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I had so much fun in Paris when I was there. Before I went, people told me that the feeling of the city really overtakes you. I kind of rolled my eyes at this notion… until I realized how correct they were. Paris is a city steeped in history, tradition, and culture of hundreds of years. After the first day, I was completely head over heels for the city. It blends old and new so effortlessly.
It is also no secret that the FOOD in Paris is amazing. I do not think I have eaten so much in my entire life.
Before I start this post, let me preface this by saying this is in NO WAY a comprehensive review of places in Paris. There are just too many to count. But actually, I felt like I had such ADD walking from one cafe to another. The place also are in no way in order of how much I loved them. However, in the seven days I was here and, after hearing from a TON of you about what I should do and where I should go, these were the place that stood out during my travels. I ate SO MUCH FOOD when I was there and I’m glad I did! I will say that you should not be afraid here to head off of the beaten path. Regardless of where I went, everything here was so delicious. They definitely have quality on their side!
Third wave coffee is just coming to Paris when I went. This place was the only one in Paris I went to multiple times to grab coffee. I always would grab a cappuccino when I was there. They use either oat milk or soy and make a mean cappuccino. They also had really great pastries and a chill vibe. The workers were super friendly, and it was the perfect place to sit outside and do work!Matamata Coffee, 58 rue d’Argout, 75002 Paris
This was the first place we ate in Paris and it did not disappoint. As one does on their first day in Paris, we got all of the lattes and all of the pastries. The pastries actually MELTED in my mouth and the lattes were incredible. Definitely an amazing place to chill and relax while enjoying the best Paris had to offer! Plus, it is right near the Louvre, making it the perfect place to grab a bite after sightseeing!Baguett’s Cafe, 33 rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris
Chez Le Libanais
I was wandering the streets of Paris and kept seeing people walking around in the Latin Quarter eating these delicious looking wraps. Finally, I found the source and they did not disappoint, This is, for sure, one of the best kept deals in Paris. I had a hummus wrap which was out of this world delicious! The hummus was creamy and was perfect with the pickled vegetables. They also had sweet crepes, but alas, I was too full to try them. They are open pretty late, making them the perfect late night munch spot.
Chez Le Libanais, 35 rue Saint-André-des-Arts, 75006 Paris
I have to be honest. The first macarons I had in Paris were from Lauderee, and they were so disappointing. Cue the tour guide we had on our second day, who recommended we try the macarons at this local establishment. For context, Pierre Herme was the head pastry chef at Lauderee before opening his own outpost. What won me over was, surprise, the unique flavors. My favorite had to be the Mogador, which was chocolate and passionfruit. You have to try it out!
Pierre Herme, multiple locations, Paris
One of the best parts, I would argue, about Paris is stumbling upon tiny cafes that end up blowing you away. While on a walking tour of Paris, my friend and I saw two women enjoying sandwiches laden with arugula at this tiny cafe. We knew we had to come back the second we saw it. Splitting a bottle of wine, my friend ordered a Croque Parisian, which was a toasted ham and cheese sandwich with an arugula salad on top. I had the vegetarian version, which came with grilled eggplant, a spinach salad, and plenty of cheese! Definitely a hidden winner!Le Parisian, 337 rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris
This place serves as a cute little brunch cafe with a convenient little takeout area. However, my serious addiction here was the hot chocolate. DO NOT leave Paris without trying this creamy dreamy goodness. I will try and describe it for you. Think of it like melted liquid chocolate from the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chocolate river. It is incredibly rich, so you might need to share it with a friend. Or, if you’re a true chocoholic, feel free to drink this for yourself.Angelina, 226 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Oh my… this ice cream. I was not planning on loving an ice cream cone as much as I did in Paris (I was ready to give my heart to all the croissants and the bread). However, this place had my heart once I tried it! The “Lebanese ice cream” comes in so many unique flavors (think rose, pistachio, and intense chocolate) and if you ask, you can have your ice cream coated with pistachios. However, the best part of this ice cream is the texture. The creamiest ice cream I have ever had! If there is a 30 minute line (like it was the day I was there) I urge you to brave it.Glace Bachir, 58 rue Rambuteau, 75004 Paris
Three words: avocado. toast. crepe. This place, down a small alley off of a major road, seriously looked like it was straight out of Brooklyn. My friend got the Crazy Avocat, which came with avocado (duh), basil and tomatoes tartare, minced radish, fried onions, baby spinach, Parmesan shavings, sunny side up egg, basalmic vinegar cream. After reading the reviews of it online, there was one dish I knew I wanted to order from here. I got the Popeye Power, with fava beans, avocado, homemade pickled red onions, feta cheese, baby spinach, and a poached egg. After days of not having any real vegetables, this really hit the spot. At 11 euros, it was surprisingly affordable too!Bisou Creperie, 62-64 passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris
This Israeli outpost is also found in Tel Aviv as well as NYC. However, having eaten my fair share of cheese and carbs over the week, I needed some fiber. The whole roasted cauliflower from Miznon will only set you back 5 euros, but is so full of flavor! Make sure you lather on the tahini or the green chili sauce for the ultimate flavor punch. Make sure you grab a seat near the open kitchen to catch the action.
Miznon, 22 rue des Ecouffes, 75004 Paris
Three words: Sashimi stuffed avocados. Again, as much as I love cheese and bread, my friend and I were ready to take a break after five days. Cue this awesome sushi place recommended by someone we met in Paris. The menu was incredibly easy to understand for not speaking french, and the sushi was good, but what really won me over was this avocado and sashimi salad. My Instagram-loving heart felt right at home. Also, make sure to take advantage of the free sake for a Yelp check in!
C’Roll Sushi, 156 rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris
Note: this place is known for their avocado toast. And it is GOOD. Really good. Why I have never thought to put raw grated onion into my avocado, I will never know. However, if you are a light eater like I am, you might want to split this toast with a friend. It is a ton of food, but at least you know you’re getting your money’s worth. Also, their lattes were top notch, so make sure you grab one on your way out!Fragments, 76 rue des Tournelles, 75003 Paris
Le Peloton Cafe
What can I say? I am a sucker for a good coffeeshop! And this place is the most adorable. Think of it as part bicycle tour shop and part cafe. The waffles were were so darn delicious and they have a boatload of toppings. Think bananas, nutella, strawberries, and whipped cream. They also made a mean cappuccino. The owners are so friendly and speak perfect English. Definitely a great place to check out after shopping in the Marais!Le Peloton Cafe, 17 rue du Pont Louis Philippe, 75004 Paris
Au Petit Versailles du Marais
Two words are the defining feature of this little bakery: pistachio croissants! This might have been one of the most delicious things I ate when I was in Paris. Not too heavy and not too sugery, this croissant had ribbons of pistachio paste throughout. It was INSANELY addicting and to be honest, I wish I had bought more than one. This bakery in the Marais also won the best baguette in Paris award a couple of years ago, so you know they have some KILLER bread. And I can confirm to you they do!
This place was so delightful to grab a plant based lunch in Paris. Everything is fresh and delicious and there was quite the lunch crowd. The ambiance of the cafe is cozy, adorable and filled with natural light and plants that makes it enjoyable to dine in. I grabbed the Asian bowl, which was a vegan take on a pad thai/stir fry with tofu. All of the vegetables were so fresh and the bowl was filling, yet like. With a surge in health conscious restaurants coming to Paris, this place is at the top of my list!
So Nat, 5 rue Bourdaloue, 75009 Paris
If you love tea, then this tea bar is definitely a must stop during your time in Paris. Kodama, named after the spirits of the trees, is a owned and operated by Vincent and Martin and a recent addition to this quiet street in the 2nd arrondissement. The owners were so knowledgable and gave me so many great recommendations for teas based on my favorite types and flavors. I was boring and ended up going with my usual genmaicha, but it is the perfect place to sit, have a tea, and chat with friends.
Kodama, 30 rue Tiquetonne, 75002 Paris
L’as Du Falafel
This place definitely puts the E in efficiency. In regards to the ordering process, don’t be a dummy like I was. I eventually did figure out that if you want takeaway, you need to go to the window on the left (as opposed to the big line on the right). But, what I didn’t realize was that there was a guy taking orders on foot outside, and that you don’t ask the fellas who are assembling the sandwiches. Once you grab your sandwich, take pleasure in the perfectly crispy falafel,L’as Du Falafel, 34 rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris