1. Angelina- Angelia is the quintessential Parisian bakery. it is well decorated, the pastries are incredible and everything about it is just so...French. Your food pictures will be beautiful but also the desserts are just plain old delicious. I love stopping here for a sweet breakfast treat.
2. Ober Mamma- If you're craving Italian food while in Paris like me then Ober Mamma is your best bet for truffle filled, decadent and rich pasta. They don't take reservations and the lines are very long so be prepared to wait an upwards of 2 hours for a table unless you're the first few people on line. You can put your name and number down and grab a cocktail nearby while you wait. It is worth it!
3. Marche des Enfants Rouges- This covered market place is the oldest in Paris and is home to some of the yummiest food vendors in the city. My two favorite vendors are Chez Alain Maim Maim who makes killer comté filled sandwiches and the Moroccan restaurant whose tagine and couscous will warm your belly. It is hard to pick between the two so if you can make some room in your stomach try both!
4. Restaurant Baudy (Giverny)
5. La Bourse Et La Vie- Daniel Rose's bistro in Paris offers classic French dishes. The dishes are good, not mindblowing but definitely worth the stop for that incredible pepper sauce they use throughout the entrees and appetizers.
6. Huitres Regis- The menu here is for seafood lovers. They offer oysters, clams, jumbo shrimps and some seafood paté. You can choose which flavors you want (sweet, salty or a combination of both) and you'll be served an entire plate of it. You will leave feeling full and especially so if you get all three options like below.
7. Coutume Cafe- Coutume Cafe is a great spot to get a quick bite before you visit nearby museums (Musee d'Orsay, Rodin, l'Orangerie). The food is simple but delicious. It's the ideal spot for a hearty breakfast before sightseeing.
8. Le Clown Bar- Clown Bar in Oberkampf is one of the trendiest spots in Paris. Their modern take on Parisian bistro is a welcome change. The wine list is long and the food is meant to be shared making this an ideal date spot.
9. Mokonuts- Mokonuts is my favorite cafe in Paris. The menu is influenced by Mediterranean, Japanese and French flavors. They offer both breakfast and lunch dishes which rotates depending on ingredients available.
10. David Toutain- David Toutain deserves a separate review of its own which I will have up for you soon. We did the tasting menu for dinner which comes with about 8 dishes. The food is inspired by the seasons and by availability of ingredients. You can expect to taste spring, summer or winter in every dish. The service and food were both delightful.
11. Candelaria- Paris is finally evolving to include more international cuisines in its restaurant scene. Candelaria is the perfect example of how well different cuisines can do in Paris. The tacos here are delicious with its own French twist. This place is perfect for lunch, snack, late night dinner and just about everything else. There is also a speakeasy in the back!
12. Breizh Cafe- I really enjoyed the crepes here especially since it's very rare to find places that can execute savory crepes correctly. If you're a crepe lover then definitely give this place a shot.
13. Frenchie Bar a Vin- The Frenchie wine bar is the more casual setting of Frenchie Restaurant. The food is just as good and well worth the trip. The menu has crossovers with Italian cuisine but still stays true to the sauces and spices of French food. I absolutely loved having dinner here and can't wait to go back when I am in Paris.
14. L'Avant Comptoir- This French bistro stays true to its rich Parisian roots. You can find all the French classics here so if that's what you're searching for then I highly recommend this spot. The foie gras here is incredible and some of the best I have ever had.
15. Ellsworth- The menu at Ellsworth is American food with French flare. The brunch menu in particular is meant to be shared tapas style. I loved the aesthetic of the restaurant, the wholesome food and the simplicity of the menu. Make sure you have reservations for this place because it's popular!
16. Terra Corsa- The meat and cheese plate from this butcher shop is so well priced for the value you get. You get 2 different cheeses and 5 different kinds of meat all picked by the butcher. I highly recommend this place for at least one of your nights in Paris.
17. Patisserie Pain de Sucre- This pastry shop is phenomenal and it will be hard for you to pick just one pastry. However, the good news is you can't go wrong with any of the choices you make here so go with your stomach!