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Vegan restaurants in Paris cover a wide range of styles of food, but one that is hard to find is real, traditional French cuisine. But the one place that does it really well is Le Potager du Marais, which is one of my favorite places in the city.

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When you enter, you immediately feel welcomed by the super positive staff, who speak great English, by the way, and who love to explain their delicious food. The restaurant is lively but cozy, with lots of nice touches like the little pottery wine carafes.

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The menu is full of French classics like onion soup, (seitan) Bourgignon, Crème Brulée, Moelleux au Chocolat, Tarte Tatin and many more. The food looks great and tastes delicious and prices are in line with what you would pay at any other Paris vegan restaurant. And they have upgraded from their original vegetarian menu and now everything is 100% vegan

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Just a block away from the Centre Pompidou, le Potager gets busy, so I would recommend making a reservation if you can. Also they are closed on Monday and Tuesday. But on any other day of the week, if you want some of the best food in town and especially if you want something “authentique” then Le Potager is the place to go.

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24 rue Rambuteau, Paris,75003

Métro Rambuteau

01 57 40 98 57

http://www.lepotagerdumarais.fr

MOB at Les Docks

MOB is one of Paris’s 100% vegan Oases, with two locations – one in the Marais and one in Les Docks: Cité de la Mode et du Design, the bright-green riverside place-to-be for design enthusiasts, night clubbers, and lovers of vegan fast food.IMG_9215

MOB is right in the middle of the “Cité” with some deck seating with a view of the Seine, as well as plenty of tables inside if you want to check out the cool decor and music. They also have a small kids’ play area.

MOB’s menu is simple and limited, specializing in burgers and Pissaladières. Some of the items on the menu are very good, such as the grilled artichoke hearts and the cookies. Some are awful, like the corn on the cob. The burgers are mushy and fall apart, but they taste good and the bun and toppings are nice. They also offer smoothies, juices. Too bad that they serve all the food in disposable packaging, even for eating in. It does sort of make you feel like you are at a baseball game in the U.S.A. but it sure creates a lot of waste.

The staff are friendly and relaxed, even when it gets busy with long lines. Overall, it’s a cool, great place to be, even if it may be less gourmet than its parent location in Brooklyn.

This location is not far from the Jardin des Plantes and Gare D’Austerlitz and the branch in the Marais offers the same menu.

34 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013
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I had a great lunch at 42 Degrés, an all vegan/raw/organic restaurant not far from Gare du Nord Station. 

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It’s a small, modern place with an elegant raw kitchen and a welcoming atmosphere. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and skilled English speakers. The first thing they did was ask if we understood the concept and were ready to explain it all. 

It was quite busy when we got there but we were able to get a table and leaf through the appetizing menu, which is small but they have specials and I wanted to get everything!

In the end, we went for: 

  • the special of the day which was a Mexican layered salad with tomatoes, guacamole, delicious nut cheese and fresh corn, topped with greens
  • caesar salad with spiced cauliflower and raw ‘crumezzan’ sprinkles
  • cheese and wine plate which was rich with subtle flavors and great texture
  • a refreshing glass of home-made kombucha

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As well as being delicious, the food was very satisfying leaving no room for dessert, much to my chagrin as I had been eyeing the banoffee pie.

Their lunch combos are 14 -18€ and individual dishes are around 14€, which is similar to what you pay at most of the non-casual vegan places in town.

All in all, it was a great experience and it’s walking distance from the Eurostar if you’re coming over from London!

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109 rue du faubourg poissonnière, 75009

Métro: Poissonnière

09 73 65 77 88

http://www.42degres.com/

Tuesday – Saturday 12h – 22h30

 

 

I’ll be back in town soon and there are some interesting 100% vegan places I can’t wait to check out:

42 Degrés

All-raw restaurant a bit south of Gare du Nord. I’ll have to see how it compares to Paris’ first raw restaurant: Pousse Pousse 

http://www.42degres.com

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Le Centre Tout Naturellement

Restaurant is part of a natural health center. Vegan, organic menu looks simple: veg, grain, protein. Near Gare du Nord, 2 minute walk from 42 Degrés. I’ll pop in and check it out.

http://www.lecentrenaturo.com

 

Hank Restaurant Bio

All vegan and organic Hamburger ‘joint’. Menu has burgers, fries, and desserts. In the Marais, not far from Centre Pompidou

http://www.hanksburgers.com

 

Café Ginger

Cute place serving simple food: salad, soup, tarts. Uses organic. Near Bastille.

http://www.cafe-ginger.fr/

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My Kitch’n

Looks like some yummy organic sandwiches, salads, and smoothies. Raw food too!  In the middle of Batignolles covered market. 10 minute walk from Sacré Coeur.

http://www.mykitchn.fr/www.mykitchn.fr/Welcome.html

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Some other vegan places I’ll be sure to frequent:

  • Gentle Gourmet – looking forward to their croissants!
  • MOB –  Love this place
  • Le Potager du Marais – One of my faves
  • Sol Semilla – Superfood heaven!
  • Vegan Folies – vegan cupcakes! For my kids! And maybe one for me. Or a couple. Or more.

Paris Vegan Day 2013

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October 12, 2013 will see a truly amazing event take place: Paris Vegan Day!

Starting from 10h and running through 19h under the motto of “Cook for Life!” there will be an amazing array of events composing what they are calling the world’s biggest day of organic cuisine.

Attendees will be able to take cooking classes, hear from a global collection of star chefs, visit booths and enjoy photography, film and dance.

It sounds like it is going to be a wonderful celebration of vegan culture and absolutely not to be missed.

Tickets are 10€/8€ and can be purchased here http://www.parisveganday.fr/products-page/tickets/

 

Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design 

Métro : Gare d’Austerlitz, Quai de la Gare, Gare de Lyon, RER : C, Gare d’austerlitz, Bus : 24, 57, 61, 63, 89, 91

 

(Thanks to Gentle Gourmet for passing on the info about this event)

 

 

M.O.B.

M.O.B. is a typical vegetarian/vegan fast-food, hip-hop spot with a menu developed by a Michelin 3-star chef in the north Marais.

The restaurant was created by Cyril Aouizerate, who also started the Mama Shelter hotel by Père Lachaise. He was inspired to create a restaurant that reflected the philosophies of the pro-veg medieval scholar Maimonides and the global creative culture of hip hop. So if you are unwilling to listen to hip hop music, then maybe just get take out.

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The food is really affordable because they want everyone to be able to enjoy it…not just rich people. The centerpiece is the M.O.B. – a pizza-like dish that comes in the shape of the arches of the Brooklyn Bridge (the restaurant name stands for Maimonide of Brooklyn.) They are topped with seasonal organic vegetables and sometimes fruit. They also have gluten free versions.

(photo by Rachel Barrett / tabletmag.com)

(photo by Rachel Barrett / tabletmag.com)

The menu also features burgers, some nice salads, donuts, and the scarily authentic looking ‘saucissson.’ But not to worry, everything is vegetarian and in fact honey is the only ingredient to look out for.

I’m looking forward to my upcoming trip to NYC to check out the original restaurant in Brooklyn and I like this quote from the chef, Alain Senderens: “I strongly believe that in ten years nobody will be eating meat. This will be the way we eat, entirely vegetarian or vegan, and science and medicine will thoroughly support that. I have always lived in the future, that is a philosophy of mine, and this way of eating is the future. I’m committed to that belief.”

32, rue Charlot 75003
01 42 77 51 05
Métro : Filles du Calvaire – ligne 8

http://www.mob-usa.com/fr

Tuesday to Friday, 11h – 15h and 18h – 21h

Saturday 11h-18h

 

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Have you been looking for the highlight of your life? I think this may be it: Gentle Gourmet restaurant and Paris Vegan Days association are uniting to host the 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve cruise on the Seine.

The cruise commences at 8pm on New Year’s Eve, boarding the boat at Port Debilly by the Trocadero. The theme is “20 countries in 20 dishes” and as you cruise by the beautiful sights, enjoying the open bar, fresh juice bar and DJ you’ll be eating an amazing assortment of 100% vegan, “max bio” food. 

Check out the menu and other details at http://www.parisveganday.fr or Gentle Gourmet’s Facebook page where reservations can be made. 

Purchase before December 6 and tickets will be 109€, after that they’ll be125€ (Tickets can be purchased via PayPal to tresorier@parisveganday.fr or by check.

All twenty items sound delicious but the one that is most on my mind is the Chocolate Vanilla Eclair dessert. Miam!

 

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