How is it that even small humble corners of Paris are so alluring? I would move in tomorrow if they'd let me. I can picture a tiny barbecue under the pergola and a funny looking dog at the gate.
This is my list of Parisian eating places in case you are in Paris or plan to visit soon. Some are expensive, some are affordable, some are 'guingettes' where people sing French songs, or cafés with fabulous terraces, or rooftop bistros with sweeping Paris views. Some are all about the food, others are about the ambiance. Most have both. I've thrown in some smackalicious pastry shops for good measure because you never know when you might find yourself with an emergency need for ‘chouquettes’.
The list is by ‘quartier’ or ‘arrondissments’ of Paris. Here is the google map where I place the restaurants in the correct streets so that you can organize your foodie moments around day trips and points of interest.
Reservations to Paris restaurants are a very good idea. I provided the website or a link to a review so that you could find the hours of operation. Keep in mind that many Parisian restaurants are closed on arbitrary days. Some of the best ones close on Saturday AND Sunday which blows the mind when you think about it. In the summer some are closed for an entire month. So call early.
If you want to add to the list or disagree with my choice send me an email or comment below because things change and I want to keep this up to date as much as possible.
Aux Tonneaux des Halles
Tradition, ‘bonne bouffe’
28, rue Montorgueil 75001 Paris
01 42 33 36 19
Métro Les Halles, Etienne Marcel, Sentier
Review of Aux Tonneaux des Halles by David Lebovitz
Au Pied de Cochon
Beautiful seafood. Beware if you ask for their signature dish you might find yourself contemplating a plate filled with an entire pig’s foot.
6, rue Coquillière, 75001 Paris
01 40 13 77 00
Métro Louvre , Chatelet, Chatelet-Les-Halles
Au Pied de Cochon website
Restaurant and wine bar on the hip side
52 Rue de Richelieu
01 42 97 54 40
Métro Pyramids, Bourse
(reservation possible online through this link. No reservation needed for the wine bar)
Chez Denise/ La Tour de Montlhéry
Classic Parisien bistro. One of the many Parisian restaurants closed Saturday and Sunday, not to mention an entire month in the summer.
5, Rue Prouvaires Paris 75001
01 42 36 21 82
Métro Les Halles or Châtelet
Timeout review for Chez Denise
Contemporary décor, innovative and delicious food
5, rue Mondétour 75001 Paris
01 40 26 47 81
Métro Étienne Marcel, Chatelet
No website but I found this.
Robert et Louise
Rustic, wood fire oven, warm feel. Don’t let the hideous website scare you away. I promise you divine French food
64, rue Vieille du Temple 75003 Paris
01 42 78 55 89
Métro Rambutteau, Chemin Vert
Robert et Louise website
If you want to know what the deal is with French Crepe (and the mysterious crêpe au sarasin,) this might be the place to go.
109, rue Vieille du Temple Paris 75003
01 42 72 13 77
Métro Rambuteau, Filles du Calvaire
Brasserie with lively ambiance, good wine and satisfying food
30, rue Rambuteau
Le Bouledogue website
Tucked away, contemporary bistro with pleasant food at reasonable price.
3 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie
01 42 74 71 52
Métro Hotel de Ville, Saint Paul
Oh so good. But not cheap for a restaurant with little frou frou. (They recently moved to this new address and I haven’t been.)
2 rue de Vienne 75008 PARIS
01 45 22 23 62
Métro saint Augustin
Le Gaigne website
An institution for breakfast, tea and lunch since 1903. I would recommend for a hot chocolate and pastries rather than lunch
226 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris
01 42 60 82 00
Patisserie pain de sucre
Trendy twist on the traditional French pastry shop
14 rue de Rambuteau 75004 Paris
01 45 74 68 92
Patisserie Pain de sucre website
Le Petit Fer à Cheval
30 rue Vieille du Temple 75004 Paris
01 42 72 47 47
Métro Hôtel de Ville, Saint-Paul, Pont Marie
Petit Fer a Cheval website
Bistro and wine bar. Right under the Place des Vosges arcades
19, place des Vosges Paris 75004
01 42 78 44 64
Métro Bastille, Chemin Vert
Ma Bourgogne website
Traditional French cuisine (Auvergne-centric if I remember correctly)
84, quai de l’Hôtel de Ville Paris 75004
01 42 77 63 98
Métro Hôtel de Ville, Pont Marie
ulgy website, jeez you can’t unsee this.
I had a memorable meal there once, but is it still as good today? The setting is very Parisian so you can’t go wrong with that.
15, rue de l'Estrapade 75005 Paris
01 43 25 72 58
Métro Place Monge
No restaurant website but I found this
Romantic terrace for awesome hot chocolate and light meal.
22 passage Dauphine – Paris 75006
Tél : 01 46 34 00 40
Métro Saint Germain des Pres, Saint Michel
No website but here is some info and images
Art Nouveau décor. Delicious and traditional. Not cheap. Make a reservation.
117, rue du Cherche-Midi
01 42 22 81 19
Métro Duroc, Falguière
Here is info about it and more.
Good ‘terroir’ fares (specialties from various French provinces).
3, rue Sainte Beuve paris 75006
01 45 49 10 40,
Métro Vavin, Notre Dame-des-Champs
Le Timbre website
La Maison de l’Amérique Latine
Near musee Rodin, beyond gorgeous garden setting, traditional but light French food.
217 boulevard Saint-Germain Paris 75007
01 49 54 75 10
Restaurant Maison de l'Amérique Latine website.
A La Petite Chaise
The oldest restaurant in Paris and fabulous food for the price
36, rue de Grenelle paris 75007
01 42 22 13 35
Métro Rue du Bac, Sèvres-Babylone
A la Petite Chaise website
Le Jardin du Petit-Palais
Gorgeous terrace in the gardens of the Petit Palais museum. Sumptuous. The food is secondary to the setting
3 Avenue Winston Churchill Paris 75008
01 53 43 40 00
Métro Champs Elysées
Petit Palais website
photo credit and review here.
So much beauty... Restaurant of the museum and beautiful terrace. Light lunch, brunch. Children menu that reads straight out a Michelin guide.
158 boulevard Haussmann Paris 75008
Métro Miromesnil, Monceau
01 45 62 11 59
Musée Jacquemart André website
Café bistro and shop. Ancient charm. Gustatory, olfactory and visual experience and you can buy yummy things to bring back.
49 rue de Rochechouart
01 44 53 04 53
Aux Pipalottes Gourmandes website
After shopping at the Printemps (or instead of). Spectacular 360 degree view of paris rooftops. The food is not the stuff dreams are made of, but the setting is.
66 boulevard Haussmann Paris 75009
01 42 82 62 76
Métro Havre Caumartin
Printemps restaurant website
Café du musée de la Vie Romantique
Idyllic garden, green house. Maybe there is a more idyllic setting to eat in Paris but I haven’t found it. (it might only be open in warm months so make sure to check.)
16 Rue Chaptal Paris 75009
Métro Blanche, Saint-Georges, Pigalle
01 55 31 95 67
Café de la Vie Romantique website
Wine Bistro with French musical atmosphere by local performers every night. I have not been yet but it was recommended to me by a Parisian friend
18 cité Bergère Paris 75009
01 45 23 33 33
Métro Grands Boulevards
Le Limonaire website
Quintessential Parisian café on the Canal Saint Martin. Right next to Antoine et Lilly (lovers of kitch décor will know what I’m talking about).
36 rue Beaurepaire Paris 75010
01 42 41 30 47
Métro Goncourt, Jacques Bonsergent
No website but here is a descriptive link.
Closed Saturday and Sunday (I am amused by this). Reservation recommended. Hip Parisian.
3 Rue Richer
01 47 70 67 31
No website but this is helpful.
Brittany specialties. On the expensive side but oh so delicious.
10, rue Belzunce Paris 75010
01 44 53 06 20
Métro Gare du Nord
Restaurant Chez Michel website
La Chambre aux Oiseaux
Vintage décor. Cozy tea room feel. Light food, breakfast and brunch. Trendy.
48 rue Bichat 75010 Paris
33 1 40 18 98 49
Métro gare de l’est, colonel Fabien
La chambre aux oiseaux website
Traditional French cuisine. I have not been but a review by David Lebovitz places it way up on my to go list.
44, rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud Paris 75011
01 43 57 16 35
Restaurant Astier website
A review by david lebovitz
Crowded. Beloved. Went only once many years ago and had an awesome meal. Reviews are still very positive.
18, rue Paul Bert Paris 75011
01 43 72 24 01
Métro Faidherbe, Chaligny
Did not find a website but this helps
Rustic décor. Sophisticated food. An excellent address a bit far from touristy point of interest.
81 rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris
01 43 67 38 29
Métro Charonne, Ledru Rollin
Le Septime website
Mostly a bar but has food and panoramic view of Paris
14 rue Crespin du Gast 75011 Paris
01 48 06 18 48
Métro Pere Lachaise
Le Perchoir website
Le Bistrot du Peintre
Art nouveau (1900) décor and really good food
116 Avenue Ledru Rollin 75011 Paris
01 47 00 34 39
Métro Ledru Rollin, Bastille
Le Bistro du Peintre website
Old fashion tea house. Nostalgic feel I adore
13 rue de Charonne 75011 Paris
This is the patisserie of the restaurant chez paul (next)
One of those restaurants I have never experienced but badly want to. I guess I just stop at the bakery and by the time I’m through with it, food is no longer on my mind (that feeling rarely lasts).
13, rue de Charonne Paris 75011
01 47 00 34 57
Restaurant Chez Paul website.
Décor sans froufrou. All about the wine and some charcuterie but nice Parisian ambiance.
67, rue Saint-Maur Paris 75011
09 83 56 94 11
No website. Here is a review.
Le Square Guardette
Eclectic décor, the perfect little trendy quartier restaurant.
24, rue Saint Ambroise Paris 75011
01 83 76 04 70
Métro St. Ambroise
Le Square Guardette website
A La Biche au Bois
Rooster in wine people: their coq au vin is supposed to be one of the best.
45, Av Ledru Rollin 75012 Paris
01 43 43 34 38
Métro Gare de Lyon, Quai-de-la-Rapée
Did not find website but here is a review.
A very special place full of charm for crochet and knitting aficionados.
4 Rue Jean Marie Jego 75013 Paris
01 53 80 31 33
L'Oisive Thé website
Le Chalet des Iles
The setting alone is unforgettable and romantic (says the girl who was in love the last time she went).
Lac inférieur du bois de Boulogne Porte de la Muette 75016 Paris
01 42 88 04 69
No easy access (unless you take a taxi) Closest metro access is Rue de la Pompe 20 minutes away, but it’s a gorgeous walk. You can rent a canoe and glide on the lake next.
Chalet des Iles website
Restaurant and terrace with view of the arc de triumph. Another view to beat.
17 avenue Kléber Paris 75016
01 53 64 32 00
Le raphael hotel website
Le bloc Café
Contemporary look, hip. Not too expensive.
21 rue Brochant 75017 Paris
01 53 11 02 37
No website but here is a review.
I can almost guarantee that you will not encounter another tourist there. Unless they read this :) Affordable and delish.
203, Avenue Gambetta 75020 Paris
01 01 83 76 22 73
Métro Saint-Fargeau, Porte des Lilas
Chérie Chérie website
Le Café Noir
Oozes 30s décor charm. Traditional dishes.
15 Rue St Blaise 75020 Paris
01 40 09 75 80
No really close metro but a good place to consider after visiting the Père Lachaise Cemetry.
Le Café Noir website
Le 20ème art
You’ll drool all over the terrace setting and feel as though you’re part of a French movie
46 rue des Vignoles 75020 Paris
01 43 67 22 29
Métro Alexandre Dumas
Le 20eme Art website
I'm just realizing that I have no addresses for some arrondissements. So just assume that in those areas of Paris 'on ne mange pas'. Or better yet, I welcome your suggestions.
Here is a list of sites that offer good tips when you're visiting Paris. I'll update as I find them.
Paris Voyage has a page with links with info on public transportation, Paris métro (the subway) RER (trains to various neighborhoods around Paris), bus, tram and Train system. It tells you how to read a map and where to buy tickets and passes and how to stay safe. Here is another good link for this type of information on how to move in and around Paris. Here is an article on taxis in Paris (hint, there is not such thing as hailing a cab in Paris. You go to cab station throughout the city.)
Like eating a La Durée Macaron, minus the plane ride to Paris. I found this raspberry macaron recipe at not so humble pie. No I won't try to make it are you kidding? This is way over my skill level. I leave my macarons up to professionals.
The list is here (sorry it's in French). They don't mention the famous 'chocolat chaud à l'ancienne' at Les Deux Magots but they should. Frankly I don't see the point of going to Les Deux Magots and order anything else. À l'ancienne means old-fashioned. They're not diluting powder into water, this is not starbuck. It's had cooked for a long time and is thick with a balanced flavor you didn't think chocolate was capable of. But it's not too sweet, just bitter enough, complex, decadent but not to the point of indecency. Like velvet on the tongue (chocolate-flavored velvet).
image credit here.
Oh wow seriously. This is a 2 bedroom apartment for rent in Paris. With a balcony and flooded with wonderful light. And I love the decor. So whimsical. Hmmm they don't mention an elevator.