A vegan in Paris? The city of buttery chocolate croissants and delicate macarons and delicious street-side crepes? That was once a near-impossibility without massive sacrifice. But being a vegan in Paris is no longer a challenge…rather a delicious adventure!
Ever since I started French class in the eighth grade, I’ve been a Francophile. I love French movies, music, and art. My ideal vacation is sitting in a Parisian café sipping a glass of French wine while reading a good book. As a long-time vegan, my love affair with France didn’t usually extend to the cuisine. Until now.
I had the great fortune of visiting Paris and the Alsace region with CPG Vegan Trips where we wined and dined from dawn to dusk vegan-style and were treated to several surprises along the way. If you’re planning a visit to the City of Lights, here are seven plant-based places you should check out.
6 rue Mandar, 75002 Paris
Exquisitely decorated pastries are everywhere in Paris making window shopping for macarons and eclairs a drool-worthy Parisian past time. Vegans can do more than just window shop though, thanks to Cloud Cakes. This quaint coffee shop and bakery in the trendy Marais District offers French favorites. You’ll find flaky croissants and pain au chocolat as well as an abundance of delectable treats like brownies, cookies, cupcakes muffins, and more.
They also offer breakfast, brunch, and lunch menus with healthier fare like buddha bowls and acai bowls, and global vegan faves like grilled cheese and avocado toast. Top your meal off with a Matcha or Chai Latte for a kick of caffeine to fuel your afternoon escapades.
24 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
Truly a gourmet experience, Gentle Gourmet near the Place de Bastille is open for dinner on Fridays and brunch and afternoon tea on Sundays. For ten years, Gentle Gourmet has been treating diners to seasonally-inspired haute vegan cuisine. They’re on a mission to combine “the finesse of French gastronomy with an ethical and ecological dimension, all the while preserving that of pleasure.” Fait accompli! This place is a feast for the senses with inventive plate presentation ensuring you eat with your eyes before savoring every last bite.
Our party enjoyed a delicious multi-course meal starting with a beet and carrot sauerkraut salad and flatbread topped with shiitake mousse. Then we were served roasted onion forbidden risotto, celeriac puree with roasted Brussels sprouts and carrot medallions, and toothsome shaved seitan. Finally, we enjoyed the house-made ice cream topped with spun sugar.
Paired with local wine, this is a gourmet treat even the most hard-core carnivore will enjoy. Reservations are recommended.
55 rue des Archives, 75003 Paris (Hank Burger)
18 rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris (Hank Pizza)
No matter where you are in the world, sometimes you just crave pizza and burgers. If you’re in Paris and having a hankering, Hank Burger and Hank Pizza are there for you.
At Hank Pizza, you can choose from slices of La Montagnarde, a pizza topped with melted vegan cheese, potatoes, mushrooms, red onions or La Mama, tomato sauce, tomatoes, home-made vegan ricotta, and pesto of basil with pine nuts. The creative concoctions are piled high on focaccia-like dough.
A few blocks away at Hank Burger, you can choose a house-made burger or a Beyond Burger with creative toppings like La Catcheuse, which is topped with sweet and creamy mustard sauce and alfalfa sprouts or Tata Monique with original tomato and basil sauce topped with minced black olives. Be sure to grab extra napkins for these messy burgers—or just lick your fingers—they’re that good!
These small, yet bustling joints are open 365 days a year making them great destinations for holidays when a baguette and French fries are looking like your only options. If you’re really hungry, try one of their combos like the petit menu: 1 Hankburger + 1 side + 1 beverage for just 13,00€ (or about $15 USD).
Afternoon Tea at the Shangri-La Hotel
10 Avenue d’Iéna, 75016 Paris
When our bus pulled up at the Shangri-La Hotel, a five-star luxury hotel steps away from the Eiffel Tour, I thought there must be some kind of mistake. With suites going for up to $20,000 a night, just walking through the lobby makes you feel like a million dollars. The staff took our coats as we entered the tea room and offered us jasmine or black tea. I ordered jasmine, which was fragrant and perfectly steeped. But let’s not kid ourselves, the real stars of the show were the pastries and sandwiches.
Mini crustless sandwiches with cucumber, cream cheese, and roasted vegetables with red pepper spread? Yes, please! Coupled with spring rolls, they provided a savory bite before diving into the sweets. Relishing every nibble of a veritable tower of scrumptious scones, tea cakes, flaky shortbreads, and tarts while being serenaded by a lounge singer is an experience I won’t soon forget.
The 100% vegan afternoon tea includes ten pastries and savory mini sandwiches. It is available at the lounges at 45 € per person (80 € for two) every day from 3 to 6 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
Vegan Grocery Stores in Paris
Whether you’re AirBnB’ing it and looking to make some meals at home or planning a picnic in the park, fresh fruits and vegetables are on display in beautiful stalls all over the city and there are several all-vegan grocery stores to meet all your shopping needs in the Marais neighborhood.
64 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003 Paris
Un Monde Vegan offers cases full of a huge variety of vegan meats and cheeses, plant-based milks and other grocery staples. They also have shelves full cruelty-free personal care products and vegan cookbooks.
31 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris
Mon Epicerie Paris offers vegan wine, chocolate, staples and gourmet specialties and the best cheeses on the other side of the Atlantic.
Grab some cheese by Les Petits Veganne! The Camembert and Bleu Lorrain are by far some of the best I’ve ever eaten. Pick up a baguette, a tin of faux gras, and a bottle of vegan vin and have a picnic on the Seine for an authentic Parisian experience.
Whether you’re flying solo or going with a group (CPG Vegan Trips is offering another Alsace adventure in December 2019), being vegan in Paris has never been easier! There is vegan food seemingly everywhere.
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