Food & Drink
5 Essential Eats in Paris
In the city of Paris there is so much to take in when it comes to food—from the city’s many cafes & bakeries (with some of the best croissants you’ll ever have!) to 5 star restaurants. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed and led astray when it comes to eating some of Paris’ essential eats. We’ve put together a list of five places you must eat at to get the authentic, non-tourist experience.
1. Le Chateaubriand
If you’re going to do one “big” restaurant in Paris, this should be the one. The 8-course tasting menu at €70 is a steal for a dinner filled with surprises and preparations you won’t see anywhere else. Make sure to mark your calendar for at least 21 days before your visit though, as Chateaubriand requires a table reservation. Considering it’s one of the world’s 50 best restaurants, it’s okay to arrive excited. The sommeliers and servers are approachable and knowledgeable if you have any questions, but also happy to let you enjoy your night without overly intervening. So don’t fret, you are sure to have a more than enjoyable and memorable experience dining at Le Chateaubriand. Also, in case you forget to make a reservation, the restaurant offers a second service after 9pm (but make sure to arrive early and don’t mind waiting).
129 avenue Parmentier
+33 (0)1 43 57 45 95
Open: Tue – Sat 7.30 – 11 pm
2. Pastries at Du Pain et Des Idées
The baked goods here are the real deal. Located a stone’s throw away from Canal Saint-Martin, this photogenic bakery has kept certain elements of the original 1870s design, such as the glass ceiling and mirrors. You’ll find classics, such as pain au chocolat, alongside more modern takes on French classics, like matcha croissants and chocolate pistachio escargots. The Pain des Amies, “bread of friends”, is also delicious. For a local experience, stop in for a treat and take it with you while walking through this quaint Parisian arrondissement.
34 Rue Yves Toudic
+33 (0)1 42 40 44 52
Open: Mon – Fri 6.45 am – 8 pm
Le Mary Celeste is a rare combination of great food with an amazing drinks menu including craft beers, cocktails and natural wines, all in a laid-back and hip environment.
Serving up some of the best seafood you can find in Paris with fresh oysters, whole crabs, and many other menu items that incorporate fresh seafood, the restaurant’s small plates are perfect for sharing.
In addition to the fresh seafood, Le Mary Celeste serves internationally inspired dishes including their own contemporary takes on tacos, homemade kimchi, and seasonal heirloom vegetables.
1 rue Commines
Open: Mon – Sun 6 pm – 2 am
4. Ispahan Macaron at Ladurée
Dessert options can be found on every corner of Paris but the Ispahan macaron is a stand-out. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but the combination of rose cream, lychee and fresh raspberries makes this macaron delicious. The Pierre Hermé version may be one of the best if you need a recommendation, but if you only make it so far as Ladurée then your taste buds are still in for a treat. You really can’t make a trip to Paris without eating an authentic macaron.
34 rue Bonaparte
+33 (0)1 44 07 64 87
Open: Mon – Fri 8.30 am – 7.30 pm, Sat 8.30 am – 8.30 pm, Sun 10 am – 7.30 pm
Start your meal with a fresh cup of locally roasted Belleville Brûlerie coffee at Holybelly where breakfast is served all day at owners Nico Alary and Sarah Mouchot’s Australian-inspired French diner. Many of the revolutions in Parisian restaurants are exemplified here, where craft roasted coffee, seasonal locally sourced ingredients, and fun comfort foods are put centre stage. Get to Holybelly before noon to order the delicious, perfectly fluffy pancakes, or hit up the busy lunch hour to order from the vegetarian and carnivore-friendly menu, which changes every month. Worth checking out not only for the delicious food but because there’s no other place like it in Paris.
19 rue Lucien Sampaix
Open: Thu – Mon 9 am (10 am on weekends) – 6 pm (kitchen closes at 3 pm)