|Best Restaurant Areas in Paris|
|Paris has so many restaurants you need a plan to find the one you want. Here are some ideas to help narrow your search.|
Paris is known for wonderful food, and for its cafés and bistros. There are restaurants and cafés all over the city, so there's never a problem finding a place to eat. Here are some descriptions of some of the best restaurant areas that should help you narrow your search.
Numbers in parentheses give the arrondissement:
Near Place Saint-Michel (5th)
Rue de la Huchette, Rue de la Harpe, and Rue Xavier Privas are lined with little restaurants serving a wide range of food, much of it at bargain prices. A popular place for economy minded tourists, you can get a decent meal for a good price, relatively fast.
Rue de Buci (6th, bordering 5th)
The Rue de Buci is a short and lively street, also near the Place Saint-Michel and not far from the Boulevard St-Germain, that is lined with restaurants and cafés. It also It is a wonderful spot for people watching, having a drink, and/or enjoying a meal.
Rue St-André des Arts (6th, near 5th)
Off the nearby Rue St-André des Arts is the Cour du Commerce de St-André, a cobblestoned pedestrian passageway full of restaurants. Here you can sit outside (weather permitting) in a quiet setting with no cars and enjoy dinner or a drink.
Near the Boulevard Saint-Germain (6th)
A short stretch along the Boulevard Saint-Germain is home to some famous names from the literary history of Paris. The Café de Flore, Les Deux Magots, and Brasserie Lipp have been preferred locales for writers and artists for more than a century. The prices today, though, are not ones that beginning writers can afford...
Marché Saint-Germain/Saint-Sulpice Area (6th)
The area around the Marché Saint-Germain, a historic market, today offers an upscale covered market and high-end boutiques. It is also the center of a great restaurant scene. On warm evenings crowds fill the restaurants and the streets in the area, enjoying a variety of excellent eateries.
Rue du Montparnasse (6th)
Crêpes (French pancakes) both sweet and savory, plain or filled, are a specialty of the Brittany region of France. They provide a quick, varied, tasty and inexpensive meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Paris has plenty of Bréton crêperies, though they tend to be clustered in certain areas. The Rue du Montparnasse, not far from the Gare Montparnasse, is one such street, with at least a dozen crêperies in one block on this street. More...
Near the Louvre (1st)
You've spent hours visiting the Louvre, you're hungry and tired. There are restaurants both in the museum and in the surrounding area. And as you visit other museums, remember that most have at least one restaurant, and some offer several options.
Near Les Halles (1st)
The former food market of Paris is still a center of restaurants, ranging from the traditional to the trendy.
Île Saint-Louis (4th)
The Île Saint-Louis is largely residential, but its main street, Rue St-Louis en l'Île, boasts a number of restaurants, many with elegant white tablecloths, as well as more informal cafés that feature delicious ice cream or sorbet from Berthillon.
The Marais (3rd/4th)
The Marais is a wonderful place for café sitting and eating. In addition to traditional cafés, you have the Rue des Rosiers, home to several fallafel restaurants. For a change of pace, try the Marché des Enfants Rouges, the oldest covered market in Paris.
Grands Boulevards/Opera (9th)
Where to eat if you're on the Boulevard Haussman or near the Palais Garnier? Try the Brasserie Printemps or one of the many other restaurants in the big department stores, or head to one of the famous Parisian Covered Passages enjoy one of the restaurants there.
The heart of Montmartre is the Place du Tertre, the main square, which is encircled by restaurants and cafés. Catering largely to tourists, these bustling restaurants offer everything from sandwiches to complete meals. If you want to get away from the crowds a bit, head down the hill for more variety.
Streets with permanent markets also usually are home to many restaurants that take advantage to their access to fresh produce, meats, and fish. Check out the Rue Mouffetard (5th), Rue Cler (7th), or Rue Montorgueil (2nd) for some great restaurants and excellent food shopping.