One of the many things we did well on vacation was eat and I wanted to share our favorite places to eat in Paris. Since we spent most of our time in Saint-Germain a lot of the restaurants are out of the 6th arrondissement, but I do have a few others around town we would definitely go back to in an instant.
ANGELINA– 226 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Angelina is know for their hot chocolate so be sure to order this along with the Le Mont Blanc pastry. We went to Angelina’s twice, once at the Versailles location and also to the original location. Make sure to pick up some tea to go as well, it’s packaged so beautifully.
FRENCHIE TO GO– 9 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris, France
Ina Garten was completely right about FRENCHIE To Go being a must when visiting Paris. It was a little out of our way one morning, but we were determined to go. It’s a farm to table kind of restaurant and the owner/chef used to work with Jamie Oliver. FRENCHIE To Go is open for breakfast and lunch and there’s different specials everyday. We had the breakfast sandwich and Eggs Benedict which were to die for. We also tried to make it to Frenchie as well, but ran out of time. If you go please let me know.
LE MARCHÉ DES ENFANTS ROUGES– 39 rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
One of the best markets in all of Paris to pick up lunch or a snack or two. Besides the fresh fruit, veggies, and flowers you can pick up here there’s also the best sandwich in all of Paris if you ask me. Make sure to check out the stand for Chez Alain Miam Miam. He makes fresh sandwiches, crepes, and galettes and you will definitely not be disappointed with the sandwich. Make sure you have time to wait though, because he gets extremely busy around the lunch hour, but the wait is worth it for sure.
RALPH’S – 173 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
By far this was our most favorite place to eat in Paris. It was so good we went for dinner and back for lunch. The menu is the same at both lunch and dinner and you can either sit inside the restaurant for a more elegant atmosphere or out on the patio for a more relaxed feel. Either way you can’t go wrong. The steaks come from Ralph Lauren’s actual ranch in Colorado and the burgers are from France. Definitely try the Ribeye, Grilled Farmhouse Chicken, Santa Fe Burger, and Tuna Burger, which is the best I’ve ever eaten. Reservations are a must as this place was packed both times we went. Also, order espresso after your meal as it comes with homemade Carmel popcorn which is to die for. The restaurant is part of the Ralph Lauren store and if you get a chance step inside as it’s beautifully decorated and a wonderful mix of American and Parisian charm.
LES DEUX MAGOT– 6 Place Saint-Germain des Prés, 75006 Paris, France
This was our favorite spot to people watch along with a great bottle of Rosé. We didn’t actually ever eat here, but went twice and sat for at least 3 hours each time enjoying the view. Try and sit on the side that faces the Saint-Germain-des-Prés Church, as this is the best seat in the house to watch everyone stroll by.
CAFE DE FLORE– 172 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France
PIZZA VESUVIO– 1 Rue Gozlin, 75006 Paris, France
This is a great spot for some authentic and wonderfully tasting Italian food. It’s tucked away on a cute little street across from the Saint Germain-des-Pres Church. They have a wonderful patio of course and the wine is pretty good as well. Try the 4 Formaggi Pizza, Spaghetti Bolognese, Lasagne al Forno, and if you’re in need of a good salad the Insalata Mista.
LE COMPTOIR DU RELAIS– 9 Carrefour de l’Odéon 75006 Paris, France
This is one of those restaurants in Paris that Anthony Bourdain has talked about and one it’s hard to get into without a reservation. Somehow, we managed to get a prime patio seat one afternoon by just walking up. Of course, after we sat down there was a line around the corner waiting to get a seat. We only had appetizers here as we had dinner reservations that evening somewhere else. However, the appetizers were incredible and the patio seat was one of the best. We tried the Sparkling Rosé, Fromage Plate, and Charcuterie Board and highly recommend all.
LA PALETTE– 43 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris, France
Another quaint and charming cafe with a slew of celebrities who love to visit this cafe. We didn’t go for the celebrities(although I wouldn’t have minded seeing one), we went for the terrace of course. There’s two rooms in the actual restaurant which are just as charming, but we opted for the terrace which was well protected from the rain that day. Same menu choices here as well, bottles of Rosé and Fromage plates, but all the food looked incredible.
PRESCRIPTION COCKTAIL CLUB– 23 Rue Mazarine, 75006 Paris, France
We only found out about this club through some friends who were visiting us from Germany for the weekend while we were in Paris. They frequent Paris quite often and this is one of their favorite spots for a late night cocktail. The club is more of a speak easy and there’s no sign on the door, so you kind of have to know where you are going. However, once inside(it’s small so seating is limited) the cocktails are great and the atmosphere is very lively. Technically this wasn’t a favorite place to eat, but I added it to the list in case you’re wanting to drink your way through Paris.
LADURÉE– 21, Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris, France
We ate at Ladurée several times, once for breakfast in Saint Germain, and once for dinner on the Champs Elysées. My husband swears it’s the best Croque Monsieur he’s ever had and obviously you have to get the Macarons to take home as well as the Mélange Ladurée tea.
CAFÉ CONSTANT– 139 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris, France
Founded by Top Chef Judge Christian Constant, this is a true and classic Parisian bistro. With local ingredients used the menu changes daily. Café Constant doesn’t take reservations, so get there before 7:30 if you can.
BUDDAH BAR PARIS – 8-12 Rue Boissy d’Anglas, 75008 Paris, France
LE CAMION QUI FUME– Check their webpage or their Facebook page to see where they are at on a daily basis. This is the only American burger food truck in all of Paris. So, if you’re craving a burger from home then be sure to check them out.
Hope you’ve liked the roundup of our favorite places to eat in Paris. There were so many more spots on our list that we didn’t get to, but I am just adding those for our next trip. Please also let me know other places I should be adding to the list as well for next time.
Tip: If you’re trying to figure out what arrondissement a certain place is located in always look at the last number of the zip code and that will tell you. For instance, 75008 means it’s located in the 8th. Next week I’ll be sharing my favorite shops in Paris with you.