Paris has amazing food everywhere. You will quickly find that there are a few key shops for daily eats - a patisserie (pastry shop), a brasserie (a simple restaurant), a boulangerie (bread & pastry shop), and crêperies (specialty crêpes). Most places will have a formule or fixed menu. Avoid tourist areas (Ile St. Louis, Champ de Mars, Champs-Élysées, and the Latin Quarter are notorious) - they are overpriced and unsatisfying. Be sure to try other food nationalities in Paris. The city is full of incredible Lebanese, Asian and Italian restaurants. In general, there is a variety of places to eat –it’s up to you to discover your favorite croissant or crêpe!
Paris is famous for its nightclubs, and people love to dance, so do not miss out on a chance to cut loose in one of these surreal venues where you will most likely hear a mix of old school 80s and 90s music and the essential Daft Punk.
When the weather’s warm, many young Parisians bring a picnic dinner to the wooden pedestrian bridge, Le Pont Des Arts, by the Louvre. Some also hang out along the Seine. Another option is of course Le Champs de Mars—the lawn behind the Eiffel Tower—where you can enjoy the spectacular view of the Tower’s glistening lights on the hour.
If you are a vegetarian, then your best bet is to shop at the open air markets in your neighborhood. The Marche Bastille, which is every Sunday morning, is the biggest in Paris and is filled with countless fresh produce stands. There are also some quintessential Parisian streets such as Rue Lepic in the 18th, Rue Cler in the 7th and Rue Mouffetard in the 5th, which are lined with specialty cuisine shops spanning from fromageries to boulangeries to poissoneries to tiny fresh produce stores.You can also sometimes find something vegetarian to eat at restaurants. Parisian cooking places a lot of emphasis on the integrity of its ingredients, and so there are usually seasonal vegetable dishes on any menu.
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Lists of open markets
Health food stores that sells tofu, soy yogurt, nut milks, etc.:
(1) 33 boulevard Voltaire 75011 Metro: Voltaire
(2) 55 rue de la Glaciere 75013 Metro: Glaciere
(3) 44 boulevard de Grenelle 75015 Metro: Duplex or Bir-Hakeim
404 | 69 rue des Gravilliers 75003 Metro: Arts et Metiers |Moroccan restaurant
Angelina’s | 226 rue de Rivoli 75001 Metro: Tuileries | Known for the hot chocolate & Mont Blanc
Auberge “d’chez eux” | 2, Ave de Lowendal 75007 (behind Les Invalides) Metro: Ecole-Militaire | Authentic French food
Berthillion | 31, rue Saint Louis-en-l’Ile 75004 Metro: Pont Marie | Best ice cream in France
Boulangeries | Cheapest place for sandwiches
Buddha Bar | 8 Bis, Rue Boissy d'anglas 75008 Metro: Concorde | Hot spot for
Cacoa et Chocolat | (1) 29, rue de Buci 75006 Metro: Mabillon (2) 63, rue de Saint Louis 75004 Metro: Pont Marie; Saint-Michel (3) 36, rue Vieille du Temple 75004 Metro: Hotel-de-Ville | Gourmet boutique with a chocolate
Café Colombo | Rue Saint Dominique 75007 | Convenient alternative to sit down
Café L’homme | 17, place de Trocadero 75016 Metro: Trocadero | Amazing view of the Eiffel Tower.
Chez Marianne | 2, Rue Hospitalières St Gervais, 75004 Metro: Hotel-de-Ville | Large and inexpensive servings of Greek food
Dans le Noir | 51, rue Quincampoix 75004 Metro: Chatelet-Les Halles or Rambuteau | Entirely in the dark, no cell phones or other light up devices allowed. All the waiters are blind.
Dom’s | Right by the NYU Paris center - on the little footpath street | Amazing Lebanese bread
Fajitas | 15 Rue Dauphine 75006 Metro: Odeon | Mexican food
L’As du Falafel | 34 Rue des Rosiers 75004 (Marais) Metro: St Paul | Lenny Kravitz’s favorite falafel (cash only)
La Matta | 23, rue de l'Annonciation 75016 Metro: La Muette; Boulainvilliers | Italian
La Mosquée de Paris | Rue Fossés St Bernard 75005 Metro: Cardinal Lemoine | Moroccan food
La Petite Chaise | 36, rue Grenelle 75007 Metro: Rue du Bac | French cuisine
La Taverne du Sergent Recruteur | 41, rue Saint Louis en l'Ile 75004 Metro: Cite; Pont Marie | A little pricier, but good prix-fixe
Ladurée | 21, Rue Bonaparte, 75006 Metro: St-Germain-des-Pres | Traditional French cuisine
Le Refuge des Fondus | 17 rue des Trois Freres 75018 Metro: Abbesses | Fondue place
Le Petit Point | 1, Rue Petit Pont 75005 Metro/RER: Saint-Michel
L'Oustal | 35, rue de l'Annonciation 75016 Metro: La Muette or Boulainvilliers | Provencal food
Bar III | 3, rue de l’Ancienne Comedie Metro: Odeon | Chill bar atmosphere upstairs and crazy dance scene downstairs
Charlie Birdy | (1) 124, rue La Boetie 75008 Metro: Franklin D. Roosevelt (2) 84, boulevard du Montparnasse 750014 Metro: Montparnasse (3) 1, Place Etienne Pernet 75015 Metro: Commerce | Huge bar with a lounge area in the back.
Chez Georges | 11 rue des canettes in 75006 Metro: Mabillon | A tiny wine bar with a cavernous basement, Plays klezmer music
Coolin’ | 15, rue de Clement 75006 Metro: Mabillon | French/British bar with a huge dance floor
Le Bar Dix | 10 rue de l’Odeon in the 75006 Metro: Odeon | Tiny, unsuspecting bar has a hip vintage feel to it
Le Pub Saint-Hilaire | 2, Rue Valette 75005 Metro: Maubert-Mutualite | Great atmosphere and billiards on the second floor
Lizard Lounge | 18 Rue Bourg Tibourg in 75004 Metro: Hotel de Ville | Three-level bar
Nouveau Casino | 109, Rue Oberkampf 75011 Metro: Parmentier or Rue-Saint-Maur | Great place for tectonic music
O’Sullivan’s | (1) 92 Boulevard de Clichy in 75009 Metro: Blanche (2) 1 Boulevard Montmarte in the 2nd. Metro: Grand Boulevards (3) 10 rue des lombards in the 4th. Metro: Hotel de Ville | Especially perfect for St. Paddy’s Day
Piano Vache | 8 Rue Laplace 75005 Metro: Cardinal Lemoine | Dimly-lit bar, filled with antiques and pictures rock bands, rock nights are Fridays and Saturdays
Polly Maggoo | 11, rue St-Jacques 75005 Metro: Cluny-La Sorbonne | Typical French bar where you can meet lots of locals
The Long Hop (Australian) | 25, Rue Frederic Sauton 75005 Metro: Maubert-Mutualite
The Moose Head (Canadian) | 16, rue Quatre Vents 75006 Metro: Odeon
The Frog & Princess (English) | 9, rue Princesse 75006 Metro: St. Germain-des-Pres or Mabillon | Student bar
Le Duplex | 2, avenue Foch 75116 Metro: Charles de Gaulle Etoile
Le Mix | 24, rue de l’Arrivee 75015 Metro: Montparnasse Beenvenue | Erasmus nights every Thursday, free for any international student with an ID
Le Cab (cabaret) | 2, place du Palais Royal 75001 Metro: Palais-Royal—Musee du Louvre | Smaller size discothèque with great, familiar music
Maxim's | 3, rue royale 75008 Metro: Madeleine
VIP | Address: 76, avenue des Champs-Elysees 75008 Metro: George V
Queen | 102, avenue des Champs-Elysees 75008 Metro: George V | Quintessential in the Parisian gay club scene, although a must for anyone
Le Showcase | Pont Alexandre III 75008, Port des Champ Elysees 75008 Metro: Invalides | Gigantic, often has live music and is free to enter before midnight on weekends
Fleche d’Or | 102 bis, rue de Bagnolet in the 20th. Metro: Alexandre Dumas | Near Pere Lachaise | Great for catching bands and later you can dance on the very same stage
Batofar | 11, quai Francois Mauriac 75013 Metro: Quai de Gare or Bibliotheque Francois Mitterrand | Concert venue, and club on a boat
Student recommendations from Fall 2009. Let us know if this list should change!
Drinking water in Paris is very safe. However here is a tip: if you ask for water at a restaurant, it will be bottled water, which you must pay for. For tap water, specifically ask for une carafe d’eau.
French law requires that restaurant and café bills include a mandatory service compris of around 12%-15%. However, if you feel that service was excellent, it is customary to leave some small change.