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Where to Eat and Drink in Paris

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This post is long overdue as it is probably my most asked question through email and direct messages on Instagram. I typically write a few places down for each person but this will be much easier as you will have a destination page to reference. This post is in collaboration with Eurostar who asked me to share some of my favorite places to eat in Paris. 

P.S. If you loved this post on where to eat and drink, don’t miss my top 10 favorite Boutique Hotels in Paris.

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Breakfast

If I am staying in an apartment, I prefer a run to a local boulangerie for a baguette or croissant. You can see my full list of favorite boulangeries here.

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Breakfast at a local café will run you around 10 euros. Much cheaper than a hotel breakfast, depending on where you are staying.

Where to Eat Breakfast in Paris

The typical Parisian breakfast isn’t much more than a pastry and a coffee. You can find a decent set menu at a lot of the Parisian cafés. The breakfasts will include a pastry, juice, and coffee. If you want a bigger breakfast they will usually offer the same breakfast with the addition of eggs or yogurt. 

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Claus – This is the Hot spot during Fashion Week so plan accordingly. There is a newly opened location on the Left Bank in St Germain.

Holy Belly – Order the Bourbon pancakes. I promise you will thank me. The line on the weekends can be long. Try to visit when they first open or try during the week. 

Café St Regis This is a great place to grab breakfast when you just arrive in Paris if you are staying on île st Louis or on the weekend. 

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Brunch

Big Love Café – The pancakes are out of this world good along with the French toast. There are no reservations. Arrive early or you might be out of luck. I lived upstairs so it was easy to put my name in. There are tons of places to explore in the neighborhood on a Sunday if there is a wait they will take your number. 

Dersou – There are no reservations for Brunch so expect a wait. The food is Asian inspired and not your typical brunch food. Still highly recommended. 

Fragments – Everyone raves about the avocado toast and I wasn’t disappointed. The space is small 

Holy Belly – Get the Bourbon pancakes. They are worth it! 

Coffee

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For my full list of Where to Drink Coffee In Paris. Check out this Post Here

Lunch

Breizh  for sweet and savory crêpes. There is a new larger location in Odeon with outdoor seating or you can go to the original location in The Marais. Expect a wait on a Sunday for brunch.

Carette – You can dine on the terrace or get sandwiches for takeaway and picnic in The Tuileries or nearby Place des Vosges. 

Café Charlot – This is the place to be for Happy Hour any day of the week for great people watching or on a Sunday for Brunch and beyond.

Claus – There is a takeaway restaurant across the way or dine in. This is a hot spot for Fashion week so plan accordingly with reservations. 

Daroco – the pasta is handmade and SO good. I had food envy when I saw the pizzas so you can’t go wrong either way. There is now one in the 16th arrondissement as well.

Hardware Societé A great option in Montmartre which can always be a challenge for good food. They don’t take reservations so try to plan an off time to visit for breakfast or lunch. 

Le Lulli – tucked away behind The Louvre, I love this spot for lunch. Their prefix meal is a great value and the food is fantastic. 

Marcel – I love this spot in Montmartre. I have only sat outside on the terrace but I love the ambience and I keep dreaming about the Caesar salad. 

Pizza Chic – arrive right when it opens to secure a spot. Don’t miss the tiramisu! 

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Dinner

Bisto Paul Bert – Classic French and so good. A must visit if you have the chance. Order off of the chalkboard menu and don’t miss out on the cheese plate at the end of the meal. 

Café Constant – A great spot for lunch or dinner. Don’t miss the roast chicken. It is a quick walk to the Eiffel Tower. After dinner you can watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle.

Chez André This is my go to spot close to the Champs-Élysée. I love the ambiance inside, it is romantic and old Paris. I could easily escape a cold Winter day or a rainy afternoon here. In the warmer months you can sit outside with a glass of rosé and people watch. 

Ellsworth – Don’t miss the fried chicken. They have great small plates to share. This is from the same owners as Verjus. 

Kunitoraya – This is in the First Arrondisement. They have great Udon and it is perfect for cold Winter days or rainy days. I love going here on a Sunday. There is typically a line but it moves pretty quickly.

L’Avant Comptoir – Standing room only but it is worth it. The menu hangs from the ceiling, be adventurous and try something new! I always have a great time here.

Le Comptoir – The original restaurant that L’avant Comptoir was based off of. The menu can be similar I have had the same dish both places. This one you will sit and eat. No reservations are taken so arrive right when the restaurant will open. 

Le Relais de l’Entrecote – They only serve Steak Frîtes and they do it so well. You will just have to order your steak how you like it and they take care of the rest. I have never had a bad meal here. There are no reservations so expect to wait in line outside. 

Big Mamma Group. If you are craving Italian which is pretty much me all the time. Check out the multiple restaurants by the Big Mamma Group. They are all over the city. Try the truffle pasta and the pizzas are great too. They don’t take reservations so arrive early. I recently ate here with 15 minutes to close and there was still a wait. It is worth it!

Semilla – I have eaten here twice and loved it. The fish dishes were better than the meat in my opinion. A great meal and highly recommended. 

You can download this map and save it to your phone for your next trip to Paris.

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I would love to know your favorite spots in Paris. Comment below and share! 

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  1. Dinner i love Chez Francoise, great french food, for great italian food go to East Mama, bars and cocktails, the Le Festin Nu, and the L’Alibi. There is a great little piano bar near St Michel on Rue Huchette, tourist area, but great vibe in this piano bar very good singers and drinks and food.

    • Hi Michael,

      Thank you so much for the great tips. I would love to check out the piano bar. Is it the one that is in LA LA Land?

  2. Café St Regis is my #1 go-to. Especially great for breakfast after arriving (as you mention above).
    But lunch and dinner are also great there, as are late-night cocktails. I always try to stay in that area of Paris so that it’s no too far to get there 🙂 They have a great Instagram account as well!
    – Tony

  3. My daughter is a vegetarian, so we went to Le Potager du Marais (hotel recommendation), and really enjoyed it.

    Les Papilles (Latin Quarter, I think) is a delicious adventure, because you eat what they’re serving that evening.

    Both need reservations – worth it! Both are very popular.

  4. My son just bought the photo at the top of this page of Brasserie de l’Isle Saint Louis from Pottery Barn, for his apartment. He didn’t even realize that we sat there and had lunch on our last visit. He just loved the picture.

    • Thank you so much for the support, Ellen! I hope he loves the print and it brings great memories! xo

  5. Your blog was so helpful for our trip to Paris last May. We absolutely loved Chez Janou in le Marais. Lively, welcoming staff, and delicious dishes! Next door to Shakespeare & Co. is Le Petit Chatelet – we paused for lunch there – the Coquille St. Jacques and profiteroles were excellent.

    • Hi Lori,

      Thank you so much! I am so happy you tried Chez Janou. It is just the cutest and I agree the staff is fabulous. I have never tried the café next to Shakespeare and Co, I will try to check it out next time. There is a greek spot I love not too far from there that I love.

      Keep in touch! xo
      Rebecca

  6. Love the article Rebecca great recommendations!!! Love all your posts and articles merci enjoy your trip in paris bon voyage

  7. These are all my favorite spots from my visit this past week. I am an event planner and spend a lot of time researching restaurants and all of your spots that i tried did not disappoint. But I have a few to add. OI loved Holy Belly 5 and Big Love but want to add Marcelle to that for a lite bite in the morning. Great coffee and pastries and lite breakfast items and adorable decor. Another great breakfast spot is Angelina.

    I loved Cafe Charlot for brunch on Sunday and Frenchie Wine Bar for dinner. They have an amazing menu, fabulous wine list and play awesome tunes in a cozy little spot with an open kitchen. Absolutely one of my favorite spots in Paris.
    I also fell in love with Margherita. The salads, pizza and pasta are amazing as well as friendly service…but this venue is deceivingly large. Multiple levels and lots of cool private event areas!

    3 fab dinners were at Kong (spectacular venue and decor by Philippe Starck), Chez Georges at the Pompidou center (awesome views of the city and delicious modern french cuisine)

    Lastly, for a classic brasserie experience at Le Grand Colbert was fantastic!

    • Thank you, Danielle, for all your great feedback! It sounds like you ate well and experienced Paris to the fullest. I really appreciate you sharing all of your great discoveries with me.

      xo

  8. At the top of saint Paul metro on Rue saint Antoine. Chimieres it’s a bistro. Always has loads of French eating there has a great atmosphere inside and we always enjoy the food and keep going back.

  9. Ellsworth is fab for dinner and even better for weekend brunch. The chicken is available at brunch, so you don’t have to feel like you’re missing out by not doing dinner.