I'm leaving in a week to Paris for four days. It's my first time there and eager to know some of your favorite places to both eat fine dining and just plain old good food or even favorite bakeries/ coffee places. Thanks so much!!
Sometime for us our favorite eating places are in our hotel or apartment's own neighborhood. Where are you staying in Paris?
For instance if you know your post code ( I believe) you can look at this website and see some recommendations in your area http://parisbymouth.com/our-guide-to-paris-restaurants/.
Our new favorite restaurant in Paris is Loubnane. Mediterranean style food that is wonderful. The prices are also good and the service extremely friendly. We found it by reading reviews on TripAdvisor and they were spot on!
We spent 9 days in Paris this spring and had an amazing time! We found two restaurants that we really enjoyed. Cafe Constant on Rue Saint Dominique was suggested to us by our Paris by Mouth tour guide! Absolutely delicious! We arrived right at 7 pm and were were able to be seated. Any later and there will be a line out the door! Right down the street we ate at La Fontaine de Mars. We had delicious Coq at vin and yummy Baba au Rhum for dessert! We again arrived right when they opened at 7 and were seated outside. I highly recommend making a reservation!
Flunch is restaurant (cafeteria style) inside the Castorama store. It is at à, 3 Rue Caulaincourt, 75018 Paris, France. The meals are large and cheap. It is a place to talk a large group of teenagers, for example. The vegetables are self-serve and you can have free seconds, which is unusual in Europe. It is very plain, but if you are hungry and on a budget, it works.
Thanks all very much. Those restaurants sound great. I'm definitely going to check those out. I'm staying in St. Germain, but I'm not tying myself down to eating in just the area I am in.
It might be kind of touristy, but we loved Angelina's. The food was delicious, they have amazing hot chocolate, and I thought the atmosphere was so neat. It's in a gorgeous building with the cutest little bakery display. I got asparagus risotto that I still think about. I think there are a few locations, but the one I'm talking about is on rue de Rivoli.
Angelina's hot chocolate is not to be missed!
Cafe Constant is fabulous, as mentioned by pfresh.
Our favorite for Boeuf Bourguignon is La Cave Gourmande in Montemarte. Unbelievable. We go there every trip. Short walk from the Metro stop at Pigalle or Abbesses. Best to reserve, which you can do online.
A new favorite to be repeated next month is Le Comptoir des Relais. Go early as they take no reservations. Delightful and honest prices.
EDIT: Loubnane is also delightful!
We had a wonderful evening at Le P'tit Troquet! It's a very small bistro so reservations are recommended. The food was delicious and the service was even better. Family run, warm and welcoming and they went out of their way to ensure that we had a memorable dining experience. Would go back in a heartbeat! The flip side of our Paris trip was the dismal experience that we had at Pottoka. Not sure why it receives such rave reviews, because our food was average at best. What really spoiled our night there was the staff. They were beyond rude and unprofessional. The absolute worst dining we had on our trip to France.
Wow. This is so helpful. Thanks so very much!!!! BTW I'm going solo so will be dining alone. I should have mentioned that. I hope I won't feel uncomfortable at any of these places.
If you are a beef eater, a great place to go is Robert et Louise in the Marais. Solo eaters can request to be seated at the communal table next to the open fire where you watch the meat selection of your meal prepared. I sat at that table with friends but put it on my list to return when next traveling solo.
I second La Cave Gourmande, 96 Rue des Martyrs. I specifically made reservations here for our first night in Paris this past May and my girlfriend and I loved it. She says that on our next trip to Paris we have to eat there again.
For lunch I like to eat at La Taverne Henri IV, 13 Place du Pont-Neuf, reservations highly recommended. Fills up fast at lunch time with locals, you can book through www.thefork.com.
Do yourself a favor and get to Jacques Genin Chocolates at 133 rue de Turenne. Melted to order hot chocolate served proper, made to order millefeuille, and other fantastic pastries such as his lime-basil tart. Table service in a very nice, modern and comfortable, salon style room, a great experience. Individual chocolates of all sorts, fruit pates, etc.
Thanks so much for these suggestions! Some are new to me, and I'm eager to try them.
I can't wait!! Thanks so much for all these wonderful Austin's suggestions! I'm set now for restaurants and will try hot chocolate :-)
BTW Loubnane is booked for reservations until September 2nd. That place must be as you said really great. It's too bad, I lover Mediterranean food!
Eating solo is no problem. I usually write in my journal or read the guidebook. My criteria for the journal is that it must in my purse.
I second Cafe Constant. In the same area, La Terrasse.
There is a similar question on the reviews page.
Loubane is closed for vacation in August. It's a Lebanese restaurant. Mmmm.
I think it's a shame to limit yourself to reading a book or checking emails, etc while you're trying to enjoy a decent meal. This goes for solo diners as well as everyone else.
Tables are right next to each other, so you would have the unique chance to speak to the interesting people eating on either side of you. Why waste that wonderful opportunity?
There are so many restaurants in Paris, and just as many opinions of what makes the experience of eating in them "good, great or not so wonderful".
Why not walk by, see what everyone else is having, and it if looks good to you, reserve for the next available meal?
Most guide books and travel forums always mention the same places - trust your own judgment.
We ate at the 58 Tour Eiffel in the Eiffel Tower's first level in 2011. In the evening, it's a proper restaurant (as opposed to lunchtime when it's a buffet) with excellent food and very good service. We had a table at the window overlooking the Trocadero. While it was a wonderful evening, the thing that we liked the best is that every time we see an image of the Eiffel Tower (which is almost daily in Los Angeles) we are reminded that we ate "right there!" (and then we point at the first level). How many places do that for you? (Okay, the Jules Verne restaurant on the upper level does, too, but it's way more expensive.)
Our dinner on the Le Calife dinner boat last Friday, comes in a very close second. It's a smaller, more intimate dinner cruise on the Seine on a boat that only takes reservations 30 days in advance. The boat is often rented by gazillionaires for private parties so you have to wait to see if it's free for the evening you want. It's docked at the Pont des Arts and every table is a window table. The fact that Paris has had some terror attacks recently has probably scared off some of the gazillionaires. It leaves at 7:45, cruises up river past Notre Dame until the sun goes down, then turns around and goes down river arriving at the Eiffel Tower exactly at 10 when the Tower goes crazy with lights, then turns and goes back to the Pont des Arts. Just lovely.
I see a lot of good recommendations but I have to say DON'T GO TO FLUNCH.......worst food (if you can call it food) we had in 26 days in France.....I have had better food as a patient at a hospital. NOTHING is worse than FLUNCH.
Our favorite bakery was Nelly Julien Douceurs et Traditions on Rue St. Dominique.
Our favorite meals were definitely "hipster" and non-traditional, non-Parisian.
Holybelly for breakfast in the 10th. Styled after Melbourne cafes, the coffee is a taste of home (since most French coffee is atrocious) and the pancakes are sublime as are their savory dishes. It is not a relaxed, linger over coffee atmosphere. When you are done you leave because there is almost always a line of people waiting to get in (it's not very big(. And you need to be okay with rap music accompanying your breakfast LOL.
We also enjoyed Beast in the 3rd. This is American bbq and bourbon place. Again, smallish, hipsterish but d@mn good bbq.
I only need one French restaurant experience per trip and then I'm ready to eat in a more fun, more adventurous way.
My favorite place for food recommendations is Paris by Mouth. And their foodie tours, although expensive, are a great treat.