En route back to the UK after another winter ski season, Pete and I decided to stop off in Paris for a few days to break up the journey home. I’ve been to Paris before, but I think I was around 12 years old on a school trip and I barely remember anything! This time around I wanted to soak up the sights and eat as much vegan food as possible! After researching on the HappyCow app, I was surprised and so excited to see over 40 dedicated vegan restaurants listed so I knew I was in for a foodie treat.
I usually cook and eat a mostly whole food plant based diet so seeing all the junk food options available in Paris was definitely a treat. Of course I have eaten some vegan junk before but this was a whole new level. The top place I wanted to eat first was the highly rated Hank Burger. There are 2 outlets and we went to their flagship store which is in the 3rd arrondissement district. It looks like a run down cafe but it actually had a cool vibe with funky furniture and decor. The staff were great and spoke perfect English to overcome any menu confusion. French love set menus, so there are options to have meal plus side plus drink, or the mega combo which usually includes all of the above plus a dessert. We just opted to have a burger each and a side of fried potatoes, one topped with melted vegan cheese *drool*. I had the allumé burger which had an organic vegetable patty, peppers, BBQ sauce, onions and salad. It was divine and I was absolutely stuffed afterwards.
After lunch we did a long walk along the riverbanks of the Seine to the Eiffel Tower, the skies cleared and the sun appeared to make it look even more spectacular! I still love going to super touristy attractions and seeing them for myself even though everyone else is taking a thousand pictures for the ‘gram.
We met up with some friends for evening drinks then had dinner at Super Vegan, another junk food spot selling burritos, seitan kebabs and burgers. Pete and I halved the burrito and the kebab with a side of fries each. The fries were actually incredible, I love those rustic types that still have the skin on. Both of the wraps were completely stuffed with filling and the burrito especially was mega full with Mexican flavoured soya mince and veggies. I think I preferred the seitan kebab as I am a seitan addict and any opportunity to have it is awesome. It’s pretty cheap at Super Vegan with HUGE portions, and you can again have the combo meals where a drink and/or dessert is included. They sell homemade lemonade and caffeine free cola here too.
Our second full day in Paris started with a wander through Luxembourg park which was so lovely. Locals were relaxing around the water fountain and the place just felt really peaceful. At the western corner of the park is Hot Vog where you can pick up a (rather expensive) vegan hot dog with all the toppings like gherkins, caramelised and crispy onions and sauces. You can add additional things like vegan cheese, guac and jalapenos for an extra euro too. Two hot vogs and a drink came to around €16 which is pretty pricey but it was super tasty.
We walked a lot around Paris again and also made use of our 3 day Paris Visite Pass, which is a super quick way to zip around the city on all the public transport. We went to Sacré-Cœur and wandered around the artsy Montmarte district. I really liked the feel of this area, there are awesome views of the city too. We walked back towards to Seine and decided we needed an afternoon snack, sooo Hank vegan pizza it was. I had to try all the Hanks establishment at least once when in Paris. It had an Italian feel as it was more like a focaccia place which reminded me of Alba. There were five types with various different toppings and we love to drown our pizza in copious amounts of chilli oil – yum! Hank stands for ‘Have A Nice Karma’ – I liked that. That evening, we had dinner and watched Game of Thones (The Long Night arghhhh) at our friend’s house in Clichy where they cooked us a tremendous vegan dinner – thanks Ewan and Charlotte!
I loved Paris and especially loved our little Airbnb apartment outside the city in Cachan. If you sign up for Airbnb, you can get £25 off your first adventure here. It was a 15 minutes journey on the RER B train into the centre and from there you can walk to the main sights or use the metro to get wherever you desire. The vegan junk food scene in Paris is immense and there is everything you could want. We kind of did Paris on a budget and if we visit again, I’d love to go to some of the fancier vegetarian/vegan restaurants. Also, VG patisserie was closed every time I planned to go which was really annoying because I was dying for a decent vegan croissant 😉