Thought I’d share our favorite eateries in Paris since I know how difficult it is to find a nice place to eat while experiencing culture shock, hah! Let’s get some things out of the way first- we aren’t picky eaters nor did we have any expectations for the food beside it being farm-to-table. So we actually had a very difficult time finding nice local restaurants that weren’t tourist traps for a couple of days. But after a few recommendations from a friend and our Airbnb host, we found our faves. Lucky for you, you’ll have this entire list. Seriously, just go off the list and thank me later.
**Le Petit Canard 19 Rue Henry Monnier, 75009 Paris, France (9ARR):
- The closest Metro Stations are Pigalle (2 & 12) and Saint George (12)! This is a small restaurant that serves all the ducks you can think of from their family farm. It’s best to make a reservation on lafourchette.com for dinner! I ordered the tasting menu, which came with an aperitif (pre-meal drink) with the duck a l’orange. The side veggies were amazing, but our personal favorite main plat was the duck confit.
**Le Bistrot Paul Bert 22 Rue Paul Bert, 75011 Paris, France (11ARR):
- Okay, so weird thing about the address. When putting in into Google Maps, it’ll actually show you 2 options (L’eccailler du bistrot and Le 6 Paul Bert). Follow the directions to L’eccailler du Bistrot!! Le Bistrot Paul Bert is right next to it. YOU HAVE TO GO HERE. They have the best steak plat- steak with pepper sauce and fries. I loved my Entrecote as well, but it was a bit too chewy for me. The taste was still mouthwateringly buttery though, freaking yums! Our favorite appetizer there was the scallops. If you only have one day in Paris, you must visit this restaurant. It’s preferable to either make a reservation or come right at opening time. Seriously.
ChoueTte 87 Rue des Pyrénées, 75020 Paris, France (20ARR):
- Maraicher from line 9 will be the closest Metro station! This was a neighborhood favorite! Everyone there was so nice, and the drinks were the best. We had steak and fries (an obvious favorite, hah!), and shrimp risotto. If you’re in the area, I’d visit!
**Le Petit Marche 9 Rue de Béarn, 75003 Paris, France (near 11ARR):
- Closest Metro station is Chemin Vert (line 8). The taste of the food here will be a taste that I will NEVER be able to recreate because it is that delicious. Oh my gosh. GET THE DUCK. Just get the duck. You’ll love it, and go back for more if you’re able to. If it’s any incentive, the Picasso museum is about a 7-minute walk!
Le Relais de l’Entrecôte 15 Rue Marbeuf, 75008 Paris, France (1ARR):
- The closest stations will be Alma-Marceau (line 9), George V (line 1), and Franklin D. Roosevelt (line 1). This restaurant serves salad as a starter, then 2 rounds of steak and fries. It was a fun experience that I think everyone should have, especially because the seating situations are less than ideal. It’s tiny, but the food is good, hahah! This restaurant is also close to Av. de Champs-Elysees, the largest shopping street. So shopping after dinner?!
Le Marché des Enfants Rouges 39 Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris, France (3 ARR):
- Closest Metro stations for this market will be Filles du Calvaire (line 9), Temple (line 3) and Republique (lines 3, 5, 8, 9, 11). There are so so many choices on what to eat here! We really enjoyed a massive crepe and sandwich from Chez Alain Miam Miam. They are HUGE, so share! But this is a really fun place to visit if you’re unsure about what to eat.
L’Escargot Montorguiel 38 Rue Montorgueil, 75001 Paris, France (2nd ARR):
- Closest Metro station is Étienne Marcel (line 4) and RER Station Châtelet-Les Halles. We tried an escargot sampler with Traditional, Truffle Butter, and Foie Gras. This was my first time trying these huge snails with a pick and clamps (pretty sure there’s a more sophisticated term for that, hah!) My boyfriend LOVED this.Absolutely worth trying if you’ve never had authentic escargots before!
(photo featured on VoyageHouston. How exciting!)
**L’Eclair de Genie
- This eclair shop has many different locations, and they are all worth visiting! I actually don’t normally like eclairs but these are so decadent and I don’t regret eating 20 of them in 2 day’s a bit.
- There are many different locations for this pastry and macaron shop too! I think the location on Champs-Élysées is worth trying at least once just for the experience. This is honestly an updated post since I had the opportunity to visit 3 years ago, and wrote about it then too haha! Btw, I still love the pistachio-chocolate croissant!
** indicates my personal favorites
Hope this little list made your vacay planning a bit easier! Let me know if you try out any of these places. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Until next time!