Good Things to Eat in Paris

“You lived in Paris? Can you recommend some places to eat for my trip?” I wish I had a euro for every time I’ve heard that. If I’d really forced the issue of actually getting a euro from the people who asked it, I’d probably still be in Paris, but alas, I’m now back in the beautiful city of San Francisco. Loving it, but missing the City of Light and making trips back to Paris as often as I can.

Some of my favorite places by category:

RESTAURANTS, CAFES, AND BISTROS

CROISSANTS, BAGUETTES, AND OTHER CARBS

COFFEE, TEA, HOT CHOCOLATE

MACARONS, CHEESE, AND OTHER PARIS MUST-TRIES

My list of recommendations is pretty long, but there’s nothing on here that I don’t like, just a few fantastic things that I like more than the other really good things. I tried a lot, and believe it or not, this is a pared-down list. The ** denotes things or places that are my absolute favorite, the things I dream about at night. I hope you can try everything on this list and then some, but I humbly recommend that you try all the ** things, though keep in mind, this is just one (food-obsessed) person’s opinion. I’d love to hear some of your favorites in the comments after your trip.

A couple of disclaimers:

1) I was on a writing sabbatical while I lived in Paris, which translates to “I was on a budget,” so if you’re looking for my thoughts on Alain Ducasse’s most celebrated dishes, this isn’t the list for you. But wait—attendez!—before you go anywhere, know this: I did not suffer in Paris. I love food, and my mission every day was to eat something sinfully delicious. And I excelled like a mother.  I ate at high-end restaurants every once in a while, but mostly I sampled everything I could from the boulangeries, pâtisseries, street vendors, mom-and-pop restaurants, and cafés. Here’s what I learned: you can eat well in Paris on a budget—I promise. (For more on that, visit my friend Jenna’s website, Paris Cheapskate.) (UPDATE: Now that I’m gainfully employed, I’ve tried lots of restaurants, so check out the updated list!)

2) I made this list based on my experiences from 2012 to present. As always, use Google or call to confirm these places are still around before you go. (Especially in August.) As of Summer 2017, these are still all going strong.

And last but not least, don’t forget: entrées are starters/appetizers and plats are main meals.

Enjoy and bon appétit!