I chose for you a few foodie places worth trying on your trip to Paris, wether you fancy a French sweet treat like a croissant or a nice place to eat some specialities. To help me out, the French foodie expert Fatna, who has been living in Paris her entire life is happy to tell you more about the last trendy places she loves!
Best brunches in Paris
This tiny place in the middle of the 3rd arrondissement is really charming: the tables covered with checkered tablecloths make you feel at home. Each week, you will find a different brunch menu and each time the food is really surprising and tasty. A farandole of small portions arrives on the table, for instance French fries with sesame, homemade rice pudding and cakes, etc.
Whether you decide to sit at one of the huge wooden tables inside with friends or at the sunny terrace which faces the market rue Mouffetard, you will remember this place. La table à manger serves huge portions of food, either with ham & pâté or with salmon, and offers a huge range of breads, jams and amazing homemade spreads (nuts, white chocolate, etc.), as well as a yoghurt and a croissant. Enjoy!
On Sunday morning, let’s have a look at this little hidden market in the middle of the 3rd arrondissement and try the brunch at that café which stand right there. The food is really fresh and typically French, while the portions are enormous. But don’t panic! If you feel full, they will give you a doggie bag to bring your dessert home, so that you can enjoy later!
Tea Time now!
If you want to try an enormous warm and creamy hot chocolate which tastes like heaven in a cosy place, run to La Jacobine nearby Odéon! The hot chocolate is so filling that you won’t have room for a slice of cake. The question is, will you be able to resist the temptation to try one of these gorgeous pastries?! By the way, I heard the French traditional meals are worth it too!
During summer time, I like to take a seat at the cool and shady terrace of the mosque, while sipping a mint tea and appreciate one of these delicious oriental pastries. A great place to relax, let dreams come through, and remember the time I was a student at La Sorbonne and lived very close to this place…
Du Pain et des Idées
[From our expert Fatna] One of the best bakeries in Paris. In a word: expertise. Located on the corner of rue de Marseille and Yves Toudic, the shop has been existing since 1870 and was listed on the inventory of Historical Monuments. They serve fresh products of quality, like bread, croissants or pains au chocolat. It’s a tiny place and you often need to queue (it’s fast) but it worths waiting!
Fancy a nice dinner?
I used to live very close to this restaurant situated across from the Jardin des Plantes, and I somehow had to check this cosy place, highly rated by the guides. Truth be told, I wasn’t disappointed at all! Everything is homemade, fresh and organic, from the pasta to the juices and desserts. Consequently, the food is really tasty and absolutely delicious!
I popped in there for dinner with friends and I really liked the concept of classic cuisine with a little twist and a menu changing very frequently. In this little place nestled in the 11th arrondissement, the atmosphere is really friendly and the food enjoyable.
In a street lined with seemingly infinite choices of crêperies, Josselin crêperie is, for sure, the one you must head to. The golden savory galettes are crispy on the edges, while the center remains soft and tender with a nice taste of butter. And for dessert, give the salted butter caramel crêpe a try, the house specialty. The place is friendly but always packed and you often need to stand in the queue for a while outside. The crêpes are absolutely worth the wait!
I ended up in this Italian restaurant for my birthday a few years ago and so far it’s been the best of that type I have ever tried! I remember that I had homemade gnocchi that would make my bf jealous if he knew about it (does he?). And should I telll you about the tiramisu I had for dessert? A little slice of heaven!
[From our expert Fatna] A place that lives up to its name, where the Parisiens love to go. Not far from Place République, this bar / bistro is a safe bet. I discovered it 4 years ago and I returned after regularly. The servers are always very friendly, the decor is pleasant, unpretentious, full of books and vintage objects. Now let’s say a word about the menu. A pretty simple one, not fancy but still using good products. I always – or almost – go for the plate of cheese, generous as delicious, with a good bottle of wine. A great place for a drink / dinner with friends. I also take my foreign friends very often. Give it a try!
[From our expert Fatna] Charming little restaurant in the 19th arrondissement of Paris along the Canal de l’Ourq. The atmosphere is lively and you are always welcome with tasty dishes (it is said that you can find the best prime rib in Paris). French food, not overpriced. A place where you feel good.