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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. Some of the places mentioned are classics and others are off-the-beaten-path places I have discovered on my many trips to 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 in Paris

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 or a tartine (baguette, butter, and jam). 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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Bistro Vivienne I only had drinks here and coffee and croissants. It is a great location if you are close to Palais Royal. I love strolling through Gallerie de Vivienne.

Café Camille pictured above is a spot I have always passed by many times and wanted to try but never did until recently. I stopped here for a breakfast on a sunny day in Paris. They were out of the croissants so I had a tartine with jam and butter with a café crème. This is a traditional bistro so there was no craft coffee just a large café Richards cup. Great people watching. You can reserve for dinner but if you are having breakfast, you can just walk up and grab a table.

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. 

Le Pain Retrove We discovered this bakery in Paris on our walk to Montmartre. All the girls tried different pastries and were very happy. The brioche I tried was out of this world good.

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Brunch in Paris

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 in Paris

Coffee has evolved so much over the last 10 years in Paris. There is traditional coffee that you will find at a café or bistro and craft coffee. Craft coffee is popping up everywhere in Paris. There are some roasters that are Paris-based and some that are from Australia. Both are fabulous, you will have to do your own research and explore what you like best. This blog post takes you through the different types of coffee and where to find some of my favorite spots in Paris.

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Lunch in Paris

Bistro Rougement This was a recommendation from Adele and Jules and we all loved it. The menu was small and there were a few rotating items from the chef. I had a butternut and pumpkin soup and tuna. It was very reasonably priced and had great quality and portion sizes. I would definitely recommend it and eat here again.

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. Located in the Marais.

Cafe Mademoiselle This was found on a whim as we had a group of girls and needed to find a table for lunch quickly. They had a table outside on a beautiful Fall day so we grabbed it. The meal was one of our favorites of the trip. Fresh and delicious and reasonably priced. They had a good wine selection and the staff was friendly.

Cafe Varenne I dined here a few years back and enjoyed it. We went with a group of 5 girls and we all had great meals and wine. It is a great location for Musee D’Orsay and the Rodin Museum.

Chez Monsieur This was a recommendation by a work colleague a long time ago. We dined here together and I wanted to go back again. I had my hotel make a reservation for lunch. They can fill up in advance for dinner so try to arrange in advance. It is a classic French bistro. The inside is adorable. I dined outside both times but wouldn’t mind a cozy inside table next visit.

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 prix fixe meal is a great value and the food is fantastic. 

Le Bimbo This was a standout meal we had in Montmartre. Everyone was happy with their meal and the quality of food and price was great. This wasn’t on the main street but still had great people watching and good energy. I had the fish and was really happy with my meal. I would go back for sure.

Les Editeurs I love the cozy vibe inside on a rainy or cold day. They have jazz here as well. I have had a few meals here over the years and it has always been good. I met my friend Katie here for breakfast one morning.

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

Miznon is one of my absolute favorites. It’s an Israeli sandwich shop that now has multiple locations. I always get the chicken pita. The tahini and pita are so good. They are known for their roasted cauliflower.

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

Sebastian Gaudard  This is technically dessert but I had to add this one in. I love their lemon tart so we stopped here for a little pause. There is construction all around here so it wasn’t the best location and they only had takeaway which we could have at an outside table.

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Dinner in Paris

Bistro 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. 

Cafe Central Rue Cler I have eaten here several times. It is a favorite of my friend’s favorite spots and she always requests we go here. They have a good amount of options for food, the menu is a bit mixed with pizza and poké options as well along with classic French dishes. I had a poké bowl and loved it. I also had steak frites here another night and that was also good.

Le Colimaçon This is a classic French restaurant right in the heart of the Marais on my favorite street. There is a chalkboard menu with so many choices. I had the duck that was made with roasted pears and it was delicious!

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.

Cafe de Mars. We had a lovely dinner here while staying at the Paris Perfect apartment. They have a chalkboard menu and have rotating specials. They had a great wine list too. Very lively and vibrant. We had a late dinner and were one of the last to leave.

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. 

Chez Fernand Rue Christine This is where we had our welcome dinner with 24 girls and we had a great meal and the staff was excellent. I would recommend it and return again for another classic French meal. Tell Baptise I sent you.

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

Fountain de MarsI ate here after hearing so many people rave about it. I had the fish special for lunch and it was delicious. We made a reservation for girls from the trip to dine here at a table of 10 and they all enjoyed their meal. I would go back if I was in the area.

JM Table I had lunch here when staying at Saint James and it was a suggestion from the concierge. It was a cute and quiet place inside not your typical French spot. The menu was small and rotated often. I dined on the later side of a Thursday and some of the menu items were finished for the day. I ended up having bucatini and octopus which was delicious. The servings weren’t huge but flavorful and fresh.

Kunitoraya – This is in the First Arrondissement. 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 in 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. 

Le Progres I had drinks with a friend here. It is great people watching and a good place for solo dining or drinks

Mad Men, This was a recommendation by Pavillon des Lettres. It is a fairly new spot. I had a pizza and salad to share and the portions were nice and the price was very reasonable including a glass of wine. This is also a great spot for after-work drinks or a late cocktail.

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!

Relais Entrecote Classic French. There are only steak frites on the menu. The girls requested steak frites and I knew this was the spot to go and we were close by. It was a great meal and we got a table outside with no wait. They typically have a wait for lunch and dinner. When we left, there was a line for lunch. I don’t think they take reservations.

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. 

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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.