Ahhh.. Paris, the city of light. It’s one of the hottest European destinations and it’s hardly surprising! It’s both the city of love and fashion, and its iconic Haussmanien architecture is truly spectacular. The French capital is also known for its amazing restaurants, the streets in Paris are lined up with interesting and foreign cuisine that will get your taste buds wanting more! But how do you differentiate the good restaurants from the attrape-touristes, or the tourist traps? Let us give you the low down on some of the best restaurants in Paris!
Café de Flore
Café de Flore is a Parisian restaurant in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, an area well-known for its luxurious feel, and history in the creative arts and literature. The café has apparently existed since 1887, and is still open to the public today! This café-restaurant is renowned for its iconic floral display, and some pretty amazing patisseries. Whether you want to stop here for brunch with a friend, or enjoy a fine-dining experience in the evening, Café de Flore is the hotspot for delicious, French cuisine.
It is also a café beloved by many celebrities, big names such as Karl Lagerfeld, Brigitte Bardot and French singer Johnny Hallyday have eaten here. Several fashion campaigns have been shot here, Gisele Bundchen was shot in front of the café for the Chanel Spring/Summer 15 campaign. Other fashion houses such as Longchamp and Chloé but to name a few. Café de Flore has certainly made its mark in history!
Pink Mamma is an Italian restaurant, owned by the chain Big Mamma, set near Pigalle in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. At a walking distance from Montmartre Sacré Coeur and the Moulin Rouge, it’s the perfect place to wind down after discovering this diverse part of the city. The restaurant is spacious, with a basement leading to a surprise. Or grab a table on the top floor which you have probably seen on Instagram for its greenhouse-like vibes, like its high beams and floral decor. The food? Amazing! Pink Mamma breed their own cows to achieve their tender meat dishes, and the pizzas are delicious – all for affordable prices!
As well as having a wide selection of cocktails and beers, you can also try out some of their vintage Italian wines. You will feel like you really are in Italy all whilst being in the hustle and bustle of Paris. A word of advice? Book online- this restaurant is extremely popular! If you haven’t had time to book, turn up an hour before it opens to ensure you get a spot!
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Kong can be found in the 1st arrondissement just opposite the Pont Neuf in central Paris. Upon arrival you will be guided to an elevator that will take you to the top floor of the newly-reopened Samaritaine store, where Kong can be found. Be sure to book in advance and arrive on time to grab a table in the conservatory for a 360 degree view of Paris, and particularly the Louis Vuitton Foundation building just opposite. In the night time, this view is even more spectacular, seeing the nearby streets lit up, and enjoying the Parisian nightlife.
The cuisine? A French-Japanese fusion that will leave you wanting more! The food is carefully presented, whilst the drinks are a show in themselves. Richard Pommiès has been a chef at Kong for over 10 years, and his goal was to provide fine-dining at an accessible price for Parisians. Fun fact – did you know that an episode of Sex and the City was filmed in the restaurant?
César has two restaurants in two different districts – there is César in Avenue de Wagram, 17th arrondissement of Paris, and Maria by César, in Rue Montorgueil, 2nd arrondissement. The Avenue de Wagram restaurant is the biggest of the two establishments and has been visited by various celebrities such as the Hadid sisters, Barbara Palvin and the Paris Saint-Germain football team. Only a few steps away from the Champs-Elysées, it’s the perfect place to stop off at during a shopping spree.
Why César? Apart from the regular celebrity appearances, there are plenty of reasons to book a table there. The atmosphere, the luxurious decor, and of course, the delicious Italian and Sicilian cuisine. The restaurant is renowned for its pâtes à la truffe (truffle pasta), which the waiters finish preparing in front of your table. You’ll also love their mouth-watering Tiramisu. Haven’t been able to book a table? They also do takeaways, meaning that you can enjoy César whenever, wherever!
élémentaire is a small French restaurant in Rue Léopold Bellan, in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris. Just tucked away from the busy Montorgueil road, there is a sense of peace and tranquillity in this restaurant that you don’t get anywhere else in the area. The restaurant offers fresh salads and healthy meals that are exciting and original. You can choose to share a planche of charcuterie, cheeses, or even both, and opt for their main courses that they change up regularly for a bit of variety!
Why is élémentaire so unique? It is also a co-working space, ideal for freelancers in the area. Or, if you need to do a bit of business during your stay. Enjoy a coffee whilst working from a beautifully decorated space, and then just head downstairs for lunch – sounds perfect, doesn’t it?
The Hoxton is a hotel that can be found in the 2nd arrondissement in Paris, and has a restaurant for passersby. Its typically Parisian aesthetic makes it one of the places to go when visiting the French capital. Within the hotel there are three dining destinations – the Rivié restaurant, that has a French brasserie vibe with French-Asian fusion food. Then there’s the Planche wine bar that offers a wide selection of wines and charcuterie and cheese boards. Or try the Jacques Bar, with an extensive list of cocktails and delicious dishes for you to try.
Enjoy sitting in their beautifully decorated restaurants or sit out in the courtyard with their just as incredible decor. Whether you’re looking for a working lunch, a striking decor or amazing and original food – you’ve got all three with the Hoxton!
Auteuil Brasserie is one of the most well-known Parisian brasseries. Located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, it has quickly become a hotspot for its hip and trendy decor and amazing Italian cuisine. The food is very Instagrammable, and the trendy yet minimalist decor will inspire you.
Just a heads’ up – this restaurant is usually quite crowded due to its popularity. However, the ambiance, the setting and the food more than make up for that. You can even book a table on the rooftop for a few drinks with friends and admire the greenery. It is also just a few yards away from Roland Garros, so in the summer months, you can head to matches and stop by here in the evenings.
Bambou is a Thai restaurant tucked away in Rue des Jeuneurs, in the 2nd district of Paris. The restaurant features a striking building with a luxuriously chic decor and a spacious courtyard for you to enjoy the Parisian summer. Perfect for going out for dinner, grabbing a few drinks or both, this Thai restaurant’s decor is inspired by Asia, the bird cages, and a leather and metal dragon created by artist Zoé Rumeau.
In the kitchen, they use fresh French products for an eco-responsible approach. This restaurant is renowned for its mouth-watering Pad Thaï and its sticky mango and coconut milk rice for dessert. Better book a table!
Breizh Café is a small chain with restaurants in Paris, Cancale, Saint Malo and Tokyo. The Breton-Japanese fusion restaurant offers Breton galettes and crêpes with a Japanese twist. In Paris, there are 6 different locations – Abbesses (18th), Canal Saint Martin (10th), Le Marais (3rd), Batignolles (17th), Montorgueil (2nd), Odéon (6th) and Paul Bert (11th).
All of the Breizh Cafés offer unique settings for you to enjoy these original recipes, for example, in the Montorgueil restaurant, there is a secret cider cellar where you can find a bar and enjoy another ambiance. They source local, high-quality ingredients for an amazing tasting experience, as well as French ciders to accompany your meal.
Iovine’s is located in Rue du Colonel Driant, in the 1st arrondissement. It’s just a short walk away from the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries. This restaurant is the ideal pitstop when discovering the city center. They use fresh produce imported from Italy for authentic cuisine, at an affordable price. Italians far and wide have highly rated this restaurant for its true Italian cooking, with the pizzas they know and love. In fact, some people have said Iovine’s does the best pizza in Paris!
What do we recommend off their menu? The Iovine’s pizza – with Mozzarella, parma ham that has been aged for 24 months, and parmesan cheese that has been aged for 24 months, for a very intense and delicious taste sensation.