Vegetarian Dining in Paris

Vegetarian Dining in Paris

The French have a great respect for fresh and organic produce but France isn’t famous for its vegetarian food. That’s why it’s a good idea for vegetarian travelers in Paris to be prepared. This guide gives you places that serve vegetarian food and are located across the city. The guide includes detailed walking maps with GPS locators as well as the closest Metro stop. You will find places that are exclusively vegetarian or vegan and others that offer meat dishes because I know you may not be travelling with people who share your food philosophy. A lot of the venues are independently owned and close for holidays so check the opening hours carefully. You will probably see the word ‘bio’ a lot. It’s short for ‘biologique’, which is French for organic. Vegan in French is ‘végétalien’. Many eating places favor the ‘formule’ which is a kind of set menu that may simply be a sandwich, drink and dessert in a bakery but could be a 3-course dinner with wine in a restaurant. I have also tried to include places that serve French regional dishes. So if you have an appetite for more than a green salad and you can’t face another pizza margarita, check out some of the following. Bon appétit!
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1. Le Potager du Marais

Le Potager du Marais
This exclusively vegan restaurant is just 100 meters from the Georges Pompidou Centre in the trendy Marais district. Sample meatless versions of regional classics like Auvergne salad and seitan Bourguignon. The English menu clearly indicates gluten-free options. Make a reservation if you plan to dine in the evening or at the weekend. Orders need to be placed 1 hour before closing time. Metro line 11, Rambuteau.
Where to find it:
24 rue Rambuteau, Paris 75003, France

Phone: +33 (0) 157409857

Working Hours:
Wed-Sun: 12:00am-04:00pm; 07:00pm-12:00am

http://www.lepotagerdumarais.fr

2. Pain Vin Fromage

Pain Vin Fromage
‘Bread Wine Cheese’ is 100 meters from the Georges Pompidou Centre. Try traditional fondue made with cheeses from the Savoy region or choose from 5 other fondues made with a variety of French cheeses. Cheese tasting plates, salads and dishes for carnivores are also available. The décor is rustic chalet and really cosy on a cold Paris evening. Metro line 11, Rambuteau.
Where to find it:
3 rue de Geoffroy l'Angevin, Paris 75004, France

Phone: +33 (0) 142740752

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: 07:00pm-11:30pm Closes for 1 month every summer

3. Café Ginger

Café Ginger
This cute café is on a quiet street 150 meters from Place de la Bastille. The owners make everything on site from fresh ingredients. The lunch menu always includes a soup, 5-6 different flavours of quiche or tart as well as vegetable gratins and salads based around a grain or a starch. Gluten and dairy-free diets are also catered for. Metro Bastille (multiple lines).
Where to find it:
9 rue Jacques-Coeur, Paris 75004, France

Phone: +33 (0) 142724383

Working Hours:
Tue-Sun: 12:30pm-04:00pm Sometimes open for dinner in summer

4. Le Grenier de Notre Dame

Le Grenier de Notre Dame
Just 200 meters from the famous cathedral, this plant-filled ‘attic’ has been catering to vegetarians since 1978. It also caters to vegan and macrobiotic diets. The restaurant is on two levels and there is street side dining when the weather permits. It’s a good idea to book for evening and weekend dining. Metro line 10, Cluny La Sorbonne or line 4, St Michel.
Where to find it:
18 rue de la Bucherie, Paris 75005, France

Phone: +33 (0) 143299829

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: 12:00am-02:30pm; 06:30pm-11:00pm

http://www.legrenierdenotredame.fr

5. Caramel Sarrasin

Caramel Sarrasin
Crepes and buckwheat ‘gallettes’ are a specialty of the Brittany region in western France. The chef creates the sauces, fillings and preserves on site from natural ingredients. You won’t see tubs of Nutella in this joint. The gallette itself is vegan and gluten-free but Caramel Sarrasin also caters to carnivores. You can choose your own fillings or one of the chef’s creations. Set menus comprise a savory gallette followed by a crepe filled with sweet fillings like homemade salted caramel or jam. Breton ciders and beers from small producers are also sold. Enjoy the cutely translated English menus and free tasters while you wait. Metro line 7, Le Peletier or a 10-minute walk from Galeries Lafayette.
Where to find it:
47 rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris, France

Phone: +33 (0) 148249250

Working Hours:
Mon-Tue: 11:00am-03:00pm
Wed-Fri: 11:00am-03:00pm; 06:30pm-10:30pm
Sat-Sun: Closed

http://www.facebook.com/caramelsarrasin

6. Soya Cantine Bio

Soya Cantine Bio
Situated in a former tap factory 500 meters from Canal Saint Martin, this light and airy café serves organic vegetarian food in an uncluttered setting. It can get busy though particularly on Saturdays and Sundays when a generous brunch buffet is served until 16:00. The buffet comprises 4 hot dishes, grain-based salads, samosas and felafels, a salad bar, small cakes, fresh juice and tea and coffee. A la carte dining, organic wines and fresh juices are available throughout the rest of the week. Metro line 11, Goncourt.
Where to find it:
20 rue de la Pierre Levée, Paris 75011, France

Phone: +33 (0) 148063302

Working Hours:
Mon: Closed
Tue: 07:00pm-11:00pm
Wed-Sat: 12:00pm-04:00pm; 07:00pm-11:00pm
Sun: 11:30am-04:00pm

http://www.soyacantinebio.blogspot.com

7. Zoé Bouillon

Zoé Bouillon
This quirky neighbourhood café has been serving healthy soups, salads and quiches for 11 years. Most of the menu is vegetarian but some dishes contain meat so check with the English-speaking owner. You can also order your food to go and walk 200 meters to enjoy excellent views of Paris from the Buttes Chaumont Park. Zoe Bouillon is open for lunch and dinner and serves beer and wine as well. Metro line 11, Pyrenées.
Where to find it:
66 rue Rébeval, Paris 75019, France

Phone: +33 (0) 142020283

Working Hours:
Mon-Sat: 11:30am-03:30pm
Wed-Fri: 06:30am-11:30pm
Sun: 06:30am-11:30pm
Closed between Christmas and New Year and during August

http://www.zoebouillon.fr/

8. Cojean

Cojean
This chain of lunch and juice bars offers a healthy fast food alternative to working Parisians. Cojean is committed to using local producers and offering seasonal soups, salads and sandwiches. While not exclusively vegetarian, there is a good range of choices without meat daily. This outlet is open Saturdays and is a 5-minute walk from Galeries LaFayette. Metro line 7 or 9, Chaussée d’Antin La Fayette.
Where to find it:
17 Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 75009, France

Phone: +33 (0) 147702265

Working Hours:
Mon-Fri: 08:00am-06:00pm
Sat: 10:00–06:00pm

9. Atelier Maitre Albert

Atelier Maitre Albert
At first glance this rotisserie restaurant across the river from Notre Dame Cathedral doesn’t seem a likely spot for vegetarians. However they offer a combination of classic French vegetable dishes for around 16 euros. The décor is modern with a welcoming open fire. A good option if you are dining with carnivores. Metro line 10, Maubert-Mutualité.
Where to find it:
1 rue Maître Albert, 75005 Paris, France

Phone: +33 (0) 156813001

Working Hours:
Open every day except on Saturday noon and on Sunday noon.
Lunch: 12:00pm-02:30pm
Dinner: Sun-Wed: 06:30pm-11:00pm
Thu,Fri,Sat: 06:30pm-01:00am

http://www.ateliermaitrealbert.com/

10. Saravana Bhavan

Saravana Bhavan
Part of an international chain, this South Indian restaurant is popular with local vegetarians. Unlike some ethnic restaurants in the city centre, it doesn’t dilute authentic spice levels for French palates. Illustrated menus are in English. Continuous service makes it a handy option if you are in the Gare du Nord area for inter-European train connections. Metro Gare du Nord (multiple lines) exit 1.
Where to find it:
170 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, Paris 75010, France

Phone: +33 (0) 140050101

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: 10:30am-11:00pm
Last orders at 22:30

http://www.saravanabhavan.com

11. Veggie Biologique

Veggie Biologique
A neighbourhood restaurant on a quiet street yet just a 5-minute walk from Musée D’Orsay. Veggie Biologique is exclusively vegetarian and serves seasonal lunch dishes that include vegetable plates, tarts and soups. You can also buy organic fruits and vegetables over the counter. Metro line 12, rue du Bac.
Where to find it:
38 rue de Verneuil, Paris 75007, France

Phone: +33 (0) 142612861

Working Hours:
Mon-Fri: 09:30am-03:00
Closes for 4 weeks in August

12. L’As du Fallafel

L’As du Fallafel
This hugely popular kosher restaurant sells hundreds of felafel sandwiches a day and they really know what they are doing. The flatbread is stuffed with 5-6 crispy but never dry falafel and teamed with marinated eggplant and slightly crunchy cabbage pickles. Don’t be surprised if you have to wait in line. The sit-down restaurant doesn’t offer any additional vegetarian dishes so if weather permits, get your sandwich to go and enjoy it wandering the old Jewish quarter of the Marais. Metro line 1, St Paul.
Where to find it:
34 rue des Rosiers, Paris 75004, France

Phone: +33 (0) 148876360

Working Hours:
Sun-Fri: 11:00am-00:00am

13. Le Loir dans la Théière

Le Loir dans la Théière
The comfy sofas and mismatched tables and chairs at this shabby chic bistro match the homemade philosophy of the menu. Seasonal products are transformed into savoury tarts with flavours such as onion and goat’s cheese or zucchini, feta and mint. The menu is not exclusively vegetarian but there are regularly 3-4 options for non-meat eaters. After lunch, the space is a tea room serving homemade sweet tarts, cakes and a towering lemon meringue pie. The cafe can be really busy in the weekends, especially during the brunch service. Metro line 1, St Paul.
Where to find it:
3 rue des Rosiers, Paris 75004, France

Phone: +33 (0) 142729061

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: 09:00am-07:30pm

14. Gentle Gourmet Café

Gentle Gourmet Café
This vegan restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. There is a good range of dishes inspired by international cuisines. Some examples of French dishes include green asparagus soup with walnut oil, a Portobello burger, and seitan fricassée with red wine sauce. Organic soft drinks and homemade hot chocolate with spicy piment d’Espelette are also available. The Sunday brunch is very popular with locals. Metro Bastille (multiple lines).
Where to find it:
24 rue de la Bastille, Paris 75012, France

Phone: +33 (0) 143434849

Working Hours:
Mon-Sun: Breakfast: 09:00-11:15
Lunch: 12:15-15:00
Dinner: 18:00-23:00
Brunch: (Sun) 09:00-13:00

http://www.gentlegourmetcafe.com/en/

15. Bob’s Juice Bar

Bob’s Juice Bar
An American-owned juice bar that also serves vegan food with Asian influences. For example Japanese salads, Thai vege curries and jumbo futomaki rolls with avocado, mango and cucumber. Gluten-free baked goods and desserts are also available. The serving staff are bilingual. Grab your food to go and enjoy a stroll along the laid-back Canal Saint Martin. Metro line 5, Jacques Bonsergent.
Where to find it:
15 rue Lucien Sampaix, Paris 75010, France

Phone: +33 (0) 950063618

Working Hours:
Mon-Fri: 07:30am-03:00pm

http://www.bobsjuicebar.com/

16. Tien Hiang

Tien Hiang
A vegetarian restaurant based on South East Asian Buddhist cuisine. All food is prepared without alcohol and eggs. There is a wide variety of dishes on offer. Some examples are vegetarian Tom Yum, laksa, crispy and fresh spring rolls and many stir fried dishes made with soy protein (fake meats). They have English menus too. Metro line 11, Goncourt.
Where to find it:
14 rue Bichat, Paris 75010, France

Phone: +33 (0) 142000823

Working Hours:
Wed-Sun,Mon: 12:00pm-02:30pm; 06:30pm–10:30pm
Tue: Closed

http://www.tien-hiang.fr/

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