As some of you will know I spent two months in Paris recently, which was seriously one of my favorite stays abroad so far (I might post about my past experiences and will definitely keep you updated about all my future travels – yay!). Paris has quickly become the no. 1 city where I’d like to live in the future. Why? I mean, let’s be real, it is very expensive and like any large city, Paris is polluted and noisy.
However, it is also probably the place in the world where you’re least likely to ever get bored: The amount of cultural activities, museums, galleries, historic buildings, boutiques and cafés is incredible. There’s nothing I love more than exploring a city by walking around and Paris is absolutely perfect for that. No matter which turn you take, you end up in a beautiful street you’ve never seen before.
Of course, in the capital of French cuisine, food does play a major role and so, naturally, I tried out an embarrassingly long list of restaurants. Here is my top 5 of vegan-friendly and vegan ones.
1. Le Tricylce
This place is cramped. And I mean cramped in the sense of, I sat on a tiny bench between random people and we touched elbows, occasionally turning our heads to look at each other apologetically. The food, however, is INCREDIBLE. It was easily one of the best dishes I’ve ever had and that means something! The owners of Le Tricycle - French-Caribbean beauty Coralie Jouhier and her partner Daqui Gomis - mix up the Parisian food scene by offering ‘ital food’ (a term from the Rastafari movement) that is 100% vegan. The creatively named menu items include vegan hot dogs, side dishes like corn rolled in coconut flakes (yum!), plantains, sweet potato crisps, vegan desserts and vitamin-rich smoothies. Located in the heart of what trendy Parisians refer to as “veggietown” between the 9th and 10th district, it should be on top your list of Parisian restaurants if you’re into vegan food. Tip: Do yourself a favor - get a “Snoop Dogg” hotdog!
I’ll make a confession: I’ve never quite understood the hype around vegan burgers. For some reason, every vegan restaurants seems to desperately want to compensate the lack of meat by offering a veganized version of the ultimate meat dish – a burger. In many cases, they are bland and boring and do not do the wide variety of vegan food justice at all. Hank’s burgers are the exception to the rule: Their burgers are extraordinary and will have even the most convinced meat-lover come back for more. That might be because all their sauces, salads and desserts are home-made and the burger buns are made in a small Parisian bakery specifically for Hank. H.A.N.K. actually stands for Have A Nice Karma and was created in 2014 as a sustainable, ecological alternative to resource-intensive common burgers. Hank also offers gluten-free options and has a second branch that offers vegan pizza. I tried “La Catcheuse”, which was absolutely delicious and if you believe the online reviews, all burgers are very recommendable.
One of the hippest places to eat out in Paris. In an atmosphere that’s best described as a mix between classic French café and industrial chic, you can enjoy an açaï or matcha bowl, avocado tartines and, of course, coffee. I’ll admit that the vegan options are somewhat limited but staff speak very good English and some menu items can easily be veganized. Since it’s located in the trendy quartier Le Marais, Season is always very busy during brunch & lunch times, so keep in mind that you might need to stand in line to get a table. I was there more than once (yes, guilty) and was pleasantly surprised how easily we found a table in the afternoon. So if you don’t mind eating late and want to skip the queuing part, go after lunch time. Tip: There’s a second, less well-known and, thus, less busy Season branch in the first store of the Empreintes Concept store, which by itself is absolutely worth a visit.
4. Chez Le Libanais
This little gem in Saint-Michel is a takeway for Lebanese food that serves the very best hummus sandwich in the world that may or may not have been my number one go-to dinner on busy evenings. Let me explain. I’ve never had hummus that was as creamy and fluffy and I've tried many, MANY different ones. It’s also served in a bread called “manakiche”, which is like an incredibly yummy wrap prepared on a Saj oven. It’s so so good! I lived right around the corner of this place for a while and also tried the vegan Zataar and falafel sandwich, but it’s the hummus manakiche that made me stop by every other day. Chez le Libanais is open until 11 p.m. and is a must-try if you’re in the area.
5. Wild & The Moon
This health food café is originally from Dubai and now has not one, but two branches in Paris. It’s 100% vegan and a green, healthy oasis in the urban jungle. It’s also a little pricy, even for Parisian standards. Their food, however, is plant-based, ethically sourced, raw and free from gluten and refined sugar. That’s something I’ll happily spend my money on, especially when it’s as yummy as their cold-pressed juices, soups, salads and desserts. I had raw cake and the Golden Milk (I think that’s what it was called) and it was delicious. Wild & the Moon also offers cold-pressed juices specifically made for detox programs.
Have you been to these places or is there anything that you think should also be on the list? Let me know in the comments! Xx