It’s been a while since my last Paris tip. Not because I haven’t been eating out, because I have, but because I never got around writing a post about the restaurants I’ve visited. Which is a shame people, since I’ve eaten at quite a few good places! And they’re not too pricey, always a good thing. I know Paris has the image of being expensive, but there are places where you can eat very well without emptying your wallet completely.
They are touristic (frankly, in a city like Paris, finding a place without tourists is nearly impossible. After all it is the most visited city in the world) but they all have a fair share of local guests, giving these restaurants a good blend of Parisians and out-of-towners.
The first restaurant I recommend is Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie. It’s situated near Les Halles and in the immediate neighborhood you’ll find plenty of great stores that sell all sorts of cooking supplies. The restaurant has a store attached to it, L’Épicerie Gastronomique, where you can buy classic French food. The restaurant serves classic French food too, and everything we had there was absolutely delicious. The bill was a pleasant surprise and the staff is just fantastic; friendly, fast and professional. It’s a popular place, so do make a reservation!
Another great experience is Le Relais de l’Entrecôte. You’ll have no difficulties making a decision there, they only serve one signature dish: l’entrecôte frites! The only thing you need to worry about, is what you want to drink with your meat and if you’d like it rare, medium-rare or well-done. The restaurant looks pretty outdated, but for me, that’s part of the charm. The meat and fries were one of the best I’ve ever eaten, and it was pretty refreshing not to stare at a menu for 10 minutes! The staff here was great too, our waitress was quick, efficient and very friendly. Oh, and did I mention they come to serve you seconds? What a great surprise!
A restaurant where we come pretty often is L’Entrepôt in the 14th arrondissement. A cultural hotspot with a cinema and lots of performances at night in the bar. The restaurant has a garden, so in summertime it’s a good spot for a diner al fresco. There’s always something going on and chances are you’ll be the only non-Parisian amongst the visitors, a pretty rare experience!
Au Babylone in the 7th arrondissement, is conveniently located in a quiet street near Le Bon Marché. It’s a family run restaurant, and we almost didn’t enter it because it looked, well old. But what a surprise, the food was fantastic (I still dream about their purée) and so very affordable. If you’re in the neighborhood, and want to experience an old fashioned bistrot environment, do give it a try!