In a small, quiet street in the Marais you can find Café Pinson. Café Pinson is one of the first and best vegan addresses in Paris. It has a fresh, organic menu, a cosy setting and it is in a great location.
Le Marais is a super trendy neighbourhood well worth exploring and is now home to a section nicknamed Veggie Town, as so many plant-based addresses have opened up there recently. It’s also a fashion district with lots of vintage shops, a historically LGBT+ friendly quarter and has a lively night life.
The entrance is through a pretty little, almost farm-like, door which leads you into the first serving area.
With its beautiful tiled bar, painted window and neon sign, it looks super trendy.
The second area is the cosiest, with large sofas arranged in an L-shape where people sip on coffee, tea and juice while studying or working. Plus there’s lots of smaller tables with a more comfy feel. The café is light with large windows and the warm atmosphere is finished off with plants in the corners and on the shelves and bar along with books, mirrors and cute ornaments.
The little things that make a difference
Need I write again that this café is super cosy? I really enjoyed all the small objects placed on the shelves and plants which make you feel like you are in a family home.
The staff are very attentive, accommodating and friendly.
The menu also clearly displays which dishes are vegetarian, vegan and gluten free which is helpful if you are quickly skimming through the menu. You can also totally order a coffee and work for hours here since they have both WiFi and power sockets.
The fresh juice test
Café Pinson offers two juices on the menu and a juice of the day. I ordered the Green Detox which had apple, cucumber, lemon and ginger.
It was frothy, refreshing and light on the ginger.
I do wish they didn’t serve it with plastic straws though and it was quite small, but other than that it was good. If you prefer they also serve a smoothie of the day.
What we ate
Café Pinson is well known for their nourishing bowls, so I ordered the Bol Equilibré .
The “Balanced Bowl” was a combo of brown rice, chickpeas, seaweed tofu, grilled organic vegetables, coriander, purple cabbage, radish and a peanut-tamari dressing.
The dressing was really good and it was a very satisfying dish.
For dessert I went for three energy balls : matcha, carob and turmeric. Interestingly, they contained a lot of seeds and nuts rather than dates and were nice and crunchy.
Everything is home-made, organic and gluten-free and their cuisine is inspired by the principles of naturopathy meaning that they believe in the “Let food by thy medicine” philosophy.
The menu emphasises superfoods such as spirulina, kale, matcha, chia seeds, raw and whole foods.
I like the fact that the menu changes seasonally and offers a good diversity of dishes. Their brunch is delicious too if you have the chance to visit on Sundays (but you must reserve ahead).
What we’d go back for…
A super healthy and balanced meal, the pleasure of reading a book and having lunch in a cosy spot by the window, surrounded by plants!
Green detox juice 6.00€
Balanced bowl 14.50€
3 x energy balls 3.00€