Food & Drink

The 11 Best Dishes in Paris

Published On 04/01/2015 Published On 04/01/2015
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1. Verjus 47 rue Montpensier, Paris, 75001

Palais-Royal's Verjus serves a daily tasting menu plus an optional cheese course and wine pairing (but who are we kidding, you should get them). Below the main dining room is a wine bar that --- bless its heart -- offers an à la carte menu for those wishing to indulge in Verjus’s famed fare without draining the wallet (as much). Pair small plates like zucchini beignets, veal tartare, and pork and duck terrine with wines produced by independent French vignerons, and enjoy your dishes in the bar’s cozy, den-like atmosphere.

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2. Miznon 22 rue des Ecouffes, Paris, 75004 (Le Marais)

Israeli street food in Paris? Yes, please. Located in the city's Jewish quarter, this resto serves up authentic Israeli grub, the best of which is their pitas.

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3. Chez Alain 39 Rue de Bretagne, Paris, 75003 (Le Marais)

If you want real street food at a reasonable price then you need to head to the back of Marche des Enfants Rouges to Chez Alain. Here a guy named Alain serves up the classic street food from Nice, like socca, which is like a crepe, but made with chickpea flour, and Alain douses it in salt and serves it to you in a paper bag.

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4. Thieng Heng 50 Ave d'Ivry, Paris, 75013

The French brought the Vietnamese baguettes, and in turn, the Vietnamese gave the world bánh mì. Vietnamese street food is quite popular in Paris, and you can find bánh mì at several places around town. But the cult favorite in Paris comes from Thieng Heng, all the way out in the 13th arrondissement. Just look for the long line of people.

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5. Maison F 3, rue Rougemont, Paris, 75009

Maison F serves up a variety of terrific French fare, but it's known for its fries, and specifically, its fries made from French bread, called pain perdu in French. They’re even doused in caramel before being fried.

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6. Holybelly 19 rue Lucien Sampaix, Paris, 75010

Located in the 10th, this innovative eatery by the Canal is perfect for a classic breakfast. Dive into their pancakes and eggs, or stop in when it's less busy and slowly sip some of the finest coffee drinks in the city.

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7. Du Pain et Des Idées 34 rue Yves Toudic, Paris, 75010

This is your classic old-school Parisian bakery. Baker Christophe Vasseur spends 48hrs letting his bread rise and he never uses frozen dough to bake his masterpieces.

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8. Breizh Café 109 rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, 75003 (Le Marais)

While most people come to France and think that crepes should be served street sized with Nutella, they’re wrong. If you want a real crepe experience then you have to do it Breton style. With buckwheat galettes at Breizh Café. There are many different versions and fillings, so go hungry, and leave satisfied that you have had a legitimate crêperie experience.

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9. Il Brigante 14 rue du Ruisseau, Paris, 75018 (Monmartre)

Amongst the hundreds of pizza places in Paris, there are only a handful worth going to, and Il Brigante is one of them. Run by Brigante himself, you’re better off speaking Italian here than French. You’ll be crammed into the small dining room, right next to the person throwing the pizza dough in the air. Down that pizza with a bottle of Italian red and round it all off with the house tiramisu.

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10. L’Ami Jean 27 rue Malar, Paris, 75007

If you want French comfort food with a modern, gastronomic spin, look no further than L’Ami Jean. This iconic Basque restaurant is a Paris institution and the menu changes depending on what’s in season, but you can be sure that you’re going to get copious amounts of food and plenty of rustic fare.

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11. Frenchie To Go 9 rue du Nil, Paris, 75002

You'll find fancier restos in Paris, but fare doesn't get more solid than at Frenchie, which does a variety of sandwiches and a quality fish & chips.