This past trip to Paris I had a much easier time. When I went with my family a few years ago, my Paris eating adventures with food allergies were troublesome and frustrating. No one wanted to serve me at restaurants. It was a bit of a nightmare! This time I stayed in an apartment in Paris instead of a hotel and cooked dinner every night. I used the website, http://www.vrbo.com to find apartments to rent for a three night stay in both Paris and Rome. I preferred this approach because my boyfriend and I could go to the grocery store and get ingredients then cook. I would definitely recommend this for Paris travels with food allergies. It is a lot easier to go into a grocery store, find some basics, and then cook something to eat.
Before leaving for France, I brushed up on my French to help when reading the ingredients in the grocery store. I also have a chef card in French that I could have used if we had decided to go out to dinner. I really love cooking though, so it was nice to stay in and cook, then go out.
For lunch, we would get baguettes with tomato, mozzarella, and basil. I did this the first time I was in Paris and I had no problems. When we went this time, we chose a built in stand where they had all sandwiches. The only kind I saw that I was obviously allergic to was the tuna fish. I gave them my card and explained my allergies. They used a clean knife and were great with my allergies. No problems!
Sandwich with tomato, mozzarella, and basil.
All in all, we had a fabulous time in Paris! By the end of the trip, I felt a lot more confident about eating there. It definitely helped to stay somewhere with a kitchen. Cooking made the entire experience worry-free, more enjoyable, and much easier!