Its super cliched but Paris holds a special place for Mario and I. We are both lucky enough to travel there for work meaning that, while there isn’t always time to explore art galleries/museums/shopping, we always try to make time for a good meal. We have had so many good food experiences in Paris – here are some of our favourite places.
The thing with Paris is that there are so many amazing restaurants and bars that I really don’t think it makes sense to travel long distances to go to any particular place, unless it is completely extraordinary. For this reason, I’ve organized our favourites by arondissment so you have a guide to some good places no matter where you happen to be. Enjoy!
1st and 2nd ARRONDISSEMENT
- Costes (239-241 Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001). Upscale restaurant and beautiful people. Make reservations!
- Kong (1 Rue du Pont Neuf, 75001). Bar and Restaurant. Restaurant has a fantastic view.
- Frenchie to Go (9 Rue du Nil, 75002). Awesome for sandwiches/soup etc. Great for breakfast but gets busy at lunch. There is also a Frenchie Wine Bar and Restaurant which I think are overpriced.
- O’Kari Hammam Spa (22 Rue Dussoubs, 75002). This place is charming, really good value and they do a fantastic job of cleaning and scrubbing you. The woman who runs the place is completely scatter brained and slightly mad, but it’s a good time nevertheless! Just expect to be a little confused as to exactly what is going on.
- Merci (111 bd Beaumarchais, 75003). Very large (warehouse style) concept shop and modern European restaurant – has a Scandinavian feel too it. The breakfast looks very nice but you should go early as this place is very popular – try to avoid weekends, if possible. Is a nice contrast from the Parisian bistro.
- 52 Faubourg Saint Denis (52 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010). I have not been but looks cool from outside. Open everyday from 8am to midnight but looks best for late night dinners.Terres de Café (14 rue Rambuteau 75003). Cosy café with great coffee.
- Rue Montorgueil is a vibrant area on Saturdays (cheese shops, patisseries, wine shops).
- Perfumerie ‘Nose’.
- L’as du Fallafel (32-34 Rue des Rosiers, 75004). Very popular for take-out falafel and schwarma. Open every day except Saturday – but do not go on Sunday as line is insane.
- Le Dome du Marais (53 Bis Rue des Francs Bourgeois, 75004 Paris). For a fancy brunch. Closed Sunday.
- Rue du Seine in St-Germain-Des-Pres is a fantastic lane for dinner and cafes. Try:
- Semilla (54 Rue de Seine). French café with nice ambience – I recommend the pork.
- Da Rose Epicurie cantine. (62 Rue de Seine, 75006). Popular wine bar/café for jamon iberico, artisan cured meats and small plates. Open every day from 12pm.
- Le Pub Saint Germaine (17 Rue de l’Ancienne Comédie, 75006). Enter from the cool back lane. Expensive but good if you are a big group and want somewhere rowdy. Open every day.
- Los Cocottes is lovely, casual restaurant that is walking distance from Eiffel Tower. No reservations so get there early.
- Cafe Constant (139 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007). Next door to Los Cocottes and is owned by same chef. It is more of an all-day place (breakfast, lunch, dinner, after drinks) than Los Cocottes.
- Restaurant Alain Milliat (159 Rue de Grenelle,75007) is nice for lunch. Fantastic cauliflower risotto. Reservations, call: 01 45 55 63 86
- Le Clown Bar (114 Rue Amelot, 75011). Same team as Saturne. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
- Le Perchoir (14 Rue Crespin du Gast, 75011). Rooftop bar and restaurant with beautiful views. Very trendy. Open every day but make reservations and try to avoid Friday/Saturdays.
- Bones (43 Rue Godefroy Cavaignac, 75011). Bar and Restaurant. Owned by an Aussie, the food is reliable but not brilliant. The service, ambience and wine are outstanding. The degustation menu is very good value for a restaurant of this caliber.
- Hotel Luticienne, Saint Germaine.
- Hotel Saint Vincent, Saint Germaine
PLACES WE WANT TO TRY!
- Aux Petits Oignons (11 rue Dupont de l’Eure, 75020). A local farmer (who I met randomly at Bones Restaurant) recommended this place for classic French fare in a cosy atmosphere.
- Le 6 Paul Bert ( 6 Rue Paul Bert, 75011)
- Clamato (80 rue de Charonne, 75011). Heard from locals that this is a fantastic restaurant for seafood. 11th arondissment
- Derriere. Totally eclectic and quirky café for brunch or drinks.
- Marilou (8 rue Marie et Louise, 75010). Cosy chic tapas bar serving wine, charcuterie and small plates as well as casual, outside seating. Walked by it and it looked wonderful (and popular!). There are other fantastic looking restaurants on this ‘hidden-away’ street so if it is too crowded, there are other options to try also.
- Matiere a (15 rue Marie et Louise, 75010). Right by Marilou (above), is this smart, stylish (and tiny) restaurant centered around one communal table. It is a fixed menu establishment and its food has great reviews.
Le Glass (Cocktail Bar in Pigalle, Rue Frochot); Le Mastino (Pizza, Abbesses, 46 Rue Caulaincourt, ask for Charles); Le Rohvin (Wine Bar, Abbesses, Rue Joseph De Naistre); Ballroom (Cocktail Bar, Etienne Marcel, Rue Jean Jacques Rousseau), Matierre d. Au Passage, Les Quilles.