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Vegetarian restaurants in Paris

Best of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dining

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Don't let anyone tell you Paris doesn't cater for vegetarian and vegan diets – if you know where to look, delicious wholesome goodness is easily available. The trend for gluten-free is kicking off as well, relief for allergy sufferers and fans of wheatless cooking. Our selection of excellent bakeries, restaurants and cafés offer everything from gluten-free brunches to vegan cupcakes – get stuck in!

Vegetarian restaurants and cafés

Café Pinson

Critics' choice

Café Pinson is a welcome addition to the burgeoning crop of high quality healthy eateries in Paris, who do vegetarian and organic food with a bit of glamour and no hint of a dietary regime. A comfortable, welcoming venue in the Marais, it offers carefully though out vegetarian, organic and gluten-free dishes that are a cut above the ordinary... 

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The Marais

Pousse-Pousse

Critics' choice

Former fashion journalist Lawrence Aboucaya decided to abandon the world of media in order to concentrate on her organic, vegetarian cooking. All food on offer here is either fresh and raw or steamed, in order to preserve the quality of the products. Pousse-Pousse also offers a selection of lovingly-prepared grain-based meals for a high-energy lunch... 

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9th arrondissement

Rose Bakery

Critics' choice

This English-themed café run by a Franco-British couple stands out for the quality of its ingredients – organic or from small producers – as well as the too-good-to-be-true puddings: carrot cake, sticky toffee pudding and, in winter, a chocolate-chestnut tart. The DIY salad plate is crunchily satisfying, but the thin-crusted pizzettes, daily soups and occasional risottos... 

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Pigalle

Le Potager

This organic vegetarian eatery near Beaubourg is proof that you can fit an entire restaurant into a shoebox: You will be fighting for elbowroom with strangers on tables crammed in along one wall, but what the Potager du Marais lacks in space, it makes up for on the plate with luscious, homemade dishes brimming with pulses, tofu, fresh, crunchy vegetables and beans...

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4th arrondissement

East Side Burger

A newcomer on the veggie scene, this fast food joint has taken a meatless approach to another trend in Paris – the mighty burger. Vegans and vegetarians finally have a place to mingle with options for both camps. With just two choices a day from their four varieties of burgers, don’t expect a big greasy bacon-topped concoction... 

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11th arrondissement
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Vegan restaurants and cafés

Café Ginger

Tucked cutely down a side street near the Place de la Bastille, Café Ginger's bright green exterior and the psychedelic paintings adorning the walls inside give it exactly the cheerful, hippyish atmosphere you’d (shamefully, stereotypically) expect from a vegan café. It gets instant points for cosiness, friendly waiters and a family-run feel... 

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Gentle Gourmet

If vegetarian restaurants are on the rise in Paris, vegan can still be a challenge to track down. It’s a tough sell, especially in France: the savoir-faire and imagination required to produce good cooking without any animal products, including milk and eggs.This American enterprise does well. The sober black and white room, strung with origami shapes... 

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Eastern Paris

M.O.B.

This nod to a 12th century philosophy of Maimonides (hence Maimonides of Brooklyn) is the perfect place stock up on vegan 'fast food', though we’re still not sure that meatless nuggets were part of 12th century cuisine. Like its Brooklyn counterpart, spearheaded by Mama Shelter founder Cyril Aouizerate, food and philosophy go hand in hand... 

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Paris

Vegan Folie’s

On the busy Rue Mouffetard, you have every quintessentially French shop that you could want, providing a perfect market experience. And then, well, there’s Vegan Folie’s. So not French, but so very welcomed. This all vegan, dairy-free, no-animal product bakery (they drive it home) produces very small quantities for a very niche population of Parisians and visitors... 

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5th arrondissement

Sol Semilla

Critics' choice

If ‘veganism’ sounds like a bland and tasteless proposition to you, beware: Sol Semilla, the Bar des Artisans, may just change your mind. This jolly spot is home to a happy and good humoured veganism, which makes good use of super foods – those natural ingredients (copaiba, urucum, acai, acerola, purple corn, etc.) which are crammed with vitamins and minerals... 

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10th arrondissement

Gluten-free restaurants and cafés

Helmut Newcake

Critics' choice

Opened at the end of 2011, Helmut Newcake was the first place for 100% certified gluten-free pastries in Paris, and is the reference for the new generation of bakeries opening up around town. The location by the trendy Canal St-Martin is nestled among a slew of new eateries and coffee shops that are worth a visit... 

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10th arrondissement

Noglu

With its discreet façade in the beautiful Passage des Panoramas, this bistro attracts local workers in search of healthy food but also a clientele who is specifically looking for gluten-free food. Downstairs, cooks work in an open kitchen front of customers perched on stools – though on the day of our visit they welcomed us with neither a smile nor a hello...

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2nd arrondissement

More healthy options

Bob's Cold Press

Critics' choice

If you’ve been overindulging in the caffeine, red wine and nicotine that so often comes with enjoying Paris, head to Bob’s Cold Press when you’re ready for a detox. The younger sibling of Bob’s Kitchen is a miniscule venue in the 11th arrondissement, manned by a couple of fresh-faced young Americans who have charge of a specially-designed fruit and vegetable press supposed to preserve the vitamins and other nutrients contained in the fruit fibres... 

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Saint-Ambroise

Bloom

Critics' choice

A sweet little canteen that puts sustainability to the fore, Bloom sits on the Rue de la Forge Royale just behind Bastille, in the shelter of a park. Done out in second-hand furniture, the space feels a bit like a charmingly dilapidated classroom. Behind it all is Pauline, who make sure that the menu is made from 100% organic produce from certified local producers, cooks the homemade meals and serves customers, all without batting an eyelid. The lunch menus cost between €12 and €15... 

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Bastille

Blackburn Coffee

Critics' choice

With smart new coffee shops mushrooming all over Paris these days, it's hard to get too excited about the latest opening. But it would be a shame to overlook Blackburn, whose fresh décor is dotted with humorous references to the latest trends, and whose friendly team deliver fresh fruit juices, healthy high quality cooking... 

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Château d'Eau
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Comments

4 comments
Nathalie D
Nathalie D

I don't understand this weird selection... Vegan Folie's is disgusting, Bob's Kitchen is very simple, Potager du marais is ok but overpriced, NoGlu is not veggie-friendly and Grand Appétit is a sad macrobiotic place.  

You miss the real vegan best places in Paris like Loving Hut, Gentle Gourmet Café, Hank, 42 Degré, Saveurs végét'Halles, M.O.B. , VégéBowl, Hobbes, Soya, Café Ginger... 

Pierre D
Pierre D

You miss the awesome hank restaurant, fabulous vegan burgers!


Clark Taylor
Clark Taylor

There's a great Vietnamese veggie resto down the street from Helmut Newcake you should give a try: Tian Hiang, 14, rue Bichat, Paris 75010