Vegetarian Food in France

Most people visit Paris on their first visit to Europe but most Indians are worried if they will find vegetarian food in France. Read on to find out.
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I hope all of you are enjoying the series ‘A vegetarian foodie’s adventures across Europe’. I am having fun writing them and it reminds me of both the delicious as well as inedible food (there were quite a few of them too) I ate around Europe. This week, I bring you updates from the Crème de la crème of European food. The fact that I used French should have given you some indication about which country I am talking about.

One of the things that I like about both French vegetarian food and vegetarian food in France (mind you, both are two very different things) are the variety of options we get to choose from. Since it was a repeat trip for me, I did not spend too many days in this beautiful country. But I still ate a lot of delicious food and that is why it tops as a favourite destination this time for the foodie in me. So, without further ado, let me take you through my experiences as a vegetarian foodie in France.

Vegetarian Food in France’s food capital Paris:

As mentioned before, by the time I got to Paris, I was exhausted. Till then, I was too excited to see all the places in my itinerary. I was kind of relieved when I found out that it was raining. When you are at home, what do you usually do if it is raining? Sit in the balcony of your apartment, watching the rain and reading a book as you sip a delicious cup of coffee. Also, add some chilli bhajjis to the mix and you are set for the day. I think the beauty of rains are enhanced when you have some comfort food to go along with it.

That is exactly what I did due to the rains in Paris. Eat a lot of food, while exploring the romantic city by foot. Unfortunately, the number of useable photos from this venture is minimal since I left my DSLR in the hotel on most days.

Recommended Read – Paris during rains

Paris was definitely the most expensive city I visited this time. On my first night in Paris, I really did not have the strength to venture out far and decided to go to a place right opposite my hotel. I was staying in the 1st arrondissement (Paris is divided into districts or arrondissements) and that meant I had many to choose from. Imagine my surprise, when I realized that I had to pay close to 20 Euros for a plate of pasta. If you are in Paris, do be careful when it comes to choosing restaurants. They can definitely put a dent in your wallet.

Since the hotel I was staying in did not include breakfast with the room charges, I decided to head to Angelina for breakfast the next day. This was less than 5 minutes walking distance from my hotel. Angelina is a tea room that was founded in 1903 in Paris and has been an integral part of Parisian food ever since. Please be warned that there will be a minimum of 30 minutes wait time to get into this tea room. But the experience is definitely worth it. The whole place is so elegant and sophisticated that you would not mind waiting in the queue. 

Find recommendations for recipes for some of the dishes mentioned in this post

A picture of hot chocolate in Laduree, Paris
Delicious Hot Chocolate

A typical breakfast includes an assortment of French pastries, fresh cut fruits, eggs to order and a drink. Please do have the ‘Hot Chocolate’ here since it was just out of this world. Actually, hot chocolate anywhere in Paris is always a good idea. Rest of the breakfast is delicious too. This assorted breakfast is priced around 25 Euros.



Since I was visiting friends for lunch, my friend brought me my first falafel in Europe. I was hooked and I continued having them whenever I could. There are many well-known falafel shops all around Paris.

I had a lot of pastries around Paris. Paris is heaven for people with a sweet tooth and you are spoilt with choices. If you are a dessert aficionado like me, then you have to try Financers, Eclairs, Macaroons, Profiteroles, Chocolates and so many more. If you are in the mood for ice cream in Paris, then Berthillion in Paris is another favorite. Again, be prepared to wait in a queue.

A blue and pink Macaroon tower in Paris
Macaroon Tower, Laduree
Some french delicious looking pastries in Paris
Desserts, Laduree, Paris

Another thing I loved in Paris were the crepes. How can you go to France and not have French crepes? On my last day in Paris, I went to Laduree for breakfast. Laduree is a luxury bakery that was set up in 1862. You have to try the Macaroons here. It was another delicious breakfast.

Croissants and jam in a bakery in paris
Laduree, Paris

Paris was a foodie heaven for me. Hopefully, I will get time to eat more delicious food next time I am in Paris. Also, check some of the food tours listed below.

Vegetarian in France – Strasbourg

I was in Strasbourg only for a night. But I had a tough time finding vegetarian food here and it is difficult being a vegetarian in this part of France. Since it is not a mainstream place like Paris, not many people spoke English and it was difficult for me to make them understand that I wanted something vegetarian. Also, the menus were in French. I stuck to the easy options like pizza and pasta here. Since it is close to Germany and Switzerland, Gugelhupf, a bunt cake is quite famous here. I loved it and you should definitely give it a try as well.


France vegetarian food in Colmar

I was in Colmar for few hours and the only thing I ate here was a gratin inside the food market. Since it was made of organic products, I loved the taste of the gratin. Even though Colmar is a small town, they do have an Indian restaurant for vegetarians.


A picture of Gratin in Colmar, France
Gratin, Colmar, France


France has no dearth of options when you are looking for delicious food. I wish I had spent more time in Paris so that I could eat all those delicious things that I missed eating.

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 Find my recommendations for guide books on France.

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27 thoughts on “Vegetarian Food in France”

    1. Paris was really expensive. I was having heart attack one after the other in terms of prices. I was surviving on less than 50 Euros per day for Food, transportation and other expenses till I reached Paris. It all went out the door the minute I reached Paris. Only consolation was that I did not eat lunch or dinner on the days I spent so much for breakfast.

  1. Great to know of so many veg options. Pastries, bread and cheese always are saviours and so is Falafel , which now are available all over europe. I first had mine in Switzerland a long time ago. When in Belgium ask for Durum Pita but be sure to ask him to hold the meat 🙂 . It is a wrap (wheat roti) which has lots of vegetables. It is again Mid-eastern cuisine, so maby available everywhere.

  2. Interesting, I often wonder about vegetarians and vegans traveling to other countries. Of course here in the UK its really easy so it seems to be getting better, maybe should should have written down somewhere vegetarian in other languages…lol…

  3. Oh my… I’d do paying so much! But I understand why is that 🙂 All the food looks so good, I’d definitely love to eat most of them! 🙂

  4. Marta Nightingale

    I love Angelina! In general, I’m hunting for this kind of places to have a cup of tea or coffee so France, and especially Paris, is a paradise for me. Funny, I always use the same way to categorize vegan food when I travel 🙂

  5. I’m not vegetarian but I found myself eating a lot of vegetarian meals when I was in France in August. I found that there was quite a good selection, and they tended to be pretty delicious! I love that you included sweets in your post — the French do pastries better than any other country, and they are not to be missed! 🙂

  6. It’s so hard to be a vegetarian in Europe sometimes. I’ve been told a few times, “it’s ok we have chicken,” HAHAH. These all look amazing though and falafel is always a good option. I eat it all the time. 🙂

  7. Kelly | A Pair of Passports

    Very cool series – I’m sure it’s so useful for other vegetarians! I absolutely love French food – when I was in Paris I felt like I was eating the entire time trying to taste as much as possible!

  8. I enjoyed this post, but now I’m hungry. ? I would challenge you to add vegan options to your posts. The French love their cheese, crème and butter. Bon appétit!

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