Paris recommendations

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. 

  • Sean,
    Ver Volaille - awesome wine bar. They sometimes have percebes - yum yum
    Cafe de la Nouvelle Mairie - not open on weekends, but so good and right in your hood!
    Le Petit Sommelier de Paris - classic food and awesome wine list
    Bistro Paul Bert - classy and classic
    La Buvette - the one in the 11a! not 9a. Ask for Camille. Get the white beans!
    Le Bon Saint Porçain - between classic bistro and fancy
    Au Petit Fer a Cheval - super fun late night bar. Drink some Calvados on the patio and watch the late night shenanigans
    Gare au Gorrille - modern bistro from Septime alum
    Holy Belly - breakfast
    Au Sauvignon - old school wine bar
    Verjus - fun menu
    Clamato - trendy but tasty. Get the mezcal baba if they have it!
    Coffee - Telescope, Lomi, Belleville Brulerie, la Cafeotheque, Coutume, KB Cafeshop, L’Arbre a Cafe
    L'As du Falafel - can have crazy lines but is a great afternoon snack when the line is short
    For pastry - 
    Odette - in your hood!
    Pâtisserie des Réves in the 7th
    Jean-Paul Hévin for chocolatey things
    The artist Kehinde Wiley has a show on right now at Galerie Templon. Beautiful works.
    Have fun!
  • 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  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

    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.

    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.

  • 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!

    Top two:

    • Du Pain et des Idées: Charming little spot with beautiful viennoiserie. Definitely worth a visit. You can stroll alongside/sit by the Canal Saint-Martin after.
    • Blé Sucré: My favorite croissant of my recent trip, and right next to the Marché d'Aligre, which is a truly fantastic market.

    A few more:

    • Maison Landemaine: Multiple locations. Very good if you find yourself nearby. I loved the chocolate bread.
    • Aux Merveilleux de Fred (several locations): Incredible meringue pastry. At least go peer through the window!
    • Poilâne: Worth a pilgrimage for anyone into bread. Huge loaves of miche and pastry as well.
    • Jacques Genin: If you want to see a different sort of pastry spot, this place is swanky: you can sit down for a Paris-Brest made to order. But I was happy just walking in and buying some of their delicious caramels and pâtes de fruits (theirs are fruit-only).
    • Mokonuts: I didn't make it there as it was closed when I was in the neighborhood, but it's very popular with the cool kids of the food/pastry world ;)

    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

    • closed sunday -- 12-2:30; 7-10:45
    • old school but good
    • online resos taken
    • metro: Louvre; 13 rue des petits champs
    • just had a glass of wine at the bar but definitely cool vibe!
    • and amazing wine list

    Epices Roellinger (1st Louvre) RB

    • 51 bis rue St. Anne
    • Tu-Sat 10-7
    • chef's spice shop
    • close to Verjus, Willi's and Juveniles
    • Poudre Grande Caravan -- veggies or lamb
    • Equinox Powder -- hot chocolate

    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

    • daily til 11
    • 49 rue de Turenne
    • metro: Chenin Vert or St. Paul
    • house smoked salmon
    • parmentier de pintade fermiere -- pie of guinea hen
    • Brittany oysters
    • Domaine de la Bongran Vire Clesse
    • Picasso and Carnavalet museums nearby
    • near Au Passage 
    • resos recommended but last minute okay
    • did not make it here but wish I had!

    L'Ambassade d'Auvergne (3rd Marais) RB

    • daily noon-2; 7:30-10
    • 22 rue de Grenier St. Lazare
    • traditional fare from Auvergne (mountainous center of France)
    • pot au feu, foie gras, duck breast, blood sausage, aligot (potato puree), chocolate mousse,
    • resos recommended
    • never made it here but wish I had and such a cool neighborhood

    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

    • Tuesday through Sunday 8:30-8:30
    • 38 rue Debelleyme
    • great tartines on Poilane bread
    • wine list needs help!
    • no resos

    Popelini (3rd Marais) RB

    • 29 rue Debelleyme
    • open daily closed mid and half day Sunday
    • named after inventor of choux
    • devoted to mini cream puffs
    • very close to Cuisine de Bar

    Jacques Genin (3rd Marais) RB

    • 133 rue de Turenne 
    • closed Monday; open otherwise daily no break
    • chocolate, caramels, fruit candies
    • bread shop across street Benjamein Turquier
    • also close to From. Jouannault (see below)
    • a must -- absolutely amazing infused chocolates and fruit candies
    • they do have a salon where you can sit and enjoy!

    59 RdS bakery (3rd Marais) RB

    • 59 rue de Saintonge
    • close to above
    • not sure when closed 
    • a must -- best croissant and baguette of my trip!

    Goumanyat spice shop 

    • 3 rue Charles-Francois Dupuis
    • close to above
    • not sure when closed
    • very cool place that chefs shop!

    4th RB

    The 4th seems to kind of melt into the Marais -- similar vibe.

    L'Eclair de Genie (4th) RB

    • 14 rue Pavee
    • Tue-Sat 11-7:30
    • mascarpone & salted caramel!
    • not the most romantic atmosphere but salted caramel eclair was ridiculous, and I say that after days of eating!

    Fromagerie Jouannault (4th) RB

    • 39 rue de Bretagne
    • T-F 8:30-1; 3:30-7:30; Sat 8:30-7:45; Sun 8:30-1:30
    • fun shopping around here
    • so many cool cheese shops in Paris, but this one is pretty awesome -- father/daughter

    Berthillon (4th) on Ile Paris 

    • 29-31 rue St. Louis l'Ile Paris
    • closed Monday, Tuesday; 10-8 otherwise
    • the old school ice cream shop
    • caramel au beurre sale
    • never made it here but wish I had!

    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)

    • closed Saturday and Sunday
    • 19 rue des Fossés Saint Jacques
    • natural wine; regional ingredients
    • open all day but limited menu mid afternoon
    • jazz at night ? not positive about that
    • resos not necessary
    • one of my favorite spots I went 
    • but maybe it was the right place on the right afternoon!
    • had cheese and wine here mid afternoon after Luxembourg Gardens
    • simply a super cool vibe -- quintessential Parisian cafe!

    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

    • daily noon-11
    • 3 carrefour de L'Odeon
    • no resos, no tables, standing room
    • little bites
    • croquette jambon, sausages, hare stew
    • menu on ceiling 
    • near l'Ambassade de B (above)
    • checked this out -- looked super cool but opted for lunch at their full service restaurant next door -- Le Comptoir du Relais -- outstanding contemporary bistro fare!

    Huitrerie Regis (6th St Germain) LB

    • closed Monday and closed mid-July to 3rd week of September
    • 3 rue de Montfaucon
    • no resos
    • postage stamp oyster bar
    • Alphonse Mellot's Sancerre
    • close to Ambassade de Bourg & Pierre Hermes
    • a must -- so cute and delicious for lunch!

    La Closerie des Lilas  (6th St Germain) LB

    • open daily 
    • no resos for bistro 
    • 171 boulevard de Montparnasse 
    • on edge of Luxembourg gardens
    • go for glass of bubbly and art deco decor
    • hangout of Hemingway, etc and celebs today
    • oysters, sausages, tartare
    • cool vibe unlike super touristy Les Deux Magots (other Hemingway spot)
    • only had coffee here but would go back to eat classic bistro fare

    Little Breizh  (6th St Germain) LB

    • open Tuesday-Saturday
    • Breton creperie with buckwheat flour milled specially for them
    • bro and sis team
    • Breizh means Brittany in Breton language
    • no resos!
    • nice little spot with quality fare -- maybe not a must 
    • but great option in this touristy area

    Le Pavillon de La Fontaine  (6th St Germain) LB

    • open daily til park closing -- in Luxembourg Gardens
    • def a nice spot to chill in the park with a glass of vino!

    Laduree (6th St Germain) LB

    • 21 rue Bonaparte
    • open daily 8ish to 8ish
    • croissants, pain au chocolat
    • grand dame of pastisseries
    • romantically nostalgic
    • very close to Les Deux Magots
    • a must -- just for a plate of macaroons

    Buly 1803 (6th St Germain) LB

    • 6 Rue Bonaparte
    • reinvention of 19th century perfume house
    • chamomille lotion
    • near Laduree
    • fun girls stop!

    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

    • open all day closed Monday
    • 11 bis rue Chomel
    • great atmosphere
    • couple owns it
    • guinea hen, sheep trotters (old Lyonnaise dish)
    • Philippe Gilbert's Menetou Salon (sauvignon blanc) or Remi Jobard's white burgundy
    • resos recommended
    • did not make it here but looked super cool and off the beaten path!

    Hugo & Victor (7th Eiffel Tower) LB

    • 40 blvd Raspail
    • haute pastry, chocolate boxes like journals
    • croissants, Pain au chocolate, pralines
    • very close to Les Botanistes
    • another very nice chocolate shop but would still choose Jacques Genin

    La Cornue (7th Eiffel Tower) LB

    • 54 rue de Bourgogne
    • M-Sat 10:30-6:30
    • legendary stoves -- Julia Child had one!
    • near Rodin Museum and Les Botanistes, etc.
    • amazing to just check out these luxurious beauties!

    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

    • closed Sunday, Monday
    • 18 rue Paul Bert
    • resos essential -- only taken 15 days in advance
    • very traditional bistro with great wine list
    • meat and game reign
    • great ingredients!
    • classic bistro experience -- a must!


    • 80 rue de Charonne
    • closed Saturday and Sunday
    • resos a must 
    • did not eat here but would next time
    • looked super cool
    • enjoyed wine at their nearby wine bar

    Septime Cave

    • 3 rue Basfroi
    • closed Sunday and Monday
    • sister wine bar to above restaurant
    • very cool vibe!

    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 

    • 67 rue de Lancry
    • open daily
    • resos necessary
    • small plates, natural wines, tiny
    • loved this spot!
    • not close to above spots -- closer to below spots...

    Au Passage

    • 1 bis passage -- Saint Sebastien
    • book a few days in advance
    • great neighborhood place
    • natural wine
    • looked very cool; would go next time!
    • but not in the midst of the happening spots

    Le Repaire de Cartouche

    • 8 blvd. des filles du calvaire
    • closed Sunday, Monday
    • bottom wine bar
    • pate de campagne and other classics
    • near Au Passage
    • ooked very cool; would go next time!
    • but not in the midst of the happening spots


    Le Siffleur de Ballons

    • 34 Rue de Cîteaux
    • not sure when closed
    • casual -- walk-in
    • popular neighborhood natural wine bar by sommelier - restaurateur Thierry Bruneau, who also owns the bistrot L'Ebauchoir across the street
    • very cool vibe for casual food and drink; not too far from Septime, etc.