Vegan Paris: Pre-Trip Planning
Posted on August 11th, 2015 · By admin
It’s been a while since I visited Paris. The last time I visited I was meeting my youngest sister who was living in Barcelona at the time. For some reason, I never truly understood, she refused to visit me in London. Even though she lived and worked in London for many years. I was always ok with that because hey Barcelona is pretty nice. Paris turned out to be a great meeting point as she was there to attend an event for Parsons Paris and, I was there to eat my way through it.
In the past, I’d make at least one trip a year, usually, in autumn. Paris has a lot to offer so it doesn’t matter what time of year you go. There is just so much to do. As Amy Thomas states,“one of the best ways to immerse yourself in French culture is with food.” And I totally agree so as always the focus will be on eating. It’s safe to say that’s what I do best.
I’ll be hopping on the Eurostar Thursday morning and returning on Saturday evening. So, I’ll have to make the most of the three days I have.
Here’s where my online research and pre-trip planning comes in.
The last time I was in Paris Bob’s Kitchen was one of my first stops as it’s not too far a walk from Gare du Nord. It’s not strictly vegan, but vegans won’t have any problem eating at this vegetarian canteen. Get there early, as it tends to fill up quickly, if you want a seat. I do remember being disappointed that they didn’t have any vegan desserts, but I left feeling satisfied after a tasty meal.
Loving Cult, I mean Loving Hut have outlets all over the world, but I only seem to eat there when I visit Paris. Located on Beaumarchais in the 11th arrondissement. A friendly French-Canadian guy runs this branch. If I remember correctly it’s not open all day so check the operating hours before you go. I tend to go for the soups and salads. Loving Hut is a pretty safe, cheap and cheerful bet for the budget conscious.
Le Potager du Maris
Did someone say crème brûlée? This should be reason enough to make your way over to Le Potager du Maris. It’s located on Rambuteau near the Pompidou. Portions look huge from the photos I’ve seen online and can probably feed four. This place is definitely for sharing so make sure you bring friends. According to Happy Cow, it’s been vegan since 2012. Reservations are suggested.
If I want bánh xèo in London I have to make it myself, not so in Paris. Tien Hiang comes recommended as a Vietnamese/Chinese vegan friendly spot that uses no eggs. According to reviews you can request an English menu, which also features set menus. Tien Hiang may not be the place to go if you want a leisurely or relaxed experience. It’s located near metro Goncourt and it’s not far from Republique. They don’t take reservations so you might have to wait for a table.
Le Centre Tout Naturellement
Le Centre Tout Naturellement is a full service spa where you can take a sauna or naturopathic massage, get a facial, and eat a 10 euro set vegan lunch consisting of local, fresh, organic produce. Once you enter the small and quiet courtyard you have to ring a bell to be let in. Located in the 9th arrondissement near metro: Poissonnière.
Un Monde du Vegan
Un Monde du Vegan is a vegan shop selling only vegan products, mostly, made in France. It’s chock- full of all the packaged junk food you could ever want. In addition to ‘boursin style’ vegan cheese you can find supplements, food for cats and dogs, cosmetics, cleaning products, shoes, belts, accessories and a lot more. Located in the 3rd arrondissement near metro: Strasbourg – Saint-Denis.
Carmen Ragosta is a clothing boutique that doubles as a restaurant. It’s a precursor to the hip Hackney combination businesses that are now popping up everywhere. She designs clothes and cooks Italian food for lunch. Everyone raves about the tiramisu, but call in advance for the vegan version. Located in the 10th arrondissment and the nearest metro is Jacques Bonsergent.
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
Unless it rains, I probably won’t have much time for museums on this trip. I have so much eating to do. The Foundation has a few of Cartier-Bresson’s photographs on display so if that’s your main reason for visiting you might be disappointed. If you’re prepared to be surprised (or you can call ahead) the Foundation curates a large number of exhibitions throughout the year with photographers from around the world. Located in the 14th arrondissement nearest metro: Gaîté.
Musée Picasso Paris
The Picasso Museum reopened in October of last year, €22 million over budget and three years behind schedule. It’s definitely worth a visit, but will I have enough time. The exhibition space is now double the size with many more works on display than ever before. I could easily spend an entire day there. Obviously, if the weather takes a foul turn three to four hours taking in the exhibition would be perfect. Located in the Marais in the 3rd arrondissement nearest metro: Chemin Vert.
I could go on and on, but I’m going to leave you here folks. So if anyone ever asks you, “What are you going to eat in Paris?” tell him or her that they don’t know what they’re talking about. “French food isn’t all crème, fromage et beurre!”