If there’s one thing I love in Paris possibly even more than the beauty shopping, it’s all the food. The croissants, the crêpes, the macarons… I’m a massive foodie and one of my favourite things about traveling is always getting to sample all the amazing restaurants and cafés other countries have to offer. And Paris certainly has plenty to choose from. On all my visits I’ve never gone to the same restaurant twice (except for Ladurée), and every time I discover new delicious places & dishes. Here’s a list of a couple of my favourite cafés and restaurants in Paris, from our most recent trip.
MY FAVOURITE CAFÉS & RESTAURANTS IN PARIS
Café Kitsuné | 51 Galerie de Montpensier
One of my absolute favourite moments in Paris included stopping by Café Kitsuné for lattes in the Palais Royal gardens. The café is tiny with relatively no seating and just drinks on the menu, but the location is absolutely perfect for a sunny afternoon stroll in the park. (And don’t forget to take a peek at the famous Palais Royal columns while you’re there). Both the matcha latte & iced mocca were delicious, and they also sell their adorable coffee cups to take home with you!
La Gazette | 28 Rue Duret
Of all the restaurants in Paris we went to this time, La Gazette was my favourite. Our hotel recommended this restaurant, and it turned out to be the perfect spot for dinner just off Arc de Triomphe. The atmosphere was buzzing and I fell in love with the decor of blue velvet couches and plenty of gold touches. What definitely made the night for us was our waiter, who couldn’t have been more friendly (and French). He explained the menu for us, made recommendations and even let me taste three different wines before bringing us a bottle he knew we would love. (And he was right!).
All of our food was amazing, and I’d definitely recommend getting the foie gras (even if you hate liver, try it, you’ll be surprised!) and the Iberico pork that the restaurant is know for. Also, don’t forget to ask about the specials.
The only spot on repeat for my every visit to Paris is Ladurée. It’s a classic tea house with deliciously colourful and delicate desserts, and arguably some of the best macarons in Paris. I’ve never actually had the tea, but always make sure to stop by for a box of macarons to-go. The boxes are so beautiful that I have a whole collection of them at home, and there’s plenty of macaron flavours to choose from. My favourites are often the limited edition flavours, that they switch up every season. Ladurée has quite a few cafés around Paris, but I’d recommend steering clear of the Champs–Élysées location, since the queues are always insane.
Angelina is famous for their chocolat chaud, and it’s no wonder. It’s made from rich African chocolate and is thick and luxurious, almost like drinking chocolate sauce. The marble adorned decor of the cafés is just gorgeous, and the pastries are even more beautiful. The macarons are delicious, and in addition to the classics, they have plenty of unique flavours. My favourites were Earl Grey and the vanilla, that beat even Ladurée!
Breizh Café | 109 Rue Vieille du Temple
For the best crêpes in Paris, look no further than Breizh Café. It’s a bustling little café in Le Marais, with a menu full of tasty galettes and delicious sweet crêpes, with just about all the toppings you could want. You also won’t want to miss the traditional cider, since it’s ever better than the crêpes!
Ma Salle á Manger | 26 Place Dauphine
Ma Salle a Manger is a sweet little place at the loveliest square in Paris, just off Pont Neuf, that serves simple, hearty and delicious home cooking. The restaurant is tiny but cozy, and definitely French. Our waiter was a lovely, warm French lady who gave excellent wine recommendations, with fun a little anecdote of the “crazy guy” who makes the wine on the side too. The classic boeuf bourguignon was exactly the thing we needed to warm up after a freezing winter day of walking around in Paris.
Holybelly | 19 Rue Lucien Sampaix
Holybelly is a little breakfast spot a bit off the most touristy parts of Paris. The place has a casual, relaxed vibe and it’s bustling with both people and music. The service was super friendly and fast, and the pancakes.. Oh, the pancakes. We tried both the sweet & savory stack and they were honestly the best pancakes I’ve ever eaten. Along with some amazing coffee and the best green tea I’ve ever had. The restaurant can only seat a few people, so be prepared for a queue and a quick turnover.
Boulangerie Bechu | 118 avenue Victor Hugo
And finally, what would a post about restaurants in Paris be without a boulangerie? For flaky croissants, decadent pain au chocolat, and possibly the best bread in Paris, stop by Bechu. As an added bonus it’s also within walking distance from Trocadéro (otherwise know as the best view of the Eiffel tower!).
Do you have any favourite restaurants in Paris?