Saturday, January 11, 2014

Helmut Newcake, Paris

Although gluten free goods are sort of having a moment here in the United States, since launching Dough gluten free bakery in DC, I've been curious to know about the availability of gluten free baked goods worldwide, especially in advance of our recent honeymoon trip to Paris.

In between admiring historic monuments, viewing priceless works of art, and taking romantic sunset strolls along the Seine, I couldn't wait to sample Helmut Newcake--the first gluten free bakery in Paris. I have to admit, I didn't really know what to expect from this off-the-beaten-track cafe, but I had no need to worry because everything they had to offer was beyond delicious.

Helmut Newcake is particularly unique because they have recreated gluten free versions of all of the most quintessential French desserts. From ├ęclairs to croissants to canel├ęs, Helmut Newcake gives any gluten free connoisseurs an authentic taste of Paris. Opened in 2011 in trendy Canal St-Martin, the bakery uses lots of locally available gluten free flours like chestnut and buckwheat, and even offers another trend catching on in Paris--the Sunday brunch.

In addition to the excellent pastries, is a provides a popular neighborhood hang out spot, with coffee and tea served in adorable vintage china, as well as a few small shelves stocked with gluten free grocery items for purchase.

If you go
36 rue Bichat
Paris, 750010
Metro: Goncourt & Republique
Wed-Sat 12:00-8:00pm, Sun 10:00-6:00pm
Closed Mon, Tues