Travelling in France and sticking to a vegan/vegetarian diet

March 17, 2014

I just got back from a week of snowboarding in the French Alps (hence the radio silence) and had the most amazing time. There was plenty of snow, endless bluebird days, and so hot that I came back with a better tan than I did from Arizona. Imagine that. And the food… the food was pretty spectacular.

Pizza in France

However, even in 2014 it’s really tough to find vegetarian options on French menus (and you can forget about anything vegan). Everywhere we went, there were around 2-3 vegetarian options. Usually one vegetarian pizza, one vegetarian salad and sometimes a vegetable soup, cheese sandwich or fondue. Talk about death by cheese.

That being said, we did eat some really good meals both on and off the mountain, and every salad I ate was so fresh and tasty – miles above anything you would get at an English restaurant (sorry, but true!). And the tomatoes… how are they SO much tastier over on the continent? I had forgotten what real tomatoes should taste like.

Salad in France

One night we did wander into town to a restaurant/bar called Smithy’s Tavern that had really impressive vegetarian (and vegan!) options on the menu including thai curry, vegetable chili, spicy bean burgers, burritos and fajitas. Andrew and I opted for the tofu fajitas… and I have to say it’s the first time I’ve ever seen them on a menu anywhere and they were so good! So apart from Smithy’s, this was the only place we found that catered for varying diets.

Tofu fajitas

(sorry for the fuzzy picture)

What are your experiences travelling in rural areas? If you’re a strict vegan, how do you get by when you eat out, when even the salads contain meat?

Leicester vegetarian

  • adanelz6 March 17, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    It is so interesting to hear about vegetarianism around the world!

    • lindsaybelle March 17, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      It seems it’s becoming more and more popular everywhere you go, but unfortunately in France it still seems to be very much a meat-eaters country.

  • Laura March 17, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    I had a really hard time finding vegan options in France too. Vegetarian was simple, but vegan was almost impossible!

    • lindsaybelle March 17, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      That’s what I found. It’s a great place to go if you love cheese!

  • RainyWriter March 18, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Beer….beer …. I see a beer in your hand πŸ™‚

    Yeah…beer excites me. But so does tasty veggies too. I have heard about amazing tomatos overseas…and I want some!

    The pizza salad errr….wrap looked weirdly tasty too.