Paris counts more than 20 000 restaurants but even if you are using a guide or internet to find them, it’s always better to follow a local’s advice.
As most Parisians my age would say their favorites restaurants are the asian cantines (see article in our blog), it took me some time to collect these French spots in one article.
I selected these restaurants because they serve fresh cooked food and are not touristy at all so don’t expect to be given an english menu but expect to meet the most charismatic waitress who will try to translate for you.
If you are looking for some specific food or try them all in one day, ask for a food tour!
- Le Cadoret, 1 rue Pradier 75019 Paris
This great bistrot opened its doors in 2017 in Belleville neighborhood, which is also famous for its asian cantines. Léa Fleuriot and her brother Louis are giving French cuisine and wine drinking culture a new chance in the area, without pushing away the more modest populations as the lunch deal costs 15€. The menu is always very short but appealing, with a mix of old French traditional dishes and comfort food. The mashed potato purée is the creamiest and the meat is always cooked and flavored to perfection. Always keep some room for the homemade desserts and try their natural wine and craft beer selection!
Zebra, 1 rue de Boulainvilliers, 75016
One of the few exciting places we managed to find in this part of the city, except if you are working for the national radio station, is this beautiful restaurant that just opened in 2017.
Modern decor, beautiful staff and a great introduction to classic French food, with a modern twist in the seasoning and in the wines selection.
Sea food fresh, deserts are homemade by a real pastry chef, and cocktails are sublime. A great place for a romantic dinner, close to the Eiffel Tower.
Also great for brunch on week ends!
Credit photo: Zebra
- Astair, 19 Passage des Panoramas, 75009
This restaurant is located in one of the most iconic covered gallery of Paris, where you can find old cameras, old postcards and also some great eateries and fancy restaurants.
Astair is only a few months old but it managed to keep the charm of the passage with a great Art Deco setting, with intimate tables in every corner of the main room.
The food menu was designed by a 3 stars Michelin chef, Gilles Goujon, so every ingredient is freshly cooked and served with elegance by the friendly staff.
Try their escargots, frog legs and all the French specialties you have always wanted to taste while in Paris. Vegetarians are welcome.
- Gag, 3 rue de Palestro 75002
This beautiful place, hidden at the end of passage du Bourg l’Abbé, is run by three men, sharing their passion for natural wines, agriculture and bread. For lunch time or early dinner, you have to enjoy drinking and eating at the same time. The chef uses all the ingredients also available to take away, like Corsican ham, sausages from South West of France, organic vegetable and rare aromatic plants
- Au petit Panisse, 35 rue de Montreuil 75011 Paris
A beautiful French bistrot spirit, with a nice atmosphere, on a sunny summer day, sitting outside and watching people walking passed in this quiet but hype neighborhood of the East of Paris. On the menu, you can chose between fish or meat, everything will be made from scratch by Jeff Schilde, popular amongst the new generation of Parisian chefs and their simple and delicious cuisine. French classics like pâté de campagne or oeufs mayonnaise will never be so generously served in any touristy brasserie of Paris. Better to book a table for lunch and dinner if you are more than 3. Check out their natural wine selection and enjoy your time!