Feeling well in your body requires a healthy and balanced diet. But eating healthy doesn’t necessarily mean spending 15€ on a quinoa salad! We sneaked around solidarity cafés in Paris to offer an alternative to the trendy cafés of the Marais. This way, we eat well, and at the same time participate in solidarity projects that help people in precarious situations, in integration or with a disability!
Located within the boundaries of the Grands Voisins, L’Oratoire is an inter-public meeting place open to all, offering healthy and inexpensive food. The restaurant favours local, seasonal products and short food supply chain and the service and cuisine are partly provided by people in integration.
The restaurant is also exploring other ways of consuming in order to provide access to products for all audiences: time-money or coffee and suspended meals.
A concept based on the human and empathy so effective that last November, the Oratoire restaurant received the trophy for the social and solidarity economy.
74, avenue Denfert-Rochereau, 14th arr.
Wednesday – Saturday: 9am – 10:30pm
Sunday: 9am – 8pm (Brunch: 11am – 3pm)
Catering service hours
Lunch: 12am – 14:30pm
Evening: 7:30pm – 9:30pm
Mam’Ayoka is a solidarity restaurant whose name means “that gives joy” in the Yoruba language. In the kitchen, it is unemployed women from the neighbourhood and from all over the world who are active. Women far from work who are given the opportunity to showcase their talents and culture. Meals cost between 5 and 7 euros and are served in returnable glass jars to be enjoyed on site or taken away. Pure happiness and generosity!
2 place Pierre Mac Orlan, 18th arr.
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
“Served with the heart” is the motto of this establishment that is committed to the professional integration of people with disabilities. Waiters and cooks are mentally handicapped or cognitively impaired (trisomy 21, autism…). Their objective? Changing the way people look at people with disabilities and restoring their confidence, while 90% of people with mental disabilities are currently unemployed.
Café Joyeux is “BEAUTIFUL, because beauty is for everyone, it’s GOOD, with delicious fresh and seasonal products and homemade recipes prepared on the spot and it’s TRUE, because at Happy Coffee, no one is perfect!”
Passage Choiseul, 23 rue Saint-Augustin, 2nd arr.
Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm
This solidarity café within the Ressourcerie L’Alternative, is an open space for meeting and exchange. Everyone is welcomes for a coffee, a tea while reading, talking or working. Many activities are organized to encourage exchanges to facilitate awareness of the need for alternative consumption and contribute to behaviour change, the development of better sorting and usage practices, and thus to waste reduction at a local level.
There is also a system of suspended coffees that allows you to pay for a coffee in advance for another person in a spirit of solidarity and friendliness.
13 rue Léopold Bellan, 2nd arr.
Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 7.30pm
Nocturne some Thursdays (Les Jeudis de l’Alternative) until 9:30pm
Meet my mama is a catering service that promotes the talent of refugee and immigrant women. Their mission: to reveal the culinary talents of women and bring them out of their isolation and precariousness while introducing customers to the most authentic cuisines in the world. Behind this women’s empowerment initiative, three young entrepreneurs that offer two formulas: Mama’s Banquet for buffets, cocktails, or company meals and Mama’s Brunch to change a little bit from Benedictine eggs with salmon and pancakes with red fruits and chocolate…
A start-up with a lot of potential that promotes female entrepreneurship! (and on top of that they delight us with their delicious meals….)
5 Parvis Alan Turing, 13th arr.