Eating Out: Paris

Aurelia d'Andrea, author of Vegetarian Paris, explores the city's newest vegetarian restaurants.

Eating Out: Paris

There's no better time to experience the City of Light than when it's dressed in its holiday finery. In late November, twinkling Christmas lights are strung across the avenues, the Champs-Elysées is reborn as a mile-long marche de Noel, and terrace cafés fire up their outdoor heaters, making it possible to enjoy your coupe de Champagne with a side of street theatre. Pack your chicest winter travel wardrobe and your appetite too. 'Tis the season to celebrate veg a la francaise!
Cosy dinners are a speciality at trendy new vegan bistro Le Potager de Charlotte, not far from the Gare du Nord Eurostar terminal. The market-driven dishes are vegetable-forward, and devoid of mock meats and faux fromages: think grain-stuffed pumpkins, smoked mushroom and potato roasts, and brightly coloured root-veg salads. If the avocado fashioned as a deviled egg is on the menu, select it as your starter from the three-course set menu (25 Euros), and definitely spring for a bottle of Bordeaux (17 Euros).
Before launching a crowdfunding campaign to open their bricks-and-mortar café, Cloud Cakes worked the veg festival circuit, vending luscious dairy-free cupcakes in to-die-for flavours like tiramisu, lemon curd, and vanilla-raspberry. Now that they've settled into their new digs in the pedestrianised Montorgueuil district, offerings have expanded to include rich soups and savoury open-faced sandwiches called tartines. The generous Sunday brunch spread (25 Euros) includes scrambled tofu, spiced potatoes, salad, pancakes, and that elusive French treat, the vegan croissant.
Fans of Hank Burger were overjoyed when the popular vegan enterprise opened Hank Pizza in August. At this casual northern Marais spot, a hefty rectangular portion is yours for 5 Euros. Try the truffle slice: the fragrant fungus is baked into the crust, topped with potato, seasonal mushrooms and truffle cream. For a vegan taste of Honolulu, order the Hawaiienne: tomato sauce, melted cheese, pineapple and smoked tofu. Or plump for the filling menu: two slices, organic drink and choice of dessert for 13 Euros.

Also recommended...

• Juice bar du jour Wild and the Moon, near the two Hanks, also does quinoa-seaweed salad and avocado toast.
• Oatmeal Paris in the Latin Quarter serves savoury and sweet breakfast bowls
(6.50–8 Euros), matcha lattes and veggie burgers.
• By day, My Kitch'n does kale-infused smoothies, sushi burritos and organic Gamay; by night, Swedish proprietor Jennifer Eric hosts vegan cooking workshops.
Tien Hiang, in arty Canal St Martin, focuses on faux meat, big bowls of pho, grilled dumplings and noodles (4.50–7.50 Euros).
• At Nata Yoga, near Père Lachaise cemetery, learn to meditate, breathe and stretch with English-speaking staff, then linger for fun, hands-on cooking classes.

Key Information

Le Potager de Charlotte
Facebook: Le Potager de Charlotte
Cloud Cakes
www.cloudcakes.fr
Hank pizza
www.hankpizza.com
Wild and the Moon
www.wildandthemoon.com
Oatmeal Paris
www.oatmealparis.com
My Kitch'n
www.mykitchn.fr
Tien Hiang
www.tien-hiang.fr
Nata Yoga
www.nataparis.com

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