Party Earth Review The livelier sister bar of Rue Louvre’s Promenade Lounge – and with the same Big Apple attitude – Café Le Pavillon has enough loud music and animated conversation to make patrons think they’re in Gotham City itself. Groups of students and relaxed hipsters settle in on the wicker chairs outside to smoke, drink, and peruse ... more
65 Boulevard de Sebastopol
Party Earth Review Bursting at the seams with history, Café de Flore was the old stomping ground of iconic French intellectuals Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and this unique heritage has attracted a flood of well-heeled and knowledgeable tourists making a pilgrimage to one of THE quintessential Parisian cafés ... more
172 Boulevard Saint-Germain
Party Earth Review Right in the heart of trendy Saint Germain is Café Mabillon, a swanky spot whose claim to fame is that it’s open twenty-three hours a day. And that’s no small claim – in a city where it’s hard to have late lunches and midnight dinners, Mabillon smartly accommodates the diverse work and party patterns of its wide range of ... more
164 Boulevard Saint-Germain
Party Earth Review A rustic tavern in the middle of the woods in Buttes-Chaumont Park, Rosa Bonheur – named for a 19th-century painter famed for her massive animal paintings, as well as (gasp!) wearing trousers and smoking cigarettes – has kept the eccentric spirit of its namesake alive, catering to a casual crowd of local bohemians and hipsters ... more
2 Allée de la Cascade
Party Earth Review In operation since the late 1700s, Marché D’Aligre is a resoundingly budget-friendly market that features a massive assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, meats, ethnic curios, vintage wares, and flea market flotsam among its many stalls. Given how easy it is to find a kilo of oranges or a big carton of fresh ... more
Party Earth Review A lofty bar/restaurant/club trifecta, Djoon is where Motown meets the Seine and stylish Frenchies get funky. High painted ceilings complete with Italian frescoes à la the Sistine Chapel create an airy vibe in the large dining area, as chic professionals gather on the egg-shaped yellow chairs to peruse the international ... more
22 Boulevard Vincent Auriol
Party Earth Review Situated on the banks of the Seine and just a few minutes stroll to the famed Hôtel de Ville, Bel Canto offers its refined clientele a unique dining experience mixed with a bit of opera. A pale gold façade highlighted by a generous stretch of windows hints at the opulence inside, where elegantly dressed guests will find ... more
72 Quai Hôtel de Ville
Party Earth Review Despite its militaristic address, the only fighting going on at 25 Degré Est is for the best seats on the large terrace bar, where sun-kissed patrons can sip sweet cocktails as they admire the picturesque Canal Saint-Martin. Summer ensures this open terrace is the star of the show; a magnet for mellow young professionals ... more
10 Place de la Bataille-de-Stalingrad
Party Earth Review Located along Canal St. Martin and once a British officers’ mess hall, Bizz’art is now a legendary nightspot where in-the-know music lovers go to listen to live music, guzzle spirits, and dance until the sun rises. Wood floors, white walls, and crystal chandeliers juxtaposed against the original rafters give the concert ... more
167 Quai de Valmy
Club / Restaurant
Party Earth Review Built as a hunting lodge on a bet between Marie Antoinette and the Count of Artois, the elegant Bagatelle Chateau and Gardens in the Bois de Boulogne now form the stunning backdrop to a program of cultural events, concerts, and an annual rose competition. The Bagatelle restaurant itself, which serves lunch and dinner year ... more
42 Route de Sèvres à Neuilly
Burger Joint / Restaurant
Party Earth Review The French demand some class even from their fast food, but Blend Hamburger Gourmet takes the deluxe diner idea to another level with meats prepared by a famous French butcher and brioche buns handmade by a seasoned pastry chef. Toto, we’re not in McDonalds anymore. Each burger – six in all, plus one monthly special ... more
44 Rue d'Argout
Party Earth Review Launched in 2003 by an American filmmaker living in Paris – who missed his eggs and bacon with a side of pancakes and decided to revolutionize the Parisian breakfast – Breakfast in America now serves breakfast, burgers, and bottomless mugs of coffee all day long to hungry students and hung-over partiers. Usually packed ... more
17 Rue des Écoles
Parisians love to chill and eat, and this unhurried pace is certainly evident in its countless restaurants and cafés, where denizens often gather for hours on end to savor the fine foods and famous wines that France is known for.
The city’s food scene is probably best known these days for haute French cuisine – the kind of plates where highly trained chefs whip up meticulous items like itty bitty quail in a puff pastry shell with foie gras and truffle sauce – which invariably comes with accompanying haute prices.
But this is hardly the sum of restaurants in Paris. Casual bistros and cafés line the blocks, and are often staffed with surprisingly seasoned chefs who prefer a less pretentious environment to wield their craft.
Sandwich bars make it easy to get a quick meal, and many ethnic restaurants – North African, Vietnamese/Laotian, Chinese, Spanish, and Japanese – are proudly popping up with the best of their own country’s culinary prowess.
Fine dining in Paris is easy, but so is a baguette and a fresh tomato, and both are equally abundant along the Paris restaurant scene.
Club / Restaurant