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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Read about the Parisian farm-to-table restaurant leading the way for eco-friendly options: Le Relais
- A sustainable guide to eating and shopping in Paris: The Conscious City Guide
- For more information about living a zero-waste life, head to La Maison du Zéro Déchet.
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