Troyes: a “gluten-free” restaurant on the narrowest street in France
That day we did not get up very early… we were in love with the Ghent apartment and in that bed we slept wonderfully. In addition, we had about 5 hours to Troyes, a city where we stopped to avoid driving the almost 1,000km to Avignon at one drive. Avignon was the last stop of the trip.
Until that day we had not found any restaurant, patisserie or establishment that would allow us to eat gluten-free in Troyes. Our intention was to get to the Troyes apartment at lunchtime. At the Spain lunchtime! That is, between 2 and 3 in the afternoon. We arrived there around two o’clock in the afternoon, just to leave the suitcases and make the food… and we did as we could, since this time we did not choose the apartment well. Again, the Romeo House in Verona came to our mind, but this time we could not change. Let’s see… it was not so bad, but it was very old and poorly maintained. And the curtains were typical of another type of establishment… The whole building in general!
After eating, we lay down to rest for a while. We had already driven more than 2,500 km across France, Holland and Belgium. And we had walked more than 120km through Carcassonne, Orleans, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. Troyes was a technical stop to rest from the trip for a day. That day we would eat and dine at home.
At the beginning of the post I told you that we had not found any establishment that served gluten-free food. It was true. During the five hours of travel, Isabel had found a bakery that had the word “gluten free” in the description. It was something! It was the Tonton Farine bakery. We will not give you the address because we do not think it is worth recommending.
After eating, while we were lying on the bed, we took the opportunity to find more information about this establishment. And luckily we did it…
In one of the articles that we read about this establishment, we realized that everything that glitters is not gold. This bakery was sold as “the innovative Troyes bakery”. And so innovative that it offered the “ingredients that were in fashion”. You know what I mean… gluten free! Of course, they served it to you along with a salad with wheat and pips, or next to a bread of wheat flour of those that we coeliacs would love eating. You know, those that creak when you tear a piece, with crunchy crust and very soft crumb, white and without holes… what a disappointment!
Maybe we had read the wrong articles and it is one of the best gluten-free bakeries in France… let us doubt it. After changing our plans to not see this bakery, we went to visit the city. We mainly walked through the old town. Is very pretty! The houses reminded us of those we saw in Dijon or Rothenburg ob der Tauber during last year’s trip through France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland.
But we were not looking for this… we were looking for something smaller! More than small… narrow! Isabel had read that in Troyes we could find the narrowest street in France.
We almost give up! The street is so narrow that we passed it a couple of times. In fact, almost no light enters, and goes completely unnoticed. Once we found it, we only had to walk through it, because photographing it was not possible. At least I did not know how to do it…
Arriving at the end of the street, we found this restaurant… there… hidden. It must already be “professional defect”, but both of us rushed to read the menu. As Isa reads faster than me, she told me: look! They have gluten free bread.
So this is the reason why we talk about this restaurant. We immediately connected to their website and saw that there was no mention of gluten-free dishes. Considering the bad experience of Paris and the recommendation of the Celiac Association of France – grilled meat and vegetables or salad – we preferred to forget this restaurant. Maybe they do it well… or maybe not… we do not know! Too much maybes!
We spent the rest of the afternoon walking to the Cathedral, where we had the last gluten-free cookies we had left. The next day we went to Avignon. The last stop!
You can see the pictures of the trip here.
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P.S.: Please keep in mind that in this blog I share my trips, anecdotes and experiences about gluten free travel around the world. It is possible that, in any of my trips, I go to some restaurant not trained by the associations where the risk of being contaminated with gluten exists. I kindly ask you to also take into account that the list of references can change. Please, always double check before eating in the restaurants we recommend. Thank you very much!
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