The great escape this season is Paris – be it for a romanic weekend trip or a French cuisine adventure… don’t leave falling in love with good food to chance! For all the curious foodies, Iram Khawaja shares a list of places to dine for lunch and dinner in Paris… You can thank us later, oui?
Montmarte is famous for the historial le Chat Noir (translate to the black cat) as an artistic cabaret in 1881, and it soon became a popular gathering place for Montmartre’s rising artists and writers. With black and white interior, and the famous black cat as inspiration, the décor is casual yet classy. Try out their deep fried frog legs with stir fried vegetables, they are quite small as expected but taste good. For dessert, creme brulee is a must try.
Address: 68 Bd de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France
Bouillon Julien (also known as Brasserie Julien)
Get ready to book this place! Queues can be ridiculous so make sure to jump on the website for a reservation a week beforehand at least to get a selection of timings. With green underwater mermaid-esque interior including peacocks for an extra splash of colour, the next best thing about brasserie Julian is the affordable food. Escargot can be quite pricey at lot of restaurants but for under €10, you can have a portion of 6 snails for yourself.
Address: 16 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010 Paris, France
Au Pied De Cochon
The ultimate place to try French onion soup. This was the first time I tried it and I was surprised at how much cheese was melted on top but it definitely made it more flavoursome. Order this on a cold winters day and feel the warmth spread through you. The portion size is quite big despite being a starter. The interior is classic French interior with outdoor seating and fruity decor.
Address: 6 Rue Coquillière, 75001 Paris, France
Les Saveurs Du Maroc
I didn’t want to restrict myself to only French cuisine and have been wanting to try Moroccan food for a while. Upon researching, the largest concentration of Moroccans outside Morocco is in France so thought it was worth trying out while in Paris.
After visiting the Eiffel Tower and Pont de Bir-Hakeim bridge, I went to Les Saveurs du Maroc for lunch. For starters, the pastille was delicious. A pastry filled with chicken but coated in sugar for a nice balance. For mains a chicken and lemon tagine with sweet cous cous consisting of roasted almonds, dates, and raisins. The service was great, ask for English menus on arrival.
Address: 51 Rue Rouelle, 75015 Paris, France
Want to feel like you’ve left the streets of Paris and walked into a cosy small street restaurant in Tokyo? Kuma is the place to go. With seating available for up to 8-10 people inside, it is an intimate and personal dining experience. The menu is small but everything tastes incredible. We ordered chicken katsu with rice and chicken karaage with rice. This is a hidden gem if you’re looking for a Japanese restaurant.
Address: 5 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris, France
For other recommendations, grab some classic crepes but beware to check the rating on Google before trying it out to avoid bad experiences as Paris is filled with crepe cafes.
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