There are vegetarian options almost in every restaurant and bistro in Paris and the portion of vegetarian dishes in the menus are growing rapidly.
The geographical diversity of France allows French cooks to use many beans, herbs, vegetables and olives.
There are stylish and modern cantinas, conventional cafés showing up around the famous districts of Paris. The concept of an exclusively vegetarian kitchen has become more visible in Paris as well.
We prepared you a list of best options for vegetarian and vegans in Paris to enjoy, whether you are vegetarian, vegan or not.
1. Le Potager du Marais
The "vegetable garden of Marais" as the name translates, is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Paris. The decoration reflects its name: cozy ceiling beams, a stonewall hung with lush plants, big pumpkins and little cherub fountains, and in front of that, tables with candlesticks... Overall, this small, charming restaurant seats 26 people.
The menu at Le Potager du Marais is rather limited, but most of the starters on offer, as well as seven of the eleven main courses, are vegetarian, mainly dominated by pulses, tofu, fresh, crunchy vegetables and beans. The kitchen focuses on using organic products and also offers gluten-free meals.
Address : Le Potager du Marais, 22, Rue Rambuteau, 75003 Paris
2. Arpege Restaurant
Fine dining on vegetarian, skin cousin on vegan. L'Arpège was awarded one Michelin star in 1986, the second soon after and has consistently held 3 Michelin stars since 1996. The World's Best Restaurants voted it the eighth best restaurant in the world in 2018.
Until 2001, L'Arpège was a meat restaurant, but then the famous star chef Alain Passard fundamentally changed his concept, banned meat from the menu and bought a farm from which the vegetables are still delivered fresh every day.
Although some meat dishes have returned to the menu, Alain Passard's vegetarian and vegan menus are world-famous. Innovative creations are served in 12 courses. The varied combinations stand out with their interesting seasonings and are skillfully modified and redefined at the highest level.
The ambience is appropriate, elegant, understated yet cozy, the service is as polite-professional as the pricing is self-confident.
Address : L’Arpège, 84 Rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris
3. Maoz Vegetarian
Maoz Vegeterian has two branches in Paris on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is part of an international fast food chain and specializes in Middle Eastern dishes such as falafel and pita. In addition, there is hummus, fries and a salad bar with a large selection, among other things. Vegan dishes are also offered.
The number of seats is very limited, and most people eat standing up. Its moderate prices and the always fresh and deliciously prepared products make the restaurant very popular.
Address : Maoz Vegeterian, 8 Rue Xavier Privas, 75005 Paris // 36 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006 Paris
4. Carmen Ragosta
If you don't know that this boutique fashion shop in the Canal Saint-Martin area also has a small restaurant, you'll never find it. What looks like a normal shop from the outside surprises the visitor even more on the inside, because here you can not only buy clothes designed by the owner Carmen, but also enjoy her food.
Carmen is a clothing designer and a cook and has managed to combine both in a very charming way in her little boutique.
The selection of dishes is as clear as it is good and lovingly prepared. Vegan or vegetarian food based on lentils and protein is turned into excellent creations at the highest level. Carmen usually only cooks for lunch, brunch is offered on Sundays. Seating is very limited, so reservations are recommended.
Address: Carmen Ragosta, 8 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010 Paris
5. Wild & the Moon
Wild & The Moon has several branches on the right bank of the Seine in the 2nd and 3rd arrondissements of Paris. The locations are decorated in hipster style. The concept is completely vegan, great importance is attached to sustainability, there is no plastic. The aim is to convince the guest with good taste and morals at the same time, the motto is: "Good for you, good for the planet, delicious".
Cold-pressed juices, vegetable drinks, smoothies, salads and small snacks are offered. All products are homemade, only ingredients from organic and local agriculture are used. Sugar, preservatives, gluten or dairy products are completely avoided. Juice cures for a 3-, 5- or 7-day purification are offered, and the products can be ordered and delivered to your home. You have to try the veggie burger, it is amazing !
Address: Wild & The Moon, 19 Place du Marché Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
This small, cosy place near Le Marais with its friendly staff serves juices, acai, smoothies, latte drinks, vegan apple pie and banana bread, veggie toast, salad and soup. The main dish is a stew made from various vegetables and grains.
The atmosphere has a bit of a canteen feel, but the food is all very fresh and tasty. There is a rich selection of vegetarian products and also a large amount of vegan dishes.The gluten-free vegan pancakes are highly recommended.
Address: Kitchen, 74, Rue des Gravilliers 75003 Paris
7. Le Potager de Charlotte
Translated "Charlotte's vegetable garden", this amazing restaurant created by two passionate brothers serves sophisticated yet affordable vegetarian and vegan options.
In fact, it is well know not only for great and unusual recipes but also for the colourful plates decorated with love, fruits and flowers... Don't hesitate to try the amazing vegan deserts, they are among the best in town.
Address : 12 Rue Louise-Émilie de la Tour d'Auvergne, 75009 Paris
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