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Although it is no London, there are plenty of Indian restaurants in Paris. My favorite has to be Krishna Bhavan, located in the Little Jaffna neighborhood between Gare du Nord and La Chapelle which is home to the city’s Tamil population.

It is said that Tamils consider serving food as a service to humanity, and it shows in the warmth of service you get at this 100% vegetarian restaurant. When you tell your server that you need non-dairy food they will try to make anything on their menu vegan for you. Last night our lovely, English-speaking waitress even went out of her way to reemphasize that everything she was serving us was vegan.

And she served us plenty, because the combination of low, low prices and delicious, delicious food is a deadly one. Last night we started with banana pakoras, which were plantain-like and savory. Samosas were next, in a philo-style pastry followed by idlis. I almost never see idlis over here so I had to order them and they were lovely with their curry and chutney accompaniments. The highlight was the finale of masala dosas: massive, deliciously crispy, potato stuffed lentil-flour pancakes. With my cardamom tea, I was very happy.

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There is even more good stuff on the menu, although the one on their site is slightly different than the one they are actually serving at the moment. And if you are not in the mood for a restaurant meal, they serve the same food across the street at their take-out branch. Also in Little Jaffna you can explore the various grocery stores, boutiques, veg-friendly restaurants and cd emporiums in the bustling and welcoming community.

Pros: Vegan friendly, cheap and very welcoming
Cons: No beer

Krishna-Bhavan
24, Rue Cail, 75010
Métro: La Chapelle
01 42 05 78 43

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There are many things in Paris that are extremely good, tempting and expensive. Vegan food is no exception. It can be very hard to stick to a budget. Here are a few places I have found where you can enjoy the good life for less.

Restaurants: (see restaurant list for details)

One of the best deals in town is Maoz Vegetarian falafel shop. For 6€50 you get a falafel sandwich with a self-serve salad bar to fill your pita. Squeeze in as much as you can! You’ll also get a handsome portion of great crispy fries and a drink. They always seem laid back about going back for more salad, which must mean it’s okay otherwise you can bet you’d get a big “Il faut pas!!!!” You can also just get the sandwich and load it up for 3€90. I should add, that it’s also very good.

Falafel on rue des Rosiers is also value for money. There’s no do-it-yourself here but for 5€ (prices have recently gone up) you get a well stuffed and very satisfying falafel pita. To eat it inside, you’ll pay 1€50 more.

Green Garden Chinese restaurant has a set menu for 10€. It includes appetizer, main course, dessert and coffee or tea with soy milk. The à la carte menu has good prices too. It’s easy to over-order here but they happily pack up leftovers.

Krishna Bhavan Indian is also good value: 10€ will fill you up.

Saveurs Veget’Halles vegan and vegetarian restaurant has a lunch special:  12€90 for main course plus choice of either starter OR dessert. That’s a tough choice right there. But for a veg*n restaurant in Paris, it’s a great price. La Victoire, Le Potager and Le Grenier are not cheap, with la Victoire probably being the priciest with its 19€ small main courses.  That said, these restaurants are not that expensive by Paris standards, but they wouldn’t make my budget list.

If you do want the Vegan menu and atmosphere of La Victoire, you can try the Weekend ‘Brunch’ (starts at noon) buffet: for 19€90 it’s all you can eat (but no drink). Fill up, skip dinner and still in budget!

Generally speaking, satisfying vegetarian main dishes at Paris restaurants will usually cost between 10 and 15 euros. My dad has always said “the drinks is where they get ya,” and Paris is no exception. If you can resist drinks and desserts you can leave without breaking the bank. Really, drinks will generally cost at least 3€50 and often much more. Keep water in your bag or go for the tap-water carafe d’eau if you can handle it.

Cafés can be affordable if you find one that has a good salad, and they all have a complimentary bread basket. I’ve almost always found that the café waiters are very cool about veganizing the salads. Maybe it saves them money on the ham and eggs or something.

Groceries:

Naturalia organic food stores have a good range of lentil, quinoa, and veggie salads already prepared, which is convenient for a picnic or unexpected hungry moments. Naturalia has a lot of branches but is considered pricey. It’s worth seeking out the many organic food co-ops around town. Prices are a bit better, they have lots of bulk options, and more interesting variety. Monoprix has vegan options too that might be worth checking out. Ed Epicerie stocks mainstream basics at lower prices. As a veg student in the 90s this was my épicerie of choice. They’re all over, and recently made a big push to carry more organic goods.

Markets:

Raspail organic market on Sundays is the best but has a reputation of being the most expensive. There’s always something to discover at the other farmers markets and they are easier on the pocket book. Here’s a list of Paris’ many markets. 

Just as an example, Marché Bastille on Sunday, is fun and at the Bastille end there’s a Lebanese stand selling hot-off-the-grill, best-I’ve-ever-had Manakish for about 2€50. It’s not a meal but is filling, although you might end up eating two anyway!

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