So let’s talk about food, especially, food in Paris!! In one word…AMAZING! I’ve been to Paris many times, and every time I go back I’m reminded of the simplicity, freshness and flavorful array of the cuisine there. From silky foie gras to deliciously decadent cheeses to warm and buttery croissants and heavenly desserts…..the French know good food. And let’s not forget about their wine…you can get an amazing bottle of wine for a very decent price..so with all of this available we went full steam ahead in eating our way through the city.
We had a great opportunity to eat in places that weren’t touristy and at very affordable prices. Lets start with our first dinner in Paris! We went to this cute, little pizzeria that has 6 to 8 tables called Pink Flamingo… So, it’s always busy there with people waiting for tables. It’s worth the wait! The staff is friendly and the whole atmosphere is very original. You must try this all pink restaurant with super cool decor and AMAZING pizza. When I am (Ludmilla) in Paris I always eat everything with Magret de canard or anything related to duck. I love it! So, I tried for the first time this pizza with magret…. loved it loved it…They have the most original and simple pizzas here that are delicious as well. Flavors and combinations that I never thought would be great together. More information here.
We are going to be repetitive but it’s impossible to not be if we are talking about Paris and their restaurants. Our friends took us to this cute place where we had happy hour. Bar Ourcq is a fun little bar on the canal with an amazing view. Drinks are about 3-4 euros and they offer free appetizers like chips, bread, salami and olives. We were the only tourists there. Information here.
We went also to Le Pick Clops. Another cute restaurant, reasonably priced and good food. In the heart of Le Marais, at the corner of Rue du Roi de Sicille et Rue Vieille du Temple you can watch the Parisians. The decor is like a retro diner inside and they play great music! I didn’t find their website, but here is their address:16 rue Vielle du Temple
Neighborhoods: Marais, 4ème
Georges Restaurant is on the Centre Georges Pompidou’s top floor. It is a beautiful restaurant that offers insane views of Paris. You can see the whole city from your table. We were there to see the sunset and had a bottle of rosé. We felt they had very reasonable prices. They offered with our wine snacks such as nuts, green olives and pistachios. We had an amazing time there! I would come back to try their food.
Views from George’s terrace:
There are two ‘Puces de Batignolles’ on rue Legendre, and we have only eaten at the smaller of the two. It’s another cute French restaurant with great food but kinda slow, messy service. It’s still worth checking out because the food is pretty good! I would go back there without any doubt. On our Instagram we have some photos of this restaurant there. Sorry we forgot to take photos there!!
La Panfoulia is a cozy romantic place with charming service. We stopped by there to have a drink because they were offering happy hour. We were totally surprised with the service, great atmosphere, great music. We loved it there!! Unfortunately we didn’t have time to get back to try their food.
Café Campana is located on the fifth floor of the Musee D’Orsay. The food is great, service is fast, and you get a view of one of the Musee D’ Orsay’s clock windows. The interior is beautiful and was designed by two Brazilian artists, the Campana brothers. Definitely a great option if you get hungry while visiting this terrific museum.
Buillon Chartier is an old-time Parisian style restaurant. It is large, crowded, and loud. There is always a huge line but the line moves fast. Do not go to Chartier for the food only- but for the theatricality of service and to enjoy seeing the crowds squeeze in and the servers who carry four plates, two bottles of wine and a separate glass at one time.We ordered a bottle of Cotes de Rhone, the one on special for 12.50 euros. Our server was very grumpy at the beginning and started his approach saying his last guests were very loud..kind of impatient … but in the end we had an amazing time with him and he loosened up and was laughing with us. He wrote our orders on the table cloth and kept track of us all. The prices are ridiculously amazing for Paris!!
Kiccho is a Japanese restaurant with great prices. By the way, Japanese restaurants in Paris are a great option for your pocketbook too.
Suan Thai is a Thai restaurant with very original presentations and flavors. The food was great and rates high on the Michelin star scale!
To finish this post about restaurants and savory food in Paris (sweets/desserts is coming soon) let’s talk about street food. These two places you have to try. L’As du Fallafel has the best schwarma, even Lenny Kravtiz agrees with that. It was so fresh and so delicious. It was so crunchy and the pita was so fresh. The cabbage slaw was perfect and so was the yogurt sauce.When we approached and saw the massive line… we were so shocked…
At Man’Ouché we had a galette, which is a Lebanese sandwich. They made this thin “wrap” similar to a pita sandwich, cooked on this hot “stone”, but crispier and super tasty! We had a vegetarian version and it was huge!! A great option and super reasonable. It’s right around the corner from the Pompidou Centre and a great snack after visiting that amazing museum!
Beijos e Tchau!
Ludmilla and Marilyn Chudda!