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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

Lula Lifestyle Shop

Organic, vegetarian, gluten-free and tasty? It seems like too much to ask for but this little canteen on Rue Sainte-Marthe has got you covered. Opened in 2014, the space opens only for lunch (and brunch on weekends), serving salads, soups and mains with Franco-Colombian flavours. €14 gets you a starter and a main dish, both healthy and filling, made with locally-sourced organic products...

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Zoé Bouillon

The deceptively simple slogan at Zoe Bouillon – ‘bien manger!’ or ‘eat well!’ – promises something all too rare in the French capital – good, healthy eating at affordable prices. The restaurant offers five vegetarian menu formulas, such as €10.50 for a daily special and a sweet, or €13 for two savoury dishes (soup, salad, sandwich), a slice of cake and a dessert. The welcoming dining room is filled with wooden tables, with a few more seats on the pavement outside...

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20th arrondissement

Café Pinson

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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

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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

Le Tricycle

Vegetarian hot dog business Le Tricycle started life as a roaming ‘delivery tricycle’ and catering business, finding a permanent address on the Rue de Paradis in June 2015. With no shop logo to speak of, you can recognise Le Tricycle by the leafy greenery hanging above the doorway and the eponymous vehicle parked out front. Inside, chatty owners Coralie Jouhier and Daqui Comis have really made the place their own, with drawings from local artists displayed on the walls and a lilting reggae soundtrack...

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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

Hank

Located at the left edge of the Marais, vegan burger restaurant Hank feels a little out of place next to the grander, more traditional Le Connétable on Rue des Archives. With its nondescript modern façade and 100 per cent vegan, fair trade menu, the younger business operates out of an incredibly small, sometimes stuffy, space (seating eight or so). Luckily, the nearby Square du Temple is the perfect setting for a takeaway order...

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Gluten-free restaurants and cafés

Helmut Newcake

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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

Maison Bon

Everything is 100 per cent organic, gluten-free and vegetarian at this unassuming little canteen on the Rue des Petites Écuries. An open kitchen and crates stacked full with fruit and veg give the place a market-like whiff, but the furnishing is all elegantly understated (think stainless steel, earthenware and trendy lighting). Food is available for breakfast, lunch and daytime snacking...

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Château d'Eau

More healthy options

Bob's Cold Press

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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

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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

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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

5 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

Anu J
Anu J

@Clark Taylor It is my favourite restaurant in Paris : )! Though, I dont understand why it wasn't there when I went last week...perhaps they're refurbishing? The signboard...everything..was gone.