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 Post subject: Paris is not vegan hell! The official vegan France thread
PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:37 pm 
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I lived in France for years and return at least once a year. I love France so much and it's not the vegan hell that people seem to think it is. Let's parlez français here and write about vegan nutella!

Note that, as many have said, the word "végétalien/ne", which technically a real word, will get you virtually nowhere.

Paris:

1. L’as du falafel (34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004)
Excellent falafel—a full meal for 7 euros. It’s cheaper to get take out at the counter, and you can eat it in the Place des Vosges or a little park around the corner on Rue des Blancs-Manteaux. Their homemade lemonade is great. Get the “falafel special”, which comes with eggplant. Closed Saturdays. I think this is the best of all the falafel places in the Marais.

2. Les Cinq saveurs d’anada (72 Rue Cardinal Lemoine, 75005)
Mostly vegan and macrobiotic. They have a gorgeous tofu soufflé. All the fresh organic veggie and legumes, and the desserts are super good and all vegan. (ask for whatever you get for dessert with “la sauce.”)

3. Restaurant Ethiopia (91 Rue du Chemin Vert, 75011)
My favourite restaurant in Paris. I love Ethiopian, and this is the best I’ve had. Cool environment and nice people. They have an epic veggie platter with samplings of all of their veggie options.

4. Le Loir dans la théière (3 Rue des Rosiers, 75004)
Enchanted little tea shop on a quiet corner in the Marais. Good for lunch or afternoon tea. Super cute and comfy, really good food, and fantastic teas. They will do a simple tasty vegan salad or vegetable plate.

5. Berthillon (31 Rue St.-Louis-en-l‘île, 75004)
The famous ice cream and sorbet house on the Ile St Louis. They have the best frozen treats ever. I highly recommend their mango, cassis, and cacao amer (bitter chocolate) sorbets. You can get their frozen goodies at shops all over the island, but their flagship has the most selections.

6. Maison Keyser (8, 14 rue Monge, 75005. Also 87 rue d’Assas, 75006)
Baguette from heaven. Try the apricot bread too, or the nut/raisin bread. Or the fig bread. Fig bread!

7. Le Potager du Marais (22, rue Rambuteau, 75004)
Organic, Macrobiotic, entirely vegetarian. Communal-style seating around one long table.

8. Le Grenier de Notre Dame (18, rue de la Bucherie, 75005)
One of Paris’s all vegetarian restaurants. Not my favourite, and the menu is very cheese-centric, but it’s quite centrally located. They have a new outpost on the Ile St. Louis too.

9. Saveurs Veget'Halles (41, rue des Bourdonnais, 75001)
A nearly all vegan standout. The eggplant dish is excellent. I think all but 2 things on their menu (which are marked) are vegan. Great desserts too.

10. La Grande Epicerie (38 Rue de Sèvres, 75007)
Foodie mecca. This is the most amazing place ever for anyone who loves food. A great place to get super luxe picnic fixings, decadent desserts, gourmet ingredients. Also a great place to pick up gifts to bring home, exotic spices, rare sea salt, chocolate. Heaven on earth. Proceed with caution and a credit card.

11. La Nature à Paris (45, Bd. St. Germain, 75005)
Sweet little health food shop in the Latin Quarter. Look for “Bio bis” cookies (unfortunately pronounced like “be obese”, which they will make you—they are so good), and Chokénut—vegan nutella (way better than Chocoreale.)

12. Monoprix. All over France. Has everything. Like a little French Target. Most of them have great grocery sections, with Sojasun and Danone soy yogurts, as well as the Bjorg health food line, much of which is vegan. This is the place to get soy milk. They also have the coveted Speculoos spread.

13. Naturalia. Health food chain all over France. Great selections. Many organic choices. dark chocolate rochers. Wicked good soy yogurt selection, and all sorts of tofu/seitan faux meats.

14. Maoz. (8, rue Xavier Privas)
More falafel snack dab in the center of tourist hell. A lifesaver when you’re hungry or hungover. They give you the falafel and pita and then you serve yourself from a neverending buffet of toppings.

15. Au Grain de Folie (24, Rue de la Vieuville, 75018)
Sweet tiny place with two sidewalk tables, run by expats. All vegetarian, and always one vegan plate.

16. Tien Hiang (92, rue du Chemin Vert, 75011) A Buddhist vegetarian restaurant, all kinds of fake meats, and mostly, if not all, vegan. They are very nice and will be able to tell you what's vegan and what isn't, they're definitely knowledgeable about their food.

Rest of France:

Avignon: La Terre de Saveur. (1, rue St. Michel)
Perhaps the best vegan meals I’ve had in France have been here. Wonderful restaurant, thick potages, excellent main courses with tofu and grains. Largely organic.

Toulouse: La Faim des Haricots.
All vegetarian, lots of vegan options. Really tasty.

Nice: Le Speakeasy. (9, rue de la Martine.)
Tiny little place run by a very chatty American ex-pat. I had a great gratinée.

Montpellier: Tripti-Kulai. (20, rue Jacques Coeur)
Extremely good, fresh, colourful vegetarian and vegan meals.

Strasbourg: La Poêle des Carottes (2, Place des Meuniers)
I ate here for four days in a row when in Strasbourg. All vegetarian. Some vegan options.

Marseille: Country Life (14, rue Venture)
Seventh-Day Adventist all vegetarian buffet restaurant and health food shop. Good desserts.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:49 pm 
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This makes me even more excited about Paris Vegan Day!

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This makes me even more excited about Paris Vegan Day!


Me too, now we just need to work out how to eat at all of those places in three days!

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molasses jane wrote:
1. L’as du falafel (34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004)
Excellent falafel—a full meal for 7 euros. It’s cheaper to get take out at the counter, and you can eat it in the Place des Vosges or a little park around the corner on Rue des Blancs-Manteaux. Their homemade lemonade is great. Get the “falafel special”, which comes with eggplant. Closed Saturdays. I think this is the best of all the falafel places in the Marais.


It's been a month and a half since I was in Paris and I'm still thinking about this falafel.

Unfortunately the person I was traveling with was kind of a jerk so I wasn't able to try any of the other places. But oh, that falafel...


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my vegetarian friend c lives in Paris right now and wrote about some of her favourite spots on here:
http://tupalo.com/en/paris/t/vegetarian

I have to admit I used to be one of the people that thought all you could eat in Paris was cheese and baguette, I am glad I was wrong!


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MessyVeggie wrote:
This makes me even more excited about Paris Vegan Day!


Me too, now we just need to work out how to eat at all of those places in three days!


Let's make a list ranking the ones we're most excited about and work through them that way!

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France has the best cous cous ready meals. The chocolate sucks but the cous cous..mmmmm. Also the best falafel! Falafel+cous cous=amazing.

I also love bjorg pate. That sweet, creamy pate. How I love thee.

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Loving Hut (92, boulevard Beaumarchais 75011 Paris)
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I'm bringing an empty bag with me to bring to the supermarket.

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What was that veggie place in Paris that was on Gordon Ramsay that one time?

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As far as I know that closed down about a month after they finished filming.

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I've been wanting to go back to Paris for ages. Tickets are really cheap too, my problem was I wouldn't know how to get food. After all, track one of the learn to speak french CD, didn't teach how to order vegan meals. But I do know how to order a double room, with shower and breakfast.

But this list makes a Parisian trip possible. Too bad I now don't have a vacation until easter :(


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THANK YOU! My French teacher constantly tells me that Europe will be impossible for me as a vegan!


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Alien wrote:
What was that veggie place in Paris that was on Gordon Ramsay that one time?


It closed down due to the useless lady that ran it, the girl they brought over to work in the kitchen is now a chef in Edinburgh.

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Are there any vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Cannes? I'm studying at le College International de Cannes next semester and I'm suuuper worried because I've heard the dining hall there is not even vegetarian-friendly.

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Mmm, Maoz falafel is so good! So yummy and filling, and cheap (for Paris).


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Beware of hummus in france! Sometimes it has dairy products in it (madness). But there is this nice stuff you can get in a glass jar in supermarkets there, which is like a really thick sort of spread of tomatoes and olives, and it's vegan. It's so good. I shoved that stuff into baguettes when I needed a cheap lunch.


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Yay! I'll be there in 10 days! I think I'm just going to print off that list.

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The Monoprix also has speculoos, I brought 3 jars over when I left for school, and I'm already out :(


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Amelie wrote:
Are there any vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Cannes? I'm studying at le College International de Cannes next semester and I'm suuuper worried because I've heard the dining hall there is not even vegetarian-friendly.


I don't know about Cannes--I only ate picnic food when I was there. But the French university restaurants are notoriously difficult for vegetarians and vegans. Can you get a mini fridge and a hot plate for your residence? There are definitely Monoprix shops in Cannes and other grocery options for self-catering. That might be your best bet. Happycow lists two health food shops as well: http://www.happycow.net/europe/france/cannes/ Nice is not far and has at least one or two good veggie restaurants.

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RiotSquirrrrrrrel wrote:
Beware of hummus in france! Sometimes it has dairy products in it (madness). But there is this nice stuff you can get in a glass jar in supermarkets there, which is like a really thick sort of spread of tomatoes and olives, and it's vegan. It's so good. I shoved that stuff into baguettes when I needed a cheap lunch.


You can also get the Sabra hummus at Monoprix and it's vegan and fantastic. It's in the refrigerated section. They also have a great eggplant spread.

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I made this map of the vegan restaurants in Paris (and a few other cities) last year from this list :)


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I wish I had seen this earlier as I just returned from a trip to France.

We went to Maoz falafel and to Loving Hut (92, boul. Beaumarchais). At both places, the food was good. I saw speculoos spread everywhere and I stocked up on chocolate as they had awesome fair trade dark chocolates in regular supermarkets.

For snacks we bought lots of baguette, soy yoghurt, and tabouleh.


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THANK YOU! My French teacher constantly tells me that Europe will be impossible for me as a vegan!


It depends on where in Europe you are. In most contries it's easy, especially in big cities.


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My coworker just returned from Paris, and (you might want to sit down) she met the woman who started Paris Vegan Day.

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