As a long-time vegetarian and Paris resident, I spent many years eating mediocre vegetarian options in Paris restaurants. This has improved substantially over the past few years and an increasing number of “regular” restaurants have vegetarian options. That said, vegetarians and vegans might prefer to eat at restaurants solely dedicated to vegetarian or vegan cuisine instead of having only one or two dishes to choose from. I brought together some of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Paris in this article and I’m pleased to be able to expand on that list with these further options! From vegan tapas, inventive modern cuisine and fabulous Asian food, tempt your palate at these great venues.
Why can’t vegan be chic? After converting to a vegan lifestyle a few years ago, three Parisian friends decided to shake up the vegan offerings in Paris with their stylish contemporary restaurant. Featuring a hip decor with cool lighting, large mirrors and touches of color many come in drawn by its appeal not even knowing it’s vegan! Their creative dishes are also enough to convince you that animal products aren’t necessarily to have a delicious meal. The seasonally changing menu applies original ingredients like crispy smoked tempeh, bok choy, watercress cream and faux-cheese in inventive dishes like grilled boazi, arancini balls, crispy tofu with candied lemon and their legendary veggie burger. Don’t skip out on their divine desserts, they do brunch on weekends and they’ve recently added a creative teatime!
I fell in love with Thai food on my various trips to Thailand over the years, but it’s hard to get really authentic and tasty Thai food in Paris, especially if you want to make sure it contains no fish sauce. Fortunately, this popular family of Thai restaurants have one branch that is completely vegan. Found down a small side street in the Montorgueil area, you can feast on green papaya salad, Tom Kha soup and a number of curries, which can be paired with equally vegan friendly wine list.
La Palanche d’Aulac
More delicious vegan Asian food can be sampled at this excellent restaurant in the 9th serving Vietnamese and Thai dishes, all very authentic… save for the lack of meat! You won’t be disappointed with their pipping hot phos, spring rolls, bò búns and variety of other flavorful noodle soups. The prices are reasonable and the dining room is attractive, so it also makes for a good date spot!
As you’ve probably guessed from its name, this vegan restaurant specializes in rice dishes, which means these are both gluten and meat free. The dining room is minimalistic with some vegetal touches. On the menu are innovative takes on international rice dishes as well as fusion combinations such as mango masala, Bangkok-style green “dragon” curry, seasonal “bowls,” savory waffles made with rice, sweet potato and chickpea flour and topped with guacamole and salad. Save room for their signature dessert, rice pudding made with coconut milk and vanilla extract.
Opened in February 2020, this small Montmartre venue one of the newest additions to the Paris vegan scene. Its regularly changing menu features three appetizers, mains, and desserts that uses organic and/or local, seasonal ingredients. If the weather is nice, grab one of their creative “planche apéro” and enjoy it, along with the views of Paris, sitting on the steps or in the park under Sacré-Coeur. You can also stop by during the day for a juice or snack and vegan latte.
The Friendly Kitchen
Located in the hip 11th district, this restaurant and wine bar offers inventive and beautifully presented dishes. Both vegan and organic, the menu changes regularly and includes both tapas to share and main courses. Dishes include the likes of tempeh and chipotle “tacos”, eggplant candied with miso and agave or spelt with sesame and olive cream de sésame with zucchini grilled with zaatar. The carefully selected wine list features natural and biodynamic wines. On Saturdays they offer a copious brunch.
Others Vegetarian Options & News
Mentioned in Part I of the vegetarian/vegan series, the great restaurant l’Abbatoir Végétal has a new location on the Rive Gauche near Saint Sulpice (9 rue Guisarde, 75006). I’ve been meaning to try these restaurants which look good, but haven’t had time… maybe they’ll appear in Part III!
- PH7 Equilibre – This place focuses on healthy and well balanced vegan food. They also do cooking classes.
- Bodhi Vegan – Found near the canal, this venue has a wide menu of Asian dishes with fake meat.
- Burger Theory – This fast food vegan burger joint looks really good.
- L’Embuscade – this vegan African restaurant near Pigalle has been on my radar for a little while, I hope to go soon!
And you can carry on your vegetarian dining in Paris via these other articles on my site:
- Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurants in Paris Part I
- Casual and Cool Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants
- Historic and Traditional Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants
- Classy-chic Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants
- Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Montmartre
- International Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurants in Paris (World Cuisine)