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Paris Food Guide: The best cafes and restaurants [+ vegan & vegetarian]

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Paris – the city of love. And: The city of culinary delights. Admittedly, not all specialties are our cup of tea. For example, we can do without snails. And in general, unfortunately, the vegetarian selection in many traditional restaurants in Paris still leaves a lot to be desired.

But we can’t complain at all. We ate extraordinarily well in Paris and discovered really great cafes and restaurants. Of course, we would like to introduce you to our favorites in this food guide.

So if you’re looking for hip, modern and really great places in Paris that also offer enough vegetarian and vegan choices, then then you are spot on on our travel blog.

By the way: You can find our general Paris travel guide with lots of important information here: Paris Tips.

1. Hip restaurants in Paris Mesa de Hoy One of our favorite culinary discoveries in Paris is this amazing restaurant, which is part of the hotel of the same name. Boho vibes await you here in perfection. The flair reminded us a lot of Mexico.

The food is creative, exclusively plant-based cuisine and at a very high level. Unfortunately, the price level is also rather high (with quite small portions). We can therefore particularly recommend a visit at lunchtime. Then there is a lunch menu for about 22 Euro.

Address: 68 Rue des Martyrs, 75006 Paris

Website & Reservations: Mesa de Hoy

Pink Mamma The biggest hype, you can imagine, this Italian restaurant in Paris experiences. It’s part of a group of restaurants, with Pink Mamma being the most photogenic and arguably the most popular.

Surprisingly, the restaurant not only looks great (Instagram hotspot says hello), but you eat really well here. The menu features Italian classics (pasta, pizza, etc.), some of which have been interpreted in a modern way. All in all, you can tell that they are trying to process guests quickly.

The restaurant extends over several floors and is so well attended that reservations are often necessary days or weeks in advance. You can also try your luck without a reservation, but we would definitely not recommend it.

Address: 22 to Rue de Douai, 75009 Paris

website & Reservation: Pink Mamma

2. Eating fast & good in Paris Organic Burger When looking for a quick dinner before our evening visit of Tour Montparnasse, we ended up at Bioburger. This is a burger chain, that has several restaurants in Paris.

Who eats cheaply, quickly and well in Paris want is right here. The burgers are really good, as are the fries. All ingredients come from organic farming. And: There are also several vegetarian burgers.

Address: e.g. 79 Bd du Montparnasse, 38143 Paris

Website: Bioburger

Wild & The Moon Looking for a healthy lunch? Then we can highly recommend Wild & The Moon. Especially those who eat vegan will feel very comfortable here.

On the menu there are only plant-based dishes, including bowls (both smoothie -Bowls as well as salads), changing daily specials and burgers. There are several restaurants of this chain in Paris. We ourselves were after our visit to the Louvre in the bar near the Place Vendôme.

Address: eg. 22 Place du Marché Saint-Honoré, 75006 Paris

Website: Wild & The Moon

3. Breakfast & Brunch in Paris The Hardware Société Paris A very popular breakfast/brunch spot in Paris is this Australian-inspired café in Montmartre. If you’re looking for French flair, you’ve come to the wrong place. It’s international here.

The menu features hip, creative breakfast and brunch dishes, including burrata or fried brioche. Everything looks delicious, is well prepared and – most importantly – it tasted excellent to us.

Only downside: the café is very popular and does not take reservations. So you have to hope for a bit of luck. Unfortunately, you sometimes sit very tight inside. Nonetheless: Highly recommended.

Address: 10 Rue Lamarck, 75009 Paris

Website: The Hardware Société Paris

Zia Paris Cafe We also had a very good breakfast in the Zia Café. The flair is quite modern and young and also somewhat internationally inspired. Our choice fell on the avocado toast, which was really excellent. The coffee was also very good.

Reservations are unfortunately not possible, so you have to hope for luck. There are a few places inside as well as outside in the small sidewalk café.

Address: 22 Avenue de Tourville, 38143 Paris

Website: Zia Paris Café

4. Special cafés & patisseries Café de Flore An absolute institution in Paris is the historic Café de Flore. It is considered one of the oldest cafes in Paris. Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Picasso have all stayed here.

Here you can expect French flair like out of a picture book: A pretty awning, photogenic lettering and the green exterior facade is a real eye-catcher. In terms of price, however, you have to dig deep into your pocket: an espresso costs around 5 euros.

Reservation is unfortunately not possible. If you want to get hold of one of the popular outdoor seats from which you can watch the people passing by, you have to hope for luck.

Address: 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris

Website: Café de Flore

Boris Lumé Café Pâtisserie We stumbled across this hip pâtisserie in Montmartre quite by accident and couldn’t pass by, without trying any of the delicacies.

The eclairs, tarts and cakes not only look like works of art, they also taste fantastic. We had the Tarte Pistache, which was just incredibly delicious. Great recommendation. The coffee here is also really good. Unfortunately there are only a handful of small tables, but it’s well worth a stop.

Address: 28 Rue Lepic, 75006 Paris

5. The best macarons in Paris The question of all questions: where are the best macarons in Paris? The meringue with its special, slightly sticky consistency is a French specialty and can be found all over Paris.

Ladurée The confectionery chain Ladurée is very popular among tourists. You will find numerous locations throughout Paris. (You can even buy last-minute macarons at Charles de Gaulle Airport.)

The Ladurée shops are all incredibly photogenic and generally very inviting , designed in a classic French style. The selection of macarons is pretty overwhelming. We personally thought the macarons were very good, but – spoilers – not the best in Paris.

Pierre Hermé Another little bit better than the macarons from Ladurée we liked those from Pierre Hermé. Pierre Hermé is also represented with numerous locations in Paris and here too the selection is gigantic.

Are you still looking for the perfect hotel for your trip to Paris? Then we can warmly recommend the Hôtel Le Ballu. We stayed here and felt completely comfortable.

A stylish boutique hotel in art deco style awaits you here – in very best location. The hotel is located in a quiet lane just a five minute walk from Montmartre. There are plenty of great cafes and restaurants in the area.

The rooms are extremely comfortably furnished. A very special plus are the comfortable beds. We slept really well here.

You can book the hotel here: Hôtel Le Ballu

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Have you been before in Paris? What cafes and restaurants have you visited that you can recommend? Do you have any other culinary tips? We look forward to your comment!