So Paris was hard in terms of vegan food for the most part. Everything has dairy! But here’s a summary of the food we had. (Disclaimer: not completely vegan but I tried) Let’s start with the burger above. It was from La Cave Café across the road from our hotel and oh my gosh it was delicious. I’m pretty sure it was completely vegan as long as it was ordered without cheese and mayo! I love veggie burgers but sometimes they can be kinda boring, but not this guy! Really cool bar too with a great hipster vibe. Loved it!
The one area we intentionally cheated on our vegan diet was Laduree, the famous patisserie. We shared 4 mini macaroons (Chocolate, Marie-Antoinette, Rose and Salted Caramel). The order of my favourite to least favourite was Salted Caramel, Rose, Chocolate and then the Marie-Antoinette flavour. The Marie-Antoinette is apparently a black tea and honey flavour according to a quick google search, we couldn’t work it out on the day! The tea was incredible too, I honestly can’t remember what it was but I think it was a specialty earl grey. I know that macarons are not vegan at all but they were something we both really wanted to try and I’m glad we did.
I wish that I got more pictures of this sandwich shop called Club Station as it was really cute! This was a teriyaki tofu club sandwich and it wasn’t bad. I wouldn’t rush back for another one but it was good to find a fresh vegan sandwich!
Coffee! The coffee in France is generally really good, however soy milk is either unheard of or tastes a bit gross (sorry but I did not like the french soy milk). This particular soy latte from Starbucks at La Galleries Lafayette was awful. Please get your coffee from local coffee shops. I did find however, that in the more touristy areas coffee was ridiculously expensive. I tended to stick to black coffee the whole time, which for the most part was really good, however could I get a pretty instagramable photo? nope.
Last but certainly not least, Hank. Hank is a completely vegan burger restaurant and it was incredible. It’s kind of like fast food, and if your in Australia, it’s a lot like Lord of the Fries but much better (sorry). Jamie and I half and half our meals 90% of the time and so we shared these burgers but I chose L’Allumé which is like a barbecue style burger and Jamie chose La Catcheuse which was a mustard and pickle style burger. The patties were the same in all the burgers but with the ingredient variances it made each style of burger so different. I highly recommend this place and apparently they also have a pizza restaurant which I’m definitely going to try next time I’m in Paris, which won’t be for a long time but oh well.
As an overview, I found Paris difficult to be vegan in, partly because I have so many fond memories of pain au chocolat’s, and partly because they do have such a dairy and meat culture. Vegetarian food was reasonably easy but would always be heavy in cheese. I react really badly to dairy most of the time so this was a struggle. Breakfast at our hotel was hard as they basically had pastry, bread, cheese, meat, and scrambled eggs. I pretty much had Nutella on bread most mornings but I did have a few croissants too. I wish I did some more research in terms of restaurants and cafes to go to but as Jamie and I just love to wonder, we don’t like the idea of a strict itinerary and I found that the places I had looked up that I was eager to try weren’t really in the touristy areas we were going to anyway.
But what was your experience? Or what would you recommend?
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