Self-catering in France is a very popular style of travel for vegans travelling to France. First, it is so much cheaper than eating out three meals a day. Even an extravagant day of self-catering will be about half the cost of eating out in restaurants and we often say that we eat with views of some of the best views in France when we make our own lunches and eat them in the town square of a stunning French village or on a stunning Mediterranean beach.
Assembling your lunch before you go makes it a lot easier. Notice this little cool bag. Perfect for if you are hiking all day!
To be honest sometimes the vegan options are not great in restaurants in more rural areas. Of course, we are not going to starve or even go that hungry, but if we want to enjoy French food made vegan in many places, we can be a good idea to get a little organized.
Yes, you could get tomato-based pasta in pretty much every French town, but if you want cheese, charcuterie, riz au lait (rice pudding) you might have to buy at the supermarket or at a specialty vegan grocery store in France.
The state of vegan food in France today
During our last visit to France, we went to a local hypermarket in Bayeux and we were blown away at just how many vegan options there were in terms of vegan meats, deli slices and even a few brands of cheese, nothing beats a vegan grocery store to meet all your needs. Even if there is not one close to your cute French village you are staying in, with a little bit of planning you can have sandwich avec du jambon et du fromage vegan style.
Tips for shopping at vegan stores when traveling
We recommend you get a small cool bag and a couple of ice bricks and stock up in one of the cities when you arrive and then use them to make sandwiches more fun, have wonderful picnics or l apero in your gites or Airbnb. Learn from our experience. Cheeses like vegan camembert can get very stinky (just like their dairy counterparts) in just a couple of days even with efforts to keep them cool so eat those ones quickly.
Here is our list of ALL the vegan grocery stores in France as well as places where you can stock up on shampoo, soaps and all the items you will need for traveling in France. France has amazing products and we wholeheartedly recommend you check some of them out and support these incredible shops who are doing amazing work making veganism more accessible in what has been until now a very proud meat-eating culture.
You will see that they are categorisied in to regions of France, so scroll down to the region you are visiting and take note!
If we have missed one or another one pops up, please let us know! We want to keep this one current!
Haut De France (Northern France)
Pays de La Loire
Pays de la Loire
Have we missed a vegan grocery store in France? Comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know!
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