Food & Drink

The 10 most underrated restaurants in Paris

Published On 05/13/2014 Published On 05/13/2014
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1. Café Trama 83 rue du Cherche Midi, Paris, 75006 (St Germain Des Pres)

This cafe with an Art-Deco design serves up classic French fare using only fresh ingredients and produce, and there is plenty of foie gras and charcuterie for your French fix.

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2. Chez Casimir 6 rue de Belzunce, Paris, 75010

Often overlooked, this 10th arrondissement spot is actually a very well-kept secret. For 27€, you can have an appetizer, main dish, and all-you-can-eat access to the savory and sweet buffets. And you get to walk into the wine cellar to choose your drink of choice.

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3. Un Zèbre à Montmartre 38 rue Lepic, Paris, 75018 (Monmartre)

Un Zèbre à Montmartre may have a slightly cheesy look, but don’t let this fool you: it’s one of the most budget-friendly spots with good food in the 18th, with legitimate French food and inexpensive wine, what more can you want?

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4. Les Philosophes 28 rue Vieille du Temple, Paris, 75004 (Le Marais)

This 4th arrondissement haunt is owned by Xavier Denamur, who is known to hate industrial ingredients and pre-prepared meals, so you know your meal will be prepared fresh and with the best ingredients possible. The service is efficient and the prices are affordable, making this French cafe a true find amidst other overpriced, low-quality options.

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5. Marché des Enfants Rouges 39 Rue de Bretagne, Paris, 75003 (Le Marais)

A hotspot all year round, this covered market is especially lively in the summer when the outdoor seating situation becomes less daunting. More of a food hall than a market, Marché des Enfants Rouges houses stalls selling everything from couscous to bento boxes, Caribbean dishes to Lebanese sandwiches. The only problem is braving the oftentimes lengthy lines, but it’s worth it for some of the most diverse dining you’ll find in one spot in Paris.

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6. Passage de Pondichéry 84 Passage Brady, Paris, 75010

This 10th arrondissement Indian spot is famous for their dosas (like a pancake/crepe), but don't be afraid to explore the rest of their menu, which is loaded with Indian faves and some dishes you might not even know about.

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7. L'Atelier Saint-Georges 16 rue Henry Monnier, Paris, 75009

If you want a burger in Paris, you deserve a good one, and if you want a place that finds a nice balance between American and French cuisine then L’Atelier Saint-Georges deserves is the spot. It’s in the hip and happening neighborhood South of Pigalle, but it has managed to go under most of the media radar, despite their outstanding burger with Camembert.

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8. A La Cloche d'Or 3 Rue Mansart, Paris, 75009

This is a spot for musicians that have just wrapped up a show or the late-night crowd that’s starving post-midnight. And on Fridays and Saturdays, you can eat classic French cuisine (escargots, foie gras, etc.) here until 3am.

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9. La Fourmi Ailée 8 Rue du Fouarre, Paris, 75005

Just a stone’s throw from Notre Dame, La Fourmi Ailee is often overlooked, but it’s the perfect place to drop by for a simple, but well-done lunch (they have everything from salt-baked duck to basic vegetarian quiche) or for an afternoon pick-me-up of tea and cake. In a touristy 'hood that’s full of places to avoid, be sure not to skip over this one.

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10. Les Trois 8 11, rue Victor Letalle, Paris, 75020

Located in the Belleville neighborhood, this beer bar serves eight crafts on tap and more than 80 in bottles.

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