Vegetarian Restaurants in Paris

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In the last decade, the vegetarian dining scene has blossomed in Paris and you can pretty easily find vegetarian food. A number of years ago, I had a vegetarian friend, Gideon, write up his favorites (which are listed farther down below) and I’ve updated the list of newer places and they’re here:

Bob’s Juice Bar (15 rue Lucien Sampaix) is a lively, fast-paced vegetarian restaurant and juice bar where you dine at a communal table. Owned by an American, the place is genial and the food is delicious. Think tofu sandwiches, muffins, and futomaki. The same owner, Mark Grossman, runs Kitchen (74, rue des Gravilliers) as well.

Two other good bets are Rose Bakery and Bread and Roses. Both serve very fresh food, much of it vegetable-oriented, in a casual atmosphere.

The hip Eastside Burgers has vegetarian hamburgers and hot dogs.

In the Batignolles covered market, there’s My Kitch’n.

La Bonne Heure (72, rue de Moulin des Prés, Métro: Tolbiac) is a cozy, all-organic neighborhood spot and a flashback to the 80s, with rice plates piled with vegetable stews. The freshly-made vegetable tarts with whole-wheat crusts are nourishing, if not revolutionary. Still, it’s a sweet place and the staff is warm and friendly.

I’m very fond of Saravanaa Bhavan, an Indian restaurant (170, rue du Faubourg Saint Denis, Métro: Gare du Nord.) The food is great and the restaurant is completely vegetarian.

Tuck Shop: 13 rue Lucien Sampaix, Tél: 09 80 72 95 40 – Casual café with an Australian Bent, and very good coffee.

Green Pizz: 8, rue Cadet, Tél: 01 48 00 03 29

Soul Kitchen: 33, rue Lamarck, Tél: 01 71 37 99 95

Café Pinson: 6, rue du Forez, Tél: 09 83 82 53 53

Pousse-Pousse: 7, rue Notre Dame de Lorette, Tél: 01 53 16 10 81

Soya: 20, rue de la Pierre Levée, Tél: 01 48 06 33 02

Gentle Gourmet Café: 24, rue de la Bastille, Tél: 01 43 43 48 49 – A purely vegan restaurant, located in the Bastille.

Le Bar des Artisans (Vegan): 23, rue des Vinaigriers, Tél: 01 42 01 03 44

Thank you, My Deer: 112, rue St Maur, Tél: 01 71 93 16 24 – Tiny gluten-free bakery and café with very good coffee.

Vegan Follies: 53, rue Mouffetard, Tél: 01 43 37 21 89 – Vegan cupcake shop on the rue Mouffetard.

The Superfoods Café: 29, Avenue de Ségur, Tél: 07 50 27 99 34

Loving Hut: 92, boulevard Beaumarchais, Tél: 01 48 06 43 84 – vegan and vegetarian foods.


This guest entry is from my friend Gideon Ben-Ami, who graciously stepped in and wrote this post about vegetarian dining options in Paris…david

A you can imagine, being a vegetarian in Paris can be a challenge. During my 5 years in Paris I’ve witnessed many die hard veggies succumbing to the sins of the flesh. The usual excuse is that it’s just too hard (or the temptations too great) in the self-proclaimed food capital of the world. “I never ate meat till I tried the duck,” one friend told me while another announced, “Technically I’m still a vegetarian, though sometimes I do eat steak.”

If you’re dining at a neighborhood bistro, you’ll probably get by okay if you eat fish. But if you’re vegan, then you might need to smuggle in a nut cutlet or two under your raincoat as you’ll soon get tired of munching on side salads. Unlike many other European capitals, restaurants here don’t necessarily have a vegetarian option on the menu.

Paris does, however, have its fair share of vegetarian restaurants. Are they any good? I donned my corduroy jacket, slipped on a pair of sensible shoes and criss-crossed the streets of the French capital to find out. What I found came as a pleasant surprise—there’s quite a lot on offer and something for every palette.

Here is a list, in no particular order, of some of the most well-known vegetarian restaurants in Paris:

Le Grenier de Notre Dame

18, rue de la Bucherie (5th). On the Left Bank a stone’s throw from Notre Dame this is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in Paris, it’s a friendly place with a cozy atmosphere and a varied menu catering for vegetarian, vegan, and macrobiotic customers. English menu, serves alcohol.

Le Potager du Marais

22, rue Rambuteau (3rd), Métro: Rambuteau. A lacto vegetarian place near to the Centre Pompidou. The restaurant is very narrow with all the tables put together into to make one long community table. Looking down the restaurant I felt I was entering a Michelangelo painting. Our supper (maybe not our last) was quite tasty with a mainly French menu including classics such as French onion soup all made from organic produce. The desserts were especially good. English speaking staff, serves alcohol.

Grand Appétit

9, rue la Cerisaie (4th) Métro: Bastille. Closed weekends. Serves vegan, macrobiotic food. The food is a pleasant mixture of French and Far Eastern dishes such as soups salads quiches, lentils, vegetarian sushi. This place has a rather austere look to it, feeling more like a church hall than a restaurant. Has a macrobiotic shop next door.

Krishna-Bhavan

24, rue Cail (10th) Métro: La Chapelle. Indian vegetarian restaurant serving Thalis, Dosas, Pooris and all the South Indian favourites. Food is refreshingly spicy, which is not always the case at Indian restaurants in Paris. Good value with lunchtime menus from 9.50€.

Tien Hiang

92, rue du Chemin Vert (11th), Métro: Père Lachaise or Voltaire. Small Chinese vegan restaurant that with a large menu, food is tasty and freshly prepared with many mock meat options. Inexpensive.

Green Garden

20, rue Nationale (13th) Métro: Porte d’Ivry. Chinese vegan restaurant run by devotees of Ching Hai (known as The Supreme Master) whose pictures adorn the walls. Nice food with friendly service and a small store inside. Closed Tuesdays.

Maoz

8, rue Xavier Rivas (5th) Métro: St Michel. Maoz is an international falafel chain has a take away stall in Latin quarter. (Check out David’s write up on Maoz.) Also try the rue de Rosiers (Métro St Paul) several options including, L’As du Fallafel “as recommended by Lenny Kravitz” and Chez Hanna “The best fallafel in the world”.

Visit Gideon at his websites; Let Them Talk, a French-English language school and conversation exchange program in Paris, and at his blog, Paris Talk. Photo above courtesy of Gideon Ben-Ami.


Related Links

10 Restaurants Végétariens à Paris (L’Express)

Vegetarian Dining Tips in Paris

10 Ordering Mistakes People Make in Paris

Gluten-free dining in Paris

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Mon Vieil Ami

My Paris

Noglu Gluten-Free Restaurant in Paris

10 Insanely Delicious Things You Shouldn’t Miss in Paris

Flexitarian in France (Paris by Mouth)

Paris Restaurant Archives

38 comments

  • Wow, thank you, what a huge service! Now I feel encouraged to visit at some point, how exciting! So very thoughtful of you to make the effort to include the vegetarians ~ Mahalo!

  • I’m traveling to Paris this summer with my family and would be interested in lists of vegetarian-friendly restaurants — we don’t want soy cutlets, but would rather places happy to make creative plates of their vegetable side dishes, interesting pastas, etc. Any recommendations?

  • Cool list. Sometimes I wish I hadn’t cancelled my membership at the vegetarian’s club, which I was a member of for 6 years. It felt good to be able to say “No meat for me”. I love falafel, especially in a pita bread and with hot sauce, and Ayran on the side.

  • Caroline: I would definitely recommend Mon Vieil Ami. The food is great and the focus is on vegetables.

  • Very interesting post, thank-you!

    xox Sarah

  • I’m a carnivore, but loved the article; lots of friends and family ask me.

    But I really want to know where to see “The making of a fork.”

  • Thanks for this list!

    There are more options to find on the internet, but in France it’s very difficult to eat vegetarian!

    Sad because you can see what a really good cook is, when they cook vegetarian/vegan and even meateaters enjoy!

    I do believe it is changing, as in Germany too.

  • So lucky that we stumbled upon your site.We will be in Paris this summer and seeking inexpensive vegi places to dine at.Thanks !!!

  • On the high-end side, what about l’Arpege? Chef Alain Passard removed all red meat from his menu and declared that he would focus on vegetables.

  • Polly: The picture was from the Museé des Arts et Metier, although I got a better vegetable shot from Gideon.

    Gael: L’Arpege is linked in my previous vegetarian post (the Gridskipper link). I ate there once and wasn’t blown-away—and when the menu is 405€ ($640) per person, without wine, it’s hard to steer people in that direction with a clear conscience unless they’re prepared to shell out that kind of money. But I’ll accept any invitations… : )

    I think any of the 3-star restaurants, like L’Amboise and L’Astrance would be happy to prepare a menu without meat, with advance notice. Usually those places are pretty attentive.

  • I have to weigh in and say that Le Potager de Marais is a place where I’ve had one of my worst meals in Paris – and tres expensive. On the expensive end, I agree with DL that L’Arpege, where I had the privilege of going last month, is 130 euros for lunch and ‘no meat!’ = ‘just lardon foam on the turnips!’ so one needs to be ignorant or vigilant in such a place. ;) Finally, there is another Tien Hieng in the 13th (I think it’s the same place, but might be wrong) that has some great options as well.

  • Yes, a carrot and a cilantro leaf won’t suffice :) I’ve always wanted to visit Paris and wondered if I’d be able to survive as a Lacto Ovo Vegetarian. I definitely will refer to this compilation and the post from April 4th on Vegetarian Dining, thanks for posting them!

  • I had very good vegetarian Ethiopian food at Godjo
    8 rue de l’ecole Polytechnique Paris V
    M�tro: Maubert Mutualite
    01 40 46 82 21

    I was a bit disappointed by Le Grenier de Notre Dame when I was there last October. It was very cute and cozy inside, and the food looked pretty – just most of it didn’t taste very good.

    If you eat cheese, Paris is easy as a tourist. Picnics for lunch. Crepes any time. Omelets for dinner are always a good option and available at just about any cafe.

    And of course, the Maoz falafel (and fries!). I had them in Paris, in Barcelona… and now am so glad they’ve come to NY.

  • Great post. I have been to all of the above and a couple more that I think are worth mentioning:

    1. All the way out in the 14th is a little place called Aquarius. They have nice veg versions on classic French dishes. I almost always get the potage of the day and grillote feuatilline followed by the delicious creme anglaise for dessert.

    2. Maceo in the 1st does a really nice menu verte for vegetarians. We ate there for our birthday’s 2 Decembers ago and it was lovely.

    Maureen in Oakland

  • One of the things I might add is that it’s hard to get vegetables in restaurants in Paris because they take more time and manpower to prepare. Tipping a few kilos of green beans and cooking them takes lot more time, and money, than dumping frozen french fries into a fryer or boiling up some rice.

    Because rents and food prices are really high in Paris (and space is at a premium), low to mid-range restaurants are often void of fresh vegetables. I do recommend hitting a market as much as you can for fresh fruits and vegetables and having a picnic, and most cafés will make you a salad…although don’t expect garden-ripe tomatoes or anything like that on it.

    If you see a salad of crudités on offer, that’s a plate of raw vegetables or vegetable salads, although they might be heavily dressed.

  • I was researching organic restaurants in Paris when I stumbled on this fresh article.
    Here are the organic restaurants I selected after some French googling:
    Le Phyto Bar
    45, Bd Saint Germain 75 005 Paris
    Metro : Maubert Mutualite ligne 10
    Service 12H00 – 23H30 non-stop, 7/7 !
    Alexandre Kalisack naturopathe, proprietaire du magasin bio voisin a investi ce restaurant. Le phyto bar est actuellement le premier Bar bio Paris, en plus d’etre un restaurant.
    Le chef vous propose :
    * un choix d’entrees 6.50 en moyenne
    * deux plats du jour selon l’arrivage des produits entre 18 et 22euros.
    * Le phyto bar n’est pas exclusivement vegetarien, vous trouverez de la volaille, du saumon, de l’entrecote cela carte
    * une carte de grande salade entre 10 et 13E
    * des desserts ou tarte du jour

    Les 5 Saveurs d’Anada
    Prix du menu : 15 Euros
    72, rue du Cardinal Lemoine,
    75005 Paris Telephone: 01 43 29 58 54
    delicieux, tres frais, tres copieux, service adorable c’est une valeur sere de la cuisine vegetarienne

    Laura Todd
    Prix du menu : 17 Euros
    81 avenue de Breteuil,
    75015 Paris (metro Lecourbe) Telephone: 01 45 67 92 25
    Equilibre, 100% bio, copieux et gourmand
    ils ne servent pas le soir et pas le week-end (horaires 10h-17h weekdays)

    Gout Zen
    52 rue du Chevaleret, 75013 Paris T�l�phone : 01 45 86 26 23
    Metro : Bibliotheque-Francois Mitterrand
    Price of the menu : 6 Euros (self-service)
    Closed on Week-end

  • Thank you so much! I’ve lived in France as a vegetarian and I find it sometimes difficult, but not impossible. Then again, I’m easy to please and am happy to just have a green salad and some bread and chevre. It is nice to have this list, though, and I’ll bookmark for my next trip!

  • http://www.ivu.org lists vegetarian information for every country. Check out http://www.happycow.net as well. Thanks to Lynne Rossetto Kasper of NPR’s The Splendid Table who sent these links in her latest newsletter. You can listen to her archived foodie programs (one hour long) by going here: http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/listings/

  • Hi Signe: I love Lynne Rossetto Kasper and when we did a dinner for her book, The Splendid Table at Chez Panisse, she was one of my favorite author-guests.

    Thanks for the links. Just a reminder that there’s lots of other sites to check out over at my post Vegetarian Dining Tips In Paris, the list more vegetarian restaurants and other information for like-minded visitors to Paris.

  • i must say the carrot pic is very funny

  • I just love the photo. It expresses how I felt when I was studying abroad in Paris as a vegetarian.

  • Dining out for a veggy is indeed quite tough- Regardless, I shopped at the “marche d’Aligre” this morning. Back with magnificent fruits and vegetables
    and I will cook for a change. So thumb down for the veggy resto but a big UP for the markets.

  • Hi, David:

    I am a vegetarian from Taiwan. I used to visit Paris and found it was realy difficult to locate a vegetarian restaurant. Now, I am running a vegetarian website, VegTomato, http://www.vegtomato.org/, dedicated to advocate vegetarianism, I am wondering, if you would grand me the permission to translate this article and the other one, “Tips for Vegetarian Dining in Paris” into Chinese and post in my website to help those Chinese vegetarian to found a place to eat in Paris? I will link back to here, and credit it to you.

  • A new restaurant is Vapeur Gourmande.
    They are offering only steamed cuisine.
    I find that it’s a good idea.

  • Hi David…I will be heading to Paris this weekend with 2 kids in tow. I have figured out great places to take them but can you suggest any restaurants/candy shops that would be considered a must see. I know the French are known for having mastered the well behaved child thing. I confess my 4 year old may not be so calm. My other child is only 4 months old…so the good news is he can’t walk or talk back! We will be staying in the 5th….thanks! Lisa from Texas

  • hi Lisa: For kids, La Fontaine de Chocolat on the rue St. Honoré is fun, due to the chocolate fountain. And my favorite is A l’Etoile d’Or, which is the greatest candy shop in Paris. I’ve written it up on the site a while back, but I’m overdue for another visit…the Henri Le Roux caramels are the best!

  • Another great veggie place is Bob’s juice bar in the 10th. They have a daily choice of salad, sandwich, soup, homemade granola, muffins or brownies and of course the best freshly squeezed juices in Paris.
    Open Mon-Sat 8am-4pm 15 rue Sampaix, 75010 metro Jacques-Bonsergent
    Beware though, the queue at lunchtime goes round the corner and if you get there around 3ish there might not be anything leftover.

  • Thanks for showing La Victoire Suprême du Coeur, we ate there last night, and had a great meal.
    I have been vegetarian 36 years, and despaired of getting such high quality vegetarian food in France, but it was excellent.
    My wife had veloute of asparagus followed by mushroom roast, with coulis and three root mash, followed by raspberry and blackberry fool with chocolate truffles, and I had green vegetable ravioli, followed by mushroom and smoked tofu risotto.
    All of it was excellent.
    AND today we went to Alleosse and came back armed with bordiere butter, colommieres, comte and banon, fruit and baguette – my wife’s choice for her birthday lunch, great. Followed by raspberry and chocolate tart as a birthday cake, what could be better?
    Thanks for such a wonderfully helpful site.

  • I’m wondering if soy milk is readily available in Paris cafes, or will I be laughed at? I’m lactose intolerant and am fond of my morning cafe au lait made with soy milk. If so, what is it called in French? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

  • Quyen: I don’t think any Parisian cafés carry soy milk so if that’s something you require, I’d find a way to unobtrusively bring my own.

  • I would definitely second the recommendation for Maceo (http://www.maceorestaurant.com). I’m a life-long vegetarian but I don’t like exclusively vegetarian worthy whole-food type places. Maceo is an elegant Parisian restaurant that has a vegetarian Menu Vert with a choice in each of the courses. I’d recommend it for a special dinner.

    For more casual dining, I stick to Creperies or ethnic restaurants – Indian/Pakistani/Lebanese/North African. I find that cultures that have dietary restrictions of some sort are more understanding of vegetarians. Oh and Italian places for the pizza/pasta/vegetable dishes.

    Also, compared to my native London, I find the general quality of produce and preparation of food is far better in France. It can make up for the lack of choice on the menu.

  • It’s a pity that I discovered your blog just a few month ago. I visited Paris two years ago, and would liked to have this list then. But I felt in love with the city, and I would like to come back as soon as possible….so I am sure that the list will of use for me anyway! Great work and thanks for sharing!! :))

  • I feel like I have to post a comment about one of the restaurants mentioned. Like a poster above, the one meal I had at Le Potager du Marais was ghastly and very very expensive for what it was. I had a vegetarian friend in town, so I quickly looked around for something suitable but we were both really disappointed. The main courses were both boring and fried, and accompanied by deeply mediocre side salads with oil and vinegar left on the table for dressing! (No other restaurant in France would engage in such a lazy, unappetizing practice.) And it was NOT cheap. A racket, in my books.

  • Hi Bertie: Thanks for the report. I haven’t been there (this is a guest post) but in general, the vegetarian restaurants in Paris aren’t as consistent as they are elsewhere. Some vegetarian friends of mine from Los Angeles were in town and went to a vegetarian restaurant…and there were no vegetables on the menu!

    Appreciate your feedback.

    Also, I should probably add that I’ve heard a few reports of bad service at Mon Vieil Ami, which I mentioned above. I haven’t been there in a while so I can’t say from personal experience if that’s true, but I thought it worth a mention. If anyone has an experience there, you’re welcome to post about it to confirm or deny.

  • Thank you so much for this guest post, which was my introduction to your wonderful blog and which greatly enriched my week in Paris last September. I am also grateful to the posters who have given their recommendations.

    My husband and I tried two of the budget options above – Maoz and Tien Hiang. Both serve tasty, healthy food and are good value for money. Tien Hiang has a hole-in-the-wall atmosphere but, as it is packed with colourful characters and has friendly service, that is part of its charm. The green papaya salad helps to make up for the lack of fresh vegetables elsewhere, and that plus a main course and coffee cost us around 15 euros each. My omnivore husband was crazy about this place (as was I), and we ate lunch there twice in a week.

    We stumbled across Maoz by accident and ate there twice in the same day. I didn’t know falafel could be this good.

    We have also eaten at Grand Appétit on a previous visit. The place is very simple and the food a bit plain, but still tasty as well as healthy and inexpensive. The staff were kind and friendly, and we enjoyed the relaxed, no-frills atmosphere.

    I know, on our next trip we need to splurge a little and go to Maceo.

  • Jane: I too, give high marks to Maoz. There’s not much room to sit but the all-you-want toppings (and hot sauce!) and friendly service make this a good bet in an otherwise touristy pathway.

    A few blocks away is Grom, which has amazing Italian gelato. The perfect dessert after a falafel!

  • Great post and topic! Very helpful, even though I’ve been to Paris over a dozen times in the past few years.

    A few notes: I never visited La Victoire Supreme du Coeur but it appears to have changed form and name (now La Passage Oblige’) and is both veggie-friendly and carnivore-friendly at the same location. http://www.lepassageoblige.com/

    Green Garden has always been very nice and very fresh; a colleague once said it was the best meal she’d had all week — a bit of an overstatement but still one of my favorites although out of the way.

    Maceo has a nice menu vert and great wine list but both times left me just a little unsatisfied; I’m not sure why. Definitely worth a try, esp. with a mixed veggie/meat-eating group.

    Three of my favorites to visit with meat-eating colleagues that are decidedly not vegetarian but have always accommodated me well are Pasco (French, 7th), Le Troquet (French/Basque, 15th), and Il Vicolo (Italian, 6th).

    Finally, my two favorite veggie-friendly lunch places (apart from some of the above) are Rose Bakery (two locations, 3rd and 9th) and La Ferme (2nd — a semi-self-service place that is a great place to chill and not be bothered by staff when you just want to take a break).

  • I just love the photo. It shows what its really like. I had so much trouble when I visited for 2 weeks.