France generally doesn’t tend to fall in for fad diets. The Atkins craze that swept the States in the early 2000s barely made a blip in the Hexagon. The past two years, however, have seen a noticeable rise in restaurants and bakeries that are actively marketing their food as sans gluten, or gluten-free.
From the formica tables to the sweetly mismatched china, Chambelland looks like any other trendy café in the 11th with the notable exception that all of their food is gluten-free. The only thing “crunchy” at this sleek spot is its literally crunchy (and excellent) five grain bread. The bakery specializes in crusty rice & buckwheat breads using flour from their own mill in Provence. The delicately scented orange flower wand and focaccia are two excellent options for the gluten intolerant and tolerant alike. The small café serves hearty sandwiches (with vegetarian options), soups and salads, plus a selection of cakes, tarts, a brownie cookie hybrid, and even chouquettes for dessert.