Okay, so traditional French fare may be more diet-derailing than health-restoring, but Paris is catching up with the clean-eating trend. So once you’re up to your eyeballs in escargot or had your fill of steak-frites, try these wholesome prettykins ticking the healthy box without compromising on gourmet goodness.
Juice bar and veg canteen Otium (9th arrondissement) is all about cold-pressed, organic fruit and greens, with playfully monikered concoctions like ‘Let’s Get Lost’. Sip well-being shots or chai lattes while snacking on beautifully presented brekkie bowls, vegan sarnies and energy balls. The simple brick, wood and white space also ticks the style box.
Hotly contested gluten-free bakery and restaurant Noglu (7th arrondissement) boasts three outlets in Paris and one in NY, promoting so-now GF flavours. Pull up a pew in the pastel-pink eatery with marble tables and cloud-shaped pendants for flower-topped cupcakes, fruity pastries, avo toast and salads for brunch or lunch, or takeaway sandwiches for picnics.
Pâtissier extraordinaire Ophélie Barès’ Marcelle in Montmartre is your go-to for day-long coffee, fresh baked goods, and healthy, seasonal comfort fare. A skip from renovated Les Halles, it offers granola bowls, homemade cakes, quiche and salad, soups and detox avocado bowls in cosy surrounds, including idyllic plant-fringed pavement tables.
Like your eats plant-based, locally sourced and ethical? Wild & The Moon in boho Le Marais plates up nourishing slow food that’s good for you and the planet, including cleansing organic cold-pressed juices, smoothies, herbal teas, soups, salads and snacks. Think raw superfoods with no refined sugar or nasties. Just say oui!
Otium, 56 rue de la Rochefoucauld, 9th. +33 1 72 38 86 81. otiumcoldpress.com
Noglu, 69 rue de Grenelle, 7th. +33 1 58 90 18 12. noglu.fr
Marcelle, 22 rue Montmartre, 1st. +33 1 40 13 04 04. restaurantmarcelle.fr
Wild & The Moon, 55 rue Charlot, 3rd. +33 9 51 80 22 33. wildandthemoon.com
– A version of this article originally appeared on PenCities.