Quick and healthy meals

Salad bars, canteens ... Paris has plenty of places where you can have a balanced meal when you’re short on time.

Toast Avocat  © T. Tseng Flickr

Enjoy a balanced meal during a short lunch break, or when stopping off for a quick bite between two museum visits. With fast food going gourmet, you’re likely to come back for more! Here is a round-up of some of the best salad bars, canteens and sandwich places in Paris.

Fresh, delicious et trendy

Bob's Kitchen, boisson et produits bio, Paris © OTCP - DR

For a quick and healthy meal, one of your best options is Cojean, an upscale fast food chain serving dishes made with fresh, locally-sourced products. There is something for everyone: pasta salads, with meat or vegetarian, fresh homemade soups, various sandwiches (fusion, tandoori, cheese, etc.) not forgetting the delicious desserts to finish off with something sweet.

Bert’s is a contemporary cafe with cosy and refined decor which focuses on healthy eating. Every day you can try a selection of delicious, light recipes designed together with a nutritionist: sandwiches with organic bread which come in mini, club or toasted versions, creative salads, savoury tarts, etc. You’ll be spoilt for choice!

For a gourmet snack, head for sandwich specialist Cosi. Their menu features oven-fresh focaccia bread with more than 15 tasty, unusual toppings. As for desserts, their homemade tiramisu and carrot cake are reliably delicious.

Feel like eating a burrito or some chicken salad with quinoa? Season specializes in healthy, balanced takeaway food. The seasonal menu features international foods with a French touch. EXKi dishes up tasty, healthy meals to eat on the spot or take away. Step in at any time of day to choose from a wide array of salads, soups, hot dishes and fresh-blended organic juices. Kitchen in the centre of Paris is a neo-vegetarian canteen attracting all the foodies in the area with its colourful and inventive recipes. Salmon/avocado bagels, roasted vegetable stew… a healthy, fresh meal at budget prices!

Cuisine de chefs

Boco, tiramisu de tomates d'Emmanuel Renaut, Paris © Thomas Deron 2012

At Boco, gourmet food comes in a glass jar! This fast-service bistro offers dishes created by renowned chefs each day, served in glass bowls. There is something for everyone on the menu: Anne-Sophie Pic’s poached egg, soft lentils and red onions, Gilles Goujon’s mackerel marinade and aubergine caviar, Christophe Michalak’s chestnut Mont-Blanc and blackcurrant compote. From the starter to the dessert, haute cuisine is just at the end of your fork!

Now you can taste a unique combo of delicious recipes by Jean Imbert and bread from the famous baker Eric Kaiser. At Bols de Jean, there’s not a plate in sight: the flavourful dishes are served in a ‘bowl’ made of sourdough bread. The idea is to use high-quality local and seasonal ingredients all year round to create dishes with a variety of themes to suit all tastes: vegetarian, market-fresh, Brittany-inspired, today’s special, etc.

Bert’s

Fast food
UGC Ciné Cité Les Halles - Forum des Halles, Paris, 75001

Bert’s, located in one of the biggest cinema complexes in Paris, is a restaurant offering high-quality fast food. In a warm, chic......

Boco

Fast food
3 rue Danielle Casanova, Paris, 75001

A welcoming atmosphere, quality products from organic agriculture and tasty food made by chefs served in glass bowls. This......

Cojean

Fast food
6 rue de Sèze, Paris, 75009

Cojean is a precursor of new-style fast food. The idea is to provide a healthy, balanced meal on the go. The place serves up good......

Le Pain Quotidien - Lepic

Communal tables
31 rue Lepic, Paris, 75018

'Authenticity, quality, simplicity, conviviality' have been the four key values since the creation of the first Le Pain Quotidien......

Le Pain Quotidien – Les Halles

Communal tables
97 rue Rambuteau, Paris, 75001

'Authenticity, quality, simplicity, conviviality' have been the four key values since the creation of the first Le Pain Quotidien......

Le Pain Quotidien – Marais

Communal tables
16-18 rue des Archives, Paris, 75004

Authenticity, quality, simplicity, conviviality" have been the four key values since the creation of the first Le Pain Quotidien......

Le Pain Quotidien - Saint Honoré

Communal tables
18 place du Marché Saint-Honoré, Paris, 75001

'Authenticity, quality, simplicity, conviviality' have been the four key values since the creation of the first Le Pain Quotidien......

Le Pain Quotidien - Varenne

Communal tables
25 rue de Varenne, Paris, 75007

'Authenticity, quality, simplicity, conviviality' have been the four key values since the creation of the first Le Pain Quotidien......

Le Pain Quotidien - Victoires

Communal tables
5 rue des Petits Champs, Paris, 75001

"Authenticity, quality, simplicity, conviviality" have been the four key values since the creation of the first Le Pain Quotidien......