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Parisian girls may mistake kale for one of the Kardashian sisters. In any case, it probably hasn’t made an appearance at her local farmers’ market. Nevertheless, the veggie movement is taking root at full speed throughout the fashion capital.
Whether she’s eating a plant-based diet for environmental reasons, as a stand for animals, or as part of her new skincare regimen (a French girl doesn’t tell), la Parisienne always knows the best new restaurants to indulge her craving for fresh vegetables and exotic grains.
Here is our insider guide to the plant-based restaurants Parisian girls can’t get enough of:
39 quai de Valmy, 75010 Paris
This vegetarian restaurant specializing in Israeli cuisine just opened in late 2016. Meaning “mama” in Hebrew, Ima is quickly becoming a favorite of plant-loving Parisiennes in the know. The casual, relaxed vibe of the eatery will leave you feeling like you’ve just stepped into a cool café in Tel Aviv. And their magnificent looking platters are abundant with fresh produce and alluring aromas that will take you straight to veggie heaven.
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20 Rue de la Pierre Levée, 75011Paris
Steps from Canal Saint Martin, this fusion restaurant has become somewhat of a veggie institution. With an almost entirely vegan menu and a minimalist chic interior, this “resto” is almost always packed (we recommend booking in advance). With plates like caviar vegetal and seaweed salsa, the hardest part will be choosing from all of the mouthwatering specialties.
Restaurant Le Tricycle
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51, rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris
The place to be for gorgeous, crazy delicious hot dogs, made free of meat, preservatives and artificial dyes. Vegan soy and wood-smoked wheat sausages are accessorized with brioche buns, and sprinkled with onion confit, guacamole and pink cabbage. We recommend indulging in the sides and desserts, such as grilled coconut corn and cocoa-avocado pudding (trust us on this one!). They also do a mean brunch on Sundays.
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109, rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75009 Paris
Raw cuisine, vegetarian
Arguably the best raw food restaurant in Paris, this popular vegetarian restaurant reminds us that eating meat-free can be a feast for the taste buds. Presentation - check. Exciting flavours - check. A full and satisfied belly? You bet!
Sol Semilla Cantine
23 Rue des Vinaigriers, 75010 Paris
This famous Canal Saint Martin restaurant is considered one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Paris. Part restaurant, part healthy food concept store, this local institution serves up flavourful, colorful food for the eco-chic soul. They infuse the menu with a variety of South American flavors that won’t disappoint. Drop the smoothie. A veggie detox has never tasted this good.
11 rue Bichat, 75010 Paris
Another Canal Saint Martin favorite, this loft style vegetarian restaurant serves up delicious, colorful salads, soups, bols (rice bowls) and baked goods using 100% organic ingredients. And it’s a great pick for anyone looking for some healthy, cheap eats. You can get eat for around €10 and leave with a full belly.
Le Potager de Charlotte
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12 Rue de la Tour d'Auvergne, 75009 Paris
Beautifully plated dishes and fresh ingredients for the vegetarian gourmet who loves a good food selfie. The menu changes frequently to incorporate seasonal, local ingredients. And they boast a fantastic organic wine list, if you weren’t already convinced.
99 Rue du Théâtre, 75015 Paris
This left-bank gem offers delicious vegan fare - bistro style. Romantic, cosy, yet industrial, Lola recreates the traditional French bistro menu à la cruelty-free. Infused with Asian flavors and rich exotic spices, menu items include beet chip risotto and spicy noodle salad, as well as a mouth-watering home-made vegan sorbet for dessert. Come hungry!
Are there any veggie or vegan restaurants in Paris that you adore? We've love to hear from you in the comments below!