La Guinguette D’Angèle: Gluten-Free, Vegan Comptoir

 
 

 
 

I had my first tarte au citron recently, and it was magic- vegan, gluten-free, and delicious. Do you know what it's like, living in Paris without even being able to try a tarte au citron? It's a Sisyphean tragedy.

Angèle Ferreux-Maeght grew up partly in Paris, partly in the garden, with a family that appreciated fine cooking and quality (her family's gallery, the Maeght Fondation, is one of my favorite places in France, with works from Braque, Chagall, Miro, Calder, and others). By age 18, she was serving up local, organic food at the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market, before moving to Australia, where her passion for healthy, clean eating developed. After studying naturopathy at Le Cenatho, she started a catering business with clients like Chanel, Kitsuné, Louis Vuitton, and Inès de la Fressange (catering weddings, private dinners, and brunches as well). Now La Guinguette d'Angèle, a beautiful "comptoir detox," is open at 34 Rue Coquillière, a stone's throw from the Louvre and Quartier Montorgueil.

Focusing on local, organic, and seasonal produce, La Guinguette d'Angèle offers raw, vegan, gluten-free desserts and lunches to go. Detoxifying juices and citrus or cucumber infused water accompany matcha lattes and house-made kombucha. One day I had the "red fruits" kombucha, strawberry-topped lemon tartelette, raw "cheesecake" with edible violets, giant (perfectly chewy) carob chip cookie, and fondant cake made with carob, avocado, coconut, and sesame seeds. Like Schmidt, I always thought carob was fake hippie chocolate- but everything tasted incredible, completely indistinguishable from gluten-and-animal-product-containing counterparts. Another time I had green juice, vegan yogurt with pecan maple granola in a cute, zero-waste friendly Weck jar, and a deliciously filling bento with shitake mushrooms, edible flowers, sprouts, tasty kale chips, red cabbage, and almonds. Everything was spectacular and traveled well to Palais Royal, where I met my friend Joanna, picnicked in the garden, and chatted with two old ladies who dared me to walk on the grass, "pour quelques photos." I don't know how they do it- the cookies taste just like my mom's!

Portions are generous and the prices low- a big salad, dessert, and drink for 12€, or individual desserts at 3€ apiece.The team is really friendly and a picture of glowing health, with flowers in their hair and big smiles on all faces. Everyone seems enthusiastic about what they're doing- when one girl opened up a box of tarte au citron for the day, she exclaimed, "Wiaou, so beautiful!" in English, with a cute accent. I looked at the woman ahead of me in line and we both started laughing. That place put me in a good mood for the rest of the day.

I should have written about La Guinguette d'Angèle sooner- it opened six weeks ago- but I've been burned so many times before by gluten-free food in Paris. The pocket-sized shop is a wonderful addition to Paris' gluten-free offerings, very few of which make anything vegan. La Guinguette d'Angèle is open Monday through Friday from 11 am to 3 pm for takeaway. If you get there right at 11, you might have to wait, but it's worth it. Pull up a chair at the tiny table, pour yourself a glass of cucumber water, and sip until all the freshly-made orders arrive- they'll be sold out by noon!

P.S. My husband says I should add the meaning of the word "guinguette." These are taverns along the Marne where people listened to accordion and ate and drank merrily. Van Gogh and Renoir painted them, and there are still a few left over today outside Paris. He says it's a very French thing :)

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6 comments:

  1. Ariana, I really enjoyed this post. You have a wonderful way of telling a story and connecting with people. Paris is a city full of passing encounters like this, but I've lived here so long (after the US, Korea two years, and the UK four years) sometimes I take it for granted.

    I love La Guinguette D'Angèle. I have enjoyed the carrot cake at events only thus far but will make a point to try the new shop. It looks lovely.

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    1. Hi Ji! I want to try the carrot cake! It looks so beautiful with the flowers on top.

      The shop is really lovely. As usual my pictures don't do it justice, but it's wonderfully presented. Thanks for your comment!

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  2. yessssss...... i'm gluten free and vegan as well, visiting paris in four days not knowing where to eat. there's a great list of vegan restaurants on happy cow, but not many with gluten free options. i took french in high school but don't feel confident enough to make a reservation quite yet, so i'm happy to see such a cute place to eat!

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    1. Vice versa is true as well- hardly any gluten-free restaurants offer vegan and soy-free options. I find delicious food all the time at MyFreeKitchen, Nous, Le Cairn, and My Kitchn though- more options than in my hometown in the US! Enjoy Paris, we're having great weather at the moment, and it's still not too crowded. I'm sure your French is great!

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  3. Charming place....I'm amazed at all the gluten-free, vegan options in a place like Paris. When I was there, it seemed they didn't even want to take meat off my salads. Oh well, I suppose I need to speak French with a charming accent!

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    1. Somebody else just told me that too! Yea, not everybody likes to change orders around, but when it comes to gluten, most places are more accommodating. My French friend Karine says she loves American accents!

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