Nobody knows more about how to eat well in a city than its locals. While Paris is known for having some of the best food in the world, the city is no different. Paris locals know where to go for your morning coffee and croissant, a light lunch, an out-of-this-world Parisian dinner, or a late-night snack after leaving the brasserie. Check out this list for a selection of Parisian local favorites that are worth venturing away from your Paris hotel to visit.
Le Marche des Enfants Rouges
Le Marche des Enfants Rouges isn’t a sit-down restaurant, but you will find some of Paris’s most sought-after cuisine in this covered market. Dating back to 1615, it has a loud and bustling atmosphere, and vendors that serve everything from Middle Eastern to South African food. You’ll definitely find some tourists here, but the locals love it too, and many come out of their way to stop here on the way home from work. Try staying at the Hotel Pont Royal on the Left Bank for convenient access.
If you’ve had your fill of Parisian cuisine but want a nice meal out in the city, head to Pho 14. Locals claim that it serves up the best Pho and Bo bun noodle bowls in the country. It’s so good that locals will actually line up outside all year round to wait for a table – so try to get a reservation, or show up planning on a short wait. Stay at the Novotel Paris Gare de Lyon nearby and you’ll find Pho 14 is a great place to have a nice, warm meal after visiting Paris attractions like Galeries Lafayette or Moulin Rouge.
La Butte Aux Piafs
La Butte Aux Piafs is still relatively new, but is already a favorite among locals and students in the area. It has a traditional French menu, as well as innovative selections such as the squid ink burger. For a cheap but cozy room, check out the Comfort Hotel Paris LaFayette in the 9th Arr.
One of the trendiest restaurants in all of Paris is L’Hotel Amour, a lovely French café with an intimate outdoor dining area. Grab a seat in the garden and order a bottle of rosé to go with your beef tartare or tuna nicoise. You’ll really get a feel for how Parisian locals live.
It’s imperative to try at least one of these delicious Paris restaurants before you jet off to your hotel in Rome, London, or wherever your next destination may be!