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!
Is Paris vegan friendly?
First things first, many vegans visit Paris and worry that there will be a dearth of options when it comes to animal product free cuisine in the French capital city. Luckily, this couldn’t be further from the truth and there are a myriad of options to suit every budget and foodie preference! Paris is very vegan friendly!
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! 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. Finally, if you’re looking for a pocket sized companion to explore vegan Paris, consider purchasing this vegan guide to Paris (it’s in French!).
How do I know if the Parisian restaurant I’m visiting is vegan friendly?
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. Traditional French bread (like baguette) contains no animal produce. 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:
Address | 118 Rue des Moines, 75017 Paris
For 100% vegan dishes in the very heart of Paris, Vegan Hero is well-reviewed and can be found in the 17th arrondissement of Paris. Serving fast food, menu specialities include burgers, fries, vegan kebab, and a selection of delicious desserts. The menu isn’t long, but the food is all vegan and service is generally fairly fast.
Loving Hut Paris [PERMANENTLY CLOSED]
Address | 92 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75011 Paris, France
For those in the know, Loving Hut Paris locations can be found in various locations across France (as well as in other vegan European destinations, such as Prague), 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.
SO NAT – Notre Dame de Lorette
Address | 5 Rue Bourdaloue, 75009 Paris
In the 9th arrondissement, SO NAT is to be found close to the covered passages of Paris and, despite what you might think, the name actually stands for ‘So Natural’. All the products served are organic and 100% vegan, meaning that no animal products are used in the food. The restaurant is a fairly unique concept, in that only bowls are served and these are priced at around €10.
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’. As of 2019, Hank Vegan Burger has two locations in Paris, one in Le Marais, and the other in the 9th arrondissement of the city.
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 | 23 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris
Steps away from the iconic Canal Saint Martin, a chic, trendy, and hip neighbourhood in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, Sol Semilla is a well-reviewed vegan Parisian restaurant. Visit during opening hours, and you can expect menu items to include the likes of veg-heavy dishes, including soups and bowls.
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, not far from rue Montorgueil and Stohrer, the oldest patisserie in Paris.
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.
Aujourd’hui Demain (Today Tomorrow) Vegan Restaurant
Address | 42 Rue du Chemin Vert, 75011 Paris
Concept stores are not new to Paris, with Merci drawing in crowds from far and wide for the past few years. But what makes Aujourd’hui Demain perhaps so unique is that it’s a vegan concept store. Selling a wide array of vegan products including groceries and clothing, the shop also functions as a meat-free café offering both sweet and savoury options.
Laélo [PERMANENTLY CLOSED]
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!
La Palanche d’Âulac
Address | 13 Rue Rodier, 75009 Paris
If you’re looking for vegan Vietnamese food, then you need to look no further than La Palanche d’Âulac. Located in the 9th arrondissement of the city, not far from the Palais Garnier Opera House, this Paris-based restaurant offers soups, spring rolls, salads, and a wide selection of noodle dishes.
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.
Address | 23 Avenue Claude Vellefaux, 75010 Paris
Popular and well-reviewed, Bodhi Vegan is in the 10th arrondissement, not far from Canal Saint Martin. The restaurant is self-described as serving South East Asian food, and in particular, Vietnamese. On the menu, you’ll soon discover vegetarian dishes such as spring rolls, meat free ‘shrimp’ tempura, maki, mango salad, and more. All in all, the dishes are full of mock meat (and ever so delicious) ingredients.
East Side Burgers
Address | 60 Boulevard Voltaire, 75011 Paris
You may be surprised to find so many vegan burgers and hotdogs on the list, and before visiting Paris as a vegetarian I certainly was too! However, this well-reviewed fast food joint can be found on Boulevard Voltaire and offers various burger flavours and styles throughout the week. Check their website for the exact specialities of the day!
Address | 83 Rue de Rochechouart, 75009 Paris
If you’re looking for a laidback vegan restaurant with a casual vibe, then be sure to head to Bulldog Vegan in the 9th arrondissement of the city. Serving a large range of vegan pizzas and other vegan junk food, the veggie-friendly Parisian restaurant is easily one of the best rated in the city.
Address | 24 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris
Situated close to Porte Saint-Denis and not far from Gare du Nord, the cosy Vegebowl serves a variety of vegan dishes, including noodle bowls, meat-free starters, and even sushi! I particularly loved their crispy noodles paired with some sake. Please note that bank card is only for purchases of €15 or over. The dishes are 90% vegan and 100% vegetarian, so if you’re vegan check before ordering any dishes!
Address | 123 Boulevard Voltaire, 75011 Paris
For those with a sweet tooth, a visit to VG pâtisserie is an absolute must! Well-reviewed and serving all vegan products, this Parisian patisserie is a dessert lover’s dream. From typically French items made vegan (think macarons, croissants, and pain au chocolats), there are also some more unusual cakes on the menu.
Address | 53 Rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris
For those who are in search of traditional French breakfast foods but with a vegan twist, then Vegan Folie’s is there to satisfy all of your pastry cravings! Located on the iconic rue Mouffetard, menu items include vegan cheesecakes, cupcakes, and all the other sweets you’ve been dreaming of!
Toutofu, Atelier de soja
Address | 11 Rue Moret, 75011 Paris
As you might expect from the name, Toutofu is a Chinese restaurant serving all kinds of tofu-inspired dishes. But perhaps what makes this vegan Parisian restaurant so unique is that all of the tofu is handmade and there are even sacks of soybeans stacked in the corner of the restaurant! You can also purchase tofu blocks to take away and use in your own home cooking.
Jah Jah By Le Tricycle
Address | 11 Rue des Petites Écuries, 75010 Paris
Situated steps away from Porte Saint-Denis, one of the lesser-known Triumphal Arches in Paris, Jah Jah by Le Tricycle is the lesser-known younger sibling of Le Tricycle vegan café. Serving a small but well appointed menu of fast food such as hot vogs (these are delicious, priced at €5, and topped with guacamole), as well as home blended teas and smoothies, Jah Jah by le Tricycle is well worth checking out on your next trip to the City of Light!
Address | 101 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris
If you wish to visit a vegan Parisian café, then Grounded Paris is the place to visit. Established in 2018 and located in the 11th arrondissement of the city, the coffee shop serves breakfast, lunch, and a mouth-watering selection of cakes from Wednesday through to Mondays on a weekly basis (Grounded in closed on Tuesdays).
Le Potager du Marais
Address | 24 Rue Rambuteau, 75003 Paris
As its name would suggest, Le Potager du Marais is to be found in the medieval quarter of the city. Small and compact, if you want to be able to dine at this vegan Paris restaurant, be sure to reserve seats in advance! Otherwise, you should know that the menu comprises of delectable and delicious traditional French dishes, only meat-free! And when it comes to desserts, there’s even a crème brulée to be enjoyed!
Address | 20 rue de la pierre levée, 75011 Paris
Fairly spacious and with plenty of covers in comparison with some of the other vegan restaurants in Paris, Soya Paris was originally established in 2007 to provide workshops. Soon enough, the operation expanded and now serves delicious vegan lunches and dinners from Tuesdays through to Sundays (Soya is closed on Mondays). Menu highlights include lasagne and homemade garam masala. Main dishes are priced between €16 and €20 each, making this one of the more expensive vegan Paris establishments.
Address | 9 Rue Guisarde, 75006 Paris
Set in two locations across the city (one in Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighbourhood and the other in the 18th), Abattoir Végétal literally translates as ‘vegetarian butcher’. Regardless, this bar, restaurant, and cocktail bar can be found amongst a midst of quaint streets and serves a delightful selection of vegan dishes, as well as vegan brunch in Paris on Sundays.
Vegan Afternoon Tea, Shangri-La Paris Lounge
Address | 10 Avenue d’Iéna, 75116 Paris
For an über luxe experience while in the city, take yourself to the five-star establishment of the Shangri-La Paris. Situated in the 16th arrondissement of the city, highlights of this iconic hotel include a rooftop terrace overlooking the Eiffel Tower (find more details here), and plenty of luxurious foodie experiences.
One of the best veggie experiences in Paris is to enjoy afternoon tea in the lounge. The menu was created by chef Chef Michaël Bartocetti and includes a delightful assortment of sweet and savoury snacks. Though a little pricier than some of the other vegetarian options in Paris, this is certainly one experience you won’t forget!
Address | 23 Avenue Simon Bolivar, 75019 Paris
Fancy trying some of the most delicious cheese boards in Paris, only dairy and animal product free? Well, at Le Faitout in the 19th arrondissement, all of this and more is possible. Serving up a selection of traditional French dishes made vegan, highlights of this well-reviewed vegan Paris restaurant also sells a wide selection of beers and wine.
Gentle Gourmet Paris
Address | 24 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
One of the lesser-known vegan cafés and restaurants in Paris is that of Gentle Gourmet, in the 12th arrondissement of the city. Set close to Bastille, the food served here is part art, part delicious dish. For those who are vegan and yet wish to experience a ‘French bistro’ dining-style experience in the City of Light, this is the place to visit!
Le Grenier de Notre-Dame
Address | 18 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005 Paris
Located in the Latin Quarter area of the city (so called because during the Middle Ages students of the nearby Sorbonne university would converse with one another solely in Latin), this vegetarian and vegan Paris restaurant serves up a selection of dishes in the shadow of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Highlights of the meat-free menu (though some dishes are vegetarian and not fully vegan) include falafels, tart of the day, and several different salad varieties. I’ve never personally eaten at Le Grenier de Notre-Dame but have heard some pretty mixed reviews from friends!