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May 21, 2009 08:59 AM

Need students recs for inexpensive food in Paris

DD & Nephew, both 18 students, just won free r/t tickets to Paris leaving June 10-18. We are hastily trying to find lodging for them in 5th, 6th or 7th Arre. Also looking for recommendations for good, but inexpensive food, could be street food (they have been before and looking forward to crepes & nutella). Big issue is that Nephew is vegan, DD is not. Personally, I give him one look at a bakery or boulangerie and he will be eating croissants, but we are trying to scout vegan food for him in Paris that has non-vegan options for DD. Any help with expressing his limitations in French would also be helpful
(Je ne mange pas de bouef, veau, porc, poulet, poisson, etc. Je mange soy?)

Thanks hounds, hope you will help with this!

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  1. If the nephew is a vegan, will he still eat nutella crepes?

    Two suggestions I have, though neither are particularly cheap (for a student budget, that is):
    "Les Cinq Saveurs d'Anada" at 72 rue du Cardinal Lemoine - you can get a vegan plate here with tofu, seitan or tempeh alongside steamed and fresh vegetables, brown rice, and the grain of the day (quinoa, polenta, or others) for 15 euro. You can get fish, chevre salad, and other non-vegan foods here as well.
    Chez Marianne, 2 rue des Hospitalières-St-Gervais - Middle Eastern food; you can get a plate with four items (like hummus, marinated eggplant, tabouleh, baba ganoush, etc) for around 12 euro. There are non-vegan options too.

    As for expressing what he can't eat: "viande" covers the meat, so he can say something like "pas de viande, de poisson, de lait, des oeufs" (meat, fish, milk, eggs). Soy is "soja," tempeh and seitan are the same in French I believe.

    I have lots of vegetarian/pescetarian student budget options (I've made it my entire semester here without meat) but unfortunately I know fewer vegan places.

    1. Where are they staying? Not directly food-related (bear with me, moderators) but it would be a very good thing if they could stay in a little rental (self-catering) or a hotel with a small kitchenette. Because Paris has WONDERFUL markets with lots of veg, and natural food places with soya-based foods andother vegan-friendly products are much more common than before. Remember the wonders of good bread - there are now many organic boulangeries, and in any case there is not any milk or other animal product in typical baguettes. Croissants do contain butter (at least one hopes they do, rather than some kind of mystery fat) and obviously crêpes will contain eggs and milk. There are always several vegetarian options at crêperies.

      East and Southeast Asian places can provide some nice tofu/veg dishes. There could be fish sauce, though.

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      1. re: lagatta

        There are lots of falafel joints in the Marais, and I'm sure he could ask for it without yogurt sauce - that would make it vegan, right? It's relatively inexpensive (for Paris) at about 5 euros, if eaten on the street.

        Other than that, it could be difficult. There are some very cheap and tasty Indian/Sri Lankan places but they're not in that area, to the best of my knowledge - they're closer to Gare de Nord. Then again, with Paris' great transportation system, it wouldn't take much time for them to go there. I'd suggest "Ganesha Corner," in the 10th, at 16 Rue Perdonnet. You can get an entire meal for $5 and it can be vegan, though he'll have to be careful that what he orders doesn't have any Ghee in it. The waiters speak English there, so he could just ask.

      2. The kids will be staying in Montmartre (18th Arre) at the Hotel Bellevue on rue d'Orsel. Wisely, nephew has decided to lower himself to vegetarian eating habits as opposed to vegan, so he can enjoy croissants, pastry, ice cream, etc. Anyone know of vegetarian-friendly, low cost recs nearby? How about a market nearby with fresh fruit & vegetables or a Monoprix for basic supplies like water, soda, chips, etc.? Thanks!

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        1. re: Diane in Bexley

          If they want a nice meal that won't break the bank then I would recommend a restaurant called "Fish" (rue du Seine 6eme). It isn't a fish restaurant, but a wine bar with great food, the name comes from the expression "drink like a fish" (also a great student bar just down the road called La Palette).

          It is very accessible because all the staff speak English, the food is very good and quite light, but importantly they clearly label each dish which are suitable for vegetarian so you don't need to take a chance that the vegetable soup is made with chicken stock, or the cheese salad has lardons in it.

          The menu is approx €35 for dinner, maybe worth it for one night. It will make a nice change from "specialist vegetarian" places in Paris...!

          1. re: PhilD

            And they have a special 11€ menu for lunch!

            1. re: souphie

              Fish has an 11€ lunch menu?? Fantastic! Do you know what it consists of? Do you need reservations for lunch? We went to Fish for our first night in Paris last year and loved it. I would really like to go again maybe for lunch.

        2. Diane, there are markets everywhere in Paris. I could google marchés Paris 18e but so can you. There are several Monoprix (and other French supermarkets) in the 18th - if you are concerned, you can check them out on the map. At supermarkets there are quite a few vegan foods now. Though I'm glad they have accepted temporary non-veganism. Of course it is possible to be vegan in Paris, but it is better to have food prep facilities.

          1. If they're in the 18th, have them check out Le Relais Gascon, 6 rue abbesses, at the top of the hill of rue houdon. Great, young, bistro feel, inexpensive and they have salads that are worth the trip alone......but jeeez, a vegan in Paris.........?

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            1. re: carleton

              If they'd accept to cheat and eat cheese, they could enjoy a wonderful salade aux crottins de chèvre (hard little rounds of goat cheese on little croûtons in a nice mixed salad). Of course they could just eat salad vegetables, but it would be nothing special.