Summer is approaching! Do you have any plans in mind yet? If France is the destination that you’re dreaming about, then follow this month’s blog posts for some great tips to make traveling vegan in France a dream. Being well-prepared is the best way to avoid confusion and unexpected situations travelling as a vegan in a non-vegan world.
1. Learn vegan-related French words and phases
Learning some local words and phases will be very helpful to communicate with local people about what will and won’t eat eat. Google Translate is your language assistant! However, you can note down some of these typical words, questions that you might need to use quite often:
Egg: Oeuf Meat: la viande
Is there meat in this dish?: Y a-t-il de la viande dans ce plat?
In addition, when you choose to subscribe to our newsletterhere, you will receive a language guide monthly, with a lot of useful words and phrases that you might need when travelling as a vegan. Keep it in your travel bag to help you communicate your lifestyle choices to those around you.
2. Find vegan community in the city you are travelling to:
Look up on Facebook for “English speaking vegans in France” or “Veggies and vegans in France” for English- speaking local vegans. Or if you speak French, type “vegans” and the name of the city you’re travelling to in the search bar to see if there are any local groups to join. It is always a nice idea to open your network and make friends with vegans all over the world.
Another useful website is www.meetup.com. With Meetup, you can see if there are any vegan events in the area you are going to. Here is an example of a vegan meetup group in Lyon, France
3. Research for local restaurants/stores in France
Take advantages of the vegan community groups you just joined on Facebook and ask for some vegan restaurants or stores in France.
Some of you might already be familiar with Happy Cow and Vegoresto or (in French), the well-known hubs that assist travellers find plant-based and vegan options.
Another way is to research through Instagram using hashtag. Set the location and type in #paris #veganrestaurants #vegantips #glutenfree #vegantravel #veganparis #veganlyon. You can use Instagram for research no matter where you go.
For me personally, I prefer Pinterest. It is a platform for travel inspiration. A quick search of “vegan, stores, Paris” returns hundred of different mouth watering results that you might not be able to look up from normal directories.
4. Find Vegan Accommodation or Notify hotels of your needs ahead of time
As the number of vegan is increasing, people and business start to pay attention more to target these customers. Hotel industry is not an exception. Most hotels and hostels are now providing vegan-options at breakfast. During a trip to Paris and Alsace last Christmas, we worked very closely with our hotel in Ensisheim in Alsace to create an amazing menu for our travellers. Not only did they do an amazing job, but they kept some of the items on the menu after we left!
In addition, the concept with 100% vegan-friendly accommodation is new but not yet wide-spread in France.However, it would be much better to notify the hotel/ hostel that you will stay about your diet and enquiry the customer service team, so they can prepare and make the best experiences for vegan like you.
While not yet widespread, there are an increasing amount of vegan or vegetarian hotels. It can be worthwhile to do a search on some of these websites. You never know, there might be the perfect place for you to rest your head after a long day of sightseeing. You can do some research before booking the room based on these websites:
5. Follow some vegan guides to France from famous vegan bloggers/vloggers
World of Vegan – Vegan in Paris:
WHAT I ATE TODAY (realistic vegan) IN PARIS by Sarah Nourse
PARIS VEGAN VLOG - Places to go and Vegan food in PARIS by Veganmischka
6. Join a vegan tour to France
The easiest way to travel to France as a vegan, undoubtedly, is booking a tour where someone else does all the worrying about food and accommodation, leaving you to just enjoy the whole trip. We are excited to announce that World Vegan Travel will two trips to Paris and Alsace in September and again inDecember (we have a few spots left), and release 2 more very soon t