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Cafe Ginger

  • Vegan Vegan
    ( 67 reviews )
Contact 0142724383

9 Rue Jacques Coeur, Paris, France, 75004

Opened in 2011, this cafe is painted green outside. Serves lunch that's all vegan (since Mar 2013). Take metro to Bastille. Open Tue-Sun 12:30pm-3:30pm, Fri-Sun 7:30pm-10:30pm. Closes in summer months.

Category: Vegan, Organic, Beer/Wine, French, Fusion

Reviews (67)

First Review by Joanna Dubois

goutu & sympa / tasty & friendly - Edit

Adorable Restau/café tout petit (il vaut mieux mieux réserver) tout mignon où l'on peut manger une grande assiette de légumes+légumineuses+céreales (riz ou autre) pour 10€ plus un plat chaud (lasagne, tarte, soupe, etc.) pour 4,5€.
Desserts à 5€, Jus pressé (legumes divers) et autres surprises...
Mini terrasse (pour les journées chaudes)
Service charmant et efficace.
Tiny vegan restaurant/café (reservation recommended) I tried today for the first time: the meals are colorful, generous and very tasty.
Get a large veggies+legumes+cereal based plate for €10, add a warm serving (lasagna, tart or other) €4.5, and/or dessert for an addition €5.
Juice, Soup, extras... also available.
Sweetly decorated and when the weather is warm enough (unlike today's freezing sun!) you can also eat outside.
Service is kind and efficient.

Pros: tasty, healthy, service is pleasant

Cons: maybe a tiny bit expensive

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One of My Favorites in Town - Edit

I've been to Ginger countless times in the last couple of years.

The menu is basically just one plate which consists of a very colorful salad with vegetables/grains/etc; and a choice between a tart/lasagna/sometimes other dish. They also offer soups, juices and desserts such as carrot cake, a chocolate terrine, and a "trio du jour" (a mix of mousse, cream and crust).

The food is fresh and delicious, so I really enjoy it each time I go. The service is always great.

Ginger is quite small; and it can get packed very fast, so I'd recommend booking in advance.

Pros: tasty food, friendly staff, good value

Cons: none

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Tourists - Edit

Operates a set menu, with either a 'Ginger bowl' (a bowl of various grains and vegetables) on its own, or the bowl is available with one of the plat du jour. There were three options; lasagne, parmigiana or a pie. Two of us has the lasagne which was delicious, and one opted for a lovely pie. The 'Ginger bowl' that came with it was a delicious selection of fresh vegetables, all flavoured subtly. It was a satisfying plate of food, the staff were lovely and desserts were delish too! The café is very small but the service and food are great - lovely spot for lunch when out and about in Paris.

Pros: All vegan, Friendly staff

Cons: A bit cramped

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Creative Vegan - Edit

Ginger is adjacent to the Bastille subway stop, easy to find. The vegan food is excellent but they only offer a prix-fixe menu of three or so entree choices every night, plus appetizers and deserts. The portions are generous and creatively arranged. They say they are open until 10:30pm but if you arrive after 9:30 there may be little left. Best to get a reservation.

Pros: Quality vegan fare, Attractive space, great service

Cons: Limited choices, Fixed price, no a la carte

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Vegetables, vegetables, vegetables - Edit

Dish of the days with a choice of side is 15,50 euros. A bit expensive but the food was good, varied and healthy.
Didn't know one could fit that many different kinds of salads on one single plate.
The "side" was either a salty tart or vegan eggplant parmigiana. Very delicious!
Staff was a bit overwhelmed but helpful.

Pros: Fresh, Seasonal, Varied

Cons: not many options

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Excellent - Edit

I had a really good lunch here, plenty of choice with the dish of the day, and they only use seasonal produce; great to see.
Although it was crowded, I didn't feel rushed, and I also had an excellent raw carrot cake for dessert.

Pros: Tasty food, Friendly and helpful staff

Cons: Small with not many tables

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Great little Bastille eatery - Edit

Ate here on a Friday lunchtime.... lucky to get a seat..... assiete of the day with choice of tarte or gratin... with lots of fab salads... great value for money

Pros: Lovely salads with assiete

Cons: None

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gutes essen - Edit

schönes kleines Restaurant alles 100% vegan. das Essen war sehr gut, etwas teuer, aber wie gesagt alles gute Qualität, Vorspeise, Hauptgang und Nachspeise. Auch die Musik aus einem kleinen Radio hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Die Bedienung war sehr freundlich. Ich würde das Restaurant auf jeden Fall empfehlen

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WoW - Edit

Wow! What a great, charming, lovely place !! The atmosphere is really enjoyable ! It's small, not crowed, quiet and peaceful place. The owner is quite a nice person who you can talk with !

The food is great, sophisticate and look simple in the same time. It's really good. It's a place you should not miss !!!

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Lovely place! - Edit

My boyfriend and I (from England) visited Cafe Ginger last Saturday night for dinner. All the food was delicious and it was nice to have some healthy food while dining out. We had fresh juice which was really tasty too. All the staff were really nice too.

Pros: Lovely staff, Tasty nutritious food

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Enjoyable experience but a bit overpriced - Edit

Cafe Ginger is a bit of a concept of its own. There is a daily menu with limited choice. The food was delicious, varied and healthy. Everything is organic and the vegetable choice seemed seasonal. We got a plate with several small salads and a leek quiche.

The staff was friendly but we did have to wait for quite some time to get service and for our food. We were not that happy with the drinks. They only serve two types of wine, which I personally didn't like. The coffee I got afterwards was cold and not up to standards.

Apart from the drinks, I did really enjoy the food. We paid €16,50 for the main dish, which is a little overpriced for what it was.

Pros: Variety, Friendly staff, Cozy atmosphere

Cons: Coffee, Wine, Price

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Good but basic - Edit

It is a nice small place to have either lunch or diner in the Bastille area of Paris, easy to find.
There is not a big variety of options and the meals are very basic. Carrots, coles etc.
I think the prices are rather high (16,50 for a main dish) for the basic food you get. It is healthy though and the ambiance is good.
I saw in another review that there was no alcohol, when we were there, there was beer and wine which was positive.

Pros: Very healthy, Nice little place , Central location

Cons: Often full , High price for simple food

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lovely, delicious, healthy treat - Edit

I had an awesome lunch at ginger cafe. The main dish was super delicious and healthy, with so many different small portions of salads, dips, etc, just how I love it. For dessert we tried two cakes and especially the raw carrot cake was awesome. The place is very cute and cozy. Reservation recommended.

Pros: healthy, yummy

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good, not exceptional - Edit

Popular but small vegan restaurant convenient to the Bastille. Reasonably priced food that was good. For lunch you order a choice of quiche/pie and it automatically comes with a variety of different sides/salads, some of which are better than others. Overall I was happy with my meal. Go on the earlier side or make a reservation.

Pros: all vegan, good food that's pretty healthful, lots of different vegetables

Cons: limited choices, automatic variety of sides , crowded

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You MUST book - Edit

We found this eatery on Happy Cow and I never checked the reviews first. Big mistake.
It's not a big place and it's SUPER busy. We arrived and were told they were fully booked. We asked if we could come back and they managed to squeeze us in a few hours later.
We paid €18 per head for a plate of food and a desert which is not bad. The main meal is a tart with about 7 different salads.
They don't offer alcohol. Sigh!
Will definitely go back.

Pros: Good value, Good portions, Vegan food only

Cons: No alcohol, Can't just pop in

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Refreshing vegan cafe - great for lunch - Edit

We visited for lunch. The small menu is made up for by the high quality tasty food you will find here. Choices include 2 soups, 3 tart options with salad, and cold rolls with salad. There are also a number of desserts on offer and fresh juices. We tried one of the tarts (Kale, Brocolli & Potatoe) and the cold roll with salads option - both were fresh and tasty - the accompanying salads (which included three different pates) were not the standard boring versions you seem to get in Paris. All the staff were friendly, particularly the owner (an English man who speak fluent French) who took the time to explain the menu options to us, and even offered some other suggestions for vegan eating in Paris. Atmosphere is really pleasant - nice and bright, and surprising quite given its closeness to Place de Bastille. A lovely little vegan oasis for a lunch break - would highly recommend.

Pros: Fresh and tasty, Friendly staff, Relaxing atmosphere

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Best meal we've had in Paris! - Edit

We read about this restaurant on Happy Cow and went there twice only to find it closed (once was a holiday and another time we went too late in the afternoon).
Third time was lucky.
The meal was sensational.
Choice of three mains with the best array of vegetables and pates/sauces.
All vegan and organic. Staff were lovely and welcoming.
Nothing was too much trouble and great English.
Mains were €13.50. Option to include a freshly made juice (total €18.00) or have the main, juice plus desset for €22.
I had the spring roll which was fantastic. My husband had the ratatouille pie which he enjoyed. Th juice (carrot, apple & ginger) was wonderful.
And my husband had the chocolate terrine which I stole a teaspoon of.....heaven.
Go there....you won't regret it.

Pros: Excellent food, Friendly relaxed staff, Great quality in every way

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Parfait parfait parfait ! - Edit

I think this is my favorite Vegan restaurant so far. I didn't try so much of them, but it will remain on the top of the top for a while...
The girls are just lovely, super friendly and give very good advices. Their food is just so fresh and you got many little things in your plate that make you taste a lot of different savors. I got a pie that was just perfect in the proportions and the seasoning. All was super tasty !
The dessert was also succulent and the homemade juice was very well balanced.
I expected that to be quite expensive (the area, it's vegan, organic) but it was actually quite cheap for such a quality. It's cooked with hearts full of generosity !

Keep on girls! I just can't wait to try Café Ginger in winter !

An advice : you should book before !

Pros: Super friendly & efficient staff, The food is super fresh and tasty, Everything is vegan & organic

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Small and cosy - Edit

This little vegan café was a great find thanks to a recommendation. Tucked down a side street it has pavement seating as well as tables inside. It was busy and we had to share a table which wasn't a problem. The staff were friendly and the man that served us was English. My husband speaks French but it saves him translating for us! The food was really tasty and very generous. I couldn't eat it all! Between us we had the spring roll and one of each of the two flans that were on offer that day. All of these were served with salads. The desserts were tasty too. Great that this is completely vegan and we will definitely go back next time we are in Paris.

Pros: Completely Vegan, Generous portions, Friendly staff

Cons: Small so gets busy

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Intimate, busy, nutritious, delicious - Edit

Made reservation on Facebook night before for 12:30pm (opening time) the next day...they left a reply that that would be ok. Good move as they filled up almost immediately after opening. Sat inside at sweet window table with fresh hydrangeas.

Choice of 3 entrees today, all served with assortment of tiny vegan salad samples. We had the spring roll (best ever hands down) and the ratatouille pie (also amazing). Service was slow as the French always are, and we were able to relax and not feel rushed despite the demand.

Fresh unsweetened hibiscus, ginger and orange juice made upon ordering downstairs...delicious!!

Trio du jour for dessert tasted like a gourmet s'more!

Wish today was not our last in Paris so we could come back again soon. =(

Pros: special vegan food prepared fresh daily, feels homey, easy to find, good location

Cons: limited options, could be a long wait

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Excellent vegan cafe - Edit

Cafe Ginger was one of the best places I visited during my trip to Paris. It's quite small and extremely popular (deservedly so), so it's worth booking ahead - we did so via their Facebook page. Despite how busy it was, the service was fast and friendly, with the waitress explaining all our options in English.
There are 2 tarts every day, or the choice of a salad plate. I tried the leek and asparagus tart, while my partner had the pumpkin and mushroom one. Both were delicious, and were served on the most colourful, fresh and tempting plate of salad and sides. Everything was so beautifully seasoned and prepared, it was a real treat.
To balance out the healthiness, of course we had some desserts as well. The cheesecake was the best I've ever had, and the chocolate terrine was rich and delicious too.
If I go back to Paris, I'll definitely visit again!

Pros: Colourful, tasty food, Excellent service, Fresh ingredients

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The best Vegan place in Paris !!!! - Edit

I eat there almost every day and i love all the flavours and colours in the plate, it makes me revive !
Its also a moment of relaxation to go there and chat to the owners and staff members, they are really easy going and interesting and also funny !
Everything tastes so fresh and made with passion.

My advice to you is to make a booking as cafe ginger gets quite busy over lunch time and then you are not guaranteed to have food after 3pm .

And definatly try the Ginger plate !!! Yummy :)

Pros: Good value, Organic , friendly staff, Excellent food, nice vibes, Bastille

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Love this place! - Edit

Such a nice place, such a nice food!
The best word to resume this restaurant: simplicity!

The food is delicious and simple at the same time! The owner is a great guy, I just love going there for lunch or dinner!

Pros: Tasty and simple food, Nice location in Paris, Great service, nice owner

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Wouldn't bother - Edit

I've attempted to eat here twice, and failed on both occasions. The first time I was starving after having travelled by train for a few days. When I finally found the place there were a couple of people idly chattering, yet they said they were closed and had nothing to offer. I believe I asked for other options such as take away, but they showed zero flexibility or empathy. I also think I e-mailed them beforehand to confirm opening hours, but in that case I never heard anything back from them.
The second attempt took place just the other day. I read a review below that stressed the importance of booking in advance, so I tried to send them an e-mail. I found no addresses on either their regular or facebook websites. When I finally turned up the cafe was closed, but I don´t think that was mentioned anywhere?! Note that I speak no French but I can make out written French quite well, but I doubt there was any information in regard to a change of opening hours. Due to all of this, chances are I'll never try this place.

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One of our favorite meals in Paris - Edit

We absolutely loved this tiny cafe located near the Bastille. Definitely call to make a reservation for lunch or dinner as seating is very very limited. Also, one thing we noticed is that vegan restaurants in Paris have very strange hours and days they are open. They might randomly be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We went for dinner and they have a set menu for 25 euros per person. You are treated to a healthy and scrumptious vegan meal that starts with a choice of a hot soup or we could select a specialty drink. We had the soup which was wonderful on a cold rainy night. Then you are served a plate filled with a variety of delicious dishes from polenta, tapanades, quinoa salads etc.. and also a wonderful homemade tart (came in three flavors that you can select). And, you top it all off with a dessert selection. We are huge eaters and were worried that we would leave hungry but the portion is really sufficient. We felt completely satisfied without feeling stuffed. We would have gone again but they were closed the last day we were in Paris. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant. The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. We had a cheerful waitress who spoke excellent English while I fumbled through my French.

Pros: delicious healthy food, friendly staff, feels like a local spot

Cons: very small so make reservation, closed a few days a week

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Good food, friendly stuff - Edit

My husband and I had a luck there. Took the course with a soup, main dish and dessert. Soup was broccoli with almond milk and nuts, little watery to my taste but good as a warm up on the cool day before main dish. Loved the stuff. Two young ladies who smile a lot.
Our baby enjoyed a soup as well as all attention and smiles.
Would come back again if is in the area.

Pros: Good food, All vegan lunch, Friendly stuff

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Cosy little place, good for lunch - Edit

Café Ginger is the type of place I would visit again but not necessarily a place I would rave about. There is limited seating so booking is essential unless you visit at a random time. The menu choice, when I went, had just two options available, which both seemed appealing to me. The potions were generous and the price wasn't bad considering this little café is in the heart of Bastille. If you're looking for a large choice of food then maybe head elsewhere, but if you want fresh good vegetarian food then this place will work.

Pros: Fresh food, Friendly staff, Portion sizes

Cons: Menu choice, Limited seating

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nice, friendly, good food - Edit

I went there yesterday when they just opened, and had a delicious fresh Juice and the plate of´the day with a tarte of pumpkin and mushrooms - that meant various yummy salades and a delicious tarte.It`s a small place with two tables outside, I hadn`t to wait long and the staff is friendly,explaines everything in english.

Pros: good food, friendly staff

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Tartlets! Plats du Jour! Vegan Parisian dining! - Edit

We ate here twice while we were in Paris last January. Each time the plats du jour were amazing. This is one of the healthiest meals I've eaten out with an incredible variety and yet all of the cuteness of a Parisian assiette du jour. You get to choose one of four savory tarts, and this is served with a gorgeous rainbow of mini salads and sides. Everything was delicious from the chutney to the most obscure mystery salad. The owners are friendly, and the desserts are tiny, but worth the splurge if you have the money. This isn't a huge meal, it's a Parisian sized meal. That means you will be full but not over-full, but the gorgeous food will keep you coming back for more! Oh these tarts, they were the best part!

Pros: friendly staff, local vegan hangout, savory tarts!!!

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Good and healthy vegan food in a little café - Edit

This little café was a good surprise when I went there for lunch. The place is really cute and the owner is very friendly. I had a full meal with a delicious soup with seven vegetables, a complete dish that consists of a great pumpkin-mushroom pie, basmati rice and different vegetables and salads and a chocolate cake nicely presented. The food was healthy and of good quality, with nice tastes. The menu is not huge and they have 2 or 3 options a day. Don't hesitate to go there for lunch!

Pros: good and fresh food, healthy, friendly staff, cute place, location

Cons: small area, little menu

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An Excellent Meal next to Bastille - Edit

I and my wife have just eaten an excellent meal here at Cafe Ginger. We were given a very friendly welcome here and I do not mean the plastic greeting you receive from some ''tourist'' restaurants. There were three choices for starter, main and even more for .dessert.
You can eat a formule or possibly go a la carte as you prefer. We did not enquire about this.
The food was very imaginative and had things I would never have dreamed of such as Mexican wraps with spiced potatoes covered in a chocolate based sauce. It sound weird but it works and the chocolate is not sweet.
Desert was terrine au Chocolate which was delicious and had hints of real ginger , hazelnut and cranberries with fresh mixed fruit salad as a counterpoint.
Good drinking tap water is freely given but I chose a bio beer which was very tasty.
The patron is at least bilingual and speaks excellent English as do his 2 colleagues. We felt very welcome and booked tomorrow night when a different set of delights is promised.
Another thing which impressed us was the genuine passion for the food which is prepared. If you want something with fries and ketchup then look elsewhere. If you want a family feel to a quiet restaurant then this will not disappoint .
The cafe is very close to Bastille Metro station and only 5 mins from the busy Rue de la Roquette which is full of nightlife if you want that.
As a long suffering vegetarian in Paris for the past 7 years I have to say things are now well and truly on the up.

Pros: Quality, Flavour, Welcome

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Had to taste all the desserts - Edit

We took three desserts because they were all so special and rare to find. The chocolate terrine was absolutely French, you can't get it elsewhere! They indeed used ginger in many dishes, in a very innovative way.

Lovely coffee cups, free WiFi, super nice staff. One of the nicest places I have ever been to. Don't miss Cafe Ginger if you go to Paris.

Pros: Great desserts, Great other food, WiFi

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Great Vegan Food and Environment - Edit

I visited here on a Saturday afternoon. The place was busy and we had to wait a short while for a seat but the staff were friendly and helpful, talking us through the menu as we were waiting.

The food was fantastic. You get a set menu with a choice of a tart with tasters of salad. You can also have a soup and dessert. I opted for the 3 course meal and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was really fresh and tasty and was real high quality vegan cuisine.

I would recommend Cafe Ginger to anyone in Paris.

Pros: Food quality, Service, Location

Cons: Maybe a bit small but that's Paris!

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Lovely little place! - Edit

I visited here at lunch time on a weekend trip to Paris. It was so nice. I ordered three courses for €20.00, which is extremely good value for Bastille. I had soup, Asparagus tart that was served with a little tasting of 5 different salads. Being someone who likes variety I thought this was a great way to serve, instead of just loading up with one huge salad!
I had the Vegan Tiramisu which was superb.
The staff were friendly and the owner even recommended a vegan bakery for us to try!
The place is very small, but it is the Centre of Paris and in order to grow they need all the support they can get. To ensure you get a seat i'd reccommend to book before hand.

Pros: Location, All Vegan , Staff

Cons: Small

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Delicious! - Edit

We had dinner here, and it was great. Lovely staff, delicious food obviously made with love, reasonably priced (22 euro for a menu) and the restaurant looks really nice. It's recommended making a reservation, at lunch time as well.

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They ran out of food! - Edit

I foubd it very challenging to be a vegan in Paris. I was so delighted to see this cute little cafe, but unfortunately for me, they had run out of food! The staff were so lovely and the vibes were so good, I couldn't be upset or angry!

Pros: Nice staff, cute cafe.

Cons: no food

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Love it here - Edit

I always bring my friends here, even if they're not veg. I really love their juices and desert. I consider it to have the best cost-benefit of all veg restaurants in Paris.
And, it's the only veg place you can eat at 4pm in Paris.

Pros: Price, Location, Juices

Cons: It's in Paris

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Simple, good and healthy - Edit

My partner and I went here a couple of times because it was close to where we were staying. The second time I decided to go because I was sick and needed healthy food like fresh juice and soup. This place has health and freshness as a focus, which means in general you have to book or at least turn up early, because everything is made just before lunch, and it runs out because they only make enough so that it doesn't waste. We discovered this the hard way. Lunch consists of a vegan tart - one of about four options - plus a number of small separate portions of salad components. The tarts are quite delicious and the salads are OK in a 'healthy' kind of way. Additionally you can buy juice, soup and dessert. In my experience the juice was pretty good, but on the occasion I was nursing my sickness with their soup, I must say it was a tad watery and not overly tasty. The staff are friendly and helpful, and the enthusiasm and the ethos of the place scores them points with me. I imagine I would go regularly for lunch if I lived in Paris.

Pros: Food made fresh and not wasted, Tarts are interesting and yummy, Friendly, helpful staff

Cons: Soup a bit watery and tasteless, Food runs out quick (flipside of Pro #1)

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Cute and cozy - Edit

I was exited to go and visit this place, especially after all the reviews that I have read, and I am still to be impressed by a vegan meal in Paris.
The place is very cozy and the location is great. Classic cozy atmosphere, which is typical for small restaurants in Paris.
I have to say that my first impression was of the staff not being very hospitable. I know that I'm in Paris and the service is not as the one in the States, and once we sat down I found out that they are very nice people, but still they seemed so out of it because they were so busy, it was obvious that they could barely handle it.
Unfortunately half of the lunch options were unavailable by the time we sat down, which is fine, because I'm open to try whatever they can make. Once we ordered the food came in very fast and I have to admit that it was delicious! Even though simple, all the dishes were well balanced and very flavorful. I still remember the gratin and the dessert had a nice home-made feel.
I will keep searching for the best vegan meal in Paris, but I am also definitely willing to give Ginger another try

Pros: Food, Inexpensive, Location

Cons: Busy, Staff a bit lost

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My fav lunch place in Paris - Edit

I lived in Paris for 1.5 years and tried over 20 veggie restaus, this is hands down my favourite place!! The owners are great, the food is super fresh and the price is right! I love all the variety you get on one plate and that there are gluten free options! My favorite tarte is the sweet potato one!!

Pros: Price, Taste, Staff

Cons: Hours

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Nothing extraordinary about the food - Edit

The Chef seems to be a friendly person who cares about the customers opinions.

On the other hand the other person there to serve the customers couldn't speak either French or English and didn't make any effort to smile or try to understand what people were saying which made it very difficult to ask questions about the food or anything else.

The menu was an hand-written paper with only one name per dish, no explanation written so it was hard to know what it was, the Chef had to come to each table to explain the menu.
Once he had explained it all we had nearly forgotten what were the first few dishes of the list.

We randomly made our choices ending up with 3 starters and one dish.

Each of them tasted good but nothing out of the extraordinary here, I cook the same dishes at home. Shame because the Chef seemed to be working hard for it.

I had a basic dessert of a blended banana with a soya yogurt, again nothing special there.

We ended up paying 62€ for 2 menu and a beer, which is really expensive !!!

Maybe there was a mistake but it wasn't really possible to get an answer from the waiter as he didn't bother to try to understand our questions.

Not sure I would try it again...

Pros: Friendly Chef

Cons: Really expensive, waiter not friendly, basic vegan food

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Simply delicious! - Edit

Delicious food, super friendly staff, nice outdoor seating, I'm eating it in this exact moment and loving it! Their home made savory tarts are just a dream!!!

Pros: fresh, tasty, friendly

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1* dinner - 5* lunch - Edit

Dinner - I went on a Sunday night so I am not sure if the food was different for this night only.
The chef was really nice, he came and chatted to everyone and made sure they were alright, which makes writing this review that much more difficult. I found the food the least appetizing restaurant food I have eaten for a long time. I can't recall ever thinking this in a restaurant (I am by no means a good cook) - but I felt even I could do better. It was healthy - composed of cut up vegetables, but from the more 70's school of hippy vegan (or how I imagine it) that says top everything with dried herbs to add flavor (it doesn't). If I had brought a carniverous friend I would have been embarrassed for this vegan representation. On top of that it was very very expensive for what it was (I didn't eat my dessert - again I cannot recall that happening before). The service was relatively efficient but passionless & a little cold.
Lunch - I went to dinner there because my lunches there have been so good. They turned out to be the opposite of dinner; delicious, thoughtful, fresh, good value and tasty. I had a savory crumble of the day which came with a lovely assortment of little salad dishes. The chocolate 'pate' dessert was also good, and the couple serving there were very friendly and approachable.
I'm very sorry to have to give Cafe Ginger such a mixed review.

Pros: Fantastic delicious lunch, Good central location, Friendly service at lunch

Cons: Dinner was very unappealing, Dinner expensive considering qualit

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My first vegan restaurant - Edit

The cafe is really small and cozy but is well organised ans run efficiently(at least when I was there)by the friendly staff.

There is not much to choose from but I was very happy with my plate full of delicious healthy things to try. I really liked almost everything and it was really well priced for Paris.

I didn't get to try any of the desserts because I was full from the food but will most likely return.

Pros: well priced, tasted great, relaxed atmosphere

Cons: really cramped, outdoor seating is squashed

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Great stuff - Edit

In advance of the opening hours, I was let in to the tiny cafe Ginger by this very friendly man, that I have presumed is the owner. Hungry as I was, I ordered soup of the day and a plate with pie and some 'extras'. The soup arriving first wasn't amazing in taste but far away of being bad. I never asked what it was but it might have been green lens soup. Anyway, it had a healthy feeling to it. Afterwards I was guided through a small variety of pies and chose a corn-based one. This was delivered to my table on a plate together with the extras. These extras turned out to be at least six small salads and hommus-like creamy things. The plate turned out to be the best veggie food I have ever eaten in a cafe or restaurant. A perfect balanced meal both in the taste and health aspect. It felt obvious to me that this very pleasant mix of fruity and salt tastes, was ambitiously thought through and put together.

A lot of people would argue that a small menu is a negative thing. For me it ain't necessarily so. Rather the opposite if the case is a menu that changes, which is the case here.

When I left Ginger it was full of people and later times it's been full to the last spot when I've arrived. Not surprising.

Pros: Cheap, Great food, Friendly staff

Cons: Hard to get place sometimes

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Underwhelmed - Edit

My lady and I stopped by one Sunday afternoon for brunch and found ourselves at a completely empty Ginger Cafe around 13:00. We were greeted by a friendly and charming man who I assume is the owner.. he guided us in English through the options that day and we both settled on the pumpkin soup.. then it take it from there. Although the restaurant is quiet inviting and the staff was terrific we both felt that the soup was quite bland and underwhelming. I was rather disappointed. There just wasn't anything to it. I realize this a common problem with a lot of pumpkin-centered dishes.. the taste just doesn't pop out. Well we weren't persuaded to try anything else and by the time we left the place was still empty which is always a bit strange.. being the only people in a restaurant. Regardless of the disappointing soup I'll be back the next time I'm in Paris and try something else. We may have just gotten a dud item. Fortunately they seem to be doing some other things well so I won't give up hope. Can't do 3.5 cows so I'll go with 4.

Pros: ambiance, staff

Cons: soup was bland

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Like homemade! - Edit

I'm so glad I decided to visit this place. The staff were probably the best I've ever come across in a restaurant. They were so warm and genuine and it felt like they really had their heart in the job. The husband especially had plenty of interesting conversation to make, and both the husband and the wife made me feel very much like this was a place I wanted to be giving business to.

So, then, how was the food? I think it'd be best described as "lovely." It was healthy and homestyle, but usually when I hear those adjectives, I just think of bland stuff that I'll eat if nothing else is available but which I wouldn't ever choose as my first meal preference. Here, the food feels healthy but is also flavourful. It's the perfect illustration of how food doesn't always need to be complex to be satisfying, and I say that not because the food was overly simple, but because it wasn't presented in a fancy way or anything. The flavour spoke for itself, and even though I was eating a small pie with a plate full of salad, I didn't feel left wanting (though I did have the dessert, which was a comforting fig and apple tart whose crust had a delicious, melt in your mouth texture and whose apples had the perfect combination of softness and residual crispness).

My only word of warning is that I think I got there like halfway through their hours and they were running pretty low on their pies. This and the relatively small number of meal choices are understandable, though--they do everything themselves in that kitchen. I'd simply suggest to get there earlier rather than later, but if you do miss out, they do great things with salad, so don't be disheartened!

Cafe Ginger was great, and it really reminded me of a restaurant I love back home. I think I'll be going back before I leave Paris if I have the time. The owners are simply fantastic (and had knowledge of veganism and what there is for vegans in Paris, as well as English skills) and I found the food both tasty and health-conscious, characteristics which aren't often well-balanced. I also found it remarkably economical for a place that is referred to as "moderate" in price on Happy Cow--I got the pie with a big plate of mixed salads and the dessert for 14 euros. In Paris, I find that a pretty good deal!

Pros: Surprisingly easy to find, Amazing staff, Healthy and yummy food with a good price

Cons: Popularity may mean shortages of items, Not a huge amount of choice

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they ran out of food twice - Edit

I wish I could review this restaurant, but we came here two times during the advertised opening hours and they had no food left. The first time it was before 3PM, and they said that they were also closing earlier than usual because they had to go someplace. The second time it was around 2:30 PM, and once again, they were out of food "we had a busy day". The proprietor was nice enough, apologizing and suggesting another place in the area (we were there before and not particularly impressed), but I think that any business that wants to thrive must prepare extra food, and if there is leftover, they can offer it to some of the many homeless in the city.

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Nice healthy restaurant - Edit

I really liked the plate of the day I ate there. It had a lot of variety and everything was tasty, and healthy.

There are not too many options, but if you're looking for a healthy meal (no junk food there) that won't blow you away, but still fully satisfy you, this is a great choice.

I find many macrobiotic or health-oriented restaurants in Paris offer this kind of menu, but many of them serve bland food. This is not the case here.

Pros: organic, inexpensive, healthy

Cons: lack of options

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Simple and delicious! A must. - Edit

After fabric shopping all day, I arrived tired and starving to Cafe Ginger!

What a gem this little cafe is!

The owners are warm and welcoming. I felt immediately at home. The food was simple, fresh, delicious, and presented beautifully. I had a vegan shepherds pie accompanied by plenty of sides like carrot and beet salad, beautiful bean sprouts, an eggplant puree dip with bread.

They also have vegan desserts and fresh juices and tea. I will certainly visit again during my next trip to Paris! Thanks so much guys!

Pros: Friendly, Fresh, Delicious

Cons: Not 100% vegan

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Not my thing... - Edit

First, if you're liking for it off the metro, go to the Henry IV exit to the street. It's 40 yards away. The place was small and had no menu, just a few things to choose from for lunch. While very healthy, I prefer more protein (tofu, seitan). Was a bit expensive for what we got, but still I line with Paris prices. Two workers (assuming owners?) were great, especially the guy. Fantastic service and friendliness were certainly there. Wouldn't go back but worth a visit once to mix it up! It was busy at 3:00 in the afternoon...

Pros: Vegan selections

Cons: Lack of options

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Fill up on a healthy, hearty vego lunch - Edit

We ate here twice and loved it. Owned by a couple who make all the food themselves, they specialise in tarts and do an awesome Shepherd's pie. Plates are filled up with a heap of little extras, like avocado, mashed yams, couscous, grated vegetables, etc. It's really healthy and filling. We got addicted to a chocolate pate they do for dessert, delicious. They gave our 8 month old daughter some mushed up food which she loved - for no charge. Really nice people and an intimate setting. One block from the Bastille, so it's in a fantastic area and easy to get to.

Pros: Tasty, healthy food, Super-friendly owners, Relaxed, intimate setting

Cons: Only a handful of tables, Not 100% vegan

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Great and special home made food - Edit

We just loved this place. A nice variety of vegan home made food is served for a very good price (which is kind of hard to find elsewhere in Paris). The place is not as crowded as the "hip" vegan places, but the food is as good if not better. The staff is super friendly (and English speaking ;)). We will definitely come back next time we are in town.

Pros: Great home made food, Very good prices, Super friendly staff

Cons: -, -, -

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Great cafe! - Edit

This is a wonderful little spot for lunch! We made a trip to this place because of the good reviews here and we were not disappointed. It's a tiny little place, probably only 12-15 places, but that means a lot of personal attention. We ordered the plate of the day (shepherd's pie) and were pleasantly surprise with the variety platter that was served. Several little salads and sides that were all delicious. The owner/staff were all very attentive and friendly. I would make this special trip again.

Pros: Owner/Staff, large portions, variety of options

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A great little veggie cafe in the heart of Paris - Edit

Cafe Ginger opened a few months ago. It's well hidden behind Bastille and opens every day for lunch and afternoon snacks except Mondays. We were served a hearty soup of the day and a selection of vegetable tarts, followed by a slice of vegan cheese cake. Although Ginger Cafe is technically vegetarian, most of the dishes on the menu are vegan. The owners are well aware of diet requirements and are very involved in making their business a success. She bakes and cooks while he looks after the customers. Brunch on the weekend is always busy, so think about going early or making a booking as seating is limited. Definitely a place we will recommend to people who are looking for a cosy location with delicious well-priced home-style food prepared with love and care.

Pros: Taste, Friendliness, Location

Cons: Small - need to reserve

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Delicious! - Edit

The food is delicious and they have many (mostly) vegan options. The owners are very friendly as well. You order at the counter and then sit down and wait for the food to be brought to you. It's very busy at lunch time, and very small but cozy. Loved it! Payed EUR 17 for soup + juice + salad and tarte salé... Lots of food and all organic.

Pros: Delicious, Affordable, Friendly

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Vegan friendly cafe in central Paris - Edit

Excellent little cafe just next to Bastille, a very welcome addition to the Paris vegetarian scene. Great selection of different teas and infusions along with creative fresh juices.

The food looked great, especially the deserts many of which were vegan, I will definitely be eating here when next in Paris. There was also a soup of the day and an interesting selection of creative savoury tarts made fresh daily which were served with a mix of salads. Many of the tarts were vegan, and there was also a gluten free (vegan) option available.

Unusually for Paris the tea was very well made - no doubt due to one of the owners being English!

Definitely one of the best veggie options in Paris.

Pros: Good value, Gluten Free and Vegan options, friendly staff

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Great Vegan comfort food, with lovely service - Edit

I stumbled across Cafe Ginger recently, and was pleasantly surprised by its wonderful organic vegan/vege lunches.

I had a courgette, onion and mashed potato tart, with a side salad of vegan risotto, lentils and a green salad. (9€)

This was the perfect comfort food meal, the deliciously filling tart would have fooled any non-vegan!

Having only been open a few months, the owners are still trying to find their feet, but this also adds to the charm, you can tell they're passionate about their new veg-cafe venture, and it shows in the food!
Much lighter than Le Potager du Marais and perhaps more modern, but equally filling and tasty.

I'm very keen to go back and try their juices and desserts!

Pros: Light, tasty cafe style food, Good value, Friendly owners

Cons: Atmostphere needs work, but will come..., Not close enough to my front door! haha

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The best place for vegan food in Paris - Edit

As a long-time vegan, until now eating out in Paris was a bit of a challenge. Not anymore. Totally by chance I discovered the newly-opened Ginger Cafe and it really is vegan heaven. It is run by a most simpatico young couple: he's English, she's Latin-American. She does the cooking (with organic ingredients), he runs the show. Although it's not 100% vegan, the choice of vegan dishes is both imaginative and very tasty (which in my experience is often not the case in vegetarian restaurants, where vegans seem to be considered the poor relations). I had a watercress soup, which tasted even better than my own soups, even though I've been called "The Queen of Soups" by (non veggie)friends. Served with the best bread I've tasted in Paris.Then I had a mushroom and sweet potato quiche, which was served with a lovely, imaginative salad.By then I was full, so I took the apple tart as a take-away for later. The whole lot came to € 17. At the moment, they're only open from 9h30 till 18.00 Tues-Sun. since they've got a young child. But check with them before you go, since they are planning to extend opening hours. Another thing I am very pleased with is that they don't use microwaves.

Pros: Excellent food, Organic, Good value

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