Zero Waste Living

Eco-Friendly & Zero-Waste Dining in Paris

by Lily Heise

Over the past few years, Parisian restaurants have become increasingly veggie- and Earth- friendly. Some chefs are now going a step further than simply adding a vegetarian dish to their menu; they’re reconsidering how they cook and run their businesses by sourcing locally, reducing waste, and going carbon neutral. Here are some of the best ethical and environmentally friendly restaurants that are adding their green touch to the Parisian dining scene.

Vegetable being made into the shape of a flower at Tamara restaurant
Top: Left: @2mnds / Right: @latabledurecho
Above: Left: @tamararestaurantparis / Right: @loanalice

Tamara

A hip minimalist restaurant near the Louvre, Tamara goes by the ethos of “gastro-logique,” gastronomic cuisine that is ethical, ecological, and seasonal. Talented young chef Clément Vergeat applies his experience gained at Michelin-starred restaurants to creating inventive dishes prepared with local ingredients and a zero-waste approach. His tasting menu, adaptable to vegetarians and celiacs, is surprising, fun, and, above all, full of flavor and finesse. Some of his beautifully presented dishes might include vegetable emulsion or fermented ingredients pickled on-site. These can be paired with natural wines and creative cocktails.

Logo of Tamara restaurant and chef preparing a plate
Left: @tamararestaurantparis / Right: @legrandpari.co

La Table de Colette

On a small side street close to the Panthéon is this stylish eco-friendly establishment. Not only does chef Josselin Marie use local and seasonal ingredients; he also limits waste, uses green electricity, and aims for carbon neutrality. The C02 impact is even calculated and listed for each of their tasting menus, one of which is always vegan.

Green purée with decorative leaf and peach dessert
@nicolasbellard

Anona

Sitting on the edge of the up-and-coming Batignolles district, this classy, airy restaurant features a gastronomic menu that is ethical, sustainable, and delicious. Chef Thibaut Spiwack’s regularly changing menu highlights local ingredients predominantly from the Île-de-France region and includes vegan options. His kitchen also limits food and water waste and uses modern green electricity.

Anona restaurant team sitting at table, and chef putting dish in the oven
@socialkitchenfr

La Table du RECHO

Occupying historic former military barracks in the 16th district, the Cinq Toits community solidarity project offers housing to 350 refugees, artists, and social-conscious entrepreneurs. Within its mandate of social mixing and integration is their restaurant, which is open to the public. In addition to providing employment to the complex’s inhabitants, La Table du RECHO uses mostly local and organic ingredients in their reasonably priced dishes. You can get these to-go or enjoy them on the convivial picnic tables in the barrack’s courtyard. Check their agenda for their cooking classes, held one Saturday per month and followed by a pay-what-you-can buffet.

Patio of Recho and bowl of food
@2mnds

Tamara – 15 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris

La Table de Colette – 17 Rue Laplace, 75005 Paris

Anona – 80 Boulevard des Batignolles, 75017 Paris

La Table du Recho – 51 Boulevard Exelmans, 75016 Paris

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Lily Heise

Lily Heise has been living in Paris for more than 10 years. When she's not getting into romantic mischief, she writes on dating, travel, and culture. Her writing has been featured in Frommer’s Guides, the Huffington Post, Conde Nast Traveler, City Secrets, DK Eyewitness Guides, and other local and international publications. She is the author of Je T'Aime, Me Neither, and Je T'Aime... Maybe? lively novelized memoirs on her romantic misadventures, and continues to share dating tips, stories and travel features on her blog www.jetaimemeneither.com. View Lily Heise's Website

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