Believe it or not, traveling as a vegetarian in Paris is easier than you may have thought!
Yes, there are MANY traditional brasseries filled with decadent dishes like steak frites, foie gras, and beef bourguignon, but there are so many options out there for all you veggie-lovers.
If you’ve been following along on our honeymoon recount, I already shared with you our 4 Days in London, Where to Eat Healthy in London, and 4 Days in Paris over the past few weeks. Today, we’re diving into one of my very favorite parts of our trip, PARIS EATS!
Get ready, because this is going to get good!
As soon as we arrived in Paris, we dropped our bags at the hotel and headed straight for Pink Mamma. I actually stumbled upon this restaurant on Instagram while I was researching before our trip, and as soon as I saw the decor, I knew I HAD to go there.
Thank goodness the menu was phenomenal too 😉
Pink Mamma is an Italian French fusion restaurant that will honestly please every crowd. We ordered a lentil and green bean salad with a poached egg along with their classic margarita pizza and it was OUT OF THIS WORLD. Like I’m talking the best margarita pizza I’ve ever had!
It all came down to their sauce. It was so darn flavorful, like I can’t even put into words how good it was. Nate and I barely even talked as soon as the pizza came because we were so focused on eating as much as humanly possible!
Besides the food, the ambiance was seriously incredible. This isn’t a huge tourist spot (yet), so there were mostly locals around us just enjoying a Friday afternoon (with lots of pizza and wine). The colors, the flowers, the adorable china plates— I just wanted to pocket this restaurant and bring it home with us.
I cannot stress enough, Pink Mamma is a MUST if you are visiting Paris. But I will warn you, this place is VERY popular with locals, so either get there early or plan to wait in line for a little bit. Ohh… and did I mention it’s part of a restaurant group… and that we went to two more of their restaurants during our 4 days there?!? Keep reading… we’ll get there 😉
Another favorite lunch spot of ours happened to be a tiny (but popular) falafel shop in La Marais district. L’As du Fallafel is a must-stop for all you vegetarians and falafel lovers out there!
Here’s what happens. Basically you stand in a line, order their classic falafel pita, and are handed this heaping pita dripping with sauces and overflowing with falafel goodness. It comes with all the fixins: creamy hummus, pickled cabbage, fried eggplant, salted cucumber, and even a little (slash a lot of) harissa sauce. All piled into a pita with the crispiest falafel!
Now – eating this pita can be quite a challenge – so make sure you ask for extra napkins before you walk away dripping all over yourself. But every bite is just perfect!
Remember how I told you that Pink Mamma (that awesome Italian place from above) was part of a restaurant group? AND that we visited two more of their restaurants during our trip?!? Well, now is the time to pay attention again.
On our first night in Paris, we were walking back to our hotel and noticed a brightly lit restaurant across the street, beautifully decorated and packed with a line of ready customers outside. We immediately googled the place (because I’m crazy like that) and found out that it was… you guessed it… the sister restaurant of our favorite lunch spot we had just visited (Pink Mamma)!
So, of course we went to Pizzeria Popolare that very next day. Again, the lines get pretty long here so either get there early (which we did lol) or plan to wait for quite a while. But I promise you it is more than worth it!
This time, we ordered their heirloom caprese pesto salad (see above) and their spicy margarita pizza with chile oil. The salad was delicious, but really, what tomato pesto caprese salad is NOT delicious? The real star was, again, the PIZZA. Spicy tomato sauce, creamy mozzarella, globs of chili oil, roasted onions— let’s just say my husband was in heaven.
We loved our experience here at Popolare and this quickly became my husband’s favorite and my second favorite restaurant in Paris (I just couldn’t top Pink Mamma).
Ohhh and did I mention how awesome the prices are at these restaurants too? Paris can get pretty pricey when it comes to food, but we walked out of here having only spent 35 euro on a full meal and wine. Pretty amazing, right?!
When I thought about our dining experiences in Paris, I knew I wanted to include some really interesting meals— with dishes that are totally out of the box. Ones that I would never even think to make at home. I mean, it’s Paris, right?! Culinary capital of, like, the world!
Well, this next restaurant did exactly that.
Dessance is technically a “savory dessert bar” that combines sweet and savory flavors, using seasonal vegetables, fruit, and plants. Yes, I’m talking dessert for dinner! They offer three different tasting menus and serve almost entirely vegetarian food (and can make it totally vegetarian or vegan if needed).
We ordered a 5-course tasting menu and were absolutely blown away by the creativity and flavors put in front of us. Every dish was perfectly balanced, beautifully plated, and loaded with plant-based goodness. And nothing ever tasted overly sweet— the chefs really kept the integrity of the fruits and vegetables and used their flavors to create magic on a plate.
I absolutely recommend going to Dessance if you’re looking for an out-of-the-box plant-based meal. But do make reservations and do be ready to EAT. The portions are pretty big for a tasting menu and it was a LOT of food!
We did go to two other restaurants for dinner that I loved, but I took those nights off from photographing:
Maceo: Maceo is a gem of a restaurant right around the corner from the Palais Royal. They have a wonderful menu focused on the use of quality seasonal products, with options for all kinds of eaters. You can either do a 3-course-tasting menu here (which I recommend) or order a la carte. We absolutely loved our experience here – the food was fantastic, the service was great, and the prices were pretty average for Paris.
Mamma Primi: The last of our Italian French experience! Mamma Primi is located in Montmartre, nestled in this cute restaurant block near the Moulin Rouge. This restaurant is known for their hand-cut pasta, which of course we ordered! The ambiance is fabulous and the menu is a winner for all kinds of eaters. While this was my least favorite of the three Italian gems we found, it was still delicious and a great experience!