Whenever I visit Paris, I spend so much time eating and clogging my arteries with so much everything that I’m to sluggish to write blog posts about the trip! Thankfully I have some very awesome and diligent Paris-based friends who write about the food scene–visit Alec Lobrano’s, Lindsey Tramuta, and Le Fooding sites for additional intel. Below you will find a round-up of my favorite spots. Unlike Rome, Paris restaurants book up way in advance so make reservations at least a couple of weeks ahead of your trip.
- Kunitoraya – Japanese Udon in the heart of the Asian pocket of the 2nd arrondissement. Obviously not French at all but delicious.
- Verjus: Fun food in the First. The wine bar downstairs is walk-ins only and features excellent wines and small plates.
Clamato: a seafood and oyster bar from the Septime team. No reservations.
Chez L’Ami Jean
- le servan is so great. Fave. don’t miss it
- Skip Septime and do Clamato and Septime La Cave
- Le rigamarole is fun except pasta which IMO takes away from the rhythm of the chef’s yakitori-focused tasitng menu
- Do Sunday chicken and unlimited fries at le repaire de cartouche mostly for the atmosphere and very insane wine list. chicken is fine but place is cool.
- L’Ami Jean is the most awesome bistrot
- Brutos is super fun. actually a fun way to spend a sunday is to do a food crawl starting at brutos and hitting clamato, septime la cave, and clown bar (this last 1 is super popular but IMO it’s a bit overhyped)
- L’Avant Comptoir is amazing for snacks and drinks standing at the bar
- Breizh Cafe does awesome crepes, galettes, and ciders
- Vivant is delicious, Dame Jane is fun
- I think Bistrot Paul Bert is just OK
- Mokonuts is a terrific spot for lunch
- My favorite wine bars are La Buvette (always my first and last stop in town) and Septime La Cave, both focusing on natural wines. It’s fun to grab a drink at Les Grands Verres at the Palais de Tokyo, a museum and set of exhibition spaces dedicated to contemporary art. For more cocktail intel, check out my piece for Imbibe Magazine.
- Coffee: Boot Cafe & Telescope
- Chocolate: Le Chocolate Alain Ducasse, Jacques Genin
- Cheese: Alleosse and Laurent Dubois
- Charcuterie: Maison Verot