Restaurant Girl Danyelle Freeman is known for her long-running New York restaurant review site and modern guide to ethnic eats, but for the last two months she’s taken a Big Apple hiatus to live in Paris with her husband and new baby. She's also been gearing up to launch a Parisian food guide, scouting everything from buzzy restaurants to killer bakeries and cheese shops. Though she's mostly enjoyed a diet of flaky croissants and savory crepes, she's taken the occasional break for healthy meals, semi-detoxes, and old-lady exercise classes. Click ahead for her picks on the best places to taste the lighter side of Paris.
Best Smoothie: Bob's Juice Bar, 15 rue Lucien Sampaix
"Bob's Juice Bar is an awesome option for 'being good' after a decedent few days — if you don’t mind the fact that it’s an undeniably American spot. They let you mix in whatever super-foods you're craving, such as spirulina, with cold-pressed juices and vegetables. And if you're not in the mood for a liquid lunch, they happen to turn out some pretty tasty, vegan sandwiches, soups, and pies, too. They're actually opening a vegan bake shop in May."
Best Oysters: Garnier, 111 rue Saint-Lazare
"It’s nice to have a night or two off from creamy, buttery gluttony; plus, nothing’s sexier than eating oysters, never mind eating them in Paris with a bottle of Chablis. My favorite place to slurp Gillardeau (the best!) oysters by the dozen is at an old-school brasserie called Garnier. Their glimmering plateaus de fruits de mer are scattered with langoustines, mussels, snails, shrimp, cockles, and clams."
Best Outdoor Market: Marché Raspail, 6e Saint-Germain-des-Prés
"If you really need to detox, if only for a few hours, I recommend heading to Raspail Marché, the biggest and best organic market in Paris with fresh produce, poultry, and meat. It’s a rare sight in Paris, and there’s even a few vendors making wheatgrass shots, smoothies, and gluten-free bread."
Best Quick, Healthy Lunch: Cojean, 17 Boulevard Haussmann
"I’m a huge fan of decadent dinners, so it’s nice to throw a light, healthy lunch into the mix. I’m obsessed with Cojean, a fast-casual chain of organic restaurants (I wish we had them in the states!). They’ve got everything from quinoa salads topped with feta and tomato to a juice bar, as well as plenty of vegetarian sandwiches, soups, and salads."
Best Vegetarian Cafe: Café Pinson, 6 rue du Forez
"I’m living in the Marais, so I’ve been on the hunt for some healthy, neighborhood options. Café Pinson is more like something you’d find in Brooklyn than Paris, but I’m not complaining. There's also one in the 10th, but the spot here is is sunny and chic, trimmed with stone and white walls, wood tables, and a few bookshelves along the walls. Everything at Café Pinson is wheat-free and organic. Brunch is a specialty here, with housemade granola, soy yogurt; and they even make gluten- and butter-free madeleines, which I have to admit aren’t bad at all."
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