Whether you're a vegan or just looking for a breather from the steak, frites, and butter while in Paris, here are five noteworthy restaurants to try that are still delightfully Parisian (minus the animal fat).
Bob's has something of a healthy food empire in Paris, with five establishments — Bob's Kitchen, Bob's Juice Bar, Bob's Bake Shop and Bob's Cold Press — in addition to a catering company. It's not exclusively vegan but there's plenty here, at any of the storefronts, to help you keep to the diet — think salads with avocado and sprouts at Bob's Kitchen, pastries at the bake shop, the first cold-pressed juices in town at Bob's Cold Press and more. Bob's is just as popular with the stylish, health-minded Parisian set as it is with American ex-pats jonesing for a bagel and a green juice.
We stumbled upon this adorable organic, gluten-free vegetarian lunch spot on a stroll through the 2nd arrondissement. It looks like a cozy traditional bakery or tea shop with a counter full of baked goods up front and a few small white tables placed closely together. You order at the front from a number of vegetable-heavy prepared foods and daily specials, from quiches to grain bowls, salads and more.
Le Grand Appétit
This place is a health food/vegan/macrobiotic veteran in Paris, dating back to the mid-80's. It looks like health food store took up shop inside a diner, with unadorned tables, bright lighting and a no fuss attitude. You order at the counter to stay or to go, and the options consist mainly of large grain bowls topped with a variety of veggies and beans. Wash it all down with a green tea and a pastry made without dairy, eggs or sugar. It's an affordable and casual vegan meal option in an otherwise expensive, formal city.
They go beyond the rice bowl here, with mindfully-composed dishes and innovative takes on vegan fare — think ingredients like bee pollen and dehydrated kale, with dishes like rice milk panna cotta and more. Pousse-pousse is gluten-free and (mostly) vegan with a juice bar and some provisions for sale in addition to the sit-down dining.
This now iconicly-chic English-themed cafe (locations can be found in places like Dover Street Market in Tokyo and NYC) is not pegged as vegetarian or vegan but is nonetheless our go-to for a healthy plant-based meal in Paris. They are dedicated to the quality of their ingredients, like ensuring all produce is either organic and or comes from small local growers in the area. The DIY salad plate is a delicious and refreshing way to load up on greens and veggies, and their baked goods, English-style puddings, Neal's Yard cheeses and poached egg dishes make for a raging brunch scene (still hard-to-come-by in Paris).
Cover Photo & Bob's Photo Credit: Rebecca Genet