There are few things I love more than French cuisine. It should come as no surprise that I’ve enjoyed some of my most memorable meals in Paris. I’m happy to share with you my shortlist of treasured spots – bon appétit!
Cafés & Bakeries:
Le Moulin de La Vierge – beautiful and delicious pastries + viennoiseries. Limited outdoor seating – I’ve only been to their location in Victoires, which I love as it’s in a sweet square
Du Pain et Des Idées – amazing bread and pastries. Their pistachio pain aux raisins is to die for
Polâine – renowed for their bread and viennoiseries. Several locations
Dupain – another excellent boulangerie – in the Marais
L'éclair de Genie – gourmet éclairs – several locations
Le Loir dans la Théière – great spot in the Marais for an afternoon tea (great selection!) and cake – they have a variety that are baked fresh daily, but their most popular is their famed tarte au citron meringuée (lemon meringue pie). I wrote a blog entry about this here. Their tarte tatin is really very good too.
A La Mere de Famille – my favorite chocolates. They have several locations and the boutiques are all exquisite
Coffee / Cafes: O Coffeeshop, Telescope, Caféothèque, Radiodays, Fragments, Boot Café, Coutume, Ten Belles, for more sophisticated experience, I'd opt for Carette (by Trocadero – view o the Eiffel Tower) or Cafe Kitsune (by Palais Royal)
Buvette – beautiful and cozy restaurant, they have 1 in NYC too and now Tokyo as well. Delicious food - their waffle with bacon and egg is the perfect mix of sweet and savory
Le Dome du Marais – place to go if you want to splurge on a pricier brunch, as the interior is really special. You go here for the atmosphere, but not necessarily for the food.
Wine Bars / l'apero: I’d go to one of these before dinner for some wine and shared charcuterie or cheese plate, or alternatively can be a lighter meal
Le Baron Rouge – wine bar and charcuterie (in the 12th)
Le Barav: wine bar and charcuterie (in the 3rd)
Others: La Cave de Gaston Leroux and Sauvage
Moonshiner – speak easy. Great Gatsby feel, awesome cocktails. they made a really good Sidecar!
The Little Red Door – literally has a small red door, cool décor and super friendly bartenders, which is also right next door to Candeleria, so ideal if you want to try both. Their cocktail menu is made from various artists and how they translated/perceived the drink, it's pretty unique.
Candeleria – at the front is their kitchen/tacos, which you pass through to get to the bar in the back
Le Perchoir – rooftop bar with superb views of Paris and great cocktails
Others: Bar Hemingway and Caveau de la Huchette
Brezih Café: Brittany style crepes (galettes) and cider
Café Marcel: French bistro with a warm, charming interior and good French fare
Cafe de l'industrie - excellent, classic French food in a charming bistro. Perfect for lunch after exploring the area - lots of sweet boutiques in the area.
L'As du Fallafel - the best falafel in the Marais, very causal, and is open on Sunday (when a lot of the city is closed)
Aux Deux Amis – one my favs. very local spot, gets busy. small plates and really good wine list. reasonable and really good/authentic. In Oberkampf neighbourhood, so quite artsy/hip.
Le Servan: Owned and run by two sisters, this restaurant is known for its seasonal and innovative menu (closed Saturdays and Sundays!)
Au Passage – super french, great wine list. small plates, try the pigeon and burrata. closed Sundays and Mondays
Chez Janou – good food, classic french bistro, fun place. Best, best chocolate mousse in the world – served in a big sharing bowl (it's all you can eat…) I've had the duck and escargot tagliatelle- both are good!
Frenchie's wine bar - tapas style and a really good wine list. Food like rillettes, foie gras, burrata, lamb.
Buvette - also listed within brunch, but I equally love Buvette for dinner. They have a great variety of small plates and excellent wine list
Ober Mama - has become very popular. gorgeous italian eatery, good pizzas, etc.
Pizza Chic is a delicious italian pizza eatery
Pizza Rossi – not fussy, you don’t go here for ambiance but if you want authentic (and affordable), delicious wood oven pizza
Others suggestions: Septime, Vivant, Deviant (bar), le 404 (Moroccan), Frenchie, (see above for Frenchie wine bar), Verjus (tasting menu), Petrelle (most beautiful interior), Le Timbre, Chez Bartolo (Italian), Rue du Dragon, Carbon, Le Villaret, Claude Colliot (vegetarian 4 course meal or meat/seafood course)