Visiting Paris and need a vegan café? They are not always easy to find so we’ve saved you time by tracking down a hidden gem- Cuppa Café de Salon tucked away on the Left Bank of the Seine. They are known across Paris for their coffee, but their vegan food is equally amazing.

The location

Cuppa Café de Salon is in the 7th arrondissement, behind the Musée d’Orsay. It’s near the Solférino metro stop or you can take bus 84 and 94 to Solférino. The iconic Café de Flore is near by, but there are no healthy hotspots in the area. So Cuppa Café is a clear winner if you need a healthy meal in Paris.

The space

Cuppa is very compact. Outside, there are two tables on either side of the door next to the windows. Inside, there are three tables, plus a couch.  All the furniture is made of stylish dark wood. The bar is dominated by their coffee machine and a delicious pastry display.

They make all the food behind the bar fresh. The service is very quick and the music is chilled. As there’s little space, it’s not the best place to take out your laptop.

The fresh juice test

The café sells teas and coffees, plus coconut water, single freshly squeezed juices and a juice of the day.

We decided to review the juice of the day, which was a blend of grapefruit, pomegranate, blueberries and strawberries.

I loved the bitterness of the grapefruit coming together with the sweetness of the strawberries.

What we ate

Cuppa Café de Salon is almost fully 100% plant based. All the food is vegan except the pain au chocolat – because why would a French person change that? Their signature dish is avocado on toast which comes with their homemade bread, and two different kinds of hummus.

We ordered the Tartine Fromage and, wow, the plant based cream cheese topping was totally delicious!

We also ordered a bowl of yoghurt and a bundt cake. The tartine came on delicious, home made, gluten-free bread.  It had a thick layer of their homemade cashew and almond cream cheese with a little agave. On top of the cheese were thinly sliced green apples, raspberries, blueberries, edible flowers and some chopped pecans, almonds and pistachios. The flavours were all there. It was a perfect balance between sweet and savoury.

The yoghurt was just as pretty. Like the bread, they made their yoghurt in-house. It’s mix of soy and coconut and the hint of coconut gave it a flavour explosion which perfectly combined with their homemade gluten-free pistachio cardamon granola. They told us they sourced the pistachios from Italy, because they have more flavour . On top of the granola was a beautiful selection of thinly sliced nectarines, strawberries, apples, blueberries, coconut chips, edible flowers and some yuzu zest. I travel a lot and have tasted many cuisines and healthy dishes all over the world, but their combination of flavours was absolutely amazing!

The Bundt cake was a mix of a normal cake with chocolate running through it.  On top was a drizzled chocolate glaze, edible flowers and chopped nuts. The cake was the perfect dessert for our lunch.

What we’d go back for…

Although they take so much care of the presentation of the food, It’s the flavours that make it a real winner.

The bill

Granola maison pistache 9,50EU
Tartine fromage 12,50EU
Bundt cake marbré 5EU
Jus du jour 7EU

 

Cuppa Salon De Café

86 Rue de l'Université
75007 Paris

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