Paris Vegan Guide

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Before my trip to Paris earlier this year, I spent A LOT of time researching Vegan Beauty Shopping, Vegan Food and just anything Vegan in Paris. Although veganism seems to be gaining more acceptance in France, and finding vegan restaurants did not cause a lot of problems, vegan beauty brands are hard to find. But there are many cruelty-free brands, some of which have vegan options.

I was working on this series for some time – but ultimately Daniela‘s awesome vegan beauty shopping guide to Vienna reminded me to stop procrastinating. Alright, let‘s get started!

Paris Vegan: Stores

Une Monde Vegan · unmondevegan.com
64 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003 Paris
Métro: Strasbourg St Denis (exit 2, rue St Martin) or Métro: Republic

First off, this is a 100% vegan store which is conveniently located rather central in the 3rd arrondissement (I think) and as a vegan traveler in Paris, let me tell you it‘s going to be your new best friend. The staff is really friendly and you can buy any type of vegan food there! Of course they also have a selection of vegan clothing, shoes, hygiene- and skincare products as well as beauty without cruelty makeup.

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Sol Semilla‘s pretty sign!

Sol Semilla · www.sol-semilla.fr
23 rue des Vinaigriers, Paris, 75010
Métro: Jacques Bonsergent

Sol Semilla is actually a superfood store and (small) vegan restaurant. It‘s located in the 10th arrondissement near Canal St. Martin which is a lovely quarter on its own, but it‘s even better because of this.

They offer vegan milkshakes, smoothies, soups and meals and you can buy stuff like Spirulina, Maca Powder, Acai and so on 🙂

 

Just a quick note on „regular“ Parisian supermarkets btw: it‘s rather hard to find vegan convenience products (like seitan, or faux meats, vegan cheese,…) – a limited selection compared to what you‘d find in German supermarkets. Of course the selection of fresh fruit and vegetables is awesome and makes up for this and will do just fine as snacks while you‘re traveling.

 

Paris Vegan: Beauty

vbs_aromazone_haul_02Aroma-Zone · aroma-zone.com
25 rue de l’Ecole de Médecine, Paris VIème
Métro: 4 & 10: Odeon

A wonderland full of cosmetic ingredients situated right in the heart of St. Germain! You find everything here: every type of oil ever, micas, pigments, diy kits (think TKB trading style) and containers, as well as pre-made toners, body washes – anything really! Aroma-Zone is cruelty-free and offers a list of vegan products (PDF). The prices are very moderate and most items are organic. You can read more about Aroma-Zone in this  in-depth review of what I bought there.

Mademoiselle Bio · mademoiselle-bio.com
various stores throughout the city

Mademoiselle Bio is a chain of organic beauty stores. They carry brands with some vegan options like absolution, Lavera, Couleur Caramel, and Logona, amongst others. Not all products are labeled vegan, so I‘d advise researching products beforehand (the website has a vegan filter).

Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche · lebonmarche.com
24, Rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris
Métro:10, 12 (Sèvres Babylone)

A luxury department store. I had planned on visiting but unfortunately didn’t make it 🙁 we were quite short on time and you can only see so many amazing things in one day. But from what I gathered they offer brands such as: Rahua, John Masters Organics (mostly vegan products, exceptions listed here), Chantecaille (cruelty-free; list of vegan products), Kure Bazaar & Aesop.

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Vegan-friendly Products/Brands

Lush · the popular cruelty-free brand has several stores in Paris; vegan products are labeled.

Batiste Dry Shampoo · available at Monoprix supermarkets  update: parent company tests on animals

Nuxe (cruelty-free; mostly vegan products – please watch out for bee products in series such as „Rêve de Miel“!) · available at Parapharmacies  Update: Nuxe is not cruelty-free since they apparently sell in China.

Too Faced  (cruelty-free; some vegan options) · available at Sephora stores throughout the City. It should be noted that Sephora does have stores in China (the brand itself is not cruelty free nor vegan) and belongs to LVMH.

Studio78 Paris · cruelty-free beauty brand with some vegan options · available in several stores in Paris

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GPOP = Gratuitious Photo of Paris. #nofilter

Vegan Shoes & Accessories

Boutique Sagane · boutique-sagane.fr
64 Avenue d’Italie 75013 Paris
Métro: Tolbiac (7) / Métro: Place d’Italie

Bags, wallets, umbrellas and accessories – everything sold here is not made of leather!

Le Coq Sportif · lecoqsportif.com
11 Rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris

Some of their sneakers are vegan.

 

Vegan Food

I highly recommend checking out veganparis.com! I found some amazing tips there. My faves are:

Clockwise from top left: Surprise d'Aubergine, Seitan Bourgignon, Tarte Tatine, Creme Brulee
Our dinner at Le Potager du Marais, clockwise from top left: Surprise d’Aubergine, Seitan Bourgignon, Tarte Tatine, Creme Brulee

Le Potager du Marais · lepotagerdumarais.fr
24 rue Rambuteau, Paris,75003
Métro: Rambuteau

Authentic traditional french cuisine – veganized! A bit on the pricier side, but sooo worth it – especially if you think you might be „missing out“ on french, non-vegan food. Be sure to make a reservation or if you can‘t, be there about an hour before it opens so you might have a chance to get one of the few tables outside – the latter worked for us.

 

Hank’s Burgers · hanksburgers.com
55 rue des Archives, 75003 Paris France
Métro: Rambuteau

Hands down my favorite place! It is just lovely. I did not take any pictures while I was there – sometimes you just have to put down the camera and enjoy life, ya know? 🙂

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Cupcake from Vegan Folies

Vegan Folies · veganfolies.fr
53 rue Mouffetard, 75005 Paris
Métro: Place Monge

zomg VEGAN CUPCAKES!! It‘s just mandatory, right? They offer several types of cupcakes and baked vegan goods, and we had some really delicious vegan sandwiches there! I totally recommend visiting them, you won‘t regret it.

That concludes my Vegan Guide to Paris. Since I don‘t live there, I can‘t guarantee 100% that all the info will still be correct in the future – so if you happen to reside in Paris and/or know any other vegan brands, products, restaurants or spots please let me know, and feel free to leave a comment so I can update this post! I‘d love to hear from all of you.

Further resources: Société Vegan, One Voice

 

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