There is a cake that is typical of Paris and, in turn, typical of a bakery in Paris, Ladurée. The cake, like like a saint's bone but in colors, is called a macaroon and though many times I saw it in the window of the bakery on Rue Royale, near the Place de la Concorde, I never got to try it. The appeal of the dish lies in its many colors: red, blue, pink ... in its diminutive size and its exorbitant price. It was for this latter reason that the price-quantity of food I never convinced me to try it, but then again, we were students and we fed on just window displays, Auchan products, and the university cafeteria. Still, Ladurée remains a feast of colors and mirrors. An elegant show, as befits the finest in Paris, where, if not for fear that the macaroons would come out bad, there were even fireworks to commemorate old nineteenth-century Paris. Afterwards, a tower named Eiffel was built and many blisters had risen...it looked nice on the other side of the Seine bathed rockets and fireworks ... Meanwhile, away from the hustle and pyrotechnics, a child holds his own party with flavored almonds and sugar in the Tuileries gardens.
Without the movie, this cafe would be less nice. But if you go through here, I recommend you go. Food and acceptable price, even cheaper than average in Paris. The steak tartare, is a little spicy, but very good. The onion soup and creme brulee is a dessert worthy of praise, delicious. The best point, very nice service, although slow at peak times.
In the seventeenth century the Debray family bought this old flour mill and called it Moulin de la Galette (Mill of the Cake). They sold cake with a glass of milk. The Parisians of the time, used to go for walks in the area and enjoyed these delicious cakes, eating as they walked through the beautiful hill of Montmartre. Years later the son of old Monsieur Debray created a beautiful garden at the time when Montmartre was suffering a transformation due to artistic splendor that the area had become. The world of Cabaret and dance had moved to Montmartre, and in this Ballroom met artists like Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, etc.. Today you can visit the inside as it is private property, but if you can appreciate from the Rue Lepic. The Moulin de la Galette was declared HISTORICAL MONUMENT in 1939.
Chez Gladines is a Basque restaurant in a neighborhood on the left bank in Paris. This is, in my opinion, the best place to eat in Paris. The house specialties come from of the south-west, things like duck confit. Of course, it's delicious. The only problem is that it is so popular that it is difficult to find a table.
This restaurant is located in the centre of Paris, specifically in the ninth district, the district of the Opera. Although it was right in front of our hotel, they don't accept reservations, so every time we passed, we found massive queues. In the end, we went on a day that was less crowded, just to see if it was worth it ... and the answer is NO. The decor is original, dating back to its founding in 1896. The room is rectangular, like an endless corridor, and to the left is a more intimate dining area. When our turn finally came, we were settled at a table for 6, with 3 other people: a Swiss lady and her two children (of course, we didn't know them at all). We managed to have some fun chatting in French and Spanish about our favourite destinations. The worst thing was definitely the food. We opted for a tomato salad, which was pretty good but a very stingy portion, and lamb chops, which were disappointing. I don't understand why people queue so long for this....
Le train bleu, or Blue Train, is a legendary Parisian restaurant. It is installed in Lyon Station, in the district of Paris XII. It is one of the oldest restaurants situated in Paris train stations. Therefore, it has amazing décor. Inside are huge lights, ceiling paintings, statues, heavy but very cute. The company railways built this restaurant for receiving the numerous visitors of the expo for the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1900. It was called the Buffet de la Gare de Lyon. The name became "Train Bleu" in 1963, a reference to the blue train that ran from Paris to the Italian border. It has been given historical monument status for the last 70 years. The paintings depict landscapes as if you are looking through the train window when leaving the station. Before, it was an institution, and many famous people like presidents, politicians, actors ... Came to eat at this place. Rather expensive but magical
The Berthillon ice cream shop is known for having the best ice cream in Paris. Berthillion, which is both a brand and a shop, can be found on the enchanting Île Saint-Louis in the center of the city. The brand of ice cream itself can be found in tons of cafes, restaurants, and gourmet shops around the city. In summer, the lines waiting to get a scoop of Berthillon attest to its fame.
Le Grand Cafe Capucines offers probably a cafe of the same quality as any other but its price rises to four, five euros. You have been misled. The pastry is not extraordinary, rather small size buns. And yet we find ourselves at lunch. Not for the coffee and croissant, but the magic of the place, a few steps from the Opera House and the shops. Save an essence of luxury and romanticism. People come to eat, but we settle for a coffee. Next time, we go to the 'Jagen Das'. Okay Like everywhere and also in the center of Paris. The waiter smiles. Tourists, I imagine have lost their minds. He smiled and replied, merci, while pouring the coffee.
L’As du Fallafel is by far the best falafel restaurant in Paris and, for many, the best falafel found anywhere outside of the Middle East. It’s located on Rue des Rosiers in the heart of the Jewish district in Paris’ Le Marais neighborhood and over the years has become true street food institution in Paris.
First, the food. The restaurant has an ample menu of Kosher dishes from the Middle East and North Africa, but the thing to order is definitely the falafel. There’s a large and almost always crowded interior dining room, but I’d suggest just rolling up to the to-go window, placing your order with one of the waiters outdoors, and grabbing a tasty falafel to enjoy in one of the local squares.
The falafel is miles away from the mealy, tasteless patties you get at your standard kebab joint. These were hot, perfectly crisp, and studded with tasty fresh herbs. They come served in a pita bread piled high with layers of cabbage, roast eggplant, hummus, and yogurt sauce. Tip: ask for it spicy and you’ll get a delicious and not too spicy sauce to go with it. One to-go falafel sandwich costs round 5.50 euros.
I was invited to dinner in Saint-Germain, one of the most enchanting neighborhoods in Paris. What I didn’t expect upon entering Les Deux Magots, an old shop that was transformed into a café in 1885, was that great artists and intellectuals like Elsa Triolet, André Gide, Jean Giraudoux, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Jacques Prévert, Ernest Hemingway, Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and many others had also sat at the very tables where I was to enjoy my meal.
I felt like I was in the Woody Allen movie “Midnight in Paris;” I imagined myself in post-war Paris with jazz in the background and these illustrious figures passing through the doors.
It’s worth visiting to try the delicious food, soak in the glamorous atmosphere, and enjoy the neighborhood of Saint-Germain.
When we visited Montmartre (the Sacre Cœur is wonderful and the painters’ area is fabulous), we stopped for lunch at this charming and utterly different little restaurant. The food is spectacular, the tables incredibly tiny, and the decoration…well, you have to see it for yourself!
It’s in a nice area near the Valmy canal close to Place de la Republique. The food is good, the prices reasonable, and the restaurant is very inviting (nice decor, dimmed lighting, candles on the tables, etc.).
The waiters are very attentive and do their best to overcome the language barrier. Make sure to try a cocktail after dinner. Dinner for two: 55 €.
It’s a place to repeat!
This is a restaurant/lounge with a hanging garden and one of the most spectacular places I've ever seen. The Pershing Hall hotel lounge is located in the 8th arrondissement of Paris and is simply breathtaking.
They've installed a hanging vertical garden in the hotel courtyard and the tables of the lounge/restaurant have some amazing views.
As with many of Europe’s most famous hanging gardens, this one is work of the French botanist Patrick Blanc. Being in Paris and in such a surrounding, I was pretty apprehensive about getting the bill and, honestly, my apprehension was justified! But, it’s still worth a visit if only to have a drink and soak in the surroundings.
Chez Clément is a French restaurant, part of a chain in Paris and the surrounding region. It's a place that has old-fashioned decoration, as if you went to eat at grandpa's house. There are copper pots and pans hanging from the walls, wooden tables, and the waiters are dressed like they did a century ago. It's a place I like to come to lunch with friends, because it's easy to get a large table and served quickly. Recently, they lowered the VAT in France for restaurants, and Clement lowered its prices. They serve traditional dishes like mushrooms with bacon, scallop risotto, and seasonal dishes from different parts of France. I like the pot au feu (beef stew with winter vegetables, potatoes and carrots). If you eat there after three in the afternoon, some restaurants will reduce the bill by 30%.
Very typical and good for a coffee. I was with some friends and I did not expect anything special. I ordered a Viennese chocolat which was great, for it had been a long time since I tried one as rich as this one.
L´assiette Aux Fromages, or "The Plate of Cheese" is one of many restaurants on Rue Mouffetard.
As you enter, you can see the selection of cheeses which the chefs will melt and serve with potatoes and meat, as is typical of cuisine from the French Alps. They serve raclettes, tartiflettes, fondues, and various gratins.
There is a 16-euro menu from which you can choose a starter and a main. Starters were eggplant quiche, goat cheese, onion soup, and, if you dare, escargot with garlic. The mains were pork loin, roast chicken, res bourguinon, and tartiflette. For dessert, I’d recommend getting a cheese plate and something sweet. There is a lovely little garden in the back for al-fresco dining during summer.
Our visit to Paris wouldn't be complete without tasting a nutella crepe, so on the way to the Louvre we stopped to recharge at this little cafe on the Seine. And honestly our choice was the best we could've chosen, a quiet place to rest for a while, with a really charming décor and a really attentive waiter. If you pass through there and have no place in particular to go, this place is a hit. The prices aren't a bargain, but the area is second to none. You can eat there, but we didn't try it.
This is an excellent Thai restaurant in central Paris. Silk & Spice is a perfect place to go for a romantic dinner if you’re not in the mood for French food. I know, I know…you’re in Paris so you should be eating in some small bistro in the Latin Quarter, but it’s also a shame to overlook Paris’ impressive selection of ethnic restaurants. As far as the price goes, they have a selection of set tasting menus which aren't too expensive (around 32 euros per person).