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Any Vegans on the board that want to share their experiences thus far? I know France is heavy on the dairy and meats, and some Vegans have said it's a little tricky, but I would love to get some insider perspectives from people here (not tourists, but people actually living in France!).
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Any Vegans on the board that want to share their experiences thus far? I know France is heavy on the dairy and meats, and some Vegans have said it's a little tricky, but I would love to get some insider perspectives from people here (not tourists, but people actually living in France!).
Thanks for any insights!
I am not currently fully vegan, but have been. IMO France is only a problem for vegans if you want to eat out, and even so not always, it depends very much on where you live. And it's not that people don't open up vegan eateries, rather that in some areas they don't make enough to stay afloat.

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It depends. I don't eat meat, but do eat fish and dairy. Our son, who visits from time-to-time is vegetarian, mostly vegan. So, while we are not your target audience, we are more sensitive than average to what is available in the shops and restaurants. In the more populated areas, you will have no problems with the shops. There are several national chains of "health food" grocery stores (Bio-coop is an excellent example) and the major chains usually will have a decent selection of vegan offerings, though not necessarily so labeled.

Good, I.e. high-end, restaurants will probably not be a problem, just let them know in advance. On the other hand, the corner dive may be more problematic. Still ask nicely and they will always come up with something. Like a salad or a cheeseless pizza.

One good thing. If a restaurant lists vegetarian dishes, they will indeed be meat-free. Unlike in many eastern European countries where it just means vegetables, usually with a little meat added for flavor.

And, then as long are you aren't avoiding gluten, you will almost always have great bread options.

And, if you are thinking about living somewhere rural, I'd start now with learning French food and dietary terms.

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Thanks for the replies. I know we won't have any issues cooking for ourselves, fortunately, just hoping to be able to enjoy some of the restaurants and cafes without getting those sideways stares!
Seems like the vegan scene has been slow to catch on there (unlike Germany, which is one of the most v-friendly countries in the world, now!), but hopefully we can change that when they see this cool quirky couple sauntering down the street being all... veganish...

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Thanks for the replies. I know we won't have any issues cooking for ourselves, fortunately, just hoping to be able to enjoy some of the restaurants and cafes without getting those sideways stares!
Seems like the vegan scene has been slow to catch on there (unlike Germany, which is one of the most v-friendly countries in the world, now!), but hopefully we can change that when they see this cool quirky couple sauntering down the street being all... veganish...
In France a lot depends on how genuinely vegan you are, and IMHO the movement that has been attacking butchers and certain restaurants in France hasn't done vegans any favours.

There are, however, plenty of true vegans here. Vegan resturants/cafés are less common, and many really are not vegan. I have tried a couple here and was very disappointed. I would still be fully vegan if it were not for unusual health issues.

I am sure there would be good vegan eateries in France, likely more so in some areas than others, but it is a matter of finding them (both the areas and the eateries).

That said, there are many vegans in France, I just haven't connected with them.

You might find this site useful

ttps://www.vegan-france.fr/recherche...rch=restaurant

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Thanks for the replies. I know we won't have any issues cooking for ourselves, fortunately, just hoping to be able to enjoy some of the restaurants and cafes without getting those sideways stares!
Seems like the vegan scene has been slow to catch on there (unlike Germany, which is one of the most v-friendly countries in the world, now!), but hopefully we can change that when they see this cool quirky couple sauntering down the street being all... veganish...
In France a lot depends on how genuinely vegan you are, and IMHO the movement that has been attacking butchers and certain restaurants in France hasn't done vegans any favours.

There are, however, plenty of true vegans here. Vegan resturants/cafés are less common, and many really are not vegan. I have tried a couple here and was very disappointed. I would still be fully vegan if it were not for unusual health issues.

I am sure there would be good vegan eateries in France, likely more so in some areas than others, but it is a matter of finding them (both the areas and the eateries).

That said, there are many vegans in France, I just haven't connected with them.

You might find these sites useful

ttps://www.vegan-france.fr/recherche...rch=restaurant

https://www.ouest-france.fr/societe/vegan/

https://www.omio.fr/blog/ou-manger-vegan-en-france/

https://www.happycow.net/europe/france/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/983561401684437/

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...just hoping to be able to enjoy some of the restaurants and cafes...
Jumping off-topic here... The cafe is an interesting object. Aside from the name of the beverage -- café = coffee, the same word exists in both English (cafe) and French (café), but with subtly different meanings - both related to eating/drinking establishments. In France, the term café most commonly refers to a small establishment where you can get tea, coffee, and sandwiches. Though, the concept is expanding and some cafe's offer broader food options. But, those "cafés" with rude waiters and tables spilling out across the sidewalk, where Rick Steves likes to linger, are rarely actually cafés. Usually, they are Bistros and Brasseries, and sometimes Tabacs and bars. The term restaurant is more generally reserved for a place to enjoy a somewhat more leisurely meal.

Ok, end of the intro to France cultural lesson for the day.

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In France a lot depends on how genuinely vegan you are, and IMHO the movement that has been attacking butchers and certain restaurants in France hasn't done vegans any favours.

There are, however, plenty of true vegans here. Vegan resturants/cafés are less common, and many really are not vegan. I have tried a couple here and was very disappointed. I would still be fully vegan if it were not for unusual health issues.

I am sure there would be good vegan eateries in France, likely more so in some areas than others, but it is a matter of finding them (both the areas and the eateries).

That said, there are many vegans in France, I just haven't connected with them.

You might find this site useful

ttps://www.vegan-france.fr/recherche...rch=restaurant
Thanks for that info! Yes, the "militant" vegan angle here also does way more harm than good, which is what I bet you're seeing there as well. We're both level 11 vegans (haha), but really can't stand the militant actions you mentioned. Definitely think helping bring awareness to moral, health, and eco angles is the best route, then let people figure out where they want to land on the issues.

I'll definitely check out the link you provided. I know it's a growing scene there, so not too worried, but always like to have the insider info when possible...

(Thanks for your help with my other treads, too...)

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Jumping off-topic here... The cafe is an interesting object. Aside from the name of the beverage -- café = coffee, the same word exists in both English (cafe) and French (café), but with subtly different meanings - both related to eating/drinking establishments. In France, the term café most commonly refers to a small establishment where you can get tea, coffee, and sandwiches. Though, the concept is expanding and some cafe's offer broader food options. But, those "cafés" with rude waiters and tables spilling out across the sidewalk, where Rick Steves likes to linger, are rarely actually cafés. Usually, they are Bistros and Brasseries, and sometimes Tabacs and bars. The term restaurant is more generally reserved for a place to enjoy a somewhat more leisurely meal.

Ok, end of the intro to France cultural lesson for the day.
Ha - Good to know!! Thanks!

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You do not say where you are but in Brittany most of the creperies have vegetarian and vegan dishes as historically most Bretons had a poor mans/womans diet or they are quite happy to concoct one
Just do not ask for Kig Ar Farz

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