Not many people come to France with visions of healthy in mind, unless cream-filled pastry, steak frites, and endless glasses of Bordeaux fits your definition. But believe it or not, in Paris you can have your cake and eat it, too, but exercising moderation—and plain old exercising—is clé (key).
You won’t find any of those ubiquitous American-style juice chains here in Paris, but on a hip street in the 10e, you’ll find an independent treasure, Bob’s Juice Bar, where your green—or orange, or red—drink awaits. Bob’s owner, Marc Grossman, is originally from the Big Apple, and his staff is both bilingual and friendly. If you’re hungry, try the quinoa salad, and wash it down with a carrot-apple-ginger juice. A santé!
Feeling a little out of whack after that long transatlantic plane ride? Work it out in an energizing, revitalizing yoga class. On Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, Ashtanga Yoga in Paris’s 11e offers drop-in community classes for a mere €5. If you don’t travel with your own yoga mat, that’ll cost you another €2. Expect a crowd—and a good workout—with English speaking instructors and a chill atmosphere.
Yoga just kicked your butt and now you’re famished. In the same quartier as Ashtanga Yoga, you’ll find Soya Cantine Bio, a hoppin’ dining spot where the à volonté (all you can eat) weekend brunch keeps some coming back for seconds—and thirds, and fourths. As the name implies, it’s all organic (bio), mostly vegetarian, and totally delicious. And whatever you do, try the tarte du jour, and remember: moderation.