Taking a velib (the French equivalent of Boris Bikes) is definitely the most eco-friendly way to travel around Paris, and I would dare say the nicest as well. Biking down main roads like rue de Rivoli is not ideal so avoid it if you can, instead stick to the little back streets. It’s a fabulous way to see the city, and you don’t have to feel guilty about all the wine and croissants. Other than that Paris is tiny in comparison to London so walking is always a good option.
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Cora, one half of sustainable online fashion boutique rêve en vert shares her sustainable guide to Paris.
I lived in Paris for five years and studied at the American University of Paris, so this city will always be a second home to me. Despite the inevitable love/hate relationship between an American and Paris, the city of lights is one of rêve en vert’s favourite places to visit.
We wouldn’t say that Parisians are the most active participants of the sustainability movement, but every time we go back there seems to be a new “bio” [organic] place opening or a juice bar springing up. Tash (co-founder) and I would credit the city’s bobo (bourgeois bohémien) trendsetters for making healthy lifestyles a new thing, and we at rêve en vert always try to merge a bit of this with our tendencies towards cheese and wine.
GUENMAÏ 6 rue Cardinale 75006 Located next to a typical ‘bio shop,’ this vegan-friendly Japanese restaurant attracts a celebrity clientele for its macrobiotic meals and emphasis on clean living.
SOL SEMILLA 23 rue des Vinaigriers 75010 If you want to be healthy and on-trend all at once, this is the place for you. Sol Semilla has all organic produce, superfood supplements and good-looking staff to boot. Great for a nutrient-rich lunch if you are running around during fashion week.
THE BROKEN ARM 12 rue Perrée 75003 A definite nod to Scandinavian minimalism, the Broken Arm has local and seasonal specialities, fresh juices, and to-die-for cookies, perfect for when you really need one during fashion week.
BOB’S JUICE BAR 15 rue Lucien Sampaix 75010 Started by native New Yorker, Marc Grossman, who wanted a little of that organic NYC touch in Paris, this spot is tiny yet serves wholesome and tasty juices.
MERCI 111 boulevard Beaumarchais 75003 The ultimate Parisian concept store, Merci is entirely non-profit and proceeds go to the Merci endowment fund which was created to finance acts of human development, particularly in the education area and with strong ties to Madagascar. Started by one of our rêve icons, Marie-France Cohen.
ASAP 99 Rue du Bac 75007 An offshoot from its first shop in Milan, ASAP literally stands for “as sustainable as possible” and you can’t go much further than that. It’s a beautifully simple store in a great location (right next door to where Cora used to live!) so it’s always a must for a rêve en vert trip.
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