Food in Paris: A Restaurant Guide from French Delicacies to Rustic Charm

The prospect of finding somewhere to eat in Paris can be somewhat overwhelming. With an abundance of Michelin star restaurants, fancy foods and interesting delicacies (Frogs legs I’m looking at you…)

Lucky for you, I’ve done the hard work for you! Finding food in Paris, the city of love has never been so easy!

Food in Paris Restaurant Guide

Whether you’re into your escargot or more of a meat and two veg type, there’s something for everyone.

I love the grandeur of finding an exclusive restaurant with city skyline views, intriguing decor and overlooking iconic landmarks but I’m just as happy in a restaurant full of rustic charm serving heartwarming dishes.

This contrast is exactly what you’ll get in this post so before you can say petit pois here are my foodie finds…

 

Monsieur Bleu

 

Let’s start with the grandeur…

Monsieur Bleu Restaurant Paris

After a day of exploring Paris and watching the lights of The Eiffel Tower twinkle (switch on at 7 pm and twinkle on the hour until 12 pm) what better than to continue your evening of dining whilst you gaze at this mesmerising landmark.

Twinkling Lights Eiffel Tower Paris

 

At Monsieur Bleu you can do just that as the restaurant is within five/ten minutes walking distance across the bridge of the River Seine.

In warmer months, take advantage of the terrace area complete with blankets and heated lights. If it’s too cold to sit outside see if you can get one of the tables in the bar area or close to the window where you can see The Eiffel Tower’s effervescent glow through the window.

Eiffel Tower View from Monsieur Bleu

Garden Terrace at Monsieur Bleu

If you’re really looking to wow your loved one, book the igloo located on the terrace right underneath the Eiffel Tower for a romantic evening under the stars. The igloo is so exclusive I couldn’t get anywhere near it to take photos!

If you can, I would recommend booking beforehand as it is a popular restaurant. We didn’t book and luckily were seated in the bar area just before 8 pm on a Friday night.

Ambience at Monsieur Bleu

Bar area at Monsieur Bleu Paris

Whilst the venue has a sense of grandeur to it, we didn’t feel out of place or made to feel awkward because we hadn’t booked or were not dressed in dinner attire.

With its high ceilings, geometric chandeliers and low lighting, Monsieur Bleu not only has an ambient atmosphere but is also full of intrigue.

Geometric chandalier at Monsieur Bleu Paris

Chef Benoit Dargere has curated a menu revisiting classic French cuisines in a way that meets the varied needs of their clientele.

We skipped starters and went straight into the main. I ordered the spicy marinated beef, which came with rice. The beef was similar to brisket of beef and had a spicy sauce, tasting similar to dishes I’ve enjoyed previously in Vietnamese restaurants.

Spicy marinated beef Monsieur Bleu

I loved my main but was secretly jealous of Adam’s crispy pork with mash potato. The weather had been freezing during the day exploring Paris (you know us Brits love harping on about the weather…) and mash with gravy is the ultimate comfort food!

I was keen to go for something new for pudding, particularly as Adam had already shotgunned the chocolate fondant with coffee ice cream.

Monsieur Bleu Chocolate fondant

Instead, I opted for ile flottante (floating island), a classic French dessert of meringue floating on a sea of custard. I wasn’t wholly convinced I was going to like my choice of dessert but I wanted to try something different and Eton Mess, made with meringue is my ultimate favourite.

Ile Flottante French Floating Island Dessert Monsieur Bleu

The light and creamy dessert took me by surprise and I absolutely loved it. Not only is it the perfect dessert if you’re feeling pretty full but fancy something sweet, it also sounds amazing when pronounced in French! The French accent gets me every time!

Talking of desserts, Monsieur Bleu is one of few high-profile restaurants in Paris where it’s acceptable to only have a nightcap. For a sweet ending to a day exploring Paris, pop in for a drink and share a dessert with your love as you gaze up at The Eiffel Tower.

Monsieur Bleu

20 Avenue de New York, 75116 Paris, France

Nearest Tube: Alma Marceau/Iena

 

Cafe du Pont Neuf

 

So I mentioned the cold weather right? Well, Cafe Du Pont Neuf is the perfect pit-stop if you’re looking to escape the cold after leaving your love lock memento at Pont Neuf.

Love Lock Pont Neuf Paris

As soon as we saw the sun hitting the windows of the cafe we knew we had to stop here.

Sun trap at Cafe du Pont Neuf

We had the initially intended on just grabbing a tea or coffee, but the selection of cakes were far too tempting to pass up.

Cafe Du Pont Neuf Cakes and Coffee

I’m pretty sure there were hearts in my eyes as the waiter approached with my humongous slice of raspberry cake and I wasn’t sure I was going to manage it…but manage it I did!

Raspberry cake Cafe du Pont Neuf

Adam’s chocolate cake looked pretty good too…

Chocolate Cake at Cafe Du Pont Neuf

Not only were we full as we left the cafe we were also boiling from our little sun trap.

Cafe du Pont Neuf

14 Quai du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France

Nearest Metro: Pont Neuf

 

Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole

 

Nothing pleases me more than hunting down a restaurant I’ve been lusting over on Instagram, especially when it actually lives up to expectations!

Au Vieux Paris D'Arcole Restaurant

After finding this cute little restaurant adorned with wisteria on my Instagram feed, I knew it was somewhere I wanted to visit during our weekend in Paris.

Of course, the wisteria wasn’t present in February but the restaurant looked just as cute from the outside.

What we hadn’t realised was quite how charming this little restaurant was going to be on the inside.

Medieval Decor at Au Vieux Paris D'Arcole

Located a stone’s throw from Notre Dame Cathedral, which is renowned for its French Gothic architecture, the restaurant is full of an old world charm of its own.

Notre Dame Cathedral Paris Sunset on Notre Dame Paris

The restaurant has a medieval appearance with scarlet curtains, stone walls with various religious artefacts including church pew seating.

We arrived just after sunset and found we had the place to ourselves.

Wine and beer at Au Vieux Paris D'Arcole

Equipped with its own wine cellar, you are encouraged to select your own bottle of wine from the fine selection in the cellar.

Wine Cellar at Au Vieux Paris D'Arcole

Having the place to ourselves was quite romantic, with Adam and I perched side-by-side on one of the pews.

Intrigued by the amount of cheese topping the French onion soup may have, we both couldn’t resist the temptation to order the soup for our starters.

The French onion soup was absolutely divine, tasting like warm onion gravy and topped with an abundance of cheese! If I could eat one dish again from my time in Paris this would be it!

Heartwarming French Onion Soup with Cheese at Au Vieux Paris D'Arcole

Ooh, the cheese! It was the ultimate comfort dish!

Understandably, we were both feeling quite full after our soup starter and as we were contemplating what to have for mains the restaurant was slowly starting to fill.

Adam chose the fillet steak with potatoes and veg.

Fillet Steak with Potatoes at Au Vieux Paris D'Arcole

A glutton for punishment, or just a glutton I’m not sure…I chose the braised beef cheeks, which came with potatoes and to my surprise pasta! My rich and very appetising beef was also very filling and I didn’t finish it all but it was good nonetheless.

Braised Beef Cheeks with Potatoes and Pasta at Au Vieux Paris D'Arcole Restaurant

We got chatting to a British couple opposite us who were dining with their daughter (Hi Graham, Carol & Gayle if you’re reading this )

New friends from Paris

Before we knew it, the restaurant had become quite the social gathering with great camaraderie between us all and the waiter. Graham even encouraged me to try French delicacy escargot…

Escargot Au Vieux Paris D'Arcole

Whilst my face certainly doesn’t look impressed and, escargot isn’t something I’ll be ordering sometime soon, I did manage to chew my way through…mission complete!

Trying some escargot

After sharing a chocolate fondant with Adam, we shared a bottle of wine with our dining friends.

Social Dining at Au Vieux Paris D'Arcole

Our intimate meal had turned into a very social and enjoyable evening; what a great way to celebrate our last night in Paris!

Au Vieux Paris D'Arcole Reataurant Exterior

Au Vieux Paris D’Arcole

24 Rue Chanoinesse, 75004 Paris, France

Nearest Metro: Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame

 

Riviè Restaurant

 

I can’t talk about food without mentioning Riviè Restaurant at The Hoxton Paris, where we stayed.

Rivie Restaurant Menu Hoxton Hotel Paris

Often a hotel restaurant can be a far cry from somewhere locals actually enjoying dining themselves but not in this case. French diners can be seen enjoying a drink and a bite to eat throughout the hotel and it’s no wonder.

The dishes Adam and I sampled were very tasty and I love an excuse to eat a ham and cheese toastie I mean Croque Monsieur!

Hoxton Hotel Paris Hox Monsieur Rivie Restaurant

Riviè Restaurant

Hoxton Paris

Closest Metro – Strasbourg St Denis

Food In Paris

From rustic homely dishes to French favourites, these restaurant picks will have you saying ooh la la!

Just make sure you save some space for macaroons – another must while visiting Paris!

Colourful Assortment of French Macaroons

Save this post to your reading list for your next trip to Paris! I will be sharing sightseeing tips in an upcoming post, in the meantime check out my hotel stay at The Hoxton Paris by clicking here.

 

Jaz

xoxo

16 Comments

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 10:48 pm

      Thanks Lorna, glad you found the guide helpful 🙂

  1. Emily
    March 18, 2018 / 8:19 am

    It’s pretty bad that I’m reading this at 8:17am and it’s still making my mouth water! This is the kind of guide I wish I’d read before we went to Paris years ago – I love the idea of Monsieur Bleu, it sounds so romantic!

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    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      Author
      March 22, 2018 / 10:12 pm

      Haha sorry for making you hungry so early! 🙂 Monsieur Bleu is a really classy place, I can imagine it’s quite the hotspot so I was really glad we managed to get a table! xoxo

  2. March 18, 2018 / 10:26 am

    Oh wow! What delicious food! I’d love to visit Paris one day, all the photos and food and stories people share look amazing! One day I will! 🙂

    Hope you are having a good weekend 🙂 We are having a quiet one to recover from our busy week!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • March 23, 2018 / 10:44 pm

      I think Paris is the kind of place everyone needs to visit, if even to see the Eiffel Tower with your own eyes! Hope you’re having a fab week xoxo

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 10:45 pm

      I can’t wait to go back myself 🙂 Should’ve called this post the lazy bloggers guide to Paris as it really was a leisurely trip, I need to see more! xoxo

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 10:46 pm

      Thanks for reading 🙂

  3. March 20, 2018 / 2:10 am

    Oh my! All this food looks so delicious! I think I feel full just by looking at all of the photos here:) The restaurants over there definitely look top rate and quaint. I’ve never been to Paris, but if I did I think I’d come back 10 pounds heavier. Thank you for sharing your tour with us.

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    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 10:50 pm

      Haha! I can assure you I did! I was hoping to walk it off but it was so darn cold! It was great finding some pretty restaurants with good food as nothing disappoints me more! 🙂 xoxo

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 10:51 pm

      Thanks Allison. I was so happy with these foodie finds! 🙂 xoxo

  4. March 23, 2018 / 4:13 pm

    Your foodie posts are my favourite! They always make me hungry haha so many things I need to try. But I will be staying far away from the frogs legs I think

    • thelifeofasocialbutterfly
      Author
      March 23, 2018 / 10:53 pm

      Haha! Frogs legs just sounds so wrong doesn’t it! 🙂 I’ve heard it tastes like chicken but I’m not convinced! Aww glad you like my foodie posts Beth xoxo

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