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Paris isn’t exactly a vegetarian paradise, but the city might just surprise you—if you know where to go. Whether it’s Indian, Vietnamese, or meat-free versions of French staples you’re craving, you can find them in Paris. Nowadays, it’s possible to enjoy even vegan versions of classic local dishes like cassoulet and pate. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan in Paris, these restaurants should be on your radar.
Mesa at Hotel Hoy
Mesa may be a hotel restaurant, but it’s one of the best vegetarian spots in the city. This intimate restaurant is located inside the cozy Hotel Hoy, a yoga-themed hotel at the end of Rue des Martyrs. Mesa features a plant-based menu filled with vibrant, colorful dishes made with natural ingredients and seasonal produce. The menu was developed by chefs at the Plant Academy in London and includes creative items like carrot lox, purple corn pancakes with vanilla yogurt and roasted almond butter and a candied carrot dip. Whatever you do, don’t skip this restaurant’s delicious breads.
This budget-friendly Vietnamese vegan restaurant is easy to miss, but you’d regret it if you did. This is a small spot that feels like a local secret. You’ll find it just south of the Colonel Fabien metro stop. And while you will see chicken, beef, and fish on the menu, what you’ll be served is textured soy protein versions of each. Some menu items, like the restaurant’s veggie fried shrimp, taste and look so much like their meaty counterparts that they just might fool you.
Saravana Bhavan is a global chain of vegetarian south Indian restaurants with locations around the world. Saravana Bhavan’s Paris location is near Gare du Nord and serves up south Indian staples including dosas, idlis, and thalis–generous platters with a selection of dishes including seasonal vegetables, lentils, and rice. The restaurant itself isn’t fancy, but the food is authentic and affordable. The Paris location is one of 80 Saravana Bhavans in over two dozen countries.
Jah Jah By Le Tricycle
This plant-based Afro-Caribbean restaurant opened its doors in 2017. The Jamaican-inspired casual spot is known for its vegetarian bowls, veggie burgers, and smoothies. This one can be easy to walk by if you aren’t paying attention, but it’s one you definitely don’t want to miss. It has outdoor seating, friendly owners, and serves up what might just be the most beautiful plantains in Paris.
Soya Cantine Bio
This canteen-style restaurant features an organic vegan menu that’s sure to take your taste buds on a trip around the world. The vegan hot dogs and kimchi are especially popular, but you may also want to try the mushroom masala curry. And if you have a sweet tooth, don’t worry. Soya Cantine offers a long list of treats and daily dessert specials. Among them are rare cookie flavors like oatmeal grape and miso black sesame.
Le Grenier de Notre Dame
This restaurant may be small, but it serves up huge flavor in a cozy setting just steps from Notre Dame. This is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Paris and looks like something out of a French postcard. It’s located just a few minutes’ walk from the famous Shakespeare & Co. bookstore on a quiet side street, something that makes it feel even more like a hidden gem. There’s outdoor seating, and even non-vegetarians give the menu—which includes items like avocado tartare, vegetarian cassoulet, and sesame caramelized onion faux gras—good reviews.
If you’re looking for a fashionable vegan meal in an unpretentious Paris setting, look no further than 42 Degres. This restaurant is within a 10-minute walk of Gare du Nord and features an organic, raw, gluten-free menu. Its name is a nod to 42 degrees Celsius, the temperature up to which heated food can still be considered raw. The menu here isn’t huge, but it is creative. Try the seaweed tartare or the all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch. The restaurant also offers cooking classes.
Le Potager du Marais
This nearly 20-year-old restaurant in the Marais is the place to go for vegan versions of traditional French bistro staples. The menu includes a vegan cassoulet made with pink lentils and smoked tofu, a mushroom pate, and a spinach and walnut lasagna. There’s also a vegan French onion soup on the menu. This can be a tough spot to get into, so you’ll want to plan ahead and make a reservation before you go.
Nectar at Maison Mere Hotel
Nectar is an intimate restaurant inside the Maison Mere hotel. This small restaurant updates its menu every six weeks. One menu offered twists on popular street food with items like baos, ceviche, and churros. While this isn’t a fully-vegetarian restaurant, creative vegetarian dishes are always part of the offering.
If you’re a champagne and caviar kind of person but also a vegetarian, head straight to Végét’Halles. This restaurant is a vegetarian gem conveniently located near the Louvre. Seasonal menus feature vegan and gluten-free options that include eggplant caviar and Poke bowls. The vegan burgers and vegan tiramisu crumble are especially popular.