Vegetarian Restaurants in Paris
It's not always so easy to get a vegetarian meal in Paris,
especially if your French is along the lines of "La plume de ma tante
est sur la table." But there are some fine health food / vegetarian places.
Vegetarian Paris offers many gourment choices.
I first made this list before we went (September 1995) and the initial
comments are from memory six months later. We only made it to two of them. My
high school French was good enough to work in regular bistros most
of the time.
When ordering a salad, it's good to order it "sans jambon" as they may
sprinkle little bits of ham on otherwise.
Since then, many people on the Internet have sent me additional information, which
I have incorporated into the listings below.
I'm leaving out info on American and Mexican restaurants - I'm not going all the way
to Paris to eat what I can get at home!
I've decided to also leave off Thai restaurants, because
fish and seafood sauces
are so commonly used in Thai cuisine.
Bon appetit! -- Richard Gillmann
Name, arrondissement, address, telephone, Metro, review (reviewer's initials).
Note that some of these establishments may have a couple of seafood items
on the menu.
- Lemoni Café,
1st, 5 Rue Hérold, tel# 01 45 08 49 84, closed Sundays,
Metro Palais Royal (Musée du Louvre)
Entre Ciel et Terre restaurant, formerly at this location, has closed and allegedly moved
to Los Angeles. The Lemoni Café now occupies the same address and has the same
telephone number and is also a vegetarian restuarant. They also are smoke-free. (RG)
A great lunch place, very "design", with delicious, healthy cretois food. (TF)
There are now 3 Lemoni Cafe's in Paris, the original one, plus 2
others at 5 rue de Clichy near St Lazare station and a snack-bar in
Les Halles shopping center in the center of Paris. (GJ)
- Le Potager du Marais,
3rd, 22 rue Rambuteau, tel# 01 42 74 24 66, Metro Rambuteau
This restaurant is convenient for people attending conferences at the
Cite de Sciences. I visited it Sept 2003. The waitress spoke
reasonable English. My entree (the vegetarian special) was fabulous.
The brussels sprouts were meltingly delicate and sweet. The tofu was
not like any tofu I've ever had. It was so fresh I think it may have
just been made of crushed soybeans. The waitress confirmed that it was
homemade. The mushroom sauce that topped the tofu complemented its
nuttiness perfectly. I'd highly recommend this dish. (RH)
I can't praise Le Potager du Marais highly enough. The majority of the menu
was vegan - and all of the food was delicious. The staff were incredibly
helpful and friendly (we barely got to speak any French as they always
answered in perfect English). As the place is very popular and fairly
small, I'd advise booking ahead. (SH)
Far and away the best meal we had in Paris. The seitan bourgignon was delicious. They have a prix fixe menu with lots of options or a few more if you order a la carte. Vegan options are labelled on the menu but the staff are also English-speaking and very friendly. We went during "off hours" of about 3pm on a saturday and only had to share the restaurant with one other couple. However, it's a very small place so reservations would not be a bad idea. (AT)
Small feeling restaurant. A bit crammed, but in a fun kind of way. Busy (a good sign). Welcoming environment. Very friendly staff.
Soups for starters. I had soup of the day which was very good. My partner had the onion soup which she said was excellent. For main course, I had the pasta dish with basil sauce which was again very good and my partner had the layered vegetable dish (feuille) which she thought was also excellent. Very nice red wine to accompany. Ice cream for dessert which was again very nice.
All in all, well prepared food, nice wine, good desserts - a very pleasant meal in a nice warm environment, with very friendly staff. Reasonable price for Paris (75EUR for 2 people)
Recommended. (SGM, 2007>
- Grand Apetit,
4th, 9 Rue la Cerisaie, tel# 08 99 23 13 64,
Metro Bastille, Sully - Morland
A short walk from Place de la Bastille, this is a 100% Macrobiotic
restaurant, with an austere interior but great value for money. (GJ)
- Galerie 88, Quai de L'hotel de Ville
The food was extremely vegan/veg friendly, and tasted very fresh.
The menu was simple, and the formules were incredibly cheap (for the location), at 14euro for 3 courses!
I had the split pea soup with brown wholegrain bread to begin with, then the tagliatelle tomate basilic, then the homemade brownie (not vegan, but couldn’t resist!) and the most divine mint tea I’ve ever had...
Was the perfect amount of food..
Service was excellent, the waiter ran the whole restaurant himself zipping between kitchen and tables, but did not once get flustered and was very helpful when it came time to order.
And, he smiled – a rarity in Paris!!
I have found my new favourite restaurant in Paris, cheap simple and classy.
(plus there is a gallery downstairs during the day..hence the name) (DG 2009)
- Le Grenier de Notre Dame,
5th, 18 Rue de la Bucherie, tel# 01 43 29 98 29, Metro Maubert-Mutualite
Great little restaurant near Notre Dame. The proprietress was raised
partly in the UK and partly in France. The food is top notch, they speak
English and they're very friendly. Recommended. (RG)
A 5 minute walk south of
Notre Dame ... and it was wonderful ... a great collection of foods
with and without meat of any kind ... and the non-alcoholic drinks are
to die for. However, the tables are very small and the restaurant is something like two
levels (stories) high. Don't be physically challenged and go here. (KK/DM)
I think they're really
expensive comparing what you get. And I must say it wasn't that good.
And they didn't speak one word English! (P)
I liked it so much, I ate there twice.
It seemed less than 5 minutes from Notre Dame, unless you're walking
very slowly! I found the Hotel DeVille Metro stop also pretty convenient
since I was staying on the right bank. It's a nice walk across the pont
We went last weekend (27 - 30 March '98) and had an excellent meal at Le Grenier de Notre Dame. This restaurant has created a little oasis tucked away on the Left Bank just across the Seine from Notre Dame. Highly recommended. (RB)
We thought the food at the Grenier de Notre Dame was
very salty, at the expense of other spices. (HS/JS)
Le Grenier de Notre Dame was good and the waiter was really
My partner and I enjoyed a meal at this restaurant on Saturday evening. It has a pleasant
ambience and although our French was not that good the waitresses were very friendly and
laughed with us at our weak attempts. Entrees I had Avocado and Prawns - very nice the
avocado was delicious. My partner had La Mousse vegetale - This was exceptionally good. Les
Plats I had Les Lasagnes vegetariennes - Wonderful mixture of herbs tasted gorgeous. My
partner had Le couscous vegetarien et sa brochette de seitan - This unfortunately was rather
bland and the Seitan was very meaty like without much taste. Dessert We both had Choclat
Mousse - very nice On the whole we enjoyed a very pleasant evening and we highly recommend
the restaurant. (PL)
Open in evenings at 7 pm, lunch also we believe,
maybe every day. Try their webpage (link above) for times and menus.
The non-alcoholic fruit cocktails were impressive, well composed and
substantial but slow to arrive (as juiced fresh!) The bean cassoulet was
tasty, but made a bit heavy by the (we thought unnecessary) seitan. The
Zen plate was a better bet and I had a good light dessert topped with
almonds and chocolate sauce. (MLH)
We ate dinners here from 3/3 - 3/6/00 and found all of the food and vegetarian drinks we
ordered to be wonderful!! The meals were consistently delicious, attractive, creative and
totally Vegetarian. The staff was great and some are English speaking which was
helpful to us. The restaurant is popular but seems able to accommodate everyone.
A really worthwhile eating experience. (C.A.N.)
Cute but kind of bland food. (WJY)
Visited April 2002. Very disappointing. Service slow, unbelievably cold and unfriendly.
Food mediocre both in content and presentation. Good selection of juices but expensive.
Recommend give this one a miss. (JS)
Great location just minutes away from Notre Dame. The waitress was very
friendly and talked english. Prices varied from around 10-14 Euro. The
portions were big, but the food was dissapointing when it came to taste. It
tasted like they totally forgot to add spices, but maybe thats part of a
super-healthy philisophy? They have many different vegetarian enteries, but
we didn't enjoy our meal since it lacked taste. (HB)
The restaurant "Le Grenier de Notre Dame" is actually
a vegetarian restaurant, so you can eat pretty much
anything you want there. We had lasagna and spaghetti,
both of which were excellent. We did have some
communication difficulties with the waitress, who
spoke almost no English, but a friendly fellow
customer helped us by translating what we said to
Great location and service. They spoke excellent English.
I had the spaghetti and when I mentioned that I wasn't vegan, and loved fromage,
he gave me an extra side of cheese. (JL)
Nice food, pricey, spoke a small amount of English, nice atmosphere. (DF)
Great food, haughty service (and really no need for it). The gentleman in his early forties who served us was disdainful when one of us ordered only a starter (at lunchtime) instead of ordering two full main courses. Later, he tripped and almost threw beer all over me - he did in fact cover my bag in it - and did not seem to think this event required any sort of apology. However, the juices were freshly made and delicious, if a bit pricey. Food was tasty and used exciting veggie ingredients like seitan, tofu and tempeh. Definitely more herby than spicy, though. Stocks organic wines. (JSF)
- La Petite Légume,
5th [Latin Quarter], 36 rue des boulangers, tel# 01 40 46 06 85,
Metro Cardinal Lemoine.
Very good. (HS/JS)
We went to La Petite Legume one hour after the advertised opening time
and we were told that the restaurant
wasn't opening for another half hour - we couldn't wait that long! (MB)
Open noon to 2.30 pm and 7.30 to 10 pm, except Sundays.
Other details confirmed. We went for lunch, and found the place to be
quiet and a little cramped. This was our first and best Zen plate since it
came topped with a very tasty tofu burger and contained a range of
interesting flavours and textures. (MLH)
- Les Cinq Saveurs D'Anada, (formerly Les Quatre et Une Saveurs),
5th, 72 rue du Cardinal-Lemoine,
tel# 01.43.29.58.54, Metro Cardinal-Lemoine. Open noon-2:30PM, 7-10:30PM Tue-Sun.
We visited this bright and airy restaurant while we were trying to find La Petite Legume
and found this place more charming and interesting. It is 100% organic and has macrobiotic
dishes. It was great for me and my wife, who is vegan. The restaurant was not cramped like
most restaurants and it didn't seem necessary to make reservations (we didn't). The woman
who served us was friendly and while she didn't speak a lot of English, she was very helpful
and patient. This restaurant had the best service out of all the restaurants we visited.
Unlike other restaurants that claim to open at a certain time, this restaurant actually
opened at 7!
They have a variety (assiette) plate in which you can either get tofu, tempeh, seitan,
or fish. They are prepared daily and you get what the chef makes that day. They also have
a prix-fixe menu which is worth getting. We got the menu complete' which includes an
appetizer, main dish, dessert and tea or coffee for about 130 francs. We started with the
vegetable soup which was delicious. My wife got the assiette with tofu dish, which was a
tofu souffle that day. I got the assiete with seitan, which was seitan curry for the day.
Both were delicious and the seitan was fresh. The plates came with a salad with an
interesting mustard dressing, polenta with beans, brown rice, hijiki, and braised vegetables
which were cooked too long but good. For dessert, they had a mediocre chocolate cake but we
also had the Pear tart which was unbelievable. She also served us a portion that amounted
to a quarter of the whole tart! Teas were served in huge pots and we sat a long time
finishing our pots. (WJY)
Les Quatre et Une Saveurs had excellent food, and that's where we learned
that what is known as herbal tea in the US is called an "infusion" in
France. Very handy to know for those of us who don't want caffeine! (GD)
We enjoyed this restaurant so much we visited twice for dinner. Pleasant atmosphere and wait staff and very attractive presentation. Healthy portions and interesting variety. (NN)
Les Quatre et Une Saveurs: A cute place not far from Rue Mouffetard. I had a combo dish of seitan and tofu, since I couldn't decide between the two. My server was very helpful, despite my limited French. Seemed to emphasize healthy vegetarian fare versus gormet, but the food was still good. (JL)
A little too macrobiotic for us. The food was fine, but nothing special. I felt like I had accidentally travelled back to the 1970s - brown rice, a pile of carrots, a little seaweed, some seitan, and a decided lack of seasoning. (AT)
Les Cinq Saveurs D'Anada still going strong, let us in at 645 and started to serve, but seemed to be 7pm real opening time. Friendly and had English speaking staff. Food good vegi fare with at least one option for those not into interesting vegi food (posh cheese on toast).
I had a rice dish with seaweed, bean of the day and stacks of quinoa, squash, what I thought might have been fennel, carrots topped with soysauce. Just over half a mile from Notre Dame in a good area. (CJF 2006)
Nice bright restaurant. Very welcoming. Good service. Friendly staff. Hopeless food.
I ate there with my partner in Feb 07. We had a bottle of wine which seemed to be lacking in any sort of flavour or character. We had the miso soup which again was utterly devoid of flavour. For the main course, I had the seitan variety plate and my partner had the goat's cheese equivalent. The seitan was extremely unpleasant as it looked just like meat, and had the texture of overdone tofu. Quinoa was overcooked. The aduki(?) beans tasted strongly of fish, as did the seaweed. Lots of steamed vegetables which were somewhat overdone and again lacking in flavour. My meal was so unpleasant I ate very little of it and had a pudding to compensate. I had the chocolate pudding which again had virtually no flavour to it, and was served with a watery vanilla & cinammon sauce.
Whoever is behind the recipes, appears to have no understanding of how to use herbs/spices/seasoning or how to mix flavours.
Probably the best illustration of the experience is - If you can imagine a traditional hardened carnivore with no cooking skills making their first attempt at a veggie meal, you could get an idea of what the meal was like. This restaurant is 10 to 20 years behind where other European vegetarian restaurants are. All in all a very frustrating experience. I consider myself pretty incompetent in a kitchen, but it really isn't that difficult to get a decent veggie recipe book, a few herbs and spices, and to starting knocking out veggie food an order of magnitude more tasty and more imaginative than this.
Avoid. (SGM, 2007)
- Maoz, 5th, 8 rue Xavier Rivas, tel# 01 43 26 36 00,
By subway: get off at Saint-Michel and walk towards the Notre-Dame. MAOZ
Falafel is located in the 2nd street to the right. (BS)
20-40 francs a meal. I'm not sure how much that is exactly in the new French currency,
the euro, but it is very cheap.
There is only one thing you can get here, and that is falaffel. It is 100% vegetarian,
fried in olive oil. They have a free, all you can eat salad bar. It is very small,
they have a few tables where you can sit, but it is fastfood, so you can also take
your pittah bread with falaffel with you. No plates and no cutlery, think healthy MacDonalds.
They also have branches in The Netherlands (Amsterdam, The Hague and some other places). (CV)
A small fast-food place that only serves falafel, but with some variations
for example falafel with aubergine. You put on the garniture yourself so you
can put on the vegetables you prefere. We bought our falafel here and walked
over to Notre Dame and sat on a bench there and enjoyed the delicious
falafel. Recomended. (HB)
Maoz is wonderful. Cheap and convenient and delicious. One of the few salad bars in Paris. (TF)
We have been to many Maoz locations, and it's always a good place for a quick veggie meal. Maoz was open on May Day when nothing else was. (AT)
6th, 17 rue de Savoie, near ODEON
Formerly La Macrobiothèque, african style + lounge + art gallery, open to vegetarians. (JR, 2007)
- Krishna-Bhavan, 10th, 24 rue Cail, tel# 01 42 05 78 43
South Indian 100% vegetarian, non-smoking restaurant
- Po Mana, 10th,
39 rue des Vinaigriers
Tien Hiang, 13th,
20 rue Nationale, tel# 01 45 82 99 54, Metro Porte d'Ivry
It's a vegan Chinese restaurant, and it's
excellent, plus the prices are very good. (PTR)
It's the veg chinese restaurant Tien Hiang in paris (10 rue National, 75013)
I've been there before and it was ok, but yesterday i got a horribly tasting plate, which the (weird and unpleasant) waitor refused to replace, and charged me for it at the end!
I was sick all night. (AN)
Fantastic - the best food joint we visited during our 5-day stay. The most enormous menu we have ever seen at a veggie restaurant - dishes were delicious and in authentic Buddhist vegetarian style, using mock meats including mock duck, chicken, fish, beef and lamb, and tofu (bean curd) alongside an array of typical East Asian vegetables (I am a Lecturer in Chinese language and society and previously lived in East Asia for 6 years). Cooking styles included soups, hotpots, deep-fried dishes, stir-fried dishes, sticky (glutinous rice), boiled rice, soft noodle dishes,and fried, crispy noodle dishes. Though the surroundings are fairly basic, the welcome is warm and accommodating - this is a family business run by mother, father and daughter, with Hong Kong and Malaysian culinary roots. Mindblowing! (JSF)
Aquarius Café, 14th, 40 rue Gergovie, tel# 01 45 41 36 88, Metro Pernety
The meal there was superb. (AW)
AQUARIUS (Rue du Gergovie)
Healthy and wholesome food - fabulous houmous - very helpful waitress - good value for money, even though we ate A La Carte and not from the set menu. (SB)
Good casual restaurant, helpful staff. I second whoever said the hummus was great. We enjoyed ourselves although my Indian plate was more a French interpretation than authentic Indian. (AT)
- The Dietetic Shop, 14th, 11 Rue Delambre, tel# 01 43 35 39 75, Metro Vavin
I think one of the oldest of the kind established in Paris, small (6
tables), un comptoir, but convivial, good food (homey very good location
in Montparnasse). (NA)
- L'épicerie Verte,
5 rue Saussier-Leroy, tel# 08 99 23 03 29, Metro Temes
"L'épicerie Verte" near Place des Ternes in the west of the city is an organic food store
with a small café in front. Open weekday lunchtimes. (GJ)
- A Joy in Food, 17th, 2 rue Truffaut, tel# 01 43 87 96 79, Metro Place de Clichy
Joy in Food in Paris is only open for lunch. The owner explained to me that she must do this because she lives far outside of Paris and has 2 children. You should definitely go back to try her fabulous cuisine- the freshest I’ve ever eaten in a restaurant (or at home, for that matter!) The kitchen is open and you can see all of the tasty dishes steaming on the stove. (LR)
- Au Grain de Folie, 18th, 24 Rue de la Vieuville, tel# 01 42 58 15 57, Metro Abesses
Our most successful visit was to "Au Grain de Folie". This is a small
place (probably about six tables), and its menu is also fairly modest in
range. However the food is very good, the atmosphere relaxed, and the staff
friendly and English-speaking. It's also in Montmartre, a particularly
charming district. (AJ/FL)
Make sure you call before going. Very small restaurant and hours are
unpredictable. It was, however, the most fabulous dining experience
in Paris. The owner is the only worker in the place ... a true "at
home" dining experience .... and she runs out of food .... ergo ....
call ahead of time so she has time to shop. (KK/DM)
Au Grain de Folie I didn't like. I've been there a couple of times and each time the food was really bland. I thought the place was stuck in a time warp - it was like they'd just discovered hummus or something. But the atmosphere is really nice and friendly and neighborly. (TF)
Au Grain de Folie is one of our favorite restaurants in the world. The food has been amazing each time we've been there over the past three years. One night there wasn't a menu at all. She simply asked us what we liked and didn't like, then returned with a delicious concoction (it wasn't the owner who cooked that night). Excellent. (W&M)
Restaurants with Vegetarian Entrees
- Macéo, 1st,
15, rue des Petits-Champs, tel# 01 42 97 53 85,
Although it serves really high quality, very well thought out and nicely presented meat and fish dishes, it seems to pride itself in offering the same quality and style to vegetarians. At the top of the range and therefore quite expensive (we spent €90 per person for a normal 3 course dinner) but worth it. The great thing is that it appeals to non-vegetarians also. It's definitely more original than most Michelin-star-aspiring restaurants in the UK that only have risottos to cater for vegetarians. (SC)
- Le Pas-Sage Obligé,
4th, 29 rue du Bourg Tibourg,, tel# 08 99 23 13 80,
Metro Saint-Paul, Hôtel de Ville
La Victoire Suprême du Coeur changed location around 3 years ago, and
has recently changed name and owners, its now called "Le Passage
Obligé" and the address is 29 rue du bourg tibourg. Its no longer 100%
vegetarian, but there are still vegetarian/vegan options. (GJ)
- Le Marais (formerly "Aquarius"),
4th, 54 Rue Sainte Croix de la Bretonnerie, tel# 01 48 87 48 71,
Nice enough little bistro, large menu, on the right bank not that far from
the Louvre. (RG)
I've been to Paris maybe half a dozen times but never found a really good vegetarian restaurant,
although Aquarius is OK. (RB)
The place is a combined vegetarian restaurant and a little shop for healthy
products. The waitress had limited english knowlwdge. Many vegetarian
entries. The food was more healthy than tasty. They used limited amount of
spices -if they used any... we had a bottle of great tasting Grape juice to
our meal. The door into the kitchen was open and many people went in and out
of the kitchen at all times. Didn't look very clean. (HB)
Located in the 4th district of Paris, near the famous "rue du Temple", and
not too far from the Hotel de Ville, Aquarius is a 'traditionnal' vegetarian
restaurant, serving salades, pancakes ("crepes") and tarts. Out of more than
50 dishes , you will find about 20 vegan dishes. I have not checked if the
pancakes were vegan though, so you'd better ask the waiter to check. It's a
pity though that vegan dishes are not clearely labelled on the menu. The
prices are reasonnable for a restaurant in downtown Paris, but I find that
the quality doesn't match the price. In June 2002 the prices were as follows
: the "plat-du-jour" (dish of the day) at 8,54 euros, the set menu at 15,40
euros and the luch hour menu at 10,67 euros.
To my mind, the atmosphere was austere (no music, people overly quiet, and a
not very exciting decoration), and the waiters were … well the least I can
say is 'strange'. For instance, when I asked the waiter if the split peas
puree was vegan, he looked at me with the "I don't know what you're talking
about" look, so I explained to him "no milk, no cream, no butter… And he
replied to me that there was absolutely nothing in the puree (what ? nothing
?? really ! ). And then he asked me if I ate bread. I really don't know why
he asked me that, and some people in the restaurant turned round to see who
was the strange girl who didn't even ate bread (but yes! I eat bread, of
course I do !).
The day I went to this restaurant, I had the "plat-du-jour" and it was a
tasteless split peas puree, an overcooked potatoe and carrot puree, grated
carrots beets (that didn't look fresh and with no dressing), and a mushroom
And to end this wonderful and exciting lunch, the waiter didn't even say
goodbye to me after I payed !!
I hope you will be luckier than me if you plan to go to this restaurant one
Just to let you know that we visited the above restaurant yesterday (27th Feb 2004).
It seems that it has changed name (maybe owners as well?)
The new name is "Le Marais". Le Marais (old Aquarias) still has large vegatarian menu.
We had the veggie lasagne which was delicious.
One of the oldest veggie restaurants in Paris... and one of the least friendly. The very plain fare will do in a pinch if you're hungry after visiting the nearby Pompidou Centre (Beaubourg, as we Parisians call it). The restaurant is smack in the middle of the Marais, which was the Jewish quarter pre-war (a string of felafel places and some Jewish bakeries on the rue des Rosiers (a 5-minute stroll away) still attest to this), and is now the thriving gay nieghborhood, full of designer boutiques and late-night restaurants and pick-up bars that spill onto the streets on warm evenings.
- Pain Vin Fromages, 4th,
3 rue Geoffrey l'Angevin, near Les Halles,
tel# 01 42 74 07 52, Metro Rambuteau
Pain, Vin et
Fromage is, as the names suggests, a cheese restaurant, specializing in
fondu, raclette, and other cheese dishes.
It's tiny and cellar-like (although cosy!) - according to their card 17th
century - and the service is very friendly. (RF)
The fondu we had was delicious, with goat's cheese, cognac and spices (initially very hard to choose between this and the blue cheese option). Just the right amount of melted cheese to serve two small baskets of baguette chunks. The owner - a very friendly young guy - returned immediately with a second basket when the first had disappeared. We recommend eating green salad on the side, or the cheese might get a bit much. Ate with the door open and wtached everyday life passing in the street, including a french Staffie (Staffordshire Bull Terrier) rushing up and down with a plastic bottle in his mouth!) Nice, lowly lit, warm surroundings, just like a wine cellar in fact (especially downstairs). (JSF)
4th, 31 Blvd. Henri IV, tel# 06 11 71 25 47, Metro Bastille
Australian food. Every Sunday night is vegetarian. Here's a
sample menu. (PJ)
- L'As Du Fallafel,
4th [Marais], 34 rue des Rosiers, tel# 01 48 87 63 60, Metro St. Paul
Great, fast, cheap middle eastern food with lots of veggie choices. (WJY)
L'as du falafel is really good, but I think I prefer Maoz for taste. The preference is only slight though. (TF)
Excellent, authentic fallafel, hummus, and deep-fried melt-in-the-mouth eggplant, all in pitta with salad for very few euros. Tasty Maccabi beer. Only criticism is that all the exciting ingredients were placed on top and once you got further inside your pitta, there was only salad. Mouthwatering, and located in a vibrant street in the Jewish quarter (food is Israeli Arab style). Good for a fast-food stop at lunchtime. (JSF)
- Le Paradis du Fruit, 4th, 1 rue des Tournelles, tel# 01 40 27 94 79,
This restaurant has a very casual, cozy, French cafe
atmosphere and is quite inexpensive. The restaurant offers many delightful
mixed fruit drink choices (the strawberry and pineapple is especially
good), and very good healthful food (try the soja salad), although I
believe meat is also served. Some of the very friendly, enthusiastic staff
speak English, but non-French speakers should still bring along their
pocket dictionaries. I definitely recommend stopping by if you're in the
- Aaradhana Indian Restaurant, 5th,
5 rue du pot de fer, tel# 01 43 36 50 08,
Metro Place Monge
Actually two Indian restaurants, Aaradhana and Aarapana.
- Le Jardin Des Pates, 5th,
4 rue Lacepede, tel# 01 43 31 50 71,
everyday 12-2:30 & 7-11pm,
Metro: Jussieu (on the 7), go up escalator and turn left (rue Linne), walk a
few blocks and turn right on rue Lacepede (there's a big garden gate on your
left before you turn). It's a little way up on the right. Note the odd hours.
It's really small and quaint.
My favorite dish was a wheat pasta (vegetarian, tofu, carrots etc). Also,
they had a yogurt/cucumber appetizer that was delish. And I think a mango
sorbet for dessert. When I lived in Paris I ate there at least once a week,
portions were big enough for me to take enough home to eat the next night
Unique pasta dishes with organic ingredients. Choices include
tomatoes/mozzarella & basil, duck & mushrooms. Interesting deserts.
- Pema Tang, 5th, 13 Rue de la Montaigne Ste Genevieve,
tel# 01 43 54 34 34, Metro Maubert Mutualite
Indian / Tibetan
Not fully vegetarian but with plenty of choice for vegetarians,
including several a la carte and two set menus.
Open noon to 2.30 pm and 7 to 10.30 pm, except Sundays and Monday lunch.
The best meal we had in Paris, with
delicious food and acceptable furnishing and ambience for a special dinner.
Excellent honey lassi, I had fresh pasta with fresh tomato and tofu
strips, very tasty, with fermented vegetables (a bit like sauerkraut) and
dal on the side. Linda had deep-fried tofu in a smooth, nutty vegetable
sauce, steamed brown rice which was ‘spot-on', ditto fermented veg. and
really fresh yogurt. Fascinating desserts, I had creamy yogurt with tiny
crisp donuts and Linda had tsampa (roasted barley) slices. There was a
respectable wine list and excellent Tibetan tea (with optional butter and
salt, for the adventurous!). (MLH)
Great food, good fried tofu and brown rice dish, served with pickled vegetables
(cabbage, various root vegetables), reasonable prices, although rice costs extra;
great lentil soup; spoke enough English to communicate; their email address is
- Lhassa Tibetan Restaurant, 5th, 13 de la Montagne Ste Genevieve,
tel# 01 43 26 22 19, Metro Maubert-Mutualite
Next door to Pema Tang is another Tibetan restaurant (but they are not related)
also near Hotel California Ste Germaine (2 blocks away)
hours: 12:00-14:00 & 19:00 - 25:00
good food; reasonable prices, although rice costs extra; very good English spoken
The Lhassa Tibetan Restaurant was comfortable and homely and the food was
simple but good, given that it was fairly cheap. Lovely rice pudding! (SH)
- Le Maharajah, 5th, 72 blvd St-Germain, tel# 01 43 54 26 07,
- Diep, 8th, 55 rue Pierre-Charron, tel# 01 45 63 52 76,
near metro Franklin D. Roosevelt, a short walk off the Champs-Elysees
Open every day noon-2:30 and 7-midnight (we learned a lot of restaurants are closed on Sunday night)
Very good Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese food, English menus with a separate vegetarian section on the menu, plus they were very accommodating in making some of their non-veg curries with tofu instead of meat. The wine list was truly excellent and the service was great as well. The place is very chic and the prices reflect it, but worth it by Paris standards. (JL)
- Café Beyrouth, 8th, 37 bis, rue du Colisee, tel# 01 42 89 02 05,
Metro St. Philippe du Roule
...has a wonderful assiette vegetarienne...Lebanese food. (AW)
- Le Ferme St. Hubert,
8th, 21 rue Vignon, tel# 01 47 42 79 20, Metro Madeleine
A specialist cheese restaurant situated on Rue Vignon near the Madalaine. A
small restaurant with informal atmosphere, very friendly staff and an
excellent menu for cheese lovers. The starters tend to be huge, the various
veg/cheese tartes are very good. Raclette (for eat-as-much-as-you-like) and
fondues are highly recommended. (PT/LM)
Not everything on the menu is vegetarian but the Torte au legumes (Vegetable flan) is wonderful and the fondue was good too. Staff were friendly and helpful. English and French menus available. (JK)
- Le Musée Jacquemart André, 8th, 158 Blvd Haussmann, tel# 01 42 89 04 91,
Metro St-Philippe du Roule or Miromesnil
Sans fromage, salads provide excellent, hearty lunches. Those at
Musee Jaquemart-Andre (Paris' best kept secret) are outstanding, as is
the tastefully opulent 19th-century setting. (BA)
Wonderful salads, especially if you're not vegan. Due to the beautiful tapestries in the dining room, there is no smoking; which made for a wonderful dining experience. Don't miss the museum tour if you stop by! It was one of my favorites in all of Paris! (JL)
- Galeries Lafayette,
9th, 40 Blvd Haussmann, tel# 01 42 82 34 56
Another place where you can get a vegetarian meal was the restaurant in the
"Maison" bit of Galeries Lafayette. There were three vegetarian mains, and
they were denoted as such. I had a delicious cheesy pasta with pesto. (RF)
- Rama (Restaurant Indien), 9th, 30 rue Bergere,
tel# 01 48 24 07 10, open 7 days a week.
We found another good restaurant that had a large number of vegetarian entrees--even conveniently listed in their own section of the menu (They probably had about 10 or 12 vegetarian dishes on the menu). This was an Indian restaurant in the 9th Arr. near the Folies Bergere.
We got there early, at about 6:30 as they were just opening. Not very crowded, as it's on a narrow non-thoroughfare street. Cozy atmosphere, friendly waitstaff, speaking fluent English, of course. Very good authentic Indian cooking, as spicy as you want it. I'm not vegetarian, but my wife is--she had the saag paneer and thought it was as good as anything she'd had in the states. The naan was brought hot right to the table (only slightly doughy). A definite recommendation for an area that seems to have few vegetarian options. (BD)
- Lalqila, 15th,
88 avenue Emile Zola, tel# 01 45 75 68 40,
Metro Charles Michels
This Indian restaurant is a short Metro ride from the Eiffel Tower. I
ordered Dhal, which is a dish based on lentils, and
Channa Masala, which is a spicy dish based on chick
peas with gravy, and Tandoori Roti, which is a
traditional Indian bread made with whole wheat. The
food was EXCELLENT. I am an Indian, and it is not
often that I find authentic Indian cooking outside of
India. This was the real thing. I spoke to the waiter
in Hindi, but I think he could speak English fairly
- Shah Jahan, 17th, 4 rue Gauthey, tel# 01 42 63 44 06, Metro Brochant
Specialist in indian gastronomy since 1980, we provide excellent vegetarian food inside 17th Paris. (DG)
- Restaurant Delmoun (Spécialité Libanaise),
18th, 30 rue Muller, tel# 01 42 23 40 56, Metro Anvers
Go to metro Anvers
walk through Rue de Clignancourt in the direction of the Sacré Coeur, after
200 metres go to the left rue Muller. the Sacré Coeur is on your left side
walking through the rue de Clignancourt.
A very nice quiet Lebanese restaurant was the highlight of our culinair stay
They have several vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. All the starters
We had a delicious assiette vegetarienne and our vegan son had an assiette
falafel. Prices were reasonable. (BS)
- Restaurant L'Oriental, 19th,
58 rue Ourcq, tel# 01 40 34 26 23, Metro Crimee
Small, family run Lebanese place with plenty of tasty veg options. The veg platter was a nice sampling of some of the veg options, but certainly not all the veg options. The falafel was really, really good and we had a great selection of authentic Lebanese desserts. The service was very friendly and accommodating, and best of all this was the only meal we had in Paris that didn't seem over-priced. (JL)
- A la Coiffe Bretonne,
10, Avenue du Gal de Gaulle
78000 Versailles, tel# 01-30-21-78-22,
Train: Versailles R.G.
This pancake restaurant is a short walk away from the palace of Versailles.
They serve very thin buckwheat pancakes with all kinds of fillings, for example fruit and nuts
but also non-vegetarian. They have so much choice, it's hard to make a decision.
The tables are a little small, but are they not everywhere.
I do not remember exactly the price range, but I think the cheaper pancakes were about
30 francs. (CV)
I just come to arrive from Paris, and yesterday I ate at "La Coiffe
Bretonne". This is just to tell you that the price was expensive (35,3 Euros
for two people), the service was not good, and the eating was scarce also.
I can tell you that as a main ingredient in a "crêpe" was "artichauts": the
only one I found was a conserved "heart of artichoke". (GC)
Here are some other web pages giving information on veggie restaurants in Paris:
You can find addresses, telephone numbers and street maps online at
Les Pages Jaunes.
They also have photos of most businesses, which is a nice touch.
Some comments from Mike and Linda Hutchinson:
"General observations are that vegetarian restaurants in Paris are strongly
biased towards the dietetic rather than the gastronomic. Be prepared to
eat lots of grated carrot, in salads, flans, cakes etc. A ‘Zen Plate' was
offered in all three vegetarian places we visited and was actually a good
bet since it offers variety in the shape of small portions of grated root
(carrot or celeriac), green salad, rice, seaweed, beans, etc. We also
lunched in non-vegetarian places (e.g. the Louvre) where onion, leek
(poirreau) or carrot (see above!) flans were frequent items and acceptable
if one eats eggs."
Debra Friedman writes: "There are also several excellent felafel restaurants
in the Jewish Quarter; along with Jo Goldenberg's Deli, which serves potato
pancakes and Kasha and a number of dairy dishes."
Thanks for additional info to:
Jo Smith Finley,
Will & Michele Thompson,
Steve G. Miller,
Jean Jacques Perroud,
Paul Timothy Reeve,
Dan and Jayne Waldman,
William & Jennifer Yang,
Paul Taylor & Lucy Mclynn,
Catharine A. Nixon,
Mike and Linda Hutchinson,
Edo de Roo,
Heather Stephenson and Jina Shah,
Katrina King and David McDaniel,
Adrian Janes and Frances Lamb, and
Additions welcomed - send email.
Richard Gillmann's Vegetarian Restaurants Page