Top places to eat in Paris
Since 2008, Ute Biefang has helped hundreds of visitors to Paris gain a local, more authentic perspective of the city’s superb culinary culture.
A former producer of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, Ute now runs personalised food tours of the French capital. She provides local insight and advice on the top places to eat in Paris.
This is one lady who is absolutely down on the latest hotspots for innovation, vibe and quality. I met up with Ute at popular Chez Prune on the Canal Saint-Martin for her top tips on Parisian restaurants, pâtisseries, markets, and of course chocolate, cheese and wine!
Le Bachaumont is the city’s latest hotspot. It’s a joint venture between various creative forces, including the team behind the Experimental Cocktail Club, designer Dorothée Meilichzon and Frenchie’s chef Gregory Marchard. Le Bachaumont offers simple French classics in a beautiful dining room that’s part of a refurbished historic hotel. It’s a must try! 18 rue Bachaumont, 75002
As the name suggests, Lazare is indeed located in the train station, however Michelin-starred Eric Frechon’s (Le Bristol) foray into classic, brasserie-style food delivers deliciously. A modern décor, à la carte service and mains within the 30€ range make this well worth a visit and one of the best places to eat in Paris at the moment.
Parvis de la Gare Saint-Lazare, Rue Intérieure, 75008
Housed in a former train station concourse, Le Bouillon Chartier is a Paris icon – and has been since 1896! Cheap and cheerful is the name of the game, with soups, snails, fish, meat and salads.
There are classic, hearty meals and wonderful desserts such as Baba au rhum with chantilly. The classically attired waiters, high ceilings, railway luggage racks and wooden seating all add to the atmosphere. This is one of the best places to eat in Paris for a fun all round dining experience.
7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009
For something divine to end your meal, Breizh Creperie is famous for a reason. Simply delicious crepes.
111 rue Vieille du Temple, 75003
Most mornings you can purchase fresh produce in vibrant, local markets all over town. Try Marché Raspail (Tues/Fri/Sun) and Marché Président Wilson (Wed/Sat). The Marché Raspail has a local Parisian feel, with a 100% organic market each Sunday.
The Président Wilson is in a glamorous, upmarket part of Paris and features unique, high quality produce not found elsewhere in the city.
With five boutiques in Paris (and three in Tokyo) Christophe Adam is responsible for the most elegant of seasonal eclair delights at L’eclair de Génie. Alongside the classic chocolate eclair, there’s caramel, creamy apricot, raspberry, passionfruit and even fig!
Main salon: La Fabrique, 332 rue Notre Dame des Victoires, 75002
Patrick Roger gathers the ingredients for his sublime chocolate creations from India to Vanuatu and everywhere in between. Flavours include quince, plum, honey and, naturally, tropical Asian sesame.
There are seven boutiques across Paris. Try 3 place de la Madeleine, 75008
Every Parisian appreciates good cheese. There are hundreds of types of French-style cheese and it’s a highly respected part of any dining experience. Cheese is consumed all over the capital for apéro or dessert – or as the essential ingredient for a Seine-side picnic.
In the 5th, the 15th and the 4th are the boutiques of Laurent Dubois. Aged or fresh, popular or rare, fragrant or mildly aromatic – cheese is the pride of Dubois, who works closely with the very best of local and regional producers.
Contrary to popular tourist assumption, you won’t find great wine in every bar in the capital. It can be hit and miss. This is where some inside knowledge comes in handy.
Seek out Frenchie in the 2nd, opposite the well-known restaurant of the same name. This chic wine bar was created for people to enjoy a spontaneous drop and a shared plate without reserving or paying full meal prices.
Superb wines and tapas-sized dishes are served, with a range of French and English cheeses.
5 rue du Nil, 75002
Ruby’s recommendation: Le Cave Michel by the picturesque and restaurant-lined Place Sainte-Marthe (great for tapas, French, Spanish and South American!). 36 rue Sainte-Marthe, 75010
For more ideas on top places to eat in Paris, please visit www.uteinparis.com.
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About the writer
Ruby Boukabou is a travel, culture and food reporter based between Europe and Australia. Ruby has written for The Age, The Australian, Qantas, Issimo, The Diplomat, Paris Voice and Inside Film. She has also produced culture and travel stories for the ABC, SBS and Screen Australia. When Ruby’s not writing, she’s probably tap dancing – and is a founding member of the Paris Tap Crew – which produces the monthly Paris Tap Jam. She’s also a member of jazz/world music group Le Shuffle Project – which records and performs in Paris and beyond.