Food & Drink

The eight coolest restaurants in Paris

Published On 09/30/2013 Published On 09/30/2013
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1. Candelaria 52 Rue de Saintonge, Paris, 75003

Candelaria, in the 3rd arrondissement, is a practically 24hr taqueria that's got all the Mexican goodness you could want, plus a brunch menu and a ton of cocktails, including more than a few filled with tequila. The coolest part of Candelaria is the spot's well-hidden second half: behind an unmarked white door by the kitchen you'll find a DJ spinning alongside the bar that's now considered among the top four cocktail bars in the world according to Tales of the Cocktail.

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2. West Country Girl 6 Passage Saint-Ambroise, Paris, 75011

When you think of Parisian food, one of the first things that comes to mind is (or at least should be) crĂŞpes. West Country Girl is serving them almost exclusively from a menu that's split along traditional savory & sweet lines. Despite the casual food, the restaurant itself is surprisingly intimate, thanks to its connected rooms with small, candlelit tables and framed artwork-adorned walls.

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3. La Taverne de l'arbre Sec 109 rue St. Honoré, , 75001

Located only a few blocks from the Louvre, La Taverne de l'arbre Sec is a St. Honoré spot that specializes in traditional French cuisine. So if you're looking to dig into filet mignon, steak tartare, and/or côte de boeuf, this is the place for you.

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4. L'As du Fallafel 34 Rue des Rosiers, Paris, 75004

Rue des Rosiers has a number of places that claim to have Paris' best falafel, but we'll let the fact that L'as du Fallafel is the only one with a seemingly endless line speak for itself. This famous Marais spot serves up enviable pita sandwiches with freshly fried falafel, requisite creamy hummus, mild pickled red cabbage, fried eggplant, and more. The real L'As experts know to order french fries on top of their mass of chickpeas and veggies.

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5. Chez Omar 47 Rue de Bretagne, Paris, 75003

In what is surely good news for you, this spot is not the home of the Baltimore Robin Hood we all came to love on HBO. Instead, Chez Omar is practically a Parisian institution at this point. It's occupied its Rue de Bretagne spot for years now, serving up tons of traditional Moroccan food alongside a decent amount of French fare, too. Although it doesn't do reservations, you should definitely be willing to wait solely for Chez Omar's amazing couscous.

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6. Al Taglio 2 Bis, Rue Neuve Popincourt, Paris, 75011

Just because you're in Paris doesn't mean you can't fill up on the Italian staple that is pizza. Al Taglio is serving up what may be the best slice in the city, but they do things a little differently in France: in this restaurant, in the heart of Popincourt village, you'll be eating your 'za in square form. (The name of the place is named for the style in which the pizza is baked.) But while the shape may be different from your usual style, the flavors are still all there, which you'll be assured of when you order any of their delicious offerings, which include margherita, prosciutto parma, and one that's topped with potatoes and truffle cream.

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7. Lao Siam 49 rue de Belleville, Paris, 75019

Lao Siam is located at the top of a hill in the Belleville district, but you shouldn't be put off by the decent trek it takes to get there -- others certainly aren't, which is clear by the seemingly ever-present line outside this restaurant. If you're looking for traditional Laotian, Chinese, and Thai food, this is the place for you, where you'll get delicious plates of grilled calamari, pineapple fried rice with squid, and loads of curry.

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8. The Beef Club 58 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Paris, 75001

Despite its name, The Beef Club is not a place where rappers gather to air out their issues with one another. Instead, this place is an amazing steakhouse a few blocks from the Louvre that occupies a former butcher shop. The restaurant is run by the guys behind the Experimental Cocktail Club and inspired by a farm-to-table ethic, a dedication reflected in the fact that all the meat comes from a celebrated farm in Yorkshire that has what many consider the world's best cattle. The high-quality meat forms the base of a killer menu that includes entrecĂ´te, beef tenderloin, sirloin, and more. And just in case you're not enticed yet, be sure to check out the hidden ballroom and cocktail bar on the floor below.