Gone are the days when the only source of sustenance for a vegetarian in Paris was a goat cheese salad.
Now, to vegetarians’ delight, Paris has a handsome selection of
veggie-friendly restaurants that are so good they’re also drawing in the
Bob’s Juice Bar (15 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 10e,
09-50-06-36-18), a small canteen near the Canal St Martin, is a stellar
example of Paris’ new vegetarian standard. Here, the purely vegetarian menu
features homemade smoothies, juices, sandwiches and soups made from seasonal
ingredients, with an additional healthy kick courtesy of super foods such as
acai or acerola. Sweet delights such as cakes and muffins are also available --
because no one ever said being veggie meant counting calories, after all. Their
sister branch, Bob’s Kitchen, (74 rue des Gravilliers, 3e, 09-52-55-11-66) near the Centre Pompidou, is newer and more
spacious than the juice bar, and serves a hot and hearty (and of course
meat-free) stew of the day.
Rose Bakery, Paris’ healthy English-inspired café, has branches in the ninth
arrondissement (46 rue des Martyrs, 9e, 01-42-82-12-80) and in the Marais (30 rue Debelleyme, 3e, 01-49-96-54-01). It offers a fine selection of vegetarian fare,
from excellent seasonal salads and savoury tarts to a weekend brunch selection
including warming cheese scones. It also offers a small section of meat dishes,
including the English breakfast, to keep staunch carnivores satisfied.
Nanashi (57 rue Charlot, 3e, 01-44-61-45-49) is in the same vein as Rose Bakery but with a
Japanese, rather than English, twist. Every day there is a choice of three
bento boxes -- vegetarian, fish or meat -- each including a protein, grain and
salad, and the meat-free option often includes deliciously prepared tofu
alongside quinoa or barley. There are also fresh juices and a selection of
desserts, including the excellent matcha (tea) and raspberry cake.
MOB (30 rue Charlot, 3e, 01-42-77-51-05) is the newest addition to Paris’ non-meat
eating scene, serving healthy and inexpensive take-away vegan food in the
super-cool Northern Marais district. With their first branch having opened in
Brooklyn last September, MOB serves meat-free (and guilt-free) fast food such
as flavourful vegetable and herb tarts, soups and even faux-chicken nuggets.
Laidlaw Adrey is the Paris Localite for BBC Travel. She also writes unlockparis.blogspot.com.