Paris with a peanut-allergic three-year-old -- tips for delicious nut-free dining?
July 8, 2012 5:02 AM Subscribe
We're heading to Paris for a week -- hurrah! Only catch: my three-year-old daughter has a really serious peanut and tree-nut allergy. She needs to avoid anything that could conceivably contain even a trace of nuts. Is she going to have to live off Goldfish crackers, or can we find safe dining options for her and ourselves?
posted by Yo Soy La Morsa to travel & transportation around Paris, France (9 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
We've got an apartment with a kitchen, so we'll be able to cook for ourselves and prepare picnics. We're also staying near to a Monoprix supermarket, which looks to have pretty decent labeling policies, so we can shop there. But we're raging foodies, and we're eager to find nut-safe options for eating out.
We'd love to feed our daughter baguettes and croissants, but most small bakeries seem to cook pastries that contain nuts. We're also concerned about the presence of lupin in French flour -- apparently it's pretty widely used, and can trigger peanut allergies in a fairly high proportion of sufferers. Are there any good options -- dedicated nut-free bakeries, small places that sell croissants/baked goods but not almond or other nut-based pastries, chains with good manufacturing/labeling practices, etc?
Similarly, my daughter loves crepes, but most of the small street stands use Nutella and hence are off-limits. Any suggestions?
Finally, are there any restaurants (chain or otherwise) that have decent allergy policies? We don't need them to be completely nut free if they take food allergies seriously and have decent labeling. Mrs Morsa speaks fluent French, so she'll be able to explain the situation to waiters/chefs, but we've heard some French restaurants get grumpy about special dietary needs.
So: does anyone have any experience or tips for traveling in France (especially Paris) with nut allergies? We'll be staying in the 5th near the Rue Mouffetard, but would go quite a long way for delicious food.