Following on from Paris Part 1, I bring you supermarkets, cafes and a few other vegan cafes I sat and watched the world go by in whilst enjoying a little snack or two. You’ll also find a really useful list of articles on gluten free and vegan eating in Paris, I picked up from the internet. Though of course this is all you need! Do make sure you check if the restaurants and cafes are open every day and check their opening hours. Also, find out if they take cash and/or cards for payment. (You can benefit from my mistakes).
Also known as Sol Semilia. I had a slice of ginger cake here. Made with buckwheat. They serve lunch and dinner on certain nights. I did not try but it looked and smelled great as they served it to the diners beside me. They also sell super foods.
Nestled in a covered market between two butcher (eek!) is My Kitch’n The Swedish founder serves one or two gluten free, vegan dishes.
A totally dedicated vegan supermarket in Paris Un Mond Vegan. They have an extensive range of products. A great little shop, near the Place Du Republic.
The lovely girl at Un Monde Vegan had a list of all the great vegan restaurants and cafes in Paris.
I loved these polenta bakes from Tossolia. They are vegan and gluten free. I enjoyed them with Lima courgette soup and slices of Morsserisella.
Naturalia stock a good selection of vegan, raw, and organic products.
I found a shop entirely dedicated to gluten free items of an Italian bent.
Carrefour a chain who are dotted all over the city. They have many items suitable for vegans, and a gluten free and organic section.
Most of the supermarkets, even the little express stores had a gluten free section. I found these tarts. They were a bit sweet and artificial for me but you may love them.
I lived off these patties from Sojasun. A tasty respite from expensive dining out! Only 3 Euro from most supermarkets. Gluten free and vegan but not for the soy adverse.
I was happy to discover what I consider to the best, hands down, almond milk I’ve had to date (beside my own fresh). La Mandorle actually taste like almonds. Delicious. Not like some of the ones I’ve tried in the US (Silk) which are a bit unnatural tasting.
I discovered this French made Karma Kombucha. It has just the right acidity & fizz. They also sell a kefir which was refreshing and delicious.
cafes in Paris
Chic and bright, Cafe Pinson located at the north end of La Marais in the 10th arrondissement. They have vegan desserts that are gluten free. Though on the day I visited just a syllabub was on offer. Typical cost of a cup of tea, 4 euro. Paris is anything but cheap.
Another hip coffee bar. Intimate and friendly just off the Canal St Martin. 10 Belles is much loved by the discerning coffee connoisseur.
I had to include this restaurant not because I ate there but because I am immature and I thought the name was funny.
Dose Dealer De Cafe is a nice little coffee shop in the Latin Quarter. My second favourite area of Paris.
Whilst wandering the streets away from the tourist areas I stumbled across this covered market. Built on the site of a 16th century orphanage on the Rue De Bretagne. It had lots of food stalls but I did not find anything vegan. It is a good place for coffee/tea and a spot of Parisian watching.
After a little bit of research and planning, I strategically placed myself in the area with the most vegan/vegetarian cafes and restaurants. I was steps from Bob’s Juice Bar, Holybelly, Tuck Shop, Le Bar Des Artisans, and easy walking distance to others.
Useful guides for vegan eating in Paris
There is much written about the vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Paris. I wrote about it in [Paris Part 1]. Top 5 Vegan & Gluten Free Dishes In Paris
These are just a few I found useful when I first arrived in Paris.
I found this really useful, too. It is a mobile app for vegans in Paris, by a Parisian.
Gorgeous Cafes in Paris
I gathered some information on the most happening cafes in Paris, too. Personally, I do not like coffee. The aroma..oh yes but the taste..not so much! However, I like hanging out in a good coffee shop.
Good Coffee In Paris
Have you been to Paris? Leave a comment and let us know which were your favourites.
Did you spot any food trucks? I do not think this idea has hit the streets of Paris yet.
Last weekend, my friend and I FINALLY decided to visit Woody’s Cafe in Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire, this weekend. This is going to sound daft, but though I may traverse thousands of miles using planes, buses, feet and peddle power, just to discover and taste vegan food, but the thirty minute drive from my mothers house when I visit, just seemed too far. Yes, that is illogical!
With the record-breaking storms in the UK (where in the world isn’t experiencing weird weather?!) abated (I was in Austin..happily avoiding it all!), the sight of the sun coming out and a friend’s belated birthday still to celebrate made me feel like a trip out for the afternoon.
I’d heard about Woody’s restaurant before but previously had felt lukewarm about the prospect of eating there. This weekend, it was time. I called ahead to make sure they had some vegan, gluten free dishes on the menu. They reeled off several that sounded nice, so off we went.
Woody’s is situated on the banks of a pretty canal, and not the sort of place you’d ‘just come across’. The setting is picturesque, with canal boats mored in the quay and a run of dog walkers. It would be perfect on a warmer (and less skwarly) day, to sit outside and eat.
We were wise enough to reserve a table, which was just as well as the place was heaving. The decor is cosy and inviting. The staff attentive, knowledgeable and personable. The food is cooked in front of you in the open kitchen. Everything is fresh. Generous portions. I opted for the Beet Bourguinon and it was really tasty. Packed with fresh mushrooms and puy lentils (I love puy lentils!). The mash was very good but not amazing (I may just be fussy as I’ve had some mind-blowing mash potato recently). But overall the dish was practically perfect.
The prices are reasonable. £35 for 2 dinners and latte and pot of green tea.
It actually only took me just over 15mins to drive here! I’ll be eating here again for sure!
Vegan caramel latte.
Views of the canal from our table.
Aubergine, bean & pepper stew. V GF Leek salad GF (not vegan). The stew was slightly spiced and very well flavoured.
Beet Bourgiunion & mustard mash. 9/10 I practically scraped the plate clean!
Chef’s hard at work in the open kitchen.
View of the restaurant from across the water.