Here are some of our current favorite lunch spots and restaurants all around Paris, from falafels to fine dining.
Chez Marianne, Ladurée, Maison Castro
1. Chez Marianne. One of the falafel joints in the heart of Marais. Pay your order inside, take your ticket, and get in line. During the lunch hours, the line might be long, but don’t worry, it goes quickly. 2, Rue des Hospitalières Saint-Gervais, 75004 Paris. Metro: Saint Paul.
2. Maison Castro. Gourmet sandwiches in mediterranean flavors. Choose your own ingredients for the ultimate sandwich, and savor them by the canal St. Martin. 15 B, Rue Alexandre Parodi, 75010 Paris. Metro: Louis Blanc.
3. Ladurée. Everybody knows their macarons and pastries, but you can also have a fancy, decandent sit-down lunch here for the true Parisian experience. My favorite location is the Rue Bonaparte. 21, Rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris. Metro: Saint- Germain-des-Prés.
4. Stanz – Les Ateliers du Bagel. As the name suggests, this is a bagel shop offering a myriad of different kinds of bagels and other American style goodies. 56, rue La Fayette, 75009 Paris. Metro: Cadet, Le Peletier.
5. Candelaria. This little Mexican speakesy-style lounge and taqueria offers two venues: taco shop on the front and bar/lounge in the back. Small place, but yummy tacos and tostadas. 52 Rue de Saintonge, 75003 Paris. Metro: Filles du Calvaire.
6. Blend. Gourmet hamburgers (veggie options available) in the heart of Paris. 44, Rue d’Argout, 75002 Paris. Metro: Sentier, Bourse.
Candelaria, Blend, Stanz
7. Café Ruc. Chic eatery near Tuileries and Louvre. It’s part of the Thierry Costes empire serving traditional French food in a hip setting. 159,rue Saint-Honore, 75001 Paris. Metro: Palais Royal – Musée de Louvre.
8. Ferdi. This seems to be THE restaurant of the moment, everybody from Kim Kardashian to Shakira frequents here for their delicious, South-American influenced cuisine. 32, Rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris. Metro: Concorde or Pyramides.
9. Brasserie Thoumieux. Led by multi-Michelin-star chef, Jean-François Piège, this bustling brasserie is better than most brasseries in Paris. It’s popular, so booking in advance is in order. 79, rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris. Metro: La Tour-Maubourg.