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The 12 best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Paris

Don’t believe the clichés – there are vegan and vegetarian restaurants all over Paris. Here are our faves right now

Written by
Tina Meyer
,
Houssine Bouchama
&
Antoine Besse
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Paris food might seem all meat, meat, meat, but don’t panic – there’s tons here for vegetarians to get their teeth into. After all, even the biggest carnivores amongst us need a break when they’ve been devouring animals day in, day out. 

Contrary to popular belief, Paris is actually home to a ton of great veggie spots (and non-veggie spots serving up marvellous veg-friendly menus). From Indian to British to Syrian, our pick of the best vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Paris have something for everyone. Read on, veg lovers. 

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This article was written by the editorial team at Time Out Paris. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines.

Vegetarian restaurants in Paris

Faubourg Daimant
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1. Faubourg Daimant

This is nothing less than the finest vegan restaurant in Paris, where vegetable-based cuisine has a real ambition: to amplify its cuisine towards a meat-free world. On Faubourg Daimant's  menu, you'll find a merry-go-round of successes: melting carrots glazed with a ‘bbq’ sauce; tofu croquettes like a pig's trotter; Provençal stuffing, roasts and juices from ‘vegetable carcasses’. This is innovative stuff, set out in a beautiful tiled room (and there's a nice courtyard outside too). 

Le Doyenné
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2. Le Doyenné

Forget about the carbon footprint it takes to get to Saint-Vrain – the delicately prepared food, straight from the garden, is absolutely worth it. Le Doyenné isn't a vegetarian spot, but it's perfect for vegetarians; all dishes are available in a meatless version, and they're all packed with maximum flavour. 

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Ima Cantine
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3. Ima Cantine

With a counter brimming with colourful salads and fragrant pastries, this pretty Mediterranean canteen on the banks of the canal makes you want to order everything. And just as well, at Ima Cantine you actually can order everything, because the dishes are all vegetarian. We love it when a plan comes together. Make sure to order the saucy shakshuka.

Le Saint Sébastien
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4. Le Saint Sébastien

Daniela Lavadenz's bistro offers a daring menu that goes against the grain of its classic decor of casson and formica. At Le Saint Sebastien, Christopher Edwards chisels out a variety of dazzling dishes, in which plants feel right at home.

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Waalo
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5. Waalo

In his neo-cantine, Mauritanian chef Harouna Sow, a chef trainer for Refugee Food, revisits the emblems of West African gastronomy. Both the mafe (African peanut stew) and yassa (a stew from Senegal) at Waalo are available vegetarian as well as meat; the only thing to note are the veggie versions are more expensive, somehow. 

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Specialising in vegetarian dishes from northern India and already something of a hit across Paris, this restaurant on the Rue de Cail is now one of four Krishna Bhavan addresses across the capital. This particular outlet can be a tight squeeze, but it’s worth getting used to the cosiness for all the great, filling, cheap food on offer; paneer butter masala, dal makhani and aloo gobi masala all come in under €10. 

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Le Daily Syrien Veggie

7. Le Daily Syrien Veggie

It feels quite symbolic – a restaurant that’s 100 percent vegetarian located in a former butcher’s shop on the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis. Le Daily Syrien have even kept hold of the huge, once meat-packed fridge. Grab a pitta and stuff it with everything you can get your hands on – the falafel, hummus and lentil dishes are particularly good. Order a huge bowl of hummus, topped with broad beans.

Jah Jah By Le Tricycle
Photograph: Jah Jah

8. Jah Jah By Le Tricycle

From the same gang behind hit vegan hotdog spot Le Tricycle, Jah Jah serves everything from fried plantain snacks to hearty, healthy ‘bowls du jour’ packed with things like rice, tandoori cauliflower wings and a roast courgette salad. They also host talks and discussion about veganism and why you, you awful meat-eater, should cut back on the good stuff. Come for brunch at the weekend – the vegan pancakes are a sure-fire treat.

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A mainstay of Paris’s vegetarian dining scene since 2007, this address has gained a rep for its incredibly generous (and very delicious) brunch. Decked out Brooklyn loft-style with lots and lots of glass, Soya’s menu weaves Asian and Italian influences into its diverse offering, while drinks span everything from organic wine to kombucha. Go for any of the vegan couscous dishes, they're all great. 

Primeur

10. Primeur

Just off the Rue Dénoyez, cradle of Paris’s street artists, the quaintly named, pedestrianised Rue Lemon is one of very few central drags that feel totally hassle-free. Canteen Primeur is where you should hang – expect a seasonal, organic, almost entirely vegan menu. The vegan lasagne is a real treat, packed with fresh, seasonal veg.

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Otium
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11. Otium

It’s not called the Latin for ‘chill AF’ for nothing. With its subdued lighting, sunflowers and brick walls, this spot feels relaxed, autumnal and very, very homely. So kick back and tuck in. Otium's menu’s fully vegetarian and changes regularly, but there's always a fabulous ‘bowl of the day’.

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