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Eating OUT & Eating IN. Gluten Free & Vegan in Paris [Part 2]


Following on from Paris Part 1, I bring you supermarkets, cafes and a few other vegan cafes I sat and watched the world go by in whilst enjoying a little snack or two.  You'll also find a really useful list of articles on gluten free and vegan eating in Paris, I picked up from the internet.  Though of course this is all you need! Do make sure you check if the restaurants and cafes are open every day and check their opening hours.  Also, find out if they take cash and/or cards for payment. (You can benefit from my mistakes).

Restaurants



Also known as Sol Semilia.  I had a slice of ginger cake here. Made with buckwheat. They serve lunch and dinner on certain nights. I did not try but it looked and smelled great as they served it to the diners beside me. They also sell super foods.


Currently the only vegan patisserie in Paris.  Vegan Folies. Freshly baked cookies, cupcakes, cheesecakes and brownies.  Their toffee cheesecake was gluten free so I grabbed a take out slice to devour whilst sitting in the park with a friend.  I'd love to see more gluten free Parisian pastries on offer here.




Nestled in a covered market between two butcher (eek!) is My Kitch'n  The Swedish founder serves one or two gluten free, vegan dishes.




Supermarkets

A totally dedicated vegan supermarket in Paris Un Mond Vegan.  They have an extensive range of products.  A great little shop, near the Place Du Republic.








The lovely girl at Un Monde Vegan had a list of all the great vegan restaurants and cafes in Paris.



I loved these polenta bakes from Tossolia. They are vegan and gluten free.  I enjoyed them with Lima courgette soup and slices of Morsserisella.



Naturalia stock a good selection of vegan, raw, and organic products.




Health food/ organic stores are scattered all over Paris. NaturaliaBio MoiBio C Bon to name but a few.


I found a shop entirely dedicated to gluten free items of an Italian bent.


Carrefour  a chain who are dotted all over the city. They have many items suitable for vegans, and a gluten free and organic section. 


Most of the supermarkets, even the little express stores had a gluten free section. I found these tarts.  They were a bit sweet and artificial for me but you may love them.


I lived off these patties from Sojasun. A tasty respite from expensive dining out! Only 3 Euro from most supermarkets. Gluten free and vegan but not for the soy adverse.



I was happy to discover what I consider to the best, hands down, almond milk I've had to date (beside my own fresh). La Mandorle actually taste like almonds.  Delicious.  Not like some of the ones I've tried in the US (Silk) which are a bit unnatural tasting.


I discovered this French made Karma Kombucha. It has just the right acidity & fizz. They also sell a kefir which was refreshing and delicious.



cafes in Paris


Chic and bright, Cafe Pinson located at the north end of La Marais in the 10th arrondissement.  They have vegan desserts that are gluten free.  Though on the day I visited just a syllabub was on offer. Typical cost of a cup of tea, 4 euro.  Paris is anything but cheap.



Another hip coffee bar. Intimate and friendly just off the Canal St Martin. 10 Belles is much loved by the discerning coffee connoisseur.


One of my favourite places to write.  Great background music and a calming atmosphere.  Many cups of green tea were supped here by 
me.      
                                 La Chambre Aux Oiseaux
Canal  St Martin


I had to include this restaurant not because I ate there but because I am immature and I thought the name was funny.


Dose Dealer De Cafe is a nice little coffee shop in the Latin Quarter.  My second favourite area of Paris.


Whilst wandering the streets away from the tourist areas I stumbled across this covered market. Built on the site of a 16th century orphanage on the Rue De Bretagne. It had lots of food stalls but I did not find anything vegan.  It is a good place for coffee/tea and a spot of Parisian watching.



After a little bit of research and planning, I strategically placed myself in the area with the most vegan/vegetarian cafes and restaurants.  I was steps from Bob's Juice Bar, Holybelly, Tuck Shop, Le Bar Des Artisans, and easy walking distance to others.



Useful guides for vegan eating in Paris

There is much written about the vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Paris.  I wrote about it in [Paris Part 1]. Top 5 Vegan & Gluten Free Dishes In Paris

These are just a few I found useful when I first arrived in Paris.

Happy Cow
Vegan Paris

I found this really useful, too.  It is a mobile app for vegans in Paris, by a Parisian.  



Gorgeous Cafes in Paris

I gathered some information on the most happening cafes in Paris, too.  Personally, I do not like coffee. The aroma..oh yes but the taste..not so much!  However, I like hanging out in a good coffee shop.


Have you been to Paris?   Leave a comment and let us know which were your favourites.
Did you spot any food trucks? I do not think this idea has hit the streets of Paris yet.




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Paris - My Top 5 Vegan & Gluten Free Eats In Paris (Part 1)


I once heard 'Paris is tough for vegans'.   Pah!  Parisians are embracing not only veganism but health.  Ok, so I'm not saying that every inhabitant of the French capital is denouncing meat and jogging to the Patisserie, but if the legion of Bio and health food stores spread over the city are a marker then I'd say that Parisians are mindful of their diet and the origins of their food.  Artisan vegan cheese makers are rising in number and developing delicious flavours.  The near future is bound to bring Dairy Free Fromageries to our shopping experience. I found, like so many I've visited recently, is very vegan and gluten free friendly.

I was grateful to Happy Cow, et al (whom I will document in Paris Part 2)who list all the vegan eateries in the city. I grabbed my Euros (and I needed many.  Paris is SUPER expensive!…Seriously Paris, 4 Euro for a cup of green tea!? Hanging out and people watching is certainly not a cheap pastime). I was impressed with what was on offer.  After ten days of feasting and vacillation, these are definitely best five vegan meals, or at least dishes, I enjoyed on this trip.  I'll share the others in the next post.  The top five are in no particular order.  All the dishes are gluten free.

No.1

In my hunt to bring you the best vegan 'junk' food joint in Paris I discovered Hank Burgers Bio.  I use junk loosely rather than a reality of the food.  A fill up at Hanks manages to deliver HUGE flavours.  The best gluten free burger buns I've tasted..soft and actually like a burger bun.  Toppings and sauces that marry perfectly with their meatless bun.  And crispy fries that left me contentedly stuffed.  

Who's Hank?  Well, I asked that of Pierre (the guy on the right) the proud owner of this newly opened burger house (or should I say maison?!)  'I don't know' he replied with a warm smile.  Hank is a figment of his imagination and part of the whole branding of his establishment.  The small, clean and bright restaurant is situated in the uber hip neighbourhood (arrondissement) of La Marias.  Pierre is an earnest new chef,  not long wrenched from the world of tech.  He is a vegan newbie too. Only having notched up just over a year of meat AND dairy free living.  He told me a light bulb went off and not long afterwards Hank Burgers was born. LOVE.





55, rue des Archives 
                                                                                                                                


No.2

Next up  Le Potager Du Marais.  This berry crumble nearly made me humbly weep with joy.  The perfect balance of tart and sweet with a generous layer of golden crumble.  It needed no creamy embellishments.  I took an inordinate amount of time to thoroughly devour this dish. I scraped the dish clean and then I mourned it's demise!

Yes, I list the dessert first.  The courgette soup, with the lavish side of soft gluten free bread, was watery green vegetable alchemy... transformed into silky, flavoursome soup. But even this palled in comparison to the dessert.

If they injected as much love into the decor as they do their food it would take the dining experience up that final notch.







24 rue Rambuteau 
ParisFrance 75003

                                                                                                                                                                   

No.3
Pousse Pousse(pronounced puss puss..doesn't sound quite so good in it's translation Sprout Sprout).  Ah, the French language mellifluous in nature could make a tax return sound like poetry.  I loved merely just being in the City, surrounded by these sensual, exotic accents.  My efforts to emulate it where poor, but I did try my best.  Though even my novice attempts were appreciated, as more than one Parisian told me (in English).

This restaurant, just south of Montmartre, situated in an area being slowly gentrified (where isn't these days?!) has both raw and cooked dishes.  My tartelette sans gluten dish had both raw and cooked elements.  A host of wonderful flavours and textures on the plate that made eating quite a mindful experience. 






The raw dessert was fudge-y, chocolate heaven. Cacao nibs offering a wonderful bitter crunch and the added hazelnut butter battled for attention with the raw cacao.  I was transported back to childhood when Nutella was consumed in heaped spoonfuls after a long school day.  A little raw fig cracker commanded attention and served as a good reminder to try to eat with delicacy!  

All dishes are vegan with lots of gluten free options. I suggest booking ahead as Pousse Pousse's tables are few in number. 


7, rue Notre Dame de Lorett, 
Paris, 75009


                                                                                                                                                                  

No.4

Cafe Ginger a charming little vegan cafe tucked in a side street, a stones throw from La Bastille.  The staff were super friendly and it had a nice relaxed atmosphere.  I actually wasn't going to try this place but I'd walked to MOB and found that they were not like their Brooklyn counterparts and had no gluten free options. I hope this changes.  Anyway, so I had a quick chat with The Gentle Gourmet who are close by and they recommended Cafe Ginger.  It turned out to be a good call.  


They had just a couple of gluten free options.  I was actually glad the menu was limited because choosing can get exhausting!  I chose the vegetable crumble bake.  The polenta topping was delicately flavoured and complemented the soft stewed vegetables sitting below perfectly.  The plate was dotted with other elements.  Sauces, salads, stews, curry's and grains.  Like a restrained buffet plate! Great flavours and textures. 

The ONLY thing I would say is to make sure your serve knows you are gluten free and it may be worth mentioning with each course just to make sure they remember.  The cafe is busy and my server had to be reminded that  I was gluten free when running through the choice of desserts with me.  I had their raw carrot cake and it was good.





9 Rue Jacques Coeur (metro Bastille) 
Paris, France 75004

                                                                                                            

No.5


Joint winners take the fifth spot.  Each had their own individual merits. I could not choose.

Caroline, owner of The Gentle Gourmet and her staff were so utterly sweet, I could not help but love them for that.  I only tried dessert here.
I did forget that 'pastry' means a sweet treat to the French so when I ordered the vegan white Bavarian chocolate pastry I imagined a towering stack of 'buttery' flaky pastry amid clouds of thickly pipped chocolate fondant.  I actually got a cheese cake.  A delightfully smooth and creamy cheesecake with a gorgeously tart coulis that made this dessert sing.







24 Boulevard de La Bastille (at Place de La Bastille), 
Paris, 75012


And in joint place for 5th best vegan restaurant is 42 Degres.   A raw food (nothing cooked about 42 degrees to maintain maximum nutrients) restaurant in the 9th arrondissement.  I had to place them in the top 5 as their flavours were good.  The mushroom burger entree was a mushroom based patty in between two marinated portabello mushrooms that served as the 'bun'.  It was lovely but with a single kale chip and two green leaves it was not for the hungry.  The raw passionfruit torte was stunning but the meanness portion I've ever encountered.  I looked around and mine got the medal for the smallest portion given out in the room!  (I couldn't help but feel irked as being short changed!).  I would award few points to 42 Degres for value for money but  they make up for it with presentation and flavour.  If I lived in Paris I'd have this place on my list of favourites but I'd only visit it on occasion.  


109, rue du Faubourg Poissonniere, 
Paris, 75009

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Be sure to check out my next post…Paris Part 2.  I'll list all the other restaurants I visited and give you options for 'eating in' which can be found in most supermarkets.   Also, I will share the great blogs that helped to make my Parisian experience a good one.










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