Now onto the important part….eating in Paris! Yes, it’s a very romantic city but like they say, food is the way to the heart! How does one narrow down thousands of restaurants, bakeries, desserts into one trip? Rest assured, I like to research and plan for trips…so I’ve made your life easier. Here are 10 of my favorite places to eat in Paris ranging from restaurants, quick bites, bakeries, and sweets. Yes, more than half the list is devoted to sweets. Sometimes the itinerary may revolve around where to eat, and with the level of cuisine in Paris, can you blame me? My list is a short snippet of some memorable dishes for the short amount of time I was in Paris. There are still hundreds of amazing places I would love to try if given the chance. I hope this will serve as the starting point for your journey through Paris Eats. In no particular order, here’s my top 10.
Quick bites to eat
L’as Du Falafel
Location: 34 rue des Rosiers | 75004 Paris
Website: Yelp | Tripadvisor
Hours: Mon-Thu and Sunday 12 pm – 12 am, Fri 12 pm – 3 pm, Sat: closed
Price: Around €6
You are probably wondering…why would I get a falafel in Paris of all places? Trust. The first bite was a hot delicious mess, the soft pita with crunchy vegetables and balls of falafel heaven will have you floating on cloud nine even after a long day of walking. It is definitely one of the top falafel places I’ve tried yet, I’m not ready to commit to saying it’s the best I’ve ever had but it’s definitely the best bang for your buck and fits nicely in the itinerary when you’re on the go. Plus, the area is cute filled with little boutiqes and shops. Don’t let the other imitation falafel shops trick you into thinking it is L’as du Falafel!
Tip: Don’t let the lines outside scare you, there are two separate lines for take out and dine-in. Just compare how long the wait are for each, sometimes dining in is quicker.
Location: 109 rue Vieille du Temple | 75003 Paris
Website: Yelp | Tripadvisor | Breizh Cafe
Hours: Wed-Sun: 11-10pm, (sun 11pm), Closed Mon-Tue
Price: Ranges €6-€11
A cute little shop that sells crepes, or if you want to get technical…”galettes.” They are thin buckwheat flour pancakes. These are like gargantuan crepes stuffed with goods and finished with a nice golden crispy layer. I enjoyed the savory crepe a little more because it had a lot more stuffing in it and that creme sauce was to die for. A great casual place to grab a snack or quick bite to eat.
Tip: Make reservations if you can as it is a small place or go during off hours.
Location: 1 rue Grégoire de Tours | 75006 Paris
Website: Yelp | Tripadvisor
Hours: Tue-Sat 12 pm – 2:30 pm, 7 pm – 10 pm | Closed Sun-Mon
Price: Ranges €6-€13
Another solid place for crepes and drinks. I went for dinner and the ambiance was more bustling with their wide range of alcoholic cider offerings. The apple cider is absolutely delicious, sweet, tingly, with a hint of alcohol. The savory crepe was filled with cheese, ham, mushrooms, and perfectly cooked runny egg. A visit to try a crepe/galette in Paris is a must. It’s up to you what ambiance you like. I will give this place a little more points for their value deals (they offer a lunch special for limited types of savory crepes and sweet crepes and a cider for €13.50).
Tip: Take advantage of the different deals available. Arrive early or off hours as it is another little spot.
Chez robert et louise
Location: 64 rue Veille du Temple – 75003 Paris | +33 1 42 78 55 89
Website: Yelp | Tripadvisor | Robert Et Louise
Hours: Tues- Wed: 7pm-11pm, Thurs – Sat 12pm-3pm, 7pm-11pm, Sun 12pm-11pm
Price: Cote de Boeuf for 2 for €44
After watching Chez Robert featured on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, it was immediately added to our list. A true simple, rustic meal that focuses on meat. No fuss. You can see them cook the meat over a simple fire grill while you’re waiting for your food. There are five ways to cook steak in French: bleu, saignant, a point, cuit, bien cuit. Siagnant (medium) is the best way to go with its pink runny juices. The steak’s meat isn’t extremely tender but each bite was very juicy and flavorful. It comes with a basic salad and potatoes that will fill you up quickly.
Tip: Come early right when they open or make a reservation. Is it really enough for 2? Debatable, pretty sure we could’ve each scarfed our own separately if we were really hungry. Oh, don’t bother if you like your meat well done.
Location: 12 Rue Papillon, 75009 Paris | France+33 1 40 22 01 91
Website: Yelp | Tripadvisor | Hugo
Hours: 12-11pm, except Sunday, Sat and Mon lunch
Hugo is a fresh and delightful place for a meal. The presentations were beautiful, colorful, and unique. I made reservations in advance and we were the first few to arrive. Just be warned, service is very hands-on by the owner Hugo so you will receive amazing and personable service, but a little on the slower side. The fresh scallop carpaccio was the winner in my book, it had beautiful thin slices of scallop drizzled with olive oil, pistachios, berries. It was a beautiful piece. I was so happy to find foie gras on the menu after California banned it and it was everything I remembered it to be and more. They offer prix fixe menu (starter, entree, dessert at €26. Hugo is known for the lovely fresh ingredients and presentation, but you will find some overlap in taste in the dishes.
Tip: Come early and make a reservation and expect to dine for 1-2 hours due to slow service.
Location: 30 rue Gay Lussac | 75005 Paris | +33 (0)1 43 25 20 79
Website: Yelp | Tripadvisor | Les Papilles
Hours: Tues – Sat: 12-2:30pm, 7-10pm | Sun-Mon closed
Price: €31 prix fixe (starter, main course, cheese, dessert) | €22-€24 (starter,main or main, dessert)
I came here years ago and still think about the amazing experience here. Top quality foods with great prices. This is my MUST try when in Paris. What makes this place unique is that when you arrive, you will not know what you will be eating until the day of as the chef determines the menu based on ingredients in season. That day they served a very memorable cauliflower soup, it was creamy good with so many different textures and spices inside. For the main course, I’m not usually a big fan of duck but the sauce was delicious and had a very southern style to it with hearty vegetables and potatoes. The cheese was a very pungent blue cheese which I’m not usually a fan of, but the mix with a sweet fig sauce gave a nice sweet and savory taste. The night ended with THE best panna cotta I’ve ever had. I’ve never tasted anything like it because it had such a homey taste to it.
Tip: They are known for their extensive wine collection, so dine and wine away! Be sure to make reservations with Bertrand at firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: 8, rue Monge, Paris, France (Panthéon) (Note, there are multiple locations throughout Paris)
Website: Yelp | Tripadvisor | Maison Kayser
Hours: Generally 7am-8pm
No visit to Paris is complete without a visit to a Boulangerie. The stereotype is true, I’ve seen so many Parisians racing around the city with a baguette in their arm biking around the city. The French love their bread, with very good reason. This is the perfect place to grab a few pastries and baguettes to go for a picnic or nibble as you walk through the beautiful city. One notable baguette is their black sesame, it was extra crispy yet soft on the inside. Their sandwiches are standard, but may be better if toasted as the baguette is a little harder to bite into. The strawberry tart was the perfect ending, its flaky crust with a not too sweet and the flavorful filling was delicious. We were very tempted to buy another immediately after.
Location: 29-31 rue St Louis en l’Ile | 75004 Paris
Website: Yelp | Tripadvisor | Berthillon
Hours: Wed – Sun: 10am-8pm, Mon/Tues: closed
Price: Ranges €4-€7
I am a hard critic when it comes to any form of ice cream or gelato and Berthillon making this list is no small feat. If you’re an ice cream fan, you’ll love that their ice cream uses fresh ingredients. Their fruity flavors have some good chunks of fruit used in them but the texture is not as creamy as I would like my ice cream to be. Stop by if you happen to be in the area for a sweet treat, but don’t go out of your way for it.
Tip: They may be under renovations so they have a little cart outside, just check the website for most up-to-date news. You can usually do dine-in as well with other dessert and coffee options.
Location: 75 ave Champs Elysées | 75008 Paris (Multiple locations)
Website: Yelp | Tripadvisor | Ladureé
Hours: 7:30am-11pm | Sat/Sun open 8:30am
Price: €1.70-€2 per macaron
Ah, colorful beautiful macarons. Sometimes it’s too pretty to eat, am I right? Who am I kidding, I scarfed down Ladureé’s artful and tasty macarons. The texture of Ladureé’s macarons are amazing, it is slightly crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. You can dine-in at this location which has a very cute ambiance that fits right in the famous street Champs Elysées after all. Only downside is it is a tad bit touristy as they have multiple chains internationally as well. They offer a variety of other desserts and regular foods but just stick with what they are famous for. Stop by for a break to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Tip: If you get the macarons in a box, they cost a tad bit more since they protect them from breaking and are great for gifting.
Location: 72 rue Bonaparte | 75006 Paris
Website: Yelp | Tripadvisor | Pierre Hermé
Hours: 10am-7pm (Closing times vary)
Price: €2-€3 per macaron
Aren’t those some good-looking treats? Pierre Hermé has a very upscale and chic feel in their tiny little store of goods. Although Ladureé has an amazing texture to their macaron, Pierre wins in flavor. The colors are soft and adds a special touch to a lot of their flavors – a bit of nuts, dust of coco powder, or a dazzling shimmery gloss. They are soft, melt-in-your-mouth and very rich in flavor. There is a whole macaron debate on whether or not Pierre Hermé or Ladureé is better. There are pros and cons to both but in the end, they are both delicious macarons created to perfection. What gives them a slight edge than Ladureé? Their amazing big ispahan macaron has flavors of rose, rasberries and lychee. It is almost too beautiful to eat, but one bite in, my guilt was gone.
Are you hungry yet? Start bookmarking these places and squeeze them into your itinerary in Paris.
Don’t forget to visit my post on all the SIGHTS to see in Paris!