Before going to paris, just know that you’ll be eating a lot of appetizers and be prepared to pay for mediocre raw veggies. But when you really want to indulge, I suggest going to one of the restaurants below. I’ve compiled a list of eateries that offer amazing plant-based options for any meal of the day. Prices vary from restaurant to restaurant, but they all offer casual atmospheres and similarly casual prices (for Paris).
This restaurant is part of the Big Mama group which owns several hip eateries scattered throughout the city. Pink Mama is my favorite because just look at that picture! It’s so cute and they cater to both vegans and vegetarians. They DO NOT take reservations so get there when they open at 6:30pm (there will probably already be a line) to put your name down or you can test your luck after 9:30pm when the crowds may have thinned out.
The intersection of Rue de Seine and Rue de Buci
Walking home from the Louvre, we followed the sounds of live music to a small but lively street bustling with classic cars and overflowing bistros (but don’t worry, you won’t have to wait long for a table to open up). There are several small bistros, bars, and eateries that offer vegetarian appetizers on this block. I would suggest going to Atlas or Maison Sauvage (pictured above) to hear live French music and drink wine.
Paradis has high-quality smoothies/smoothie bowls, salads, and soups. This hip spot is right along the Seine in the 7th Arr. within a few minutes walking distance from Notre Dame Cathedral and many museums.
We stayed just a few doors down from this Indian Restaurant and, burned out from a long day at museums, decided to eat dinner close to home. Desi Road serves a small menu (compared to NYC Indian restaurants) but the food is delicious. Conveniently located right off the Seine between the Louvre and Notre Dame, this restaurant sits on a street just steps away from two bars popular with the locals- I don’t need to name them; you’ll figure out which places I’m talking about when you see bars overflowing with people holding wine glasses on the sidewalk, in the street, and across the road.
I had lunch at this Mediterranean themed eatery with a few girlfriends last week and both the food and drinks were delicious! They have matcha lattes (my personal caffeine staple) with basic milk substitutes. My hummus and pita sandwich was ideal for a warm Parisian day and the atmosphere was perfect for catching up with friends.
We went here for our final meal in Paris because we had walked by almost every night on our way home and it was always busy. When we put our name on the wait-list the waiter said there was about a 15-minute wait…an hour later we finally sat down. (Tip: show up before 7:00pm or after 9:30pm for seating without the wait.) I had a grilled eggplant salad and a mouth-watering pomegranate, cranberry crumble for desert. This restaurant is also in the 7th Arr. and located in the quaint alley pictured at the top of this post. If Jacobine is too crowded or doesn’t offer quite what you’re in the mood for, there are several popular restaurants just steps away.