How to eat like vegan & vegetarian Parisians: top 7 places to ditch meat in Paris
Paris is a wonderful city, yet it can still be frustrating for us non-meat eaters – even in 2018! All too often, we sit down in a café, only to realise that the only vegetarian or vegan option is to take the steak off the steak frites!
Yet after living in Paris for a year, I’ve found it to be one of the most veg-friendly cities I’ve visited.
There have been a lot of changes recently, so I’ve put together my go-to list of the top places to eat great plant-based dishes in Paris.
- In a previous MyFrenchLife™ article, some great spots were offered if you’re keeping meat off your plate
- In this article, I’m hoping to show you that it is possible to eat vegetarian (and even vegan!) in Paris – just like a true Parisian
This lively, international city reflects worldwide trends – and with vegetarianism and veganism growing so rapidly, so are the superb food options in Paris…
Eating vegetarian: French brasseries
Despite a very recent ban in France on meat-like terms being used for vegetarian food, French-style brasseries serving vegetarian burgers, pizzas and more are thriving.
If you’re looking for a traditional soirée Parisienne dining on the terrasse in a great, central location, then check out these spots:
1. Brasserie 2ème Art
Located on a quiet street in the heart of the second arrondissement, Brasserie 2ème Art is the perfect place to wine and dine for either lunch or dinner. And it’s just a stone’s throw away from bustling streets, shops, and bars.Brasserie 2ème Art
49 Rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris, France
Métro: Etienne Marcel, Bourse, Chatelet – Les Halles
2. Brasserie Lola
This brasserie is a hidden gem in the quiet streets of the 15th arrondissement. From the outside, it seems to be your typical, busy Parisian café… but the whole menu is vegan! The atmosphere, staff, and food are all equally fantastic – so it’s well worth the travel, even if you aren’t in the area.Brasserie Lola
99 Rue du Théâtre, 75015 Paris, France
Métro: Avenue Émile Zola
3. Le Faitout
For a slightly different atmosphere (but traditionally French nonetheless), don’t miss Le Faitout.
Try a vegan cheese board, or the assiette chaude for a tapas-style treat just steps away from the lovely Buttes Chaumont park. This is the perfect spot for families, groups of friends, or a romantic evening meal.Le Faitout
23 Avenue Simon Bolivar, 75019 Paris
Eating vegetarian: the Francophone world (and beyond!)
With many restaurants inspired by the cuisine across the Francophone world and ex-colonies, Paris offers more than just traditional European-French cuisine.
And there’s more than just falafel – even though it’s absolutely delicious! For a taste experience that takes you overseas, make your way down to:
4. Jah Jah by Le Tricycle
The first of its kind, Jah Jah offers African and Jamaican-inspired vegan cuisine, with some truly unique dishes. I would recommend the ‘bowl of the day’ – always filling and healthy!Jah Jah by Le Tricyle
11 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010, Paris
Métro: Bonne Nouvelle, Château d’Eau
5. Tien Hiang
Tien Hiang serves up Vietnamese vegetarian dishes at affordable prices. Try the lunch menu until 2.30pm for a modest 12€ – dessert included!
Both restaurants are a short walk away from Canal Saint Martin, so you can stroll down for a glass of wine by the water after filling up on delicious food.Tien Hiang
14 Rue Bichat, 75010, Paris
Métro: Goncourt, République
Eating vegetarian: the French café experience
Perhaps you’re also missing the little French things in life… such as croissants!
For those of us who are either vegan, dairy or gluten-free, it can seem impossible to enjoy some of the smaller French delights.
Many cafés now offer dairy-free, gluten-free alternatives to some of our favourite drinks and snacks:
6. Cloud Cakes
Still fairly new to the area, Cloud Cakes is very popular with residents and tourists alike.
This café offers soy and almond-based hot drinks, smoothies, vegan croissants, cakes, salads, and soups. Grab a coffee and a sweet treat in this quiet spot, perfect for getting some work done.Cloud Cakes
6 Rue Mandar, 75002, Paris
Métro: Étienne Marcel
7. Strada Café
For a similar atmosphere, buzzing with people from all over the world, try Strada Café. Here, you’ll find many dairy-free milk alternatives, as well as a range of vegetarian and vegan lunch options. Check out its two great, central locations.Strada Café
24 Rue Monge, 75005, Paris
Métro: Jussieu Strada Café
94 Rue du Temple, 75003, Paris
Do you have any suggestions for plant-based eating like a true Parisian? Vegetarian or Vegan – Let us know in the comments below!
1. Vegetables, by Natalie Walters via Unsplash
2. Brasserie 2ème Art, via Facebook
3. Brasserie Lola, via Instagram
4. Le Faitout, via Instagram
5. Jah Jah by Le Tricycle, via Instagram
6. Tien Hiang, by @kaltrinamata via Instagram
7. Cloud Cakes, via Instagram
8. Strada Café, via Instagram
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