When you think of France and food, you probably think of snails, frog legs, foie gras and certainly French cheese. Especially with the latter you can now find a lot of vegan alternatives. And eating out vegan in Paris is nowadays a very pleasant affair.
In this article, I will introduce you to two restaurants we stopped at on our tour of France. And I’ll give you a few tips for vegan patisseries and other shops.
Have you ever dealt with the topic of raw food? Then you know 42 degrees. It is the temperature up to which food can be heated in order to still be considered raw food.
It doesn’t matter whether you have experience with raw food or not. When it comes to vegan dining in Paris, I can highly recommend 42 Degrés. It offers its dishes in raw food quality and they are also organic, gluten-free, of course vegan, local and seasonal.
According to the classic French menu, there are starters, main courses, cheese and desserts. The 42 Degrés offers a lunch menu. Starter + main course or main course + dessert for 16 euros. Or three courses for 20 euros. You have to know that lunchtime in France is relatively short. It usually runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., here it even ends at 2:30 p.m.
We went to 42 Degrés in the evening and opted for the “Menu Gourmand” for 42 euros. You can choose a starter, a main course and a dessert from the menu and get a tasting plate with three cheese alternatives.
What did we eat at 42 Degrés?
As I said, we decided on the set menu. We ordered different things so we could try as many dishes as possible. Photos can be found above and below.
The vegan foie gras was delicious and so was the chutney and crackers. Brussels sprouts as raw vegetables may not please everyone and could cause problems with digestion. At least that’s what happened to my companion.
Ergnorii just marinated with orange vinaigrette, celery mousseline and romanesco cabbage
The portobello burger was delicious. Don’t forget that all the dishes here are raw. The beetroot ketchup was a hit and the vegetable chips were also very tasty and flavorful.
The 3 cheese variations
I’ve gotten into the habit of adding a cheese course to almost every meal. There are really good reasons for this in France. Meanwhile, the vegan cheese alternatives are really good. In Paris we visited the Jay&Joy store. More on that later. In my opinion, the best manufacturers are Petit Veganne (recommendation: Petit Lorrain) and Tyk Affinage (recommendation: Pebeyec).
42 Degrés cheeses are homemade. We got a natural cashew (far left in the picture), a cream cheese with herbs and a truffle with a poppy seed crust. A very successful combination.
Sublime raw cocoa with chocolate sauce
Carob pear like a cake
Both desserts were very tasty. If you like chocolate, I recommend the first of the two desserts.
A Dulse sup was recommended for faux gras. Please don’t ask me what it is exactly. In any case, it is a natural wine, very fruity and wild. But it went really well with the goose liver pâté. At the latest with the cheese I got a glass of red wine. You can get various natural, organic wines and even champagen at 42 Degrés.
Info – 42 Degrés
Address: 109 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75009 Paris
Our next restaurant visit was the Sunday brunch at Aujourd’hui Demain (Today Tomorrow). This is a very small restaurant and shop where you can buy clothes, books and vegan groceries.
It was packed. We had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. Shortly after 12, the line in front of the restaurant got longer and longer. So we were lucky to have been there shortly before 12 noon.
The crowd was very mixed. Mainly young people from all over the world. The waiters did their best and the small kitchen really did everything to make all visitors full and satisfied that day. Hats off!
For 27 euros you get everything you need for a good brunch there. A croissant is served first. Then you choose between the pancakes and the weekend dish. During our visit, the latter was pancakes with scrambled tofu, vegan sausage and bacon, mushrooms, potatoes, salad bouquet and maple syrup. As a sweet second, you can choose between the granola bowl with fruits and the weekend dessert.
Drinks are also included. You can choose a hot and a cold drink. The latter were quite interesting. We took the Ultraviolet with homemade lemon iced tea, ginger and blue pea blossom and the Bissap with hibiscus iced tea, mint and orange blossom.
If that’s not enough for you, you can choose other desserts from the display case. The cakes and pastries there all look delicious. Or you can order something sweet or savory from the very varied menu.
If you have ever been to France, you will of course know the patisseries with their wonderful cakes, tarts and other delicacies. For those with a vegan sweet tooth, Paris has a few nice shops to offer. We only visited one of them. But I’ll name everyone I know. Write me a comment if you have already visited one of the other patisseries!
The Pâtisserie Végétale is a very small shop. Nevertheless, apart from the big cake display case, there are also a few tables inside and about as many outside in front of the shop. Incidentally, it is only about a 15-minute walk from the Père Lachaise Cemetery. So it can be perfectly combined with its visit.
Everything here is homemade and organic. There are also a number of gluten-free options and some savory options from Wednesday to Saturday. The latter consists of pizza, quiches, sandwiches and savory croissants.
In the Pâtisserie Végétale you can get different tartlets, croissants and other pastries. The varieties and species vary daily. During our visit there were mainly tartelettes, which you can see in the photos. My favorite was the lemon tart. That was so delicious.
Drinks and breakfast/brunch
Of course there is also coffee – the usual variations. You can also find matcha and chai lattes, as well as golden milk and hot chocolate. The cold drinks include freshly squeezed orange juice and organic cola.
The express breakfast consists of an espresso and a croissant. Brunch is served on Sunday. This includes an orange juice, 3 pastries (Viennoiserie), 1 salty option and a hot drink of your choice, as well as brioche & jam, fruit salad and 2 Madeleine. Everything to eat on the spot or to take away.
By the way, you can order cakes for every occasion. Take a look at the examples on the VG Pâtisserie homepage! You will find the link in the information box immediately afterwards.
Info – VG Pâtisserie
Address: 123 Bd Voltaire, 75011 Paris (Metro Voltaire M9)
This store primarily sells Jay&Joy’s vegan organic cheese alternatives. The manufacture has its origins in Paris. Production is now north of Paris. You can also find the “cheese” in organic markets throughout France. The most famous variety is called Joséphine and is made in the style of Camembert. We also tried Jil – the goat-style cheese alternative. We especially liked the herb cheese – I think it’s called Joy Pairie.
Other vegan products are also sold in the shop. A vegan delicatessen, so to speak.
As you have already read, this is a restaurant with a great brunch. There is also a patisserie with fantastic cakes and other pastries and also a vegan shop that primarily sells groceries but also clothes and other things.
Address: 42 Rue du Chemin Vert, 75011 Paris
Opening hours: Mon, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. // Tue – Sun, 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Kitchen until 10 p.m., brunch Sat & Sun until 6 p.m)