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Best vegetarian restaurants in Paris

Modern vegetarian cooking is shaking up the French capital’s food scene, from tomato salads with garlic candy to drinkable macarons with lychee and raspberry sorbet

 
Looking for vegetarian food in Paris? Read our expert guide to the best vegetarian restaurants in Paris with French vegetarian dishes as well as the best vegan restaurants in Paris… 

Best vegetarian brunch in Paris – Café Méricourt

This is a great vegetarian café in Paris. Equal parts coffee shop and canteen, Café Méricourt draws a crowd for dishes big on flavour and spice. Choose from shakshuka, green eggs with feta, vegetarian congee or granola with a generous helping of seasonal fruit.

Café Méricourt, Paris
Café Méricourt, Paris

Best juice bar in Paris – Wild & the Moon

The greenery and reclaimed wood tables are a giveaway at Wild & the Moon: plant-focussed and organic are the operative words. The juice and veggie bar serves up spirulina smoothies, avocado wraps and colourful salads (try the twist on tabbouleh, with raw cauliflower, cucumber, mint, chickpeas and pomegranate). 

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Best seasonal vegetarian food in Paris – Le Marché dans le Ciel

Gourmet food hall, Printemps du Goût, spans two floors of the Printemps de l’homie store, and sells only French epicerie products. Stop by Le Marché dans le Ciel while you’re there for veggie dishes of the day developed by hyper-seasonally focussed chef Akrame Benalla.

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Best vegan bowls in Paris – Jah Jah by Le Tricycle

One of few fully vegan canteens in the city, Jah Jah by Le Tricycle blends reggae vibes with flavourful, rainbow-hued ingredients. Don’t miss the three vegan bowls (they rotate daily) and raw rolls with carrots, beets and papaya and Dakatine peanut dipping sauce -perfectly paired with a bissap-hibiscus tea.


Best vegan lunch in Paris – La Guinguette d’Angèle

Natural eating never looked (or tasted) as good as it does at La Guinguette d’Angèle. The perfect spot for a casual lunch, eat-in or takeaway veggie and gluten-free standouts include lentils on pesto rice with smoked tofu, hummus toast with roast vegetables and vegan hazelnut cake.

La Guinguette d’Angèle, Paris
La Guinguette d’Angèle, Paris

Best cheese experience in Paris – La Cuisine Paris

Book into La Cuisine Paris for a crash course in French cheeses. In the 21/2 hour cheese and wine experience, meet a fromager affineur, learn about the history of cheese- and wine-making across France, and taste up to 12 of the country’s finest, from brie de beaux to comté (cheeses made without animal rennet can be requested).


Best deli in Paris for a vegetarian picnic – Maison Plisson

There’s no better one-stop shop for picnic provisions than Maison Plisson, France’s answer to Daylesford. The locally sourced produce, cold-pressed juices and array of breads make this a local favourite. Pick up a crunchy country loaf and some tapenade to compose your own sandwich.


Best vegan milkshake in Paris – 86 Champs

Pastry chef Pierre Hermé is known for his sweet marvels and, while at concept store teahouse 86 Champs, fans can opt for savoury dishes too – the menu must-try is the Drinkable Ispahan, a milkshake-like twist on his most famous macaron, made with soy milk, lychee and raspberry sorbet, and macaron chunks.

86 Champs, Paris
86 Champs, Paris

Best vegetarian Mediterranean food in Paris – Les Grands Verres

It’s all high ceilings, sustainable design, natural wines and Mediterranean-inspired cooking at Les Grands Verres, the new restaurant inside the Palais de Tokyo. Kick off with craft cocktails (try a No 3, with aubergine, aquafaba, verjus and rum) then feast on heirloom tomato and melon salads with tahini, garlic candy and dill oil.


Best vegetarian Middle Eastern food in Paris – IMA

‘Mama’ in Hebrew, IMA excels at the kind of bountiful seasonal salads and Middle Eastern dishes that made Ottolenghi’s name: kale and brussels sprouts with hazelnuts and apples, Turkish galettes with za’atar, tomatoes and onion, and refreshing homemade ice teas.


HOW TO GET TO PARIS

Return trains from London to Paris start from £58 (eurostar.com).


WHERE TO STAY IN PARIS

Double rooms at Hotel Bienvenue start from €95, room only (hotelbienvenue.fr).

Or read our review of Hotel Panache in Paris here…

Hotel Panache restaurant

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Lindsey Tramuta is a Paris-based journalist and the author of The New Paris: the People, Places & Ideas Fueling a Movement (£18.99, Abrams; lindseytramuta.com).

Words by Lindsey Tramuta

Photographs by Getty, Hervé Goluza, Molly SJ Lowe, Petits Béguins


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