Paris, my home away from home, has many amazing qualities–the sights, the sounds, the shopping–but the food and the restaurants are #1 for me! Like many things in Paris, the fare tends to be decadent, rich, heavy and delicious. But if you know where to look, you can get pretty much every type of cuisine here done really well. Here are some of my faves.
Auberge Pyrenees Cevennes
Auberge Pyrenees Cevennes is great, with very authentic French food. Everything on the menu is delicious: the escargots, the steak au poivre, the scallops…the wine menu is solid and I die for the bread. The profiteroles are a must, for dessert, even if you’ve acknowledged that you’ve eaten too much and don’t need it. It doesn’t matter. You have to order them anyway. The staff, while always seemingly swamped, is friendly and fun and quick with a joke. They act like they’ve know all of their customers for years, even on their first visit. I have zero complaints about this spot. Heads up though: I recommend wearing pants with an elastic waistband.
Must Order Item: Scallops Saint Jacques
106 Rue de la Folie Méricourt 75011 Paris, France
+33 1 43 57 33 78
Les Ombres is right next door to the Eiffel Tower, at the top of the Musée du Quai Branly, and (fun fact) the building was designed by the same architect as the tower using the same materials. This place is suitably fancy for its location and great for a power lunch or a romantic dinner. The view is an Instagrammer’s dream and luckily the food is just as great. There is nothing mediocre on the menu. I recommend it all.
Must Order Item: Foie Gras De Canard
27 Quai Branly 75007 Paris, France
+33 1 47 53 68 00
L'as du Falafel
L’as du Falafel is an extremely casual local spot, and maybe my favorite falafel in the world. It’s open on Sundays when many restaurants are closed, and on a nice day there can be an hour wait to get a table…but it’s worth it. They don’t take reservations, and you can always opt to get it to go if you don’t feel like waiting. They have a pretty extensive menu but I always order the falafel platter (or the falafel pita if you get it to go) and I stand by that as the move.
Must Order Item: Falafel Platter
34 Rue des Rosiers 75004 Paris, France
+33 1 48 87 63 60
Enza & Famiglia
La Famiglia is my favorite Italian restaurant in Paris. It’s a hole in the wall, seating maybe 18, owned by Enza and her sister. It’s also a very “local” spot, a favorite of in-the-know Parisian foodies. It’s open for lunch and dinner, and the food is fantastic. I especially recommend the pasta in truffle butter sauce and the tirimasu. If you are in the mood for low key simple ambiance with dynamite food, this is your spot.
Must Order Item: Pasta with Truffle Butter Sauce
89, rue saint-honoré 75001 Paris, France
+01 40 41 06 25
Chez Omar is an amazing Moroccan/French bistro in the Marais. Although the bric de thon appetizer may sound weird (it’s tuna and egg in philo dough), it’s so good that it pains me to share with others. For the main course, go with either the lamb cous cous or the steak au poivre (the sauce is to die for). It can be pretty scene-y during Fashion Week (I saw Rei Kawakubo and the girl from Glee there one night recently), but it’s also very well-liked by locals.
Must Order Item: Lamb Couscous
47 Rue de Bretagne 75003 Paris, France
+33 1 42 72 36 26
La Briciola is my favorite brick oven pizza place on the planet. Also located in the Marais, it’s a great place for a hearty, low key meal. Brick oven pizza, lots of wine, some tiramisu, and call it a night. I recommend either of the two calzones on the menu, or the capriciosa pizza. Non-meat-eaters should go with the courgette pizza.
Must Order Item: Capriciosa Pizza
64 Rue Charlot 75003 Paris, France
+33 1 42 77 34 10