Vegan, mon chèr: Paris has all you need to eat well

By Glauce Ferrari — February 04, 2013

I have been to Paris more than once and I have to say that the The City of Light (or “La Ville-Lumière”) is getting more and more vegan-friendly. If you’ve never been there you will want to go to all touristic places and spend at least one day in the Louvre or a couple of hours walking in the city and I don’t blame you. There are some places in every city that you have to visit, so take your time. But if you want to add some delicious vegan meals to your tour, be ready because Paris has a lot to offer.

The Gentle Gourmet is a vegan café and restaurant and they serve what the French call “bistro food”. I would say it is if not the best, one of the best places to eat today in Paris. If you’re there during the weekend, don’t miss their Sunday brunch. They are also open for breakfast. Food is tasty and well prepared, with the highlight being the desserts. To arrive there you can take the subway (quai de la rapé L5). After eating there you can go to the Place de la Bastille, a historical square where Bastille prison was until 1790. Today the square is home to concerts and events and they are surrounded by cafes, bars, night clubs and concert halls. From there you can go to St. Paul – Le Marais. If you still have time and energy to keep walking you can see the Hotel de Ville, the Chatelet square (the theater with the same name is there too) and arrive at the Louvre (it will be a long walk, but it is lovely).

Another place close to the Bastille area is Loving Hut. The international chain is also in Paris and in my opinion it is the best one in Europe (among the ones I have been, of course!). Their menu is full of amazing food, including starters and burgers. And if you’re an ice cream fan like me, you must try their banana split. To arrive there, take the subway at St. Sebastien de Froissard.

If you’re up for classic American burgers even in France, don’t miss the MOB restaurant. Besides great burgers they also serve soups, pies and donuts and cake. Right across the street it is the entrance of Le Marché des Enfants Rouge, a really nice French market worth the walk. Take the subway Filles du Calvaire to arrive there.

One great place for snacks is Vegan Folie’s (subway Place Monge). They offer cupcakes, “cheese” cake, whoopees and more for a good price and most of their treats are also gluten free and organic. The shop is located on a lovely street, filled with little shops, store and cafes and restaurants.

My last tip is a more expensive one. If you can afford it, it’s worth it: Saveurs Végét’Halles (subway Chatelet). Their dishes are really tasty, well presented and the place is very charming too. One highlight is the vegan omelette. They offer good deals too, like dishes plus dessert.

Now that you know where to eat, the last thing I can tell you is that Paris is a pretty easy place to move around in and you can do it with the subway, walking (in the city centre) or by bike. I’m sure you won’t miss going to the Eiffel Tour, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and the Sacré Coeur, so do it with a happy and full belly!

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Gentle Gourmet:
24 Boulevard de la Bastille
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 11pm and Sunday from 11am to 11pm

Loving Hut
92 Boulevard Beaumarchais
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 10:30pm.

MOB
30 Rue Charlot
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday from 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm and Saturday from 11am to 6pm.

Vegan Folie’s
53 Rue Mouffetard
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11am to 8m.

Saveurs Végét’Halles
41 Rue des Bourdonnais
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 12pm to 3pm and 7pm to 11pm.

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