Paris: Special Places to Eat
If you are a foodie, Paris will be like being in heaven for you. I spent three days there and I can tell you that in these three days, I was very much looking forward to lunch and dinner, (and yeah I left Paris with a little belly) cause I knew that regardless of the price and place as long as you go to a French restaurant even if it is a pub-like restaurant (better known as a brasserie), the food is gonna be good. I had the best meals I have ever had in Paris. To choose where to eat, we read many blogs and reviews websites, so almost all restaurants and places listed below have reviews and were mentioned in travel or food blogs and also review websites. One word of warning is to avoid the most touristy places though as these establishments are less concerned about repeat business.
La Petit Prince de Paris – (12, rue de Lanneau, 75005, Paris, France. tel: 01 43 54 77 26)
This restaurant was recommended by a member of the staff of the hotel where my boyfriend stayed last time he went to Paris, he ate there with his parents and decided to take me there for my birthday. The place is located in a dark, quiet road, you easily pass by the place without noticing it, it has that mysterious feel to it. I absolutely loved the ambience, and the decor is amazing and very unique. Service is brilliant, everyone speaks really good English. The price is also very good, so if you are looking for good food with good price this is definitely the place.
The first thing you think when you look at the menu is “how can they mix this stuff together, fruit and fish? really?”, the food is very exotic and unique, I absolutely loved it.
Our order was:
- Pan-fried Jumbo Shrimp with mango and spicy sauce: Very nice starter, you have to mix it all together when you eat it, the mango completely changes the taste of the dish.
- Veal Steak with berries, hazelnut wafers with mint: My main was really yummi, I loved it. I never thought veal would work so well with berries.
- Duck Foie Gras Terrine, sea salt and lavender – It has a really strong taste, but if you are a fan of foie gras terrine you are going to love this one.
- Pan-fried Sea Scallops, shellfish vinaigrette – Very light, but really delicious. From everything we ordered this was the most common dish.
*To see more reviews about the Le Petit Prince de Paris, check Trip Advisor.
Cafe constant– (139,rue Saint Dominique, 75007 Paris, France. tel: 01 47 53 73 34)
Our order was:
- Flaked crab and Ratte potato salad with flat leafed parsley for starter – As we went there for lunch, we shared a starter. This was the best starter I have ever had. You must order this one if you go there.
- Fillet of sea bream with pesto, grilled on the plancha, crispy vegetables fritters – Fish and vegetables were just right, delicious food.
- Duck and potato pie – This dish looks nothing like its name, and recommend ordering it. The duck was so tender it melted in my mouth.
*To see more reviews about Cafe Constant, check Trip Advisor.
Les Fables de la Fontaine – (131, rue Dominique, 75007, Paris, France – tel: 01 44 18 37 55)
The best phrase I can use to describe this place is “the food was so good I felt like licking my plate.” I know that sounds disgusting, but if you visit this restaurant you will know what I am talking about, after two weeks we are still talking about the place. The restaurant has space for around 28 people, so it is very intimate. We reserved a table last minute so we had to sit by the bar on a high chair, not the most comfortable place to sit but as we were only two it was actually quite nice. The staff is very friendly and speak perfect English. It was amazing how we could see the satisfaction on other people’s faces, everyone seemed very satisfied and happy with their meal.
My order was:
- Soft boiled egg with garlic bred and smoked eel – Just amazing, the garlic bred is tiny and delicious.
- Monk fish tail with chorizo – This dish was so good, every bite was an experience, you must order this dish. It’s just delicious.
- Panna cotta with pepper, coffee granita and caramel mousse, on brioche toast. – This desert was so delicious, if you order this one make sure you get a piece of the toast for every bite, cause it makes a huge difference, the reason why I am writing it is because I saw some people eating individually.
*For more reviews about Les Fables de la Fontaine check Trip Advisor.
The Berthillon – (31 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île 75004 Paris, France. tel: 01 43 54 31 61)
The Best Ice Cream in The World
The ice cream there was so good, that we had to go back there before we left. The Berthillon is the most-famous of all Parisian glaciers makes and many consider the best ice cream in the world. Go see for yourself! my favorite flavor is coconut, it was just really creamy with tiny pieces of coconut, just to think about it now I feel like eating it again. Their most popular flavor is the Caramel-Buerre-Salé however I didn’t really like it, I guess ice cream is something very personal and everyone has a favorite flavor. Even if you are not an ice cream lover (if that even exists) you must visit this place.
Breizh Cafe – (109 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003, Paris, France. tel: 01 42 72 13 77)
Best crepe in Paris
I wanted to eat something sweet so I ordered the chocolate crepe, my boyfriend ordered the chorizo one. Mine was a bit too sweet but the one my boyfriend ordered was really good. The place is famous for its crepe and is very busy so be ready to queue. It is also far from central Paris, it took us about 45 minutes on the metro to go from the 7th to 3rd arr. It is worth trying.
Well, I ate in a few other restaurants when I was there and the food has always been good, but these are the restaurants I recommend. My conclusion is that as long as you don’t eat in a touristy restaurant you will find good food in Paris. bon appetit!
- 10 of the Best Restaurants in Paris – The Guardian
- 5 Fabulous & Affordable Places to Eat in Paris – Frommers
- Make the Most of Paris in Three Days – JustWandering