Out of all the places in Europe we visited, Paris had the best food. Whether I ate a full meal at a cafe, got crepes at a to-go window, or bought groceries to make a meal back at my apartment, everything was fantastic! Below are a few of my favorite places to eat in Paris.
This restaurant was recommended to me by a coworker. We tried it and now I have to recommend it to you! If you ever visit Paris, you MUST go to Le Comptoir.
This was the only cafe on the street that had a line, so we knew it had to be good. While we waited to get a seat, a man came around playing a sweet song on the accordion, which made our experience extra magical. They do not have a menu in English, so make sure to have your translation tools handy. We used our trusty offline Google Translate app and figured out what was what. The French waitress seemed relieved that she didn’t have to explain the whole menu to another American couple!
The restaurant is a little cramped as the tables were all very close. Our table was literally in the doorway. It works though, we didn’t mind and everyone eventually got to eat! We ordered the special of the day for our appetizer (having no idea what it would be) and this wonderful dish of mushrooms, pancetta and egg came out.
This was the best thing we ever had in our life. Ever.
The meals were equally as delicious (although I could have ate that appetizer all day). We finished our meals off with coffee and creme brulee. The prices weren’t too high, I think we spent about 80€ on wine, an appetizer, meals, coffee and dessert. After I returned home, I saw that Le Comptoir was featured on Saveur Magazine’s Culinary Travel Awards. I guess we made a good choice!
If you’re craving sweets, We loved Patisserie Viennoise. We went here twice. I read about it in David Lebovitz’s book The Sweet Life in Paris before I left on vacation. I trusted his judgement and I am so glad I did.
This place has really good hot chocolate or I mean, le chocolat chaud. It’s not like your typical hot chocolate either. It’s dark, not super sweet and loaded with fresh, thick whipped cream. They give you sugar packets but we loved it as is. They also have a variety of cakes and cookies. I LOVED the macaroons.
By the way, this place is closed on Mondays! We learned that the hard way…
Another cool part about Paris is that there are so many places to have a nice picnic. You see so many people with their baguette sandwiches, a bottle of wine and some cheese, just hanging out in the most beautiful places. A couple of my favorite places include:
Eating lunch by the lake in Le Jardin du Luxembourg:
Drinking a bottle of wine on the Sein River while watching the boats go by
And of course, bringing a blanket and eating food on the grass in front of the Eiffel Tower:
Have you been to any of these places? Where in Paris do you recommend to eat?