Lyon’s Best Vegetarian and Vegan Eateries

Lyon is known for its gastronomy, and although it has never traditionally been the most vegetarian-friendly city, times are changing, and there are more and more excellent vegetarian restaurants you need to check out.

The Vegetarian Restaurants and Cafés you Have to Visit in Lyon


Andy’s Kitchen, Lyon 3

The menu at Andy’s Kitchen includes homemade soup and bagels. To eat in or take out. ©Andy Hanlon

Not only vegetarian but English too – a Newcastle cook opened Andy’s Kitchen wanting to serve up fresh vegetarian food at lunchtimes for alternative eating. Open from Monday until Friday, Andy’s Kitchen sells vegetarian bagels to take out or eat in – such as hummus and carrot, mozzarella and homemade pesto and feta and courgette.

But the real star of the show is the veggie bowl – roasted vegetables served with rice and the sauce of the moment, such as satay or green curry, or hummus and avocado. Also be sure to try the homemade cookies, which are perfectly gooey in the middle.

Andy’s Kitchen, 130 Cours Lafayette, Lyon 3. 

Hank Burger, Lyon 1

You won’t miss beef burgers when you have a bite of Hank Burger’s vegetarian burger. ©Hank Burger

Hank Burger specialises in vegan fast food – but certainly not junk food. All the burgers are served on a fresh, artisan bun, with a vegan and organic patty, tomatoes, gherkins, salad, onions, and vegetarian cheese. All that’s left for you to choose is the sauce, all of which are original recipes made in house. Wash the burger and fries down with an organic cola.

Hank Burger, 5 Rue Pizay, Lyon 1

Yaafa, Lyon 1

Inside Terreaux’s Yaafa. ©Yaafa

Now, who can say no to falafel and pitta? Especially when it’s as good as Yaafa’s. The price is equally as tempting – 7€ for a falafel pitta, and house drink. The homemade lemonade and ice tea are not to be missed. Get your pals together and head over for lunch.

Yaafa, 17 Rue d’Algérie; 19 rue Thomassin Lyon 2) ; 186 avenue des Frères Lumière (Lyon 8)

Culina Hortus, Lyon 1, 38 rue de l’arbre sec

Treat yourself to a meal at Culina Hortus. ©Caroline Conner

Culina Hortus offers up vegetarian fine dining in Lyon – 4 courses in the evening costs 42€ whilst the 7-course dinner costs 58€. The lunch menu is priced at 36€ and changes every Wednesday. The restaurant serves up principally biological and fresh food. Check out one what one of our contributor’s thought of her experience here.

Culina Hortus, 38 rue de l’Arbre-Sec, Lyon 1

Like an Elephant, Lyon 1

Like an Elephant has a cosy interior. ©Like an Elephant

100% vegan, Like an Elephant restaurant is made for those who want to stay clear of all animal products, without noticing it in the flavour. There are usually around four mains to choose from, elegantly presented, full of flavour, and priced between 11.50€ and 13.90€.

Dishes change according to season and the chef’s desires. The March 2019 menu featured paprika grilled seitan (which for those of you who don’t know is the most steak-y un-steak you’ll ever try), sweet potato gnocchi, cauliflower, broccoli and smoked tofu, and the weekly burger.

Like an Elephant, 11 Montée Saint-Sébastien, Lyon 1

Like an Elephant serves up fresh and exciting vegetarian dishes. ©Like an Elephant

Café Vert Lyon, Lyon 5

In the Old Lyon district, you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of bouchons serving up offal and the likes… But nestled in this carnivore’s paradise is Café Vert, a 100% vegan café.

The menu changes every week, so you can’t complain that vegan food is boring. They promise that all their dishes are 100% organic, vegan, gluten free, homemade and largely raw to produce a dish that is healthy, environmentally-friendly, and respectful towards animals. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Café Vert Lyon, 1 Montée des Épies, Lyon 5

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