Delicious Vegan Food in Paris

When I mentioned to Alex that I wanted to try and eat in ‘vegan only’ restaurants during our trip to Paris last week, I could see the sadness in his eyes! We bloody love French restaurants, but since eating more of a plant-based diet things just became that little bit more tricky on our trips away. Searching for good vegan food in Paris never used to be such an easy task, but luckily for us, Parisians seem to have adapted pretty well now, and there is so much more to choose from.

We tried three different places while we were away this time, and all of them were pretty darn good. Naturally, we went straight in for the junk food and Hank Vegan Burger was our first port of call.

Hank Vegan Burger

This picture probably isn’t suitable for a sales pitch (It’s quite a task to make a lot of vegan food look pretty!), but the vegan burgers at Hank, might possibly be one of the best we’ve tasted so far. The texture was just right, service was swift, staff were friendly, and the vegan mayonnaise was something special indeed.

Vegan Burger Paris

Up next on our list was Le Potager Du Marais. A more pricey affair, this restaurant had its quirks. Service was quite slow and a little odd, even though there weren’t many lunchtime customers, but the food came out quite quickly once ordered. Alex opted for the Quinoa Burger, and I went for the Spinach and Walnut Lasagne. Both were delicious. I’d definitely go back for more.

Vegan Food in Paris

Le Potager du Marais

On our last day, we ventured to Las Vegans. In all honesty, I was mainly here for the doughnuts, but being lunchtime, we also decided to take a pit stop and try and start with something a little more healthy! Las Vegans is a popular place, and mainly for its snack foods. With just a little seating outside, I imagine it’s best to take away and enjoy your food in a park somewhere. Both of our dishes were superb and really filling…

Paris Vegan Las Vegans Salad

…Of course, we saved a little space for these blighters. I’m not kidding you when I say that, vegan or not, you need to try one of their banana and caramel doughnuts at some point in your life! The chocolate one was a little dense for my liking but still packed a punch with the taste.

Vegan Doughnuts

I’m looking forward to heading back to Paris soon to try out more of its vegan offerings in different areas, that’s for sure.

Until next time x

Our Trip To Paris

Well, we came back from our break in Paris trip last week and despite having very sore feet at the end of each day, we had a lovely time! A great deal of walking was done and I really feel like I’m getting to grips with all the areas in the city now. Before we left I loaded up my phone with plenty of apps to make things a little easier and we managed to find everything we were looking for… Eventually! This trip was all about trying to steer clear of the usual tourist traps and as usual we spent quite a lot of time eating.

We were on our fourth house swap with a lovely french couple whot we’ve been exchanging abodes with for three years now, which is great because I don’t think we would have been able to afford a holiday this year otherwise. Our swaps with them are so easy and they have a really nice apartment, only ten minutes from the Eurostar at Gare du Nord. It really feels like we are going to our second home these days and I’m hoping this is a swap for life! I know a lot of people are cautious about home swapping, but we’ve been doing it for years in countries as far as Australia and have had no problems at all. I urge you to give it a go if you can.

Academie National De Musique

 

Paris

 

Paris Plage

We didn’t do much cooking this time as the weather was so good. We either took a picnic or grabbed a baguette and stuffed it with delicious meats. Yes, I ate a lot of wheat and did suffer with the bad skin consequences on my return! As I was looking to find places where  Parisians rather than tourists hang out, we opted to meet some of Alex’s family in Parc des Buttes Chaumont – a very hilly park, which made picnicing somewhat of a mission.  It was super-hot and it was particularly funny to see the French move closer and closer into each others personal space to get into the shade. A far cry from the British who 1) chase the sun when we see it and 2) aim to have at least a mile between each other if they can!

We ate at a few good restaurants and two of my favourite places to eat this time round were Verjus and Bistrotters. Verjus provided us with a sandwich, dessert and drink for 15 euros  each – It may sound pricey, but Paris is Paris and boy, oh boy they were delicious! I opted for the Bakesale Betty – a crisp and moist fried chicken sandwich served with  slaw in a bun. Alex had the Midnight Cuban- braised pork shoulder with roasted garlic mayo, pickled chiles, and cilantro on a grilled baguette. Fever tree lemonade and ginger ale were our drinks of choice and as usual I opted for the fabulous gooey chocolate brownie and Alex went for a blueberry slice. I highly recommend you stop here if you are in town. We chose to eat in because without a tray we would have got a tad messy, but you can take away and sit in the local park if you are slick, non-messy eaters!

Verjus Paris

Bistrotters comes in at number one on Trip Advisor and I was a bit wary about booking because I’m not usually one to enjoy things that everyone else does. I’m really glad we went though as it was Alex’s birthday and we had such a lovely meal in an intimate setting, with fantastic service. It’s a little way out from the usual spots, but really was worth the mission to get there – Make sure you book ahead to get a spot as it’s a pretty popular place with locals and tourists alike.

Bistrotters

Birthday Boy

We bought tea at Mariage Freres, ate flower shaped ice cream at Amorino and had above average, but not mind-blowing burgers at Honest Burger. We also felt a little bit robbed in Helmut Newcake, a gluten free patisserie – Let me set the scene… Sitting there on the side was a nice chunk of chocolate brownie. It’s priced at about 3.5o euros, which you convince yourself is worth it for the lack of gluten and guilt. You order it and then watch in horror as the  shop assistant removes it from the shelf and cuts it into three before bagging one tiny slice for you to take away. Yes, I was very sad, and yes it was also very tasty… BUT 3.50 euros?!! Why do we always ave to pay so much more for gluten free products? Grr.

Helmut Newcake

Ice cream at Amorino

Have you got any favourite places to eat in Paris?

 

 

 

Our Paris Trip

I’ve seem to have lost my blogging mojo recently… I’m mostly going to blame the puppy. Betsy likes to wake up a lot earlier than I’m used to and it’s resulting in a  lot of lethargic Zoe days. I seem to be spending a great deal of my time running around and playing with her in an attempt to tire her out, as she still isn’t allowed out of the house. She has been pretty well behaved and has slept through every night except for the very first. I mustn’t grumble – But you know me!

Anyway, time for a quick Paris update. It feels like an age since we were there, but it was only a week and a half ago that we returned. We hadn’t planned to go away this summer as we went to San Fran in April, but I was itching for a break and decided to contact the couple that we had house swapped with a few years ago. They were fully up for it, which made the trip cheap and cheerful for us. Well, when I say cheap and cheerful we did have one indulgent day where we went for the most delicious lunch at the Le Relais Louis XIII – A 2 Michelin-starred French restaurant, which I’ll tell you more about in another post.

Paris was as lovely as ever; however, a lot of shops close over the summer and we did find that we were sometimes shut out of places we would have loved to have spent some time in. We were aware that this would be the case before we left, however, and simply spent a lot of time soaking up the atmosphere on the streets, drinking at many of the cafes and doing a great deal of people watching. We did plenty of walking and plenty more eating, and the weather held out for us most of the time. What is with this summer eh?!

It was great to get away and I’m hoping that our Paris swapping buddies will now be prepared to swap for many years to come!

These guys were amazing! We saw them pop up a few times during our trip – Check out the keyboard player!

We sat at a popular cafe/bar in Oberkampf for hours after a long day of walking and this was being finished whilst we drank copious amounts of wine. I can’t for the life of me remember the name, but it served the most amazing Pizza!