Where to Eat in Paris – Planning a trip to Paris and wondering where to eat? Here are some of our favorites from out trip!
If you are planning a trip to Paris and are looking into where to eat, you will quickly become over whelmed. There are nothing short of a million restaurants and every one has great reviews or is known for something. It can be confusing knowing where to start. We did a lot of research to figure out what places we wanted to go to.
We wanted to experience good French food, but not have to make lots of reservations or spend hundreds at each meal. Paris can be a pricey city to eat it. We were also traveling with a 13 year old, so we didn’t want to go to super fancy places with 3 hour dinners each night. Although, dinners tend to take about 2 hours at almost any place you go to in Paris.
We had some travel complications when we arrived, so ended up with 1 day less of our trip. That meant our first day there was jam packed and we were exhausted. We went straight from learning how to make Homemade Croissants to finding dinner and then crashed for the night. We found a small little street that was full of about 6 different Creperies. We found one that was open early and it was delicious.
Restaurants tend to open around 7pm in Paris. With jetlag that made the first few days a little tough. We did manage to find a few places that were open earlier and they were a life saver for us. We also spent 2 days outside of Paris visiting castles in the Loire Valley. We found an amazing restaurant near Amboise France that is linked below.
Creperie de Quiberon – Opens at 6:30 pm, near many other Crepe restaurants. Extensive menu with good wine. We tried a creamy chicken and mushroom crepe, a goat cheese with salad and honey walnuts, as well as an egg in spicy tomato sauce. All were delicious. Staff was nice and food was reasonably priced.
Academie de la Biere –Open until 2am. Great place to come for happy hour. They have over 50 beers on the menu as well as wine and cocktails. The food menu is large as well. The mussels and fries are outstanding. You can pick what kind of sauce you want your mussels cooked in. We tried the one in a shallot garlic sauce and one in a cream sauce. Both were really good. Everything was reasonably priced.
La Jacobine- Known as some of the best Coq au Vin in the city. We went for lunch and had the set menu, which included an appetizer and a main dish, or a main dish and dessert. The Onion Soup was over the top amazing and exactly what we needed on a cold day. The Duck Confit was also perfect and the coq au vin lived up to its reputation. Open for lunch and dinner, does accept reservations. Good wine list.
Chez Germain – Opens noon for lunch, 7pm for dinner, but closed on Sunday and Monday. This was our “Thanksgiving” dinner and it was one of the best meals we had on the trip. We ordered Escargot, Duck Confit, Navarin of Lamb, and possibly the BEST French Fries we ever had. For dessert we had molten lava cake and it was delicious. They suggested wine for with our meal and did a great job with pairings. It was a little pricier but well worth it. We did not have a reservation, but it was very full when we left, so call ahead to be sure you can get a table.
Carl Marletti Patesserie – Quite possibly the best bakery I have ever seen. The items are all relatively expensive, but they will be the best you will ever try. My husband is an eclair expert, and these were the BEST he has ever had by far. The cream puffs, the tarts, and everything is a work of art. But they aren’t just pretty, they are all amazing. It is worth the splurge to try something here for sure.
Croccante – Opens noon for lunch, 7pm for dinner, but closed on Sunday and Monday. This is an Italian restaurant and has delicious pasta and a great wine list. Very reasonably priced and the staff is very friendly. They helped pair wine with what we ordered and did a fantastic job. They do accept reservations.
La Place –This place is across the street from Versailles. A lot of the places around Versailles seemed touristy and were not rated well, but this place came highly recommended. We were a little skeptical, but it was great. A really extensive crepe menu for main dishes and desserts. It was reasonably priced, quick, the staff was friendly, and it was tasty.
L’ilot – This is located in Amboise France, about 3 hours south of Paris. If you visit Chenencoux, this place is a must. The menu changes daily, and the chef’s station is located in the center of the restaurant. They are open for lunch and at 7pm for dinner. There are 2 appetizers, 2 main courses, and 2 dessert choices each day. We had an amazing meal here and would go there again in a heart beat. The staff are very friendly and had great recommendations. The food was reasonably priced, and the wine was very cheap. Reservations accepted and recommended. They post a picture of their menu each day on their Facebook page in the early afternoon for that night.
Le Brin de Zinc – This is located in the city of Orleans France. We ate here on the drive back to Paris from Amboise. It is a very large restaurant with a big menu. The food was decent, reasonably priced and quick. We had carbonara, mussels, and fish and chips. It was one of the only places we could find open on a Sunday for lunch.
Au Gateau Brenton – If you visit Chenencoux, this is about 1/2 mile away. We went for lunch and it was pretty good. We all ordered a set menu which included a main dish and dessert. The creme brulee and the profiteroles were both good. Nothing to rave about, but it was good food for a good price.
Angelina – This place is known for their hot chocolate. It is a thick, rich, and delicious drink. It is the most decadent drink you will ever have. It is served with fresh whipped cream and is delicious. It is pricey, but worth the experience. You can save a little time and money if you get it from the to go counter. You don’t get the full experience, but saves money. They also have a branch at Versailles, if you are visiting there.
Eric Kayser Boulangeri – We had croissants and pastries pretty much every morning for breakfast. This Boulangerie was located about a 1/2 mile from our apartment, so it was an easy walk in the morning. They had some of the best croissants, chocolate croissants, and other pastries we tried on the entire trip. Great Baguettes too for a picnic lunch of bread, cheese, and wine as well.
Boulangerie Nelly Julien – We did a food tour and got to go in the kitchens and behind the scenes at this bakery. It was amazing to watch them actually make the baguettes, cakes, pies and everything else. The croissants we tried were delicious and the bread was outstanding.
Marie Anne Cantin – If you are looking for a fromagerie, this is the place to go. It is family owned and everything is local. The employees know everything about the hundreds of cheese they sell and can help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Chocolate Maison Chaudun – And over the top amazing chocolate shop. This will make you look at chocolate in a whole new way. They have all sorts of different flavors and types. Their dark chocolate is out of this world, and I am not even a fan of dark chocolate.
Aux Merveilleux de Fred – Merveilleux are the lightest and fluffiest pastries ever. They are a type of meringue that is hallow in the center, rolled in a whipped cream and covered in chocolate savings, coconut, strawberry or whatever flavor you order. These are a must try and one of the most delicious treats we tried.
Francois Pralus – France is known for the Macarons, and the ones here were perfect. They have a ton of different flavors, and a reasonable price and were some of the best that we tried. They have lots of other chocolates and treats here as well.
Most restaurants we went to the staff spoke English. I speak a little French, but most places had an English menu, you just had to ask. France has some of the best food in the world, you really just need to be adventurous and try things.
I hope this list helps you if you are planning a trip and trying to figure out where to eat in Paris. We found some really great food along the way.