and it's not as bad as said vegan might expect.
A recent message from a reader reminded me of one of the questions I have before visiting any new city: can I shop and cook for myself easily there?
In Paris, vegan food shopping is surprisingly easy. In addition to all the wonderful street markets, independent grocers, 'ethnic' food shops, and organic shops (posts to come!), even a basic supermarket can meet many of your oh-so-tricky vegan shopping needs.
The two largest supermarket chains you're likely to come across are Monoprix (expensive) and Franprix (cheaper). In even the smallest branches, you can get hold of vegan-friendly essentials such as:
vegan margarine: St Hubert Bio brand
soya yoghurts (often only the plain variety in small supermarkets)
A very useful fact is that anything made by Sojasun is sure to be vegan. I wrote to them a while ago to ask about the sources for the calcium, vitamin D etc. in their products, and everything is vegan, so knock yourself out.
The 'ready-meal' type things available in larger supermarkets are overpriced, but the veggie burgers and yoghurts are rather nice and not too dear.
Many larger supermarkets also stock cool stuff that you may not want to eat every day, but is useful if you're staying in a holiday rental without a stocked pantry and spice-rack. Microwaveable vegan ravioli, for example: