BEST OF PARIS GUIDE (vegetarian friendly)

It’s here! My BEST OF PARIS GUIDE…


We recently got back from a perfect Paris trip and felt it was only right to share the gems we discovered. Covering the best vegetarian-friendly food, sweet shopping, comfy hotel accommodations and the not-so-touristy frolics, here’s what we came up with. 

HOTEL
Paname Hotel Bastille
– This place was recommended to us. It was somewhat affordable (for Paris) and quite cozy. The staff was friendly & we felt like we were really situated amongst other Parisians instead of tourists.

FOOD (for vegetarians!)
It’s not very easy being a vegetarian in Paris. Cafe menus weren’t as varied as some of those in NYC. That said, we ended up discovering some of the best vegetarian friendly food we ever tasted!


Best Croisssant
Au levain du marais: The BEST croissant, baguette and au pain chocolat in Paris. Pick up a few of these in the morning and frolic around the neighborhood. (28, Blvd Beaumarchais, 11e)

Best Vegetarian Breakfast
Les Philosophes: Get the regular Paris breakfast – includes a gorgeous plate of the best croissant, fresh fruit, creme fraiche, jam, butter, OJ, tea/coffee. YUM. (28 Rue Vieille du Temple 75004 Paris, France)

Best Vegetarian Lunch
Le Potager du Marais: Visit the Pompidou Museum in the morning but don’t bother eating their shit cafe food (we tried). Instead, head over to this vegetarian place for lunch. Must Get: quinoa encrusted veggie burger with freshly grated beet and carrot salad and puree cauliflower. A much needed treat for a veggie in Paris! (22 Rue Rambuteau 75003 Paris, France)

Best Vegetarian Dinner
Soya: We heard rave reviews about this vegetarian restaurant before even setting foot in there. And surprisingly, both the atmosphere and the food fulfilled our high expectations. Their website says they close at 7pm. This is NOT true, dinner actually starts at 7pm.  (A little difficult to find but well worth the walk – 20 rue de la pierre levee, 75011 Paris, France)

Best Dessert
Les Philosophes: Creme brulee (28 Rue Vieille du Temple 75004 Paris, France)


SHOPPING
While shopping wasn’t my main focus in Paris (screw the Euro!), we did venture to a few great shopping spots. They are not hard to find. In fact it seemed as though everywhere we walked there was a cute row of shops.

Best Shopping Street
Rue vieille du Temple became a favorite street of ours to stroll down and window shop.

Best Expensive Boutique
Tsumori Chisato: Cheap? Non. Authentic and inspiring? Oui. ( 20 rue Barbette, Paris, France)

Best “Affordable” Paris Boutique
Sessun: I recently blogged about this shop. I love peeking at their online winter collection and I loved visiting their shop in person. (34 rue de Charrone, Paris, France).

Best Unexplored Shopping Area
Rue de Charrone, near Sessun, was a cute area we wanted to explore more but didn’t have time to.


THINGS TO DO & SEE
I have only a few actual site recommendations beyond the usual Louvre, Notre Dame and Centre Pompidou, because besides those visits our days were mostly filled exploring the city streets, across the Seine, through the cobble stone, into the cafes and patisseries, onto the gardens, etc. etc…

Best Walking Tour
While I know it’s obvious to go to the Louvre, Notre Dame and Centre Pompidou, it’s also pretty fantastic. And what we did, was download Rick Steves’ Paris Audio Tours. The Historic Paris Walk, which included Notre Dame.

Best Book Store for English Speakers
Shakespeare and Company: A small and special place with 3 rikity floors of books, an old piano for anyone to play and a typewriter to create your own “old fashioned” letter.

Best Recommended Site We Missed Out On
Promenade Plantee: This is supposed to be a beautiful pathway which was actually the source of inspiration for the amazing High Line in NYC.

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