Where to Eat and Drink
L'As du Fallafel: Weirdly enough, this beloved falafel spot in Le Marais is perhaps best known for being "recommended by Lenny Kravitz" (no, seriously, check out its Instagram bio and the first review on Yelp), but I guess this just means that Kravitz really knows his falafel, because the version here stands out amidst Le Marais' admitted falafel glut. Sure, there's frequently a line, but it moves relatively quickly, and it's totally worth waiting on to indulge in the perfectly crispy fried falafel nuggets stuffed inside warm, soft pita alongside generous helpings of crisp, crunchy vegetables and savory sauces. If you like spice, definitely order it with hot sauce, and don't forget to add on some of the melt-in-your-mouth eggplant.
34 Rue des Rosiers 75004
Miznon: Get. The. Cauliflower. Like, if you eat no other thing while in Paris (which, why would you doooo that??), eat the cauliflower at Miznon. It's justifiably famous (Haaretz called it the recipe that "took over the world") and well-worth whatever line you have to wait on to eat it. Plus, the rest of the food at this 4th Arrondissement hot spot is just as good. But, yeah, get the cauliflower. You'll be happy you did.
22 Rue des Ecouffes, 75004
Derrière: This sexy little spot is tucked away behind a courtyard, but once you find your way inside, you'll feel like you're in the Paris that previously existed only in your dreams. The mood is darkly romantic and the decor is just the right amount of irreverent. The food's solid, though it's somewhat beside the point. You're here to feel that specific type of French je ne sais quoi, which can sometimes be harder to find in Paris than you might think.
69 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003
Breizh Cafe: Home to what I think are the best crepes in Paris, Breizh Cafe is an excellent spot for a quick midday meal. Crepes come in both sweet and savory varieties, but I'm partial to the buckwheat version with ham, egg, cider-braised onions, and gooey gruyère. C'est parfait!
109 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003
L'Avant Comptoir: Tapas in Paris? Sure! Why not? And not just any tapas—the small dishes at L'Avant Comptoir are among the best cuisine the city has to offer. Try the artichoke, the carpaccio, and the blood sausage macaron. No, really. It's a must eat.
3 carrefour de l'Odéon, 75006
Ten Belles: It might not seem like a hard thing to get good coffee in Paris, but... it can be a hard thing to get good coffee in Paris. Luckily, Ten Belles doesn't just offer good coffee, it offers great coffee, as well as excellent pastry options.
10 Rue de la Grange aux Belles, 75010
Hotel Bars: Okay, so, the thing about Paris is you can really be drinking anywhere. Bring your wine with you to the movies! You're in France. There just isn't the same kind of cocktail culture in France as there is in the U.S. since drinking is more a way of life than some clandestine activity. (And, I know, I know, cocktail culture has been on the rise in Paris as of late, but, still, this is a city where a hot nightspot is unironically called Cafe Chic. So, yeah, it's not the same.) All of which is to say, forget trying to find a super-cool bar and go check out some of the city's gorgeous hotel bars. Yes, they'll be a little pricey, but you will also be soaking up a very specific type of refined Parisian culture, and the people-watching at these spots is beyond compare. Below are a few of our favorites, all of them beautifully appointed, guaranteed to provide you with immaculate service, and sure to make you feel like you are one of Paris' haute bourgeoisie if that's your thing.
Le Fouquet's: 99 Av. des Champs-Elysées, 75008
Hotel Costes: 239-241 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001
The Hemingway Bar at the Ritz Paris: 15 Place Vendôme, 75001