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Vegan Chocolate In Paris

March 11, 2011

Looking for vegan chocolate in Paris? Here are some options.

I love chocolate. I have these moments when I tell Graham, “I think I want to eat chocolate perpetually until I die… in a good way.” Because I have this addiction, it’s been important to me to scope out every possible source of chocolate in Paris–what follows are my findings.

1. Little Chocolate Treats

Obviously, you can find lots of vegan chocolate–usually in bar form–in healthfood stores, which are everywhere. (Actually, you can typically get vegan chocolate in any grocery store–healthfood stores will just give you even more options, and are not necessarily more expensive.) Some of the major healthfood store chains are La Vie Claire, BioCoop, and Naturalia. But there are other good ones like Holy Planet. And, in addition to delicious dark chocolate bars, you can often find some extra special treats, such as chocolate-covered hazelnut nougat truffles.

I found that little guy at the Naturalia on Sebastopol.

Also, Rive Gauche Chocolat on Rue Dauphin has dark chocolate almond clusters

(that’s me receiving some on Christmas morning), as well as dark chocolate hazelnut clusters.

2. Pain au Chocolat

No, most of the pain au chocolat is filled with milk, butter and eggs. However, you can get vegan pain au chocolat at Loving Hut. It’s best when you have an oven–or even a toaster oven–to reheat it a little, since it’s been imported from a far-away French commune.

3. Chocolate Cake

Loving Hut sometimes has a delicious, fudgy chocolate cake. But even I–an adament chocolate-lover–love their non-chocolate pear cake, too.

Le Potuger du Marais usually has a gluten-free and vegan chestnut flour chocolate cake. I think it’s very good, and because it’s made with chestnut flour it’s extremely moist–something I love, although it might throw a traditional-cake-seeker for a loop.

Les Saveurs Veget’Halles also usually has a little chocolate cake (and carrot cake!), although it’s more like a chocolate muffin than cake.

Pousse Pousse, which I have not yet been to but would like to visit, is also alleged to have good vegan chocolate cake.

4. Sorbet and Gelato

Most sorbet in France is vegan–if you’re concerned about it, you can always ask your server to make sure. I’m quite sure that even the chocolate stuff is vegan, since I was once given Berthillon chocolate sorbet because it was the only vegan dessert on a menu.

Your best bet for finding top-notch Berthillon sorbet is on the Isle Saint Louis, where it’s sold on every corner. There is typically some chocolate variety: cocoa amer (coco powder), or chocolate rum. I *love* chocolate sorbet, since it’s far, far more chocolate-y than chocolate ice cream.

There is also chocolate vegan gelato at Gelato, at the intersection of Rue Saint-Germain and Rue Saint-Jacques.

Loving Hut has chocolate ice-cream, which is especially amazing as part of their gigantic vegan banana split.

5. Mousse

Le Potuger du Marais has wonderful vegan chocolate mousse. Really.

And, if you want something a little more exotic, you could take a lunch-time trip to Voy Alimento, where they serve tiny (but rich) spiced-chocolate mousse cups.

6. Pastries

If you’re looking for some chocolate pastries, a good bet is the new joint Oh Bio, which often has vegan chocolate lemon tartes, Charlottes, and chocolate cupcakes.

And, like I mentioned earlier, vegan pain au chocolat can usually be found at Loving Hut.

7. Pudding

I have found a ton of vegan chocolate pudding. At first I thought it was a healthfood store thing, but then I noticed that they sell it at our not-very-fancy grocery store, too. I’m guessing that the average French person realizes that even the lactose-intolerant *must* have chocolate pudding.

In healthfood stores, you can usually also find caramel, hazelnut, coffee, and vanilla pudding, too. Maybe you could have a vegan pudding party.

8. Cookies

Strangely enough, I haven’t seen many chocolate cookies here. However, at Naturalia you can get boxes of these wonderful white cookies that have a crispy-creamy chocolate center. I believe that Oh Bio also often has chocolate-y vegan cookies.

If you know of other vegan chocolate sources in Paris, do tell!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Alma permalink
    March 11, 2011 5:23 pm

    Hi, my name is Alma and I have a question for you: have you ever tried a vegan croissant in Paris? If so, were they good? I will be living in Paris within a year or so, and I would love to find some delicious vegan croissants 🙂

    • March 12, 2011 7:38 am

      Hi Alma!

      Yes, you can usually get vegan croissants at the same place where you can get vegan pain au chocolat–at Loving Hut. They are packaged (they come from a natural bakery in another French commune), but they’re delicious when popped in an oven or toaster oven for a couple of minutes.

      Unfortunately, I don’t know of a Parisian bakery that makes them. Some claim you can get vegan croissants in some of the Jewish neighborhoods (since they sometimes sell parve croissants, without butter or milk), but eggs are parve, and so typically those croissants will still have the traditional egg wash. But you never know–if you look around enough, you might be able to locate a source of parve, egg-less croissants. At least I think that would be your best bet for fresh croissants in Paris.

      Until then, check out the offerings at Loving Hut! And pick up some delicious Vegusto (piquant flavor!) cheese while you’re at it. Best vegan cheese ever.

  2. Ste permalink
    June 28, 2011 11:32 pm

    Amelia! I found this by googling “gluten free vegan chestnut flour,” hoping to find a recipe for Castagnaccio. Even better, you came up! I love it!

  3. Christopher Zimmer permalink
    May 19, 2012 7:39 am

    Thank you so much for this incredible review! It truly is a “gift” for anyone trying to understand better the range of options. My boss is a vegan and I very much wanted to surprise him with a vegan “treat” from Paris– I couldn’t have found better advice! Very touching that you took the time to write this up– thank you again! 🙂

    Christopher Zimmer

  4. Sigga permalink
    October 31, 2012 8:58 am

    Hello! Vegan chocolate mousse in Bio d’Adam & Eve, nature or with orange flower… Amorino has now milk free chocolate ice-cream… really good!! And there is this little cookie place next to les halles, don’t remember the name but its pink and blue the logo, and they normally have one vegetalienne cookie, plus mob and east side burgers, have also little vegan cookies……and don’t forget vegan’s folie, in the 5th, cupcakes and cheesecakes vegan, some of them with chocolate flavor.

    Ok bæ!

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