J’Adore (Manger À) Paris
Back in Paris after having been away for several months, I realized how much I missed Parisian food.
One of the things I like most about restaurants here might at first strike you as a drawback: I love how French restaurants have fewer choices on their menu. Why? Because I like going to a restaurant and discovering what unique tastes it has to offer and knowing that each option has been intentionally added to the menu and thoughtfully prepared in the kitchen.
When I was living in Paris, it wasn’t until senior year second semester that I realized “I’m moving soon and I haven’t taken full advantage of this city”. I therefore came up with a long list of things to do and places to eat I’m still working on. That being said, five years of living here did allow me to establish a number of restaurants I would eat at regularly and a few special occasion restaurants I strongly recommend. From perfect brunch options to dinners that go great with a glass of wine or a cocktail, here is a list of my current favorite restaurants in Paris (click on any of the names for more information). I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
Key: Each color corresponds to a district, or arrondissement, in Paris. For a map of Paris, click here. Our family’s apartment is in the 7th arrondissement, which is why there are so many in that area.
I go to this restaurant for its…
- Kapunka : Pad thai and relaxed atmosphere.
- The Broken Arm : Fresh foods (delicious soups and sandwiches) and juices.
- Eggs and Co : Eggs benedict and freshly squeezed orange juice.
- Café Varenne : Classic french food.
- Primo Piano : Tomato and basil pasta and location (on the third floor of the Bon Marché: nice place to eat after browsing through the store).
- Big Fernand : Burgers (which also happens to be the only option on the menu).
- The Honest Lawyer : Honest burger and location (near Victor Hugo, which is a nice area to walk around and let yourself explore).
- Le Fumoir : Brunch and location (near the Louvre: my friends and I sat outside and people-watched during the summer).
- Le Saut du Loup: Location (casual outdoor dining near the Tuileries Gardens).
- Fajitas : Mexican food and frozen margaritas.
- Marcel : Big salads and smoothie of the day.
- La Laiterie Sainte Clotilde : Creative compositions and yummy deserts.
- Chez Graff : Well rounded/healthy choices.
- Kong : Modern feel (makes for a nice dinner date with a friend).
- Le Café Marly : View of the Louvre.
- Derrière : Atmosphere (the restaurant is decorated like a house with a ping pong table downstairs, a bath tub for a sink in the girl’s restroom and a Narnia-style hidden back room: my recommendation is to reserve early and ask for a seat on the bed upstairs).
- Dans le Noir? : Unique dining experience (asked to take off anything that emits light, you are then escorted into a pitch-black room where you will learn how to poor yourself water without seeing, make friends without knowing what people look like, and guess what food is on your plate).
- Le Georges : Beautiful view of Paris and romantic feel (great for a dinner date with someone special).
- Le Café de L’Esplanade : Location (if you sit outside you have a view of Les Invalides) and fresh carrot juice.
- Garance : Friendly service and beautifully thought out plates.
- Miss Kō : Cocktails and fun sushis.
- Market : Unique fun-sized pizzas.
- Bon : Atmosphere (many of my friends have had birthday dinners here) and comforting notion that you can’t order wrong (I personally love their crispy sweet and sour chicken).
- Monsieur Bleu : Incredible view of the Eiffel Tower and the Seine.
VERY Special Occasion:
- Arpège : Amazing service and compositions that utilize seasonal vegetables.
- L’Astrance : Food that looks like art and tastes amazing.
Whether you are visiting Paris or live there, I hope this lists leads you to many enjoyable culinary experiences! Bon Appétit!