Although at first glance it may seem that Paris is a city of complete indulgence, with bakeries on every corner sending out that intoxicating aroma of freshly baked pastries, there is actually an ever growing number of healthy eateries popping up around the city. So if you’re someone who likes to keep a bit of balance in their life even when travelling or if you just feel that your body needs a bit of a break from éclairs, check out these delightful healthy eating spots we’ve found just for you!
Wild and the Moon
55 rue Charlot
Decorated with hanging lights, wooden table and an array of house plants, Wild and the Moon is a really beautiful place to enjoy some delicious healthy food. The little café/restaurant on rue Charlot serves cold salads which you can grab to go from their fridges or eat in, hot dishes such as vegetable stews and curries, as well as gluten free focaccia sandwiches, and lots of healthy breakfast-type choices like smoothie bowls, avocado on toast and sprouted buckwheat granola. To top it all off, there is a huge selection of cold-pressed juices on offer to give you that extra kick of vitamins. Wild and the Moon’s ethos is that all their food is free from refined sugar, additives, chemicals, gmos, soy, dairy and gluten – so perhaps a breakfast or lunch here might help to counteract all the pains au chocolat?!
74 rue des Gravilliers / Bake Shop, 12 Esplanade Nathalie Sarraute / Juice Bar, 15 rue Lucien Sampaix / Shakespeare & Company Café, 37 rue de la Bûcherie
These four healthy eating spots, all under the same owner, are perfect for a quick healthy snack or lunch, even if your travel buddy isn’t that interested in healthy food. The beauty of Bob’s is that the food is simple and wholesome, offering something for everyone – from bagels and cookies to veggie stews and delicious soups, along with great coffee (alternative milks available of course) and juices to wash your food down with. The staff are all extremely friendly and the atmosphere is relaxed and casual, with the option to eat in or take away for a quick lunch on the go!
6 rue du Forez
Café Pinson is a cosy, rustic restaurant in the heart of the Marais, serving unpretentious but absolutely delicious organic vegetarian food. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with its beautiful décor of exposed stone walls, wooden floors and tables, and a large counter in the centre displaying colourful salads and healthy desserts. The menu is a constantly changing selection of fresh and flavoursome dishes such as vegan tzatsiki, aubergine dip or frittata to start, mains such as the quinoa bowl which is filled with locally grown vegetables and topped with a sesame and tamari dressing. Desserts include healthy options such as chia pudding and granola with soya yogurt as well as the slightly more indulgent chocolate brownie or lemon and strawberry tart.
1 rue Charles-François Dupuis
If eating in surroundings that are as aesthetically pleasing as the food is something that brings you unexplainable joy, then Season is the place for you. The interior is bright and airy, with fresh and modern scandi-style décor. Most of the food is very healthy, such as the breakfast options of açai or matcha bowls and avocado and poached eggs on toast, but there are some less healthy options like pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, so it’s a great place to take someone who might complain about going to a “health food” restaurant. Lunch dishes are hugely varied with options like tofu or beef bô buns, veggie burgers and the ‘Season Bowl’ which is a bowl of delicious and nourishing veggies and grains to which you can add chicken if needed. For dessert, you have the choice of gluten free chocolate cake, cheesecake, fruit salad or avocado chocolate cake if you’re feeling adventurous!
30 rue Charlot
Health Inside is a charming little pescetarian juice bar and health food café in the north of the Marais. Here you’ll find a large selection of refreshing cold-pressed juices like the ‘Vert Dynamisant’ which is made from apple, pear, kale, ginger and coconut water, along with ‘detox waters’ and ‘super smoothies’. The menu caters for breakfast with options such as Bircher muesli and healthy pancakes, as well as lunch. Lunch dishes, such as the courgetti or the butternut squash ‘steak’, are light, but still very satisfying and will leave you feeling like a health god or goddess. If you are still hungry though, don’t forget about the dessert menu, which offers delights like fruit crumble, or the cake of the day!
Umami Matcha Café
22 rue Béranger
We’ve all heard about the health benefits of matcha tea, but now this health trend has become so popular that Paris has a whole café dedicated to the ancient, green, antioxidant-filled tea. Umami Matcha Café is a bright and modern space with clean, white décor and a large bar area to sit and relax in with your matcha-filled goods. However, if matcha isn’t for you, Umami is still worth a visit as the savoury dishes are actually matcha-free. The menu includes main plates such as Poke bowls, chicken with sushi rice and pak choi and noodle dishes, or you can choose a selection of small plates to share like the tofu with apple and celery salad or tuna tataki among others. If you are there for the matcha, try the white chocolate and matcha cookie, matcha cheesecake or the matcha ice cream!
11 Rue des Petites Écuries
Maison Bon is a stylishly understated café in the Chateau d’Eau area that serves only organic, vegetarian and gluten free products. With its glass façade, large stainless steel counter, hanging lights and open kitchen, Maison Bon has an effortlessly cool atmosphere, with friendly and welcoming staff and a great choice of breakfast and lunch foods or light snacks. Breakfast options include acai bowls, green smoothies, chia puddings and healthy muffins, while at lunchtime there are daily salads full of fresh and vibrant ingredients, along with soups, warming bowls of things like grilled pumpkin or courgette risotto and delicious desserts made healthy like carrot cake, cupcakes and cookies.