Le Pain Quotidien - Marais

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    ( 10 reviews )
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18-20, rue des Archives, Paris, France, 75004

Serves meat, vegan options available. International restaurant chain featuring artisan bakery and communal table. Menu includes several ovo-lacto vegetarian dishes as well as vegan ones (denote by carrot sign). Open Mon-Sun 8:00am-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, Organic, Western, Beer/Wine, Bakery, Non-veg

10 Reviews

First Review by JonJon

good and for everybody - Edit

Sincerely this place is good. It is for everybody who want to eat meat, vg, vegan, gluten free, etc. Lot of things are vegan, and they are very good.

Pros: the large choice

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Meh - Edit

I got the botanical brunch. It was more of a sample platter than an integrated meal. Very filling. Marked as vegan but came with butter.

Pros: Nice atmosphere

Cons: expensive

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Filling Winter Warmth Meal! - Edit

As a vegan traveling with my dad in Paris, he put me in charge of all the meals out. Le Pain Quotidien was the first place we came across thanks to happy cow, and it was amazing. We must've hit it at a good time because it wasn't too busy, and there were lots of vegan and veggie options. I got a colorful salad and an enormous bowl of soup-maybe pea or lentil? With bread on the side of both, naturally. We also got hot lemon tea. I loved the rustic decor and homey-feel to the place.

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I didn't get a chance to taste the food - Edit

We went in sometime in the afternoon, were led to a table, sat down, browsed the menu for quite a while, during which time the waitress asked if we were ready to order or needed a few more minutes, but only when we asked to order did she tell us that more than half the menu was over, with only 1-2 hot dishes (1 with meat) left. Granted it was late, but why let give people the menu, have them make up their mind, and only then tell them nothing's available?!
I would've gone out at that stage, but my bf wanted something to eat and got one of the specials. It had meat so didn't try it, but the dish was way, way over priced (the most expansive on the menu) for its size - and I'm a small person with a small stomach and usually don't have any problems in the portion size area, All in all, didn't leave us wanting to come back.

Pros: cozy interior

Cons: service

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A little skeptic - Edit

My boyfriend and I went here, and I ordered the Detox Salad and he ordered the Chili Sin Carne, both of which were marked vegan. However, my boyfriend was fairly sure the chili contained beef. We hope it was a substitute, but unfortunately that doesn’t seem likely. He is only vegetarian while I am vegan, and it did not bother him as much as it would have for me. (The idea being that it is worse to throw the animal away). Also, my “vegan” salad came with real butter for the bread. It was a little concerning, which is disappointing since it’s a very common chain in Paris that would be a great place for vegans.

Is the chili did not contain beef, the place was only okay. The salad was delicious, and simple, just a few veggies, lentils and oil, and it was more expensive than it was worth. The service was again only okay. Our waiter spoke English to us as soon as he realized French was not our native language, and he was very nice, but it took a long time. In addition, the place was incredibly cramped and uncomfortable. The only reason I would go back is because it is convenient (but I don’t think I will because I’m not sure if I trust was they consider to be vegan).

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That was nice - Edit

I went there twice over the weekend for a vegan brunch. They have a lot of vegan choices. The food is ok, the atmosphere is fine if you like sharing your table, I don't so that wasn't a problem but be prepared, it can happen.

Their coffee machine is very loud and constantly running. One thing I don't understand in their vegan brunch is why they keep serving butter instead of marge.

You can find vegan margarine everywhere so they could give it a go to complete their "vegan" brunch.

I preferred the items on the card, the brunch wasn't that good. I had the same tomato soup in Bruges a few weeks back in one of their other shops, meaning it's from a can.

I wouldn't mind to go there again, it's a good option every so often.

Pros: vegan choices

Cons: no vegan marge, the food is just ok, noisy place

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Good food - unatentive staff - Edit

We were there in July 2014 and had lunch. We enjoyed the food very much, especially because of the clearly marked vegan options in the menu. Unfortuniatly the staff was rather unattentive and unfriendly towards the guests and the the service took very long.

Pros: Good food, Clearly marked vegan options

Cons: Staff unfriendly

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Delicious menu - Edit

We tried this restaurant in May and enjoyed it very much. They had several vegan options as well as vegetarian dishes. My husband had the vegan chili and I had vegan pot au feu; both were excellent.

Pros: excellent location, delicious food

Cons: staff a little slow to respond

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Deelish! - Edit

We ate both lunch and breakfast there. We were a group of 4, only 1 vegan, but everyone was quite happy with their meals. They have vegan muffins (yum) and I had a terrific vegan sandwich for lunch. The carnivores and the vegetarian were also pleased with their food.

Pros: good selection, good food

Cons: place is small, people smoke at outside tables, smoke comes in the door

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Great vegan brunch! - Edit

I tried the vegan brunch of Le Pain Quotidien and it was great. For 21 euros, you have a fresh juice, a hot drink (you can have a vegan cappuccino for example), a fruit salad, a soup, a lot of different breads with jam, a soya yoghourt with bananas and different seeds, a mix of green salads, hummus and grilled vegetables. The portions are generous and food is tasty and healthy. The place is pleasant and calm and staff is friendly.

Pros: food quality and quantity, great brunch, vegan options clearly indicated, pleasant place and friendly staff

Cons: not fully vegetarian/vegan

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