Vegetarian/Macrobiotic Restaurants in Paris

In two weeks we will be in Paris! Steve and I have not been to Paris since 1988. 21 years ago we started our big European Adventure (a year traveling in Europe) with ten nights in Paris. People have been born and gradutated from college in that time, and we never managed to make it back to Paris.

We rented a lovely apartment in the 5th (in the Latin Quarter near the Sorbonne). I love to stay in vacation rentals in historic buildings and this one looks like it will be interesting. It is on the 5th floor of a 17th century building with views of Notre Dame and Sacre Coeur. When I was using Google Maps Street View to “walk” my new neighborhood, I saw that there is a cafe beside the entrance to the building. How perfect is that?

Of course, I do have a bit of nervousness about being in a big city (we tend towards small towns and countryside these days) and am anticipating a breathtakingly tiny elevator to take us up to that 5th floor - we may be hoofing it instead. I also figure everyone in Paris wears perfume (we are allergic to the chemicals in fragrances), but we will be able to escape up to our 5th floor nest to breathe in some clean air – won’t we?

I am making my restaurant list for Paris. I am looking for good vegetarian/vegan/macrobiotic restaurants. So far it is looking great. I found three macrobiotic restaurants within a few blocks of our apartment. If anyone has any suggestions, please post them. Also if you have anything to suggest that we should do in Paris, please post.

Resources for Vegetarian Restaurants in Paris

12 thoughts on “Vegetarian/Macrobiotic Restaurants in Paris

  1. In 2007, Kim, Shannon, and I shared an inexpensive and tasty (mostly vegie) dinner from an Asian take-away counter very close to our apartment on Rue des Ecoles. I’ll look at your links and see if I can track it down, or at least look at a map and figure out the street it’s on. :)

  2. I have not had problems with fragrances in Rome, Florence, Bologna, or Venice (all big cities). I don’t remember having problems in Paris (but that was back in 1999). I have found that Europeans seem to wear less perfume than Americans (although it might be different in Paris now).

  3. I read a few years ago that they were pumping fragrance into the Paris Metro – not sure if they are still doing it. The Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich is almost unwalkable because the stores pump fragrance.

    We were going to visit Chartres from Paris, but when I read this on About.com we changed our minds: “Chartres calls itself “the Capital of Light and Perfume” because it’s in the heart of Cosmetic Valley (There’s a perfume festival in April).” About.com – Chartres So, instead, I think we will do a day trip to Reims (in Champagne).

  4. I didn’t notice any overwhelming fragrance in Chartres, but was there in November and maybe it’s a seasonal thing. (“Cosmetic Valley” – how funny is that?!) Reims is an excellent alternative, though! There’s a cool pedestrian only area with shops and cafes, and cathedral was amazing. We all got a little choked up looking at and reading about the Chagall stained glass windows inside.

  5. Bon Voyage!! I’ve rarely noticed strong perfume in France (except at dept store cosmetic counters, same as here). The French seem to know that it should be used very discreetly. I hope all your worries about them pumping it into the metros and streets turn out to be for naught.

  6. I think you will find that you love Paris even though it is a big city. Have you contacted Michael Osman for a tour of the museums?

    As for vegetarian/vegan – try the felafel place in the Marais – I think it’s l’as du Felafel. Very good – probably not vegan, but certainly kosher!

  7. HI there,

    Maoz Falafel is entirely vegetarian. I’ve eaten there and its pretty cheap and cheerful (and filling), although not particularly posh. Its on Rue Xavier Privas quite close to the Notre Dame. I hear a Chinese place called Hien Tang is also good. I’ve been to Le Potager au Marais, which if I remember correctly is a bit quirky but quite nice depending very much on the item you order.

    I’m visiting Paris in July . So I’d be really keen to hear how you get on. Could you give me some tips on where to stay. We were ideally looking for a veggie B&B or an apartment to rent for 2 adults.

  8. Tracy, thank you for Michael Osman’s name. I could not remember his last name and could not find him on the web (he used to advertise on SlowTrav.com but I could not find his ad). I was going to contact him, but our week is half way over and I probably won’t. We are not doing the museums on this trip and are mostly just walking around exploring neighborhoods, sitting in cafes and having some meals out. A very lazy week in Paris.

  9. FussyVeggie, we love Maoz! We found it on our first evening and just had some pommes frites – it is great that it is vegetarian so you know the oil is not animal oil. Then we had falafel for lunch one day – they are very good! We went to Le Potager today and Steve thought the food was a bit rich, but I loved my lunch. It is a very small place, but the service and food are good. We also really liked Les 5 Saveurs du D’Anada, near Rue Moufftard in the 5th (my spelling may be off on these). And Le Grenier de Notre-Dame, which some say is Macrobiotic, but is more vegetarian with one macro offering. Still the food was very good.

    I would go for an apartment in Paris (because I love vacation rentals). We are in an apartment for 8 nights. We are in the 5th, near St. Germain and St. Michel. This is a great area – we can walk to many vegetarian restaurants (Maoz is just a few blocks away) and there are good food shops nearby. We have a list of our favorite agency and resources for Paris on the site: http://www.sloweurope.com/vacation-rentals/france/paris.php . We booked with Haven in Paris – http://www.haveninparis.com , but there are a lot of good agencies for Paris. Apartments in Paris can be expensive, but so are hotels.

  10. Regarding fragrance in Paris, I have not noticed any being pumped into the Metro, but I did read they were going to do that. In general I notice a lot of perfume on people. The Marais today seemed to be a clound of perfume. Steve is noticing all the cigarette smokers standing on the sidewalk, but that does not bother me because now the restaurants and cafes are smoke-free! I do fear walking into a cigarette though, because people walk along smoking.

    The worst fragrance is in our apartment, but I have that under control now. They did all the washing in fragrance-free (natural) detergent, but usually they use a regular scented detergent and there was no getting rid of the smell from the pillows and comforter. This is a good lesson for me – it does not good to request fragrance-free if they use scented products. Instead I need to ask if they use scented laundry soap.

    I always travel with an “allergy” pillow case that zips up and is great for pillows that have scents in them but left it in England because we were trying to travel light! Instead we are using t-shirts as pillow cases, which is not as good but I found some unscented pillows in a closet here, and I abandoned the comforter, and washed everything four times – so we are doing better scent-wise.

    We are loving Paris and having a good time. It is getting warmer these last few days but not too warm. I find a few hours out walking around feels like 10 hours walking – so we are trying to take it easy. We are avoiding museums because we did see them all 21 years ago and doing the museum-shuffle is hell on my back. We will go to the Cluny because it is right beside our apartment.

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