Valentine's weekend in Paris? Check out these healthy spots

Ooh la la - a romantic weekend in Paris is the perfect way to treat the one you love this Valentine's Day! But it doesn't all have to be about hearts, flowers and steak frites for two atop the Eiffel Tower - there is a healthier way to enjoy the City of Lights, if you can tear yourself away from your hotel room. Over the last decade, organic bakeries and juice bars have sprung up across the city, so forget croque monsieur and croissants - we're talking French-style salads, juices and smoothies served in chic converted warehouses and cosy tearooms. A visit to one of these hotspots will leave you full of energy and ready to explore the attractions of this beautiful city.

Bob's Bake Shop

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Find it:

22 Bis Rue Pajol, 75018

What's the deal?

Situated in the 18th arrondissement, this funky converted SNCF warehouse is owned by the founder of Bob's Kitchen and Bob's Juice Bar (also both worth checking out) and it's the perfect place to stop off for breakfast, lunch or supplies for a picnic at the Eiffel Tower. This is fast food - with a healthy twist, and the bake shop is renowned for its home-made bagels (supposedly the best in Paris). You'll find a wide range of healthy, delicious options as well as fresh juices and herbal teas.

Chambelland

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Find it:

14 Rue Ternaux, 75011

What's the deal?

Boulangeries, or bakeries to you and me, can be found around practically every corner in Paris, but whilst for most of us they're places of wonder and delight (as anyone who has ever seen a display of French patisseries and cakes knows), for anyone following a gluten-free diet, there's sadly usually little on offer. Enter Chambellan. Owned by Nathaniel and Thomas, this 100% gluten-free boulangerie bakes delicious bread and other treats using a secret flour blend containing rice flour and buckwheat. For a hearty, healthy lunch, treat someone you love to their home-marinated organic salmon sandwich, or stop off after the cinema and enjoy a fat-free lemon meringue tart.

Cafe Pinson

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Find it:

6 Rue du Forez, 75003

What's the deal?

Serious clean-eating addicts will fall hard for this well-known vegetarian cafe in the 3rd, which serves an organic, lactose, gluten-free menu of eclectic, inspiring dishes. Book onto one of the cafe's cookery classes or relax with a hearty superfood salad or freshly squeezed juice blend - the menu changes daily and the cafe is renowned for its Sunday Brunch - it's legendary!

Juice-It

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Find it:

8 Rue la Vrilliere, 75001

What's the deal?

Owner Charlotte Roah opened Juice-It in 2013 after moving back to Paris from NYC and noticing the lack of juice bars in the city. Her shop in the 1st arrondissement is the best place in Paris to find fresh, delicious cold pressed juices, such as her ginger, pineapple, chia, fennel, pear, cucumber, kale and lime juice or her almond milk drinks with dates and bee pollen - did we mention how amazing this place is? It's also the perfect spot for a healthy breakfast before hitting the Louvre for a day of cultural delights. Healthy breakfast options include chia pudding and gluten-free muesli with fruit, or come for brunch and enjoy home-made quiche or tart with salad.

BoJus

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Find it:

6 Rue de Montmorency, 75003

What's the deal?

For a detox-Valentine's weekend, or just to boost your energy levels, head for BoJus in the 3rd. Founder Marie Victoire Debre works with naturopath Claudine Richard to create her detox juice blends and there are four to choose from - the bar attracts a loyal crowd of locals. From the one-day detox (perfect for those on holiday) to the five-day cleanse option, these fresh juices are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Rose Bakery

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Find it:

Three branches across the city - flagship branch at 46 Rue des Martyrs, 75009

What's the deal?

Being vegetarian in Paris used to be tough with brasseries and bistrots offering entrecote, steak frites and escargots. Today though, things have changed, and that's due partly to the opening of Rose Bakery in 2002. Run by British-born Rose Carrarini and her French husband Jean-Charles, their range of salads includes artichoke with millet and chickpeas and grilled tofu with tomatoes, as well as home-made organic mini-quiche and pizzette plus an astonishing array of baked goods. A cosy, welcoming spot with a focus on high-quality organic ingredients and a warm welcome. You'll wish you lived nearby!

La Cave des Papilles


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Find it:

35 Rue Daguerre, 75014

What's the deal?

No visit to Paris is complete without bringing back a bottle of French wine and provided you don't overdo it, drinking in moderation is fine. La Cave des Papilles offers something a little different from the capital's other wine shops - a wide range of organic and natural wines. What do we mean when we say 'natural'? Well, these wines contain no yeasts or sugars and minimal sulphur than regular wine, giving them an unusual, pure taste. Why not pick up a bottle or two and try natural wine out for yourself?

Paris is the perfect spot for romance, but you don't have to stick to the tried and tested tourist traps - escape the crowds at one of the city's parks where you can enjoy a picnic, take a day trip to Versailles or spend your weekend checking out some of these healthy hot spots - just don't miss your flight back to Blighty!


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Author By Paula Beaton
Date On 11th Feb 2015 at 15:02
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