I had a GREAT time exploring and seeing all of the attractions in Paris, but the food was on another level! With SO many cute “Parisian” bistros and restaurants everywhere, I felt like I spent most of my trip eating (as always). I compiled a list of amazing restaurants that are definitely worth a visit if you’re in the City of Lights.
For our first night in Paris, we chose a special place to have dinner. La Rotonde is a classic Parisian brasserie founded in 1911. The place is renowned as an intellectual gathering place hosting famous artists such as Picasso over the years.
Now let’s talk about the food: I tried escargot (aka snail) for the first time...what can I say about it?! It’s good, but very different and was too seasoned for my taste. Either way, I’m glad I got to experience it. For my main dish I had the steak tartare with fries that was to die for, so excellent!
My husband got a chicken dish and rice with raisins and pineapple.⠀⠀⠀
To finish the meal, we ordered a Parisian classic, creme brûlée, which was delicious. The meal was great and so was the service - the waitress was very nice and helpful. If you’re planning on visiting Paris, put La Rotonde high on your list of places to go.
Address: 105 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, France
Le Coq Rico
Le Coq Rico is not new to me, but still surprises me with its AMAZING food.
I’ve been to the restaurant in NYC, but the original in is Montmarte, Paris. Chef Westermann is a pioneer in slow-cooking techniques for poultry, and the birds are all chosen from organic farms.
For dinner, we chose the “quarter Challans chicken” with salad, fries and mac’n’cheese. I don’t even have to say that this meal was to die for.
It’s definitely a place to go if you’re in Paris (or NYC) - it’ll be amazing! Plus from many parts of the restaurant you can watch the cooks master their craft!
Address: 98 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris, France
Les Duex Magots
Another famous café in Saint Germain frequented by renowned artists such as Picasso, Les Duex Magots (reference to the Chinese magician statues inside the restaurant) is a great place to go for a late dinner.
The food is really good. I had a prime cut of veal confit with shallots and mashed potatoes and my husband had duck breast with honey and spices and sweet potato gratin.
The food was great and so was the service. The restaurant can accommodate a lot of people with plenty of tables available, including outdoor seating, which is perfect for drinks and people watching.
Address: 6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France
Le Saint Germain
Le Saint Germain is a Parisian restaurant with an extensive menu serving all the French classics. The menu is translated into several different languages, which is helpful to tourists. ⠀⠀⠀
I tried foie gras (duck liver paste) for the first time ever here. I also ordered the French onion soup and my husband had the croque madame (a classic French comfort food consisting of ham, cheese and egg). Everything was delicious, and the service was great too. With many tables outside right off Saint Germain Boulevard, it's a great restaurant to people watch, too!
Address: 62 Rue du Bac, 75007 Paris, France
A classic bistro in Saint Germain, Brasserie Lipp is well known for hosting celebrities such as Kate Moss and Madonna. I had read many good reviews, so I decided to make a reservation in advance. When we got there it wasn’t very crowded, although it was a weekday, so I’m not sure if it gets crazy on weekends.
Let’s talk about the food: to start we had smoked herring (that my husband thought was a bird lol) with potatoes and carrots. If I knew it was a smoked fish that tasted like sardines, I never would have order it, but it wasn’t terrible.
For my main dish I had the house classic, pork “foot” (Milanese) with mashed potatoes, which was very tasty. My husband got lamb with spinach cream, which he loved.
The famous dessert there is the “Millefuile”, or thousand layer cake, but they ran out of it, so we ordered “profiteroles” (puffed pastry) which was delicious.
The food was good, but I expected it to be a little better. The service was not very good, and the waiters were snobbish. Anyway, I don’t think I’d eat there again. I liked the food, but we had better experiences at other restaurants in Paris.
Address: 151 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
L’as Du Fallafel
L’as Du Fallafel is another place that you can’t miss in Paris. It’s a small restaurant in Le Marais, a Jewish neighborhood, and offers fast food service where you can order from outside and sit inside the restaurant, or during the summer eat outside like most customers.
The place became famous after Lenny Kravitz said it was his favorite restaurant. I tried the traditional falafel, which was amazing. They have many other options available too.
We got there around 5pm and didn’t run into any lines, but some people say that during lunch time the line can get quite long. Anyway, although the place sounds like a tourist trap, the food is very good and it’s also cheap, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Address: 74 Rue Amelot, 75011 Paris, France
The “Formule” is very common in Paris. It’s a fixed price menu that includes 2 to 3 courses and sometimes beverages as well. We tried a restaurant in Saint German, called Cèpe Figue. The formule there was 2 courses, an appetizer + entree OR entree + dessert.
To start, I had a poached egg with mushroom and my husband had the avocado tartar. For the main dish I ordered the “dourado” fish with asparagus and roasted potatoes and my husband had duck thighs with roasted potatoes.
The food was delicious and totally worth it for the price we paid. As I mentioned, there are plenty of restaurants offering these type of “deals”, so keep an eye out. It’s a great way to eat well for cheap.
Address: 61 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 75006 Paris, France
For our last night in Paris, we decided to eat at Le Galopin. This place was recommended to us by a bartender we met at a speakeasy bar in Paris. ⠀⠀⠀
The restaurant is located in a super residential and local area, a bit outside of the city center close to Chinatown. They have a regular menu and a tasting menu with wine pairings. We decided to order a la carte since most options were seafood and my husband is not a huge fan of seafood.
For the appetizer, we ordered green beans with olives, red onions, coconut broth and a black seasoning that looked like soil that is hard to describe. It was different than anything we’ve ever eaten...
For the entree, we split a Ribeye steak, with roasted potatoes and a mash potato foam made with siphon. ⠀⠀⠀
Overall I enjoyed the experience because the food was modern and different, the chefs were young and the place was super local. It's a good place for those who want to "escape" from the tourists and crowds of Paris. ⠀⠀⠀
Address: 34 Rue Sainte-Marthe, 75010 Paris, France
These were the places I enjoyed the most, but feel free to let me know any recommendations in Paris that I missed, and I’ll add to my list once I go back (hopefully very soon!). We still have many posts about Paris coming, including delicious pastries and the famous macarons. I have so many pictures of my trip to Europe on my Instagram (@eat_travel_andlove) so don’t follow me for the latest updates.