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Gluten-Free Dining and Bakeries in Paris: NoGlu and Helmut Newcake

Gluten Free French Eclairs – Helmut Newcake

Sans-gluten or gluten-free has not always been the easiest menu requirement to accommodate in Paris. As gluten intolerance gains visibility in everyday culture, it’s no surprise that gluten-free options are popping up all over, even here in Paris, the land of pastries.

NoGlu

The first of the two spots I’d like to share with you is Helmut Newcake. Helmut Newcake is Paris’s first 100% gluten-free pastry shop, located on the, ever so lovely, Rue Bichat right by the hip Canal Saint Martin. This cozy and relaxed tea parlor has more than just pastries; you can go for lunch, brunch, afternoon tea, or just to grab some food to go. Continue Reading »

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Popelini Challenges Macarons As Paris’ Favorite Bite-Size Treat

Carin Olsson

Popelini is a little slice of heaven that specializes in something oh so precious…. choux à la crème. I had passed their adorably lit storefronts many a time, thinking to myself, gosh, I’ve got to check this place out… I finally popped in to give their cream puffs a taste recently, and I was not disappointed.

Meg Gagnard

Popelini is the name of the chef who invented choux à la crème in 1540. Surprisingly enough, he was Italian. Who would have known that this delightful French specialty was conceived in Italy? This cream puff shop, now in two locations in Paris, offers a new spin on the classic pâtisserie, with a variety of flavors made to satisfy all taste buds: from rose & raspberry to lemon, chocolate, and the divine caramel salted butter. Continue Reading »

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Baking For A Cause in Paris: Sugar Daze Cupcake Shop

Sugar Daze, the former Little Miss Cupcake, has been sweetening everyone’s taste buds for the past 4 years with her smashing, internet-only, cupcake business. Cat is also one of the organizers of the annual Cupcake Camp event in Paris, where bakers, both amateur and professional alike, unite with their cupcakes to raise money to donate to the Make A Wish Foundation. This year the event will take place on Saturday, October 27 at Le Comptoir Général. You can find out more on the Cupcake Camp Paris Facebook Page.

In honor of this year’s Paris Cupcake Camp, I stopped by to have a little chat with Cat, my favorite Parisian Cupcaker (and a New Yorker to boot!).  I started out by asking her when she got into cupcakes: “I have been baking FOREVER!  I just love cupcakes. There is so much you can do with them. The flavor possibilities are endless and there are so many ways to dress them up or down. I also like that they are the perfect size for individual snacking!”
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Colorova: Saint Germain’s Latest Neo-Bakery and Fabulous Brunch Spot

The delightful Meg, from De Quelle Planète Es-tu, is not the type to idle her summer away. Always on the lookout for the next hip hangout, she shares her discovery of Saint Germain’s freshest new place to grab breakfast, lunch or a mouth-watering pastry. -Geneviève


Colorova, Paris’ latest neo bakery, opened quietly in August — just in time to welcome hungry foodies back to Paris for the rentrée. Colorova is an atypical patisserie shop and salon de thé, located in the 6th arrondissment, with a menu for breakfast, brunch and lunch, depending on the day and time you pop in.

I stumbled upon it while walking around in the area. I was excited to realize that it happened to actually be breakfast time just then, so a stop-in seemed like the perfect spontaneous thing to do. We were greeted with the entrance’s glowing touches of color and modern elements. I was mesmerized by the organization of the precious pastries and the space’s clean and fresh look. Continue Reading »

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