Eating healthily is right on trend! In Paris, there are numerous places to eat your favorite food: organic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free … A quick peek at the most popular canteens, 100% cosy and friendly, recommended by foodies all over the city.
It’s easy to eat organic in Paris thanks to popular canteens all over the city. In the Grands Boulevards area, Supernature offers simple dishes made with fresh and healthy ingredients, mostly organic or local. It serves a healthy platter and a selection of different burgers. Kitchen in the centre of Paris is a neo-vegetarian canteen attracting all the foodies in the area with its colourful and inventive recipes.
Not far from République, Soya, a trendy canteen, offers organic and vegetarian food with flavours from around the world: mezze, couscous, vegetable lasagna …
The very in-vogue Café Pinson in the Marais concocts 100% organic cuisine in a cosy and friendly vintage-style setting. It makes various healthy little dishes using vegetables in all their forms: beetroot, carrot and courgette carpaccio,seasonal vegetable curry, duo of carrots and potatoes in choux pastry, etc. As the menu changes regularly, there’s always a surprise in store! There is also an emphasis on seasonal fruit and vegetables at Pur, etc. Their motto: grown in the local area, cooked on the premises. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a meat-eater or a vegetarian, or someone who is lactose or gluten intolerant.
A healthy break
If you feel peckish, no matter what the time of day, look no further than Le Pain quotidien. At this organic restaurant/bakery, you can enjoy recipes made with natural and regional products in a friendly setting. It’s like eating at a friend’s house, sharing your meal with your neighbours sitting comfortably around large communal wooden tables. As for the menu, organic dishes are served all day, including a 100% vegan selection. The bread is the house speciality and you can enjoy it in different ways, notably in toasted open sandwiches.
For a balanced bite to eat, come and get your fill of vitamins at Veggie Point, the new vegetarian restaurant at Galeries Lafayette. Everything on the menu is tasty and healthy: quinoa tabbouleh, detox vegetable juice, cream of courgette soup, etc.
Organic and design
Looking to eat well in a stylish setting? La Cantine, in the very trendy concept store Merci, serves a healthy, balanced lunch every day. The menu, which changes with the seasons, features salads, quiches and risottos made with vegetables and fresh ingredients, fruit cocktails and delicious homemade desserts. It's the ideal place for a nutritional and also ethical snack or lunch, as all of the profits are donated to charities for the protection of women and children.
Yuman, created by Gilles Tessier, is a contemporary restaurant near the Bibliothèque nationale de France offering ‘enlightened cuisine’ focusing on organic and local food. The decor is stylish with lots of wood and concrete, and the dishes are simple and healthy, full of flavour and with delicious spices. On the menu: beetroot and apple soup, oyster mushroom risotto, chocolate mousse with cardamom and freshly-squeezed fruit juice. There is something for everyone: non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes, some gluten-free and others dairy-free. What’s more, it is all environmentally friendly: filtered water, recycled furniture, recycling of waste, delivery by tricycle …
Nearby, at the very futuristic Cité de la Mode et du Design, is M.O.B., a 100% vegan fast-food restaurant where the hot dogs, pizzas and burgers are guaranteed to contain no meat, milk or egg.
From the other side of the world
Fancy a good burger? Try Bioburger, with its 100% organic burgers which also come in a vegetarian version. At Cantine California, it’s all about Californian cuisine. After having travelled around the streets of Paris with its food truck, Cantine California has opened a restaurant in the 3rd arrondissement, using the same formula which made the food truck so popular! The Canadian-American chef Jordan Feilders will introduce you to the big classics of Californian cuisine, made soley from organic produce from France. The menu includes a choice of chicken, meat and fish tacos, salads, delicious burgers and fantastic desserts (pancakes, carrot cake, brownies, etc.)
Finally, the latest fashionable culinary trend: gluten free, like at the restaurant Noglu, which specializes in cooking with ingredients not containing gluten. From pea and mint soup to vegetable and turkey buns, club sandwiches and focaccias, you’ll be spoilt for choice!