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Paris: Your Personal Dining Guide

 

Tired of paying tons of money for mediocre food in Paris? Check out this guide by Daniella Illerbrand as she illustrates the best affordable restaurants to hit up on your next trip to Paris.

Chef Adeline Grattard.

Chef Adeline Grattard.

Clown Bar.

Clown Bar.

Yam T'cha.

Yam T'cha.

Ten Belles.

Ten Belles.

Paris as a food town has always been seen with romantic eyes, but today many tourist traps take advantage of this reputation. Despite this, we can now say with confidence that the food in Paris has never been as good or as varied as today. The French bistro experience has been updated and has a whole new feeling. Modern restaurants today have inspiration from all the world's countries and Paris now feels like an integrated food town.

Coffee also has had a good boost, as seen with the Belleville coffee roasthouse, which has some of the best coffee sold around town. And of course with wine, and here there is really something for everyone, but most of the time, it's the natural wine bars that take over most neighborhoods. And of course, you can eat out without spending a fortune!

 

Chez Aline
In this locale as before, a butcher who worked mainly with horse meat may now have Paris's best stuffed baguettes, with everything from pate, artichoke, rabbit, pesto, potatoes, and cheese is all possible, so you can get a fair amount for 8 €. Well worth a visit if there is nice weather outside, or to bring to a park.
85 rue de la Roquette
+33 (0) 1 43 71 90 75


Bistro Udon Kunitoraya
There are always a lot of people at this udon bistro and you have to be prepared to wait a bit, but it's absolutely worth it, the udon is perfect, Chicken Katsu and Karagi as well, and all of it is prepared fast, efficiency seems to be the keyword of this little Japanese restaurant.
1 Rue Villedo
+33 (0) 1 47 03 33 65
kunitoraya.com/villedo/villedo1


Clown Bar
The opinions can differ from this unclassical yet somehow classic French bistro, but I have never had a bad meal here, and yes it may seem weird but their calf brain is something you just have to try, even the most sensitive ones will appreciate the tofu-like texture on the brain that is served in a Japanese-inspired broth. All the vegetables are cooked to perfection and if you like foie gras, this is the place to be consumed.
114 Rue Amelot
+33 (0) 1 43 55 87 35
clown-bar-paris.com


La Buvette
This charming little wine bar strikes most of the fingers when it comes to natural wines, they also serve extremely good snacks like burrata, cheese, olives, sardines, and classicandoulliette. A perfect start to the evening.
67 Rue Saint-Maur
+33 9 83 56 94 11


L'Avant Comptoir
Standing, drinking and eating may seem a bit dense but this place with its menu hanging on the ceiling is both charming and the food very marvelous, while not feeling pretentious. Do not miss artichoke, croquettes and parmesan puffers.
3 Carrefour de l'Odéon
+33 (0) 1 42 38 47 55


Candelaria
If you like tacos, tamales, margaritas, carnitas, chips, and salsa, there is absolutely no need to go anywhere else but here. Once you are done, go through the back door and drink at one of Paris's absolute best cocktail bars.
52 Rue de Saintonge
+33 (0) 1 42 74 41 28
quixotic-projects.com/venue/candelaria


Yam T'cha
Adeline Grattard is perhaps one of the most fascinating cooks right now, her restaurant combines the Japanese food culture with French influences and works with ingredients and arrangements in an amazingly, beautiful way. Dining here is truly an experience for all the senses. As she says, I'm not good at technology, I only make what I like, and most like it too.
121 Rue Saint Honoré
+33 (0) 1 40 26 08 07
yamtcha.com


Jones
As before, Bones was called, perhaps the perfect little neighborhood joint. The food is simple, made to be shared, as is very common in Paris right now. The menu is dominated by the season and there are very good vegetable dishes but also a super delicious Boudin Noir briochebun.
43 Rue Godefroy Cavaignac
+33 (0) 9 80 75 32 08
jonescaferestaurant.com


Miznon
In this area, falafel is the king, and the queues are long at Mizon. Miznon does not make falafel without stuffed pita bread and simple roasted vegetables and they are amazing! The organization is located in Tel Aviv and the Paris restaurant follows the same formula, simple food, good ingredients, mint tea, and quick service. Don’t miss this place.
22 Rue des Ecouffes
+33 (0) 1 42 74 83 58


Holybelly 5
Holybelly is owned by the married couple Nico and Sarah. Their concept is simple, good food, good coffee, and good service. Always full, often queue on the weekend even now with a new bigger location.
5 Rue Lucien Sampaix
+33 (0) 1 82 28 00 80
holybel.ly


Ten Belles
At the beautiful canal, Saint Martin is a little gem with nice coffee from Belleville and a breakfast bun which may be one of the best you can eat.
10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles
+33 (0) 1 42 40 90 78
tenbelles.com

Jones café and restaurant.

Jones café and restaurant.

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