Paris, like the rest of all European cities, seems to have jumped on the health bandwagon too. While croissants, hot chocolate and macaroons are still definitely the top things to consume while in the city, if you need a break from all the butter then the following are some excellent healthy alternatives (without compromising on quality):
SEASON – the Marais
The northern Marais is wonderful, especially on a Sunday morning. And walking from Temple Metro to Season, through this lovely, vibrant neighbourhood, there are multiple brunch places I wanted to check out. If you want to explore the Marais it’s a good way to do it, starting north and ending south near Place du Voges. Yes, you’re going from more local and residential to fairly touristy, but it’s also fun to compare. Anyway, Season is a lovely little cafe, perfect for a healthy breakfast in the sun (their Acai Bowl and Maca cakes look incredible). They have a small terrace and it’s quiet. They serve ‘Juice it’ juices (see below for further info) which are 6 euros and they have a whole fridge full (good for a takeaway).
JUICE LAB – Saint-Germain des Pres, Pigalle & the Marais
Wow, this is as slick (and minimalist) as it gets. There are three of these trendy juice bars in Paris, one in Pigalle (very close to Le Pantruche, which is meant to be great for lunch), one in the heart of the Marais, right by the stunning Place du Voges and the other in gorgeous Saint-Germain des Pres (below). If you need a solid vitamin intake, this place has whatever juice concoction you might wish for.
WILD & THE MOON – the Marais
This might have been my favourite healthy cafe. While some of these places can be a bit smug, Wild & the Moon is very welcoming, with beautiful interiors. Their main focus is on vegetables, super foods, and organic, seasonal food. And they love to serve their food ‘cold-pressed, raw, intact, and prepared with love’. This is clear. Their ’boutique cafe’ in the northern Marais is an ideal place for brunch (though it does get busy on the weekends of course). They also have a ‘Wild lab’ in Pigalle.
JUICE IT – Louvre/Palais Royale
This more relaxed juice bar is the perfect place to head to for a juice on the go in the cultural heart of Paris. If you’ve tired of the Louvre or shopping on the Rue Saint Honore (or in nearby uber trendy concept store Colette), grab an excellent juice here and head to the Tuileries Gardens for a stroll. Perfect! They also stock their juices at other healthy cafes (like Season).