catering exclusively to gluten and other food intolerances are therefore very rare
. For this reason, it is a good idea to gather information before you leave, by contacting the A.F.D.I.A.G., Association Française Des Intolérants Au Gluten
. The association’s website, www.afdiag.org
, provides information only in French. For more precise information, it is best to inquire at the restaurants. The commonplace that not all French people are willing to speak or understand English turns out not to be far from the truth, after all. So you will find it useful to learn this French sentence by heart "Je souffre d'une maladie qui s'appelle la maladie coeliaque et je dois suivre un régime absolument sans gluten"
or use your travel card!