Gourmet addresses to share with friends
When it comes to eating out in Paris, the choices are innumerable. Of course, there are all those great restaurants headed by starred chefs, but there are also those classics where we eat so well, are always welcomed, and never disappointed. I’m also very fond of all those small, artisanal establishments offering refined cuisine, from where we always come out overjoyed, promising ourselves to be back soon, just like those friendly canteens with their casual atmosphere.
Here are a few suggestions, each more delicious than the next.
Restaurant Le Duc
Probably the very best seafood in Paris, and a classic destination among prominent yet loyal locals. Everything here is excellent. I recommend the sole meuniere and fish tartares – so delicious. And with a little chance, you might catch a glimpse of French intellectuals namely BHL (Bernard Henri Levy) and his friends.
Le Duc, 243 boulevard de Raspail, 14th arr., metro Raspail
+33 1 43 20 96 30
Closed Sunday and Monday
Utterly friendly and perfectly simple, this is a great haunt for oyster lovers. You’ll wanna come here for the freshness of the produce and to feel like a true Parisian, enjoying a platter of Marennes-Oléron oysters along with a glass of Sancerre at lunchtime, as you admire the shucker in his element.
Huîtrerie Régis, 3 rue Montfaucon, 6th arr., metro Mabillon
+33 1 44 41 10 07
Open every day, no reservations
A taste of the south west
Restaurant La Régalade
This is a traditionally decorated Parisian bistro offering deliciously classic French cuisine inspired by the south west, as well as great wines for as little as €35. This was the first Régalade by chef Bruno Doucet (there are now three). Located at the south of Paris, it’s no wonder this place is always packed to the gills – just like La Régalade St Honoré (St Honoré Street) and his most recent addition, La Régalade Conservatoire, located in the very elegant and charming Hôtel de Nell.
La Régalade, 49 Jean Moulin, 14th arr., metro Porte d’Orléans
+33 1 45 45 68 58
Open Monday to Friday
Café Da Rosa
This lovely canteen/grocery counter with Hispano-Italian accents is the kind of place we’d like to see more. Everything is delicious, a taste that brings you back to south of France in a minute. Jamón ibérico de bellota, dried parmesan beef, plump olives from Salamanca… all of this can be enjoyed under the sun on the charming terrace, or in the beautiful interior decorated by the French designer Jacques Garcia. Unadulterated happiness!
Da Rosa, 62 rue de Seine, 6th arr., Mabillon metro
+33 1 40 51 00 09
Open every day
An American in Paris
Restaurant Spring Paris
Daniel Rose, the most Parisian of Americans, who fell in love with the City of lights and French cuisine goes above and beyond at this highly popular address. Everything is delicious and executed with precision and finesse. Dish after dish, he wows our eyes and our stomachs. Don’t hesitate to let him take the reins with his one-of-a-kind tasting menu. A great discovery.
Spring Paris, 6 rue Bailleul, 1st arr., metro Louvre-Rivoli
+33 1 45 96 05 72
Closed Sunday and Monday
Comptoir de la Gastronomie
A.K.A. The Temple of Foie Gras! In a sandwich on the go, to taste around a good glass of wine or in raviolis, this is a place that every foodie will love. This elegant «épicerie fine», located at the heart of Montmartre, is indeed dedicated to foie gras, but also specializes in savoury products and wine – well worth the detour. The carefully selected variety of produce is impressive. And good news, you can also enjoy specialties like confits, smoked fish, and foie gras among friends at a table in the charming dining room.
Comptoir de la Gastronomie, 34 rue Montmartre, 1st arr., metro Les Halles
+33 1 42 33 31 32
Closed on Sunday
Grande Épicerie du Bon Marché
A luxurious sanctuary of gastronomy. High-end products as far as the eye can see, organized by flavour and colour. You’ll want to buy – and eat – everything!
Grande Épicerie du Bon Marché, 38 rue de Sèvres, 7th arr., metro Vaneau
Closed on Sunday