Gluten-Free diets are vital for any person suffering from celiac disease. It’s also a food trend for anyone looking for a healthy lifestyle though gluten-free places are still hard to find in Lyon. Here’s a list of 5 friendly (and gourmet) places for the gluten-free community.
By Kevin Bonnaud
Les Gasteliers, a new bakery with gluten-free French patisseries
Let’s start by Les Gasteliers in the 6th district. The newest of all gluten-free places, opened since mid-February, is the first bakery to propose exclusively gluten-free French patisseries.
A vanilla mille-feuille, a blueberry or chestnut sweet pie or cream puffs filled with coconut, lime, passion fruit or Chantilly whipped cream… There is also salted pies, biscuits, muffins, cookies and daily specials to bring home or to taste within the café.
Some recipes are lactose-free: raspberry shortcake, chocolate fudge, coconut soufflé and the biscuits all made by Christophe Rasneur, co-founder of the bakery.
The pastry chef use his 25 years of experience to create up to 80 desserts. A professional and personal challenge he knows a lot about. He was allergic to gluten as a kid. His wife, Estelle Mechouet and her brother Fayçal, who work with him in the bakery, are no stranger to the issue as their mother was diagnosed with the celiac disease when they were children.
Meanwhile, if you wonder what to make of the bakery’s name, a gastelier was the name given to bakers back in the middle ages!
123, rue de Seze, Lyon 6, Subway A Massena – 04 78 24 87 11 –
Opening Hours : 8.30 am to 7.30 pm (from 11 am on Mondays).
Prices: 3/5 euros for a pastry or a pie.
My Petite Factory, gluten-free coffee shop
If you cannot tolerate gluten nor lactose, My Petite Factory may become your lunch break canteen. This café decorated like an American coffee shop proposes a new menu everyday with seasonal, organic and local products.
You can choose among different buddha bowls (bowl meal). Red lentil dal, roasted potatoes with a curcuma cauliflower, sweet potatoes and turnips. Daily specials include paprika chicken or curry tofu.
There is also a list of desserts. A carrot or a lemon cake, a vegan cheesecake and muffins made with white chocolate and dried mulberries.
These refreshing culinary creations, with multiple exotic inspirations, reflects the owner’s foreign trips. Virginie Chabert, food blogger and celiac patient since 2012, went to Alain Ducasse’s pastry school in Paris where she took gluten and lactose-free courses before opening her café in 2015.
She is now a teacher herself as the café proposes cooking workshops at home.
My Petite Factory – 17 Rue Neuve, Lyon 1 – Subway A Cordeliers or Hotel de Ville –
04 78 80 54 56
Opening Hours : Thursday to Saturday: 10 am to 7pm
Tuesday-Wednesday: 10am to 6 pm
Monday: 11 am to 3 pm
Prices: formulas between 10 and 16 euros.
Popotte & Co, Welcome Home
Your French friends know exactly what they mean when they talk about their mother ‘s popotte. A familiar term that can be defined by the simple but tasty daily cooking.
It can also refer to the caring atmosphere around a dinner table with family and friends. That’s what Popotte & Co gluten-free restaurant is all about.
Salted panna cottas are served along with a lamb stew made with carots, green peas, tomatoes and turnips or a tabbouleh with mint and cebette onion. For dessert, try the pavlova pastry made with local strawberries and seasonal meringue.
You going to feel at home in a contemporary and colorful decor. If you come during the summer season, you could have a seat in the interior courtyard.
10 Rue de St Cyr – Lyon 9 – 04 26 02 05 75– Subway D – Gare de Vaise
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: Noon-1.30 pm
Friday-Saturday: Noon-1.30 pm / 7pm -8.30 pm (reservations recommended)
Prices: formulas between 15 euros and 18.5 euros / Sunday brunch: 24.50 Euros
Five, Fast and Gourmet
Five, just like the number of allergens (wheat, barley, rye, oat and triticale) banned in any gluten-free diet. You will not find any of them at this self-service grocery restaurant located in Lyon’s third district.
Other allergens used in some dishes are clearly stated in the menu card or tagged on any take-aways.
You can taste daily specials. A Veal breast rolled with herbs and potatoes, roasted vegetables with coconut milk and lime, a tandoori fish.
The self-service restaurant proposes 5 sandwiches and 5 desserts. That’s easy to order! A sandwich with smoked trout, avocado, lemon and red onions. For dessert, try the muffin made with rice flour, grape seed oil, dark chocolate and nuts.
All dishes are made by Pauline Fleuret who worked in five star hotels including the Villa Florentine and the Cour des Loges. She was hired by Arnaud Faure whose wife has suffered from coeliac disease. As a food enthusiast, he followed a professional retraining program at the Bocuse Institute after a career in business and marketing.
69 Rue Moncey, Lyon 3 – Subway B Place Guichard Bourse du Travail or Tramway T1 Palais de Justice – 09 54 11 05 76 – Open on weekdays from 9 am to 5.30 pm.
Prices: around 7 euros for a sandwich, 4 euros for a dessert.
Praline et Fleur de Sel, Gluten-Free crepes
If you follow any diet, you probably think French crepes are your enemy. You may change your opinion a little bit once you went to Praline et Fleur de Sel creperie located in Gerland.
Philippe Liberge, the owner, created a series of Breton buckwheat pancakes with no gluten (though they may have traces of gluten). The original recipes are a testimony of his living experiences.
The crepes seller spent 25 years of his life in Britany, the capital of French crepes and 25 years in Lyon. That’s why the pastry dough is so delicious with products from both regions. Crepes with St Marcellin cheese, sausage of Lyon and even foie gras are worth tasting…
95 Rue de Gerland (Lyon 7) – Subway B Place Jean Jaures – 04 72 70 61 38
Opening Hours: Tuesday: Noon-2pm
Wednesday to Friday: Noon- 2pm / 7-10pm
Prices: Crepes formulas from 11.50 euros to 17.50 euros.
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