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Vegan dining in the Côte d'Azur

The options for vegans and vegetarians has never been better in the south of France. Pictured is a dish from Novak Djokovic's restaurant Eqvita in Monaco.Less than 10% of the French population identifies as vegetarian or vegan, but that hasn’t stopped over a thousand of France’s restaurants from embracing plant-based menus – a good portion of them in the Côte d’Azur and Monaco.

Website VegOresto.fr currently lists 67 such establishments in the region via its interactive map, from fully-fledged vegan restaurants such as Eqvita (owned by tennis star Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena) in Monaco and the Vegan Gorilla in Nice to vegetarian Chez Helen in Antibes and O’Pono Pono, a caterer in Cannes.

According to a study by CHD Expert in September 2016, 46% of French people think that restaurants should have at least one or two vegan dishes on their menus.

While a study by Harris Interactive in 2017 revealed that just 5% of citizens say they are vegetarian and 4% describe themselves as vegan, a separate survey by Terraeco last year produced results saying that more than 10% of the population is ready to make the switch from eating meat and fish products to a complete plant-based diet.

The full list of restaurants and eateries can be found at www.vegoresto.fr