Eating Vegan in Paris
Oh my goodness my long weekend in Paris was absolutely brilliant! Exploring the city with my mum and brother was fantastic, but more details on that in my next post - this one’s all about the food I had on my trip.
The famous buttery pastries, gooey cheeses and juicy steaks typical of French cuisine aren’t the most vegan of all foods, so you’d imagine it’d be rather tricky to find vegan options in Paris. But with the ever-growing popularity of veganism, slowly but surely more and places offering vegan options are starting to pop up. Locating them was a little tricky, but I found using HappyCow (a website that lists different places with vegan food) really helpful in narrowing down the search.
Both my mum and brother eat meat, so it did take a fair bit of planning and research to try and make sure we didn’t just eat at all-vegan places (it was only fair that they got to enjoy classic French food while we were in Paris after all). We all agreed it was quite a fun experience locating different vegan places - hunting for these alternative cafes and restaurants led to us exploring parts of the city we’d never have been in otherwise!
Anyway, enough talking: here are pictures of the food I had…
Although Paris does have a few all-vegan cafes, all of the ones I’ve mentioned do serve non-vegan food too so these places were great to visit to cater for all different diets. Almost all of the food was absolutely delicious (the only one I wasn’t a big fan of was the salad from Galerie 88) and you can find more details about most of the places on HappyCow. The best place was definitely Kitchen Paris: the pancakes were divine and I loved the açai cup too (my first ever açai smoothie too!) - worth a visit for vegans and non-vegans alike, as well as for those following gluten-free diets. Extra bonus: the staff all speak very good English too so it’s a huge help if you’re terrible at French like me!
Overall, I’d advise just making sure you do your research on different places you can eat before going away - it makes it so much easier once you’re there. Before heading to Paris I marked all of the different places I liked the look of on a map to help us figure out where we were closest to. Definitely make sure you take plenty of vegan snack bars with you too (I love Nakd and Pulsin) as a back up in case you can’t find anything at all - it’s super important to keep your energy up while you’re away. Most of all just remember to enjoy the trip and don’t be afraid to try new types of food - part of the fun of travelling is going a little out of your comfort zone!
I’d love to hear if you’ve tried any of these places in Paris or have any recommendations of your own for good places to eat. Make sure to check back in a couple of days to see photos of all of my touristy exploring in Paris too!