We finally gathered together our favorite spots in Paris and have decided to share them with you! This is just a small collection of the restaurants and cafes that we love and frequent often, there are so many others that we can’t wait to share in the future.
19 rue Lucien Sampaix 75010
This place is a must. The line gets pretty long on the weekends (we once waited for about an hour and a half while very hungry) but the food is beyond worth it. Our personal favorites include the seasonal pancakes (amazing maple syrup to pancake ratio and always delicious) and any of their egg dishes. Their menu changes seasonally so it’s hard to predict what will be on the menu for next month but whatever it is it’s guaranteed to be tasty. While in the area, Canal St. Martin is a beautiful place for a stroll, if the weather permits. Just around the corner, Artazart bookstore has an amazing selection of fashion magazines as well as hundreds more books covering all topics from photography to graphic design.
213 Rue Saint-Honoré 75001
No trip to Paris is complete without a browse around Colette and its hidden restaurant downstairs containing only the chicest of chic. Many of the clothes at Colette are either couture or men’s street wear but nonetheless amazing to look at. The restaurant has good food, bordering on a classy urban LA eatery with all the healthy cuisine it serves. They also have different installations each week so the Waterbar never looks the same. Keep in mind that the atmosphere definitely factors into the price of the food but either way you’re eating great healthy food in the company of Paris’ elite fashion crew.
Marcel (7th Arr.)
15 rue de Babylone 75007
The Parisians love brunch and Marcel seems to carry out that tradition with amazing smoothies (they change monthly) waffles, pancakes, and on the weekend-amazing egg dishes. They even serve US filter coffee for anyone who can’t find it in Paris. We visited the Marcel in the 18th arrondissement (cute area, not so good service/food), which was quite underwhelming, but their other location in the 7th arrondissement did not disappoint at all. The French toast is to die for and their salads are great too.
Café Santa Lucia
22 Rue des Canettes 75006
This is an amazing Italian restaurant. Café Santa Lucia has amazing home cooked Italian food that is always on point and the staff is hilarious. Whenever we don’t know where to eat or our dinner plans go astray, we end up at Santa Lucia greeted with a friendly ciao! Delicious, simple Italian food is the best way to sum it up.
Bar du Central
99 rue Saint-Dominique 75007
Another go to traditional French bistro. This one happens to be in a 500 foot radius from our school so it tends to be our spot to hangout after class. They have delicious meals for whatever you are craving ( eggs benedict and chicken paillard- just to name two), but a small menu compared to their main restaurant Café Central just up the street at 40 Rue Cler 75007. We prefer the casual atmosphere at Bar du Central and it has started to feel like a second home.
91 Boulevard Beaumarchais 75003
This is a recent find that was created by the same people as concept store Merci located just down the street at 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais 75003. This Italian spot has cool urban décor and makes a mean cocktail as well as a great pizza. It also has a small bar area with cocktail experts shaking the latest and greatest concoction- very chic for a date. The pizza is thin crust and the menu has a large selection to choose from as well as other Italian dishes, but pizza seemed to be the majority. Don’t take your parents here though as it’s quite dark and they won’t be able to read the menu without their flashlight/glasses combo. Other than that, amazing urban vibes.
41 Avenue Montaigne 75008
If you’re in the mood to sit on a patio and drink a cappuccino while you look at the Eiffel Tower and potentially Kim Kardashian’s rear end, this is the place for you. Located in the 8th arrondissement and surrounded by all the designer shops, L’Avenue tends to attract the classy Parisian elite. This doesn’t stop us from sitting outside and drinking coffee while people watching. L’Avenue is also part of the Costes chain which also includes Hotel Costes, Le Café de l’Esplanade, Café Marly and Le Tourville. All the restaurants employ the best looking staff around who are trying to pay their bills while obviously trying to maintain a modeling career at the same time.