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…

 
 BOL Japanese salad jar from WH Smith at Glasgow Airport

BOL Japanese salad jar from WH Smith at Glasgow Airport

 N'Thai (a ramen-style dish with veggies and tofu) from Dernier Bar Avant la Fin Monde

N'Thai (a ramen-style dish with veggies and tofu) from Dernier Bar Avant la Fin Monde

 the Ripley (coconut chia pudding with a fruit coulis) from Dernier Bar Avant la Fin Monde

the Ripley (coconut chia pudding with a fruit coulis) from Dernier Bar Avant la Fin Monde

 mezze salad (with falafel, veggies and bulgur) from EXki

mezze salad (with falafel, veggies and bulgur) from EXki

 chai latte with almond milk from Kitchen Paris

chai latte with almond milk from Kitchen Paris

 half stack of vegan pancakes and an açai cup from Kitchen Paris

half stack of vegan pancakes and an açai cup from Kitchen Paris

 falafel from a little market

falafel from a little market

 açai bowl from Pret a Manger

açai bowl from Pret a Manger

 soya latte from Pret a Manger

soya latte from Pret a Manger

 green mango smoothie from Cojean

green mango smoothie from Cojean

 coconut dragonfruit bowl and a matcha latte from Le Pain Quotidien

coconut dragonfruit bowl and a matcha latte from Le Pain Quotidien

 strawberry sorbet drink from Amorino

strawberry sorbet drink from Amorino

 simple tomato pizza (can't remember it's exact name but it's the first and cheapest option on the menu) from IT

simple tomato pizza (can't remember it's exact name but it's the first and cheapest option on the menu) from IT

 strawberries from a little market

strawberries from a little market

 Assiette 88 salad from Galerie 88

Assiette 88 salad from Galerie 88

 chocolate brownie from Kitchen Paris

chocolate brownie from Kitchen Paris

 vegetarian pizza (minus the mozzarella) from the Studio Cafe

vegetarian pizza (minus the mozzarella) from the Studio Cafe

 avocado and lentil salad from Pret a Manger

avocado and lentil salad from Pret a Manger

 

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!

 

Heather xoxo

 
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