Best Vegetarian (& Vegan) Restaurants in Paris: A Few Picks

A raw "supersalad" at Le Potager de Charlotte, one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Paris. It's accompanied by a fresh-pressed juiceImage: Official FB page
A raw “supersalad” at Le Potager de Charlotte, accompanied by a fresh-pressed juice. Image: Official FB page

As recently as a decade ago, the prospect of finding delicious, let alone decent, vegetarian or vegan dining options in the French capital was truly grim. Aside from a few restaurants that had served a loyal clientele since the 1970s– and mostly offered bland, predictable fare that hadn’t been updated much since then– the Parisian food scene was anything but veggie-friendly.

But all that’s radically changed in recent years, much to my surprise. These days, it’s not too difficult to either book a table at a good vegetarian or vegan table in Paris that offers entirely meat-free or plant-based menu options, or find something good to eat at restaurants that cater well to vegetarians (and increasingly to vegans).

Keep reading for what I consider to be some of the best vegetarian restaurants in Paris, based on my own dining experiences. It’s far from comprehensive to start, but I’ll aim to expand this list as time goes on and I try more places. And please do feel free to write to me if you’ve had an experience you’d like to share or a restaurant you’d like me to try out and potentially add to this list.

Bon appetit!

Le Potager de Charlotte: Plant-Based Delights

Rice and chickpea galettes/pancakes with cashew cream, pumpkin seeds, arugula, herbs and spices at Le Potager de Charlotte. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved
Rice and chickpea galettes/pancakes with cashew cream, pumpkin seeds, arugula, herbs and spices at Le Potager de Charlotte. Image: Courtney Traub/All rights reserved

This cheerful restaurant between Paris’ Montmartre and Grands Boulevards districts won me over for its intensely flavorful, creative plant-based dishes, centered around organic and (often) gluten-free ingredients sourced primarily from local farmer’s markets.

Opened by David and Adrien Valentin in 2015, the restaurant was named after their mother, Charlotte. The familial, homey vibe at Le Potager is also resolutely modern, with an airy, bright dining space dominated by light wood and comfortable seating.

Try signature dishes such as the rice and chickpea galettes (pictured above) with cashew cream, arugula and pumpkin seeds, enormous and flavor-packed salads, homemade soups, fresh-pressed juices and smoothies, and a tempting vegan dessert menu that includes treats such as chocolate mousse. There’s also a copious brunch served every weekend.

For more on what makes this table stand out from many of the others in the “Paris veggie ecosystem”, see my full review of Le Potager de Charlotte.

Getting There & Practical Info

Le Potager now has two locations: one at 12 Rue Louise-Émilie de la Tour d’Auvergne, 75009 (9th arrondissement), Metro Cadet, Anvers or Saint-Georges; and in the 17th arrondissement further west of the city, at 21 Rue Rennequin (Metro Porte Maillot).

Visit the official website

So Nat: A Fresh Cantine for Veggie & Vegan Lunch

So Nat is a popular veggie cantine near Rue des Martyrs, and one of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Paris
Courtesy of So Nat/Official FB page

This perpetually-packed, trendy cantine at the far end of the Rue des Martyrs (a foodie destination in its own right) is a popular spot among locals and office workers looking for something fresh and healthy on their lunch breaks.

The casual restaurant is especially prized for its large, gourmet buddha bowls, packed with vegetables but also with flavor and texture. One example from the recent menu is a “Clockwork Orange” (Orange Mécanique) bowl with pearl barley, tofu balls, shitake mushrooms, garlic-roasted pumpkin, red cabbage marinated with orange, yakitori mushrooms, chives, black sesame, and miso vinaigrette with white grape juice.

Starters include pita sandwiches, freshly made soups and juices.

Creative (and gourmet) recent dessert options include cheescake with hibiscus, iced cinnamon buns with chopped pistachio, and iced blueberry cake topped with fresh blueberries. Most desserts are vegan at So Nat.

Getting There & Contact Info

Bodhi Vegan: For Asian-Style Dishes

Bodhi Vegan is a Vienamese-style vegan restaurant in Paris-- and one of the best for creative plant-based cooking.
A dish from Bodhi Vegan/Official Facebook page

For anyone who’s explored cosmopolitan Belleville district, the sheer number of excellent Vietnamese Pho restaurants and tables specialized in other Asian cuisines– from Sichuan to Thai– can be overwhelming. Of course, vegetarians and vegans can have a hard time finding something suitable at these otherwise superb cantines and restaurants, which can be frustrating.

Enter Bodhi Vegan, a Vietnamese-style restaurant at the edge of the Canal St-Martin that offers all the flavor and umami joy of specialties such as rice pancakes, wontons, nems, and enormous noodle soups– with zero animal proteins.

The cantine is intimate but not typically overcrowded. Grab a table there to feast on house specialties including Tom Yum coconut soup with mock shrimp and vegetables, Vietnamese ravioli with plant-based shredded meat, Vietnamese-style crepes with plant-based shrimp and vegetables, and enormous bowls of vegan Pho.

The desserts are also excellent, and include choices such as cheesecake, carrot cake, chocolate cake, and sticky rice with taro, coconut milk and peanuts.

Getting There & Contact Info

The restaurant in situated between the Belleville and Goncourt neighborhoods/Metro stops in the 10th arrondissement.

Macéo: For Gastronomic French Dining

Macéo is one of the best places to taste vegetarian dishes in a gastronomic French restaurant in Paris.
A dish at Macéo/Courtesy of same

This prestigious French restaurant behind the opulent Palais-Royal doesn’t at first instinct seem like a good candidate for a vegetarian-friendly lunch or dinner. Yet, as I was surprised to learn when I dined there, the cuisine at Macéo is geared very much around fresh, seasonal vegetables– and some of the creative dishes from Chef Nathan Pascual are vegetarian.

Non meat-eaters will find several a la carte choices on the extensive menu, and the seasonal menus for lunch and dinner invariably include an option for vegetarians. There are also usually vegan options, but you might want to contact the restaurant ahead of time to ask whether this is the case, since the menus change seasonally.

A gourmet vegetarian dish at Macéo. one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Paris
Pearl barley with vegetable broth, mixed vegetables, and dried fruits/Courtesy of Chef Nathan Pascual/ Instagram

Dishes spotted on recent menus at Macéo include red-lentil dhal with Indian spices, green asparagus from Provence seasoned with citrus vinaigrette and ginger cream, and a variety of beautifully presented, delicately flavored pastas with vegetables.

The wine list is extensive and includes organic and biodynamic offerings, so don’t hesitate to ask about appropriate pairings. This is a popular restaurant for dinner in particular, so make sure to book in advance.

Getting There & Practical Info

Macéo is nestled in a street right behind the Palais-Royal in the 1st arrondissement, also known as the Louvre-Tuileries district.

Veggie Tasty: For Casual Vegan Lunch or Dinner

“Gourmet Bowl” from Veggie Tasty/Official Facebook page

Veggie Tasty is a classic vegetarian and vegan cantine that’s friendly, laid-back and inexpensive– ideal for a quick lunch between exploring the sights near the Opéra Garnier and its surrounds.

Inside the sparing but cheerful dining room, tuck into a variety of vegan wraps, salads, soups, “gourmet bowls”, and freshly squeezed juices. The concept is to create your own sandwich/wrap or salad at the bar, composed from six vegan “bases” and your choice of “veggie balls”. All ingredients are locally sourced and most are organic.

Desserts include tempting choices such as chocolate brownies with chopped almonds.

This place is quite popular at lunchtime, so do your best to arrive relatively early to get a table. It’s open for dinner as well, which is rather unusual for vegetarian “cantines”– and a big plus, in my book.

Getting There & Contact Info

Veggie Tasty is located between the “Grands Boulevards” area and Gare du Nord, close to attractions such as the Grevin Wax Museum, the historic shopping arcades of Paris and the Opéra Garnier. It might also make an ideal lunch spot if you’re about to hop on the Eurostar at Gare du Nord (or have just arrived and find yourself in need of lunch).

Breizh Café (for Breton-style Crepes)

Veggie “rolls” at Breizh Cafe, Paris

Last but certainly not least, my favorite place in the capital for Breton-style savory crepes (galettes) is also vegetarian-friendly, though it’s not an exclusively veggie or plant-based table. The brainchild of founder and chef Bertrand Larcher, Breizh has a veritable empire that extends throughout Paris, Cancale in Brittany and all the way to Tokyo.

{Related: The Best Creperies in Paris}

It’s not hard to see why: fresh, painstakingly sourced ingredients go into all the restaurant’s menu items, from savory galettes to sweet crepes and traditional ciders. Vegetarians should try savory options such as the “Sicilian Galette” with fresh mozarrella, basil and tomato, a spinach galette with a sunny-side-up-egg and grated cheese, or creative, maki-style buckwheat rolls with fresh vegetables and cheeses.

Breizh isn’t especially suited to strict vegans– but as mentioned below, their café and cocktail bar in the Montorgueil district is well worth a night out.

Getting There & Practical Information:

Breizh Café has several locations around Paris, including in the Marais, Montmartre, the Rue Montorgueil area (the latter with a wonderful cider and cocktail bar downstairs) and the Canal Saint-Martin Area.

See the official website for locations, current menu items, contact details and more.

More Veggie & Vegan-Friendly Dining Options in Paris

Where to taste some of the best falafel in Paris? We've got it covered.
Falafel from L’as du Fallafel– “Paris02” by rjbreese is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Still hungry? Also see my guide to the best street food in Paris and the best falafel in Paris, both of which mention several more casual vegetarian and vegan dining options in the capital. And as I mentioned earlier in the post, I’ll work to expand this list as I review other restaurants in the coming months.

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2 thoughts on “Best Vegetarian (& Vegan) Restaurants in Paris: A Few Picks

  1. What about gluten-free options no one hardly ever does an article about this . There are a lot of celiacs and gluten intolerant people out there with very few options some one should do a piece about gluten free choices and places. We want to enjoy our time there as well without being sick all the time.

    1. Hello, thanks for reading and commenting. In fact, the vast majority of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Paris do in fact offer many gluten-free options as staples on their menus– including the creperie I recommend in the list, which serves buckwheat pancakes.

      Hope that helps! Bon appetit.

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