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Paris is recognized worldwide as a top gastronomic destination. From cafes with accordion music pouring out onto the terrace, to five-star establishments that Napoleon himself used to dine at, Paris likes to keep its ingredients traditionally French while pushing the limits on cutting-edge cooking techniques and modern embellishments. This guide mainly addresses some of Paris' most serious eats: multi-course sit downs, where you'll be licking your fingers from the first bread basket to the last haute crème brûlée. However, it also includes some Parisian staples (tartine, crepes), cafes, and both vegetarian and budget-friendly options. So no matter how long you'll be in the City of Lights, you won't go home hungry!

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  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

15 Places

4 City Tips

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15 Places

Le Meurice Alain Ducasse

Restaurants

Comptoir de la Gastronomie

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Le Grand Vefour

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Pierre Herme Bonaparte

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Epicure

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Huitrerie

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L'Ami Jean

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Bonvivant

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Restaurant Astier

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Le Coq Rico

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Creperie de Plougastel

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Willi's Wine Bar

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Comptoir Poilane

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L'Esprit Tchai

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Cafe Verlet

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Madison S's City Tips

  • Gratuity is included on the bill at restaurants in Paris. Adding an additional tip on top of this is considered a high compliment of excellent service.
  • Most restaurants will not allow smoking inside, so the outdoor terraces are often filled with people smoking while eating or drinking. Avoid the terrace if this will be an irritant for you.
  • To get free water for the table, ask for "une carafe d'eau pour la table, s'il vous plaît."
  • People sometimes enter restaurants selling flowers. They are fine to buy from (generally), but don't feel bullied into it if you don't want one. A simple "no" should work.
  • Le Meurice Alain Ducasse
    Restaurants (French)
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    Madison S Says:

    Luxurious Le Meurice is the total Parisian experience. Its stunning dining room is set amid crystal chandeliers, frescoes, damask curtains, and gold reliefs. Its buoyant setting pairs wonderfully with the menu, which combines world-class culinary techniques with rustic French staples and rare, regional ingredients. The restaurant keeps a sommelier on hand, so that you may enjoy your meal with specially-selected wine or champagne from the extensive cellar. While the menu is always in evolution, example dishes include red-wine marinated pigeon, gold-leaf risotto, escargot fricassee, and sautéed blue lobster. The head chef here is certainly deserving of his Michelin Stars.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Le Meurice offers a Chef's Table option, which allows diners an intimate view of how meals are prepared. If you'd like to take this option, you will need to book ahead.
    • Le Meurice also serves breakfast in the dining room, which is a slightly less expensive option than dinner.
    • Le Meurice is set inside the Meurice Hotel. Go straight ahead from reception, or, ask the receptionist to direct you.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #637 of 15 375 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Royal Experience 10/12/2018
    • Wonderful Experience 29/11/2018
    • Le Meurice Alain Ducasse
    Address:
    228 rue de Rivoli
    75001 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 44 58 10 55
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:30 - 14:00
    19:30 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Comptoir de la Gastronomie
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    Madison S Says:

    With stunning regional wines and an intimate rustic interior, the experience at Comptoir de la Gastronomie is delicious down to even the bread basket (which, dangerously, they refill). This is one of the city's premier locations for 'foie gras,' served à la maison, as a carpaccio with balsamic sauce, or as a ravioli in cream sauce. The menu is studded with tempting appetizers like 'escargots à la Bourguignonne' and cheese and charcuterie boards, while the mains range from hearty dishes like smoked salmon to roast duck. The portion sizes are filling, but save room for dessert!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can sit either inside where it is warm and inviting, or outside during nicer weather, where the terrace gives a great people-watching view of the area's nightlife.
    • It is recommended you make reservations online in advance, as the restaurant is small and often becomes fully booked.
    • The extensive wine menu and some food items change seasonally, depending upon what is available locally.
    • Special set menus are offered at lunchtime.
    • The waitstaff is friendly, attentive, and multi-lingual. An English menu is available upon request.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #438 of 15 375 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The Scandalous Meal! 12/12/2018
    • Foie Gras and Truffle, this is the spot! 04/12/2018
    • Comptoir de la Gastronomie
    Address:
    34 rue Montmartre
    75001 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 33 31 32
    Price range:
    US$28 - US$45
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Thu
    12:00 - 23:00
    Fri - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Le Grand Vefour
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    Madison S Says:

    Notable for its reputation as Paris' oldest restaurant, Le Grand Vefour has been serving patrons in small, elegant, mirror-gilt rooms since 1784. The restaurant serves traditional French cuisine with little twists, from Pigeon Prince Ranier III stuffed with black truffles and foie gras to eggplant cooked in three ways with lemon caviar. The attention to detail in each dish is what keeps people coming through the doors — it doesn't hurt that the dessert tasting menu is expansive, and that this place also offers a selection of farm-made cheeses from Savoy.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Be aware that Le Grand Vefour is an extremely pricey establishment.
    • Some of the tables bear little placards saying what famous diner's favorite table it was, decades ago. A neat little bit of history!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #422 of 15 375 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Awful 10/12/2018
    • great gourmet experience 31/10/2018
    • Le Grand Vefour
    Address:
    17 rue de Beaujolais
    17 Rue De Beaujolais
    75001 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 96 56 27
    Price range:
    US$130 - US$287
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:30 - 14:00
    20:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Pierre Herme Bonaparte
    Restaurants (French)
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    Madison S Says:

    What is more Parisian than the macaron? At Pierre Herme , delicious recipes team up with unique and amazing ingredients. The macaron line, which changes seasonally, features unexpected savory fillings like caviar, fois gras, and wasabi, alongside the more usual raspberry, rose, and lemon flavors. The counters also feature chocolates, pastries, jams, loose leaf teas, and ice creams, making sure that every sweet tooth is spoiled for choice.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Pierre Herme has 14 locations across Paris. While they all feature macarons and chocolates, only their Bonaparte and Vaugirard locations have pastries.
    • Pierre Herme is not a sit-down spot. All deserts are sold to-go.
    • There are sometimes massive lines outside of the shop, as it's very popular, and most locations are quite small. But the line moves very quickly. Waits are rarely over ten minutes.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #790 of 15 375 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Expensive, well-crafted pastries 22/11/2018
    • Delicious 21/11/2018
    • Pierre Herme Bonaparte
    Address:
    72 rue Bonaparte
    75006 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 43 54 47 77
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    10:00 - 19:00
    Thu - Fri
    10:00 - 19:30
    Sat
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Epicure
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    Madison S Says:

    Chef Eric Frechon has been called the 'Defender of French Cuisine,' and his haven at Epicure is consistently top-rated for its delicious food, impeccable sommelier, and wonderful service. With locally-sourced meats and cheeses, the kitchen puts together visually arresting and cutting-edge dishes like frog's legs in tandoori spices and brown butter, line-caught whiting fish in almond crust, and smoked oysters in a green tea and foie gras bullion. The dessert menu is equally impressive, mostly because of Epicure's unique infusions, with items like pistachio cream, rose perfume, and red currant sparkles added to the cakes and sorbets.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Breakfast at Epicure is just as good as lunch or dinner, and more economical.
    • Epicure always offers a seasonal set menu, which changes every year, offering new and exciting offerings to diners.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 15 375 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An excellent dining experience in all ways 13/12/2018
    • If you can have only one three star meal, let it be at Epicure 13/12/2018
    • Epicure
    Address:
    112 Rue Du Faubourg Saint-Honore
    Le Bristol Paris
    75008 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 153 43 43 40
    Price range:
    US$40 - US$100
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 10:30
    12:00 - 14:00
    19:30 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Huitrerie
    Restaurants (Seafood)
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    Madison S Says:

    Hungry for oysters? Huitrerie is the spot. Alongside the main event, Huitrerie also serves an array of fresh seafood (crabs, clams, prawns), and has a solid menu of wines to pair with the catches. Oysters come in large and medium varieties, and the menu offers a good array of choices from the coastal regions of France, flavor-packed and served on ice. (Not to mention, these offerings are very reasonably priced.)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • When the warmer months roll around, eating outside is a treat. Huitrerie only has two outdoor tables, so try to snag one if you're a terrace junkie!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Great oysters, excellent service, nice location. 25/02/2017
    • Great shellfish, wine a rip off 20/11/2016
    • Huitrerie
    Address:
    2 rue Mademoiselle
    75015 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 40 60 65 65
    Price range:
    US$23 - US$43
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 15:00
    Tue - Sat
    12:30 - 14:30
    18:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • L'Ami Jean
    Restaurants (French, European, Gastropub)
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    Madison S Says:

    Hearty plates and French home cooking — that's what you'll get at the aptly named L'Ami Jean. Beef dishes with stewed vegetables and soft veal cheeks are popular menu items. The dessert menu is also solid (lemon custard, anyone?) and of course, the wine and cheese are both superb. Many dishes are served in still-steaming iron plates, and you can peek into the kitchen to watch the food being freshly prepared from most seats in the house.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • You can choose between the Tasting Menu, the Plate du Jour, or A La Carte.
    • Because the restaurant is small (despite the number of tables it manages to pack in), it's best to make a reservation if you plan to grab dinner here. Lunchtime is less crowded.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #903 of 15 375 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful food 07/12/2018
    • down memory lane 07/12/2018
    • L'Ami Jean
    Address:
    27 rue Malar
    75007 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 47 05 86 89
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$34
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Bonvivant
    Restaurants (French, Bar, Grill, European, Wine Bar)
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    Madison S Says:

    Bonvivant is well-named. Though it's a restaurant known for its vigorous dishes of meats, cheeses, and potatoes, this is also a prime drinking spot in Paris. Enjoy a cool glass of beer or a bottle of wine in the casual, convivial atmosphere of Bonvivant. Something especially fun about this location is that there are a number of local alcohols available, including some from small wineries and nearby brew houses, that you might not find anywhere else. Pair a local drink with a starter, and voila: a relaxed night out!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Recommended foods to pair with wine and beer at Bonvivant include: king prawns, French sausage, lamb shank, and of course, the cheese platter.
    • There is a terrace that's a great location to while away the hours, especially when it's warm.
    • This place serves a good cup of coffee, too!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #547 of 15 375 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Top place 13/11/2018
    • Good food and nice atmosphere 04/11/2018
    • Bonvivant
    Address:
    7 rue des Ecoles
    75005 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 43 26 51 34
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 02:00
    Other:
  • Restaurant Astier
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    Madison S Says:

    Say Cheese! What is a visit to Paris without the dulcet flavors of Brie de Meaux, Camembert, Roquefort? At this charming, casual dining space, the massive cheese platter is the star of the show. The staff drop it off at your table and allow you to portion the cuts yourself, meaning you can try a little bit of everything, and a lot of your favorite. They have a wine list to match, as well as starters to the tune of pork belly, half cockerels, and goat terrine, in filling portion sizes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Astier's interior is not large, and often the restaurant becomes fully booked. However, you can book a table online via their website, so reservations are easy.
    • If you order the Grand Marnier dessert, be aware that it takes about forty-five minutes to cook: order ahead of time with your meal, or use the time to digest and sip!
    • The cheese platter is included on Astier's Formulee Menu.
    • Be aware that most wine selections are by the bottle, and the cheese platter is restricted to those ordering at least one additional dish.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 216 of 15 375 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The best rum baba ever! 07/12/2018
    • Good food, a bit expensive - and a critical point of hygiene 25/11/2018
    • Restaurant Astier
    Address:
    44 rue Jean Pierre Timbaud
    75011 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 43 57 16 35
    Price range:
    US$22 - US$44
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    19:00 - 22:30
    Sun - Sat
    12:15 - 14:15
    Sat
    19:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Le Coq Rico
    Restaurants (French)
    Madison S Says:

    This is a restaurant where the focus is poultry. They have an array of starters, sides, and desserts, but when it comes to mains? Supple roast duck and baked chicken, chicken oyster salad, and chicken pot pie-style dishes are all on offer. Lovers of white meat will find their palette well-satisfied by this trendy restaurant that relies on flavorful ingredients and creative cooking styles.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Some of the prices on the menu reflect the location in the heart of the Monmartre district.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #800 of 15 375 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best chicken in Paris 12/12/2018
    • We will be back! Second visit to Le Coq Rico 09/12/2018
    • Le Coq Rico
    Address:
    98 rue Lepic
    98 Rue Lepic, 75018 Paris
    75018 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 59 82 89
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 14:00
    19:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Creperie de Plougastel
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    Madison S Says:

    Crepes are another must-eat when in Paris. For an authentic creperie experience, Creperie de Plougastel provides a combination of cozy atmosphere, traditional recipes, and produce sourced from the Brittany region of France. The crepes are hearty, made from a thick buckwheat batter, and served either savory or sweet, with various fillings.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The apple juice served here is traditional and popular. Definitely give it a try if you're a fan of fruit juices.
    • An English menu is available.
    • The Creperie is open from noon to midnight daily, making it a perfect late-night snack spot.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 458 of 15 375 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nasty waitress, food ok 06/12/2018
    • Delicious food and great value 28/11/2018
    • Creperie de Plougastel
    Address:
    47 rue du Montparnasse
    75014 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 79 90 63
    Price range:
    US$3 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Willi's Wine Bar
    Restaurants (French, Wine Bar, Gastropub, European)
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    Madison S Says:

    A quintessential Parisian wine bar, the small, modern space at Willi's serves up an impressive melange of reds, whites, and bubbles. With a firm focus on French wines and an ever-changing seasonal menu that favors by-the-bottle sales (but also features a by-the-glass selection), drinkers can enjoy their sips alongside traditional French plates and bread.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • You can take a bottle to go with you for a Parisian picnic at night, by the Seine.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 270 of 15 375 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An excellent small restaurant in every way 13/11/2018
    • Classy 07/11/2018
    • Willi's Wine Bar
    Address:
    13 rue des Petits Champs
    75001 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 61 05 09
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$41
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Comptoir Poilane
    Restaurants (French)
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    Madison S Says:

    Cuisine de Bar is the place to go if you're in the mood for another of Paris' staple foods: tartine, which is a tasty, fancy open-faced sandwich. Variety and ingredients vary from tuna to sardine, guacamole to tomato and tapenade, goat's meat to mozzarella artichoke. Best of all, the bread is freshly-baked, delivered from the bakery right next door.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Cuisine de Bar serves its tartines alongside wines, soups, salads, sides, and desserts. Accessorize as you please.
    • There is a tofu tartine option for vegans and vegetarians.
    • Cuisine de Bar offers a popular lunch deal that includes a salad, tartine, coffee or tea, and a glass of wine.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3 712 of 15 375 restaurants in Paris
    • Branch on Sunday 28/10/2018
    • Fabulous lunch 09/10/2018
    • Comptoir Poilane
    Address:
    8 rue du Cherche Midi
    75006 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 45 48 45 69
    Price range:
    US$11 - US$23
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:30 - 15:30
    Mon - Sat
    08:30 - 19:00
    Other:
  • L'Esprit Tchai
    Restaurants (Asian, Philippine, Deli)
    Madison S Says:

    If you're looking for something vegetarian-friendly, quick, and great for budgeting, L'Esprit Tchi might be your stop. The food options are healthy, hearty, and well-priced. Organic is rarely synonymous with budget friendly, but the menu items —burrisots, soups, and rice and vegetable dishes — rarely go above €8. Finish your meal off with a soy smoothie, mousse, or milkshake, and you have a solid meal.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • L'Esprit Tchai also offers numerous gluten free options.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 832 of 15 375 restaurants in Paris
    • Delicious 16/07/2018
    • Healthy food 23/02/2017
    • L'Esprit Tchai
    Address:
    115 rue Oberkampf
    75011 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 6 14 25 50 00
    Price range:
    US$6 - US$9
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Cafe Verlet
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    Madison S Says:

    While Paris has innumerable cafes to sit down in for a quick tea or espresso, either 'sur la terrace' or indoors, Cafe Verlet — well located by the Louvre — brings a very special collection of coffees to the table. With over thirty different bean types, including single-origin beans and Cafe Verlet's own original blends, the homey spot is not only a lovely place for a cup of Joe (Jean?) or two, but it also serves lunch and desserts. Yum!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Cafe has two floors. Its upper floor is cozy, and had a lovely street view.
    • Cafe Verlet also sells roast coffee packs to go. Its lineup of coffee features java from every major continent. (Sorry, Antarctica!)
    • I recommend the quiche to hungry diners.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 728 of 15 375 restaurants in Paris
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best latte of my life 20/11/2018
    • Best Cafe we visited! Wonderful, tasty, original and friendly 19/11/2018
    • Cafe Verlet
    Address:
    256 rue Saint Honore
    75001 Paris
    France
    Phone:
    +33 1 42 60 67 39
    Price range:
    US$14 - US$28
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    09:30 - 19:00
    Other:
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