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A vegan’s guide to… Paris

France has never been seen as a top vegan destination, but in true Parisian style, veganism has emerged, understated and cool, permeating an entire district before anyone noticed. Maryanne Hall paid a visit…

The shift has been gradual, but it’s certainly not lacking passion, drive, creativity and variety. You can find an abundance of choices – cafés, restaurants, fine dining, junk food, health food, concept stores and even Veggie-Town, a whole area dedicated to meat-free living. I was able to eat my way around vegan Paris courtesy of France écotours, discovering the secret side of my favourite city – one of the most enjoyable holidays ever. Even the wonderfully friendly, shabby chic Zazie Hotel (3, rue de Chaligny 75012 Paris) where I stayed was ethically driven.

Where to eat

Le Faitout Restaurant (23, av Simon Bolivar 75019) A traditional French bistro with house wine, soft French bread, plates of charcuterie, cheese plates, melt in the mouth truffle dip… all vegan. Sophisticated-looking couples dining al fresco while family groups were inside creating charming, Gallic havoc. More surprisingly, conservative countrymen were drinking wine, smoking cigarettes and eating seitan steaks!

The restaurant was not originally vegan and owner, Olivier, didn’t want to lose the taste of traditional cuisine, so created seitan charcuteries and strong cheeses using a two month fermentation process. He initially had to give the food away free in order to entice people in.

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Still wondering what to have for your Christmas dinner this year? Look no further as we have plenty of festive inspiration waiting for you. From delicious options for Christmas dinner to Boxing Day brunch ideas, make your own chocolate and beauty gifts, and an alternative gift guide that will help you give experiences rather than 'things', we've got it all. Also this issue, we show you how to whip up a feast using just five ingredients per course, get creative with vegan sushi and celebrate Hogmanay in style. Plus we have all your nutritional needs covered with advice on how to get your immune system winter ready, what to eat to boost your energy and how to keep your heart healthy. Plus this issue comes with an exclusive 2020 Make A Difference Calendar. Get all this and much more in the December issue of Vegan Food & Living.