Vegetarian restaurants aren’t always that easy to come by in France, especially outside of Paris. However, if you’re in the buzzing southern French city of Montpellier, you can take your pick of great vegetarian restaurants and places to eat. Here are our favourites for you to discover for breakfast, lunch and dinner and everything in between.
Restaurant, Healthy, Vegetarian, $$$
Tripti Kulai is an independent restaurant focused on health and wellbeing. It was established in Paris in 1985, before moving south to Montpellier in 1990. Since then, this colourful yet calm restaurant has been serving French plates of local products using organic ingredients. There are lunch and dinner menus on offer, with the daily special always worth a try.
If you’re walking down Rue Sainte-Anne and are suddenly met with a rainbow of colourful chairs and tables, then you’ll have found Le Pré Vert. The gorgeous outside space adjacent to the Carré Sainte Anne, a converted church that exhibits art, is one of the plus points of this restaurant. The menu is delicious and has a lot of choice – perfect for a lunch stop or evening meal.
We had to include a pizzeria on this list and this is one of the best in southern France. Pizzeria la Terrasse is one of Montpellier’s finest, especially for vegetarians, and its tables sprawl out onto one of the city’s gorgeous sun terraces at Place Candolle. Choose between pizzas, salads, and homemade specialities at an average price of €15.
Open on a Monday, which is still unusual in France, L’Alchimiste offers some delicious vegetarian dishes alongside French bistro classics. Located on one of Montpellier’s winding old streets, this little restaurant is a popular venue, where the dishes are traditional but served with flair. A true regional delight.
Le Gazette Café is a literary café that opened in Montpellier in 2015. It consists of a trendy space split on two levels; a tree-dominated café on the ground floor with the library around the edge of level 1, separated by glass and pillars. The restaurant itself focuses on organic healthy food, with different menus on offer (including vegetarian) as well as drinks and special menus for group bookings. The perfect place to while away a morning.
Le Petit Jardin is exactly that – a little garden oasis in the heart of Montpellier. There are dishes specifically for vegetarians and a wide choice of plates for omnivores too. Perfect for a special occasion. The vegetable ravioli and grated conchiglioni with white mushrooms are particularly delicious.
Empanadas Club was opened in 2014 by Argentinians Diego and Adrien, and is a traditional restaurant like those you would find in the back streets of Buenos Aires. Their speciality? The empanada, bien sûr. Eight choices of filling, with a vegetarian one included. It’s a popular place, so best to book ahead. Get there now if you’ve had your fill of baguettes in Montpellier!
Restaurant, Healthy, Tapas, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Mediterranean, Japanese, $$$
Playfood is a quirky place, where the menu is made up of tapas-style food presented in glass pots. It calls itself the ‘southern adaption’ of Spanish and Japanese eating (tapas and sushi) and its menu of different glasses include hot and cold dishes, both savoury and sweet. Playfood is really just that; a playful and fun restaurant in Montpellier that’s definitely worth checking out.