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Les Cinq Saveurs d’Anada – Organic, Vegetarian in Paris

Les Cinq Saveurs d'Anada
Les Cinq Saveurs d’Anada may be the perfect restaurant for you in Paris. Are you looking for vegan, vegetarian, and/or macrobiotic restaurant in an area surrounded by hostels, theaters, and one of the best outdoor markets in the city? Voila, here’s your answer.

The restaurant sits at the top of rue Mouffetard, one of my favorite spots in the city. It’s cheerful interior and ample servings make this a great option in the Left Bank.

As happens too often, I came across this restaurant after already eating a nice meal. So I cannot give a personal review. However, I looked at what people were eating and it looked great.

Les Cinq Saveurs d’Anada
72, rue du Cardinal Lemoine (5°)
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine, Place Monge
01 43 29 58 54
Wheelchair Friendly: The restaurant has a small step to enter but is otherwise wheelchair friendly. I don’t know if the restroom is downstairs or not.

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Beirut Down Town – Affordable Lebanese Food in Paris

Vegetarian plate at Beirut Down Town in ParisBehind the Institut du Monde Arabe sits Beirut Down Town, a small restaurant with rough stone walls and a set of simple tables. The front of the restaurant is dominated by a display case filled with hummus, tabouli, and assorted dishes ready for take out. It’s roomy interior is great for large groups.

Lebanese cuisine is filled with vegetarian options and Beirut Down Town’s Assiette Vegetarienne features 7 items for the reasonable price of 11.50 euros. It includes hummus, tabouli, labneh, 2 feuilletes (turnovers) of spinach and cheese, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, and pita bread. It’s a nice variety of dishes for dinner. They also offer a variety of vegetarian sandwiches and plates.

I was looking for something different and this seemed like the perfect place for dinner.

I have to say that I was underwhelmed by the food. It didn’t taste as fresh as I would have liked. I felt like some of the items were pre-packaged or made for the previous day’s lunch time rush (I visited it on a Saturday evening).


However, I have to give them benefit of doubt. The asbestos removal construction across the street had made the nearby restaurants seem like ghost towns. I was the only one in Beirut Down Town.

Student Dining

Beirut Down Town is next to the University of Paris and probably does great business during the week when students are hungry. The portions are large, there’s a nice variety of dishes, and the location is convenient.

I don’t know if I would go back again, but I would suggest it for people in the area looking for something other than another cheese sandwich.

Beirut Down Town
30 rue des Fosses St. Bernard (5°)
Metro: Cardinal Lemoine, Jussieu
01 43 29 98 86
Wheelchair Friendly: The entrance is tight, but the rest of the restaurant is roomy
  • Overall: 3/5
  • Taste: 3/5
  • Vegetarian Options: 4/5
  • Vegan Options: 4/5
  • Value: 4/5
  • Location: 3.5/5

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Bollywood Lounge – Hip Indian Food

Bollywood Lounge in ParisThe Bollywood Lounge sits in the popular, tourist-friendly left bank near Notre Dame. It’s colorful interior will draw your attention. It plays on the seduction of Bollywood and promises a sophisticated, hip interpretation of Indian food.

I have not eaten here yet. However, their menu (.pdf) is available online. Unfortunately, it only gives vegetarian food lip service and instead focuses on Chicken, Lamb, and Seafood. It’s probably due to the high rent neighborhood and the higher fees these dishes can capture.

Bollywood Lounge does offer a vegetarian Thali, but it only consists of dal, raita, rice, samosa, and eggplant caviar for 14 euros. You can also order off the vegetarian side dishes menu. While this restaurant looks promising, I’m going to continue my search for good Indian food in Paris elsewhere.

Bollywood Lounge
57, rue Galande (5°)
01 43 26 25 26
Metro: Maubert Mutuality, Cluny la Sarbonne, St-Michel Notre Dame
Indian Restaurant
  • Overall: 3.5/5
  • Location: 5/5
  • Value: 3/5
  • Vegetarian Friendly: 3/5
  • Vegan Friendly: 3/5
  • M.E.F. Friendly: 4/5

Pizza Bastani – Left Bank Pizza and Pasta

Pizza on the left bankFirst things first: Pizza Bastani is not a vegetarian restaurant. It’s not a destination restaurant that inspires you to cross the city with dreams of a great meal. It is a good pizza and pasta joint in the middle of a Greek/Italian restaurant mecca filled with tourists and students.

Vegetarian Options?

Pizza Bastani is also very close to the very popular Maoz Falafel and Le Grenier de Notre Dame. So, what does this funky little joint offer vegetarians? It’s a fun restaurant with a funky decor. The prices are decent and they’ve got some surprising vegetarian pizza options.

I had a pizza with blue cheese, spinach, and an egg cooked sunny-side up in the middle. It was damn good. I saw a half dozen veggie options, which is much better than the standard margarita and 4 cheese pizzas.

Unfortunately, their vegan options are going to be fairly limited. Diet pizzaI did see a pasta with eggplant, tomato, and olive oil. I don’t know if they have egg-free pasta.

Summary

If you are roaming through the small, cobblestone streets of the left bank with your friends (and you want something other than falafel) try this restaurant. It’s worth a shot.

Pizza Bastani
16, rue Xavier Privas (5°)
01 55 42 03 56
Metro: St. Michel
Italian pizza/pasta
  • Overall: 3.5/5
  • Location: 5/5
  • Taste: 4/5
  • Service: 4/5
  • Vegetarian Friendly: 3/5
  • Vegan Friendly: 1/5
  • M.E.F. Friendly: 5/5

Maoz Paris – Falafel and more

Maoz is more than a tiny falafel stand on the edge of a Greek/Mediterranean restaurant row. It’s more than a place to grab a cheap, tasty bite in Paris. Maoz is a cult of food personality. Its loyal fans practically plan their vacations around this stand’s availability. Lucky for Paris, there’s one in a great location.

Maoz Falafel

Maoz was started by a couple spending their sabbatical in Amsterdam. They decided to open a small restaurant with an Israeli theme. This stand took off and they’ve expanded around Europe and are beginning to land in the United States.

Not far away from Maoz is Rue de Rossiers, the Falafel Alley in the Marais. The food is arguably the same quality and value.

What makes Maoz different?

It’s on the Left Bank, closer to the universities. More uniquely, Maoz offers a “salad bar” for you to customize your sandwhich instead of getting one prepared for you.

Maoz is very close to another vegetarian classic, Le Grenier de Notre-Dame. Maoz is cheaper, faster, and more fun. But you can’t eat Falafel every time…

Maoz Paris
8 rue Xavier Privas, 75005
Metro: Saint-Michel, Cite, Cluny – La Sarbonne
01 43 26 36 00
  • Overall: 5/5
  • Vegetarian Options: 5/5
  • Vegan Options: 5/5
  • Value: 5/5
  • Location: 5/5