Paris. The city of lights. The city of love. The city where the elegantly dressed eat baguettes for lunch and enjoy cheese laden late night dinners washed down with wine. And yet where, also, a growing demand for vegan, raw and organic food is catered for, restaurants list allergens and gluten free food is easy to find. Paris has it all, in fact there is an almost overwhelming amount of healthy eateries to try so have compiled a short list of our favourites.
For Breakfast – Juice Lab
With four sites throughout the city, Juice Lab offers fresh and organic fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies and plant milks made to order that are 100% natural, raw, additive and preservative free, unpasteurised and not exposed to HPP. Open seven days a week, also on offer are acai bowls, chia puddings, quinoa pots, salads and sandwiches, all vegan and organic and made fresh. Service is relaxed and friendly and pricing is reasonable. We quickly discovered that juices here beat everywhere else we tried for flavour combination, smoothness and nutrition. We also think their acai bowls are the best we tried in Paris.
For Lunch – Wild and the Moon
A place that stole our hearts on our first visit, Wild and the Moon came highly recommended to us and for good reason. Drinks are naturopathically designed to cleanse, heal and rejuvenate and flavour combinations are delicately balanced. A take out fridge offers cold and raw dishes such as soba noodle bowls, avocado toast and raw salads and cheesecakes and gluten free sandwiches, cakes and granola bowls can be ordered from the main counter. The only cafe in Paris that serves house made almond milk, their chai tea is to live for and other hot drinks include chaga hot chocolate and superfood infused offerings. They have a hot bowl available every day, a take on the Buddha bowl with a rice base, vegetables and various toppings and everything they sell and serve is organic, vegan and gluten free, bar one drink with ghee. Staff are calm and friendly, enthusiastic about the food they sell and relaxed when the cafe is busy. We recommend the Blue Milk, Chai Tea, Moon Rolls, Cheesecake and Banana Bread but really doubt you could go wrong with anything from here.
For Dinner – Cafe Pinson Marais
A charming little organic vegetarian cafe that offers a large variety of vegan and gluten free meals, Cafe Pinson is a relaxed spot for dinner. Staff are friendly and helpful, offering gluten free alternatives to the bread served with each course and happy to explain and investigate ingredients and recipes. Housemade granola and energy balls can be picked up by passing customers and food is rustic and light, flavourful and well presented. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food which is simply made so that flavours shine through. The Asian noodles and fruit crumble are dishes we have been trying to recreate ever since trying them.
For Dessert – Gentle Gourmet
Although the food here is not organic and often soy heavy, this all vegan restaurant creates beautiful gluten free and soy free desserts, served in a classy setting that will dissolve any prejudice or hesitation from non vegans. Beautifully plated, desserts are not just rich, sweet and well flavoured but innovatively created and designed to wow. Staff are friendly and patient and happy to advise on allergens and offer substitutions and alternatives to the menu where possible.
For Bread – Chambelland
What would a trip to Paris be without bread? This gluten free bakery offers an entire range of organic breads, the majority of which are vegan. Everything is kneaded and baked in house and made from self milled flours. Staff are kind and knowledgable about what is on offer and the bread is light, deliciously flavoured and good value for money. Our favourites are the buckwheat and rice bread and the olive focaccia.
For Chocolate – Ara Chocolat
Chocolate shops appear on every street in Paris and whilst most offer dark chocolate that is vegan we were thrilled to find this artisanal organic chocolatier that works bean to bar, sources its cacao directly from farmers and packages its chocolate in recycled boxes. Offering house made ice cream, pralines and chocolate bars, the makers at Ara Chocolat are happy to talk customers through the chocolates on offer, explaining bean variety and flavour and offering samples of less sweet tasting and more bitter chocolate, depending on preference. Passionate about cacao and the industry as a whole, if you want to support a healthy chocolate trade you couldn’t do better than buying from here.
For Groceries – Organic Supermarkets
Paris has organic independent grocers and supermarkets throughout the city and we soon had a list of favourites. La Vie en Claire offers a great range of organic superfoods and supplements. Bio c’ Bon has a number of organic stores that offer a great range of fresh produce and products in their natural pharmacy. Naturalia have a good selection of speciality organic vegan foods at great prices and even a vegan store. In one of their normal stores we found the only organic, sulphite free and vegan wine we were able to in Paris as not even the vegan restaurants we visited offered wine certified vegan. Un Monde Vegan sell exciting and interesting organic vegan products we haven’t found elsewhere. Bien L’Epicerie is an independent organic health food store that sells a good variety of products and fresh produce. La Grande Epicerie is worth a visit from any foodie, selling 30,000 gourmet products including fresh organic juices and vegan condiments and organic cotton shopping bags for less than €4 each.