Open Market in Paris
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 Restaurants/Bistrots/Cafés

Paris restaurants cover an amazing range of prices as well as cuisine styles. While eating in Paris can be expensive (it is, after all, one of the great culinary centers in the world!) there are options that won’t break the bank. Be sure to visit your neighborhood patisseries (pastry shops) and boulangeries (bakeries) where, in addition to the wonderful breads and pastries, you can also buy sandwiches and other take-out meals. In recent years there has been a growing “food truck” movement in Paris but unlike in the U.S. where this usually means low-quality “greasy spoon” meals, in Paris the standards are much higher. Camion qui fume (the Smoking Van) travels throughout the city to different locations, mostly for lunchtime. Otherwise,  crêperies (serving, of course, crêpes) are an often affordable option. Bistrots and Brasseries are simple restaurants that often offer excellent, reasonably priced meals. Most restaurants will have a formule or fixed menu, typically during lunch time that a cheaper option. Typically one has the option of all three courses (entrée, plat et déssert) or one chooses either entrée with plat principal or plat principal with déssert for a two course meal.   Generaly speaking lunch will always be the cheaper option compared to dinner in France. Naturally, it’s best to avoid tourists sections of the city when seeking reasonably priced meal offerings. Likewise, Paris has an excellent selection of international cuisine (Thai, Indian, Lebanese, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Moraccan…and too many more to list!). Check out our always-growing list of restaurant recommendations below. And at the bottom of the list check out other online resources for finding the best places to eat!

Price codes:

The following codes are guidelines. All restaurants should display their menus at the entrance so you can have a sense of prices before sitting down. In France there aren’t as many surprises as one can have in other countries. All prices include tax and the tipping is included (although it’s appreciated if you give some extra change, particularly when you sit down for lunch or dinner).

€ = moderate prices

€€ = a bit more pricey

€€€= a special meal

Restos U. (Restaurants Universitaires)

The cheapest option for students in Paris. Show your student card and you can get a three course meal for as little as 3.25 €. Some are only open for lunch. Consult the Crous website to get more information: https://www.crous-paris.fr/restauration/prix-payement-qualite-variete/ (Site is mostly in French).

  • Assas | 92, rue d’Assas, 6e, Métro: Port Royal (RER B)
  • Bullier | 39, avenue Georges Bernanos, 5e, Métro: Port Royal (RER B)
  • Châtelet | 8-10, rue Jean Calvin, 5e, Métro: Censier-Daubenton (7)
  • Ciseaux | 45, boulevard Diderot, 12e, Métro: Reuilly-Diderot (1, 8)
  • Cité universitaire de Paris | 19, boulevard Jourdan, 14e, Métro: Cité Universitaire
  • Cuvier-Jussieu | 8, rue Cuvier, 5e, Métro: Jussieu (7, 10), Gare d’Austerlitz (5, 10, RER C)
  • Dareau | 13-17, rue Dareau, 14e, Metro: St. Jacques (6)
  • Dauphine | 2, boulevard Lannes, 16e, Métro: Porte Dauphine (2), Avenue Foch (RER C)
  • Hôpital Bichat | 16, rue Henri Huchart, 18e, Métro: Port de St. Ouen (13)
  • IUT | 143, avenue de Versailles, 16e, Métro: Chardon-Lagache (10)
  • Mabillon | 3, rue Mabillon, 6e, Métro: Mabillon (10)
  • Mamet | 5, rue André Mazet, 6e, Métro: Odéon (4, 10)
  • Necker | 156, rue de Vaugirard, 15e, Métro: Falguière (12)
  • Rabelais | 2, avenue de la Porte de Clignancourt, 18e, Métro: Porte de Clignancourt (4)
  • Tolbiac | 17, rue de Tolbiac, 13e, Métro: Bibliothèque François Mitterand (14, RER C)

Boulangeries

  • All Paris neighborhoods | € | (sandwiches and quiches are usually cheapest lunch option to be found outside the Restos U. (Restaurants Universitaire)

Food Trucks

Food trucks are a very recent phenomenon in Paris. Le camion qui fume was the first, established by Americans with extensive culinary training in France. Others have followed and typically they match the American style “food on the go” with the high standards of French cuisine. As most of these food trucks change locations daily, check out the following websites to see where they’ll be located each week.

  • Le Camion qui fume | MK2 Bibliothèque, 132 avenue de France, 13e.  The first “gourmet” food truck in Paris has been a huge success among Parisians and they’ve taken up permanent residence in the 13th arrondissement. However, check out their site to see where else their trucks will be in the coming days.
  • Le Refectoire | French-inspired hamburgers
  • Deux Filles un Camion | specializing in salads and ethnic dishes
  • Cantine California | Organic ingredients in hamburgers, porc tacos, hand-cut fries, home-made shakes
  • Goody’s | Offering late-night meals and snacks

1st Arrondissement

  • Angelina’s€€ | 226 rue de Rivoli Métro: Tuileries (1) | (Known for excellent pudding-like hot chocolate and decadent pastries. A bit pricey but nice as a special treat)
  • Le Fumoir | €€ | 6 Rue de l’Amiral de Coligny Métro: Louvre-Rivoli (1) (Pricey for meals but top quality hot chocolate)
  • Téléscope | 5 rue Villedo, Métro: Pyramides (7, 14) (great coffee and snacks)
  • Eathai | 12 rue du Cygne, Métréo: Les Halles (4, A, B) (reasonably priced Thai food)

2nd Arrondissement

  • Populare | 111 Rue Réaumur, Métro: Bourse (3) | (real Italian pizzas starting at just 4 euros! Fresh products trucked in weekly from Italy)
  • Fou de Pâtisserie | €€ | 45 Rue Montorgueil (a bit more pricey for Pastries but some truly excellent ones for a nice treat)
  • Camion qui Fume (Restaurant) | €€ | 168 Rue Montmartre, Métro: Grands Boulevards (8,9)  (The first fixed restaurant space for the original Paris food truck.) 
  • Salatim | | 15 rue des Jêuneurs, Métro: Sentiers (3) (Sepharade and Israeli specialties, affordable lunch spot)
  • Mr. Zhao | | 37 rue des Jêuneurs, Métro: Sentiers (3) (Chinese lunch menu 8,50 or 11,50 €!)

3rd Arrondissement

  • 404 | € | 69 rue des Gravilliers, Métro: Arts et Metiers (3) (Moroccan restaurant)
  • Breizh Café | €€ | 111 rue Vieille du Temple, Métro: St. Paul (1) or Filles du Calvaire (8) (some consider this the best crêperie in Paris)
  • Rose Bakery | | 30 rue Debelleyme, Métro: Filles du Calvaire (8) (Know for its great English style baked goods)
  • Biglove Caffè | 30 rue Debelleyme, Métro: Filles du Calvaire (8) (good brunch, 8h-23h)
  • Café Ineko | €€ | 13 rue des Gravilliers, Métro: Arts et Metiers (3) (Vegetarian lunch and dinner Tues-Fri)
  • Hank Vegan Burger | | 55 rue des Archives, Métro: Rambuteau (11) (Vegetarian)

4th Arrondissement

  • Berthillion | | 31, rue Saint Louis-en-l’Ile, Métro: Pont Marie (7) (Best ice cream in Paris)
  • Cacoa et Chocolat I | | 63 rue de Saint Louis, Métro: Pont Marie (7) (Gourmet boutique with a chocolate bar)
  • Cacoa et Chocolat II | | 36, rue Vieille du Temple Metro: Hotel-de-Ville (1) (Gourmet boutique with a chocolate bar)
  • Chez Marianne | | 2, Rue Hospitalières St Gervais, Métro: Hotel-de-Ville  (1 or 11) (Large and inexpensive servings of Greek food)
  • Crêperie Beaubourg | | 2 Rue Brisemiche, Métro: Chatelet-Les Halles or Rambuteau (1, 4 or 11) (prix fixe for lunch under 10 €)
  • Dans le Noir | €€ | 51, rue Quincampoix, Métro: Chatelet-Les Halles or Rambuteau (1, 4 or 11) (For a special experience: eat entirely in the dark! No cell phones or other light up devices allowed. All the waiters are blind)
  • L’As du Falafel | | 34 Rue des Rosiers, Métro: St Paul (1) (Very popular for students on a budget)
  • La Taverne du Sergent Recruteur | €€ | 41, rue Saint Louis en l’Ile, Métro: Cité (4) or Pont Marie (7) (A little pricier, but good prix-fixe)
  • Le Petit Marcel | €€ | 65 rue Rambuteau, Métro: Rambuteau (11) or Les Halles (4) (nice, not overly-priced French-style brasserie, friendly service)
  • La Caféothèque | € | 52 rue de l’Hôtel de Ville, Métro: Hôtel de Ville (1, 11), (excellent coffee)
  • Le Loir et dans la théière | €€ | 3 rue des Rosiers, Métro: St. Paul (1), (Charming café, great deserts, a little pricey)

5th Arrondissement

  • La Mosquée de Paris | | Rue Fossés St Bernard, Métro: Cardinal Lemoine (10) (Great place for wonderful middle eastern honey-based pastries and hot mint tea. Moroccan lunch also served)
  • Le Petit Point | €€ | 1, Rue Petit Pont, Métro: Saint-Michel (4)
  • Sugarplum Cake Shop | € | 68 rue Cardinal Lemoine, Métro: Cardinale Lemoine (10) (excellent American style treats)

6th Arrondissement

  • Fajitas |  | 15 Rue Dauphine, Métro: Odeon (4) (Mexican food)
  • Cacoa et Chocolat III | 29 rue de Buci, Métro: Odéon (4) or Mabillon (10)
  • Ladurée€ | 21, Rue Bonaparte, Métro: St-Germain-des-Pres (4) (Macarons!)
  • Le Petit St. Benoit | 4 rue St. Benoit, Métro St-Germain-des-Pres (4) (affordable French bistrot)
  • Patrick Roger | €€ | 108 Boulevard Saint-Germain (excellent although somewhat pricey chocolate shop)

7th Arrondissement

  • Auberge “d’chez eux”€ | 2, Ave de Lowendal (behind Les Invalides) Métro: Ecole-Militaire (8) (Authentic French food)
  • La Petite Chaise | | 36, rue Grenelle Métro: Rue du Bac (12) (French cuisine)

8th Arrondissement

  • Buddha Bar | € | 8 Bis, Rue Boissy d’Anglas, Métro: Concorde (1 or 8) (Sometimes hot spot for celebrity spotting)
  • Café L’homme | € | 17, place de Trocadero, Métro: Trocadero (6 or 9) (Amazing view of the Eiffel Tower)
  • La Maison du Chocolat | € € | 225 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré (if you’re looking for a special chocolate this is a good place to start)

9th Arrondissement

  • O’ scià | € | 30 rue le Peletier, Métro: Les Halles (B, 4) (Pricy but good neapolitan pizzas: 12-16€)
  • La Pizzetta | € | 22 Avenue Trudaine, Métro: Anvers (2) (excellent pizzas)
  • Rose Bakery | € | 46 rue des Martyrs, Métro: St. Georges (12) (English style baked goods)
  • Otium | | 56 rue de la Rochefoucauld, Métro: Pigalle (2) Saint Georges (12) (vegetarian, reasonably priced lunches)

10th Arrondissement

  • Holybelly |  | 19 rue Lucien Sampaix, Métro: Jacques Bonsergent (5) or Chateau d’Eau (4). Near Canal St. Martin. (Excellent coffees, teas and pastries)
  • La Fontaine de Belleville | | 31 Rue Juliette Dodu (great coffees in nicely styled café)
  • YAFO | | 96 rue d’Hauteville (Israeli: Humus, chick peas, grilled chicken, vegetarian options, lunches 9 to 12 €)
  • Two Stories | | 72 Quai de Jemmapes, Métro: République (3,5, 8, 11) . Along the canal St. Martin. (New Orleans style cuisine: gumbo, jambalaya, Po Boy sandwiches, pecan pie)
  • Jah Jah | | 11 rue des Petites-Ecuries, Métro: Chateau d’Eau (4). Vegan Jamaican restaurant: Sweet potato, plantain bananas with Creole, Indian and Mexican influences.

11th Arrondissement

  • Paris-Hanoi |  |74 rue de Charonne, Métro: Charonne (9) (Reasonably priced Vietnamese restaurant–come early for lunch to avoid the line!)
  • Street Bangkok Canteen & Bar | | 13 rue de la Roquette, Métro: Bastille (1, 5, 8) (Lunch menus from 10-15 €, vegetarian options)
  • Al Taglio |  | 2 bis rue Neuve-Popincourt, Métro: Parmentier (3) (excellent Rome-style pizzeria, order by the slice)
  • Tanner | 119 Avenue Parmentier, Métro: Goncourt (11), Parmentier (3) (15 € for lunch)
  • l’Orillon Bar |  | 35 rue de l’Orillon, Métro: Belleville (2) (lunch menu, 3 courses, 15€ March, 2017)
  • East Mamma€€ | 133 rue du Faubourg-Saint-Antoine, Métro: Ledru-Rollin (8) (Italian, no reservations, ~25€/person, 15h-23h)
  • Ober Mamma | | 107 bd Richard-Lenoir, Métro: Oberkampf (5, 9) (Italian, 18h-01h)
  • Au Passage | €€ | 1 bis, Passage Saint-Sébastien, Métro: Saint Sebastien-Froissart (8)
  • Chez Prosper | €€ | 7 Avenue du Trône, Métro: Nation (RER A, 1, 2, 9). (Charming café for drinks, good meals)
  • Pozada | € € | 2 Rue Guénot, Métro: Nation (RER A, 1, 2, 9). (Nice French-style bistro, good wine list).
  • Cantine OFR à La Chambre Noire | | 82 rue de la Folie Méricourt, Métro: Parmentier (3) (Lunch 12h to 14h for only 10 €)
  • Soya | €€ | 20 rue de la Pierre Levée, Métro: Goncourt (11) (Vegetarian, Tues-Sat with Lunch, Brunch and Dinner)

12th Arrondissement

  • La Pizza du 12 | | 4 Rue Crozatier, Métro: Reuilly-Diderot (1,8) (Pizzas for about 10 €)

13th Arrondissement

  • Le Camion qui fume | €€ | MK2 Bibliothèque, 132 avenue de France, Métro: Bibliothèque Mitterand (14, RER C). (Open every day except Mondays: 12h to 14h30 and from 19h to 22h30. Food truck, hamburgers)

14th Arrondissement

  • Crêperie Josselin | | 67 rue du Montparnasse, 14e, Métro: Montparnasse (4, 6, 12, 13) Near Gare Montparnasse on a street filled with Creperies, this is this best one.

18th Arrondissement

  • Le Refuge des Fondus | €€ | 17 rue des Trois Freres, Métro: Abbesses (12) (Fondue restaurant)
  • Pizza Caravelle | €€ | 6 Rue Audran, Métro: Abbesses (12) (excellent Italian food)
  • Bob’s Bake Shop | | 12 esplanade Nathalie Sarraute, Métro: Max Dormoy (12) (Bakery, café, light lunch, mostly natural ingredients)
  • Coquelicot | |  24 rue des Abbesses, Métro: Abbesses (12) (Always crowded. Take out and sit down options.)

19th Arrondissement

  • La Boulangerie Mauclerc |  | 83 rue de Crimée, Métro: Laumière (5) An institution in the 19th arrondissement!
  • Cantine Vagabonde | | 11 rue d’Aubervilliers, Métro: Stalingrad (2, 5, 7) (affordable vegetarian lunches 13-17 €, Mon-Fri)

20th Arrondissement

  • Cream | |50 rue de Belleville, Métro: Pyrénées (11), (excellent coffee)

Near Suburbs

Pantin (Northeast of Paris, Métro line 5)

  • le Bar Gallia | | 35 rue Méhul, Pantin, Métro: Eglise de Pantin (5), Bus: 61. A real Brasserie (they actually brew beer on site). A nice selection of beers and good, affordable sandwiches and hamburgers with live music or DJ.
  • Docks de la Bellevilleoise | | Métro: Eglise de Pantin (5). In the giant Magasins Généraux building along the canal de l’Ourcq which is being rehabilitated and converted from its industrial past to a center of culture and food. The people from the Bellevilloise in the 19th arrondissement will open a new café, music space in Pantin in January 2018.
  • La Halle Papin | | 62, rue Denis Papin, Métro: Aubervilliers-Pantin-Quatre Chemins (7). Art Collective that sponsors art, music and cultural events.

Vegetarians

If you are a vegetarian, then your best bet is to shop at the open air markets in your neighborhood. The Marché Bastille, open every Sunday morning, is the biggest in Paris and is filled with countless fresh produce stands. There are also some quintessential Parisian streets such as rue Daguere in the 14th, rue Lepic in the 18th and many others which are lined with specialty cuisine shops spanning from fromageries to boulangeries to poissoneries to tiny fresh produce stores.You can also sometimes find something vegetarian to eat at restaurants. Parisians are very serious about their food and so there are always seasonal vegetables available.

Vegetarian Resources

Happy Cow http://www.happycow.com

  • Website that lists vegan/vegetarian friendly restaurants.
  • It covers all of Europe (and US) and lists restaurants by location.

Lists of outdoor markets

Biocoop, Naturalia and other Bio Grocery Shops Health food stores selling bio, gluten free foods as well as other specialities for vegetarians and vegans, including  tofu, soy, yogurt, nuts, milks, etc.:

  • Biocoop | 33 boulevard Voltaire, 11e,  Metro: Voltaire
  • Biocoop | 45 Rue Jacques Hillairet, 12e
  • Biocoop | 55 rue de la Glaciere, 13e Metro: Glaciere
  • Belleville en Bio | 2 rue de Belleville, 20e, Métro: Belleville
  • Naturalia Montorgeuil | 11 Rue Montorgueil, 1er, Métro: Les Halles
  • Naturalia Roquette | 33 rue de la Roquette, 11e, Métro: Bastille
  • Naturalia St. Antoine | 59 Rue Saint-Antoine, Métro: St. Paul
  • Naturalia Renard | 11 rue Renard, 4e,  Métro: Hôtel de Ville
  • Naturalia Richard Lenoir | 108, bd. Richard Lenoir, 11e, Métro: Oberkampf
  • Naturalia Crussol | 33 bd. Voltaire, 11e, Métro: Oberkampf
  • Naturalia Monge | 36 rue Monge, 5e, Métro: Cardinale Lemoine
  • Naturalia Mouffetard | 80/100 rue Mouffetard, 5e, Métro: Place Monge
  • Naturalia Italie | 44, av. d’Italie, 13e, Métro: Place d’Italie
  • Naturalia Tolbiac | 71 rue de Tolbiac, 13e, Métro: Olympiade
  • Naturalia Brézin | 13 rue Brézin, 14e, Métro Mouton Duvernet
  • Canal Bio | 46 bis quai de la Loire, 19e,  Métro : Jaurès or Laumière

Online Restaurant Recommendations

Check out the Paris by Mouth blog for endless food-related recommendations (restaurants, pastry shops, cheese, chocolate, ice cream, coffee, wine, etc.)

Other PICA pages which may interest you: