So many of you are going to Paris during Spring break. After some famous museum trips, and wonderful shopping sprees you are certainly going to have to figure out where to eat. And let’s be honest: you don t know Paris, if you have not tasted its food. But where to eat? How to know the difference between tourist traps and authentic Parisian Bistrot?
Penn Appetit figured it out for you.
( pictures from Le fooding.com)
Certainly my favorite resta
urant in Paris, I cannot imagine going to Paris without eating there at least once.
Let it be clear : Eating at Le Comptoir can be difficult; either you are going to have to queue or you have to wait for months to actually be able to book a table. Excellent South West food, affordable prices, great portions and quality are the recipe to its success. By American standards, the service can be deemed rude, but they are just speedy Parisians trying to satisfy everyone. From the os a moelle to the duck, you will not be disappointed.
L’avant comptoir is the little brother of Le Comptoir. It is more of a bar, but a tasty, high quality one. They serve great charcuterie and cheese plates and their crepes are considered the best of Paris.
If you are on a budget, going to this amazing traditional French restaurant will certainly be one of the best moves. Real authentic Parisian atmosphere, shared tables, art deco scenery and small prices are to account for its longevity and success.
Next to the non moins fameux Polyvore, Racines is an authentic high quality Parisian Bistrot. A delicious french cantine with great atmosphere and tasty menu.
BIG MAMMA GROUP RESTAURANTS
OBER MAMMA— MAMMA PRIMI— EAST MAMMA —- BIG LOVE CAFFE
All those restaurants are owned by the same owners and served high quality Italian food. The pastas are to die for, the pizzas are delicious and the desserts have been complimented. If you are not hungry, just sit down at their bar or enjoy their aperitif.
One of the trendiest restaurant in Paris. In addition to being organic, vegan and healthy, its plates will look amazing on your Instagram feed. Be sure to get the acai bowl, matcha bowl, dear muesli, shakusha, quinoa salad and avocado and salmon toasted bread.
35 euros menu for starter, entree and dessert, the food is fresh and the menu changes every week. Tasty, not snobby, a really good restaurant – and it has 2 locations.
EXKI and COJEAN
Both are healthy, organic fast food chains. You won’t find any hamburgers there but quiches, sandwiches and delicious
LA RUE DES ROSIERS
If you want are craving for falafel, this is the place to go to.
You should eat a crepe in Paris, and Breizh is certainly the most famous place to eat one.
This is an amazing concept – famous Michelin chefs designed fast-food jar-processed meals. A great opportunity to try for low prices, including Michalak, Pik, and Emmanuel Renault cuisine.
Best eclair of Paris, good salad and classy decoration. Need I say more?
TEA SALONS AND PASTRIES
Ok, Laduree is expensive, you may even have to queue for it, and Pierre Herme macarons are even better, but it is an institution. Their pastries are to die for and their club sandwich is the best I have eaten so far.
Who doesn’t like Angelina? Of course every Parisian criticizes it, highlighting the high prices and the tourist appeal. I disagree. Sure it is not cheap but you pay for the luxury, the amazing scenery, and the high quality food (their mont blanc and their hot chocolate are a must try).
Famous French caterer. Serves classic pastries.
THE PARADISE OF CHOCOLATE
A real reference.
LA PETITE ROSE
11 boulevard de Courcelles, 75008 Paris, France
I love that tiny tea salon. From the fig or chocolate tarts to the quiche, everything is made on scratch by the Japanese chef Miyuki Watanabe. Really good chocolate too.
Pastries are a thing in Paris. Prices are decadent compared to the rest of France (often a pastry is around 6-7 euros). Still, you should try some.
FRENCH PASTRIES: Pierre Herme, La Patisserie des Reves, Michalak
Right now, the “Two Stars” of French pastries are definitively Pierre Herme, Patrice Conticcini (La Patisserie des Reves) and Michalak. Their signature dishes are to die for. For Pierre Herme: the macarons and the vanilla tart. For Conticini: Le Paris Brest and for Michalak: La Religieuse.
For eclairs, people seem to love l’Eclair de genie. AOKI makes French classics with a Japanese twist like matcha chocolate and Saint Honoré. They are surprising and delicate.
Coming From Nice, I don t like buying ice cream in Paris,
Still BERTHILLON, GROM, MARTINE LAMBERT and UNE GLACE A PARIS are certainly the best places to get one, (even though Amorino will certainly be cheaper).
30 rue René Boulanger
Canal St Martin/Gare de l’Est, 10ème
That is all I can say
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MEAL
– If you are hungry but stuck in really touristic areas where there are either only low quality tourist traps or expensive fancy restaurant (St Michel or Champs E’Lysees): look for a Parisian take-out restaurant (listed above), a Monoprix Gourmet or a Marc and Spencer.
– In general, try to eat far away from the grands boulevards: the best restaurants tend to be the ones located in small and narrow streets.
– In cafés and authentic restaurants, it is generally a good sign when the owners can’t speak English.
– Please tip. Even if it is not compulsory, it is expected if you are happy with the service (around 5% though).
-Some Michelin chefs also have a more affordable bistrot, so look out for those.
– If you want to be fancy, the greatest Chefs and pastry makers tend to be in the 5 star hotels. They often have high teas and brunches too.
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