The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Paris
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Paris has always championed its gastronomic excellence, but now it’s forging a new eco-friendly identity with a growing number of veggie-friendly venues. Here’s our pick of the best restaurants that are revolutionising traditional recipes, replacing meat with cashews, coconuts and avocados in abundance.
In a city filled with a large selection of restaurants to choose from, finding those that fulfil your needs can sometimes be challenging, especially when you’re on the hunt for vegetarian options.
East Side Burgers
Restaurant, Vegetarian, $$$
Established in 2012, East Side Burgers is a well-loved vegetarian restaurant that offers delicious burgers that change every week. They also serve organic side dishes, vegetarian hotdogs and nuggets, and every two months they craft a special limited-edition burger, only available for two days. There are two different combos available: the ‘Classic’, which includes a burger, french fries or coleslaw and a drink, or the ‘Kitsh’, which comes with a quiche, french fries or coleslaw and a drink. This vegetarian restaurant also hosts live music, regularly welcoming touring bands to play and add to the feel-good ambience.
Au P’tit Curieux
Au P’tit Curieux, located in the 10th arrondissement, boasts an incredible range of delicious vegetarian dishes. For starters, you can choose from a perfectly cooked organic egg with celery, topped with turmeric and croutons, or a refreshingly sweet tomato gazpacho with a watermelon condiment. The desserts are just as delicious, with an assortment of cheeses served with fig jam, a red berry-pistachio cake, coconut cream or hazelnut brown nougat.
Mayfair Garden specialises in Indian cuisine and sits just a stone’s throw from the famous Champs-Élysées. The head chef, Naman, has previously worked for a Michelin-star French chef, which explains the incredible attention to detail and aesthetic excellence that garnishes every single plate. The best vegetarian dishes on offer here are the paneer tikka curry and vegetable biryani with beetroot black-salted raita, best served alongside a samosa chaat. Whichever dish you choose, you’ll be left awe-struck by the bright, vibrant colours and precise arrangement on each plate.
Restaurant, Vegan, $$$
When it comes to healthy food, an approach which combines creativity and innovation is typically a recipe for success – and at Supernature, you’ll find both in abundance. Founded by the effervescent Clémentine and Christophe, this Parisian darling offers an excellent brunch (think organic orange juice, white cheese, house-made muesli and organic goji berries, egg and cream cheese, salad, guacamole, ham and sweet potatoes), although it’s the dessert options that really make a lasting impression. The coconut-milk option – made will natural coconut milk and topped with seeds – is a crowd-pleaser, but the real marvel is the granola, goji berry and a miel de châtaigner (chestnut honey) chocolate brownie.
Le Potager de Charlotte
Restaurant, Vegan, $$$
At Le Potager de Charlotte, they know how to create vegan cuisine that is both delicious and eco-friendly. The restaurant is the creation of two brothers who are both passionate about promoting healthy and sustainable living while also protecting the environment and animal rights. The aim is to showcase the richness of plant-based cuisine with a varied and ambitious menu. From avocado-based platters to paprika-dashed roasted carrots, the plant-based and gourmet dishes are nothing short of spectacular.
Restaurant, Vegan, $$$
42 Degrés is a quirky vegan restaurant whose name pays tribute to how the food is prepared. As the menu explains, all the food is cooked at temperatures that never surpass 42C (107F). There’s a playful air to the menu too, especially when it comes to the names of the dishes. Instead of serving up non-vegan foie gras, lucky guests can tuck into rustic bread and crackers topped with a tasty helping of spicy homemade chutney.
Restaurant, Vegan, Fast Food, $$$
The name of this restaurant stands for ‘Have a Nice Karma’, an ethos that stands firmly at the heart of Hank’s values. The traditional steak burger is replaced by an organic, vegan alternative ‘steak’ featuring a medley of mushrooms, rice and tofu. It’s drizzled in melting vegetable-based cheese, or topped with spicy aubergine, onions and pickles, and served with vegetables that are delivered fresh every day. The buns of these burgers are lovingly handcrafted, and whether you’re visiting for a quick lunch or an evening meal, Hank Burger is a very reasonably priced restaurant.
Restaurant, Vegan, Fast Food, Italian, $$$
If the burgers went down well, you’ll likely be a fan of Hank’s sister restaurant, too. The toppings on offer are fresh and generously applied, but be sure to save room for a helping of the much-loved crispy potatoes drizzled in ‘veganaise’ sauce (the recipe for which is a closely guarded secret) and topped with vegan ‘cheese’. Like Hank’s burgers, the menu is veggie and vegan-friendly, right down to the house-made desserts which include cookies and a delicious carrot cake.
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These recommendations were updated on July 1, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.