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Where to Eat in Paris: 10 Restaurants You Can’t Miss

where to eat in paris

France is the land of everything that’s delicious: delicate macarons, Bordeaux wines, camembert cheese, fois gras, and the list goes on… When visiting the French capital (and one of the top food capitals of the world), you’re in for the culinary experience of a lifetime — but only if you know where to go!

Here are 10 restaurants and eateries you just can’t miss while in Paris!

Breakfast/Brunch

☕️😊 #latte #coffee #soulkitchenparis

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Soul Kitchen

If you’re looking for something light, Soul Kitchen is your place. We love this local joint for their incredible granola, beautiful pastries, whimsical latte art, and friendly staff. Plus, you’ll find this café in the heart of Montemarte, one of the most charming neighborhoods in all of Paris!

Location: 33 Rue Lamarck, 75018 Paris, France

Holybelly

Holybelly is the place to brunch in Paris. At Holybelly, everything is made in house daily with local, seasonal, and top-quality ingredients. And it’s all absolutely delicious. The coffee is some of the best we’ve had, from the flat whites to the lattes! Their hashbrowns are to die for. And listen to the description of their Savory Stack: “A bit of a legend really. Pancakes with fried eggs, yummy bacon, housemade Bourbon butter, and maple syrup.” Yes, please.

Location: 19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris, France

Lunch

All of my food dreams are coming true. 😍#crepes #Paris

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Little Breizh

You cannot leave Paris without having a crêpe or two, right? Right! Little Breizh is just the place to do so. My personal favorite is their Say Cheese crêpe, with melted goat cheese and cooked apples, topped with honey, hazelnut powder, and fresh sprigs of rosemary. Délicieux!

Location: 11 Rue Grégoire de Tours, 75006 Paris, France

Big Fernand

After weeks of traveling through Europe, you’re bound to crave a juicy, flavorful burger. Or at least I am… My favorite burger joint in Paris is Big Fernand. This spot does gourmet burgers and crispy, perfectly seasoned fries… and they do them oh, so well. Make sure to order Le Bartholomé, which is a beef patty topped with raclette cheese, smoked pork belly, pickled onions, chives, homemade barbecue sauce, and a special house sauce. Yum!

Locations: There are a multiple locations throughout the city.

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Have a picnic

Okay, okay. So this technically is not a restaurant. But I can’t leave a picnic off of any article about eating in Paris.

While roaming the Parisian streets, stop into all the cute markets and shops you can find, until you’ve sourced the best picnic ingredients ever. Fill up your basket with a bottle of wine, a fresh baguette, different cheeses and cold cuts, fruits, olives, and whatever else your heart desires. Then find a peaceful park or canal, and get to it!

All of the restaurants on this list are great, but a picnic might be the most memorable thing you’ll ever do in Paris! For us, it was.

Location: In a park or along the Seine.

Dinner 

La Potager du Père Thierry

If you’d like to experience heaven on earth, make a dinner reservation at La Potager du Père Thierry. I’m convinced that it’s the best restaurant in Paris! I could have eaten here all five days of our last trip, easily. In fact, thinking about this place now makes me emotional; I would do almost anything to eat here again, now.

At La Potager, you must order the egg in cocotte with duck fois gras — seriously, this might be the best thing I’ve ever eaten. Even if you think you don’t like fois gras, order it. And absolutely do not miss the red fruit crumble for dessert!

I could go on and on about La Potager, because all seven dishes I tasted were utterly unreal. But I’ll just say this one more time: do not miss this incredible classic French restaurant.

Location: 16 Rue des Trois Frères, 75018 Paris, France

Camembert baked with honey on salad. #oui

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La Coïncidence 

La Coïncidence is another must-visit French restaurant in Paris. During the appetizer round, we absolutely fell in love with the baked camembert, atop a mixed salad, drizzled in sweet honey. And to this day, I still think about my main dish of perfectly cooked duck with an orange and honey sauce. Mmmmm. 

At La Coïncidence, we each had three courses, and they were all impeccably done. So in other words, I would come back here again and again. And again.

Location: 15 Rue Mesnil, 75016 Paris, France

Dessert

#berthillon creme glacée #sugarcanetravels

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Berthillon

Mention Berthillion, and most people will say it’s the best ice cream in Paris. I definitely haven’t tried all the ice cream in the city, but I’ve had my fair share. And I have to agree with them. On a rare hot day in Paris, Berthillon ice cream is all you’ll want. And on a common cold and rainy day in Paris, you’ll still crave this stuff! So. Good.

Location: 29-31 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, 75004 Paris, France

Quel est votre macaron Ladurée préféré ? / Which flavour is your favourite one?

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Ladurée

Of course, Ladurée is touristy and super expensive, but the desserts really are quite amazing. You can’t deny it. The macarons are delicate and delightful, and the other desserts — like the Ispahan or Éclair Chocolat — are lovely, too. And if you’re not already impressed enough by the pastries, wait until you see Ladurée’s extensive tea selection!

If possible, grab a table at the gorgeous Champs-Elysées location, and select a few desserts to sample over hot tea!

Locations: There are multiple locations throughout the city.

R A I N B O W 🌈 #pierreherme

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Pierre Hermé

If you’re looking for a low-key place to quickly grab your macarons and be on your way, check out Pierre Hermé. Some say that these macarons rival Ladurée’s. I’m not entirely sure about that, but spending less time in a queue is definitely attractive to me!

Locations: There are multiple locations throughout the city.

Where to Eat in Paris: 10 Restaurants You Can’t Miss

There you have it! Next time you visit Paris, don’t miss these ten mind-blowingly delicious restaurants and eateries.

After three recent trips to Paris and lots of tasty research, we’re sure that these places are among the best in Paris!

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France is the land of everything that's delicious: delicate macarons, Bordeaux wines, camembert cheese, fois gras, and the list goes on... When visiting the French capital (and one of the top food capitals of the world), you're in for the culinary experience of a lifetime --- but only if you know where to go!

Where are your favorite places to eat in Paris? Have you been to any of the restaurants we listed?


Maddy Cornelius

Maddy is the co-founder and editor of Travel Alphas. Mint tea, handmade pasta, gelato, and red wine are among her favorite treats. New York City, Budapest, Bali, and Florence are a few of her most-loved destinations.

  • Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com

    Macaroons from Ladurée – it does not get any better than this. Will certainly bookmark your entry with all of these amazing food places in Paris. So excited to visit this exciting city soon!

    August 18, 2016 at 4:28 am Reply
  • Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com

    Macaroons from Ladurée – it does not get any better than this. Will certainly bookmark your entry with all of these amazing food places in Paris. I am so excited to visit this exciting city soon!

    August 18, 2016 at 4:28 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Yes, definitely bookmark and refer back! You won’t want to miss these restaurants! :)

      August 18, 2016 at 2:24 pm Reply
  • Ella

    I have such an obsession with Paris that it’s completely ridiculous. When I visited, I loved doing the Parisian thing and sit solo in a cafe for brunch. I’ve never been to any of these but I did see Soul Cafe when I was in Montmartre. Next time I’ll go in :)

    August 23, 2016 at 4:27 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      Who doesn’t? ;)
      Next time, if you can only make it to one, let it be Le Potager. It’ll blow your mind.

      August 23, 2016 at 10:19 am Reply
  • Eden @ Mint Notion

    Everything looks delicious, especially that savory crepe! I am dying to go back to Pairs and visit some of these spots on your list. Great round up!

    August 25, 2016 at 7:03 am Reply
    • Maddy & Mauricio

      We’re always dying to go back to Paris! Especially because of these restaurants ;)

      August 29, 2016 at 7:02 pm Reply
  • kenza

    There is a few I might try if I ever have some time ;)

    My favorites in Paris are for sure Siseng (Asian Burgers), Les pâtes vivantes (Asian Food), Les Bols de Gens (French food from the winner of Top Chef), Le Camion qui Fume (American Burger from a New Yorker : you need to order them in english :) ) and Stroher (a bakery from the XVIIth century)

    Great article !

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.fr/

    August 28, 2016 at 12:16 am Reply
  • Lauren

    Thank you so much for dividing this up into meals! Quite a treat for the impatient, hangry researchers.

    Getting settled into my new apartment next week then I’m free to show you around the city! Don’t be shy hehe.

    August 31, 2016 at 6:24 pm Reply

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