It's been called many things: a fashion Mecca, the most romantic city on Earth... but a vegan paradise? Paris? Believe it or not, the French capital has seriously stepped up its game when it comes to plant-based food, vegan fashion and cruelty-free living. From gourmet dining to fine patisserie free from dairy and eggs (yes, really), Paris is now the place to be to discover the best in vegan lifestyle. And it's not just the food, either. Paris lives up to its stylish reputation by hosting vegan fashion boutiques, vegan hairdressing salons – and more. Read on to discover some hidden gems.
By Sascha Camilli: writer, speaker, activist, and vegan fashion expert.
For a healthy yet indulgent lunch with a sweet treat: Soya Cantine Bio
Go for a chic Parisian lunch at this organic restaurant offering wholesome, healthy vegan versions of international dishes such as sushi, mezze or curry. Don't miss the cookies or that French classic, macarons.
For a full-on junk food bonanza: Hank
In the mood for a burger? Or a pizza? By visiting one of the two branches of vegan eatery Hank, you can enjoy excellent versions of either. This plant-based fast-food haven is the go-to for quick, delicious and indulgent vegan junk food.
For the finest in creative raw food: 42 Degrés
Raw food has been trending in the vegan community for quite some time, and with good reason: aside from the health benefits of food that has been cooked below – you guessed it – 42 degrees, there is also the fact that, with a sprinkle of inventiveness, it's possible to create some truly outstanding raw dishes, which this unique restaurant proves.
For wholesome, healthy meals: Cafè Ginger
This organic eatery offers wholly plant-based lasagnas, soups and pies made from the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. Its cosy interiors, friendly feel and focus on fruit and vegetables makes it a perfect choice for a weekend meal on the go.
For treats that are kind to your body and soul: Wild and the Moon
Smoothies, bowls, soups, cold-pressed juices and snacks are just a few of the delicacies on offer at Wild and the Moon. The chain, which has locations across Paris, focuses on local, gluten-free ingredients that nourish from within.
For elevated fast food: Furahaa
“Cheesy bacon” fries and “chicken” nuggets may not sound like something you'd find in a vegan restaurant – but that's exactly what fast-food chain Furahaa has on offer. If you find yourself missing the junky treats from your pre-vegan life, you've found the solution.
For a gourmet dinner: Le Potager de Charlotte
Passionate about health, the environment and animal rights, the founders of Le Potager de Charlotte have created a refined gourmet menu showcasing the finest in plant-based dining, such as sesame-marinated tofu and roasted eggplant – all the way to vegan chocolate mousse. From breakfast to dinner, the tantalising choices are plentiful and tempting.
For sophisticated baked goods: VG Patisserie
Ever walked past those little patisserie shops, stared at the exquisite-looking cakes and wished they were vegan? Your prayers have been answered: VG Patisserie is the dream destination for any dessert-loving vegan in Paris. Macarons, eclairs and tartlets are just a few of the delightful sweet treats you can enjoy at this luxurious plant-based bakery.
For cake and coffee: Cloud Cakes
An all-vegan coffee shop serving espresso and croissant combos alongside muffins and other breakfast and lunch options – all without a drop of animal ingredients. Stop here for an indulgent break from exploring the city.
For food AND fashion: Aujourd'hui Demain
Imagine an all-vegan restaurant with burgers, pancakes, milkshakes and more...plus a selection of too-cool vegan fashion. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, Parisian vegan concept store Aujourd'hui Demain has all this and more, which is why it deserves a spot on your itinerary.
For a vegan-friendly haircut: Atelier BioT
An all-organic vegan hairdressing experience is the ultimate in luxury pampering – so take some time to channel true French-girl chic by getting a cut and colour at Atelier BioT, which uses only plant-based ingredients kind to both your hair and our planet.
For all the essentials: Un Monde Vegan
A vegan supermarket offering food staples as well as skincare and products for companion animals – Un Monde Vegan, literally translating as “a vegan world”, is the place to go when you just can't do without that special something on your trip.
By Sascha Camilli
Sascha Camilli is the founder of the world's first digital vegan fashion magazine, Vilda Magazine and the host of fashion podcast Catwalk Rebel. She was selected as one of Glamour UK's Most Empowering Nu-Gen Activists and is a frequent public speaker on the topic of vegan fashion and material innovation. Her book Vegan Style is out now on Murdoch Books. For more about Sascha, read our interview with her.
Cover image by Le Potager de Charlotte
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