When you think of Paris, you think of baguettes and cheese (lots and lots of it). But as a vegetarian, you want to eat more than that!
Here’s a roundup of some of the best spots for vegetarians in Paris.
Rated the best falafel spot in Paris on TripAdvisor – it is definitely delicious, but I think sometimes things get really hyped. Rue de Rosiers (where L’as du Falafel is located) has about 5-6 falafel shops so feel free to experiment. I ate at L’as du Falafel and Chez Hanna.
What to order: Falafel sandwich
Paris is a great place for multicultural culinary experiences –try out Ethiopian cuisine at Godjo; it’s delicious, flavorful, really filling, and fairly cheap. If you’ve never had Ethiopian food, think of it as similar to Indian food. Lots of vegetables, lentils, spices and a spongy bread similar to roti or naan. The food is served in a giant platter to share, and is extremely vegetarian-friendly.
Make a reservation just incase because it’s a tiny spot with just a few tables.
What to order: Vegetarian platter
How else are you going to get to try authentic French cuisine as a vegetarian? This is an all-vegan restaurant that serves up some classic French fare. Try making a reservation as they are pretty popular!
A wine and empanadas bar serving 4 types of veggie empanadas (spinach, cheese and onion, corn, and vegetables). Delicious, delicious, delicious! There isn’t anything else on the menu so either OD on empanadas, or come here for drinks and appetizers before heading out to the many, many, MANY restaurants in the chic neighborhood of Le Marais.
What to order: ALL the empanadas
This new outpost sits right beside the famous bookshop, serving slightly expensive juices, sandwiches and wraps. In my opinion, it’s worth it. Spend a morning at the bookshop, and follow it up with an outdoor lunch at the café. Their sandwiches are delicious.
What to order: Sandwiches
A funky spot right beside Clasico Argentino in Le Marais, this Mexican spot has just one table but a really cool speakeasy in the back. I wouldn’t recommend the food here as there’s only one vegetarian taco on the menu, which isn’t too great. But the speakeasy is fab – such a cozy spot! You can combine Clasico Argentino with this and make a night of it.
As I quickly came to realize, Parisians love their picnics, especially in the summer. A local friend told me it’s not uncommon to see people picnicking even in the winter. So you can’t possibly come to Paris and not picnic at least once (really, do it more than once) if you want a true local experience. Buy some food from a local grocery store, and set up a picnic spot in the early evening.
Make sure to pick up: baguette, cheeses, Dijon mustard, chip and dips, some dessert, and a bottle of wine!
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