Vegan in Paris – Top Tips

Paris is known for its food, and rightfully so – there’s something for everyone in this city. However, if you’re a vegan, you might find yourself feeling a bit left out.

For many people, veganism is a lifestyle choice that comes with a number of health and ethical benefits. However, it can also be a challenge to maintain a vegan diet when traveling. Veganism requires avoiding all animal products, including meat, dairy, eggs, and honey. This can be difficult in countries where vegan options are not widely available. Even in countries with more vegetarian-friendly cuisine, it can be hard to find restaurants that cater to vegans. 

Vegan in Paris Guide – 3 Things To Know About Eating Vegan In Paris

But never fear. With a little bit of planning, however, it is possible for vegans to enjoy hassle-free travel. By doing the research before a trip and packing vegan snacks and meals, travelers can make sure that they always have something to eat. With some forethought and preparation, it is possible for vegans to enjoy trouble-free travel. In other words, you can enjoy all that Paris has to offer without breaking your vegan lifestyle choices.  

Vegan restaurant Paris
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#1 Know the language 

One of the most important things for vegans to do before traveling is to learn some keywords and phrases in the local language. By learning how to say words like “vegan” in French, you can ensure that you get the right food and that waiters understand your dietary requirements. In addition, it can also be helpful to learn words for common vegan ingredients such as “tofu” and “soy milk”. With a little bit of effort, vegans can easily find food that they can enjoy while traveling. Here are some key French words vegans might want to brush up on:

  • Milk / Lait 
  • Honey / Miel  
  • Egg / Oeuf  

If you know some of the right words to use, you will be able to navigate restaurants and markets with greater confidence. It could make all the difference between a delicious meal and a disappointing one.

#2 Consider cooking your own or attending a cooking class 

One of the best things about veganism is that it’s not as restrictive as some people think. In fact, many traditional French dishes can easily be made vegan with a few simple substitutions. For example, instead of using butter in a dish, try olive oil or coconut oil. And instead of using milk or cream, try almond milk or coconut milk. These substitutions will allow you to enjoy classic French dishes like ratatouille and bouillabaisse without compromising your principles. 

So why not try your hand at cooking while in France? It’s a great way to learn about the local cuisine and culture, and you’ll get to meet new people and make some great memories. You can find cooking classes for all kinds of audiences, just be sure to let them know in advance that you’re vegan. And who knows, you might even discover a new culinary passion. So whether you’re a seasoned chef or a complete novice, attending a cooking class is a great way to add some flavor to your city break in Paris.

Vegan in Paris - Cooking class Paris
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#3 Visit vegan restaurants

While Paris is famous for its rich, cream-laden cuisine, vegans will be happy to know that the City of Light also has plenty to offer in terms of vegan-friendly fare. In recent years, a number of restaurants have sprung up that cater specifically to vegans, offering delicious plant-based versions of French classics. 

From Le Potager du Marais’ tasty tarts to La Vie en Vert’s decadent chocolate cake, there’s something for everyone at these vegan eateries. Paris’ vegan scene doesn’t just cater to those with a sweet tooth – there is a vast catalog of vegan-based establishments across the city serving up cuisines from all around the globe. Here are just a handful of our favorites: 

  • Best for a quick bite: Maisie Café
  • Best brunch spot: Soya 
  • Best for comfort food: Hank Vegan Burger
  • Best all round: Le Potager de Charlotte

And with more and more establishments jumping on the vegan bandwagon, it’s becoming easier than ever to enjoy a meal out in Paris without having to compromise on taste or ethics. It’s no surprise that Paris is often called a vegan-friendly destination. So if you’re looking for something a little bit different, be sure to do your research before you go. With a little bit of effort, you’re sure to find the perfect meal – bon appétit!

Not sure where to start? Download apps like Happy Cow to find vegan and vegetarian restaurants in France – over 250 of which can be found in Paris.

Vegan eating in Paris
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Author: Jessica Pierce 

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