- Marjolaine Cantus
There is more to being an environmentally-friendly business than having a vegetarian dish on your lunch menu, or serving organic tea. Many Parisian bars and restaurants have taken their commitment to the next level, all without losing sight of the quality of their products and services. Read on to discover our favorite places where you can check out some of the great and delicious initiatives being taken in France’s capital.
Have A Fairtrade Tea Break At Péniche Antipode
At Péniche Antipode, your pint of blonde is made in Normandy according to a thousand-year-old Viking brewing process, your cola from Brittany uses fairtrade sugar that helps Paraguayan farmers, and the large tea selection supports human-scale agriculture. Overall, this unique café is rooted in a clever mix of local supply, community support and north-south cooperation that benefits farmers, producers and consumers with no extra cost. If that weren’t enough, the lovely barge on the Bassin de la Villette hosts many concerts, plays and shows, sometimes for children, and is also a partner of La Louve, a cooperative supermarket based in the nearby 18th arrondissement.
Péniche Antipode, 55 Quai de la Seine, 75019 Paris, France, +33 01 42 03 39 07
Drink And Dance Organic At La Petite Chaufferie
There are so many bars and restaurants in Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis that it can sometimes be difficult to find the right fit. A short walk from the crowded street will take you to none other than one of the best musical bars in Paris, and even, according to the team, the ‘first organic bar in the world.’ Joke aside, the five friends who run it have made every effort to make La Petite Chaufferie the bar they spent years looking for. Great products, great drinks, and an exciting DJ lineup for groovy afterwork drinks and organic Saturday nights, its no wonder the motto here is ‘Eat electro, dance organic!’ Try and see how organic vodka and biodynamic champagne might change your morning-after hangover.
La Petite Chaufferie, 32 Rue de l’Échiquier, 75010 Paris, France, +33 01 45 23 91 55
Reduce Food Waste At Freegan Pony
Located in an unused warehouse under the périphérique, furnished with chairs, sofas, carpets and tables acquired at Emmaüs and operated by rotating professional chefs and volunteers, Freegan Pony has mastered the arts of ‘la récup‘ (recycling and reusing) and ‘la débrouille’ (a mix of resourcefulness and improvisation). The main raison d’être here is fighting food waste. Everything you eat, everything, is unsold food from the Rungis market, the largest wholesale food market in France and one of the largest in the world. As alternative ways of consuming are gaining momentum in France, Freegan Pony’s commitment to the environment and fair prices is truly an expression of our time.
Freegan Pony, Place Auguste Baron, 75019 Paris, France
Recycle Your Fast Food Habits At Bioburger
Discover the burger joint that reconciles fast food with sustainable development. Just like in any other fast food restaurant, you order your combo of burger, fries, and drink at the counter, take your tray, sit at a table with your friends, and throw out your trash before you leave. Three things make it special; first, the taste, undoubtedly the most important criteria and second: a commitment to traceable, organic ingredients and products, including real French cheese and homemade lemonade; and third: involving customers directly in the recycling process by having them sort out their trash after their meal. A real success-story, Bioburger has the ambition to grow in the Paris area and beyond in the coming years.
Bioburger, 10 Rue de la Victoire, 75009 Paris, France, +33 09 81 81 88 33
Share A Meal At home Or At work With Les Marmites Volantes
This very original concept feels like having your own personal chef. Whether you are at home or at work, all you need to do is to place your order online and wait. The marmite (cooking pot) containing your full, hot, four person meal concocted with fresh and seasonal products is delivered by bike. A couple of hours later, Les Marmites Volantes comes back to pick up the empty pots and containers to be washed and reused, so there is no plastic waste. The menu changes every week following what the suppliers, who are mostly organic and local farmers and producers, have in stock. There are also two restaurants where you can enjoy the delicious meat and veggie menus on site or take them away, in the 19th arrondissement and in Montreuil.
Les Marmites Volantes, 69 Rue Armand Carrel, 75019 Paris, France, +33 09 51 66 72 22
Detox Your body At Juice It
If your body is thirsty for a pick-me-up, Juice it is the detox and eco-friendly solution you have been looking for. The fruits used are 100 per cent organic and come from French farms that follow biodynamic farming processes. The sustainable agriculture movement takes special care regarding soil fertility and plant growth. Locally produced at the Juice it Factory in Vincennes, all juices are cold-pressed and delivered to the sales counters on the day of production to ensure maximum freshness. Among the several locations in Paris, all outfitted with refined and modern atmospheres, the one in the 1st arrondissement stands out as an ideal spot for a break during a full-on day touring the Louvre-Tuileries area.
Juice it, 8 Rue de la Vrillière, 75001 Paris, France, +33 01 73 71 27 31
Raise Awareness At La REcyclerie
La REcyclerie has a tasty brunch and is one of the best bars and cafés in the 18th arrondissement. But it also boasts an urban farm and garden and a very handy workshop as well as organizes debates and conferences on climate change and alternative ways of life. This year, banking on the success of the events organized during COP21, and as a nod to the UEFA Euro 2016, La REcyclerie will present ‘L’Europe des possibles,’ a tour of green initiatives across Europe, with a special focus on a different country each month.
La REcyclerie, 83 Boulevard Ornano, 75018 Paris, France, +33 01 42 57 58 49
Eat Vegan At Café Ginger
The vegetarian and vegan-friendly scene in Paris is booming, and one offering in particular has caught our attention thanks to its delicious veggie tarts and yummy desserts: Café Ginger. Located in the busy Bastille neighborhood, the small, green café knows how to make you feel at home. Everything here is homemade with organic, seasonal products, and the flavors sometimes take on a Chilean twist. The small terrace offers a lovely lunch setting in summer, but be sure to book in advance as the small room fills up quickly, especially on the weekend.
Café Ginger, 9 Rue Jacques Cœur, 75004 Paris, France, +33 01 42 72 43 83