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Healthy Food in Paris: Top 11 Restaurants for Healthy Meals

Revered as one of the culinary world’s most indulgent destinations, Paris is beloved for its croissants, macarons, steak frites and foie gras. And while many wouldn't dream of going to the French capital without sampling some of the country’s rightly esteemed specialties, maintaining a healthy balance is important for many travelers. To help, we've rounded up some of the best restaurants for healthy food in Paris, including upscale restaurants that cater to different diets (vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan and more), as well as health-focused cafés that we recommend for breakfast or lunch. Pro tip: Eating one or two uber-healthy meals a day will make a rich, traditional French supper all that much more enjoyable.

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The Best Healthy Cafés for Lunch or Breakfast

While dining out on vacation is half the fun, it’s important to find a happy medium between staying healthy and indulging. Indagare’s Kelley Brennan, a licensed nutritionist, recommends choosing one meal each day to be your “splurge” and ordering lighter fare for the other two (read more: Healthy Travel Tips).

Wild & The Moon A hot spot adored by model-esque Parisians, Wild & The Moon offers all-day vegan and gluten-free cuisine. There is a selection of fresh juices, as well as desserts like raw chocolate truffles, banana cake and “nice cream,” a frozen treat made primarily from fruit. Neighborhood: Several locations throughout the city including one in the 1st arrondissement (19 Place du Marché Saint-Honoré) and another in the Marais (55 Rue Charlot). Details: Hours: Open 9am—9pm daily

Maisie Café Located a few blocks from the Tuileries Gardens, this central café is a great spot for a light lunch or breakfast while shopping along Rue Saint Honoré or wandering around the beautiful 1st arrondissement. When the weather is nice, enjoy your foos in the Jardin des Tuileries. Neighborhood: 1st Arrondissement Details: 32 Rue du Mont Thabor; Hours: Mon.-Fri. from 9am-4pm.

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Judy Marked by a striped yellow-and-white awning, this Left Bank café has sunny décor and an organic vegetarian menu, with offerings like quinoa porridge with almond milk, granola and apple compote in the morning and Buddha bowls and beet spaghetti with sun-dried tomatoes at lunchtime. Neighborhood: Left Bank/St.-Germain-des-Pres Address: 18 Rue de Fleurus; Hours: Mon.-Fri. from 8am-6pm, Sat. and Sun. from 9am-7pm

Le Café Le Cordon Bleu Paris The renowned Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, which boasts a magnificent 8,000-plus-square-foot rooftop vegetable garden, has a café that serves vegetable stews, hearty salads and rich ratatouilles. The facility is also home to classrooms and demonstration rooms, a wine cellar, culinary library and boutique. Neighborhood: 15th Arrondissement Address: Le Cordon Bleu Paris, 13-15 Quai André Citroën; Hours: Mon.-Fri. from 7-4pm

Fine-Dining Restaurants with Healthy Options

Many of Paris’s finest restaurants offer vegetable-focused fare or light options that will appeal to conscious diners, in addition to indulgent cuisine that will please the rest of the party. Here are some of our favorite spots for healthy dining in Paris where you don’t have to sacrifice style and a fun scene for the sake of nutritious cuisine.

Loulou Set in the beautiful Musée des Arts Décoratifs and created by the team behind Palais de Tokyo’s Monsieur Bleu, Loulou offers a mix of French- and Italian Riviera–inspired food, as well as a beautiful terrace. While the menu changes with the seasons, past dishes include a green bean, pistachio and pecorino salad and roasted cod with morels. Read more. Neighborhood: 1st Arrondissement

Shirvan Named for an ancient province in Azerbaijan, Shirvan is a modern twist on a brasserie. Michelin-starred chef Akrame Benallal took inspiration from the Silk Road and its blending of cultures and spices to create a menu that is ideal for sharing, with highlight dishes including eggplant tempura with Moroccan spices and tandoori chicken. Read more. Neighborhood: 8th Arrondissement

Le Camondo Housed in the Nissim de Camondo museum in the 8th arrondissement, this restaurant boasts a changing menu that emphasizes both hearty and light dishes like tuna tartare and turbot with fennel and green mango. Read more. Neighborhood: 8th Arrondissement

L’Arpège L’Arpège’s minimalist-modern dining room serves as the perfect backdrop for chef Alain Passard’s vegetable-focused menu that touts interesting courses like tomato carpaccio with mozzarella, strawberries and lavender oil. The chef is passionate about fresh veggies (many of them are grown on his organic farm outside Paris), though shellfish and poultry also make appearances. Read more. Neighborhood: 7th Arrondissement

Gaya This edgy seafood restaurant, on a fashionable street on the Left Bank, is the creation of top chef Pierre Gagnaire. Patrons here dine on artful dishes—think delicate white fish served with a carrot-cumin mousse—in an elegant dining room. Read more. Neighborhood: 7th Arrondissement

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L'Avenue An eternal hot spot, with good food and better people watching from its lauded patio, L’Avenue caters to a chic crowd who enjoy the well-executed cuisine. Dishes include salads, homemade soups, quiches and tartines for lunch and light renditions of French classics for dinner. Read more. Neighborhood: 8th Arrondissement

La Société Conceived by Jean-Louis Costes (of Hôtel Costes fame) and Alex Denis, La Société is a posh hot spot that serves crowd-pleasing fare and boasts an always-glamorous atmosphere. Here, menu staples include such dishes as sea bass with coconut-curry sauce and spicy tuna and avocado tartare. Read more. Neighborhood: 6th Arrondissement

Contact Indagare for assistance planning a trip to Paris. Our specialists can book you at the hotel that is right for you and plan great meals and activities.

Published onSeptember 29, 2021

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