A quick lunch in Paris


thai salad at Cojean, photo by Le Grumeau

For many young professionals, going out for lunch in Paris comes down to going to Cojean. This healthy chain reminds me of Prêt à Manger, except it’s much better. Founded almost ten years ago, Cojean offers quick and healthy lunch menus on the go. It’s always a hustle for lunch so we would advise you to get there before 12:30pm or after 1:30 pm if you want to escape the crowd. There are about twenty locations across Paris, you’ll probably stumble into one of them during your stay.
I grabbed a Thai salad, a toasted sandwich and a chocolate fondant. Nothing too expensive but not cheap either (about €10 for a full lunch).

The Thai salad was a good surprise, nothing fancy but it was super fresh and the seasoning was well executed. What’s in there? Cured white and red cabbage, chicken and a sauce made of ginger and sesame, which gave a nice tangy taste to the salad.


panini, photo by Le Grumeau 

The tomato and mozarella toasted sandwich was a much improved panini. Special mention to the toasted sesame seeds on top of the bread. The melting mozzarella tasted quite fresh and the tomatoes were still juicy. 

chocolate fondant, photo by Le Grumeau

The chocolate fondant was the only fail of our lunch. It was quite bland to be honest and the texture was heavy as hell. We won’t be coming back here for the chocolate cake.


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In a nutshell: Cojean is a great fast food for people who need a quick and healthy bite. Go for the salads and the sandwiches, avoid desserts. Don’t expect generous portions.

If you like the sound of this then:Try Caluc for fast, affordable and deliciously healthy green, yes we said green crepes in the 10th arrondissement.

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