What do the oldest and newest vegetarian restaurants in Paris have in common? Answer: They are both “Le Grenier de Notre-Dame” because the venerable left-bank restaurant has just opened up a second location on Rue des Deux-Ponts on the Île St. Louis.

I haven’t had a chance to check out the new place yet but I have a soft spot for the original on Rue de la Bûcherie. Unlike a lot of Paris veg spots, Le Grenier has a touch of diversity to the menu, so you don’t all have to be in the mood for the same kind of food. At the same time, you wouldn’t mistake it for a high-end vegetarian restaurant in the US or UK: it’s more a place to get reliable staples in a welcoming and fun atmosphere than a place to experience unique creations.
My favorite thing to eat there is the crispy fried breaded seitan kebabs served over couscous in a traditional tagine. Miam, Miam!

PROS: Central locations, comfortable, friendly, vegan friendly, organic, varied menu.
CONS: Not 100% vegan 

Le Grenier de Notre-Dame
18 Rue de la Bûcherie, Paris 75005
Metro: Saint-Michel Notre-Dame
01 43 29 98 29

Le Grenier