Some arrondissements (districts) of Paris are more vegan-friendly than others and this is a good thing to know when you plan your vegan travel to Paris. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the most vegan-friendly arrondissements, including vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and other establishments. We’ve split the list up into three parts, so this is the first blog post in a series of three!
It doesn’t mean you can’t find veg-friendly spots in other parts of the city. If you’re in a specific arrondissement, check the Happy Cow app to find the vegan, vegetarian and veg-friendly spots near you. Traveling as a vegan in Paris has never been so easy!
We’ve focused on vegan and vegan-friendly spots in the city and decided to share just our favorites with you!
We’ve grouped the places by arrondissement to give you an idea of where to stay in the city, or to help you find vegan restaurants nearby the monuments you plan to visit (the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, etc.). Last but not least, you’ll find a selection of budget-friendly spots for each of the arrondissements we mention.
Let’s take a look now at how the city of Paris is laid out.
Paris is composed of 20 arrondissements, each of them governed by a mayor. These arrondissements form a circular shape beginning with the 1st arrondissement at the very center of the city and then spiraling outward. This shape looks like a snail, which isn’t really vegan-friendly. But vegan food in Paris has a lot to reveal, believe us!
We’ll talk about vegan places arrondissement by arrondissement, so it’s really important to keep this city’s layout in mind before going further. It could also help you keep track of where you are in the city during your stay!
The most vegan-friendly arrondissements in Paris
9th and 10th arrondissements: “Veggietown”
In 2016, the Association Végétarienne de France (French vegetarian society) began referring to some parts of the 9th and 10th arrondissements as “Veggietown” because this area had the highest number of vegan, vegetarian and veg-friendly venues in the entire city. And it still does in 2018 because a lot of new spots have opened in this area since that time.
Internationally renowned (and vegetarian!) French street artist Invader has left his mark on Veggietown with his unique pixel art mosaics paying homage to plant-based foods.
Our favorite vegan and vegan-friendly venues in Veggietown
World cuisine and its amazing variety has pride of place in this area.
Founded in 2015, Le Potager de Charlotte is a vegan restaurant run by two brothers, David and Adrien, and named after their mother, Charlotte. They combine their skills (in the culinary arts and naturopathy, respectively) to offer delicious gourmet vegan French cuisine.
Check out this chickpea and rice pancake with herbed cashew cream and Espelette pepper. It’s out of this world!
Are you looking for Asian cuisine? La Palanche d’Aulac and its Vietnamese menu will satisfy your tastebuds. Nearby, the Afro-vegan cuisine at Jah Jah, based on the Ital diet of Rastafarians, will whisk you away to the Caribbean.
Located northwest of Veggietown, BrEAThe restaurant is a new vegan restaurant in Paris offering a menu full of traditional French and Italian gourmet recipes. This delicious “biscuit Breton” with whipped cream and grapefruit is a good example of their cuisine!
Want to stop back in Veggietown for lunch or a quick bite at the end of the afternoon? Laelo will be the perfect choice: they offer cold and hot main courses, sandwiches and desserts. All their food is organic, vegan and delicious!
Our mouths are watering just looking at these vegan bowls and plates available at PH7 Equilibre. All the dishes offered at this vegetarian (nearly vegan) restaurant are acid-base balanced and support a healthy lifestyle. A chance to be kind to your body while satisfying your tastebuds – what more could you ask for?
Our favorite vegan and budget-friendly places in Veggietown
How about a whole menu composed of bowls and porridges? Head to BOL porridge bar. You can choose one of their pre-composed bowls or porridges or make your own custom bowl, hot or cold, in a combo meal or à la carte. Their cold bowls and porridges are the only items available in vegan and gluten-free versions, and not the lunch bowls (hoping this will change soon!). Their bowls are perfect for breakfast or at the end of afternoon.
You can enjoy vegan Indian street food at Elaichi. Their €10 combo meal includes a main course and a starter and you can compose your own main dish from a range of vegetables, legumes and spices and also choose from samosas, raita, etc. for your starter. Healthy, organic dishes at a fair price – it’s an offer you can’t refuse!