From a traditional bouillon to a refined bistro and an Italian gem, we have some tasty suggestions for your next weekend in Paris.
Finding great food in Paris isn’t a difficult task. You can pop into the bakery around the corner and get a delicious baguette, or run into the nearest épicerie to find some tasty and inexpensive cheese and wine. The French capital also has plenty of great restaurants, but with a plethora of offerings, it can actually be hard to pick the right place for your next meal.
Thankfully, we have rounded up five eateries that we think you should check out during your next Parisian weekend.
The epitome of the neo-bistro movement which has been rejuvenating the Parisian food scene for the past fifteen years, Septime serves sophisticated yet unpretentious food looking as good as it tastes. Number 15 on the World’s 50s Best Restaurant list, the trendy hangout is led by Chef Bertrand Grébaut, who honed his skills in the kitchens of Alain Passard’s L’Arpège. Grébaud creates seasonal plates using the best products from around the world. With a €60 four-course menu, Septime probably offers one of the best value meals you can get in the French capital. If you can’t get a table - which might happen since the restaurant’s popularity means it’s constantly fully booked - try Clamato, the sister restaurant located next door which serves modern seafood cuisine.
Address: 80 rue de Charonne 75011 Paris, Tel: +33 1 43 67 38 29
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During the 19th century, Paris was home to hundreds of inexpensive eateries offering cheap meat in broth, called bouillon. Three years ago, two French restaurateurs decided to renew the genre and opened Le Bouillon Pigalle, which brought back the tradition with a bang. While you might be put off by the large queue outside, don’t be afraid to join; with 300 seats available, the wait won’t be too long. The menu offers French classics perfectly executed, such as poireaux vinaigrette (leeks with French dressing), pot-au-feu or profiteroles. Don’t miss the world champion œuf mayonnaise (eggs with mayonnaise) from chef Clément Chicard, sold for a laughable €1.90!
Address: 22 boulevard de Clichy 75018 Paris, Tel: +33 1 42 59 69 31
3. Mamma Primi
This Instagram-friendly eatery is one of the ten outlets of the Big Mamma Group, which has built an Italian food empire in Paris over the past five years, recently expanding it to Lille and London. Each trattoria has its speciality, and Mamma Primi is about fresh pasta and cocktails, but the menu features some of the most iconic dishes of the group, like the glorious truffled pasta, the big creamy burrata with olive oil for two, and the Neapolitan-style Margherita pizza, made with fior di latte, San Marzano tomatoes and fresh basil. If they are in season, don’t miss the Lobster tagliolini, served for two.
Address: 71, rue des Dames 75017 Paris, Tel: +33 1 47 42 33 31
With an unparalleled talent to pair Asian-inspired food with flavourful cocktails, Dersou has managed to make a name for itself not only in Paris but across the world. Chef Taku Sekine, formerly of Alain Ducasse’s Tokyo restaurant Beige, creates plates that look like a piece of art and taste even more beautiful than they look. In a trendy industrial decor, you can enjoy a five to seven-course menu from €95 to €135, including the cocktail pairing. Booking ahead is advisable.
Address: 21 rue Saint-Nicolas 75012 Paris, Tel: +33 9 81 01 12 73
5. Le Servan
This refined bistro aptly mixes French terroir and Asian influence. Born of a Polish dad and a Filipino mum, the Levha sisters (Tatiana in the kitchen, Katia in the dining room) have been praised for their creative dishes served in a cool atmosphere. The three-course €28 menu for lunch is a must-try. The restaurant is closed on Saturday and Sunday so make sure you start your weekend in Paris early!
Address: 32 rue Saint-Maur 75011 Paris, Tel: +33 1 55 28 51 82