By Oliver Gee (www.thelocal.fr) | October 1, 2015
Life has always been hard for vegetarians in the land of steak tartare, foie gras and boeuf bourguignon but the times they are a changing. The vegetable enlightenment has finally reached France, but how far will it go?
Ask any vegetarian in France about their dining lives and they’re bound to tell you two things – Firstly “It’s difficult” and secondly, “it’s a hell of a lot better than it used to be”.
Indeed, there are options. The healthy eating guide Happy Cow lists 1,228 restaurants in France that are 100 percent vegetarian and vegan, with 218 of them in Paris.
While restaurants may be adapting, those who cater specifically to France’s vegetarian community say that there’s never been a better time to ditch meat.
“This is a cataclysmic moment right now in the vegetarian scene in France,” says Sati Leonne Faulks, a Californian, who is set to open up a vegan cafe in Paris next month.
His new project, called Wild and the Moon, will open in the Marais district of Paris – selling cold pressed juices, smoothies, and a totally vegan and gluten-free menu.
“Vegetarianism seeped into France’s mainstream two years ago and vegetarian and vegan places are sprouting up all over the place… but it’s still infantile.”
Faulks says restauranteurs have only been trying to keep up with the trend so far, with much of the offerings “lacking taste and soul”.
Vegetarians living in France also testify to the fact that life has become a little easier for them.
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