Best Vegan Spot : Wild and The Moon
Wild and The Moon is all over Instagram, and Insta celebs love it. The white tiled walls, the greenery and cute signs (Order at the counter, and chill!) are all just begging to be snapped by your phone and posted online – no filter required. The “organic, cold-pressed, plant-based, gluten-free, zero-additives” menu is super healthy, offering vitality shots, smoothies, veggie milks, energy bars, dehydrated snacks, sprouted bowls and organic coffee. It’s also a hot spot for special events and we had to leave because it was booked for a big fete. (This is not your typical juice bar). Order the Açai Bowl and the Burn It Up Fat Killer Elixir. The drink is made with lemon, ginger, cayenne, maca, cucumber, dates and water (listed as H20 on the menu). While a health editor would suspect that this drink isn’t a fat-burning miracle, it’s certainly healthier than a handful of macarons.
Wild and The Moon – 3rd arrondissement
55 Rue Charlot 75003
Best Healthy Fast Food: Jour
Fast food chains aren’t usually a health editor’s thing, but leave it to Paris to change that. Unlike at other lunch spots in Paris, you won’t be tempted by pastries at Jour. The perfectly portioned tartes (eggs, veggies, cheese, pastry crust with a side green salad) are hearty but healthy and the salad bowls are really pretty (of course, because France!). The bowl’s colourful toppings are sectioned over greens, from fanned out apple slices to feathered shredded purple cabbage. The restaurant also offers a coding legend, so you’ll know if your dish is veggie, gluten-free and/or lactose-free. The menu changes seasonally (yes, at a fast food chain!), though, so have an open mind when you stop in for lunch.
Jour – a cute little chain with spots all over the Right Bank
Best stretching class: Éléphant Paname
While a fitness class might not be the first thing on your list of must-dos in Paris, a stretching class should be. After a stuffy eight hours on a flight, random naps to deal with jet lag, and energy levels with more ups and downs than a set of squats, a stretching class led by instructor Isabelle Renouf will feel like a dream. And your body will thank you for getting rid of physical kinks. Renouf is a Sorbonne-trained dancer and sports educator. She leads students through elegant stretching postures in her classes at Éléphant Paname, a gorgeous fitness and dance studio where Parisian dancers train. Don’t be intimidated, though, as many of the students are regular Parisians (including French health editors) who love dance. Back to the stretching. The structured class is part stretching and part active stretching (meaning it’ll feel like a workout and you will have to hold a few squats). The class is very visual, as Renouf demonstrates each move. So even if your French isn’t up to snuff, it’s still possible to follow along.
Éléphant Paname – 8th arrondissement
10 Rue Volney, 75002 Paris, France