So a little over two weeks ago I married the man of my dreams… We then went on a honeymoon to somewhere we have both wanted to go for a REALLY long time…Paris!
So I won’t pretend that while we were there we tried to eat even remotely healthily, or even that we had structured meals every day, but we had some really good veggie food whilst we were there and I want to share it with you guys so that if any veggies (or non-veggies like my hubby) are going to Paris, you might have a few ideas for places to go!
We arrived pretty late in the day, however our hotel was in the gorgeous Saint-Germain des Prés so there were plenty of options for a light bite.
We opted for the legendary Café de Flore, where I had ‘tomates, mozzarella di buffala’, and the hubby opted for an omelette with a side salad.
After this we went for a late-night stroll around the Louvre which was breathtaking.
On our second day we took a walk to the Arc de Triomphe and down the Champs-Elysées. I was a little side-tracked by the Ladurée store, which was heavenly, and after a Starbucks and a bit of shopping we wandered back to the hotel. That evening we decided to go up the Eiffel tower, where we accidentally ended up in the queue for the stairs- all 669 (I think!) of them.
We started the day at another legendary café, the main rival of Café de Flore – Les Deux Magots. As it was our honeymoon, we decided to spoil ourselves and go for Le Petit Déjeuner JP Sartre- Choice of hot drinks with one refill, The baker’s basket: two Danish pastries and bread with Poitou-Charentes butter, hand-crafted jam or honey, Freshly-squeezed fruit juice (orange or grapefruit), Plain yoghurt or fruit salad (according to the season)
Deciding on a day of exploring the neighbourhood, we took a wander over to Notre-Dame. On the way back, a little bit peckish, we stopped of at the local branch of Ladureé’s Salon de Thé, which was fantastic!
Now, one of the only things I remember reading in my guide book was that you should avoid pizza when in Paris; so of course we completely ignored that advice and headed to Vesuvio, and I have to say, as a vegetarian it was really nice to not have to think about what to order as there were so many veggie options. It really was a lovely meal out, so much so that we returned there on day 5 for more Italian loveliness!
Versailles! What an amazing, stunning, awe-inspiring place! We went there with the intention of having a picnic in the sunshine (which is what all the guidebooks suggest), however we didn’t realise that you aren’t allowed to take in alcohol, so that bottle of champers that we’d planned on having was then drunk over the road by the ‘Pièce d’Eau des Suisses’ which was actually still a very picturesque picnic spot so it worked out well in the end! Our picnic was very simple, a baguette, brie and crisps all from Monoprix (a supermarché)- I think it’s safe to say that it was the cheapest meal we had all holiday! After that, we then went back to the Palace/Château and had a proper walk around the gardens, including a row on the ‘Grandes Eaux de Versailles’ which was great fun.
That evening we had the best meal of our whole honeymoon. If I could recommend only one thing to do in Paris, this would be it- The Calife dinner cruise! I can honestly not rave about this enough, it was romantic, divine food, brilliant service, and maybe not cheap but given what you get scenery-wise throughout the whole cruise, the quality of the food and the excellent service I felt that it was well worth it! I would go on this cruise again in a heartbeat. The menu is fairly set- being that the dinner is being cooked on a boat, however there is a meat option and a veggie option for the starter and main meal, and some gorgeous choices for pudding. I am a rather fussy eater (even for a veggie), and if I can find something to eat that says something!
On our last full day we were starting to flag a little after all the walking we had been doing, so we went shopping! The weather wasn’t amazing, with quite a lot of rain, so we stayed in the Les Halles shopping centre. On the way back to the hotel area we (somehow) ended up getting some more macarons in Ladurée! As I mentioned earlier, we had dinner at Vesuvio again, which was fab!
Our last day 😦
Exhausted, aching from all the walking, and completely lacking in funds, we had our last coffee and croissant (with the obligatory people-watching) from the terrace of Le Bonaparte which was the perfect end to our trip. Then came the hours of waiting at the airport for our delayed flight!
Paris really is the most enchanting place I have ever been, I really don’t think I’ve seen felt so in awe as that first night seeing the pyramids at the Louvre. Everything after that was just as jaw-dropping, and I really can’t wait to go back!
Let me know in the comments if there’s anywhere that you would recommend, or if you’ve been to any of the places I’ve mentioned!