This is very, very much a throwback post. I’m writing it in my sunny apartment in LA because I’m feeling a travel itch and am really missing living in England, where a trip to Paris or Rome or Madrid was just a hundred bucks and an hour flight away.
Last year, Jon took me to Paris, for my birthday, and also to ask me to marry him. It was an absolutely incredible couple of days for many, many reasons and we’ll remember it for a lifetime. One amazing part was that Jon scoured restaurant and cocktail bar reviews for weeks before we went, because he knows how much good food means to me. The places he picked were all so, so incredible. The other day we were talking about some of them, and trying to remember where we went, so I thought it’d be a good idea to write them down, while they’re still relatively top of mind.
So here’s the list of our favorite bars and restaurants in Paris.
Restaurants and Cafes
This crepe place in the Marais will ruin all other crepe places for you for the rest of your life. The buckwheat savory crepes have the most delicious fillings – from creme, caviar, and potatoes, to fresh farmers’ market vegetables. I also tried the buckwheat crepes with dessert fillings – pear, caramel and ice-cream. They also serve amazing alcoholic cider with their crepes, which is a totally acceptable thing to drink for breakfast…I think.
The main restaurant is always really crowded, and you’ll have to make a reservation, but they have a tiny cafe right next door where you can pretty much always get a seat. This place was so good, we were in Paris 5 days, and I think we may have gone here three times. Ahhh I wish I could go right now!
109 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France, 01 42 72 13 77
Can’t say enough good things about this place. It’s everything you want a restaurant to be – beautiful intimate atmosphere, a small selections of fresh dishes to choose from that are absolutely perfect! I had a burrata and beet risotto appetizer when we went, and a cod with sesame and miso. We split a cheese plate for dessert. The menu changes all the time, so you’ll be in for a treat!
3, rue Richer, 75009 Paris (Montmartre), 01 47 70 67 31
I loved this old-school French restaurant near the Arc de Triomphe. The design of the restaurant is very old school art deco. We splurged and went for their three course menu, which was delicious. I had a herring appetizer and a delicious fish stew for dinner. It’s kind of out of the way, but worth the trek!
15, rue de l’Arc de Triomphe, 75017 Paris, 01 47 54 00 28
A taco place in Paris? Yep, and you’ll have some of the best cocktails and tacos in the entire world here. Come early because the lines can be astronomical, and you’ll be luck to get a seat, and with tacos these delicious and messy – you’ll want a seat. Be prepared to see lots of hip, well dressed Parisians. Be prepared to want every taco and every cocktail on the menu.
52 rue de Saintonge 75003 Paris, 01 42 74 41 28
This cocktail place was really fun – incredible cocktails and a great vibe (dark, with lots of taxidermy). It’s located near Notre Dame.
16 rue des Bernardins 75005