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.


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......


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......


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......