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Vegan Foods in Europe: Rebecca’s Recap from Paris & Malta
By Rebecca Gilbert
I crossed the pond to scope out the vegan scene in Paris and Malta. Wow! It was exciting to find many popular vegan restaurants and widely available vegan foods in French supermarkets like Monoprix and Carrefour.
Vegan Cuisine in Paris
If you’re traveling to Paris, put these vegan/vegetarian restaurants on your map. All of the meals were fabulous!
My vegan brunch at Soya in the 11eme: C’est si bon. Soya is a vegetarian restaurant that has a creative menu full of vegan options. The restaurant is well-known for a super yummy, prix fixe, “all you can eat” brunch filled with vegan deliciousness (mostly made from tofu). I had their tempura battered yummies, flan and mousse au chocolat!
My raw vegan dinner by Happy Crulture at Sol Semilla in the 11eme: Très délicieux! Sol Semilla serves vegan meals made with superfoods such as acai and raw cacao. Every Friday night, Sol Semilla features raw vegan cuisine with a menu created by Happy Crulture and raw vegan chef Camilla Prioli. Meet Camilia Prioli in our special video interview!
Dining at the Gentle Gourmet Café, eating my very first vegan macaron, and meeting a pioneer in the vegan scene in Paris, Deborah Pivain: Très formidable. (English translation: awesome!) Deborah creates beautiful vegan cheese plates and high end vegan cuisine.
Vegan Foods – Delicious commercial vegan food products discovered in Paris and Malta:
This delightful whipped “cream” from Germany comes in a pressurized spray can and doesn’t need to be refrigerated until it’s opened. It is so delicious that I couldn’t resist the temptation to just spray it into a bowl and eat it! The photo below is from the Gentle Gourmet Café. And yes, it really is that creamy and perfect looking straight out of the spray can!
Several of my fellow taste testers commented that this is the BEST vegan cheese they have ever had. Vegusto is a Swiss company and their amazing “cheeses” come in many flavors including cheddar and blue “cheese.” If you live in Europe, you are very lucky, as Vegusto products are available both in stores and online. I haven’t seen it in the US… yet. Fingers crossed that some company starts importing it!
I actually discovered this super yummy Cheatin Rashers brand vegan “bacon” while I was on the island of Gozo in Malta. This product is made from non-GMO soy by Redwood Foods in the UK. It is amazing! Cheatin Rashers vegan bacon has a nice texture to it and a wonderful smoky flavor. I haven’t seen it anywhere in the US. If you’re lucky enough to be reading this article while you’re sitting in the UK, Malta, or Paris, go and get some of this product immediately… so I can live vicariously ;)
I discovered sunflower seed margarine on the Maltese island of Gozo as well as in Paris. I had never heard of margarine made from sunflower seeds before! It’s casein-free, (not all non-dairy butters are casein-free), spreads perfectly on toast, and is made from sunflower and non-GMO soy lecithin. I LOVED this sunflower seed margarine. If I ever find it in the US, I will absolutely buy it!
It was such a pleasure to explore the vegan food scene in Paris in Malta. I’m really glad to report back that there are many vegan options available both in restaurants and supermarkets!
I even got to interview the Chef at the Malta Radisson who made the fabulous vegan meals for us!
For vegan travelers about to visit the city of light, we have two special videos for you! To learn about vegan dairy options in Paris and vegan packaged foods in Paris, visit the Yummy Plants YouTube channel.
If you have some favorite vegan food products from your travels abroad, please send us photos and descriptions. We’d love to share the “goodies” news with the Yummy Plants community.