Somehow I had managed to put off my first-ever visit to Paris until after I went vegan. So, in addition to wondering whether the French capital would be able live up the hype that surrounds the city of love in the first place, I was also increasingly nervous to find out if I would be able to eat out at all. I had visited France for the first time a few years earlier, and let’s just say cheese made up a significant part of my diet then.
When I finally stepped off the plane at Charles de Gaulle airport, I was armed with a list of vegan-friendly restaurants, shops and salons that I wanted to check out. After all, I did not need to worry at all – Paris is the perfect city for vegans to explore!
Wild & the Moon
At the heart if the uber-trendy Le Marais neighbourhood (3rd arrondissement), you can find Wild & the Moon, a fully vegan restaurant and juice bar that specialises in cold-pressed juices and healthy snacks made from locally and ethically sourced ingredients.
In addition to juices, smoothies, salads and desserts, there is a hot dish, a soup and a focaccia of the day. Everything is plant-based and bursting with flavour, so make sure you come with an empty stomach.
There are two more Wild & the Moon restaurants – one near the Opera, and another one also in the 3rd arrondissement – as well as a couple of Wild & the Moon juice bars at Le Tigre yoga studios and near Galerie Lafayette.
55 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris; 25 rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris; 4 Rue du Helder, 75009 Paris
If you’re looking for a more formal, but still very relaxed dinner option, look no further than Cafe Pinson in Le Marais. There is a second Cafe Pinson in the 10th arrondissement, but this second branch is only upen during the day and is more work-friendly. Pinson Marais is a hip dinner address with a healthy organic food offer.
The menu is not entirely plant-based, but it it 100% organic, wheat-free and dairy-free and all vegan dishes are clearly marked. When I visited, the starters and desserts were a mix of vegetarian and vegan dishes, while all the main dishes were vegan – however, the menu changes regularly depending on what is currently in season.
6 Rue du Forez, 75003 Paris; 58 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 Paris
Brasserie 2eme art
I was very excited when I stumbled upon Brasserie 2eme art online and found out that it was only a few blocks from where I stayed in the 2nd arrondissement. This is a traditional brasserie – you know, the kind where you sit outside, facing the street, perfectly positioned for some gossip and people watching – only it’s fully vegan!
The menu offers a mix of traditional French cuisine and a few international dishes. You can indulge in pizzas, waffles, sandwiches or risotto – or order a pad thai, like me. Together with a glass of local rose wine, it makes for a perfectly French evening!
49 Rue Montmartre, 75002 Paris
What would a hot summer’s day be in Paris, without some gelato? Luckily, the local ice cream shops are catching onto the vegan movement, and there are sorbets all around. At Amorino – a chain of gelaterias with several branches around Paris – can can choose from a range of fruity sorbets and if you pay a little extra, they can make your ice cream look like a flower!
For example: 39 Rue des Abbesses, 75018 Paris (in Montmatre)
Aujourd’hui Demain is the first entirely vegan concept store in Paris – a one-stop shop for everything you need for your cruelty-free shopping experience. In the lofty lifestyle boutique there is an eco-friendly make-up bar stocked with cruelty-free products, a clothes and accessories section where all items are vegan and ethically produced, a juice bar pressing fresh juices from organic and locally sourced ingredients, and a grocery department with lots of vegan-friendly produce.
To learn more about the offer at Aujourd’hui Demain, read our feature including an interview with co-founders Cheyma and Raphael.
42 Rue du Chemin Vert, 75011 Paris
Manifeste011 specialises entirely on environmentally and ethically conscious fashion. Co-founders Maud and Judith Pouzin vet every brand available in their shop and select items by hand to fit a variety of styles and budgets. All apparel available at Manifeste011 is vegan – and it’s all très chic.
The boutique has already been awarded “Best Vegan Fashion Project 2017” by PETA – and with good reason. Brands on the shelves at Manifeste011 include Veja, April 77 and Martine Jarglaard, Rombaut and Colorful Standard, and work not only with innovative materials, like pineapple leather, but are also spearheading the upcycling revolution in high fashion.
14 rue Jean Macé, 75011 Paris
Founded by Sébastian Kopp and Ghislain Morillion – also the masterminds behind sustainable sneaker brand Veja – Centre Commercial is a concept store for ethically manufactured and sustainably sourced premium apparel brands.
The focus of this ethical boutique lies mostly on brands who produce locally in France or Europe; often also organic and certified sustainable. Available brands include Veja, Suzie Winkle, Patagonia and Baserange.
9 Rue de Marseille, 75010 Paris; 9 Rue Madame, 75006 Paris
Centre Commercial Kids : 22 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris
If you fancy a new look altogether, make your way to Atelier BioT. This hair salon by award-winning hairdresser Cristophe Nicolas Biot specialises in natural hair colouring. They use only products that were not tested on animals and are free from silicone, paraben and phthalates throughout the entire process.
In addition to getting your hair coloured with the salon’s own Bonatic Color by BIOT, you can also shop the house-own line of hair care products ranging from shampoos to hair masks and oil.
51 Galerie Vivienne, 75002 Paris
Véganie is a cosmetics shops that only sells vegan, cruelty-free cosmetics, make up and nail polish. The shop actively encourages customers and brands to produce and consume cosmetics that are not tested on animals and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients.
At Véganie you can find anything from your daily bathroom products, like soap or toothpaste, to high quality make up and perfumes and speciality lotions.
96 Rue Quincampoix, 75003 Paris
BIO Beauté also specialises in natural colouring made from plants and additionally offers a variety of other hair treatments and styling and makeup appointments.
One of the salon’s specialities is Trichothérapy, an energy treatment for your hair which revitalises it for extra volume, shine and lightness.
71 avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris
Paris resources for vegans
Travelling to a new city as a vegan is always easier when you have the right resources at your finger tips. In addition to the restaurants, shops and salons mentioned here, make sure you head over to Paris by Vegan to find more tips for vegan-friendly restaurants and markets and check out the restaurant listings collected by PETA.
France might not have the very best reputation when it comes to veganism, but if you give Paris a chance, you could be surprised how easy it is to explore the city and all of its vegan offerings!
All photos by author, unless otherwise stated.