The secret life of French vegetarians: the Paris guide
Being in a big city definitely gives you plenty of healthier veggie options! But in Paris, you may think c’est impossible ! Mais OUI, it’s totally possible! Paris is one of my favorite veg-friendly cities in France and boy she’s come a long way baby! So grab a fork and follow me to some of my favorite veg places to eat in the City Of Light! Bon appétit!
L’As Du Fallafel – 34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004
As soon as I get off the airplane, I’m on the metro headed to this place for lunch! Hands down my favorite vegan lunch in all of Paris. It’s a kosher, Middle Eastern restaurant that’s straight forward, non-pretentious, and serves the best damn fallafel sandwich I’ve ever tasted! The pita is stuffed with eggplant, zucchini, cabbages, fallafel, with sauce oozing out of the top. And when I say stuffed, I mean stuffed full of goodies that I smother with the red hot sauce that sits on the table. And it’s a sin if you don’t order fresh cut fries on the side! They have plenty of platters, sandwiches, and sides if you’re not a plant-based peep. I can’t even finish my sandwich; I try and try, it just doesn’t happen! I am stuffed when I leave here, but feel fuelled to walk around Paris for hours.
Zen – 8 Rue Echelle, 75001
This is a great, modern Japanese joint close to The Louvre. So, have a museum day to work up an appetite and then head here for a bite to eat. It’s decked out in bright green and white, and is a cut above the rest in that area. They have plenty of miso, noodles, sake, tofu, sushi – you name it, and it’s all good! I personally love the sesame tofu and the hot chili, spiced soba noodle dish with veggies! The menu is solid with tons of veg options, but if you have a ‘tag-a-long’, non-veg person with you then they will be super happy as well. The service is fast and the food is fabulous. The prices are great for the area and you’ll be the star of the day by suggesting to eat here.
Les 5 Saveurs d’Anada – 72 rue du Cardinal Lemoine, 75005
Who’s looking for a Macrobiotic restaurant in Paris? Voilà! Here it is! 100% Organic, Vegan, Gluten free, Vegetarian and Macrobiotic all under one roof. You just can’t get any better than this. I miss my beloved M-Café in Los Angeles and I’m a fan of the ‘Macro Way’ so sign me up! The plates are nicely sized, you won’t leave feeling deprived or hungry. They offer soups, salads, appetizers, main courses, desserts, wines, juices and teas. The dishes are full of color, grains and goodies for your hot little self. You will definitely feel like you’ve done your body good after eating here. You may even feel compelled to say “Namaste” to your server.
Vegan Folie’s – 53 Rue Mouffetard, 75005
Who wants dessert? Moi, moi, MOI ! Of course I saved the dessert for last! This is an organic and vegan confection cutie cupcakery. They offer sweet and savory cupcakes with fun names like ‘Austin Flower’, ‘Amanda Délire’ and ‘Choc Norris’, to name a few. My personal favorites are ‘Sid Delicious’ which is fleur d’oranger flavor, and ‘John Lemon’ which is Lemon/Ginger confit. Doesn’t that make your mouth water? They also have Gluten-Free options, cheesecakes, brownies, cookies and savory cupcakes too. Try an Indian, Italian or Lebanese savory cupcake if you like. There are a few seats inside but it’s mostly a ‘to go’ kind of place. But go, go, go for sure. Do you have any more top vegetarian eateries in Paris to suggest? We’d love to hear about them!All images by Tina Chevalier
1. The window at L’As du Fallafel
2. My Veggie Fallafel Sandwich and Fries at L’As du Fellafel
3. Spicy Soba Noodle with Veggies at Zen Restaurant
4. The window at Les 5 Saveurs d’Anada
5. Cupcakes in the window at Vegan Folie’s
6. The window at Vegan Folie’s