Seeing as Paris is my all-time favourite city to visit, it’s no surprise that you’ll find tons of articles on my blog about the best Parisian hot spots. As with any big city, restaurants come and go faster than I can publish an article. Here’s a look at some of my recommendations on where to eat in Paris, current as of September 2014! Some of these are old favourites, but my recent visit proved they’re still just as good as the new places on the list.
BISTROT VICTOIRES [8 minute walk from the Louvre]
When we arrived here at 2pm it was loud and packed, and the first thing I noticed was how many people were speaking french. A non-tourist restaurant located this close to the Louvre? How could this be true? The prices were affordable, however the portions are not huge. At first glance we were worried that we’d be leaving hungry, but once we finished eating we were completely satisfied!The staff were busy but they were still very friendly and joking around. We ordered a half litre of wine, a chicken salad and steak with fries… and our bill came to 31.50€. A great lunch spot in Paris!
LA CREPERIES BRETONNE [10 minute walk from Jardin des Luxembourg]
Rue du Montparnasse is literally lined with creperies. They all smell so delicious, and they all look the same, so how do you pick which one to go to? La Creperies Bretonne is your best bet! Their wheat crepes are cooked to perfection and the friendly staff were happy to help us with the menu. I had a crepe with cheese, ham and mushrooms and it was delicious. Paul had one with mozzarella, tomato, basil and ham and the basil was so fresh and amazing! Lunch for two cost us 16€ here.
BUDDHA BAR [5 minute walk from Place de la Concorde]
One of my favourite restaurants in Paris, and one of the only places I’ll repeatedly visit every time we’re in Paris. I come here for the atmosphere and the great cocktails. The sushi is also exceptionally good here, but it’s not cheap. Dinner for two can easily cost over 100€. I’d recommend going just for drinks after dinner, and maybe to share one order of sushi.
FOYER DE LA MADELEINE [Underneath La Madeleine]
This is one of those secret places in Paris that’s a real gem. This restaurant is owned by La Madeleine church and requires a membership to access. Membership cards are 5€ per person and they’re good for a year. Lunch is 8.50€ every day, and includes an appetizer, entree and dessert. Not only is the price and location amazing, but the food was good too! It was also lots of fun to sit underneath the church surrounded by the well-dressed employees of the Rue Saint Honore shops. The restaurant is only open for a few hours at lunch, Monday to Friday.
PAUL [Located all over Paris]
Don’t be hesitant to try this restaurant just because it’s a chain restaurant that specializes in sandwiches – this certainly is not Subway. Every Paul location I’ve been to has been fantastic and always filled with fashionable locals on the lunch breaks. Their bread is amazing (and baked fresh) so be sure to try a sandwich here. If need a fast lunch you can also order for take away. We had a bottle of water, a salad, two sandwiches and dessert for 21€.