Vegan in Paris, you say? Well, contrary to popular belief, the vegan scene in the City has exploded in the past few years, with everything from junk food veggie restaurants to fine dining vegan experiences now a la carte and ready for you to experience. Here’s your complete guide on how and where to eat vegetarian and vegan in Paris!
Tips for eating vegan in Paris
When it comes to eating meat-free, dairy-free, egg-free in the City of Love, many restaurants are likely to be much more accommodating than you might expect. Just be sure to ask before you sit down and start ordering! First things first, when it comes to coffee, order an espresso and you can’t go wrong.
Although there are more and more speciality coffee shops focusing on dairy alternatives in the city, in traditional coffee shops and brasseries, it can remain hard to find soya, almond milk, and the like. As such, stick to espressos only and you’ll be fine. Here’s how to order coffee in Paris.
On the food front, be sure to specify that you eat no animal products. If you’re a vegetarian, then bear in mind that many traditional restaurants will still assume that you still eat fish or even chicken. As a result, clarify what you do and don’t eat (and be as specific as possible).
As a vegan, it can be a little trickier as you’ll have to explain that you don’t eat anything cooked in butter etc. While salad is always a possibility, this can soon become boring! With this being said, today there are also quite literally dozens of 100% vegan locations, dotted all around the city.
Before visiting any location, be sure to check it out online first, including the most recent reviews! For example, I visited the traditionally French Brasserie Lola (99 rue du Theatre) just a couple of years ago. At that time everything was 100% vegan. However, with a recent change of management, the meat-free substitutes have since been replaced with actual meat!
If you’re cooking at home or in a flat, then there are also plenty of vegan supermarkets. Naturalia is a large chain store and every shop stocks varieties of tofu and the like. Otherwise, Un Monde Vegan is one of the oldest vegan supermarkets in Paris and inside you’ll find all kinds of meat-free goodies. Here’s my pick of the best vegan restaurants in the city:
Loving Hut Paris
Address | 92 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75011 Paris, France
For those in the know, Loving Hut Paris locations can be found in various locations across France, all serving up fresh and quick meat-free meals. The Parisian location is located to the Richard-Lenoir metro and the focus of the food is on simple yet honest cooking.
Dishes served in the restaurant include pho soup, vermicelli, and French-style crêpes. While this restaurant is vegan and vegetarian, there are still plenty of options on the menu if you don’t eat any animal products! The café also serves hot coffee and sells sweets.
Wild & The Moon
Address | 55 Rue Charlot, 75003 Paris, France
Situated in Le Marais, the food and drinks at Wild & the Moon are all made with a healthy-living ethos in mind. As such, on the menu you can expect to find items such as cold press juices and raw salad bowls. Close by, you’ll find plenty of iconic French attractions such as Place des Vosges and Rue des Rosiers.
Le Potager de Charlotte
Address | 12 Rue de la Tour d’Auvergne, 75009 Paris, France
Serving all manner of French food and with a seasonally-inspired menu, there’s no reason not to visit Le Potager de Charlotte! If you’re looking for a finer dining experience in the City of Love, this family-run restaurant serves delights such as chickpea and rice pancakes served with a cashew sauce, as well as a lentil and mushroom concoction.
Food aside, there’s an enticing drinks menu to pair with the great vegan food. Wines, seasonal juices, seasonal smoothies, and warm beverages are all available to purchase. And, if you’re looking to enjoy a vegan brunch in Paris, then it’s worth noting that there’s also a Petit Déjeuner menu on a Sunday.
Hank Vegan Burger
Address | 55 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris, France
For one of the very best vegan meals in Paris, you simply must head to hank Vegan Burger. There are three set (vegan) burgers on the menu, as well as an ever-changing dish simply known as ‘Le Touriste’. While you can opt to purchase a burger on its own, the full menu option is good value for money and comes complete with chips and a drink (I particularly enjoy the organic cola!) Here’s my full Hank Vegan Burger review!
Address | 6 Rue Mandar, 75002 Paris, France
If you’re a fan of all things pastry related but are unsure on where to find vegan pastries in Paris, then Cloud Cakes have you covered! This coffee shop serves all kinds of yummy cakes and delicious sweets close to Les Halles in the 2nd arrondissement of the city.
Of particular note are the grilled (vegan cheese) and the croissant & coffee combo. Prices are fairly average for even a non-vegan café in Paris and it’s also possible to purchase small snacks such as sandwiches. If you’re looking to visit Cloud Cakes, then be sure to head there earlier in the day as the space fills up fast!
Address | 18 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris, France
In the very heart of Le Marais, Hank Vegan Pizza is the younger sibling of the popular Hank Vegan Burger. So-called for ‘Have a Nice Karma,’ the entire ethos of the company is centred around ethical and generous practices. All the sauces are handmade and there’s even a second Hank Pizza restaurant in Lyon. Here’s my full review of Hank Pizza in Le Marais.
Address | 63 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75009 Paris, France
Situated along Rue de Faubourg, this is the place to head if you’re looking for good vegan pastries! Though there are certainly more options when it comes to vegan sweets in the city, Laélo certainly remains among one of the best places to head to. Highlights of this patisserie include the croissants and quite literally any of the cakes!
L’as Du Fallafel
Address | 32-34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris, France
Head to Le Marais on any given day (apart from a Saturday) and you can expect to find a line stretching all the way down Rue des Rosiers. Everyone here is queueing for the world-famous and extra delicious L’as u Fallafel sandwiches that are large in size and served with hummus and aubergine.
The falafel sandwich is a steal at around €6 and even your non-vegan friends will be happy to visit with you. While in the district, be sure to take your time to explore the historic Le Marais district. Have a little more time? Here’s a free and self-guided Le Marais walking tour to help you get your bearings!
Address | 10bis Rue Vavin, 75006 Paris, France
For those who are looking for vegan fast food at a low price, Hot Vog offers delicious meat free hot dogs close to Jardin du Luxembourg. Created in Spring of 2017, other items on the menu include accompanying snacks and an extensive drinks menu.
Address | 14 Rue Bichat, 75010 Paris, France
Of all the vegan restaurants in Paris on this list, Tien Hiang may well be my favourite. Close to the ever-so-trendy Canal Saint Martin, this restaurant has a dish containing cheese, meaning that it’s not 100% vegan. However, the vegan options are abundant and this Asian fusion cuisine restaurant serves plenty of things from Dim Sum to Pad Thai. Here’s my complete Tien Hiang review.