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Vegetarian in Paris

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Vegetarian in Paris

Hello

I'm visiting Paris by the end of the month and would very much like to taste some French specialtes.

What vegetarian dishes are included in a French menu?

Are the restaurants vegetarian friendly? How should I approach the waiters in order to be sure that no animals are in the dish I order?

(not vegan.. I do eat eggs and dairy based foods)

Thank you very much in advance for any recommendation :-)

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1. Re: Vegetarian in Paris

Paris isn't the most vegetarian friendly city but it's gotten much better in recent years. Just let the server know "Je suis vegetarienne".

When I was in Paris with my vegetarian sister she sometimes would order two appetizers as a main meal since those are more likely to be meatless. If you want to try some vegetarian restaurants, I highly recommend Le Potager de Charlotte and Sol Semilla. You may also want to explore other cuisines which offer a larger variety of veggie options.

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2. Re: Vegetarian in Paris

Most restaurants have at least one vegetarian dish, by accident or design, but there are no compulsory vegetarian dishes in any menu. Just tell the waiter you are vegetarian, and that you don't eat any meat or fish, and get him to point out what's suitable.

As a general tip, most (but not all) soups and soufflés are meat-free, as are most cheese dishes (meat with cheese is largely an American thing). Soups and sauces may be made with meat stock, even if notionally meat-free, so let the waiter know if this is a problem for you. And remember that all desserts are vegetarian.

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3. Re: Vegetarian in Paris

Learn the top 10 salad dish names so you know which ones don't have tuna, duck meat, bacon bits, or goose gizzards in them.

Bon appétit.

Edited: 11:09 am, December 05, 2017
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4. Re: Vegetarian in Paris

Can you say asparagus?

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Or lentils

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Or radishes

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5. Re: Vegetarian in Paris

> And remember that all desserts are vegetarian

Really? I'd imagine some of them use gelatine.

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> would very much like to taste some French specialtes

Well, you can't have it both ways.

You can eat vegetarian, no problem. But 'classic' French specialties are mostly NOT vegetarian. Confit de Canard, Moules Frites, Coq au Vin, Fruit de Mer, Boeuf Bourguinnonne... practically all the classics are meat-based. French cuisine revolves around a piece of animal protein with sauce.

When you travel you can stay within your own self-imposed world view or explore other cultures at their terms. You choose.

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7. Re: Vegetarian in Paris

And if you will eat eggs, also try oeufs en meurette. A nice lunch or as an appetizer. Or an omelet https:/…image-X2.jpg

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Edited: 11:25 am, December 05, 2017
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8. Re: Vegetarian in Paris

>> Really? I'd imagine some of them use gelatin <<

This is absolutely true, there many desserts (and some candy) that are not vegetarian.

>> When you travel you can stay within your own self-imposed world view or explore other cultures at their terms. You choose. <<

This is not true. While I do agree with the first part about not having it both ways - classic French cuisine is rarely vegetarian friendly. Choosing to be vegetarian or vegan has nothing to do with your "world view", people choose to go meatless for health or ethical or religious reasons, not because of a closed view of other cultures It would be like telling a Buddhist, when visiting the U.S., that not going to a steakhouse and eating a big T-Bone, was because they have a "self-imposed world view"

Besides, for years, the standard middle class American meal for years was considered "meat and potatoes".

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9. Re: Vegetarian in Paris

We have eaten at "Le Grenier de Notre Dame" several times. All vegetarian/vegan and somewhat upscale (but not overly pricey). It's in the 5th, just a half-block east of Square René Viviani.

Although, when we went this last Summer, they had recently reopened after a remodel, and neither of us thought it was quite as good as our previous experience. It wasn't disappointing or anything, just didn't seem as good as previous visits. Maybe we caught them on an off night.

We have found, that over the 10 years we have been visiting Paris, finding vegetarian food has become much easier. Vegan is still a little problematic.

Edited: 12:16 pm, December 05, 2017
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10. Re: Vegetarian in Paris

I am a vegetarian (I eat eggs/dairy) and I find that Paris isn't the easiest place to be a vegetarian, but it's definitely not the hardest place I've lived either. As some posters have pointed out, most of the "classic" French dishes involve meat and it can be a bit tricky to find vegetarian main dishes.

One option of course is to order salad (just check if it has meat/fish), but I get tired of salad pretty fast so instead I'd opt to do a little prep work and look for restaurants that definitely serve vegetarian mains - Happycow is a great place to start https:/…. As poster 1 suggested you could also explore the other cuisines on offer in Paris - Indian restaurants are usually a safe bet and there are a number of Buddhist restaurants serving only veggie food (Tien Hiang is pretty good and it's cheap :) )

Other ideas -

Crepes and galettes (buckwheat crepes) - you can get fillings without meat

Most places selling pre-made sandwiches will have one with just cheese and veggies, good for a picnic or a quick lunch on the go.

I love cheese so I'm a big fan of both fondue and raclette (raclette is generally served with meat but the meat is usually separate from the other accompaniments).

The falafel places around rue des Rosiers usually have a number of veggie options (Chez H'anna is my favorite).

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