At last, I’m sharing my favorite vegan eats from my trip to Paris last month!
While French food is not very vegan-friendly and you can’t roll into a corner cafe and expect to find vegan options, there are loads of vegan and vegan-friendly eateries in Paris. We stuck mostly to these places and only stopped at “regular” places for beverages. We were there for a week and still didn’t get to eat everywhere to wanted — there are seriously SO many vegan-friendly restaurants!
We had originally thought about going on an overnight adventure to another city in France during the middle of our trip but I am so glad we decided against that because there was more than enough to keep us busy in Paris for a week. It also was refreshing to stay in the SAME place for our entire visit. Whenever we go on week-long trips we are either backpacking or traveling around and only staying in the same place for a night or two. I actually unpacked my entire suitcase!
We stayed in an airbnb in the 10th arrondissement specifically so we’d be within walking distance of lots of vegan restaurants. Many of the vegan-friendly places are clustered in the 10th, 2nd and 3rd, with others scattered about. (The Parisian districts/neighborhoods are numbered and are arranged in a snail shape)
Our days pretty much looked looked like this: wake up groggy because jet-lag is SO real, slowly get ready for the day, nibble on something small at the apartment and make our way out. Walk to get coffee and food, walk to see a couple museums and sights, walk to eat again, walk home, watch Netflix, take melatonin and end up staying up way too late (seriously not kidding about the jet-lag; I am a huge baby when it comes to sleep so it’s really no surprise I was so affected by it). We did manage to go out in the evening a couple times later in our trip once we started adjusting to the time change, but we were usually too pooped from walking everywhere, seeing all the sights and eating all the things!
Now, on to the eats and drinks!
First things first: There is a small vegan grocery store, Un Monde Vegan, in Paris which we hit up the first night for some goodies. We grabbed soy yogurt, dairy-free chocolate hazelnut spread (France is land of Nutella!) and some vegan cheese. Because obviously we needed some cheese to enjoy with all those baguettes!
Breakfast & Cafes:
Snacks, Sips and Sweets:
Highlights of the Sights:
OK, I can’t JUST talk about food! All that deliciousness fueled our walks to, from and around the beautiful monuments and museums of Paris. We were there for a week and experienced just the tiniest fraction of what this magical city has to offer.
Want to learn more about eating and living vegan in Paris? Check out the blog Finny + Dill by my dear friend and soon to be full-time Paris resident Christina Pippin! She has some great tips on vegan eating and ethical shopping in the city of lights!
Have tips for eating vegan in Paris? Share in the comments!
Great post!! I can’t wait to go now! What French language book was that that your friend recommended? Did you start out pretty proficient in French or do you have any recommendations for apps/podcasts etc to learn the language? I took it in High school and some in college but I’m rusty.
Thanks for the post!!
Thanks, Amanda! I used the Lonely Planet French Phrasebook & Dictionary. I am not at all proficient in French – I took one semester of it in high school so have a very basic familiarity but quite limited vocabulary. However, most people will tell you it’s not imperative to know the language well (or at all) as most shop owners know decent English. As long as you are kind, they will be kind back 🙂
Great post! I have been in Paris in Fall of 2016 and loved it. We went to so many different places to eat vegan food and none of them were the ones you mentioned haha. So many places to go to !! I took notes and bookmarked some of the places you mentioned and I can’t wait for a vegan croissant 🙂