Address: 109, rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75009, Paris
Fully raw, vegan restaurant in Paris near the Poissonnière metro stop (straight between 9th and 10th Arr.). Opened in December 2013, it keeps everything under 42 degrees Celsius (about 107 degrees Farenheit), and this ideally preserves micronutrients of its food in their alive, bioactive state. Their local menu changes due to everyday availability, but those coming at lunch time are never left without at least a few choices of house-made vegetable pastas and salads. 42 also holds raw cooking course once a month, wherein "participants can learn how to prepare a complete raw meal around a theme (e.g. the basics of raw food, superfoods, raw cocoa, etc)."
Offers small plates plus daily special. Gets busy in the evening so reserve ahead. Cash-only.
Address: 9 Rue Jacques Cœur, 75004 Paris, France
Cafe Ginger, located a few minutes walk from Bastille, striked me as one of the more innovative cafes in its approach to vegan food. The main chef and owner is from London and makes everything fresh from seasonal produce each morning. The flavors and textures are spectacular and remind me more of a vegan restaurant in New York than any of the other vegan options in Paris I have tried. The menu is written in French, but as the owners' native tongue is English, everything is easily explained for non French speakers.
I stopped in very close to the end of lunch hours, but the owner was completely accommodating despite running low on the day's selection. I told him I was in the mood for something light and he prepared a plate with small tastes of all of the dishes he had left. The plate included a corn and bean salad, a cabbage vinegar cole slaw, seasoned wild rice, falafel with chutney, fresh breads, a delicate salad perfectly seasoned with vinegarette and sprouts, sweet shredded carrots with pumpkin seeds, potato salad, cooked curried vegetables, and a seaweed red onion mix.
If you have a chance to stop in and visit Cafe Ginger, I highly recommend it... Not only for its wonderful fresh menu, but also for its hospitality and overall welcoming feel.
Address: 6 Rue du Forez, 35003 Paris, France
Cafe Pinson is located in the heart of the Marais, which appears to be an upcoming haven for vegans. It is a trendy area with many boutiques and lots of shops that remain open on Sundays when most places are closed throughout the city. I ordered the carrot soup and the seasonal salad. The salad was a beautiful balance of flavors including tofu, sweet potato, radish, carrots, and a mix of seeds on top of a bed of mixed greens.
The soup was deliciously seasoned, not too salty or watered down at all, and the salad was perfectly composed with not too much dressing and a blend of flavors to please both the lighter and the indulgent notes that one may seek. Cafe Pinson offers wonderful simple and healthy meals, but it its vegetarian and not exclusively vegan so be sure to request a vegan option or you may receive eggs with your order.
Gentle Gourmet Cafe:
Address: 24 Boulevard de la Bastille, 75012 Paris
Located near Bastille, Gentle gourmet cafe is a restaurant that offers an entirely vegan menu that changes based upon the freshest seasonally available ingredients. There are menus offered in both French and English and the waiting staff is happy to speak to you in either language, making the experience equally as good for locals and visitors alike.
The menu for the day offered a variety of options, from split pea soup, fresh salads, raw zucchini lasagna, vegetable burgers, and even deserts. I ordered the "super salad" made with cooked pumpkin and chick peas, sprouts, gogi berries, and pumpkin seeds, all on a bed of fresh spinach. The salad was delicious and filling, despite it being offered as a starter, and very reasonably priced. The service was fast and very helpful. The only thing that I may have requested differently was to have the dressing on the side, because they were very generous in its use, and the bottom bed of spinach had a bit more oil than my liking.
Visit Gentle Gourmet for a lovely, plant-based meal in Paris.
Hank Vegan Burger
Address: 55 rue des Archives, 75003 Paris
Tel +33 9 72 44 03 99 http://www.hankrestaurant.com
Season has a full-day breakfast menu as well as original sandwiches, healthy dishes, and cold-pressed natural juices. A cook for more than 15 years, chef Oliver Lamb is inspired by the idea that "better cooking starts with the right products." His cuisine at Season blends western classics, oriental influences, and healthy seasonal ingredients options to give life to original and balanced dishes. Not exclusively plantbased, but healthy vegan options available upon request.
Wild & The Moon:
Address: 55 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)9 51 80 22 33 http://www.wildandthemoon.com/