I was surprised on a recent trip to France just how hard it was to eat vegan. In Italy, vegan options were easily found or modified on every menu, but in France, they were hard to come by. In Nice and Monaco, I ate mostly snacks as the restaurant dishes were full of seafood, meat, and cheese. I thought that Paris would have more vegan options, but I only found a few. They were excellent though so I wanted to share them with you.
[Please note that I did not do extensive research before my trip, so perhaps there are other great options in Paris that I did not know about. It would be great in fact if you can add these in the comments below so that we can make a more complete city guide for future travelers.]
Here's my best vegan food options in Paris:
Hank Burger - This vegan burger place is awesome! It feels like it's taken straight out of Los Angeles and transported to Paris. They have fun names for the different burgers (I had the La Catcheuse, which was delicious). There is a fun loft upstairs where you can hang out and chill after a long day of exploring the city. Hank Burger is near Centre Pompidou so it's a great place to go after visiting the museum. There is also a vegan Hank Pizza but we didn't get there on this trip. Next time for sure!
Love Juice Bar - Another cute hole-in-the-wall place that you need GPS to find but it's so worth it. Do yourself a favor and get an acai bowl. You won't be missing the ice cream and gelato in the city when you try this. Also this place is super Instagrammy and they even have fashion magazines for you to flip through while you're hanging out. So grab your most fashionable friends and head over here for a fashionable snack.
Gentle Gourmet - I'll preface my review by saying that I had REALLY high expectations for this place. After all, it's a 100% vegan gourmet restaurant in Paris, the city known for their haute cuisine. And the food was absolutely beautiful and delicious, no doubt. But the service was so slow (even though we were the only ones at the restaurant until another couple showed up) that we had to ask for the check before we could get dessert. Also, it's in a kind of out of the way place so I'd recommend taking a taxi rather than walking like we did. It's worth a visit for sure but make sure you have enough time set aside so that you can get the full experience (including the vegan macarons).
Cafe de Flore - This was one of my favorite places to visit in Paris before I went vegan. I knew that I wanted to go back but I was worried if I would be able to find anything to eat. Although the menu is predominately not vegan, it was still worth the visit. In the morning, I was able to get coffee and a bowl of fresh strawberries. In the afternoon, I had a salad and some french fries with a glass of wine. Although the food was not super filling and I still needed a snack afterwards, the ambiance and high-quality food totally makes up for it.
Les Deux Magots - Best dinner date place for a vegan meal, hands down. Yes, it's super touristy but that's probably why they had a vegan option on the menu. The mixed vegetables dish was delicious and filling and went perfectly with champagne, which is served by waiters in suits and bowties.
Angelina - A trip to Paris would not be complete without a stop at the stunning tea house Angelina on Rue de Rivoli. But don't think that you will be able to get a full meal here. I did have a delicious bowl of fruit, fresh squeezed orange juice, and an Americano. All was super yummy but you might be a bit envious of all of the artistic pastries surrounding you. But knowing that you are in one of Coco Chanel's old haunts more than makes up for it!
Vegan in Paris - Food Guide
1. Hank Burger
2. Love Juice Bar
3. Gentle Gourmet
4. Cafe de Flore
5. Les Deux Magots