Usually I prefer to write about restaurants in Paris that are good, or unique, but not that well-known. This time I thought I would write about some famous restaurants I’ve tried and as the title of this post says, won’t break the bank! Some are cheaper, others are more expensive, but none are like L’ Arpège, Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée , La Tour d’Argent, or other fine dining restaurants that you need to mortgage your house in order to enjoy a dinner for two!
Au Chien Qui Fume – This restaurant has been around since 1740 and has a great friendly atmosphere. The foie gras and the smoked salmon are made in house and are wonderful. They also serve oysters and shellfish all year round. Menus are 29.80 € and 39.90 €.
Au Chien Qui Fume
33 Rue du Pont-Neuf
Tél. 01 42 36 07 42
Au Pied de Cochon – Open 24h a day and has never closed its doors since 1947! You must try the Onion Soup au Gratin and….what else? Why pigs feet of course! Elegant in an old style traditional way. Menus are 19,50 € and 24,00 €.
Au Pied de Cochon
6 Rue Coquilliere
La Coupole – One of the most famous bistro-brasserie type restaurants that goes back 80 years to the time when famous writers like Hemingway, and painters like Picasso made this place their home away from home. I love the eclectic clientele in an old world atmosphere. Menus are 18 € and 35 €. La Coupole 102 Blvd du Montparnasse
Le Wepler – Well-known for their oysters and seafood, this restaurant has been around for 115 years and opened the first oyster bar. They even have seafood takeout! It too boast the famous clientele of artists and writers; Picasso, Henry Miller and Modigliani came often.
14 Place de Clichy
Tél : 01 45 22 53 24
Café de la Paix – The famous café opened its doors in 1862. The luxury setting near the Opéra is perfect for dining on exquisite French cuisine. They have a Tasting Menu for 85 €. (I usually love tasting menus; you really get to see what the chef has to offer. The tasting menu here was rather disappointing, for some reason they had three courses which featured tomatoes, so, ordering a la carte seemed more interesting!)
Cafe de la Paix
5 Place de l’Opéra
Bofinger – Another restaurant dating back to 1864 with it glass dome ceiling and rich interior is known for its Alsatian cuisine. All sauerkraut lovers, this is a restaurant to put on your list. They have four varieties, but their famous dish is seafood sauerkraut. Menu is 32,90 €. Bofinger 5-7 Rue de la Bastille Paris 75004 Tél: 01.42.72.87.82
Fouquet’s – This, over one hundred year old restaurant with the red velvet decor, is a favorite of many celebrities. Situated right on the Champs-Elysées the restaurant serves classic French cuisine. Much like the Café de la Paix, the prices won’t break you unless you want it too! The menu starts at 78,00€.
99 Avenue des Champs Elysées
Les Deux Magots – Who doesn’t know this wonderful cafe and restaurant?! It opened its door on the Rue du Buci in 1812 and then moved to a larger locale in 1873 to the Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés where it still stands today. Probably every famous person who has ever come to Paris has passed through its doors. The food is simple café fare with salads, sandwiches, and omelettes as the main choices during the day. For dinner, however, there is a more traditional dinner menu to choose from.
Les Deux Magots
6 Place Saint Germain des Prés
Tél : 01.45.48.55.25
La Méditterranée – A great little restaurant to go to after attending the Odéon Theater and which happens to be right on the square. It was first opened back in 1944 and specializes in seafood. The atmosphere is cosy with several rooms and murals on the wall. Many actors of the day were frequent visitors such as Chaplin and Orson Wells. Fresh fish and raw oysters (What other way is there to eat them?!) are a must have here. For all you meat lover, don’t worry, there is a small selection to choose from. The restaurant is closed between 14h30 and 19h30. Menus are 27 € and 32 €.
2 Place de L’Odéon
Brasserie Lipp – As I mentioned in The Best of Paris, this is another place to dine on delicious Alsatian delicacies. It is one of those restaurants that has catered to the rich and famous since 1880. Go for dinner and you’ll more than likely see a number of well-known faces from the entertainment and/or political world. Menu is 41,00€. Brasserie Lipp
151 Boulevard Saint-Germain
La Closerie des Lilas – It is said that Hemingway wrote The Sun Also Rises here. The bar and the restaurant are not only steeped in history, it is also a dining experience not to be missed. You can read all about this great restaurant at my post here.
La Closerie des Lilas
171 Blvd. du Montparnasse
Le Moulin de la Galette – Many famous artists immortalized the old Moulin de la Galette when it was a popular music hall back in the 1800’s. Who doesn’t know Renoir’s famous painting, Bal du Moulin de la Galette? I mean even if you don’t know it, you do! Perhaps not by name, but if you see the painting, you’ll go, “Oh yes, I’ve seen that before!” Once again you can read all about this great restaurant at my post here.
Le Moulin de la Galette
83 Rue Lepic