Paris is a multicultural city serving up far more than the traditional escargot and foie gras dishes you’d expect to find in France’s capital. Culinary experts from across the world have moved to Paris, bringing with them the flavors from their home countries. We reveal what to eat in Paris, where to find it, and the city’s most unique restaurants and bars that make far-off destinations feel local.
Candelaria: 52 Rue de Saintonge, 3rd arrondissement
Step inside Candelaria to see a small taco restaurant and a white door flush against the back wall. Press on the door and you’ll be welcomed into a 21st-century speakeasy. Candelaria has a rustic vibe and feels exclusive, yet fresh and modern. A Latin thread carries throughout, from the decor to the menu design to the drinks, each of which is inspired by a Latin American folktale. Flick the spinner on the front cover of the menu if you don’t know what to order or go with our pick, El Sombrero.
Boot Café: 19 Rue du Pont aux Choux, 6th arrondissement
Real Parisian culture can be found in the tiny cafes that serve espressos and cappuccinos to locals looking for a cup of coffee on the go. Brewing with authenticity, Boot Café has kept the original light blue sign that reads cordonnerie, meaning shoe repair store, above the entrance. Rather than paying to sit at one of the few tables, quickly drink your coffee at the bar before moving on to your next adventure.
Chez Gusto: 93 Rue de La Jonquière, 17th arrondissement
Chez Gusto is an Italian restaurant offering up 19 types of brick oven pizza on three different kinds of crust. Order your pizza on thin, regular, or dark crust, which turns black as it’s mixed with charcoal. Each pizza features a well-rounded amount of ingredients that creates a cohesive flavor without feeling overwhelming. Sample the tricolor pizza that includes mozzarella, pesto, arugula, and cherry tomatoes.
Little Red Door: 60 Rue Charlot, 3rd arrondissement
Walk through a little red door and take a seat inside this classic cocktail bar, complete with exposed brick walls and candlelit tables. One of the most unique aspects of this bar is its deep-rooted connection to art. Painters, drawers, and tattoo artists from across the world were hired to sample one of the drinks and draw how it tasted. These drawings are how the drinks are represented in the menu and how customers can select what they want to order. We recommend drinks no. 1 and no. 7.
Buvette: 28 Rue Henry Monnier, 9th arrondissement
Head to Buvette to enjoy brunch at an ultra-trendy spot. Cozy and quaint, the restaurant’s specialties are its egg and seafood dishes. Our selection is the pickled eggs. The skin turns a hue of soft pink during the pickling process and is topped with vegetables and spices. If you’re looking to curb your seafood craving, order the oysters which are shucked tableside.
Looking for more traditional French foods? Here’s your guide of where to go to enjoy Parisian specialties like a local.
Whether you’re down by the Eiffel Tower or up by the Sacré-Cœur, street cart vendors are the way to go.
Croissants & baguettes
Boulangeries, or bread shops, are open in the early morning so you’ll be served a warm, fresh loaf of bread any time of day.
Visit a brasserie, an informal restaurant, for the French version of a ham-and-cheese sandwich—perfect with a regional beer or wine.
Skip Ladurée and head to Pierre Hermé. While on the more expensive side, Chef Pierre is known as the “Picasso of pastries.”
What’s the most memorable meal you’ve had while traveling? Let us know in the comments!