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’sLindsey 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