Ok, so lets face it, Paris is the land of macarons and cheese and baguettes and pastries and… you get the point. So by no means am I advocating you go to Paris and eat carrot sticks… I certainly did not. But this time around I did have an overall ‘healthier’ Paris trip and probably had even more delicious food.
I’m a true believer in balance, which means you can have your macaron and stay healthy too ;) I actually had much more of the macaron/cheese/pastry kind of food than I did the healthier type, but I did find a bit of balance this time around. So I thought I would share with you my delicious healthy finds and other ways to stay healthy in Paris.
Healthy Cafes in Paris
Bobs Juice Bar
There are a long line of Bob’s… Bob’s Kitchen, Bob’s Bakehouse and Bob’s Juice Bar. It was the later one I found myself at during a morning in Canal St Martin and I found a very pleasant surprise… an Acai bowl. Not the huge, glamorous over-topped kind, but the humble small simple Acai cup with granola topping. It was delicious, as I’m sure everything else was, but I didn’t see anything else after I saw Acai bowl on the menu.
The menu and shop are small and simple, with good healthy food and juices.
15 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris
Mon – Fri 7.30 AM – 3 PM | Sat 8 AM – 4 PM
I absolutely loved Juice It. A nicely designed shop not too far from the Louvre, with lot’s of pre-prepared healthy meals and snacks. At first I was put of by lot’s of things being pre-prepared, but it made things quick and easy, and after tasting it, the flavours were all still there. Again, I had an Acai bowl (obsessed!) which was really nice and a good size too.
8 Rue de la Vrillière, 75001 Paris
Mon – Fri 8 AM to 6 PM | Sat 10 AM – 6 PM
(Wild and the Moon)
I have this one in brackets as I found it in my research and even stumbled across it whilst exploring, but did not try. So it’s another option, but I must mention the Acai bowl was priced at 9 euro… and even I would struggle to justify an Acai bowl for that price. They also have cleanse/detox programs and lot’s of other food, but I can’t comment on any of it as I didn’t have it.
55 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Mon – Fri 8 AM – 7 PM | Sat – Sun 9 AM – 7 PM
25 rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris
8 AM – 8 PM
A cute little coffee shop, at lunch they often have some delicious sandwiches that not only make for a healthy lunch but are quick and simple if you have a busy day with Paris. Cafes are often a way to find simple and healthy options.
10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010 Paris
Mon – Fri 8 AM – 5 PM | Sat – Sun 9 AM – 6 PM
I am absolutely in love with the local markets in Paris, and France for that matter.
Marche Raspail (Raspail Market)
This was my absolute favourite market. We went on a weekday morning, so it wasn’t too busy, and the fruit and vegetables looked amazing. Another thing I loved about this market was that it was mainly in one long row, which is great for me, as I know I haven’t missed anything.
On Sundays this market turns into an organic market which I hear is very popular and busy.
Tues + Fri 7 AM – 2.30 PM | Sun 8 AM – 2 PM
There are so many beautiful markets selling fresh fruit and vegetables, and occasionally food ready to eat. Some of the other markets we visited included: Marche Monge, Marche des Enfants Rouges, Marche Saint Martin and Rue Montorgueil.
Health Food Stores/Supermarkets
There were two main health food stores that I went to in Paris. Bio c’Bon had many locations throughout Paris and is like an organic supermarket. It was here that I bought my Acai berry powder. Naturalia was another one that had smaller stores with a good range selling organic and natural products.
They say that Paris is a walkable city, but it’s even more than you might imagine. Last time we came to Paris we used Velib bikes, the metro system and some walking. I think we made the mistake of thinking that if something is a few metro stops away then it mustn’t be walkable. But this time around we quite literally used the metro only when it rained heavily or after a massive day of walking. We walked absolutely everywhere, and saw so much more of Paris by doing so.
The Velib bike system is also a great option, but this time round we were enjoying taking it slower and just walked to most places.
So it’s really easy to stay healthy in Paris simply by seeing Paris. I once read somewhere that if you can eat anything you want if you walk there and walk home ;)
Where to Stay
This time in Paris we stayed in an apartment through Airbnb. I love both experiences, I love the hotel experience and I love staying in an apartment. But I think staying in an apartment gives you the opportunity for a healthier stay.
Instead of eating ‘5 meals in 1’ at a buffet breakfast, we were able to prepare healthier options like muesli with fresh fruit (ok, there were the occasional walks to the local patisserie for almond croissants some mornings). We went to the local markets and had fresh fruit and vegetables with our home cooked meals and were able to have healthier snacks.
So as you can see, there are a few really simple and easy ways to keep some ‘healthiness’ in your trip. It’s not so much about being healthy in Paris, but finding some balance.
By making a few healthy choices like walking most of the time, choosing where to stay and knowing where to get a healthy meal in between macarons, you can not only be healthy in Paris, but see more of Paris too.