Dinning in Paris: must-try restaurants and bars

Parisians love food, if you spend enough time sitting on a patio you will notice every other person carrying a baguette whether it is to take home or an on-the-go snack. The basic rule is don’t eat in the tourist areas, follow the locals, and save the appetite for something that can be savored.

Note: places from the 10th district are marked with an asterisk *

L’As du Fallafel: Juicy, flavourful this is easily best falafel I’ve ever had and as many locals (and the internet) will tell you it’s the best falafel in Paris.

*Sette Pizza: a small joint on Rue du Faubourg that serves fantastic gourmet pizzas and cold beers. All orders are hand-made fresh and baked in a special, wood fire oven.

Delices Lepic: a random find on Rue Lepic in the Moulin Rouge neighborhood Delices Lepic is a Chinese diner. As you enter you will noticed prepared food available for selection that can be ordered as a meal but the true masterpiece at Delices Lepic are the soup noodles. Freshly prepared per order at the front of the restaurant the noodles are thick, uneven and a little messy, and packed with fantastic flavor.

Chez L’Ami Jean: tucked away on a street not too far from the Eiffel Tower Chez L’Ami Jean is a classic French restaurant. We wandered in for a late dinner on a weekeday and had what my friends still refer to as best dinner ever. The menu is traditional French, you can feel the love in every bite and that terrine is to die for.

Pain Vin Fromages: a fondou restaurant. The restaurant is small and spans across two floors: street level and the cellar room. The menu is all about cheese and the cheese is fantastic. Come hungry.

*Le Syndicat: a fairly spacious cocktail bar on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis in the 10th. The front is a garage door, so might just pass it by. The inside is a trendy bar with great décor and an excellent cocktail menu.

*Le Sully: located just down the street from Le Syndicat Le Sully is a true dive bar where you go for cheap beers and a rowdy conversation.

Lastly, don’t forget a DIY picnic: the multitude of bakeries around Paris makes it hard to stay hungry. The French, so-called bread pizzas – half baguette with cheesy toppings – are an absolute must but you’ll need more than that for a proper Parisian picnic. Rue des Petits-Carreaux near Eiffel Tower is a great place to pick up some bread, cheese, meats, wine and whatever else your hungry heart might desire. Pack a basket and watch the day turn to night as the Eiffel Tower lights up.

Tip: a proper Parisian bakery has to make bread on the premises, if they do you can smell it from a block away. A good baguette should have pointy ends, if the ends are rounded it was made using a machine, which is not a proper artisanal way.


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