Vegan Options in Paris

Vegan Options in Paris

I’ve recently visited Paris. Thanks to a couple of skiing trips, I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting myself into in terms of vegan meal options. Let’s just say that I was that one person who was eating lettuce on top of a mountain, while my friends were indulging with schnitzel and Apfel strudel 😀 . To be honest, I have vegan friends who said they will start avoiding France just because there’s nothing on their menu.

So, I will give you below a list of places I’ve been to along with what I had.

Le Puits De Legumes

Website: http://www.lepuitsdelegumesbio.fr/en/

Location: 18 Rue Cardinal Lemoine 75005

If you are around Notre Dame, then this is a nice place to go to.

 

They had a nice daily menu made out of entrees, mains and desserts. For any two combinations, you’d pay 17 euros.

 

For entrees, we decided to go with:

Salad aux avocados et pamplemousse  (Avocado Salad with Grapefruit)

Very good and very big for an entree. The grapefruit complements very well the rest od the salad.

Gaspacho (it is what it is! 😀 )

Very refreshing after a day of touristy things.

 

For mains, here were our choices:

Curry Doux de Tofu (Soft Tofu Curry)

It was very tasty and the tofu was heavenly. Definitely recommend. It had a side of lentil and rice which made it very consistent and full of great fiber.

Couscous Vegetarien (Vegetarian Couscous)

Couscous was just the bedding. On top, I had a mix of butternut squash, courgette and carrots. Everything nicely blending together with a sauce, which reminded me of some of the slow cooked dhals. I barely had it all. 🙂

 

Aloy Aloy

Website: TripAdvisor Review

Location: 61 rue des 3 Freres75018 Paris, France

Another place we visited was a family-owned Thai restaurant. It is in the heart of Monmartre, so if you are on your way to the Sacre-Coeur  Basilica, then definitely pay this one a visit.

If you are there, try the following:

Spring Rolls

Aloy Aloy Spring rolls

Boboun au choix – for vegan go with Vegetarien

It’s basically a noodle with vegetables pad thai in an amazing sauce.

Sorry, no picture for this one.

 

Treats and snacks

The nachos and guacamole on the banks of Seine

It was a nice terrace near Pont Marie, probably belonging to the cruise company Vedettes de Paris. This was located right next to their boat boarding spot.

 

Sorbet at Louise

Website: Louise Les Glaces

If you are a vegan in Paris, probably the safest bet for a dessert is a sorbet. Everything else pretty much contains dairy and/or cheese. I definitely recommend the Louise ice cream company. We had their sorbets both on the Eiffel Tower and in the Louvre Museum. I know! You might think they are too touristy, but honestly… the tastiest, fruitiest sorbets I’ve had in a while. We tried their dark chocolate, raspberry and lemon flavors on both occasions and they were great.

 

 

 

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Highlights from the city of cheese and wine

Highlights from the city of cheese and wine

Did I escape to Paris last weekend for a very romantic trip? You bet I did!

In words

We managed to see the following:

  • Eiffel Tower – you can buy tickets from there and take the stairs, they will get you to the top
  • Louvre Museum – take the Nintendos 3D for guiding!
  • Several parks
  • Sacre Coer (excuse the spelling)
  • Monmartre
  • Moulin Rouge
  • A boat trip on the Senne river
  • Notre Dame cathedral
  • Senne river banks

Impressions

  • People working in services – waiters, over-the-counter sellers – need to improve their attitudes. A little more smiling and politeness always help 😛
  • It’s an amazing city, lots of landmarks and it’s always nice losing (and finding) yourself on the streets
  • People seem way more relaxed than in London. They seem to not be in a hurry anywhere, they enjoy their lunch breaks by the river or their evenings having picnics or playing guitars on the banks of Senne.
  • It smells 😀 . It was really hot during our stay, so that might have made things worse. But, it smells like piss on some streets and as everywhere, people do forget to use deodorants. Just sayin’.
  • Window shades are everywhere and I know why! It’s because they make your room pitch dark even during daytime and you sleep like a baby. Definitely something I will have in my future house by the beach. (with the dog and the Mustang)
  • The boat trip is a great way to explore the city on water. They do like to build a lot of landmarks next to the river, so seeing the Eiffel tower from that perspective adds the cherry on top of any Paris trip. Especially if the weather is nice and you catch a seat on the top deck.
  • Oh..and last, but most endearing, birds eat from the palm of your hand (in Paris haha). Once you establish the trust element, you’re in for a little surprise birdie shamelessly eating the nacho bits in your palm.

Tips!

For the Eiffel Tower, you can buy stair tickets to the second floor and then buy tickets to the top from that level. We suspect it gets you to the summit faster.

At the Louvre Museum, they offer Nintendos 3D for guidance. Besides the very amazing digital mapi, these devices already contain a few pre-configured tours. One of them is a super-fast tour (Masterpiece Tour) which basically takes you to the most important/most visited pieces of the museum. The technology is amazing. You benefit from GPS-like guidance through the museum and the English touring.

A train ticket from the airport to the city will literally take you to any point in the city. Even if you switch from the train to the metro. Not sure exactly how long that will keep you going, but it does the job.

We found the most amazing airbnb host: Chambre Privée aux Portes de Paris. It’s a definite recommend and something I will consider for the future.

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