I read over this post once I’d finished writing it and realized it sounded a bit like an advertisement. I absolutely hate advertisement-blog posts, so I just wanted to say that’s not my intent. This post is written because sometimes, I want to eat the same food as everyone else (a freakin’ sandwich, or some bread with delicious French cheese on a picnic), and I want it to be as easy and convenient for me as it is for everyone else.
Before I came to Paris, I didn’t know that it would be easy to find gluten free bread, pasta, and cookies in the regular grocery store, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised!
One of the places I frequent is Monoprix (basically a French version of Target), which carries two different brands of gluten free products: Gerblé and Schär.
I’ve tried the gluten free bread from both brands, and have found my favorite to be Gerblé’s which basically translates to “country bread.” Obviously, it’s no baguette, but it’s got a good chew, it’s not too dry, and has more of a “normal” whole wheat flavor. It also holds together nicely, unlike other gluten free breads that tear easily or have large holes.
I also recently tried Gerblé’s Crousti’Pause Cacao Noisette, which are crispy chocolate hazelnut biscuits. I found the exterior to be slightly bland and the texture a little dry and cardboard-y (reminded me of a rice cake), but overall they were ok as a goûter, or afternoon snack, with my tea. I’m curious to try some of their other products too, like the butter biscuits, and I heard that Schär has some gluten free frozen meals too.
Two other stores that carry gluten free products are Naturalia and Bio C’Bon, both of which are natural food stores. I’ve gotten gluten free pasta, crackers, bread and other healthier foods here like jam made without sugar, and tomato sauce and soup made without additives. They’re good for dairy free products as well.
I’ve been so encouraged to find certified gluten free products readily available in Paris!!