Heading to Paris next week with the wife for our first time. Any recommendations for places to go? Things to see? What to eat? Where to drink?
We’re staying in the Latin Quarter and have the usual plans to go see the Eiffel, The Louvre, etc. Looking forward to dinner at Eugene’s Table and the tasting menu.
Any little shops or cafes or anything that we should definitely check out? Tips on good bakeries would be great too, wife is a pastry chef.
Lunch/Dinner at L'Ami Jean, Le Bon Georges. Drinks at Experimental Cocktail Club.
If you want a great romantic evening: Apéro/sunset on the steps of the Sacre Coeur (bring your own wine & cheese) and dinner after in Montmatre behind the church.
Check out this blog. Paris by Mouth https://parisbymouth.com/ They do walking food tours that can be great, including one in the Latin Quarter. They have recommendations based on neighborhood for were to eat as well. These tours are great and at least when my wife and I went we went to a chocolatier, a MOF pastry chef that pipes the hood vents to the street so you smell all the fresh baked pastries as you walk by, and macaroons, more chocolate, etc. It was great
Maison Georges Larnico near Sacre-cour has some of the most amazing chocolates and gigantic chocolate sculptures ever https://larnicol.com/
And my wife and I took a champagne region tour that was pretty cool. They picked us up in the city and dropped us off took us to moet-chandon and a few smaller producers from the area all in a day. http://www.winepassport.fr/
And the palace of versailles if you have the time to sneak out is great as well. Completely not related to food but pretty incredible.
Thank you all for the tips! On my way to the airport now taking notes.
Frenchie Wine Bar is a must!
Go to L'Avant Comptoir-2 little wine bars next to each other, one with seafood focus, one with all things land. Standing room only, you can buy bottles to go, the menu is on the ceiling in form of cars with pictures!
Also L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon next to Triumph Arc has a very affordable pre-fix. choose 3, 5, 8 or 10 courses)
Awesome! We are heading there in mid June, so thank all of you!
Sean, I know you're already in Paris by now, and you have some great recommendations here, but I'm going to throw in a couple more pastry options!
A few more:
Also, I will second Chris's recommendation of Bistro Paul Bert! It is exactly what you want a Paris bistro to be.
I was in Paris last summer for the first time in many years, and I was utterly overwhelmed by the abundant options for food/drink. I was less overwhelmed when I thought about trying to visit each of the various types of restaurants, i.e., bistro, neo-bistro, wine cave, brasserie, crêperie, etc., rather than every great spot I'd read about. Ultimately, you'll have an amazing time no matter what you do—it's Paris, after all!
Thank you again everyone. Added a lot of things to the list and I’ve stopped at a bunch of these places so far now. Everything has been amazing. Sitting at Bistrot Paul Bert right now!
Best Champagne bar with really good prices is L'Extra Brut. A grower champagne bar. Hands down the best. 19 rue Condorcet, Paris
Here's a list I created a few years back for anyone visiting Paris -- of course prob lots of new stuff by now!
Arranged by Arrondisement!
1st (Louvre) RB
In general the 1st is a bit touristy (the Louvre is here after all!) But below are a few cool spots worth checking out if you are in the area!
Willi's Wine Bar (1st Louvre) RB
Epices Roellinger (1st Louvre) RB
3rd (Marais) RB
The Marais is definitely super cool -- maybe a bit Soho...a great area to just wander, shop and eat! And not so touristy since no major sites here!
Cafe des Musees (3rd Marais) RB
L'Ambassade d'Auvergne (3rd Marais) RB
Never made it to these two but walked by and they looked like cool daytime spots and are literally right across from each other!
Cuisine de Bar (3rd Marais) RB
Popelini (3rd Marais) RB
Jacques Genin (3rd Marais) RB
59 RdS bakery (3rd Marais) RB
Goumanyat spice shop
The 4th seems to kind of melt into the Marais -- similar vibe.
L'Eclair de Genie (4th) RB
Fromagerie Jouannault (4th) RB
Berthillon (4th) on Ile Paris
5th (Latin Quarter) LB
I did not spend a lot of time in the Latin Quarter but loved this spot:
Cafe de la Nouvelle Marie (5th Latin Quarter)
6th (St Germain) LB
The St Germain definitely has some cool spots (see below), but it definitely can feel a bit overrun by tourists (as compared to say the Marais.)
L'Avant Comptoir (6th St Germain) LB
Huitrerie Regis (6th St Germain) LB
La Closerie des Lilas (6th St Germain) LB
Little Breizh (6th St Germain) LB
Le Pavillon de La Fontaine (6th St Germain) LB
Laduree (6th St Germain) LB
Buly 1803 (6th St Germain) LB
7th (Eiffel Tower) LB
I never made it close to the Eiffel Tower on this trip, but I love this area of the 7th I describe below. The Rodin museum is also near here, which I think they just renovated..if it's open it's a must!
Les Botanistes (7th Eiffel Tower) LB
Hugo & Victor (7th Eiffel Tower) LB
La Cornue (7th Eiffel Tower) LB
11eme RB (relatively close to Marais)
The 11th is a larger area and definitely one of the younger/hipper areas -- a bit Brooklyn in spots but as edgy as Queens in others...
The first 3 restaurants below are all in a super cool area with lots going on -- definitely would be fun night spot!
Le Bistro Paul Bert
These next spots are close to where I stayed but a bit aways from everything else otherwise....still very cool! Definitely more Queens vibe...
Le Verre Vole
Le Repaire de Cartouche
Le Siffleur de Ballons