SEPTEMBER 2021: Due to COVID we have been unable to travel for more than 18 months, which means it’s been impossible to update our vegan travel guides. Therefore we cannot be sure if the below inclusions are still open, so please contact them directly to check. For up to date information, check out the excellent HappyCow, which you can find via the link at the bottom of this vegan guide.
Published September 2019
Here is our Vegan Guide to Paris, the exciting and vibrant capital city of France. Being from England, we have been to France many times over the years and to be honest it was always one of the least vegan friendly countries we visited. However, as we all know times are changing and they are changing for the better. We kept hearing about how Paris was fast becoming one of the most vegan friendly cities in Europe and we were keen to see for ourselves. After all, France has a rich culinary heritage and if this passion for fine food was beginning to include plant based options we needed to check it out. Our Vegan Guide to Paris is short and concise as we were only in town for a little over 24 hours but believe us when we say we ate as much as was humanly possible
Opening Times: midday-3pm and 7pm-10.30 (closed Monday and Tuesday)
Visit here for authentic French cuisine in a traditional setting just 2 minutes walk from Metro Rambuteau. For entree we ordered Mushroom Pate and French Onion Soup, for our main courses we selected Seitan Bourguignon and Buckwheat Crepes. All dishes were very good but the Seitan Bourguignon was outstanding. The seitan was perfectly cooked and the Gratin Dauphinoise which sat on top was divine, we could eat this every day!
Opening Times: 9am-7pm (closed Monday and opens at 1pm on Tuesday)
Alert. You will not be able to decide which vegan pasty or tart to choose from, they all look amazing. Life is good for vegans when we have a whole shop to choose from. Our selection of matcha latte, espresso, croissant, almond pastry and apricot tart provided a beautifully delicious insight into the wonderous workings of the pastry chef at VG Patisserie. Whoever they are, they’re good, really good…mmm.
Opening Times: 4pm-1.30am Tuesday to Friday, opens at 8am Saturday and Sunday, closed Monday
Le Faitout Vegan is located just a short walk from the Metro Pyrenees and is worth a visit for the cheese plate alone! There are few places where you can enjoy a selection of 6 different plant based cheeses with freshly baked French bread. In addition, we ordered a couple of dips (also with bread) and vegan red wine which was recommended by the helpful owner. It’s a cool spot that’s only open in the evening and plays live music on most nights. This makes it the perfect place to go with friends to enjoy the atmosphere, the vegan wine and the vegan food.
Opening Times: 9am-7pm Monday to Saturday and 11.30am-3.30pm Sunday
You know you’ve been eating too much when you discover a 100% vegan cafe with cakes, croissants and muffins on offer but all you can manage is to pop in, say hello and take a few pics. There was a nice vibe, the staff were friendly and the muffins looked amazing, we would go back here for sure next time we’re in Paris.
The main reason we travelled from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Paris, France (around 9700 km) was to enjoy the fabled 100% Vegan Afternoon Tea at La Bauhinia which has been lovingly created by Chef Michael Bartocetti. You may think we’re mad, but as part of our 6 year mission to ‘find, eat and write about the best vegan food in the world’ it was essential that we made this culinary pilgrimage. And oh boy, was it worth it, words cannot describe just how fantastic it was, can plant based food really taste that good?! Costing 80 euros for 2 (45 euros for 1 person) it was worth every single cent. To start with, the hotel is outstanding and you feel like you are entering a museum, couple this with the impeccable service and vegan food that dreams are made of and you’ve got one of the finest plant based dining experiences on the planet. Put it on your bucket list and in the meantime read our review of Shangri-La Hotel Paris for more reasons why we loved it just so much!
Every month, on the first Thursday, you can enjoy the 100% Green Dinner created by Executive Chef Christophe Moret which “places vegetables at the forefront without sacrificing taste and pleasure”. Sadly, our short trip to Paris did not coincide with the “Rooted in Nature’ feast, but rest assured when we return our timing will include the first Thursday!
We stumbled across this place when enjoying exploring the streets of Paris and decided to stop for a quick lunch. There were a selection of vegan curries which were served with either rice or in a wrap, both of which were pretty good. The samosa wasn’t great but the curries were all very tasty especially the dahl. If you’re in the area and fancy some Indian food you won’t go far wrong at Singh.
Being in Paris for just one night there was only one place we wanted to stay and that was at the simply stunning Shangri-La Paris. This luxury hotel oozes history, style and class whilst at the same time offers vegan and plant based food in each of their F&B outlets. Our breakfast was a feast that included everything from Asian favourites breakfast dish, rice congee, the freshest of summer berries topped with vegan cream and creamy avocado served with their very own organic olive oil. Vegan friendly luxury hotels do not get much better than Shangri-La Paris, please read our detailed review here.
This fully vegan shop is wonderful and if living in Paris we would be there every day! They stock a huge range of fresh and dried food including Tofurky and our favourite VegDeli burgers. We bought a couple of different vegan Camemberts which were pretty good, but still not on the same level as the cheese from Barefood Bangkok.
Vegan Travel in Paris
Cathay Pacific Lounge at CDG Airport
Opening Times: 6am-9.30pm closed Sunday
Not that we needed to eat another thing after 24 hours of non stop eating, but for research purposes only we checked out what was available from the Cathay Pacific Lounge at Charles de Gaulle Airport. There was a seelction of salad and fruit, but what we couldn’t resist was the noodle soup bar where they had 2 different vegan options available that were both tasty.
HappyCow in Paris
Of course, no vegan travel adventure would be complete without using the excellent HappyCow website or app, their Vegan Paris page currently lists 70 all vegan restaurants for you to choose from. HappyCow enlists ambassadors in each location to keep their information up to date and we are thrilled to fulfill that role in our current HQ of Siem Reap, Cambodia, here are links to the HappyCow listings for their ‘Ambassador City Picks’:
Many thanks to our friends from World Vegan Travel who helped us with some great tips for our recent trip, they offer luxury vegan tours around the world with a number of options in France, check them out…
Here are some other online vegan guides to Paris that you might find useful when planning your vegan travel adventure to the French capital: