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Vegetarian in France
I am a vegetarian and on a recent trip to France was able to find some restaurants with vegetarian options, but there was not a large selection of dishes and some restaurant had no vegetarian options. French cuisine is very meat and fish oriented. You can usually have a salad, but you might have a hard time finding anything else. If you eat dairy and eggs, you will have a greater choice. If you eat fish, you will find lots of options.
Vegetarian/Natural Foods Restaurants
The good news is that there appears to be an active vegetarian/organic/biodynamic movement in France and we found very good natural foods stores and vegetarian/natural foods restaurants in most good sized towns.
We found this excellent natural foods restaurant in Avignon. Restaurant Terre de Saveur, 1 Rue St. Michel. The guidebook for vegetarian restaurants in France (see Resources below) listed a second vegetarian restaurant in Avignon.
Restaurant Terre de Saveur, cuisine traditionnelle et Vegetarienne, Avignon
Vegetarian Options on Menus
Some vegetarian possibilities you will find on menus in Provence are:
Chinese restaurants may be willing to give you noodles or rice and vegetables, but the menus that we looked at did not even have vegetable sections, so we did not try this on our recent trip.
Your best bet is to stay in a vacation rental where you can do most of your own cooking. Read more about vacation rentals.
Ask for a Vegetarian Meal
A good restaurant will be happy to make a special vegetarian meal for you. Not all will be willing to do this. Some restaurants we asked at were happy to do this; others would not.
We had lunch at the restaurant in Hotel des Voyageurs in a small Luberon village (St. Saturnin les Apt) and asked if it was possible to have a vegetarian meal (for me) and a fish meal (for Steve). The woman running the restaurant said "of course" and we had the best meal of our two weeks in France. Click to see photos of the meal.
Vegetarian entree at Hotel les Voyageurs in St. Saturnin les Apt, Provence
Happy Cow's Vegetarian Guide (France): www.happycow.net/europe/france/
Alliance Vegetarienne: www.allianceveg.org
European Vegetarian Union: www.europeanvegetarian.org
International Vegetarian Union: www.ivu.org
Veg Dining: www.vegdining.com
French Entree: www.frenchentree.com/fe-vegetarians/
Vegetarian Guides: www.vegetarianguides.co.uk
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