Veganism, the practice of cutting all meat and dairy consumption and, in some cases, abstaining from animal products (such as wool or leather) altogether, has been on the rise in recent years. Vegan food is even moving mainstream in some countries. McDonald’s serves McVegan burgers in Scandinavia, Domino’s offers vegan cheese pizzas in Paris, and top chefs are revolutionizing meat-free cuisine around the world. Whether it’s for health, lifestyle, or ethical reasons, enthusiasm for plant-based diets has grown so much in countries like the US, UK, and Europe that The Economist named 2019 “The Year of the Vegan”.
Studies show that reducing consumption of animal-sourced foods can be better for your health and better for our planet. According to the United Nations, meat and dairy production are responsible for 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
** See our list of vegan restaurants, groceries and pastry shops in Paris below! **
“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth… It is far bigger than cutting down on your flights or buying an electric car,” said Oxford University’s Joseph Poore, co-author of a major study on the environmental impact of different foods in the journal Science.
Of course, not everyone can or should go completely meatless. But, you can improve your health and reduce your environmental footprint by simply eating less meat and dairy and more fruits, vegetables and plants (i.e. legumes, beans, nuts, grains).
We’re fortunate to live in Paris, where vegan options are increasingly available in markets, specialty stores, and restaurants, but they are far from everywhere. So, we asked vegan Valeriia Bushueva, a Russian student studying at the American University in Paris, to share her favorite vegan spots in Paris with us!
WHERE TO SATISFY YOUR VEGAN FOOD CRAVINGS IN PARIS
I’ve lived a vegan lifestyle for as long as I can remember. My family instilled in me, at a very young age, an appreciation for organic, healthy foods that make me feel great. About a decade ago, my father researched a multitude of diets and found that meat and dairy consumption increase one’s blood pressure and cholesterol, and may increase the risks of cancer. Ever since then, our household hasn’t been the same, and I’ve carried this plant-based lifestyle into each new chapter of my life, including the spectacular year and a half I’ve spent cherishing Paris. I am a vegan Russian student in an American university in France — how much more complicated could it get, right? Thankfully, Paris has plenty of markets, shops, and restaurants to satisfy a plant-based, healthy lifestyle. Here are some of my personal favorites!
VEGAN RESTAURANTS IN PARIS
Sapid is a chic vegan eatery in the 10th arrondissement created by Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse. With a focus on sustainability, 95% of the seasonal menu is composed of vegetables and cereals, with a bit of responsibly-sourced fish. To keep costs low, the canteen-style furniture is second-hand, and the decor is stylish but understated. Whether you order from self-service kiosks or at your table, the food is pleasing for the palate and easy on the pocketbook. Some faves: the roasted topinambour (Jerusalem artichoke) with sardine confit, the roasted pumpkin and mushroom “burger”, and an amazing chocolate mousse. Set menus run from 18€ for 2 courses to 25€ for 3 courses.
Open for dine-in, delivery and takeaway Monday – Friday.
54 rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris
This popular, family-owned and operated, environmentally-conscious, vegan, gourmet fusion restaurant has two locations in the 9th and 17th arrondissements. It features a complete drink and food menu with an ingredient and allergen list as well as Sunday-only brunch options. Must-tries: Curry Ginger Rice (19€), Rigatoni “Carbonara Style” (18,50€) and their Mango dessert with vanilla cashew cream, grapefruit, and granola (12€). Be sure to ask about their ever-rotating soup of the day!
Open for dine-in, delivery and takeaway Tuesday – Sunday
12 rue Louise-Émilie de la Tour d’Auvergne, 75009 Paris
21 rue Rennequin, 75017 Paris
Combining its founders’ passions for vegan culture and French haute gastronomy, 42 Degrés is the first “raw food” restaurant in France, offering creatively crafted organic, raw, gluten-free meals in a sophisticated bistro setting. Their “frawmages” (vegan cheeses) and beautifully-presented dishes have earned rave reviews from vegans. Set menus from 35€ to 42€; cheaper lunch menus from 16€ to 20€. Or why not try their 35€ all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch? They also offer weekend vegan cooking classes and have a small grocery corner with plant-based snacks.
Open for lunch, dinner, delivery and takeaway Monday – Saturday and Sunday brunch
109 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75009 Paris
Bodhi Vegan offers an extensive menu of over 95 mainly Vietnamese, Southeast Asian fusion dishes. Inspired by Buddhist culture, which excludes meat consumption, the food is 100% vegan, with textured soy protein versions of “meats” and “seafood” in dishes like “chicken” or “beef” stir-fries (7,50€), brochettes (10€), and sweet and sour “fish” (9€).
Open for lunch and dinner and delivery Monday-Saturday, dinner only on Sundays
23 avenue Claude Vellefaux, 75010 Paris
One of my personal favorites is the Wild and the Moon, a quaint café/restaurant with an organic, vegan take on simple comfort foods. With nine locations around Paris, they offer a delightful assortment of bowls (9,90€ – 10,50€), unique dishes like jackfruit patty burgers (12,90€), creative vegan pastries (2,50€ – 7€), and a variety of nut milks, smoothies, shakes, detox juices, and other hot and cold rinks. They also have locations in the Netherlands and the UAE.
Open 7 days a week for dine-in and delivery
9 restaurants around Paris; one in Boulogne-Billancourt. Check WEBSITE for addresses & hours or to order online.
This list would be incomplete without the mention of a hearty street food option for those constantly on the run and looking to satisfy that vegan craving! Part of an international chain, Maoz Vegetarian is a Middle Eastern-themed vegetarian fast food shop with two shops in Paris offering falafel-based sandwiches and bowls (8,25€ – 13€) that you can pair with other sides, and freshly-squeezed healthy juices or smoothies!Maoz can also cater for parties of any size and has a loyalty rewards program.
8 rue Xavier Privas, 75005 Paris
36 rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006 Paris
VEGAN GROCERIES & SUPPLIES IN PARIS
Mon Épicerie Paris is a one-stop vegan and vegetarian grocery shop in Paris’s 3rd arrondissement where you can stock up on essentials that can be hard to find elsewhere. Visit their store for a wide selection of fresh, frozen, and packaged vegan foods, drinks, books, supplements, and even dog and cat treats. If you live within Paris, you can also order online for same-day delivery or “click-and-collect”. Live outside of Paris? They even deliver anywhere in France within five days!
31 rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris
Or order online at monepicerie.com
Naturalia has numerous brick-and-mortar locations around Paris and its suburbs, offering a wide range of organic groceries and produce, health and beauty products, household supplies, as well as products catering to vegans and other special diets. They have four dedicated Naturalia Vegan stores around Paris, which offer a 10% discount to students under 25. Their website is easy to use and their staff is always friendly and helpful whether you choose to deliver or shop in person.
Multiple locations. Check the website for locations or to order online.
La Retour à la Terre runs two independent stores with 300 square meters of organic groceries and fresh produce, cosmetics and accessories to meet the essential needs of an eco-friendly lifestyle. Think of it as a natural wellness store with some organic and vegan food options, including fresh bakery items and ready-to-eat meals to take away. Delivery after purchasing in-store is available, and the store often hosts book signings, debates and nature outings to promote a more sustainable lifestyle. Students under 27 get a discount on all purchases.
1 rue le Goff, 75005 Paris
114 avenue Philippe Auguste, 75011 Paris
A traditional, independent grocery store, Altervojo has been offering 100% vegetarian and organic products to health-conscious, eco-minded Parisians since 2013. They pride themselves on their zero-waste philosophy, with 75% of their products sold in bulk (i.e. no packaging), and their store operates on 100% green energy. Open 46 hours a week, including most holidays.
127 avenue Parmentier, 75011 Paris
Or order online by submitting your shopping list via their WEBSITE
Want to enjoy gourmet vegan and gluten-free juices and meals conveniently delivered to your doorstep while giving your body a “cleanse”? Drink6 (formerly Pure Delight) offers a variety of 100% natural, vegan and gluten-free nutritious juices, soups and foods to help you “eat clean” for a few days, a week, or longer. Daily menus vary and could include tasty options like chia pudding with red fruit puree, smoked veggie and lentil bowl, ayurvedic vegetable curry, and a detox juice, for example. Detoxing never tasted so good!
INSPIRELLE members get 25% off all healthy cleanse programs.
VEGAN TREATS TO SPLURGE ON IN PARIS
Opened by Cordon Bleu-trained American chef Amanda Bankert in 2015, Boneshaker offers decadent, handmade, gourmet donuts, cinnamon rolls and brownies which are 100% plant-based and range from 4€ to 6€. All pastries are vegan and made fresh every morning in small batches with the highest-quality ingredients by trained pastry chefs. You’ll often find queues of people waiting to get their coffee and donut fix here! Boneshaker has become so popular, they recently expanded their shop to accommodate some dining tables in Paris’ 2nd arrondissement.
86 rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris
The ultimate destination for vegans with a sweet tooth in Paris! VG Pâtisserie is a completely organic and vegan, artisanal, and zero-waste pâtisserie that offers everything from conventional croissants and tartelettes (1€ – 5,50€) to “cruffins” (think croissant/muffin), custom cakes for your events; and coffee beverages galore! You can also pick up savory soups and quiches. Everything is delicious and they offer non-gluten options as well.
123 Boulevard Voltaire, 75011 Paris
This cozy vegan café, breakfast joint and pâtisserie with two locations is home to some of the most locally-celebrated cakes, cupcakes, brownies, and breakfast bowls. You can grab a salad and grilled “cheese” or avocado toast for lunch, or try their Sunday brunch which includes a hot drink, a cold drink, a croissant, the main dish, and pancakes for dessert for 26€. Delivery is also available via Deliveroo or Uber Eats.
6 rue Mandar, 75002 Paris
32 rue Notre Dame de Lorette, 75009 Paris
Trained at the prestigious Alain Ducasse school, chef Johanna has been creating vegan pastries since 2015. Catering to gluten, lactose and dairy intolerant pastry lovers, she has proven that organic and vegan pastries can be beautiful and delicious too. Her gorgeous assortment of pastries, American-style cupcakes and customized layer cakes for delivery or pick up, and her salon de thé opening is just around the corner! She can also cater for your special events, with zero-waste packaging of course.
Check WEBSITE for details.