Best Vegetarian (& Vegan) Restaurants in Paris: A Few Picks (2023)

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As recently as a decade ago, the prospect of finding delicious, let alone decent, vegetarian or vegan dining options in the French capital was truly grim. Aside from a few restaurants that had served a loyal clientele since the 1970s– and mostly offered bland, predictable fare that hadn’t been updated much since then– the Parisian food scene was anything but veggie-friendly.

But all that’s radically changed in recent years, much to my surprise. These days, it’s not too difficult to either book a table at a good vegetarian or vegan table in the capital that offers entirely meat-free or plant-based menu options, or find something good to eat at restaurants that cater well to vegetarians. It’s even becoming much easier to find decent, entirely vegan places to eat out in Paris.

Keep reading for what I consider to be some of the best vegetarian restaurants in Paris, based on my own dining experiences. It’s far from comprehensive to start, but I’ll aim to expand this list as time goes on and I try more places. And please do feel free to write to me if you’ve had an experience you’d like to share or a restaurant you’d like me to try out and potentially add to this list.

Bon appetit!

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Le Potager de Charlotte: Plant-Based Delights

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This cheerful restaurant between Paris’ Montmartre and Grands Boulevards districts won me over for its intensely flavorful, creative plant-based dishes, centered around organic and (often) gluten-free ingredients sourced primarily from local farmer’s markets.

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Opened by David and Adrien Valentin in 2015, the restaurant was named after their mother, Charlotte. The familial, homey vibe at Le Potager is also resolutely modern, with an airy, bright dining space dominated by light wood and comfortable seating.

Try signature dishes such as the rice and chickpea galettes (pictured above) with cashew cream, arugula and pumpkin seeds, enormous and flavor-packed salads, homemade soups, fresh-pressed juices and smoothies, and a tempting vegan dessert menu that includes treats such as chocolate mousse. There’s also a copious brunch served every weekend.

For more on what makes this table stand out from many of the others in the “Paris veggie ecosystem”, see my full review of Le Potager de Charlotte.

Getting There & Practical Info

Le Potager now has two locations: one at 12 Rue Louise-Émilie de la Tour d’Auvergne, 75009 (9th arrondissement), Metro Cadet, Anvers or Saint-Georges; and in the 17th arrondissement further west of the city, at 21 Rue Rennequin (Metro Porte Maillot).

Visit the official website

So Nat: A Fresh Cantine for Veggie & Vegan Lunch

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This perpetually-packed, trendy cantine at the far end of the Rue des Martyrs (a foodie destination in its own right) is a popular spot among locals and office workers looking for something fresh and healthy on their lunch breaks.

The casual restaurant is especially prized for its large, gourmet buddha bowls, packed with vegetables but also with flavor and texture. One example from the recent menu is a “Clockwork Orange” (Orange Mécanique) bowl with pearl barley, tofu balls, shitake mushrooms, garlic-roasted pumpkin, red cabbage marinated with orange, yakitori mushrooms, chives, black sesame, and miso vinaigrette with white grape juice.

Starters include pita sandwiches, freshly made soups and juices.

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Creative (and gourmet) recent dessert options include cheescake with hibiscus, iced cinnamon buns with chopped pistachio, and iced blueberry cake topped with fresh blueberries. Most desserts are vegan at So Nat.

Getting There & Contact Info

Bodhi Vegan: For Asian-Style Dishes

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For anyone who’s explored cosmopolitan Belleville district, the sheer number of excellent Vietnamese Pho restaurants and tables specialized in other Asian cuisines– from Sichuan to Thai– can be overwhelming. Of course, vegetarians and vegans can have a hard time finding something suitable at these otherwise superb cantines and restaurants, which can be frustrating.

Enter Bodhi Vegan, a Vietnamese-style restaurant at the edge of the Canal St-Martin that offers all the flavor and umami joy of specialties such as rice pancakes, wontons, nems, and enormous noodle soups– with zero animal proteins.

The cantine is intimate but not typically overcrowded. Grab a table there to feast on house specialties including Tom Yum coconut soup with mock shrimp and vegetables, Vietnamese ravioli with plant-based shredded meat, Vietnamese-style crepes with plant-based shrimp and vegetables, and enormous bowls of vegan Pho.

The desserts are also excellent, and include choices such as cheesecake, carrot cake, chocolate cake, and sticky rice with taro, coconut milk and peanuts.

Getting There & Contact Info

The restaurant in situated between the Belleville and Goncourt neighborhoods/Metro stops in the 10th arrondissement.

Macéo: For Gastronomic French Dining

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This prestigious French restaurant behind the opulent Palais-Royal doesn’t at first instinct seem like a good candidate for a vegetarian-friendly lunch or dinner. Yet, as I was surprised to learn when I dined there, the cuisine at Macéo is geared very much around fresh, seasonal vegetables– and some of the creative dishes from Chef Nathan Pascual are vegetarian.

Non meat-eaters will find several a la carte choices on the extensive menu, and the seasonal menus for lunch and dinner invariably include an option for vegetarians. There are also usually vegan options, but you might want to contact the restaurant ahead of time to ask whether this is the case, since the menus change seasonally.

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Dishes spotted on recent menus at Macéo include red-lentil dhal with Indian spices, green asparagus from Provence seasoned with citrus vinaigrette and ginger cream, and a variety of beautifully presented, delicately flavored pastas with vegetables.

The wine list is extensive and includes organic and biodynamic offerings, so don’t hesitate to ask about appropriate pairings. This is a popular restaurant for dinner in particular, so make sure to book in advance.

Getting There & Practical Info

Macéo is nestled in a street right behind the Palais-Royal in the 1st arrondissement, also known as the Louvre-Tuileries district.

Veggie Tasty: For Casual Vegan Lunch or Dinner

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Veggie Tasty is a classic vegetarian and vegan cantine that’s friendly, laid-back and inexpensive– ideal for a quick lunch between exploring the sights near the Opéra Garnier and its surrounds.

Inside the sparing but cheerful dining room, tuck into a variety of vegan wraps, salads, soups, “gourmet bowls”, and freshly squeezed juices. The concept is to create your own sandwich/wrap or salad at the bar, composed from six vegan “bases” and your choice of “veggie balls”. All ingredients are locally sourced and most are organic.

Desserts include tempting choices such as chocolate brownies with chopped almonds.

This place is quite popular at lunchtime, so do your best to arrive relatively early to get a table. It’s open for dinner as well, which is rather unusual for vegetarian “cantines”– and a big plus, in my book.

Getting There & Contact Info

Veggie Tasty is located between the “Grands Boulevards” area and Gare du Nord, close to attractions such as the Grevin Wax Museum, the historic shopping arcades of Paris and the Opéra Garnier. It might also make an ideal lunch spot if you’re about to hop on the Eurostar at Gare du Nord (or have just arrived and find yourself in need of lunch).

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Breizh Café (for Breton-style Crepes)

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Last but certainly not least, my favorite place in the capital for Breton-style savory crepes (galettes) is also vegetarian-friendly, though it’s not an exclusively veggie or plant-based table. The brainchild of founder and chef Bertrand Larcher, Breizh has a veritable empire that extends throughout Paris, Cancale in Brittany and all the way to Tokyo.

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It’s not hard to see why: fresh, painstakingly sourced ingredients go into all the restaurant’s menu items, from savory galettes to sweet crepes and traditional ciders. Vegetarians should try savory options such as the “Sicilian Galette” with fresh mozarrella, basil and tomato, a spinach galette with a sunny-side-up-egg and grated cheese, or creative, maki-style buckwheat rolls with fresh vegetables and cheeses.

Breizh isn’t especially suited to strict vegans– but as mentioned below, their café and cocktail bar in the Montorgueil district is well worth a night out.

Getting There & Practical Information:

Breizh Café has several locations around Paris, including in the Marais, Montmartre, the Rue Montorgueil area (the latter with a wonderful cider and cocktail bar downstairs) and the Canal Saint-Martin Area.

See the official website for locations, current menu items, contact details and more.

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Still hungry? Also see my guide to the best street food in Paris and the best falafel in Paris, both of which mention several more casual vegetarian and vegan dining options in the capital. And as I mentioned earlier in the post, I’ll work to expand this list as I review other restaurants in the coming months.

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FAQs

Is it easy to find vegetarian food in Paris? ›

Historically vegetarian dishes have been hard to come by at most restaurants, but the growing awareness of meat-free eating in the city means that plenty of non-vegetarian restaurants in Paris has added a swathe of meat-free options for diners.

Is Paris good for vegetarians? ›

Paris – the 'City of Light', romance and, surprisingly, an extremely vegan-friendly location. You can visit France and enjoy the deliciousness that French cuisine has to offer, sans cruelty.

How do vegans eat in Paris? ›

Vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants in Paris
  1. Hank. 55 Rue des Archives, 75003 Paris, France – three locations throughout Paris. ...
  2. 42 Degrés. 109 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75009 Paris, France. ...
  3. Aujourd'hui Demain. ...
  4. Sweet Rawmace. ...
  5. VG Pâtisserie. ...
  6. Land & Monkeys. ...
  7. Cloud Cakes Vegan Coffee Shop. ...
  8. Boneshaker Donuts.
Jan 4, 2022

What is the most vegan-friendly place? ›

Portland, Oregon

Hailed as the most vegan-friendly cities in the U.S., plant-based eating is in the fabric of Portland culture. With an average of 8.2 vegan eateries here, there's plenty of meat-free munching to go 'round!

Do you tip in Paris? ›

You won't need to calculate a tip. As opposed to the U.S., where most waiters make their living from tips, servers in Paris are paid a living wage. And since service is already included in the price, no one is expecting you to tack on an additional 15 to 25 percent at the end of the meal.

Is it hard to be vegetarian in Paris? ›

These days, being plant-based is more widely recognized and accepted than it ever has been. And for the most part, there should be a food option or two for you to choose from just about everywhere you decide to dine at. That will make being vegan in Paris very easy for you.

Is it hard to be vegan in France? ›

It's not easy. I won't beat around the bush, travelling in France as a vegan isn't easy, in fact it's quite difficult. Coming from England where veganism has really taken off in recent years and where there's an abundance of vegan food options we've been pretty spoilt.

Does Paris cater for vegetarians? ›

Don't let anyone tell you Paris doesn't cater for vegans and vegetarians. These days it's not all entrecôtes and biftecks in the City of Light – and if you know where to look, there's all manner of first-rate restaurants that are totally meat-free.

How do I ask for a vegetarian meal in France? ›

I find it easier to ask, “Do you have any dishes without meat or fish?” rather than saying I'm vegetarian. That way you'll avoid any confusion. Of course, this is more relevant in small towns and rural areas.

Can you eat dairy free in Paris? ›

As you can see, there are just a wealth of options for us dairy free folks in Paris this days. Pretty much any district you find yourself in is going to have either a vegan restaurant or a bakery or chocolate shop that has some dairy free offerings. Or they might have all three, and more!

Are there many vegetarians in France? ›

Statistically, the number of vegetarians in France remains low, at 2%, according to Le Monde in 2017 and 3-5% in 2018, according to The Telegraph. Yet interest in a vegetarian diet seems to be growing in France, with more and more vegetarian restaurants and information available about vegetarian diets.

Which country is most vegetarian? ›

India is thought to have the most vegetarians globally, with up to 42% of the population avoiding meat products.

Which city in the world has the most vegans? ›

Holding its number 1 place again as most vegan city in the world is Chiang Mai.

Which are the two vegetarian cities in the world? ›

These are the 10 best cities in the world for vegetarian and vegan travelers
  • Palitana, Gujarat, India. For many vegetarians and vegans, Indian cuisine might already be a safe go-to when deciding what to get for dinner. ...
  • Tel-Aviv, Israel. ...
  • Rome, Italy.
Aug 25, 2021

What percentage of French people are vegan? ›

Some figures estimate that currently about 5% of the French population is vegan. Meat consumption per person in France has actually gone down from 160g/day in 1998 to an estimated 46g/day in 2018. The restaurants are keeping up, there are about 500 of them which serve vegan dishes.

What is a popular French dish? ›

25 French Dishes that are Better than a Vacation in Paris
  • 1) Boeuf Bourguignon.
  • 3) Potatoes Dauphinoise.
  • 4) Cassoulet.
  • 8) Croque Monsieur.
  • 9) Croque Madame.
  • 10) Jambon-Beurre.
  • 13) Concombre a la Menthe.
  • 18) Cherry Clafoutis.
Jul 14, 2016

Can I take vegan food to France? ›

You cannot bring in actual plants, or cut plants and flowers, or fruits and vegetables or seeds. Exceptions include pineapple, banana, coconut, durians and dates as they are considered to pose no risk.

Is it difficult to be vegetarian in France? ›

If you're vegetarian, you likely won't have many issues living in France. You'll be able to have a lot of traditional foods, including pastries, crêpes, and cheeses. If you're vegan, you will have more challenges, but I believe it's still doable as someone who avoided most animal products when I was living there.

Does Paris cater for vegetarians? ›

Don't let anyone tell you Paris doesn't cater for vegans and vegetarians. These days it's not all entrecôtes and biftecks in the City of Light – and if you know where to look, there's all manner of first-rate restaurants that are totally meat-free.

How do French vegetarians survive? ›

Ten Tips for Vegetarians in France
  1. Learn to cook. Although you will find takeaways and pizzas in larger towns it's unlikely there will be anything without meat on the menu. ...
  2. Avoid cheese. ...
  3. Learn vegetarian French. ...
  4. Research the area. ...
  5. Eating out. ...
  6. Stock up before you go. ...
  7. Join a society. ...
  8. Expect to be regarded as an oddity.
Nov 14, 2003

Can French food be vegan? ›

Traditional French food, however, is really not that vegan friendly.

What do the French think of vegans? ›

The French are very hospitable, even to vegans!

Despite French food being pretty much a no-go zone we have found the locals to be incredibly accommodating of our vegan ways.

What is the most vegan country? ›

India is thought to have the most vegetarians globally, with up to 42% of the population avoiding meat products.

Do the French like vegetarians? ›

French dishes such as beef bourguignon, coq au vin and cassoulet may be dishes best avoided by vegetarians but are world famous and staples in French homes. The pride in French culture and cuisine is another reason why the uptake of vegetarianism in France is slow.

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